Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A lot has been going on. Work has been extremely busy, which is a good thing!
Since my last post we have found out we are having a boy! We are very excited, a name has been picked and we will reveal it when he arrives! It's a name I picked out before we got married, one I told Craig's mom about (before she passed), it jumped out at me while I was studying the bible before I got baptized.
The little guy is a mover (surprised I know), I feel him ALL day! To see pictures and journal entries of the baby's progress visit: www.babysites.com/sites/babyneubauer
We are officially registered at Babies R Us, Target, and http://www.kellyscloset.com/ (cloth diapers). It was a daunting task but I am glad it is over with. Now we can begin shopping off the list and check them off as we go. I am such a list person so this will help keep me on track. I got a lot of input from friends and family, which was really helpful.
I am so excited- we recieved a gift from one of my co-workers yesterday- 2 bumGenius! cloth diapers! I've also ordered 3 bumGenius! and got a free Econobum, they should be here any day now! So we are officially on our way to cloth diapering! We will still have to use disposables at daycare but it will be nice to not have to buy so many diapers all the time and save on the amount a waste leaving our house.
On the note of daycare, we found one! The little man will be at an Open Arms Lutheran program about 1-2 miles from where I work. I was really happy with it and I think he will be too.
For the holidays we are sticking to Atlanta for Christmas and Craig went and picked up our meat for dinner Christmas day- Filet Mignon! Since it's just the two of us we splurged this year! YUM! I can't wait!
I had to take a break from running for a little bit but I hope to get a mile or so in this weekend. I have missed it! I've gotta get back into it though if I'm going to run the 5k in Orlando, February 20th with a few of my friends when I go down there for my baby shower.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sunday was RACE DAY! I got up feeling good but knew I was going to take it easy. The race was more emotional than I thought it would be (I did do it with baby gator on board). But I felt good and it's amazing even to me that I can finish a half marathon 15 weeks pregnant. I finished in 2:18:18 (about a 10:30 pace). Not my fastest half marathon but still such a big accomplishment!
Now to breakdown the actual event.
Getting to the start I had figured I would just catch a cab from our hotel to Union Square, I walked around outside our hotel for 10 minutes with no luck and another girl from Colorado walked out and I asked if she would like to go call a cab together... well come to find out she actually had a towncar waiting that was already paid for. She said jump in and we'll go to the startline together. I offered to pay something but she said it's already paid. So I took her picture at the start and emailed it to her after the race.
It was in the fifties during the race. There was a heavy fog on the bay in the morning keeping the temps down along the water. The “scenic” parts weren’t that scenic due to the fog but I drove the course the day before and got to see it without the fog. Other than running stadium steps for a mile+, I don’t think there was any hill in Atlanta that would compare to the hill I encountered on mile 6. I started running up the hill but realized I was probably running just as fast as I could walk it so I began the uphill trek at a quick walk. I had brought my ipod (no headphones) with me to sync up to my Nike+ and keep track of how my pace was throughout the race but at the start it froze up and became useless so I tossed it to Craig at mile 3. I was surprised at how quickly each mile went by, especially since I was running slower than normal, I was by myself and I walked a mile of the race> I saw Craig at mile 8. When I got to the Cliff House at mile 10 I couldn’t believe that there was only 3 miles left. I definitely listened to my doctor and took it easy for the entire race.
Firemen in tuxes handed us our necklaces
The race is definitely all about the women running it and had spectators all along the route. The expo (which they called an expotique) was really ALL about Nike, if you had forgotten bodyglide or any other race supplies you were on your own for tracking it down in San Fran but overall it was a fun race. Merchandise was available at Niketown if you wanted to wait 30+ minutes in line.
The runner tracking and timing was not the race’s strongest point. They used eternal timing devices, which was the first time I’ve ever used that brand. Most races of that size are moving towards the D-tags that are disposable or the timing chips. I couldn’t find my official time until Monday night when I googled for race results and they weren’t posted on Nike’s site until Thursday. I also signed my husband up to receive text messages of how I was doing and they came randomly and actually said I finished in the future. They charged people a couple of dollars to track and are refunding everyone for the mixup. The actual texts were something like this... "Melissa Neubauer has passed the 10km location of NWM at 8:08:44 today." and "Melissa Neubauer has completed the NWM Race at 16:24:54 today" and those were the only 2 texts he got. The one saying I finished was delivered to him at least an hour after I had finished running.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We flew in late on Thursday and started Friday with a drive through town and walked to the Wharf saw the sea lions, had sandwiches from Boudin YUM!, rode the trolley to Union Square to pick up my packet and info for the race, walked thru Niketown to buy me a short sleeve shirt to race in (it was warmer than I expected), took a taxi back to the pier for Alcatraz. We walked around
Saturday we got up and went back to
Union Squareto actually look around the expo and some shops. We met up with my Aunt Lisa and Uncle Mac to tour the city by car (wanted to keep walking to a minimum since I was running 13.1 miles the next day). We drove the back half of my course and stopped at the Cliff House, they took us to see the row houses that are in the commercials and from Full House. We had dinner at a neat little Italian place. And got me back to the hotel early so I could get to bed for my race.
Sunday was RACE DAY! I'll write a whole separate entry about the race.
After the race we drove up to Santa Rosa to our hotel and I took a quick nap then we went to Healdsburg, a suggestion from Lisa and Mac and walked around the town square and shops, Craig had his first tasting and it happened to be a couple who moved to Sonoma from Atlanta to start a wine business.
Monday we drove thru Napa starting at 2 more suggestions from Lisa and Mac which involved a gondola ride and great views. Craig had fun tasting more wine. The weather was rainy and gloomy but not too bad that we couldn't drive around and see everything.
Tuesday we went to Sonoma and had a private vineyard/winery tour at Sabastiani. It was gorgeous and really interesting. At the end of all the tastings we came home with 6 bottles of wine to enjoy after baby gator is born. We even visited a race track that had Audi Driving School classes going on. The new Audi R8 V10 cars were racing around the track.
If you have never been, I highly suggest San Francisco and wine country. It was a great trip and so much fun!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
August was a big month- we finished moving in, there's still a lot to unpack but we're finally out of the old place. We visited some friends in Nashville and helped them build some shelves and eat some great food.
Then we had a family photo session. Here are a few of my favorites:
A friend of mine who I worked with at the Atlanta TV station is no longer there and is starting a photography business. He wanted to build his portfolio and offered free sittings. So I took him up on it to update our family photo. We went to Piedmont Park and took several different settings of pictures. We got some good ones, Peanut Butter did pretty well.
I've gotten back into running, now that my neck is doing better. Which is a good thing since the half marathon in San Francisco is less than 2 months away!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've really enjoyed reading her blogs http://discombobulatedrunning.blogspot.com/ they've kept me entertained while I haven't been running for the last 3 and a half weeks. The day after the Peachtree something happened to my neck and shoulder, I pulled or strained it. Probably from moving. It's taken about 3 weeks to feel normal again. Frustrating! So after my great race on July 4th I've been on a running hiatus. I'm hoping this weekend that I can start running again, I have a race to train for!
So, we are moved into the new place. There are still some things over at the old house- mainly the office but we are moved in. Last night we hosted Craig's Boost Mobile coworkers for a team dinner. There were 8 people total and I think about how comfortable it was in the new place and how much stepping on each other we would've done in the old. It was nice and fun to see some of them, especially Jami who I've known for about 6 or 7 years.
We are in the process of joining Living Faith Lutheran Church in Cumming, GA. I'm really excited to have found a church home in Atlanta, it took us almost 2 years but we needed to find the right place.
On July 21 Ryan Sadowski pitched for the Giants against the Braves. I was able to go to the game, it was a bittersweet game. I'm a Braves fan so I always want them to win but on that night I was rooting for Ryan and the Giants (at least while he was in the game), it was his 4th major league start. Ryan did not have a good game, his first 2 games were phenomenal but he hasn't pitched that great since. Ryan played for the Gators and is our friend Adam's younger brother. I really hope he pitches well again soon.
I hope all is well in your world! Come visit us soon in Atlanta!
Monday, July 6, 2009
The big thing in Atlanta is a finisher's t-shirt. Every race I've run up here you don't get your shirt with the number you get the shirt after you complete the race. The Peachtree Road Race shirt is the most coveted shirt in Atlanta. They hold a design contest every year and the winner isn't announced until you pick up your bag after you cross the finish line.
Here's a picture before the race with a couple people I've met through work.
My friend Becki came up to Atlanta to run the Peachtree Road Race with us.
Our official times were: Melissa- 51:54 (3 minutes faster than my last 10k), Craig- 54:21 (qualified for a time group next year!), and Becki- 56:47
After the race we played a round of golf, then watched fireworks a few miles from the house. A very fun 4th of July!
Friday, June 26, 2009
So my trip...
Saturday I drove down to FL. With a stop in Gainesville.
After a very short stop by the stadium and to pick up some food. I got back on the road to Brandon. I had to buy new running shoes. I left mine in Atlanta.
Sunday I got up and ran 7 miles then got ready and went to Wallaby Ranch (www.wallaby.com).
Had a good time visiting with my dad's side of the family. Craig's dad and Carol joined me and Rich went up in a trike which is a motorized hang glider used for teaching.
Sunday night I returned to Brandon for some time with my mom's family. Rory is getting so big.
Monday I ran some errands and had lunch with my mom then I got on the road to Orlando. I got to Rich and Carol's and laid out for 30 minutes. It was all I could stand. Got showered and dressed and went to Christa's for a Pampered Chef party.
Tuesday was BEACH DAY after an hour run in the morning!! Rachel and I went to New Symrna and enjoyed the sun and waves. We even saw a few dolphins.
Wednesday Rich and I went over to our house and mowed the lawn and finished up a few things so the house is ready for the new renters. When we got back we loaded up my car with the desk and chairs and somehow we managed to fit everything in my car including the 9.5 foot desk top. I wish I had taken a picture of it because it was pretty funny how much stuff my CR-V had in it.
Craig and I have done the walk thru with our new house in Atlanta it is a quarter mile away in the same neighborhood. I started moving some stuff over there today.
Here are a few pics of the house before we start moving in.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I'm also mentally and physically preparing for my trip home. I always stress myself out when going home to visit. Now probably more so since my parents got divorced last year and it means splitting time between the 2 houses. While I'm visiting Orlando I'm going to the beach so I'm getting this bod ready for a bikini. It's been almost 2 years since the last time I wore one so I'm sure I will be blinding everyone with my whiteness and farmers tan from running and playing golf.
Please say a prayer for Craig and I, some brothers turned in an application to rent our house in Orlando and they want to move in before the end of the month. I'm praying they get approved and this works out better than our last renter. We had to take a hit on the monthly rent amount but at this point something is better than nothing. The Orlando house has been empty 16 of the 22 months since we've moved to Atlanta. We refuse to be one of those people who foreclose to just get rid of the property. So I'm praying for some help with the mortgage soon! We're saving up to move out of our place and maybe rent a friend's house one street over. Which if that doesn't work out, the search will begin for the next Neubauer rental house. But the fact the Orlando house is empty again keeps making it difficult to put money away for our own deposit and overlap of rent to move. Hopefully we will be packing boxes to move into a bigger - better house very soon!
I ordered jewelry from a friend of a friend and she did a custom purple and green necklace for me. It turned out so cute... I'm going to order an orange and blue necklace in August for the upcoming football season. Her website is: http://laurensbeading.etsy.com/ she has pieces available on her website but she also can create something if you want other colors or have an idea but can't execute it yourself. Check her out http://laurensbeading.etsy.com/
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I know it's hard to believe this is for real... but it is. Listen and get pumped up for the Orlando Magic in the Finals!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Update on the jewelry... ring repair has been put off because I REALLY needed new brakes and since they cost about the same the Brakes won so maybe next month I will get my ring repaired. The earring is still a no show.
This past Friday my sister sent me a text asking if we were in town on Sunday because she, Eric and their puppy Bailey wanted to come visit. Craig and I were in town so Emily and family came up to Atlanta from Tallahassee Saturday night after they got off work and left Sunday evening. We didn't do much except watch the dogs play, we even walked them down to the creek to play in the water.
Saturday we played golf and it's official- I am playing from the gold tees. I have been playing from them every once and a while. But instead of going between the red and gold I'm just going to stick with the gold tees. Hopefully by the end of summer I will get my game to under 100 on a consistent basis.
Today I ordered 17 tickets to the Gator football season opener on Sept. 5th. Friends from Florida, Alabama, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, and Georgia are going to Gainesville for the game. I'm really excited that we were able to order tickets from the University. I'm also making T-bow headbands for the group. I think I'm going to make 10 and whoever wants one can wear it. It's always so much fun to get everyone together! Now we just have to figure out where we are staying.
Tomorrow night is the New Kids on the Block concert that I'm dragging Craig to. He really may hate me for it because it looks like the forecast is calling for rain and the concert is at an Ampitheater. So it could be a wet concert. But I'm really excited to go see them since I was never able to see them as a kid. When we get home from the concert we will hopefully catch the end of the Magic v. Lakers game 1. GO MAGIC!!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
So tonight we went for a run (which at some point my headband came off and I had to retrace my steps to find) and then went to Panera for dinner. We got back and I took a shower. After I got dressed I realized I was missing one of my diamond stud earrings (the ones Craig gave me on our wedding day). We scoured the house, clothes, car, my purse... We found the back of the earring in my purse. But no earring. Who knows at what point today the back came off and fell into my purse and I lost the earring. Needless to say I'm pretty upset. I can't believe I lost the earring, I've worn those almost everyday for the past 4+ years.
Saturday we played golf at a course near Stone Mountain, it was cheap and the greens were in horrendous shape but I got some good driving and pitching practice in. We pulled up to the 12th hole and there were 2 coyotes just chilling on the tee box. Their den must've been close by because I thought coyotes were more of a night animal. We've heard neighbors talk about them in our neighborhood but had never seem them. It was weird to see 2 just hanging out at 2p in the afternoon.
We are really excited for the Orlando Magic, they are playing really well. It looks like we may be heading down to Orlando for a Finals game, if they win one more game against the Cavaliers. GO MAGIC!!
I almost forgot... I don't know how... Friday afternoon we became the proud owners of a soft serve machine. No worries I can make sorbet. We made vanilla ice cream on Saturday and raspberry sorbet on Monday. Turned out very well and was ready in less than 20 minutes with more than enough for us to eat for days. Though the sorbet takes some prior planning. Craig is in heaven.
We've been struggling to find a church that we are comfortable with in Atlanta. I miss the days of Trinity Lutheran in downtown Orlando. This Sunday we are going to try driving out to a church that's about 30 miles from the house in Cumming, GA, the pastor is the same pastor that baptized me in Jacksonville. I love Pastor Tim but I know it will be a drive. Then, I think next week we are going to visit a church with our neighbor that is moving to Germany that is an hour away and a Lutheran Church- Wisconsin Synod.
I'm glad this is a short week and looking forward to the weekend. I hope you have a great week!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Then I get to work today and forgot the keys to my office and found out that no one in my office has an extra key so Craig had to meet me halfway to give me my key. Then I got into my office and my computer wasn't working right. So I had to wait for IT to fix it. I didn't begin my work day until 11:30. Next week when our office assistant gets back from vacation I'm asking if an extra key can be made for my office.
Over the weekend I covered my veggie garden with netting to prevent birds and or squirrels from eating everything. They've already had a field day on my strawberries. Now the blackberries and blueberries are ripening I want to make sure I will get to enjoy them.
Today when I got home from work the trees I ordered for the cabin in Tennessee were waiting on the front porch. Carol and Rich have a project when they go to visit this weekend. :-) Part of our wedding present to them was fruit and nut trees to plant in the corral at the cabin. I ordered them from eburgess.com so they came bare root and the tallest one in only a few feet tall. Peach, Red and Yellow Apples, Pear, Cherry, Almond, 2 Pecans, and 2 Chestnuts. I wanted to get them planted now since it will take several years before they produce fruit and hopefully that will be when they have finished the addition and are spending a lot more time there. Planting now for rewards later. Hopefully Craig and I will make it up there in the next month or so, I'd like to go bike riding and check out some of the trails.
Until the next post.
Monday, May 11, 2009
We sat down and someone came by and took our drink order. We just got water to begin with. Then a different waiter came by and offered champaign to toast our anniversary. Very thoughtful. Another waiter came by to go over the menu and offer some suggestions on how to order.
For our first courses we ordered Yellowfin tuna & Avocado and Rock shrimp and Pancetta Risotto. While we were waiting for our first course they brought us an amuse bouche- a tiny cup of squash soup with croutons in it. Delish!!
For our main courses we ordered Heritage Pork Loin & Bacon Marmalade and Beef Short Rib & Root Vegetables with side dishes: asparagus and black eyed peas. The portions were very good sizes I wanted to keep eating but knew I wanted to save room for dessert.
For dessert I had chocolate cake with honey tengerine sorbet and Craig had roasted bananas and ice cream.
Throughout our meal at least 4 different wait staff stopped by our table to clean it off, top off our drinks, deliver food, or take our order. The manager stopped by to check on us and wished us a happy anniversary and was very pleasant. Did not just ask how everything was and jet, he stayed a few moments to get feedback and give us his card to come back again. It's amazing what good customer service can add to a meal. The food was fantastic and I couldn't have asked for a better anniversary dinner.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Since it's Thursday, we are going to celebrate on Saturday night by going to Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio's restaurant Craft. We really miss going to Enzo's in Orlando but I'm looking forward to trying out Craft.
To remember the day... Here are a few pictures... We’ve had a busy 4 years, with the future not looking like it will slow down…
A few things that have happened in 4 years:
June 2005 we adopted Peanut Butter!
May 2006 we bought our first house!
January 2007 went to
September 2007 we moved to
January 2009 went to
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday night we went to the Braves game. A home run was hit and landed right in front of us.
Saturday morning we ran in a 5k not far from the house. (I borrowed a few pics from the photographer at the race)
Then Saturday evening was the Derby!
The mint juleps were made from mint in my garden. No pre-made mixes for us!
And in honor of our friend Bret who is 1/8 Mexican we also had a Dos de Mayo party following the derby.
We had a good time. It's always good to see friends.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
For only a few days in Nashville we did A LOT! Happy Hour at a brewery that is in an old car plant and pasta dinner Friday. Saturday we watched the half marathon, brunch, saw Kat and Jas's soon to be new house, Franklin Art Festival, McDougals for lunch, grilled out and then out for a few drinks and White Castle. Sunday we played golf and drove home. Peanut Butter had fun playing with their dog Blu, an Australian Sheppard.
Last week Craig traded in some irons and got me the Callaway FTi driver that supports ovarian cancer. It is teal and has the teal ribbon on it, it matches my hat, towel, and golf balls. :-) I was super excited to get to play it on Sunday. I had a better round of golf on Sunday than I did the week before, I like to say it was the new driver.
When we got home Sunday night two asparagus had popped up in my garden and the grass is filling in nicely in the yard. The veggie seeds are sprouting- the spinach, carrots, green onions, peas, soybeans, pumpkin, and squash.
Now I've got to get the house ready, we are hosting our friends for a Kentucky Derby party weekend. I've grown mint for the mint juleps and I got my hat. I'm looking forward to seeing all our friends. I think we are going to try to go to the Braves game on Friday night. Then get up and run a 5k on Saturday morning. Derby is at 6 so who know what trouble we will get into before then.
Next week I'm sure I will have some fun pics to share from our exciting weekend.
Friday, April 24, 2009
The past couple of weeks I have been planting the garden. Craig built me a 8x2.5 raised bed on the side of the garage. In our garden is: asparagus, artichokes, carrots, spinach, green onions, tomatoes and peppers (I ended up having to buy plants, my seedlings all died), soybeans, green beans, and peas. I have two bowls of salad greens started 3 weeks apart. My strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are blooming. The raspberries are slowly filling in, next year's crop should be really good. The herbs: mint, oregano, basil, dill, cilantro, chives, and parsley are doing well in the pots on the porch. My neighbor decided to join in and we are sharing gardens like a co-op. She has zuccini, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and peppers. We also planted cantaloupe, pumpkin, watermelon, and squash seeds.
We also decided to till up our courtyard and put down grass seed.
I can't wait for everything to start producing! Edible gardening is so rewarding!