Monday, February 23, 2009

Fun with the Fughums

This weekend Ryan and I went to Kansas City to visit our good friends, Kristin and Clay Fulghum. We'd been wanting to visit for quite and while and were glad that a weekend finally opened up! Most of y'all reading this probably know them, but Lev and I were friends at A&M and then roommates when we moved to Austin. She and Clay got married last Memorial Day and then moved to KC two weeks later so that Clay could get ready for the Bar exam. We miss them TONS in Texas and had so much fun getting to see their new lives.

On the way, we had a layover in Houston where we met up with our good friend Charles for a quick visit. Here we are in the airport...

When we got to Kansas City there was no messin' around. We played some hard core Guitar Hero. I'm terrible at a lot of things that I have attempted in my life, but I don't think I stink as bad at as many things as I do at Guitar Hero. I guess I'm not a "gamer".

Here we are on a break from stinking at Guitar Hero. I'm much more talented at consuming large quantities of popcorn.

We spent part of Saturday afternoon at the Plaza in Kansas City, a great outdoor shopping area. It was super cold for the Texans, but we toughed it out, and it was totally worth it for all of the fun stores!

And, finally, one of the most important parts of this trip for Ryan- eating lots of good Kansas City barbeque. This is another area where I would consider myself above average. It was a great meal! If you ever find yourself in Kansas City, Jack Stack is the place to be!

We had such a fun weekend getting to catch up with good friends. Kristin and Clay, thanks so much for hosting us and showing us the town. We had so much fun and love you guys a ton. We can't wait for the next time!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

26.2 miles is a loooong way

Sunday was an exciting and much anticipated day for us. Ryan ran his second Austin Marathon and finished very strong, right at 4 hours. He's been training for this since September, so it was fun to see him finally get to run on the big day.

We had a great support team- our good friends Bart and Jessica from Austin, my old college rommate Katrina as well as her new bf and Ryan's friend Thomas from Beaumont and his gf Shelley. Big props to Thomas for running the last 8 miles with Ryan to keep his spirits high.

mile one: congress avenue

mile six: south first street

mile eleven: tarrytown

mile twenty: north loop and lamar
(that's me providing some moral support)

mile twenty three: hyde park

mile twenty six point two: congress avenue

members of the support team: katrina and jessica

Congratulations, babe! Your hard work paid off!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

In my humble opinion...

these are some great reads. They're all veeery different, some secular, some Christian, some are fiction, some are non-fiction.....

I'm not great at summarizing plots, so you should definitely google the titles if you want some real info.

totally random plot but really good ... it sucks you in

a great story of friendship- lots of great culture too

one of Francine Rivers' books

my all time favorite... so good! I've read it twice

unbelievable true story, totally life-changing and will make you weep

super twisted story...really addicting!

my homegirl, Francine wrote a whole line of books on women of the Bible, they're all really good. I've read Ruth and Esther.

a true story about a guy who, through some crazy circumstances, begins building schools in Pakistan.

an incredible story of two boys in Afghanistan, really sad at several points but also redeeming