The Conjuring

Do you like scary movies??  I remember BEGGING my mother to take me to see Freddy in a Nightmare on Elm Street. I was in the 6th grade. IT FREAKED ME OUT! I still have nightmares that Freddy is coming after me! Some horror/scary movies are like a train wreck and I can't take my eyes off the screen. Other times, I have to leave the room/theater, and distract myself. But the scariest movie I have ever seen is Jeepers Creepers. That devil bat flying dude just scares the bejesus out of me!

My husband LOVES horror movies and he is insisting that we go and see The Conjuring. Yeah. Fun. Joy. I'm wearing my Polar Heart Rate Monitor b/c I think my HR is going to go through the roof!! I wonder if that will count as my exercise for the day??

 

Here is a synopsis of The Conjuring:  Does evil exist? What is strong enough to defeat it? These are the questions raised by this thriller directed by James Wan (SAW, INSIDIOUS). After a family moves into a farmhouse in Rhode Island, they find themselves terrorized by an angry spirit. With the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, they discover that together, the love within a family can overcome any obstacle.

And you can view the trailer here.

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Push Away the Screen: Biltmore Bonding Day 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. You can read part 1 HERE

After our fun first day at the Biltmore, I couldn't wait to get up and explore the property!! But after too much wine the night before, James was moving S.L.O.W. so I took the kids off property and out to breakfast and brought him something back. By the time we got back, he was up showered, and ready for the day!

We decided that we would go and tour the amazing Vanderbilt home: The Biltmore Estate. I should have realized we were in for a crowd when we had to park FAR away and take a pretty long shuttle ride up to the house. Not only that, but we had to wait in line for the shuttle and didn't make it on the first one. Oops. Already James and Ronin were grumbling under their breath about the amount of people there. I told them to suck it up, and off we went.

The girls thought the outside of the house was so cool, but just couldn't understand why one family needed something so large. They were especially impressed by the lion statues around the house.

Our tickets also came with a self-guided audio tour, so we picked up our headsets, we grabbed a kids scavenger hunt sheet and off we went to tour the house. And then we stopped. Lines. LONG LINES! We felt like we were at Disney. It was THAT crowded. My autistic son and his daddy don't do lines very well. Ronin doesn't have the patience, and James has a bad back and can't stand without moving, and folks we weren't going anywhere!! We made it through 2 rooms when we just hit a wall of people. I looked at James, the kids, and I said, "that's it, we're cutting our loses now, let's get out of here." And just like that an executive decision was made, and we politely said "excuse me, excuse me, excuse me" to the hundreds of people in front of us, dropped off our headsets, and high-tailed it out of the house. Tongue Out

As soon as we hit the fresh air, I heard a collective sigh of relief. Our family are such outdoor nature buffs, and that is where we really enjoy spending most of our time. It was 11am, I had packed my backpack full of water and snacks (a mom of Irish Triplets is ALWAYS prepared) and we had the entire day to explore! James and I decided we'd let Ronin be our navigator so he took the map and off we went!!

He had his compass set to find the Bass Pond and nothing would stop him. Except tadpoles.

My kids L.O.V.E. exploring and this trip gave them plenty of opportunities. Just days earlier we went to a series of beautiful waterfalls in DuPont State Forest and my kids found tadpoles in the water puddles.

Eh, whatever. Kids will be kids and they had a blast!

But again, we are on a mission to find the Bass Pond!! Through the beautiful gardens we went!

 

And we stopped to look at a lot of really cool things. Like this Cypress tree. I had never seen so many knees with only one tree!!

Ronin was ahead of us and kept saying "come on guys, let's get to the Bass Pond, LET'S HUSTLE." Hehe...he gets LET'S HUSTLE from me. Wink

But Haley had other ideas.

She found this cute little waterfall that she said must be a fairy waterfall. So sweet.

Finally we made it to the Bass Pond!! And they had a nice bench there, so James sat to reflect.

But Ronin wouldn't let us sit still for long because there was a WATERFALL up ahead at the other end of the Bass Pond and he had to find it NOW!!

But again, the girls had other ideas. Not sure why this one picture is so small, but this was the biggest stump we'd ever seen. The girls tried to count the rings, but Ronin was can you guess? Yes, he was in a hurry!!

 We found it and it was a pretty steep drop down!

By this time we were starting to get hungry for some real food and we still had to hike back to the house. Decision time. Do we go back the way we came, or do we take the challenge and go through some wooded trails. What do you think we did? Of course, we went for the challenge. Up and down mountains we went, but not a complaint was heard. It was beautiful. It was quiet. And best of all? THERE WERE NO PEOPLE on the trail!!

All together we spent about 4 1/2 hours exploring the grounds and along the way we saw trails marked for bikes. We decided that our next adventure would be to go to the bike barn and rent bikes. But first, we needed food!! We took the shuttle back to the car, went to Moe's for lunch, headed back to our room to refill our water and we were back out to explore!

Part 3 of this series will detail our adventures on the Biltmore bike paths!! Good times!

Does your family enjoy exploring nature?

Getting my running groove back

I started running in 2009. I've run in dozens and dozens of races. I have a wall full of bling, and a photo book that holds all my race bibs. But in late 2012, my body just started to revolt against running, and so I stopped doing it unless I HAD to. I still ran races, (mostly 5K's) but my times were horrible.

I swam, I cycled, I did Body Pump, I did a host of other activities to keep my body active. But I started to lose that sleek runners physique. I noticed it, not sure if anyone else did, but I did and that's what matters.

In February 2013, I decided to run the Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon on a whim. I hadn't run more than 6 miles at one time in over a year, and here I was signing up for a 1/2 Marathon. Talk about peer pressure. Tongue Out

My best 1/2 Marathon time is 2:17. I finished Gasparilla in 3:17. Almost a full hour slower than my best time. And in the process I lost 2 toenails and hurt my butt and while it hasn't been confirmed, I'm pretty sure I have piriformis syndrome. Since February I've been rolling out my glutes and hammies like crazy, and I've been running with more frequency. But I'm still not as fast as I was. It still hurts when I run. And I've pretty much decided that if I don't commit to running WITH someone, or meeting up with someone, running is just not going happen for me. I just don't love it like I used to. But Triathlon season is upon us, and I've committed to three in the next few months. I need to get this run figured out, and figured out PRONTO!! I'd like to place like I did last year.

For the past 2 Tuesday's I've been meeting up with Denise from RunDMT and we've been running. Not together mind you because she is wicked fast, but she's making me accountable, and that's what I need at this stage of the game.

We ran this morning, meeting at 6:30am. It was hot, my butt hurt, but I got it done. Alternating between walking and running and I got in my 3.3 miles. I was happy with that. Denise did sprint work, and I tried my best. Some laps I attempted sprints, some laps I walked fast. It wasn't pretty but I got it done! 3.3 miles. The most I've run at one time since March 17th when I did a 4 mile trail run with Ella, and thinking back on that, my butt didn't hurt then. Denise mentioned that maybe my shoes had something to do with it. I wasn't wearing good running shoes, and I haven't been wearing my normal Brooks, so maybe she's on to something, huh???!!!

So I'm working on it. I'm working on getting my running groove back. I have a great team of people supporting me, and cheering me on. Their belief in me inspires me to want to do more, be more.

 

Have you experienced Piriformis Syndrome?  How did you overcome it?

Have you come back from injury to become a faster runner?

What types of shoes do you run in??