If we’re recapping the summer, we might as well start at the beginning. To me, that’s Memorial Day. There’s not much better than a three day weekend. This year, we had a pretty eventful holiday. First, we made an unofficial stop at Kentucky Kingdom. I say unofficial because we didn’t really ride any rides. The lines for everything were so long that we waited for a waterslide and then decided just to hit up the wave pool and the lazy river. We have season passes, so there wasn’t much urgency to fit everything in to that trip.
Later that weekend, I completed my first ever 5K, the Glo Run: Neon Safari. I finished in just under one hour. My goal was to run/jog the entire thing, but I ended up walking about a quarter of the course. It was much hillier than my neighborhood where I trained. The race took place at night, which made it so much easier in the heat of the summer. Everyone got there early and put on face paint and glow sticks. When it came time for the race to start, there was a giant screen that lit up riverside park to count down for the runners. Here’s a few pictures of my running partner/trainer and I before/after the race.
Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to make those look more professional, but until then, bear with me.
One more big thing happened in May: I started my first garden. I planted tomatoes, squash, zucchini, watermelon, cucumbers, cantaloupe, garlic, and bell peppers. All except the garlic grew quite well. The garlic died in the first few weeks because we got a TON of rain. I got a great crop of squash and zucchini, and I learned that you want to pick them before they get too big for a better product. The tomatoes came out a lot smaller (fruit size, not plant size) than I expected, so they were a lot harder to use. The last of those I left for the critters around the house. Towards the end of the summer, everything except the tomatoes and peppers got a weird powdery mildew growing on them, and it killed all their remaining fruit. I ended up not getting any cantaloupe or watermelon because of this. I think next year I’ll spread out the plants and make sure I spray any thing I think may harm the plants before it gets out of hand.
That was my (not very) eventful May. Putting it on “paper” makes it seem a lot more full than when it’s actually happening, but it also makes me realize what I’ve got to do and where I want to go next.
June will be up soon, stay tuned!