Texas trip and Happy Anniversary and more.

First off, Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Mom and Dad.  I won’t go on and on about you because I did that already on Mother’s and Father’s Day (don’t expect it twice in one year), but congratulations for 39 years of married life!  You are an awesome example for me (if I ever actually decided to get married, that is).

I spent an amazing 5 days or so in Texas over the 4th of July weekend & had a blast.  It was just what I needed.  My parents, my brothers, my sis-in-law, my beautiful niece and nephew, the dogs!–it all forms a pretty cool package deal–especially after a long long school year full of additional hours without additional pay.  It was nice to take an actual vacation (weddings, triathlons don’t count).  I spent a day with my parents eating out, shoe-shopping, movie-watching–which was all awesome.  When the rest of the clan arrived, we ate BBQ, went to an awesome amusement park, played laser tag, board games (I WON! I WON!), watched fireworks, ate more BBQ, watched movies, painted tea cups, etc.  The fun would not let up!  I love our summer get togethers even more than Christmas–it’s like family fun without the stress of gift-giving (happy b-day Jesus!  Didn’t mean to offend you or anything!).  So thanks family–what an awesome time I had.

Texas is home for me.  I’ve always been fascinated with it–how when you leave, you somehow feel more connected to it.  It’s no longer the kind of “man, we don’t do things like that in Texas” kind of attitude I first had when living in Southern California.  The “who are these Hollywood crazies? and where are my down-home Texans?”  My parents live in New Braunfels/Gruene now, along the river, & it’s the kind of Texas everyone loves.  The kind that make it a tourist town.  A place where hopping into a tube  in the river with a cooler packed with beer is the daily activity.  There are no other plans for the day.  I love the slow pace.  We drove into a field in our pickup truck–alongside a dozen other pickup trucks–to watch the fireworks & listen to the local radio station play some sort of Freedom 4th of July set list.  There was that dull roar from the millions of bugs out & it’s like for a brief moment–all the cliches about small town life, about being a country girl at heart–they are so real.  I had my nephew on one side, my niece on the other, and there was no doubt in my mind that the only thing that matters are the people in my life.  To me, Texas is my place where those moments happen all the time–mostly because my family is there–but also, there’s a general statewide agreement about the order of importance of things: family, friends, laughs, music, the outdoors–that  makes me feel so connected to it.  It’s not that I’m a different girl out in L.A., but I do love going home a few times a year to have a refresher course in Priorities.

So I’m back, summer camp is in full swing (along with my 6am alarm) & my workouts are improving (from the crutches days last month).  I’m so happy to be back at the gym, back on the bike, and back to running–get to add some swimming in the next few days—and planning to do a short course triathlon on my birthday next Sunday.  Even though I’m not 100% yet,  I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday morning!  I’m also looking into getting back into group workouts & doing more sessions with the UCLA group.  I’m still hesitating about whether to go forward with nationals in September–or to race the same local races I raced last year & hope to qualify again next year.  I feel like if I travel across the country for a race, I should be at my best & not sure I will be there by September–but I’ll give it another month or so.

Have a great weekend!