September 27, 2012

It's booked!

I had the worst night's sleep ever last night. Jerry had to work, but only an eight-hour shift (he usually does 12-hour shifts), so he would be home a little after 2:00 a.m. My mind was racing a mile a minute about the whole stolen photo thing from yesterday, and I couldn't fall asleep until sometime after 12:30. Then Jerry got home at 2:15, and I couldn't fall back asleep for anything!

The last time I remember looking at the clock, it was 4:55. I had to get up at 7:00 to get the kids ready for school. So I maybe had about 3-4 hours of sleep total. Not enough! Right now, I am wearing my so-very-cozy Vera Wang pajamas I bought yesterday. Seriously the most comfy pj's I've ever worn! I tried to get a picture, but it wasn't very easy, so this was the best I could do:

I did get an e-mail back from the ad agency that I contacted about my photo. They apologized profusely and said that it would be removed. I kept checking all day today, but it was still up there. I e-mailed again, and was told it could take up to 24 hours for it to be gone from all the spots that the ad appeared. I know when I edit a photo on my blog, it can take 24 hours for the editing to show up, so that was believable.

The person who was really in the wrong was the blogger who stole my photo. The ad agency probably didn't ask where he got it, and he obviously didn't tell them that he didn't have permission to use it. But anyway, I feel like I resolved that, so hopefully I can rest better tonight ;)

If any of you happen to see my photos on an ad, or just posted on a blog that I didn't write a guest post for, I would be very grateful if you'd let me know by sending me an e-mail with the link... because I can assure you, I did NOT give anyone permission to use my photos. (Posting a link to my blog is always fine, however).

We got our team shirts! The back is a collage of
before and after photos of everyone on the team.
I spent the whole afternoon trying to figure out our travel plans for Florida in January for the Ragnar Relay. I wasn't sure if Jerry should go down with me, or go down a couple of days later, after the race. Since I'll be flying into Miami, and running down to Key West, I also had to figure out if I should fly home from Key West or go back up to Miami.

I looked at all the different flight possibilities, and was shocked to see that a round trip ticket was actually $50 cheaper than a one-way ticket! That makes no sense at all. So I knew I'd have to fly in and out of the same airport (Miami). And so would Jerry (the original plan was for him to fly into Key West). Yes, this is all very confusing.

So the whole point of this mess is that I booked our flights today!! Jerry and I will both be flying into Miami on Jan. 3rd. The following morning is when the race starts, so I'll go with my team for the race, and Jerry will make his way down to Key West with the spouses of my teammates. We'll meet up again at the finish line in Key West, and then Jerry and I are spending three glorious nights in a beautiful hotel on the beach!

Then we'll hopefully hitch a ride back up to Miami on Tuesday, and spend Tuesday night in Miami, before flying home on Wednesday. I am SO EXCITED. Jerry and I have never taken a "real" vacation before, and we've been together for 13 years! My kids will be staying with my parents, and they're really excited about that.

We're actually going to be gone for Eli's birthday, and I was feeling really guilty--but Eli got super excited when I told him he could spend his birthday at my parents' house ;) And I promised to buy him an extra special souvenir. He requested a fishing lure to catch squid. Hahaha! Eli is absolutely obsessed with fishing, and he loves lures.
By the way, do I happen to have any readers in Key West or Miami? Or is anyone running the Ragnar down there as well? Just curious :)

I'm going to be early tonight. I can't afford to miss any more sleep--tomorrow I'm running 20 miles! After tomorrow's run, I will officially be tapering for my marathon :)


  1. I hope you guys have a blast on your vacation! It's going to come quick :)
    Glad to hear the pictures will be taken down soon.

  2. Ironically, I read your blog and even e-mailed you about a couple smoothie recipes. I live at MM23 in the Florida Keys. That is 23 miles from Key West. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Maybe I'll see you run past my house!

    1. Awesome!! You should come to the finish line party that Saturday and meet our team :)

    2. Where and when? I'll see if I can. I would be honored to meet you.

    3. It's Saturday, Jan. 5th. Here is a link to the info about the finish line and after party:

      I think our team will probably finish between 3 & 4 pm.

  3. Yay taper! And yay for REAL vacation!

  4. The photo stealing thing makes me sick for you! Hope the photos come down within the 24 hours, like they said!

    P.S. Cool shirt and I'm digging the curly hair, again! :)

  5. I'm so excited for the relay and really happy that you and your husband are going to be able to take a real vacation :) that's always cool. I'm really happy that u were able to resolve about the picture, that is ridiculous how people can use you pictures without permission wow. well good luck tomorrow on the 20 miles :)


  6. I am not running Ragnar (totally wish I was...), but I have been to Key West. It will be a great place for you and your hubby to relax for a few days... the views aren't half bad, and they can make some pretty good Mojitos.

  7. Charlie and I have to sit down and book our flights! I'm realy hoping the Indiegogo campaign is successful because that would really help with the expenses. Not working is really sucking right now. Good luck with your run today!!

  8. I am glad that you are getting things straight with your pictures! I make cakes, and have actually seen some of my cakes pictured on people's FB and blog. It makes me INSANE that someone is taking credit for my work!

    You are going to love Key West. It is such a relaxing good time!


    Another Peanut Butter Lover!

  10. Wow, busy day on hardly any sleep! You're amazing! My hub is a chronic insomniac - I hate not getting enough sleep. Yay for tapering!! Love your t-shirts, too - and your curly hair! :) Hope you have a great day.

  11. Sorry about the photo fiasco and all the stress it is causing you. Hope it gets resolved soon. If I see your picture pop up in any ads, I will sure send you the link.

    Jan. 3 is a big day at my house too. It is the day I hope to retire after 35 years of working for the University of Nebraska. That is somewhat stressful for me too. I haven't taken any final steps yet, although very soon I can apply for Social Security, you can do it 90 days ahead, and I turn 62 on Jan. 1. I know when I actually start taking the steps necessary to retire (applying for my SS, as well as with my University retirement account people, and actually GIVE NOTICE at work), I will have a few sleepless nights too. It's a huge life change, a whole new chapter in my life and I'm not taking it lightly. I want somebody to reassure me that I will not regret this decision and that's probably not going to happen.

    Good luck on the 20-mile run tomorrow. That's FAR! I couldn't walk that far. But the Ragnar trip will be wonderful--your FIRST vacation. EXCITING. I'm so happy for you!

    P.S. Did you get rid of those pesky flies???

  12. That's so awesome!! You'll be in my neck of the woods...I live in Miami :)

    1. Oh, fun! Is there anything Jerry and I should make sure to do/see while we're there?

  13. Yipee for you!

    btw,your son is just the cutest little guy!!


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