The dwarfs need a new foreman

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Yeah, I think the dwarfs need a new foreman.

New Foreman Needed.

New Foreman Needed.

There’s a small house I pass every time I drive to my daughter’s house. It’s under construction and set on a big plot of land, in a thick copse of trees between two even bigger plots of land. The houses on the adjoining lots are large, sprawling even. The house in question? It’s a teeny little thing that looks like Snow White’s cottage.

Seriously, this house has the steeply peaked roofs and the cozy gables. Deeply shadowed eaves and the requisite fireplace. Here’s the thing. The fireplace chimney is framed to be curvy as it reaches for the sky. Charming? Yes, it’s very adorable. And looks very much like the dwarfs’ cottage. I live in Central Florida, the land of Walt Disney World. There are houses dotting the whole landscape here and there that look like they could have sprung right out of the first reel of a Disney cartoon. In fact, Give Kids The World Village is filled with these charming buildings to help sick kids and their families forget their troubles for a little while. I’d love to see this particular little cottage in our neck of the woods finished.

This house seems to be at the same state of construction since I first took note of it in February. Oh, I see trucks parked outside sometimes. And the door was open once. Just the other day, ladders leaned against the front and back of the house. And yet, nothing seems to be happening.

I remarked to my daughter, “That’s what happens when you make Sleepy the foreman.” She replied with, “Yeah, everyone knows the foreman needs to be Doc!”

The place is very cute, though. I admit I wouldn’t mind staying there, as long as forest creatures do the housework!

 

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Run Like a Turkey!

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Today we laced up our running shoes so we could run like a turkey! Our community had a 5K today to collect toys for Give Kids the World Village. Great cause and great time!

Gobble gobble!

Gobble gobble!

This was a much less formal race than the one we did a couple of weeks ago, but it was a blast. It started at the school just around the corner from our house, so there was very little stress getting up and going. My grandson came in the running stroller and, even through it was drizzling when we first set out, it ended up being a nice cloudy day for a run. We walked to the school, signed in and handed over our toys. There a was a pretty good turn out, too. They had an incentive for kids who brought their families to the run, and I think that really helped. Thanks to the parents who got up and out on a Saturday morning to have some fun and get their kids some extra credit!

I ended up nearly matching my overall personal record but I did have a PR for one of the miles! That’s due to my daughter’s encouragement/prodding. I guess that counts for her extra credit?

There’s another 5K in the community in a few weeks and we plan to run that one, too. I love doing these smaller, less formal races! New challenges, like I said I wanted in a previous post. Charity and exercise, a cool combination. And if I looked a little like that turkey as I crossed the finish line, so what?

Gobble gobble!

New Running Shoes, New Challenges!

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I finally bought a new pair of running shoes, and find myself eager for some new challenges! I lamented in a recent post that my running shoes passed the 500 mile mark. And I also whined a little that Nike didn’t make the updated model of my shoe in a Trail version. I was lucky enough to snag last year’s Trail version on my shoe! Yes, I had an “OMG” moment when I realized I had been running in shoes from the year before. Gasp!

New Running Shoes!

New Running Shoes!

I wore them for a whole day, just walking around and living my life. Then, this past Saturday, I ran in them at the Gingerbread Run 5K! It was held at Give Kids The World Village, and was a charity event. BTW, the event raised over $100K to date! Over 2000 runners and walkers participated and it was a great time.

Gingerbread Run

Gingerbread Run

Click on the link http://www.gktw.org/ to learn more about this incredible, inspiring place. I guarantee your heart will swell.

So now that I have my new running shoes, I’m eager for new challenges. Yes, I did the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Mile last month and it was incredible. Yes, I’m doing the inaugural Minnie 10K in January at Walt Disney World. I want to do more of these smaller races, though. I want to gather teams and raise money for the causes. And I want to earn medals, lol.

New shoes, new challenges. But seriously, isn’t it all about the shoes? 😉