Thursday, December 06, 2012

Athens Choral Society & Mitch's solo

Mitch had three solos this year with the winter performance of the Athens Choral Society. Here's a short video of one of them. He's on the right. The choir performed Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Mitch and I did a 5K Gobbler Run here in Athens the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving morning we did an 8K race in Knoxville with my sister-in-law. In both races, we wore turkey hats that I crocheted for us! It was so much fun. Runners came up and started conversations with us, police officers holding back traffic on the race course made comments, and people outside their houses watching the race goggled. Haha!

In the first race, the 5K, one of my knitter friends ran too, sans hat. She won her age group and got a trophy! It's the first time I have ever stayed for an awards ceremony, I am so slow, I never win and most times the awards are already given out before I even cross the finish line. So it was a new experience to me to get to see a friend win a trophy! It was great.

On Thanksgiving morning, my mom, stepdad and step-aunt did the 2 mile race while pushing my nephew, Isaac, in the stroller. Didn't get a pic of that though. They waited at the finish line for us and cheered us on! That was nice of them, since we were out there a lot longer (8K is just shy of 5 miles).

Here's my pics!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Martial Arts Tournament

Yesterday I went to a martial arts tournament. My husband competed as did many of the people from the dojo where I just started studying aikido. I was surprised how much fun it was, time flew by. I had brought my knitting just in case but never touched it. Too busy glued to the action. :)

I learned that I never want to compete in tournament fighting. :) Especially never the semi-knockdown. Everybody was fine but it's still a little much for me. The guys think it's "fun". :)

Here's some pictures.

Mitch won first place in board breaking.

 He won second place in points sparring.

He competed in grappling.

The man second from left is his teacher.

There was a stick fighting demonstration.

Group photo of everyone who participated.

Mitch with his medals and broken board afterwards.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

St. Simons Island

We went to St. Simons Island, Georgia for Mitch's birthday and had a great time! We'd never been there before. We stayed in Pier Village and walked everywhere. It was fantastic. With all the live oaks, the island is very beautiful and feels peaceful. We rode bikes, went on a walking ghost tour, heard live music and visited with friends who live in nearby Brunswick. We had lunch on Jekyll Island in a former club for the super rich. It was a great weekend.

Nice shot I got from the pier, using the pier rail as a tripod.

Walking up the four story lighthouse...

View from the top of the lighthouse.

View from the pier.

Mitch being scary on the ghost tour.

Jazz funk band "Royal Noise". They are GREAT and I bought their cd.

Local headline while we were there. Another paper I saw had a lead story about the Catface Turpentine Festival.

"Tree spirit" carved into a live oak. There are many on the island and the bark eventually grows over the face.

Former Coast Guard station, now Maritime Museum. We climbed up to the watchtower on top.

Had so much fun cycling on the island.

Lunch in the former club of the uber rich, on Jekyll Island. This was their "casual" restaurant.

Friday, September 28, 2012

En Plein Air: Pizzale Michelangelo

On 10/09/2011, we climbed the Rampe from the San Niccolo' Tower to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where we saw several artists painting en plein air. These two were painting the view of Boboli Gardens.