26 September 2011

a road trip & a swag bag

Took a road trip with a couple of girlfriends this weekend --
The kind of girlfriends I can spend a night in a triple hotel room with without hesitation or awkwardness --
That takes a lot, for me.

We went to Bologna to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Sunday morning we gathered in the park with hundreds of others.

We even received the race shirt and the swag bag.
It included tampons, anti-aging cream, a fiber bar and weight loss powders.
I kid you not.
Male participants received the same bag, btw.
I know because I saw a young man inadvertently drop his box of OB as he fumbled with the bag.
Poor fella.

It was a beautiful day for a 5k through the streets of Bologna.

This lady walked ahead of us for part of the race.
She didn't get the memo about this being an
anti-cancer kind of event.
Or maybe she did . . . 
breast cancer, lung cancer . . . obviously not the same, right?
Geees, lady!


It's amazing what 36 hours away with the girls can do
for my psyche.
Thank you, man-o-mine, for supporting our trip AND 
babysitting someone else's kid for the weekend.
You rock.
Race participant, smoker lady does not rock.
(I mean, smoke if you want to . . . but not during the Race for the Cure.)
Girlfriends rock, too.


Smoke-free for 3 years and 6 months


  1. So proud of you that you quit smoking. I have heard it is really hard to stop. Glad you got to getaway for the weekend.

  2. Wow! Bravo...
    And nice moment...

  3. ha! that swag bag is hilarious. :) sounds like a great trip. three cheers on 3.5 years of being smoke free!!