Up and at them.
Passed away the many hours before Bridget came over around 8am. We chatted for a while and then went out for a run.  It was my marathon recovery run. We ran up 12th down through the park and then continued down Roosevelt and headed east on 70th. Made our way over to 25th NE and headed north up onto Lake City Way. Then headed west up the great hill on NE 98th until we reached 12th and then continued down to the house. This was a grand 5 mile recovery run with hills.

Bridget headed out and I put the kettle on for the second time this day. Passed away another hour or two doing nothing much. Headed up to Trader Joe’s and QFC for provisions. Then home again. Did get some stuff from downstairs to get ready for the camping trip.

I went over to Subaru to pick up Natasha. She dropped the car off so they could have a look at the brakes. The light keeps coming on. Home for dinner. We watched a movie while eating dessert. Table 19.

It was alright



Woke up very early after little sleep.

I had no real signs that I ran a marathon yesterday.

Today I went over to Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought gel shots for the hike on Saturday. Dropped me DNA sample to the post office. At home I cleaned the garage out, well finished cleaning it out.

Bridget O came by for tea and a chat. We had a good chat this day and we will run my recovery run tomorrow.

I made dinner for Natasha and myself after Bridget headed out. We passed away the evening doing odds and odds. Did buy ice axes for our hike on Saturday as well.


Up and at them.
Had the tea and bread. Then Natasha dropped me down at 15th and Pacific so I could walk on over to Husky Stadium for the start of the Seattle Rock And Roll Marathon. 

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Walked on over and went to the bathroom. Talked to a girl from Guam there. Her Name was Pearl. Over on vacation and was able to fit this in.

I went up to my corral for the start and chatted to a nice Marathon Maniac there. She had forgotten her head phones but had come to terms that this is one race that it wasn’t so bad. And true, great scenery with a band every mile along the way.

And we are off. The first song on me iPhone was Bob Dylan, Like A Rolling Stone from Live At Budokan. On we went crossed the 5K mark. I had to stop for the bathroom. Continues on, we passed along where the Wear Blue Run To Remember were lined up with the photo graphs of the fallen military. I counted 156 photos of each person along the way. Male, female, young, old and many photos taken with their kids. Some who won’t had a dad (or mom) around today for Fathers Day. Then we ran along by all the American flags that had a black ribbon on top. My patriotic heard was a beating proud for my adopted homeland here.

The race was well fuelled with water, Gatorade, chews and other bits so I was well hydrated. Had to use the bathroom again around mile 11. We were going through Seward Park at that time and I used the one in the park.  Then we ran back up to Seattle on Rainier Ave. At mile 17.85 we split away from the finishing half marathon runners who were turning in for Century Link Field.

We continued up the Viaduct and up 99 until before the Aurora Bridge where we did the u-turn and headed back south. The u-turn was around mile 22.5. Heading back down Aurora again having more drinks along the way. At mile 25 I called my Natasha to let her know where I was. She was already down there waiting for me. I continued into the start of the 26th mile with Paul McCartney singing All You Need Is Love. I was thinking about Natasha and I would be seeing her right after this song. I removed the headphones for the finish. We ran up between the fences and my first marathon in two years was over. I felt grand well. My moving time for the Rock & Roll Marathon Seattle is here.

Went through and got my medal. Then had two chocolate milks and half a banana. Went over and got my finishers running jacket. Headed off to Natasha straight away then. I walked down south to where she was parked. I was happy to see her as always. We then headed off down to Smarty Pants for out lunch. Ate a grand meal there.

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Headed up north when we were done. We stopped into QFC for a few provisions before going home. At home had a shower finally. It was good, well except the areas of chafing.

Realta popped down to see us for Fathers Day with Aine. We had the usual fun with them. It was great to have them visit. Meant a lot to me. We made plans for the future and had a great time. They had to head out to another party at Steve’s dad’s house.

Later on we ate dinner and copious amounts of dessert. Watched some of The Office on Netflix to pass the night away.


Woke up tired after a grand sleep.

Passed away the AM. Baked some bread. Steve dropped Realta off at our house while he headed off to get the surprise engagement ring from his grandmothers house.

We took Realta over to Cafe Flora for the brunch.

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Ate a grand meal there. Then we went to the TJ Max and Ross for a couple of items.


Passed away the time chatting. Then we headed off down to Jack and Jaleta’s for Sydney’s Graduation Party. Met their son Nicolas for the first time. A nice lad. Met Don the neighbor and his wife. They were truly a great couple. Met Sydney of course and Ryan again.

Had a grand veggie hot dog and great food. Cupckes for dessert. Bret S was also there and it was nice to see him. We headed out later on in the evening. On the way home I got a message from a number of birthday wishes that I didn’t know and it ended up being Joyce and Barry. That was a nice text. Then right before we got home we got a text from Realta with her holding out her hand with a ring on the wedding finger all smiles. She is now engaged. 

Got home. Had a wee snack and then Realta and Steve arrived back. We talked about the proposal and early wedding plans and all that. Great time with them and then time for bed is here since I’ll be up to run a marathon tomorrow.

Happy Life.

Woke up early of course.

Passed away the morning doing odds and ends and finished a movie I had started a few days ago. It was called A Dark Song.

It was shite really.

At noon I headed on down to Century Link Field to the Rock and Roll Marathon Expo. Got my number, tee-shirt and a bag full of goodies.

When I got back home I started cleaning the entry way. Then moved onto the couch and tables. Natasha arrived and we went over to Tengu Sushi for dinner.

Stopped into QFC for a few items. Realta and Steve met us there to give us Aine. They had to go to Grainne’s graduation. Got back home and passed away the evening playing, feeding and nappy changing with Aine.

Steve and Realta arrived at the end of the night. We chatted for a good while and then they took off.

Woke up after less than four hours.

I went off for a run down around Greenlake and back home again after stopping into PCC for an item. It was a grand 8 mile plus run.

Erin came by to do the garden today and we chatted for a wee moment. Organized the drawers in the kitchen. Went through the bags as well. Got a lot of stuff thrown away and put away.

Had the dinner and we watched more of House Of Cards Season 5 on Netflix.


Talked to Steve later on. He asked me for Realta’s hand in marriage. A very sweet gesture and of course I gave him my blessing.  Now maybe a nap.

Woke up after four hours of rest. My official birthday day now on the book,

Headed over to Bridget’s to go for a run with her. We ran over and did the Julie Loo and back for a close to 5 mile run.

Back home and passed away the day with Aine and Realta. I took them back up to Heidi’s in Everett in the afternoon. Than off home I go again.

Natasha arrives back and we head straight out again. We drive downtown and park. Then into MOD Pizza for dinner.

Headed over to the Paramount to see Cabaret.

We took our seats and dug in to it. The show was way better than I expected and it took us along for a two hour forty five minute ride that was all good.