Friday, January 12, 2007

Expo Day

I’ve had a fun and busy day!

I took the day off from work, as I have for the past three or four years. Since my birthday always falls on marathon weekend, it’s a good excuse to use a vacation day, and I can avoid the Saturday crowds at the Expo.

I got to the convention center around 11:30 and made a beeline to packet pickup. Joy! It was my first time to claim my packet since 2001! I had a fine time wandering the expo, buying socks and caps and gels, getting a free massage and eating samples. Lots of samples. In fact, samples were my only source of food until dinner today. But hey—some of the samples were liquid vitamins, so it’s all good, right?

And then I went out to run some other errands. I went to one of my favorite thrift shops, where I did very well and *ahem* donated about $130 to charity. . . in return for clothes, books and other things. I’m always amazed at how many designer clothing items end up in the nicer thrifts, unworn and with tags still attached. I guess that’s the advantage of going thrifting a few blocks from River Oaks!

The rest of my day was filled with dumb little errands—pick up a bag of bunny litter, deposit my birthday check from my dad, go to a few shops in the Village, and things like that. I had to do some creative re-bagging to consolidate all my stuff so I could get it upstairs to my apartment in one trip, and then it was time to do laundry, since Friday is nearly always Laundry Day around here.

The weather forecasts for Sunday remain inconsistent. For awhile they were saying it would just be cloudy, not much chance of rain. But now is back to saying 30% chance of thunderstorms. The temps shouldn’t be too bad, though, and I have a new wicking rain jacket with plenty of vents, should it be a stormy day after all.

So now I wait. Wait and do what prep I can, with the weather still so uncertain. But I do know this much—if nothing goes drastically wrong in the next 24 hours, I’ll be running the Houston Marathon on Sunday for the second time, and after five years of being jinxed.

Crossing my fingers. . .


CactusFreek said...

Is it your birthday today?
If so, Happy birthday! :o))
You spent $130 at a thrift store?? I feel guilty if i spend $30 at one! lol [I do love those shops though!]

bunnygirl said...

Actually, Sunday the 14th is my birthday. And yeah, I cleaned up at the thrift store. But you know how it is-- you can go time and time again and see nothing worth buying, and then go and see all kinds of good things. Since you can't come back some other time for it, you just bite the bullet and pay. And since most of the thrifts and consignments I shop at are charity stores, I just tell myself it's a charitable donation, and I feel better about it. ;-)

And where else can you get Ann Taylor tops and Banana Republic merino sweaters for $5 apiece?

Kyle said...
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Kyle said...

As the infamous russian Nostramas once said "бег. пуща. бег." Good luck and Happy Birthday, by the way dont set you hair on fire with all of the candles, unless it will make you run faster:)

From Here to There said...

No way! We've been inadvertently deceiving each other! Your birthday is tomorrow, and mine is today! Oh booo!!

Have a FANTASTIC day tomorrow, both birthday and racing!!!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you tomorrow, bunnygirl, and the Ballicai and I wish you a wonderful, Happy Birthday! :)

LauraHinNJ said...

Good luck to you - run hard!