Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Two in a Row!!!!

Congrats to Stacy for winning her second tournament in as many weeks. This time she won the University of Alabama Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Not only did Stacy win the individual tournament, but her team also won. Check out Ladybacks.com to read all about it. Congrats again!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Half-Marathon Training


It was officially the first weekend for my and Beth's half-marathon training. As we build up to 13 miles, yesterday meant we had to run seven miles. The run came and went and everything was fine. I think Beth was a little nervous about the run, but she did fine. In fact we ran faster than usual without any problem. We followed yesterday's run up with a six mile run this morning. The cool weather definitely makes things easier. The temperarture was in the sixties both days that we ran.

As we start getting ready for the half-marathon, I think it's about time for new shoes. You would think that running would be a cheap sport, but having to replace your shoes every 300 miles gets pretty expensive. I burn through about 5 pairs of shoes a year and at $100 a pair, it all adds up.

Speaking of things being expensive, the big issue in Houston running these days is the fact that the Houston Marathon and Half-Marathon have reached their entry limit. This even after they increased the total number of participants from 15,000 last year to 17,000 this year. Registration closed in December last year for the January event. This year it closed at the end of September. What does all this mean you may ask. It means that people are selling their registration for the event to other people who are desperate to run. How much would running in a half-marathon or marathon be worth to you? Well, it's somewhere in the $200 to $300 range to some people who are buying others' regristrations. This doesn't include the $40 transfer fee. A small price to pay to run 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles, right? Ha ha. Right. I'm just glad Beth and I got in early and paid $60 for our registration. Happy running.

Friday, October 26, 2007

My Love Sac(it's not what you think)

I am getting rid of my Love Sac. As awkward as this may sound, it's a good thing. For anyone who doesn't know what a Love Sac is, click on the link to learn for yourself. Basically it's an oversized bean bag that's made out of foam instead of bean bag stuff. About three years ago, they were the "cool" thing to have and Love Sac opened a bunch of retail stores across the country. One of the stores they opened was in The Woodlands Mall. I happened to know the manager of the store and he gave me a 50% discount on whatever I wanted. So I bought a 6' Love Sac and put a faux polar bear fur cover on it. This thing is sweet. It's great for laying in to watch a movie, take a nap, or read a book. It's easily big enough for two people and can even fit three people on it. Now that I live in downtown Houston, I had kind of forgotten about the Love Sac. It's up in The Woodlands at my parents' house in a guest room. I had forgotten about it until my Mom called asking if I wanted her to give the Love Sac to the Salavation Army. I was like, "What?!?!?!?!?! Are you kidding me? That thing is worth over $600!!!" So I told my Mom that I would figure out what to do with it and get rid of it for her since it literally takes up half a room. Well Mom, you'll be proud of me. I'm getting rid of the Love Sac this weekend!!!!!! On Monday I decided I would post it on Craigslist(which I had never done before). I just did a simple post with no pictures thinking I would take some pics next time I'm in The Woodlands and add them to the post. Well about an hour later I had six e-mails from people wanting the Love Sac. My original asking price was $100 but I realized demand was high and ended up selling it for $125 and the girl is picking it up tomorrow! I ended up paying about $250 for the Love Sac almost four years ago so I'm pretty happy with my 50% return. I'll probably miss the Love Sac at some point, but I know for a fact that my Mom won't miss it taking up the entire guest room!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Our New House

People keep asking us where our new house is, so below is our house on a map so you can see where it is in Houston.



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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Big Cold Front

A cold front came through Houston yesterday. When I say cold, I mean cool. It's not like we're living in Greenland or anything. Although for a minute I thought I was as I drove home from work yesteday. You see I drive by Memorial Park everyday on my way to and from work. For those of you who don't know about Memorial Park, it's like the "it" place to see and be seen exercising in Houston. People take their dogs, their kids, their significant others or whatever else they want out there to get their exercise. Some people out there are really serious or maybe I should say take themselves very serious. Others are just out there to be seen.

I always thought it'd be cool to live by Memorial Park because it was a great place to go running. Man was I wrong. First off, it's crowded. All the time. At its busiest there can be at least a couple thousand people on the 3 mile running path. That's not to mention the long stretch of the path that runs parallel to Memorial Drive. As you run, you inhale fumes from the hundreds of cars that pass you at any given time. So as you run and get fit, you inhale toxic fumes into your lungs. Not my idea of a good time.

Anyway, back to my point. My point is, as I drove by Memorial Park yesterday, I saw people dressed like we were on the verge of getting our first snow. I saw people with stocking caps, scarves, long pants, big coats, and any other thing to help people survive this "arctic blast." "Are you serious?" I thought to myself as I drove by. "Do people really think it's that cold out?" By the way, this arctic blast I'm talking about was 58 degrees. I can't wait to see what's going to happen when it actually gets close to freezing here. I know what happened last year, schools shut down, offices were closed, and people were scared to go outside. Memo to Houstonians, 40 degrees is not going to kill you. Ask the people in Minnesota about this. They call 0 degrees in the middle of Winter, a heat wave. I think we'll survive.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Congrats Stacy!!!



Stacy won the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament this past weekend beating out the top collegiate women's golfers in the country.

Go to Ladybacks.com to read more about Stacy and her team.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Moving Out Soon

As Tony is glued to the TV right now watching the OU game, I have spent the past hour or so grading quizzes and homeworks. This has become the usual Saturday routine. I like football, but I have a hard time watching 12 hours of football every weekend. Lately, Tony and I have been talking and thinking a lot about how we are moving out of our apartment in less than a month now. We are moving on November 18th. We can't believe a year has gone by so quickly, but at the same time we can't wait to move out of the apartment.

Those of you who have seen our apartment can understand what I'm talking about. Since we have a loft style apartment, we really have no separate rooms and we are either in the "living space" (downstairs) or the upstairs loft part. We are so tired of not having any other places to go in our apartment. Plus you can never get away from the sound of the TV when it's on since we have no dividing walls unless you want to go into the bathroom or closet. It can be pretty annoying when we want to watch different things or one of us doesn't feel like watching TV and would like to do something else. We just feel so confined here. This is one of the reasons we are excited to move and to get into our own house soon. More space will be fantastic!

Since I am the obnoxious organizer, we're going to start packing some stuff up pretty soon and taking it up to The Woodlands to Tony or my parents' house. I brought home some boxes from school this week and it's actually starting to seem real that we are moving soon. Tony wants to get a few boxes together to make a trip next week. I'm not a big fan of moving since I have basically moved every year for the past 6 years, but this time it's different. This time once we move out, we only have a short time of staying at Tony's parents' house until our house will be done. After that we won't have to move for awhile and we can finally feel settled in our own home. Moving out of the apartment is the first step and we're almost there! Just a few more weeks!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Joy in Sadness

I've come to realize lately how much sadness there is in life. We are surrounded by it on a daily basis in nearly everything we do. But rarely do I realize how much joy can come from sadness. I heard about a story that was going to be featured on ESPN a few nights ago and told Beth that I wanted to watch it. "What's it about?" she asked. I told her it was about the University of North Carolina mascot who was tragically hit by a car this past March just before the Tarheels Sweet 16 basketball game. Beth, probably wondering why I wanted to watch a story on a mascot, kind of thought about it and said okay whatever, knowing that we were going to watch it anyway. So later that night we sat down and watched the story of Jason Ray and for the next 15 minutes, I don't think there was a dry eye in the room. It's not a short story. It may take you 10 or 15 minutes to read it, but I promise it'll be worth it. Click here to read about Jason Ray.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weekend Adventures

Beth and I had a pretty good weekend overall. We spent Friday night up in The Woodlands area. Like I said in our previous post, we had dinner at Mel's Country Cafe in Tomball. And needless to say it was good. We had onion rings, fried mushrooms(those were for me, Beth doesn't like mushrooms), chicken strips, french fries, and mashed potatoes. Can you say heart attack on a plate? Anyway, it was all good and we were glad to get our home cooking fix for a while.

After dinner we decided to drive by our neighborhood and check out the progress of the house next door to where our house will be. The house was framed and we got a chance to walk through it and get a better idea of where our house is going to sit on our lot. It's crazy to think that in six months our house will be built too and a lot of the empty lots will have houses on them and people living in them.

Saturday was spent watching football all day. Although we did manage to get a run in before we started laying on the couch. Beth was happy because UT won. I was happy because OU won and LSU and Cal lost. Boomer Sooner!!!

Yesterday we worked with Sweet Leaf at the Bayou Art Festival in downtown Houston. It was pretty good overall although it did rain for part of the day. I guess clouds and rain beat sunshine and a hundred degrees any day of the week. That's about it from here. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, October 12, 2007

This Weekend

Well, the weekend is finally here and I think we're all glad for that. Beth and I don't really have a ton of plans for this weekend, but we have enough to keep us busy. Tonight we are driving up to The Woodlands to take care of something at the house for my Mom. And since we'll be up in The Woodlands, we have decided to go eat at Mel's Country Cafe in Tomball. I'm sure most people haven't heard of Mel's but it's safe to say it's home cooking at its best. If you can fry it, you better believe they serve it. Mel's is actually known for the Mega Mel burger which may make you sick just reading my description of it. The Mega Mel Burger(pictured below) consists of a pound and a half of beef, three quarters of a pound of bacon, a quarter pound of cheese, a head of lettuce, a whole onion, a whole tomato, and a couple of whole pickles. Did I mention mayo and mustard? If you can eat the Mel Burger in less than 2 hours, you get a coupon for a free one the next time you come to Mel's and you also get your name on the wall. I personally think they should offer you a coupon for a free cholesterol screening after you get done. Just a thought.

Tomorrow Beth and I are watching football!!!! And we also need to go to the mall. We have our engagment pictures coming up and of course we need to get new outfits!!! We're not really sure what we're going to wear yet. I'm not too concerned. I'm more concerned that it not be 100 degrees outside when we get our pictures taken in a couple of weeks. Nothing says in love like two people sweating profusely in their engagment pictures, right?

Sunday we are working with Sweet Leaf Tea at the Bayou Arts Festival in downtown Houston. Should be fun. I've never been before but have heard great things about it. We'll let you know.

The Mega Mel Burger

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My Favorite Runner!

As Beth and I have mentioned previously, we ran in the Race for the Cure last weekend. A few of our pictures are below. But I figured I couldn't let it pass without bragging on Beth just a little bit. There were nearly 1800 competitive runners in the 5k race and Beth finished 285th. That would put her basically in the top 15% of ALL runners in the race. She finished 6th in her age group and 78th overall for women. Needless to say, pretty impressive!!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

BOOMER SOONER!!!!!!!!!!

Race Results


We had a good showing at the Susan G. Komen Race yesterday. The rain came in about 20 minutes before the race was about to start and we all got pretty soaked. It did stop about 5 minutes before we started and held off for the entire rest of the race. My mom had the goal of running the entire race and she did it! She even ran faster than she thought she could. Janet was the motivator and made sure she didn't stop running! My dad realized that he needs to have another knee surgery and was a trooper and finished with a pretty good time, for an old guy ;). Tony took off and left the rest of us in the dust. So he was the winner out of the 5 of us, and I got second place.

This was my dad and Tony's first time to come to a Race for the Cure. My mom, Janet, Stacy, and I have been to quite a few races. It's always so cool to see the breast cancer survivors out there running with their pink tshirts and the thousands of people who come up to support such a great cause. With my Grandma on my mom's side having breast cancer, we always call her and let her know that we ran for her today. My mom also got pretty emotional yesterday because she now works with breast cancer patients and just thinking about her patients and their struggles got her through the last part of the race. It's not all about running the Race for the Cure, it's about supporting finding a cure.

In Celebration of my Grandma

Ohio Pictures - From July

It took us long enough to get some pictures together from our trip to Ohio in July. Since it was right after our engagement, we had a couple of celebration cakes. It was so great to see how excited everyone was for Tony and me.

Tony & me with our cute cookie cake


Tony, me, and Janet at the golf tournament


The whole Lewis family


Me, Tony and Stacy with our cake


The Lew Crew - we made t-shirts for Stacy and wore them on the last day with our camo hats.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fall

I feel my mood starting to change now that summer is over and it's the beginning of October. I enjoy Summer, but Fall is my favorite season. The next three months are my favorite months and I can't help but think of growing up in Oklahoma and watching the leaves change colors on the trees and the many Saturdays spent playing soccer in great Fall weather. Unfortunately that isn't exactly the case in Houston. I find myself getting excited for Fall and constantly being disappointed. Today is October 3rd and the high temperature today is supposed to be 92. Ninety-two degrees! Are you kidding me? I thought looking ahead that we were supposed to get a cold front in the next ten days, but I guess I was wrong. A cold front means 89 degrees instead of 92. Excuse me for my Grandpa moment, but I remember when I was 13 and it snowed on October 30th in Oklahoma. Obviously that's not a common occurrence or anything, but man that was nice. I'm not saying I necessarily enjoy lots of snow. In fact that's something I like about Houston. It eventually does get cold here but it never snows. I can almost wear shorts year round and I never have to get bundled up to go running. I know that eventually it will start cooling down and I'll get those cooler temps, but it's just hard waiting for that first cold front to roll through. So for now I'll look on the bright side. And the bright side is, it's not 100 degrees everyday(apologies go out to my family in Dubai).

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Last Weekend

Beth and I had a pretty good weekend. Friday was pretty much just like a usual Friday. We got home from work and wanted to lay around, not feeling like doing much of anything. After we finally figured out that we were hungry and not in the mood to cook, we decided to go to Cheddar's. I'm sure most people have heard of Cheddar's, but if you haven't, it's a great place that I would recommend. It's a casual restaurant that looks from the outside like it could be expensive, but it's not at all. Pretty much the most expensive thing on the menu is $12.99 and most things are between six and seven bucks. Anyway, there are only a few Cheddar's restaurants in Houston and the one Beth and I decdied to go to was out West off of the Westpark Tollway. As we were getting ready to pull into the restaurant, I mentioned to Beth that our friend Romi lived right there and I hadn't talked to her in a while. So we decided to give her a call. Luckily she wasn't doing anything since her boyfriend was out of town, so she joined us for dinner. We ended up spending over there hours at Cheddar's just talking and having a really good time.

Saturday was a bad day. My Sooners lost. In all my sadness, a smile appeared on my face as I watched Colt McCoy get knocked out of the Texas game and the Longhorns get dominated at home against Kansas State. This weekend is OU/Texas and I think it's going to be a good game.

Sunday was a great day. Beth and I signed the final contract on our house!!!!! We finished picking out all of the upgrades we wanted and now the next step is to meet with our builder after they receive all the building permits needed. Once construction actually starts, it will take about two months to be completed. After we signed the contract on our house, we went to The Woodlands to see my Mom one last time before she left to go back to Dubai. We went to Brio for dinner and it was really good to hangout with my Mom. I'm definitely going to miss her a lot. It's been really nice having her basically right down the road for the past three and a half months. I'm excited that we'll all be together again in Italy and I can't wait to see Gab and Louise!

This weekend is Race for the Cure and lots of college football!!!!

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