Daily Archives: February 23, 2011

Congratulations – You’re In!

I love getting emails that look like this:

Today was a good day. I have had marked on my calendar for MONTHS the date the Marine Corps Marathon registration for the 2011 race opened up! Last year the race sold out in 6 days I believe, so this year I wanted to be one of the first to register to make sure I got in.

The registration was supposed to open at noon, but I logged on a little early today (11:45 am) and was able to register quickly and easily. Love it when that happens!

The Marine Corps. Marathon has been on my radar for a while now. It is even on my Marathon List! It is supposed to be an amazing race and it’s close to where my parents live so I will be sure to have a good support system there, which is SO important when running 26.2 miles!

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I am excited to start training for my 3rd Marathon (after the wedding and once we get back from the honeymoon!) and pumped to get my race on down in DC on Oct, 30th! Any of my blog friends/readers running Marine Corps?

In other news – tonight we are watching Waiting for Superman. Here is the synopsis of the movie:

“Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) weaves together the stories of students, families, educators and reformers to shed light on the failing public school system and its consequences on the future of the United States. In this Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary, Guggenheim deftly examines the options to improve public education and provide America’s teachers and students with the help they need”

Supposed to be an amazing movie! Anyone seen it or have any thoughts on the issues the movie touches upon?

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Wish We Were Here: Koala Love

So far in my Wish We Were Here Wednesday posts I have recapped my travels in Melbourne, Sydney and along the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. These were seriously some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen or been too!

Aside from all the amazing architecture in Australia there are some really incredible animals that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

This was my first Koala sighting –

This is my favorite picture of a koala – he is in deep thought.

Koala’s are so freaking cute I can’t even stand it! During one of our tours in Australia we were driving in a bus and pulled right off the side of the road to check out the Koala’s.

We were total tourists, but it was awesome and well worth it!

Check out those claws! Apparently Koala’s can be a bit aggressive so we kept our distance from them in the wild.

Koala Fun Facts:

  1. A Koala is not a Bear but were called Koala Bear’s by early settlers
  2. The Koala’s diet is almost entirely made up of eucalyptus leaves
  3. Koala’s rest motionless for 16-18 hours a day
  4. They spend about 3 of their 5 active hours a day eating
  5. A baby koala is referred to as a joey and is hairless, blind, and earless
     
    See the Koala in the tree behind me??

During my time Down Under I was able to see Koala’s in trees in their natural habitat – but I also had the pleasure of holding one at an animal conservatory.

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There was a little baby Koala out when I was in line and my friend that was with me got to hold it, then they switched them out and I got this guy. He was pretty massive and heavy.

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He also peed on my shirt a little bit which was kind of gross! But it was really cool to hold one – what a great photo-op, right?

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Have you ever handled a really cool animal at a zoo or nature conservatory? Do you have a favorite wild animal?

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