We rang in 2009 sleeping. I was working shift work at the time and had to be up for work at 3:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day. This meant that we were in bed sleeping by about 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Boring I know. Two days later we were on a plane for Miami. Stacy bought Beth and I plane tickets to Miami as well as tickets to the BCS National Championship game for Christmas. Although OU didn’t win, we had a great time in Miami. And it was in Miami, that I got a phone call from my current boss offering me a job in Tulsa. After some thought and discussion, Beth and I decided that it would be best for us to accept the job and move to Tulsa.
Moving to Tulsa was a big step for both of us, but especially Beth. It would mean she would have to find another teaching job and teach at her third school in three years. It would mean moving away from Texas and her parents which she has lived with or near since being out of college. And it would also mean Beth living in Houston and me living in Tulsa for about 4 months. Needless to say, that was pretty hard. The timing also ended up being a little strange because we got a contract on our house in Houston exactly one year to the day from when we closed on the house in 2008. And two days later, the offer on our house in Tulsa got accepted.
We went from this:
And when we moved, we went from this house in Houston:
To this house in Tulsa:
All of the house stuff happened right before Spring Break and our trip to France to see my sister along with a stopover in Belgium. It was our first time to Belgium and we had a great time. We got to tour the Stella Artois brewery(one of my favorite beers) and eat lots of chocolate and waffles covered in chocolate.
A week after getting back from Europe, the movers were there and our house in Houston was being packed up. Since we hadn’t closed on our house in Tulsa yet, our stuff was moved into storage. Three weeks later, Beth was up in Tulsa and we were closing on our second house in 13 months. It’s weird because you always think about your first house being a big deal and we thought it was. At least until we moved out of our house after only a year and bought our second house.
Two days after we closed on our new house, we flew to Augusta, GA for a wedding.
In June, Beth finally moved to Tulsa. Two weeks later we were back in Houston for our good friends Romi and Rian’s wedding. We got back from Houston and the next week flew to Toledo, OH to watch Stacy play in the Jamie Farr LPGA tournament. It was our third time in four years to go to Ohio for the tournament and we are already looking forward to going back this summer.
Us with Romi and Rian
Two weeks after returning from Ohio, we were back on a plane. This time we were headed to Portland, Oregon where I was the Best Man in my good friend Jacob’s wedding. It was a mini reunion for me and some of my longtime friends and we all had a great time. Beth was the only girl, but she fit in great and had some good laughs. We got to go white water rafting, see the Oregon coast, and even got in some scenic runs thru some of the tree covered trails of Portland. And because I’m a great husband, I took Beth out to T.G.I. Friday’s at the Minneapolis airport for our one year anniversary. Okay, we really celebrated a day earlier in Portland at a great restaurant called Toro Bravo, but our actually anniversary dinner was spent in the Minneapolis airport.
After getting back from Portland, it was almost time for Beth to start teaching again. Another summer had flown by and she was starting again as the new teacher. Luckily for Beth, she was able to get a job in a school district that most closely resembled where she was teaching in Houston. She also had a chance to help out at a few things before school started and got to meet some teachers.
In September, we went to Fayetteville, AR to watch Stacy play in the NW Arkansas LPGA tournament. It was our second year to go to that tournament and once again we had a great time. We even got to have dinner with Lee Scott, the former CEO of Wal-Mart.
October was pretty quiet although October 2009 will always be the month that Beth became a professional runner. You read that correctly, professional. Beth got third in the Annual Woolaroc 8k run and in the process collected a cool $25 thus ending her career as an amateur runner. Okay, who knows if that really makes her a professional, but I like to tell her that it does. Two weeks later we ran the Tulsa Run 15k. We finished better than last year and in the process had a great run.
Tulsa Run Before
Tulsa Run After
BETH'S RESULTS(based on chip time):
7:15 minutes per mile
248th place overall(out of 3793 runners)
33rd place for women(out of 1798 runners)
9th place in age group(out of 288 runners)
7:06 minutes per mile
200th place overall(out of 3793 runners)
180th place for men(out of 1991 runners)
26th place in age group(out of 231 runners)
We started off November by running in an unplanned half marathon in Jenks. I found out about it on Tuesday, signed us up for it on Wednesday, and Saturday morning we were running. The race really wasn’t that much fun. In fact, organizationally it was probably the worst race we’ve ever run in. Oh well. We did it and it was our first half marathon since the beginning of 2008. Next half-marathon we'll actually train for.
The end of November was fun because Beth’s family was kind enough to come to Tulsa for Thanksgiving. It was fun because our house was actually big enough to accommodate everyone.
Christmas was spent in Houston and here we are back in Tulsa for 2010. Some upcoming events for 2010:
My sister and baby Alice come from Paris to visit in February
Santa Fe, NM in March for a relaxing long weekend
Our first Marathon in Monterey, CA in April(Big Sur International)
Australia at the end of May(Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and the Great Barrier Reef)
Beth’s friend Alyssa getting married in Houston in June
Toledo, Ohio in July(Jamie Farr LPGA)
And possibly another trip sometime in July or August