It’s been a busy past month despite the government shutdown, which affected the BLM office where I work, as well as about 85% of the Department of Interior employees (e.g., Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management). We were all furloughed for 16 days. It’s unfortunate some are referring to it as a “paid vacation” for federal employees. They did not choose to take this “vacation”, they are not paid during it, and everyone is glued to the news to find out whether or not they need to go back to work. So it’s tough to enjoy. We were all called back to work between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. last night. Those that are out-of-town have to take personal leave today if they can’t make it back. Overall, it’s an unfortunate and frustrating situation. But, I digress.
While I was furloughed, Rob and I flew to Minnesota and I ran the Twin Cities marathon!
This was a weekend dedicated to the memory of my aunt, and godmother, Holly Scanlan. She passed away in November of 2012 after a two-year battle with cancer. She was an amazing aunt, godmother, wife, mom, friend, and a genuinely kind, loving individual, who, with all her heart, did not want to die. She put up an extraordinary fight, and we all got together the weekend of October 4-6 to celebrate her and the establishment of the Holly Scanlan Foundation.
It was an AWESOME weekend! I got see so many family and friends whom I have not seen in months, and in some cases, years. Friday night we had a dance at my parents’ house. It was outdoors and we had tents, lights, live music, beer, snack foods, and lots of socializing. Rob got to meet the majority of the Scanlans – my mom’s family. She has 10 brothers and sisters, and they cumulatively generated over 30 grandkids, so we got to see several of my many cousins.
Saturday most of the Scanlans and Scanlan-friends ran the 5K in St. Paul. A handful ran the 10K. On Sunday I ran the marathon with seven other troopers. Here we are warming up in the Metrodome, less than an hour before the start of the race (8 a.m.).
Here I am with my three sisters and my sister’s fiancée.
Here are Rob and me after the marathon. Rob was SO LOUD during the 5K when we were cheering on my family, and during the marathon when I ran. He just has a loud voice in general, but jeez, did he ever make an impression on my family. A loud one!
Here is a group shot of everyone who came out that weekend for Holly! The finish for all the races was at the capitol in St. Paul. The marathon started at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, so we literally ran from one Twin City to the other! It was a gorgeous route and I would definitely run this one again.
And here is my mom and all her (10) siblings.
Rob fell in love with our cat. She loooooves attention more than any cat I’ve ever met. She devoured his incessant attention.
After the marathon we went to a restaurant and had a party. We had appetizers, drinks, and a delicious and beautiful cake.
The following week I got some duck time in.
Fred, Wilma, and Hector hanging out in our backyard.
I also spoiled my chickens with treats. I love those lady hens.