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Record Breaking New Year

I think I started off 2015 pretty well. Not only did some friends and I run a 5K on January 1st, but I started the year completing an event for my 30 before 30 list! The First Day 5K was at Red Brick Brewery (so obviously the brewery was the after race fun) and started at 1pm, so we didn’t even have to set an alarm on new years day!

It was a smaller race – and that made it fun! The route was pretty hilly (as can be expected in Atlanta) but I ran pretty well. So well, in fact, that I placed first in my age group, 10th place overall for the women, and improved my personal 5K record to 25:57 (8:22 pace)!!

It was a great and fun way to start the year. Happy 2015!!

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Athens

This is the final post about my trip – are you relieved?! This actually combines the arrival and the end of the trip, both of which took place in Athens.

We arrived in Athens Sunday night around 6pm and met our group and tour director. We checked into the Athenian Callirhoe Hotel, then took a little walking tour to the edge of the Plaka (a neighborhood) for dinner at Plakiotissa, recommended by our tour director (they even had live music!). Being the first night, I of course had to try the local drink of choice: ouzo. I knew I didn’t like licorice flavor, but when in Greece, right?! (I couldn’t finish it.) We wandered a little that night with our new friends, another mother/daughter pair in our group, but didn’t wander too far since we had just arrived and had to get up early the next morning!

Skip ahead a week and we arrived back in Athens Sunday night to the Royal Olympic Hotel. Very swanky. We took a walk to Smile for dinner, also recommended by our first tour director, and had a feast of chicken souvlaki (a very popular local dish – basically chicken skewers but seasoned deliciously). But Monday brought the Athens adventure.

We started the day on a bus tour of the city seeing many sites. The solid marble Panathenaic Stadium was built in 1896 for the first modern Olympic Games and is still used today. We saw a statue of Greece holding Lord Byron, who helped in the war of independence for Greece. We pulled off in front of the Parliament building (the Old Royal Palace) where the tomb of the unknown solider is also. It was time for the guards to change places (but not the full changing of the guards), which was fun to watch. We saw the buildings of the original university and the National Library.

The rest of the guided tour was to the Acropolis of Athens upon which is built the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena (along with other ancient buildings). It was very cool to see the actual Parthenon after visiting the replica in Nashville (yes, Tennessee). It was in the 5th century BC that the construction of these buildings took place. This was a very important place for the Greeks to worship their gods. The architecture is incredible and the views of Athens are breathtaking. After some free time on the Acropolis, Elena took us on a walking tour through the Plaka – lots of shops and beautiful streets. We found a restaurant off the busy streets and had a late lunch with our friends, then wandered over to the newly opened Acropolis Museum. The museum is built on top of ruins of the ancient neighborhoods at the foot of the Acropolis and there are glass walkways and openings to see into these ruins – very cool. And of course there are amazing artifacts in the museum – the coolest of which are the Caryatids of Erechtheum – the statue columns holding up the porch of the Erechtheum on the Acropolis. They have actually pieced together most of them in full. One is housed at the British Museum, the others at the Acropolis Museum.

We wandered back to the hotel, doing a little shopping along the way, did some repacking, wandered around a little (getting lost) and have a late dinner, then getting ready for our 3am wake-up call. Yes, 3am.

I’ve attempted to describe this wonderful country in words and pictures, but you really just have to see Greece in person. Move it to the top of your list (it was top on mine) and just go! If you’ve read this far, I’m very impressed and hope you weren’t bored. But maybe you can refer back here when you plan your own trip!


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Patmos

Lunch and a nap on the ship, then we arrived at Patmos! We took tinder boats to shore and hopped on a bus with a wonderful tour guide originally from Germany. Patmos is a cute, small island. We drove up to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where John wrote the book of Revelation and is said to have received the revelation from God while in the cave. On the same site was built the Monastery of Saint John.

We continued up the mountain to Chora, the capital. It has beautiful views of the port and picturesque whitewashed houses. We walked around Chora for a little while, but it got dark pretty quickly. So we drove back down to the port town (Skala). We had a glass of wine with our friends and hung out for a little while before heading back to the ship for dinner.

Although Patmos is very beautiful, I’m not sure I would put it at the top of list for stops you should make. If you have lots of time, definitely check it out or maybe save it for your second, more relaxed trip around Greece!

 


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Round Robin

An regularly occurring event that I have literally been trying to go to for over at least a year: Dekalb Tennis Round Robin. Social tennis at its best. So of course I HAD to put it on my 30 before 30 list to make sure I made it. And last week I was finally able to go!

Although I still (and always will) miss Nashville, it is nice to live somewhere with so much tennis!! You could easily play every day. The round robin is purely social, rotating partners, having a beer, and having fun. If you’re in Atlanta and play tennis, I highly recommend it!

 


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#24. Gift

I like making things and I love giving people gifts – so obviously an item on my 30 before 30 list is to make someone a gift. If you know me, you most likely know that I will be an aunt soon for the first time (probably within a month)!! This was not a difficult gift and not completely handmade, but I wanted to give my sister-in-law (and brother) something they could actually use.

They live near the gulf and love to fish, so the nursery theme is nautical. My sister-in-law and I are also both Delta Gammas – ANCHORS!! So I order 3 wooden anchors and painted them to match the nursery. Not difficult at all, I know, but hopefully they will be cute in the nursery! The striped one was obviously a little more difficult but it was also relaxing to just sit and paint!

Sorry – no pic of all of them together and these pics aren’t very good. I gave her the striped one at a shower then finished the others more recently. I’ll add a picture of them in use once I can get one!

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Message Me…Part 3

Some more gems from the world of online dating. Guys, feel free to take notes (at least if you want to date someone like me. some girls, it may work for).

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Guys, this is the WORST question you can ever ask a girl. Even for someone like me, who is really comfortable with being single, it’s just awkward to answer.

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I don;t think my momma wants to meet you, sorry. Especially when you sent this same exact message to my friend…on a different site.

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I love being compared to an animal! And you called me a perv…in your first message to me…

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Interesting creative route.

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Just….ew…..

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Note the age [top left corner in front of the city]. Sorry guy, I’m not THAT open minded but your confidence is incredible.

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First, you live in another state. Second, why are you sending two one-word messages within 5 minutes? Third, what is your picture?!?

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And if you missed the first two: Message Me, Part 1  .  Message Me, Part 2


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10K Slump

I’ve enjoyed many 5Ks. I’ve even enjoyed a couple half marathons (plus one that was not so enjoyable). But for some reason, every 10K I run is a struggle.

Today I ran the Atlanta Beltline 10K. If you are not familiar with the Beltline, it is the best thing to happen to Atlanta in a long time. It is a paved trail along the old railway line that will eventually circle the whole city inside the perimeter. Perfect for running, walking, biking, dog-walking, and just getting to another part of town without driving.  It is not completed yet, but parts are open and it’s a hit already!

And it is flat (well, the Beltline itself it is, but since it’s not complete the part through Piedmont Park was a little hilly). So you would think the race would be ok, right? I can give many excuses as to why I had to walk so much (granted, I still finished with about a 10 minute pace), but I think my biggest mistake is that I think it’s JUST a 10K. It may be just a 10K, but that’s still 6.2 miles!! No small feat! I obviously kind of trained but I guess not as well as I could have. I think the other main problem is that I run in winter 10Ks that turn out to be 70 degree days ha.

Anyway, it was a gorgeous day and a fun run despite having to walk some. Definitely continue to be excited about the Beltline and will definitely consider it’s location when I am able to move!!

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