Run, Forrest, Run

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Mar 192007

Monica ran in the Shamrock Half Marathon yesterday and boy, is she sore today. I can’t imagine running 13.1 miles, but her friend Krystyn and her managed to do it in slightly less than two and a half hours.

It was a bright and early start as we had to be there at 6 am, but over 6,000 other people showed up as well. You can check out a few photos (and a video) here.

March Update

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Mar 112007

Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been a little hectic around here. Praise God everything is going well at brimon headquarters.


School is almost done and I have a position in a surgery trauma unit waiting for me upon successful completion of nursing school and RN licensure! Exciting stuff for sure.


The half-marathon is this coming Sunday (the 18th). Krystyn and I feel we’re ready but you never know. I’ve never ran in any sort of marathon before so it should be interesting and hopefully a lot of fun!

House Stuff
We’ve learned a little bit more than we ever wanted to know about heat pumps, heat strips and thermostats. The heating system or whatever you want to call it in our home totally crapped out on us this February and of course it had to happen during the coldest weekend ever. The temperature in our house dropped down to 49 degrees by the time it was fixed but thankfully we shacked up with the in-laws. We had to leave the water running so the pipes wouldn’t freeze etc., etc. Not fun!


Lately we’ve been expanding our diet by including many Mediterranean/middle eastern dishes to include falafel which is a fried patty made from fava beans and/or chickpeas, couscous, hummus, baba ganoush (eggplant salad), Lebanese and Iranian cuisine. All totally yummy.

Yes….we are watching American Idol and are totally embarrassed to admit it. Totally love it! This season is crazy so far. Glad Antonella is gone but why is Sanjaya still there? I feel it’s just like one big joke we get suckered into every year and the votes don’t really count.

Love The Office. It’s our favorite show on TV! We still watch Lost but there better be some answers soon to keep us interested. Brian loves Heroes and still watches Smallville and Battlestar Galactica.

I’d like to go see 300 so hopefully we can make to the movies some time soon.

Okay, that was a quick update. We’ll write again soon!

Feb 032007

47 days. That’s all I have left to go in nursing school and I can’t wait to be done. I have been going to school full-time for 3 years now and I can almost see the end. This last semester is harder than I expected and time management has been an issue but hopefully I can get it together at some point. I have long lectures, lots of clinical hours working at the hospital, volunteer work, papers and exams but with God’s grace I know I’ll handle it somehow. I love what I’m learning and I can’t wait to actually work in my field.

I have to apologize in advance for not responding to e-mails, returning phone calls and for forgetting everything you tell me until I’m done. Thank you in advance for your patience and support. If you need to tell me something important please tell my secretary/assistant/calendar keeper/support person/prayer partner/cheerleader and husband Brian. He will make sure to tell me at the most appropriate time when I’m not freaking out about some deadline (2 minute window per day). The man deserves some kind of prize for being so supportive for these past 3 years. When I tell him that he says “the best prize ever would be a JOB”. He’s funny like that.

To relieve stress, my friend Krystyn and I have decided to run the half-marathon (13.1 miles) at the Shamrock Sportsfest down at the beach. We are up to running 8 miles right now trying to make it to 9 this coming week. We started running together last summer and have had a lot of fun training. We’re trying to gather as many people as we can to come cheer us in at the finish line so join us if you can. I’m going to need all the help I can get! When we started training, it was hard to run one mile without feeling like we were going to die but now we’re doing okay. It still feels like torture around mile 7 but a good kind of torture. We talk, laugh and pray while we run and it has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. Thanks Krystyn!

I also want to welcome our friends Tom, Deb and Josh to the beach and congratulate them on their new home!