30 June 2012

So as we're on the doorstep of July and a few 100+ degree days (yikes!) here in NC, I'm getting geared up to start my official marathon training.  I already knew that I'd be running a lot this summer, but hadn't really thought about how hot it would be during most of the heavy training.  End result there is that I'll be setting a way-too-early alarm most Saturday mornings to get out and run before the real heat starts to set in.  Fun times!

It's been an uber-busy month for Team Timmons.  Ruth Ann is in the throws of the busiest part of her grad school career.  Overlapping classes!  Papers!  Tutoring!  Oh my!  We're pretty much hunkered down and trying to survive the next few weeks, although I think we're through the heaviest load.  Without a doubt, we're all excited to see July roll around when RA is officially an App grad.  That, and she'll be able to enjoy the rest of her summer while we try to get to the beach and get up to visit some family.  It's still a busy summer, but checking school off the list will be HUGE (twss)!

Avett continues to be awesome.  I've said it before, I haven't spent this much time with a small human person before, so I don't have a great comparison, but he is just a good, easy kid.  We are lucky that he sleeps well, is easy-going, rarely cries, has a great smile, and seems to like everyone pretty well.  We kind of like him too.  He turned 9 months old last week, is working on his first couple teeth and is starting to be more mobile (crawls sometimes instead of the commando scoot, sits up some by himself, and is starting to pull up).  He isn't talking quite yet, but I think our time when he was really little watching The Walking Dead has led him to a very authentic zombie grunt/growl (video forthcoming, I hope).

8 Months Young

Dad's Day 2012

After Father's Day brunch at the Deacon Tower

Hanging with Nana

Whatchu doin' up there?

This kid isn't loved at ALL

A quick lesson with Uncle Kev

This book looks delicious!

Hanging out with Carter

Helping with laundry

9 month photo shoot 
In a whirlwind of last minute-ness, I got to be an extra in a movie for a couple days!  They've been filming a movie in and around town for the last couple months and a couple co-workers and I have been stalking closely monitoring the internets in hopes of having a movie encounter.  The movie stars Owen Wilson (aka, Lightning McQueen), Amy Poehler (aka, hilarious in every way), Zach Galifianakis (aka, Seth Galifianakis) and is written and directed by Matt Weiner (aka, the guy behind Mad Men).  My friend John got the call to be an Amish townsperson, but I thought my chance had passed.  But...I saw a post for more extras on Monday, sent in my mug shot (again), and at 7:00 the next morning I was on the movie set (a HUGE thanks to the Robinsons for swooping in and taking care of Avett so I could go geek out).  Long story short, after two days and 28 hours (!) of shooting and there's a pretty good shot that me and/or my car will make the movie.  That said, you'll likely need to pause, rewind and watch in slow motion to find me, but they filmed me in the background of a couple scenes and driving through some others, so keep a look out for me in "You Are Here" when it hits theaters next year.

Amish John

Owen Wilson and, uh, who's that other guy?

And finally, what blog post would be complete without friendly fundraising reminders.  Check out (and donate, please!) my fundraising page here.  And don't forget, we're less than two weeks away from Beer School at Foothills on July 11th at 6:00 Winston-Salemites (you savvy Facebook users can RSVP here).  Thanks as always for your support.  I'm almost halfway there, so let's keep the heat on and the momentum going!  I can't do this without your help!

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2012 by Bryan Timmons


07 June 2012

In the month or so since I announced my intent to run this year's NYC Marathon and raise $2,500 (!) for Think Pink Rocks, here are some of the thing that have happened in the quest.

  • I started running again.  I'm in the pre-training phase of my training, which is to say that I need some time to get used to running again, since I haven't done a lick since the last Warrior Dash.  So far, I've slowly run about 50 miles or so, mostly in 5k outings with a couple 5 milers.  July 1st starts the real deal and kicks of with an 8 miler.  Fun.
  • I love my Garmin Forerunner watch.  Most of you know that I love a gadget and this one helps keep me motivated.  What does one of my neighborhood 5k routes look like, and where along that course do I think about puking?  You tell me.
  • I ran once with Avett in the jogging stroller.  That challenge gave me a whole new respect for people who run with jogging strollers.  I still plan to do this occasionally, but man, that's the real deal when you find a hill or two.
  • I've raised $655 for Team Think Pink as of this post.  At this rate, I might just make my goal and not have to front a whole bunch of money.  Have you had a chance to donate yet?  Yes?  Thank you!  I hope you enjoyed the personal/heartfelt/possibly mildly funny personal thank you, good Karma, and the generally warm and fuzzy feeling about doing something to kick breast cancer in the face.  No?  Well, there's still time, and a lot of ways to help!  You can:
    1. Donate in my name online over at my Crowdrise site.  Easy Peasy.
    2. Hand me some cold, hard cash.  Cash is great, and will be matched so, double money.  Woohoo!
    3. Share my efforts to family and friends that might be able to help, your blog, and/or favorite social media outlet.  Twitter is a fun place to ask famous people (you know, the ones that I envision swimming around in a vault like Scrooge McDuck) to donate, although that hasn't panned out for me.  Yet.
    4. Mark your calendars!  Foothills has donated a beer school event for us to use as a fundraiser on July 11th at 6:00 ($20 gets you a beer lesson, tour, and samples of all their beers), and my running pal/fellow fundraiser and I will be having Wii Bowling tournament on July 28th (details to follow on that).
In non-marathon/fundraising news, Avett is getting to be more mobile.  He commando crawls like he's a flippin' NASCAR driver, and we're working to get him doing a bit of more proper crawling on hands/knees.  He also likes to eat.
Hi Wrigley.

Hi Dad.

Hi squash (and Aunt Diana).

Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2012 by Bryan Timmons

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