Where has the year gone? It is officially October and third quarter brings quite a bit of uncertainty. Where will I be by the end of the month? Will I have a new job? Will the US President be impeached? What isn’t uncertain is that life goes on and there is so much to be thankful for. Life will always be a little bumpy but just ride it out.
I have just returned from Paris for my second birthday in the City of Light. After my visit in 2017, it wasn’t one of my favorite cities for some reason. This time, my perspective changed a bit and I am not positive as to its reason. Regardless, my dear friend and I had a great time. We stayed in three different hotels, ran a half marathon at Disneyland Paris and had an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower for two nights. We enjoyed being able to stay two nights in one location. Thankfully, public transportation was close by as well.
While in Paris, it was nice to have received an inquiry from a wedding couple. The Groom’s location said Djibouti. “Oh, a destination wedding.” After confirming, the couple is located in the East Bay. Information was exchanged including availability, typical structure and rates and next steps. I look forward to following up with them today. They found me on Facebook. Thank goodness for social media!
Now taking 2019 and 2020 events!
A spot that was highly recommended to us to go to in Paris was Angelina’s. With multiple locations, we ended up at the cafe next to the Luxembourg Palais and Gardens. We both ordered the multi-course brunch for 39 euros and it was completely worth it. I am not a big chocolate fan but I had to try their hot chocolate. The selections were incredible. We were pretty happy and ready to chase the meal with a walk around the gardens and the city. You’ll need it!
I finished my second half marathon! It definitely was not pretty. I definitely did not train as much as I did the last time. I ran six miles a few days before and I felt good. What’s another seven? This time, I took my time. I wasn’t going for a good time, just to finish. At mile seven, I thought “Oh, I could do another half.” Come mile 9, “I’m definitely not doing another half.” My calves started to tighten and I stopped when I saw my friend Nikki stop on our last mile. I didn’t know she was in that much pain until I saw the panic in her face and I started to cry trying to talk her through breathing with me. She apologized for making me cry but I couldn’t help it! My friend was in pain. With the help of many other runners, we eventually got her back on her feet and we finished. I met her at the finish line and we saw the medics. Her vital signs were fine. She just needed to rest.
Nonetheless, we finished. Nikki would like to possibly train for a full. I am going to stick with 5 and 10Ks. I could do those without too much strain and I still feel its an accomplishment. I have decided to trade in half marathons for golf. I work at a golf course on the weekends and I might as well take advantage of the benefits of free golf and access to the facilities. See you on the course!