I am slowly crawling out from my Thanksgiving coma and by slowly I mean crawling at less than a snail’s pace. Between heading home last week and work traveling at lightning speed this week, I am dragging a bit. I’d love to report that I’ve had some stellar runs since the Garden City Turkey Trot (finished in 46:16), but I’d be lying. Have I had time to run? Yes. Have I wanted to? Not really. Since I am not training for anything currently, I’m not distraught. Life ebbs and flows and down time is good.
I mentioned in my last post that I had a big birthday surprise up my sleeve for my dad who turned 65 on Thanksgiving. Not only was it his birthday but his first day of retirement was on Monday so I figured that a special gift was in order. On May 26, 2014 (yes, a bit far away) we will be flying on a World War II C-47 for a “D-Day Experience.” Without getting too nerdy, the Douglas C-47 was used by the Allies for military transport and the actual plane we will board flew during a D-Day mission on June 6, 1944. All passengers are outfitted with a paratrooper field jacket, helmet, and parachute pack and participate in a re-enactment of a pre-flight briefing that paratroopers storming Normandy were given. It’s all pretty cool if you ask me, but I’m biased.
Given that we are history buffs and that dad has been itching to do something like this for quite some time, I thought this was the perfect opportunity and would lead me one step closer to clinching the “World’s Best Daughter” title. This flight is offered by the American Airpower Museum on Long Island and takes off only twice a year (Memorial Day and Labor Day). The Museum itself has a great collection of operational World War II aircraft and paraphernalia. If you are a military history enthusiast, I encourage you to visit if you are ever in the Farmingdale area.
Now that it’s December I’m very much excited for Christmas (I love giving gifts to others) and to ring in 2014. My little village nestled in upstate New York celebrates its “Victorian Holidays” next weekend with trolley rides and historic home tours which is always a great time. As for 2014, I am dedicating the year to list making, task doing, home organizing, and DIY projects (more to come on this in a later post). Oh, and celebrating the big 3-4!
On a separate note, if you need a little inspiration, a little fire started in your belly to get you through the rest of 2013, I encourage you to read this article, Blind Ambition, about Erik Weihenmayer, the first visually impaired person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Erik is a true adventurer in every sense of the word and I am in complete awe.
How do you celebrate the holidays? What’s the best gift you’ve ever given to someone? Are you a history buff like me?