Monthly Archives: March 2012

Week 4: Festival Fail… again… sort of

Beware, this one is a bit long… If you don’t have the time

tl;dr – Had party, no festivals, water is not my friend

Long Version:

It pains me to say that I missed another festival weekend.  So, let me explain.

We had a house-warming party.  Though to say it was just a house-warming party would be slightly incorrect.  We rolled three birthdays, a welcome home, and a house-warming party all into one evening.  This resulted in a lot of people and food into one place at one time.  Not the largest party I’ve been to, considering my family’s Christmas events, but the largest one I’ve had to prepare for directly.  We were expecting about 20 people, so in the days before the event was to take place we spent time cleaning and planning what we wanted to cook.

So of course, 11 pm the night before the party, the guest bathroom floods.  It seems that when you decide to clean the area behind the sink faucets, you should first look in the under-sink cabinet to see if the supply line is only held on by an industrial-esque bobby pin.  I wiped behind the handles and one fell off.  I put it back on and heard something metallic when I turned the handle but didn’t hear anything else.  I finished wiping down the counter and moved on to the next bathroom.  About five minutes later, I made my way back through the house and heard a low hissing.  Then I saw water.  FYI, the shower in this particular bathroom is almost completely stopped up.  I had to wring our the towels and mop in the toilet.  Oh, and Lowes is not open at 11:30 pm.  The guy and I are figuring out a new faucet for the guest bathroom.

Other than not being able to offer multiple sinks for hand washing, and accidentally dumping a half of pitcher of water on myself, a guest, and the floor, the party went well.  I do wish that there had not been so many desserts left over!  I hate wasting food, but I can’t eat two partial cakes, multiple kinds of cookies, and brownies all by myself!

A couple of the guests I invited were from a few hours away, and so stayed the night.  We did what all 20-some year-old kids do the next morning: watched public domain cautionary films and youtube videos and then went for a run!   We didn’t end up getting out for the run until after 11 am due to rain and they stayed for a late lunch.  They went back home around 5 pm and by then the festivals were wrapping up.  No festival this weekend.

Next Weekend: Warrior Dash!  A race and festival/party in one!

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Fitocracy, my almost obsession

As of December 2011, I can feel more comfortable with saying “I exercise.”  That is when I joined Fitocracy and became accountable to more than just myself.  Previously, I would attempt to run once a week or less and that was about it.  I had started cycling in June 2011, but not with any regularity.  In past years, there were months at a time that I wouldn’t exercise at all!  Thanks to having fairly physically demanding jobs I wasn’t even overweight, but I wasn’t nearly as fit as I would like.

I became aware of Fitocracy through the XKCD webcomic, I checked out the website and requested an invite.  The waiting lasted all of a few days.  Not because they sent it that quick, but because I couldn’t wait for them to send an invite and so hunted one down through various forums and articles.  As I said, pre-Fitocracy, my exercises were sporadic and limited to a couple different cardio activities.  Fitocracy opened a whole new fitness world, a delightfully varied world with an active and encouraging community.  I now lift weights regularly and have gotten a bit stronger in the last few months.

I have invited several of my friends to join Fitocracy and have had mixed results.  Some friends have taken to it well, some I know are exercising but not posting, and some aren’t exercising much and aren’t posting much.  Maybe that will change in time, who knows?  Personally, I am doing this for me.

I have a few new goals now due to picking up weight lifting.  I want to be able to do pull-ups and a lot of push ups.  I want to be able to do deadlifts and squats (with actual weight on the bar).  I want to be able to lift more, run faster, and cycle farther than anyone would expect of me.

My regular exercise week includes running, bicep curls, squats, crunches, chest flyes, side bends, rows, bench press, push-ups, and a few other things.  By joining a new gym, I have begun to include barbell exercises of some of the previous exercises and adding a few new exercises.  Here’s hoping that the new exercises with combined with a couple of my monthly goals will help me become as fit as I want to be.

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Week 3: Calico Arts and Crafts Show

I attended the Calico Arts and Crafts Show and also took a shopping trip to Tallahassee this past weekend.  The Calico Arts and Crafts Show was in Moultrie, GA and apparently happens twice a year.  The show took over two buildings and had one row of tents outside at the Expo Center.  There were a variety of vendors, crafts as well as food.  Here are a few things I saw…

Like a Boss!

Like a Boss!

Folksy Bird Bath/Fountains... Not sure which they are supposed to be...

Folksy Bird Bath/Fountains… Not sure which they are supposed to be…

The ultimate school teacher uniform!

The ultimate school teacher uniform!

A loom of doom!

A loom of doom!

And here are a few things I bought…

Pottery!

Pottery!

 

Cameo necklace and earrings (gift for a friend)

Cameo necklace and earrings (gift for a friend)

    Cameo necklace was bought at the show, the railroad tracks necklace was bought in Tallahassee.

Cameo necklace was bought at the show, the railroad tracks necklace was bought in Tallahassee.

Cameo earrings (gift for a friend)

Cameo earrings (gift for a friend)

From there, we traveled to Tallahassee to do some shopping!  One of the favorite new stores we found a few months ago is Quarter Moon.  Here’s what I picked up there (in addition to the previous necklace)…

Shine on an Art Board

Shine on an Art Board

Romantic Skeleton (gift for a friend)

Romantic Skeleton (gift for a friend)

I live with an entomologist, couldn’t resist!

Next week: 91st Annual Standard Flower Show OR Fire Ant Festival!

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Pi Day = Pie Day!

Apple Pie for Pi Day

Apple Pie for Pi Day

MMM Pie!

MMM Pie!

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Week 2: Peaches to Beaches Yard Sale

The second week of March was a toss-up between the Peaches to Beaches Yard Sale and the Azalea Festival.  However, can one really pass up a 200 mile long yard sale?  Due to the large number of scattered booths, we didn’t even really make it much out of Perry, GA.  All of my commentary is thus limited to the Perry area.

Hwy-341

The yard sale is in its 8th year and runs the second Friday and Saturday in March.  The route follows along HWY-341 through 12 communities beginning in Barnesville and runs through Culloden, Roberta, Fort Valley, Perry, Hawkinsville, Eastman, Helena/McRae/Lumber City, Hazelhurst, Baxley, Jesup/Odum, and ending in Brunswick and the Golden Isles.  The set-up is not talked about much on the official website, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  It turned out that the “official” vendors were generally all located in one place, downtown within the community.  There were also a lot of unofficial vendors and people who just happened to have their yard sales on the same weekend along HWY-341.  Coincidental, I’m sure, but I certainly don’t blame them.

Super Deal Finder!

I went shopping with my friend Megan, who is a champion yard-saler.  She is a semi-regular weekend rummage warrior.  She, of course, voted for Peaches to Beaches over the Azalea Festival.  She also likes cool old cars.  She intensely scrutinizes all available wares within each booth and has stated that half her wardrobe is made of yard sale finds.  I don’t think I will become quite the shopper that she is, this is one of only a handful of times that I have “gone yard salin'”.  One other time that I had gone was also with Megan and there was an unfortunate young man who was being force, by his wife, to sell some of his comic book collection.  I was able to buy a couple for a collector friend of mine, a #1 Spider Woman was among them.  From what I understand, that is a rare occurrence in our little town.

Art of all sorts was on display.

A Fine Bird Feeder!

Glass owls and a turtle

Rednek Signs

I seem to gravitate towards the antiques more so than the typical yard sale fare of used clothes, DVDs, and furniture.  Luckily I did find a few booths that had some unique things.  Here is my haul!

Glass Insulator

Bottles and Pottery

Antique Roller Skates

Refillable Oil Cans

Wooden Truck, had a made in china sticker on the bottom. So, not an antique, but it was only $5.

A Powder Horn and a Powder Shot Flask

Antique Brass Square, Ruler, and Level

All in all, I wish that we had gone further.  In the morning we had planned to hit 2-3 communities, but we only barely made it out of one.  We walked/drove around from 9:30-12:30 and it was still didn’t make it to another city!  Maybe next year…

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Week 1: Festival Fail

I’ve done a bunch of research over the last couple months on March festivals and have several picked out for each weekend.  The first plan for March festivals was:

March 3 – Dublin Laurens St Patrick’s Festival
March 10 – Azalea Festival
March 17 – Fitzgerald Wild Chicken Festival
March 24 – 91st Ann. Standard Flower Show
March 31 – Arts in Black Festival

I have a few optional festivals lined up:

March 10 – Peaches to Beaches yard sale (200 miles long!)
March 17 – Calico Arts and Crafts Show
March 24 – Fire Ant Festival
March 31 – Springtime Tallahassee

The 31st is probably not going to happen, as I have my race for March lined up that day and won’t be able to do both.

So, how did March 3rd go?  It was a spectacular fail on multiple fronts.  There was a huge lack of information available on that particular day of the Dublin Laurens St. Patrick’s Festival.  I decided that if I couldn’t find key information about the festival before I left for it, then I wouldn’t go.  Supposedly the festival runs the whole month of March, but other than a couple of the weekend days, the site is rather vague on what is going on where in the city.

I then decided that I might go to a neighboring city and visit a marathon that was happening Saturday.  Then the sky opened.  Horizontal rain convinced me to not go for a drive to see the marathon.  So I ended up not doing either event that day, though I did make it to a friend’s birthday party.  Does that count?

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