Thursday, February 25, 2010

Awards and 6 things about me

Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker gave me this Gorgeous Blogger Award. Conversely, I'm giving myself the Your a Shitty Blogger Award because well, I suck at blogging lately. Regardless, I'm totally flattered and I'm supposed to list 6 things about me. 1. My husband and I met on a cruise ship. The twist is, we were not vacationing - we were working. He was an engineer and I was a stateroom steward. It wasn't love at first sight, but I developed a crush on him over time and boy he was a hard one to get. Very shy. Very very shy. I tease him all the time about how lucky he is that I'm such a pushy stubborn broad and didn't give up on him. We fell in love in Germany (on the ship) and coincidentally we were both scheduled to get off the ship on the same day (coincidentally again, it was both our last contracts and our sign off date happened to be the same). We signed off in Honolulu and make a vacation out of it. We spend 3 long happy days together (off that blasted ship) and it was in our room at the Marriott that he first told me he loved me. 2. After we parted ways at the airport we continued to have a long distance relationship for a year. He lived in Virginia and I lived in Washington. We both knew it was worth the wait and a year later I moved to Virginia Beach to be with him. A year later we were married. 3. A little over a year after that we moved back to the West Coast where we reside now in a little town on the water, Gig Harbor. We love it here. It's only about 30 miles north of all my immediate family so when he leaves for work I don't feel totally isolated. We bought a gorgeous house that was built in the late 90's and are remodeling it top to bottom. We are both homebodies and love investing our money into our homestead. My husband does all the work himself and I am the President of the design committee. We love it. We are about 75% done and I am getting together house photos to do a 'before' and 'after' montage. Pictures to come soon. changing subjects...... 4. I used to be a pack a day smoker. Gross. I can't believe I ever did that. I replaced nicotine with running and it's by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was inspired to run by a friend of mine on the cruise ship. She was from Ethiopia. She was fast and she didn't even try. We lost touch and it kills me that I can't remember her last name but I think of her often. 5. I have three tattoos and kinda regret all of them. I will never admit that to my mother though. Ironically, I used to have my nose pierced and I miss that pretty little diamond. last but not least.... 6. I have decided to cut myself off from wine until April 3rd* which is the end of my short-course racing season. I have a tough workout calendar throughout the whole month of March and I clearly have no concept of the term: moderation. If I want all my workouts to count, to be 100% I can't be pounding bottles of wine every other night. I realize this makes me sound like an alcoholic. I'm not. I am keeping it honest though. *with the exception of a few days in March where I will be at this place.

23 comments:

aron said...

i love your blog and looooove your comments. so even though they aren't coming AS often right now, you still don't suck cause when you do leave them they are fantastic :)

loved all your random things!

hmm114 said...

Stopping in to say "hi" ! Keep up that training!! :)

Running and living said...

Life gets in the way sometime, we all know that. No worries about not blogging lately. Nice to hear about you and your husband, seems like the stars aligned for you 2.

Amanda said...

What a neat story about you and your husband met, very cool! And I love that you are the President of design:) You'll have to share your before/after pics when you guys get finished. I used to not be a homebody at all, but in the last year or two that's changed and now I really love staying in and focusing energy/money on our home.

Chloe said...

CONGRATS on giving up wine! We might need each other for support :)

That is so wonderful how close you live to your family. I would kill to be able to pop over to the parents house for dinner.

I can not wait to see the pictures of your house!! XOCHLOE

Staci Dombroski said...

I love the way you and your husband met! I can't wait to see the pictures of the house. I love before and after pictures of anything!

the gazelle said...

I love doing work around the house! My husband & I do a LOT of that, too!

I can't believe you gave up the vino. You are amazing! Reading that made me want to have a drink. Hee.

Molly said...

I just came over to see if you had your email address listed because I wanted to comment on your comments to me!

I love your list, I'm always curious about how couples meet.

I have been thinking more and more about getting a tatoo, I almost got one 15 years ago but I chickened out. I would get a celtic cross, with my kid's initials on either side of it. But I think I'll wait to have it co-incide with something huge, like 26.2 miles.

And the wine...I have some every night after my kids are in bed. I know that if I cut it to the weekends, I would easily drop these 5 pounds hanging around my bod. I'm going to start training in March, so I'll be right there with you.

okay, this is long enough. Peace out.

Ali said...

Congrats on quitting smoking. That's how I quit too, I started running ... awesome decision.

Niki said...

Fun post!! Loved hearing about how you and your hubby met! Very sweet :) Looking forward to seeing before and after house pics! I wish I had the time and money to remodel my home right now!!

Meg said...

Wow, this was an incredible post. You always write such thoughtful and supportive comments and I really haven't read too much about you and this was great! How funny that you met your husband on a cruise ship, I love that! The tatoos? Tell us more!

joyRuN said...

So romantic how you chased your hubby down! Good thing it was on a cruise ship - limited places for him to run from you ;)

Giving up wine until APRIL!?!?! Are you nuts?!

Hi! I'm Erin said...

I think it's so fascinating that you both worked on a cruise ship. Of course, I'm pretty sure it sounds a lot more exotic than it actually was :-)

I gave up drinking wine on Friday nights since I do my long runs on Saturday morning. It's hard! Good luck with abstaining!!

Amy said...

I think this is my favorite post of yours. I have so many questions and comments.

I know you said you grew up 30 minutes south of where you live now...was it on an island too? (Gig Harbor is an island, right?)

Does your hubby miss VA?

I totally picked up my husband too. Love it.

I used to smoke too (not a pack a day but still....so glad I quit. Congrats to you).

Let me know how the wine cut off works. I believe in you and it'll be practice for when you have to give it up for 9 month. Just sayin'.

Oh, and I don't think you're a bad blogger. I am but that's a different story.

Happy Weekend! So, no wine tonight? It starts now?

Julie said...

I am glad that you gave up smoking...smart girl!! Great list:)

fitinthecity said...

Love your blog! Good luck with giving up the vino. I think I might try that myself....

KK said...

Wow, I feel like you were just sitting next to me telling me that story over a glass of wine-I mean lemonade. :)

Can't wait to see pix of the house. OF COURSE you are the President of Design.

Cute story of you and your hubby-glad you have your family around for when he's gone. Thanks for sharing!
P.S. I appreciate your honesty; no judgments here :)

KK said...

P.S. The part about you meeting on the ship (you as a steward and he as an engineer) totally reminded me of "The hangover:"

"He was a bartender and if you must know, he didn't even cum inside her."

LMAO SICK!

Black Knight said...

Interesting post. We have something in common and not only running. I work in a port and the cruise ships are my main committment.

X-Country2 said...

No wine? That's hardcore. :o)

Tara said...

Girl...no wine?!? Whaa?? Good for you, wish I could do it, but I love my booze too much.

I'm totally behind on blogging too. There just never seems to be enough time.

I love your story about how you met your hubby. I'm glad that you were a pushy broad because it sounds like you all have a great relationship!

Did you get that REI card yet? I FINALLY put it in the mail on Thursday....like I said, I'm behind. I want pics of those bike shorts!

Alisa said...

Cute story about you and your hubby!

I *SHOULD* give up ice cream but I just can't and I know I won't be able to convince my hubby to not buy it. You have more will power than I!

Missy said...

I love that about how you met! Way to be stubborn and get the guy.

No wine!?!?! Let me know how that works for ya;) Boohissss!