Today is my darling niece's first birthday. Happy birthday Avery!
The weekend was pretty well one big long celebration. On Friday evening we all went over to my brother and sister-in-law's for dinner. After downing a few slices of Papa John's and a bottle or two of Okanagan Springs Pale Ale I had the brilliant realization that I needed to run 8 miles the next morning. So much for hydrating the night before! After heading home I fell asleep watching the Olympics. I woke up briefly around 3 am, realized the rowing was on and thought I could watch it live, but instead turned over and fell back asleep. I made it up and out of bed somewhere around 6 am and learned that we'd won a few medals overnight. I delayed heading out on my run so that I could eat some breakfast and watch the coverage on CBC. It turns out that our first gold medal winner, Carol Huynh (48 kg wrestling), has a bit of a tie to the family. She's the baby cuddler for Avery's mom and baby group. So my niece has been cuddled by a gold medal winning wrestler. Pretty cool, eh? Once I watched all the highlights I headed out for an 8 mile run around my neighborhood. The sun was pretty intense and I was sweating up a storm but the run felt great. My final long run before the marathon...I feel great!
In the afternoon it was back to my brother's place to help get ready for Avery's party. I whipped up some dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon...yumminess on a tooth pick! The party was a good time and Avery seemed to really enjoy herself. When it came time for cake she was pretty enthralled. She ate all the icing first before turning her attention to the cake. Good stuff!
I've been totally caught up in the Olympics otherwise. I was rooting for Paula Radcliffe and Deena Kastor in the women's marathon. I can't believe the lead that Constantina Tomescu-Dita had. She was way out in front of everyone and was blazing fast! The women's triathlon last night was also super impressive. This morning I was late leaving for work because I got caught up in watching Karen Cockburn win a silver medal in trampolining. Gotta love the Olympics!