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ONE MORE DAY!!!! And things to be thankful for…

Tomorrow is my FIRST half marathon and I could not be more excited! I tried.

Already laid out some of my things to pack
Already laid out some of my things to pack

I was going to sleep in until 8 AM today, but I woke up at 7:10 AM and felt like getting up. It’s for the best because I’ll have to get up super early tomorrow so I can eat my breakfast 3 hours before the start of the race!

Elvis Toast- sourdough bread, peanut butter, bananas
Elvis Toast- sourdough bread, peanut butter, bananas

Already tummy approved, aka does not cause runner’s trots. For a list of hilarious, but true runner’s terms, check out The Improbable Runner (I was even cool enough to make it on there!)!

Now, on to the thankful portion.

Thursday night happened to be incredibly windy in my town, and many surrounding cities. Yesterday, while at work, I got this text from my dad.

That a BRANCH, yes a branch, of one of our pine trees
That a BRANCH, yes a branch, of one of our pine trees

My dad was home on Friday and heard some load cracking and then felt/heard an enormous thud. A branch from one of our pine trees had snapped off and fallen to the ground. To help you get a idea of size:

Photo Oct 04, 5 57 16 PM
That’s me standing on the branch
Panoramic taken by Kyle. It broke one side of the fence and wrapped around and broke another part
Panoramic taken by Kyle. It broke one side of the fence and wrapped around and broke another part

My backyard is up against the Iron Horse Trail, which is frequently used by runners, cyclist, walkers, etc. So here is a view from the other side of the fence. The cement path is where people walk…

Photo Oct 04, 9 02 48 AM fallen tree branch

I’m thankful that:

  • No one was hurt. Clearly this was a massive branch that could have killed a person/child or pet.
  • The branch didn’t fall the other direction and crush the house.
  • My dog was inside, being needy and following my dad around.
  • My dad was inside, being needy and following my dog around. wait, what?
  • The only damage was to a stupid fence that IS replaceable. (Although, it is funny that it was this particular fence. My mom had yelled at my dad to fix the door because it kept getting stuck. He spent a couple hours on this, THE DAY before this branch fell and crushed his soul hard work.)

Needless to say, we will be cutting this tree down…along with some other trees. PG&E gave my mom a website that allows you to fill in certain parameters (about where you live) and it will give you other trees/plants that will grow well there!

Funny how something so simple, like a tree branch falling, can make you so thankful.

What are you thankful for?

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16 thoughts on “ONE MORE DAY!!!! And things to be thankful for…

  1. went through that gate just a week ago with your Mom and she was so frustrated by the sticking . . . yikkes. Gratitude that no one was hurt. Fences and gates can be replaced!

  2. Yes, it’s great that no one was hurt and the house wasn’t crushed. We have a few very tall trees next to our house. Every time there are strong wind gusts, I worry that one is going to topple onto the house because the wind always blows in that direction.

    Good luck on your half-marathon tomorrow!

  3. Holy crap that is scary! I’m so glad you, and everyone else were all safe.

    I am SO excited for you tomorrow. I’m going to be thinking about you all morning (I hope that’s not creepy) so please let us/me know ASAP how it went!!!!!!!! You’re going to do amazing!

  4. Holy moly, that is so scary! As much as I love trees, after some of the truly crazy storms we had around here this summer I am seriously questioning if I want trees in my yard in my someday house!

    Good luck in your race, you are going to rock it and catch the half marathon bug, I just know it 🙂

  5. I’m late to the game here as your race is over now, and I can’t wait to hear how it went, but my thoughts are that if you compare your race to life, races are not scary at all!

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