Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Another wedding, running, and the pool!

I am two weddings away from the end of my 2013 wedding season! This past weekend was the wedding of a high school friend, Nate, and his wife, Nikki!

They got married at a plantation between Richmond and Williamsburg in New Kent. It was an unseasonable cool August evening, so the outdoor setting was great! Also, for those of you who don't believe online dating works, this is my second wedding of the summer:)






The reception!


Also, I have had a lot of people ask me if I am going to run the Richmond half marathon this November. My answer is simple: I don't know. I am still quite happy with my running time from the Shamrock Half and do not do well on long training runs in summer heat and humidity, so I have not run longer than 5 miles at once since May or so. If I am feeling really good in October I will probably register late, but I will just have to see. It might be nice to run it spontaneously and not worry about training. A run/walk half marathon could be fun in the fall temperatures:) This summer I have mainly focused on my total monthly mileage (which is often from more, shorter runs during the week) rather than long runs. I am excited for cooler temps and longer weekend runs! My 5:40 AM runs now that work is back in session are still awfully hot and uncomfortable, but I do appreciate that the sun is (almost) up! Unlike in the winter...

And for those who also care, I only have 7 shifts left at the pool:) I work tomorrow through Monday (Labor Day) and then we are open the next two weekends in September, but I only work on those Sundays. I am so ready to be done but have appreciated the extra money!
Have a great end of August!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Nate & Sarah

(In case you were wondering, I survived my first day back at work. I think all the drinking/eating/partying this weekend helped me feel like a "productive" day was good).

My brother, Nate, and his new wife, Sarah, had a very successful wedding celebration this weekend! My mom, dad and I went up on Wednesday to help out, did some outlet shopping and more setting up on Thursday, and on Friday once more family came in went to the Air and Space Museum (awesome), caught up with family, and started the party!

This was an unconventional wedding weekend- my brother and his wife had already been married in July at the courthouse in VA and said their vows to each other on top of a Swiss Alp in Switzerland (not romantic at all), so they wanted this weekend to be all about celebrating with friends and family. It was! It involved a dinner with the immediate family on Friday night, followed by an evening mingling at a bar, an all day party at their vineyard on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday. The weather was PERFECT (low humidity and sunny...ridiculous for August) so all the outdoor activities went as planned.

Me and Grandmom Sally!

The ladies on Mom's birthday.
Before the Saturday festivities- taken by my Aunt Kathy!

Brian and Abbie

Cousins Mark and Mary

The youngest Walsh cousin out of 21 grandkids, Elizabeth (she's 20), and I.

Egg toss!

Joe leading the instructions.

Cousin Cara and I

My cousins have cute kids (Bridget, Evy and Bella)

Newlyweds signing some Willie Nelson:)

Old neighbors from Colonial Hills!

Dad singing.

Cousins singing to "Nate and Sarah Down by the Vineyard" (think Simon and Garfunkel).

The sibling picture taking sequence...

Almost good...

Oops! Not ready.

Pretty good...

Ahhh... Nate!

All the siblings and in-laws.

Me and the Koechlin cousins.
Congrats to Nate and Sarah! Thanks to friends and family who traveled so far- it was great to see everyone!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

End of Summer

I am out of town this weekend celebrating my bro's wedding in Northern Virginia (post forthcoming), and it is a fitting way to end my summer. I go back to work full-time at school on Monday. It will be my 4th year!

I interviewed for a few other jobs at the end of the school year and into the summer, and while a very promising development had me excited for a new opportunity, the stars did not align and I did not move schools or jobs. I have come to terms with not being able to move, and with some new administrators and a new office, I am hopeful for a good and different year.

The beginning of the school year is always busy and stressful- even more so with the fact that I am still managing at the pool after work and on weekends until Labor Day- but it goes by fast. A few years of practice with scheduling, enrolling new students, school procedures, ect also helps!

BUT it was a great summer, and I will be sad to say good-bye to my lazy days on August 19th. Even though I worked all summer and traveled and went to A LOT of weddings (never fear- those aren't done until October), I overall enjoyed my time away from school. I think having summers off is the most perfect job related schedule in the world! Coming back refreshed is definitely important to not getting burned out.

Cheers to the 2013-2014 school year!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 9, 1993

I meant to post this on August 9th, but somehow the 20th anniversary of the Walshes moving to Virginia slipped my mind!

In front of my grandparent's house before the trip
It was twenty years ago that my family packed it's bags and took the drive over the mountains with three kids, two cats, two cars, one hamster and one friend for my dad to start his job as Professor of Social Work at VCU. I remember the drive because it was the only time we took two cars to and from Ohio, and I remember making a sign while I was in my dad's car (I believe it was an 80's Ford Tempo or something to that nature) that said "Bomb on Car" (think of Speed's "Bomb on Bus" sign) that I pressed against the back window to play a joke on my brothers in the van. I am sure they thought it was hilarious. I also remember the cats were miserable and could only eat ice so as not to throw up in the car and meowed most of the way. Then we stayed the night in a hotel in Richmond before my parents closed on the house and my brother's hamster, Gus, got lost in the house overnight. We found him a week later with a gash in his eye. He died shortly after. Don't worry, he replaced him with another hamster after only a few days.

We moved from here...
The shutters were blue when we lived here.

To here...
(sorry I have to use google maps- apparently I don't have any scanned pictures of the house)!

It's crazy to think it has been that long. I distinctly remember skateboarding down our new driveway colliding with all the boxes we had, the first time visiting our new schools, making fun of people saying "ya'll" because it sounded SO southern (of course I say it all the time now), and wondering how long it would take for Virginia to feel like home.

Virginia has been a home and has been a great home since 1993. It gave me my wonderful set of friends, the great teachers I had growing up, soccer, swimming, singing groups, UVA, VCU, and the great historical sites and vacation destinations. There were times when I was growing up that I wondered if my life would have been different or better if we had stayed in Ohio, closer to family and the friends that my parents had met over the years (they are both born and raised in Ohio). Would I be doing the same thing I do now? Where would I have gone to school? What other people would I have met? What activities would I have gotten into? It's fun and mindbending to think about the What ifs but that can be said for any decision or path you take in life. You simply never know what the alternative would have been like. That's life. I know the move was hard for my parents and middle brother, but time heals all wounds, and I know that we have all come to love and call Virginia home. It's been nice to feel like I have had TWO homes for so long.

I was thinking on my run today about if I identify myself as an Ohioan or Virginian, midwestern girl or east coast gal, and I honestly identify with both. I think I have more of an east coast mindset in terms of needing to be busy, working fast, and loving to travel and explore, but I am definitely not southern, so many of my mannerisms, dialect and views are based on my early years in the midwest. So I guess I am a mutt- a Virohian! I still defend my two states any chance I feel they are being downcast, and I love Ohio State and Columbus. I could see myself moving there someday (if only it wasn't so far from a beach...)!

I am who I am because of moving to Virginia on that fateful day twenty years ago, and that is the best thing of all. 

Marge and I visiting the KAO house on a trip to Columbus for a game in 2008.

Go Bucks:)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Best Forecast For August I Have Ever Seen

This is a Virginia summer runners dream:

Low's in the 50's???!!!! I can't wait. OMG.

It will be over before I know it, but dammit I'm gonna enjoy it! The past few days have been a humidity death trap. My runner stride has not looked it's best, and I hate having to wash my hair every day. Darn sweat making my hair too gross.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I Hate Going to the Doctor

Ugh. It's been a not-so-fun past 48 hours!

I have been getting not-so-fun cuts on my legs do to improper shaving (I won't go into details) while I was traveling. And me, being the 5-year-old that I am, just kept messing with my cuts until they became inflamed and, worse, infected!!!

I have NEVER in my 27 years had an infected cut until the past two weeks. While at the beach, I had a pretty nasty swollen cut on my leg (that was probably infected), but it ended up healing pretty well after a few days. In the meantime, I also got an eye stye and many more little cuts all over my leg, including blisters that popped up when I woke up every morning. However, the most recent cut that lead me to finally get treatment did not start to heal after three days of it's inception and resulted in my whole lower leg being swollen and red, but it still took me being convinced by three of my friends (apologies to my mom who told me to leave my cuts alone and go to the doctor a long time ago) while at the pool yesterday to actually go to Patient First and get some medicine.

See, I hate going to the doctor. I love the dentist (that is like my social hour because the dentist and my hygienist are super fun to chat with, and I don't have too many dental issues), but the doctor is a whole 'nother story. First off, I can never get an appointment when I want to (and even if I can, I end up waiting a long time), so it always takes too long to get in, and they are always so rushed when I go there. Half the time I make an appointment to go the issue I am having is gone by the time I can get in! I had an especially bad experience with a dermatologist about a year ago who was just typing into a little computer the whole appointment and barely looking at me or letting me explain what was going on. I always feel they rush to diagnose you or make your symptoms seem not a big deal. I actually prefer going to my gyno over my general practitioner, because they are usually on time and really listen to my concerns. I also hate the copay fees and the money you fork over to medications because usually it ends up being more than I expect (Me: Hi, my name is Robyn and I am cheap... You: Hi, Robyn).

Surprisingly, I had a great time at Patient First yesterday. The wait time was low and the doctor was funny. He really took the time to chat with me and take care of my wound. I also got really cheap meds ($8 for TWO antibiotics) and the copay was smaller than expected as long as I don't get a bill from my insurance in the next few weeks which I probably will...

And I learned my lesson to leave my cuts alone....maybe. We'll see how long until these antibiotics kick in!

UPDATE: It was Staph. Yup, I had it for about 2 weeks before I finally got treatment. Thank goodness my leg was not cut off.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


I feel like so much of what I have been posting this summer has had to do with vacations or weddings, but lately I do not have much of that to report. The past week and next week or so are filled of typical summer activities at home: working at the pool, laying out, running, reading, watching TV and spending time with friends. I am not complaining, it just does not warrant any really cool blog posts!

Working at the pool: Assistant managing at a country club this summer has been the perfect summer job. I live about 4 miles from the pool, so I can get there in 5 minutes. It is only about 20-30 hours a week, and I have even been able to pick up extra shifts when I want more hours working at the front desk. It is great money, easy work, with nice coworkers, and I get to keep working on my tan! I am planning to keep this job for next summer. The hard times are coming up, though, when I start back at my school AND have to work until the pool closes on Labor Day, but it will be over before I know it (I hope!).

I work here!
Laying out: In case you don't remember, my condo complex has an awesome pool. It is so convenient to wake up, run and lay out before it gets too hot for an hour or so! Yes, I am damaging my skin, but I can't help it! This will end once I go back to work in two weeks.

I live here!
Running: Running has been up and down this summer. I have so much free time (especially in the mornings) that I feel like I should be running most every day, so I haven't given myself much of a break. The heat and humidity was pretty awful at the end of June and the majority of July, but recently the temperatures have been wonderful in the morning. I typically stick to 3-4 miles each run since I am not training for anything, but I will pick up the mileage once the temperatures cool even more (the 50's are my optimal temp). I also like running a little less because it doesn't make me ravenous like the higher miles do.

Running up to our beach house!
Reading: If you look to the "2013 in Books" section on the right of the page you know I read a lot. I have read even more this summer. I average a book every 2-3 days, sometimes 1 each day (like yesterday). Due to popular demand from friends, books I highly recommend from this summer are: "Table for Five" by Susan Wiggs, "Good Grief" by Lolly Winston, "Bulls Island" by Dorthea Benton Frank, "The Island" by Elin Hilderbrand, "Sleeing Beauty" by Phillip Margolin (GREAT mystery), "Stay Close" by Harlan Coben (thriller/suspense/mystery) and "The Good Woman" by Jane Porter (I really like Jane Porter and am reading another one currently that I will recommend). As for this whole year, please read "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. I hope that helps your book list! Message me for details on any of those- most are beach/chic lit, but a few are not.

Watching TV: My current TV watchings are "Orange is the New Black", "Bachelorette", "Tia and Tamera," "Giuliana & Bill" and, of course, 'House Hunters" and the morning news/talk shows! I actually like not having any major shows on in the summer...sometimes it can make the year stressful when I feel like I am getting behind in all my shows! Luckily, I don't watch too many series anymore, so it's not too bad.

Watch it!
Friends: I just have awesome friends:)! I am thankful for each and every one of you! Even though my life can be pretty "lame" at some points (bed at 10:30, up at 7 most every day), and not much drinking/partying except at weddings, college weekends, or bachelorette shenanigans, I am thankful to share the ups and downs of life with so many special people, who appreciate and tolerate me and all my quirks:)! I do not waste spending time with people I don't like any more (hence an early evening last night so I could watch "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix over finishing hanging out with a group of people), so my friends mean even more to me! I think as you get older you realize who you are and what you like, so I truly only spend time with people I care about and enjoy being around. THANK YOU!

And that has been lately:)!