Up early, hubby headed to the start line and the girls and I got ourselves some breakfast and strolled over to the finish line. The day was cool but oh so sunny and all the trees were blooming there little hearts out and smelled so good. We got to see the winner go by, a very fast Kenyan. Then at about 52:15 here comes Daddy and he was doing real well and looking fine. We all met up at the park and it was a riot of color and activity. Lots of tired folk but lots of smiles. And bright grass green Bloomsday Finisher t-shirts. The drive home was relaxing and pretty quiet, we were tired, but it was a good tired. A successful weekend had been had!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Rest of the Bloomsday Story!
Well, we got to town thru sun, wind, rain and snow. Lots of snow on Lookout Pass. The mood was very high from the get go. We picked up our Cafe' Mocha's and the chatting and the fun began. Since it was May Day, I had surprised my girls with little gift bags filled with fun trinkets, car games, treats and of course a lilac corsage (lilacs are the flower of Bloomsday). It was so much fun having all 4 of us together again. Once we checked into our hotel (with a lovely view of the park and south Spokane) we headed for the Convention Center. We decided this year to mix it up a bit and to forgo IMAX for more time downtown. Once packets were retreived, we all were ready for Aunties Bookstore. And we were not disappointed. I just love bookstores that have used books mixed in with the new. I got a used copy of Jane Austen's, Sense and Sensibility and my girls found about 3 books each on all sorts of topics. We found looking at all that reading material sparked out appetites and decided to eat early at the Olive Garden. At 4:30 we got right in to a lovely table and since we had time to spare, lingered over some very yummy Italian donuts and coffee for dessert. Over to Boo Radleys and another new store they have opened called very fittingly, Atticus. I found a cool necklace with the Cheshire Cat and my girls found t-shirts and journals. A very fun shopping trip! Back to the room we just chilled and relaxed, watching of all things, a Nascar race, Lawrence Welk, and the movie, Leave Her to Heaven.