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Adele

I’m off a day on picking a song for Jamesy’s Motivational Music Monday, but I think I’m excused. I was kind of busy yesterday.  You see, Adele was playing at the Key Arena in Seattle, and we were fortunate enough to be there.  A fabulous performer to the very core, and such a down to earth girl to boot.  She interacted with the audience brilliantly, even pulling some fans on stage at different times, completely making their entire year I’m sure.  Following are scenes from the evening, a couple of videos I recorded, plus my choice for MMM.

Starting the evening off at a local restaurant, The Yard House. The food was 5-star delicious:

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Waiting for the show to start. The eyes open when she comes on:

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Her set was fabulous and the big screen was great, sometimes zooming in on her face, sometimes showing random stuff:

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Sold out concert, and she had everyone lighting the torches on their phones (this was way before the encore):

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Last song of the night after nearly 2-1/2 hours:

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The Space Needle at night:

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The first video I recorded was “Hello.”  It’s probably not as intense on the video, but Seattle put off a lot of energy for her last night:

The next one I recorded was “Skyfall.”  In this one, you can see just how cool her set really was.

As for my song for the week, I’m sticking with Adele and her latest, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”

If there was one performer/group that you wish could see live, who would that be?

 

 

Howard Jones and OMD

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away, (okay, really it was just February and it was right here in Lake Stevens), I talked about how James scored us some tickets to go see Howard Jones and OMD (you can read about it here). Last night was the night.  Thankfully, the park officials knew it was going to be mostly attended by… older… adults, and as such, the concert started at 6.  It’s funny, but James and I were commenting about how, if this were way back when, we would’ve had a “before” party, a “during” party, and an “after” party, quite possibly not calling it a night until 4 or 5 a.m.  It’s great to be a grown-up now, but it sure is fun to take a step back in time every now and again.  That being said, we were home just after 10, :D.  Here are scenes from my evening.

Howard Jones:  He was rockin’ the tight white trousers that were so popular in the ’80s.  The man can still sing.

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OMD:  They rocked it as well.  Totally impressed.

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There was lots of dancing (this man is gearing up to spin her around):

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Lots of people:

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Great food:

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Great ambiance:

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A young girl who was none too pleased about hanging out with a bunch of middle-aged rockers:

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Even with an outside concert, there were fun stage effects:

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And, finally, me… so very happy to be spending an evening with my honey and Howard Jones:

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Are you loving the comeback of the great ’80s bands?  Do you enjoy outside venues for a concert setting?

Spotted!

A few running and cycling bloggers have taken to a new little game of spotting things while they’re out and about on their run or their bike.  It originally started with Slow Runner Girl on her hunt to do some spelunking on one of her runs, but then she moved on to a super cool chimney.  Of course, at the same time, Benjamin from Running of the Books was out trolley hunting… it seems he had trolleys following him everywhere he went!

SRG has itemized the search list, so here I am, categorizing my finds.  It’s amazing the things you see if take the time to look around…

If you’re interested in playing, the link to the game/list is here, here, and here.

The Rusty Machine

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The Trolley

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This was spotted during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Half-Marathon back in June.

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Saw this one just last week in Missoula!

The Bike

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The Super Coach

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I can’t really count my chimneys… they kinda sucked.  I’ve gotta do better in that category.

 

Missoula Half-Marathon

Many of you know I just completed the Missoula Half-Marathon this past Sunday and James completed the full.  What a great little racecation!  It was a whirlwind, but totally worth every moment we spent there and on the road.

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To recap, we left the Seattle area on Friday afternoon and drove to Spokane to stay the night, meeting up with fellow blogger Renee on Saturday morning.  We then drove the rest of the way to Missoula, just in time for the expo and to see Jeff Galloway.  Dinner was at 7 and sleep for me came at midnight.

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Rocks! In a river!! Apparently great for fishing!

RACE DAY:  We woke up at 3:30 for a 6 a.m. start time… mind you, this was Montana time.  In Seattle time, it was only 2:30 a.m.  Ack!  And we all know sleep doesn’t come easy the night before a race.

Logistics were easy… we walked across the bridge right behind the hotel and there were the shuttle buses hauling people to the start line.  Once at the start line, it was port-a-loo heaven! And I’m not kidding.  They were everywhere.  No one had to suffer or stress.  Kudos to the race director on the potties!  (For those who don’t race, port-a-loos are a super important part of the start line, which is why every runner will report on them!)

As well, they had fireworks going off about every 6 to 7 minutes.  Okay, that was a little unnerving and unnecessary, but it was entertaining.

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Then at 6 a.m., the cannon fired (yes, a booming cannon, just in case the fireworks didn’t wake you up) and the finale of the fireworks were set off (for those of us who had to wait a couple of minutes to cross the start line).  By the way, Jeff Galloway was running the half with his 90-year-old friend. How’s that for inspiring?!!  If I would’ve known they were behind me, I totally would’ve backed up and ran with them.

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THE COURSE:  Gorgeous.  Farms, trees, rivers, historic neighborhoods, and basically flat.  Loved it.  I ran out of air at about mile 9 or 10, but that’s what happens when you train at sea level.  I’m thinking James and I probably need to go hike up one of the mountains here to get some practice with breathing at different elevations.

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An entertainer playing a violin on the side while we went past. There were also bands, drums, people with stereos to keep us going.

THE PEOPLE AND VOLUNTEERS:  So very nice, so friendly, so helpful.  I didn’t run into one single person who wasn’t encouraging and uplifting throughout the race.  I wasn’t too impressed at mile 11 when people were saying, “you’re almost there” (because I wasn’t anywhere near the finish line), but that was my emotional breakdown, not theirs, so I really appreciated their support regardless of my state of mind.

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THE FINISH LINE:  Again, fabulous!  For recovery food, they had a lovely quinoa salad, bananas, oranges, watermelon, frozen fruit bars, nuts, bagels, fig newtons… a great spread!  At the family meetup area, all racers got a free beer and a free finisher picture, and they were selling fry bread and other things, just in case the food at the finish line didn’t quite get it done for you.

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A moose with running shoes on the bling… too cute.

POST-RACE CELEBRATION:  I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  After sleeping for a couple of hours, we went out and enjoyed.  Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs, but it was nice having a sample of everything.

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Chicken strips, quesadilla, and nachos.

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James and his father Rick, who came to watch and celebrate, and who also brought AJ back after he spent the previous week in Boise.

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This was a fabulous race and a fabulous time, and I felt it was very well organized.  Thankfully we didn’t run into even one snafu, and that’s always bonus.  This race may actually have moved to the very top of my favorites list, so I highly recommend it if you’re looking to run in Montana!!

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I think this bike totally works for the treasure hunt!

Be sure to stay tuned to 50 in 50 Marathon Quest to see his full race report.  He had a nasty mountain to climb that forced practically everyone to walk…

Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon

It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fun, but yes, I finished.  One of the best ways to see a city is to run a race through it.  I got some great shots of Seattle… shots I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. Here is my day in pictures.

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This is at the start. So many people, it took me over an hour to cross the starting mat once the first corral had gone. James hit the 5K mark before I even started.

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We started at the Space Needle/Seattle Center.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct… can you see the wall to wall people?

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So majestic to see both stadiums… and knowing that is where the finish line is… so close yet so far away.

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A nice shot of the Columbia Center. Remember I was recently at the top of that building?

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The huge ferris wheel on the waterfront. Another landmark.

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I love it when drum lines play on the course.

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Mariachis serenading us from above. I was starving at this point and was ready for my Mexican food.

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A group of pirates cheering us on and handing out water, mile 7.

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This guy is always here at this particular point during the race, right next to Genesee Park heading to Lake Washington Blvd.

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Lake Washington Blvd… a gorgeous stretch.

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Close to 1/2-mile lined with American Flags, right after the memory mile, mile 9.

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Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, mile 12.

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And done!!

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I ended up logging over 18 miles that day (love the worthless stats).  Next up, Missoula Marathon and Half on July 10th.

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there and especially to my husband James over at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  May you all have a beautiful day!

 

Scenes from Seattle

It’s been a busy week, and I just wanted to share some more fun pictures of Seattle, but this time from the ground.  I always enjoy when people post pictures of where they live or visit, so I hope you enjoy these as well.

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Who says it always rains in Seattle?

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This…

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…as opposed to this.

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No idea what this building is, but it’s gorgeous.

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We ate lunch here. Fabulous Food!

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The 5th Avenue Theater.

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The Seattle Center

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International Fountain

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James

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AJ

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Janet having some fun.

Have a great weekend!