On Tuesday I ran my very first 5K, the Firecracker 5000 5K!! As the only midnight run in Seattle to celebrate the 4th of July, the Seattle Center run seemed like an awesome way to kick off the “Seattle Summer” (locals say summer never starts until July 5th, ever). The Independence Day themed run will began at 11:55 p.m., when an over 1700 runners ran around the streets of Seattle Center in 4th of July spirit!
Oh, did I mention I went to the bar first?
Are you surprised?
I signed up for the race with my friend Lisa (who runs marathons and the like) and had our own cheering crew comprised of Kip, Casey, Ang, and Chris. Since the race didn’t start until 5 minutes before midnight, we figured we had plenty of time to pregame (prerace?) for the event!
Hold on. Pinky swear that we won’t leave the other person behind, even if they are puking.
Jaegerbombs. Needed energy for a 5K!
Lisa trying on my flag cape.
Way too excited after shots/beers/drinks.
What a great experience! Now I have the runner’s itch (no not the kind of itch in your shorts)… I want to run another race!!! I may just sign up for the Warrior Dash, or maybe even the Tough Mudder now. Did much better than I thought I would (I wasn’t even 100% sure I would finish it) but I did a 7:53 mile!
I’ve officially become that guy that celebrates his dog’s birthday, and I have absolutely no shame (this is also making up for last year, when I totally forgot about his 2nd birthday). Roddick turned 3 this weekend, which meant spending a full day doing awesome dog things! Went to a dog-friendly restaurant, Norms, where Roddick accepted way too many treats under the table. Next, off to Petpalooza where Colin, Jen, and I treated him to a slew of new toys and bones. Then off to Magnuson Park, a 9-acre doggy Disneyland complete with water access (Lake Washington’s freshwater shoreline). After wearing him out, we gave him the surprise of a lifetime and a gift quite appropriate for his 3rd birthday, 21 shots of his favorite foods!
Check out the pictures here:
Chillin’ under the table picking up the scraps.
Got him a new Kong, Chuckit, rawhide bones, and some salmon treats. Check out that smile!
Magnuson Park Off-Leash area, complete with Dog Beach!
21 shots of his favorite foods: Steak, Salmon treats, Scrambled Eggs, Pretzel, Newman’s Own Chicken and Rice treats, Potatoes, Whole Wheat Bread, Croutons, Sausage, Sour Cream, Peanut Butter, Bacon Bits, Turkey, Lo Mein, Chicken, Mozzarella, Beef Broth, Dentastix, Cheddar Cheese, Carrot, Pizza Crust
I attended my first conference ever yesterday, the very exciting Medical Library Association annual meeting, held this year at the Washington State Convention Center in my new hometown of Seattle! Though I’m a sucker for odd events like this, I found that one of the cooler parts of this convention was the ridiculous amounts of useless swag readily available for everyone to grab.
*DISCLAIMER: I am by no means saying that these items are cool or particularly swagger-ific, but as a future hoarder and collector of useless items, I am indeed excited about my loot. Yes, I know this makes me less cool. Trust me, I know.*
Here are a couple of items I picked up. Be jealous. Or don’t be, doesn’t matter.
H2Go water bottle from the National Library of Medicine. I will DEFINITELY be using this on my next hiking trip!
Though this is intended to be a phone stand, I’ve peeled off the material and put it on the dashboard of my car to put my phone when using the GPS. Thanks Elsevier!
2 USB flash drives from parent company, ProQuest.
Some pins to give to the dataheads at the office.
A new Vessel water bottle, which is PERFECT cause I broke the lid off of my old one!
Stress ball from ProQuest.
Useless collapsible shopping bag by the Rockefeller University Press.
Seattle Bumbershoot lineup is now available! Which days are you going to go?
Luckily, the only day I can go is the day that I would go anyway. Getting back from Dallas after the College Football’s most anticipated game: the Michigan/Alabama Cowboy Classic Season Opener!
Here’s the lineup for Monday:
Bumbershoot is an annual music and arts festival held in Seattle, Washington. One of North America’s largest such festivals,it takes place every Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Here’s a little fun fact for all my new Seattle friends…
Did you know that the space needle used to be orange? They called it “Galaxy Gold,” which of course is the fancy name for tacky orange. Originally for the 1962 World’s Fair held in Seattle, the city finally got smart about it and painted it white, that is until the 40th anniversary in 2002, when they painted it orange again (sigh).