You know that marathon I haven't been training for? The one I was just going to go and wing it? The other week an e-mail came through with the final Baltimore marathon course map. With it came the notice that the course would not be going through the Maryland Zoo this year due to zoo renovations. Last year when my husband indicated he thought he wanted to run the half, one of the reasons I figured I'd sign up for the full instead of the half was so I could run through the zoo. I'm sure it's just one of those things that sounds better in theory and it probably would have been a huge let down, but I'm using this as one of my many excuses not to run Baltimore.
My husband's training was going well but he ended up a bit derailed with the whole house thing too. Expecting that we were just out our registration fees, I looked on the website to see options. They had the option to defer to next year for a charge. I mentioned it to him and his immediate response was I'll definitely be able to run it next year. So, with that, we deferred.
Our latest joke to people when they ask about it is that we're not quitting and dropping out, we're deferring. It makes it sound good...and fancy. No, it has nothing to do with the fact that we're kind of fat and lazy right now and not physically up for running a half or full marathon. We've just decided that to optimize our race experience, the best option would be to defer to next year. ;)
In the meantime, I'm spending lots of time being productive with things like pinning stuff on Pinterest. It doesn't require getting out of bed at super early hours or even showering afterwards so it's a pretty great new hobby. The bonus is I usually just pin stuff and then show someone a photo and magically it will then appear next to me. Especially the stuff I've been pinning to this board, otherwise known as the yuppie cabin board.
It started with this pin but then when you start looking, you notice that Pinterest is just overloaded with projects out of old pallets. Now, some of them while they look great, anyone who has ever built anything would know they wouldn't be practical but for small project, pallets do offer great potential. So, we ended up with these.
I'd love to say these were all me but the reality is I tore apart one pallet (we ended up using 4 to get the 'good' wood we wanted) and nailed on about half the boards to the frames (the ones that didn't require any extra cutting or 'fitting'). So, yeah, 90% may have been done by my husband but I helped with about 10% of the process. For anyone interested, he created a very basic frame with little posts and a solid top (so you have something more solid to cut through for the dog bowls) out of scrap stuff. Then, he cut and nailed all the boards from the pallets on all sides of the frame. Last step was cutting the holes in the top for the bowls and then finishing with sealer since they'll get all nasty with sloppy, water drooling dogs. Later he decided they needed handles and made the rope handles. I'm in love with them!