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we went to pittsburgh.

21 Jan

here’s a little video of our trip to pittsburgh!  unfortunately i can’t figure out how to show the widescreen version, so some may be cut off.  if you visit this link, you can see the widescreen version.  enjoy!


favorite things 2010: GETTING IN SHAPE!

30 Dec

Will and I got serious about getting in REAL shape this year and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of us!  Will joined Gold’s Gym in the fall of 2009 and he has been working out like a machine.  I decided that I was going to run a half-marathon before I turned 31.  I trained for about 16 weeks using this plan.  It was by far the hardest I’ve ever worked to attain a goal.  But on February 27, I DID IT!

I ran the inaugural Columbia Half-Marathon and finished in 2 hours, 13 minutes.  Not bad for a first timer!  My sweet brother and his girlfriend Lindsay surprised me at the finish line, along with my precious friends Jeannie and Allison.  But when I saw the Will and the kids, I completely lost it and started bawling.  Who does that after running for 2 hours?????


After a few other races this year, Will and I ran the Marine Corps Mud Run.  It’s the largest mud run in the country, over 4.5 miles and 32 obstacles and 10,000 people worked together in teams of 4.  We ran it with our friends Hoyt and Sarah.  Hoyt had previously run the race, but it was the first time for the rest of us.  Just to give you an idea of the intensity, watch this short video.



This is what we looked like AFTER the race.

It was SO MUCH FUN!!!  The race was definitely not for people who are afraid of heights, dirt or Marines yelling at you.  But we did it!


I took a break from running in the summer and have been going to KORE Wellness since then.  If you are looking for a place to SERIOUSLY get in shape in Columbia, this is it.  Elise offers several classes, but I’ve been doing the kettlebell training.  For the first time in my life, I’m enjoying weight training.  It’s sorta like cardio and weights mixed in one 30 minute workout…a workout that burns 600 calories!  Honestly, it’s like personal training in a group setting, usually 4 or 5 people.  Elise gives one-on-one instruction and makes sure your mechanics are right.  After 5 solid months of doing kettlebells, I can’t believe how much more toned and how much stronger I am!  I love it!  I love it so much, in fact, that Elise is going to help me set up a home kettlebell gym and I’ll follow the workouts online in Pittsburgh, doing them at home.  It’s like e-training, I guess.


So it’s definitely been a great year for us physically!  Here’s to 2011!


Doting on My Husband

25 Jul

So many people really don’t understand exactly what Will does.  It’s kind of hard to explain, since his residency and fellowship training is very non-traditional.  And then you throw in “academic medicine” and people’s eyes tend to glaze over. 

Palmetto Health has a new Simulation Center where these REALLY expensive and amazing dummies (remember Annie in CPR???  Think Annie on crack.) help teach all kinds of residents, nurses, practicing physicians, respiratory therapists, etc. different things. 

Will is in charge of the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support class, and people from all over South Carolina come to take this 2 day course.   Obviously he doesn’t teach it all, but it’s one of his babies.  Our local news station came to do a piece on the SIM Center and Will’s course was going on.  He’s not interviewed in the story, but he’s in the garnet shirt doing CPR (and CPR the right way, I might add….not like they do on ER, the TV show).

WordPress wouldn’t let me embed the video, but here is the link.  It’s pretty interesting if you don’t know much about this kind of stuff OR if you just want to see Will doing CPR.

Fun With a Toad

26 May

William and Lucy Grace caught a toad in our backyard a couple of weeks ago while playing.  Watch the video (less than a minute) to see how creative they got playing with their new friend.


Zachary and Amelia

25 Apr

Graveyard Fields Hike

16 Apr

Some photos from our weekend trip.  This is Amelia doing her best BohoChic:

Here are some photos and a little video from our hike in Graveyard Fields.  It’s right off the Blue Ridge Parkway and completely beautiful.  You start off hiking through a rhododendron forest and eventually get to a gorgeous waterfall.

William trying out our new GPS.  He was dubbed “Trail Leader” and liked to run up ahead of us.  The game was us catching up with him… until Zachary wanted to be Trail Leader and William didn’t want to let him.



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