Race and Ireland

Happy Monday! Hubby and I worked in the yard this weekend – planting flowers, herbs, and grape tomato plants and digging up dead bushes. That late frost really did a number on some of our shrubs. We also celebrated a friend’s birthday – always a good time.

Both sons had their own adventures.

Son #1 likes to compete in Spartan races. If you’re not familiar with them, they take place all over the country and involve obstacles, swimming, jumping over fire, crawling through mud – fun stuff, right? They’re not for the faint of heart. He competed this weekend and came in 9th overall – which is a significant accomplishment considering there are over a hundred participants. And I love his Thor shirt (both of them totally got the Marvel gene from me).

Son #2 is traveling home from Ireland tomorrow evening. He’s been having a great time and has sent us several pictures. Him being a foodie, most of them have included food. A cheesemonger shop they visited had an opening, and he texted that he’d found new employment and wouldn’t been returning home – haha. The bottom right picture was his dinner from a Michelin star restaurant – which he said ranked in the top three meals he’s had in his life. He also said the Teeling whiskey was the “best I’ve ever had by FAR”. Must be some pretty good stuff. I’m sure I’ll hear plenty of stories when I pick him and his friends up at the airport tomorrow night.

It’s Derby week here in Kentucky. No hats or mint juleps for us, but we have parties to attend Friday and Saturday. Pics next Monday. Have a great week!

36 thoughts on “Race and Ireland

  1. Ireland would be such a neat place to visit. Glad your son is enjoying himself. And the other one is quite the adventurer as well.

    Enjoy your week, Teri. BTW, we watched the Titanic footage that you recommended. Some of the music they played made it eerie, as I’m sure it was eerie for those first explorers.

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    1. Glad you got a chance to watch it, Joan. Parts of it gave me goosebumps. There’s just something about seeing something that gigantic underwater after all this time and all the sadness that surrounds it.

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  2. We just bought plants to make our herb garden yesterday. I’ll wait a bit to plant though because it’s really cooled down, unfortunately. The boys seem to be having great adventures! Ohhh, I think my friends and I might be planning on going to the Derby next year. We’ve never been!

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    1. I miss my fresh basil, so I plant as soon as I can. I waited a week longer than usual because of the cold temps. We haven’t been to the actual Derby, but we’ve been to Churchill Downs when other races were running. It’s an experience, Leslie!

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      1. I have one of those indoor growing herb things…Aeroflow, is what it’s called. I haven’t done it the last couple of winters bc I’ve been so busy. But it grows herbs in the winter and it’s so lovely to always have fresh basil! It sounds like it’s such a fun experience!!


  3. I’m with him on the cheese job. If only I could do it from here. (I’d hate to leave family.) I also wouldn’t mind a Michelin-star meal. How wonderful that he’s getting to do all these wonderful things.

    And now I want a mint julep, so thanks for that. lol

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    1. Same, Staci. I haven’t met a cheese I didn’t like. His friends hadn’t been to a fine dining restaurant before, but they enjoyed it. Son #2 made reservations weeks ago, and it sounds like it was worth it.

      I’m not a fan of mint juleps, but I’ll take the bourbon!

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  4. Congratulations to your son on placing 9th in the Spartan race! I love the pictures from Ireland. 🙂 I’m taking notes. I’ll have to try the Teeling whiskey while I am there. Thanks for sharing, and have a great week, Teri!

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    1. He’s tried whiskeys from around the world, Jan. Japanese whiskeys have always been favorites, but I guess Teeling took the top spot from them. Son #1 was happy with the results. The last one he was in it was unseasonably cold – the upper 20s – and he had to travel through chest deep water at one obstacle. He was shaking so badly he couldn’t finish the last two obstacles. Those races are definitely not for me!


    1. They’re a challenge, but he’s been doing them for years, Sophie. It’s funny how different both sons are. Son #2 is a foodie, but Son #1 only eats for energy. Son #2 wouldn’t never think of competing in Spartan races, lol.


  5. Victoria Zigler

    Sorry the late frosts did so much damage in your garden. A foody adventure in Ireland sounds fun. The races… Not so much. But as long as they both had fun doing what they love, that’s what matters. And congratulations to your son on coming 9th in those races.

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    1. Thanks, Tori! I’d also rather do the food stuff, Tori, lol. I exercise regularly, but I can do without the extreme stuff. Between the wind storm taking out some of our trees and the frost getting some of the bushes, we’ve had a lot to replace. Have a great week!


  6. What’s the saying? A parent is as happy as her youngest (and oldest) child. Your sons seem quite happy, and therefore I bet you are too. Hats off to you, your garden, your family, and the Derby. 🙂

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    1. I’d have to agree with that saying, Pam. They’ve both chosen very different paths, but I couldn’t be happier for them. And I’m trying to check off some things on my Derby to-do list today. Thanks so much for visiting!

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