Good morning from Mississippi, where the top half of our state is covered in ice! I should have been up bright and early this morning running a half marathon …however, I’m curled up in front of the fire tuning in to this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and CoCo. Not that I’m complaining, I do love a good “coffee date”! So grab your cup of coffee, hot tea or beverage of choice and let’s chat!
If we were having coffee …..I’d tell you that the state of Mississippi, along with most other southern states, just aren’t prepared or equipped to handle these nasty little ice storms that periodically land right on top of us. Schools begin to announce closure at the mere mention of ice in the forecast and usually government offices follow closely behind. Wal-Mart and liquor stores (thank goodness) are about the only stores that will keep their doors open during these “winter storms”, which leads to the inevitable jokes about “snowmaggeden” , folks flocking to the grocery stores to stock up on bread, milk and batteries, pictures on social media of kids making snow angels in a quarter of an inch of ice/snow and countless memes making fun of ourselves …two of my favorites:
On the other hand, we have those crazy idiots who have never driven a day in their lives in these types of conditions, yet they think they can hit the interstate and highways (which haven’t been de-iced) driving 70 mph like a bat out of hell! These are the ones who end up slip sliding all over the roads playing “bumper cars” with those who are trying to take it slow and easy. Yes, we can make fun of ourselves because we understand that we do not have the equipment needed to keep roads clear and open. Therefore, everything literally shuts down. At this moment, traffic is backed up on I20 for miles and miles due to at least three 18 wheelers having jack-knifed. It’s just a slushy mess, and we love it! Heck, this type of thing only happens around here once every couple of years and it will be back in the 70’s by Wednesday of next week …we have to make the most of it!
If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that due to said “winter storm”, the Mississippi Blues marathon and half marathon was cancelled late last night. To be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about this ..so many emotions! (tongue in cheek) Most of you know that I’ve been injured and have not trained in the least for this half, but I was ready to tackle it anyway. I had a plan and was ready to execute! That big honking medal with 10 guitars surrounding a guitar pick, which I had originally found quite hideous, had actually begun to grow on me and I could already imagine it hanging around my neck after struggling for 13.1 miles in these frigid temps. On the other hand, 21 degrees with a wind chill of 11 degrees while running on icy roads really didn’t have me chomping at the bit to get out of bed at 5 a.m. either. So, I support the race directors decision to cancel and will accept my discounted registration for next years race …which, hopefully, will find me 100% injury free and trained up! Let the record show that Flat Teresa was ready to run though!
If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that I finally turned 50!! (January 1st) Yep, that’s right… Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, is now officially the BIG 50 and I’m feeling quite fabulous! The fabulous hubby took me to Savannah for a fabulous weekend of celebrating the 50th and to ring in the New Year. We had a wonderful time taking in a musical, exploring the city on foot and carriage ride, indulging in great foods and enjoying Savannah’s “Up the Cup” NYE countdown. I promise I will get a post done soon with more details of this beautiful and charming city. You can see a few pictures on last week’s weekly wrap if you just can’t wait. 🙂
If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that for my 50th birthday, Major Hubs gave me the sweetest gift ever! He presented me with three gifts representing three of our favorite cities …Rome (a bottle of Italian Wine), Paris (Parisian …ahem “clothing”) and New York City (a Tiffany’s box)!
…..he’s so romantical!! I’m still swooning!
If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that one of my goals for 2017 was to read one book per month. And I’m happy to report that it is only the 7th of January and I’m already half-way through my first book of the year. A long way to go, I know …but hey, I’m building momentum!
If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that I also set a goal to run 50 miles per month and was really counting on this half to help me reach that goal for January. Soooooo, with that being said …it’s time to wrap up this coffee date and head to the gym, I’ve got a date with the treadmill. I told Major Hubs that we should wear our race bibs while running on the treadmill to help us channel those “race miles” ….I’d like to get at least 5 of those 13.1 in!
Thanks for joining me for coffee on this “wintry” day! I can’t wait to hear what you all have been up to as well. See you next month!