Weekend in Biloxi

Whew, what a busy weekend! Kaitlin and I were in Biloxi for a dance convention/competition, and I managed to fit in a 10-mile run along the beach there also. We have gone to dance conventions every weekend this month. The first two weekends were in Houston, the third was in Baton Rouge, and this past weekend was Biloxi. My daughter loves it and I enjoy watching her do what she loves so in the end it is all worth it.

The competition/convention was at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and we stayed in a 2 bedroom condo at Legacy Towers in Gulfport. This high-rise complex is along Beach Boulevard across the highway from the beach. It has a nice pool area and gym for guests to use. I like that fact that there is full kitchen so I can cook breakfast and a balcony with a beach view to sit out and relax. I much prefer this setup to a hotel room.

Legacy Towers condos in Biloxi

Legacy Towers condos in Biloxi

I will be running the Zydeco half-marathon in Lafayette on March 13 so after I dropped Kaitlin off at her convention classes Saturday morning, I ran along the beachside sidewalk.  The weather was perfect for running – sunny and in the 50s. The ocean was a nice change of scenery from my regular runs through neighborhoods and the 10 miles were not so tough. I had an average pace of 10:20 with my best miles being 3 at 10:07 and 4 at 10:16. My goal is to average right at 10 minute miles but it’s not happening – 10:20 is my norm.

Here is a breakdown:

Mile 1 – 10:37

Mile 2 – 10:17

Mile 3 – 10:07

Mile 4 – 10:16

Mile 5 – 10:18

Mile 6 – 10:19

Mile 7 – 10:25

Mile 8 – 10:20

Mile 9 – 10:23

Mile – 10:27

I bought a new pair of Brooks Ghost tennis shoes last week (the only kind I wear!) and it felt as if I was running on air. I had been having my older shoes since October and had run a half with them, done 3 months worth of bootcamp and several training runs for my upcoming half with them. They had zero cushioning left and were done. It’s amazing the difference a good pair of running shoes can make!

Beach view.

Beach view.

After my run, I needed to bring Kaitlin some lunch so I quickly did that.  I considered going to either the outlet mall right off I-10 or the Edgewater Mall but my feet ached so I stayed and watch her classes instead.

On Sunday, she performed her solo in the dance competition and received a platinum ranking! After that, we drove back home to get ready for the week ahead. We had a full yet fun weekend in Biloxi!

Kaitlin after her performance.

Kaitlin after her performance.

Kaitlin with her tap scholarship award.

Kaitlin with her tap scholarship award.

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Simple recipe for delicious banana nut bread

One of my favorite treats is banana nut bread. I enjoy it in the morning with a cup of coffee and I also enjoy it in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. So when I had a few overripe bananas lately I whipped up a tasty loaf.

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The first thing I did was peel 3-4 of the overripe bananas and mash them up.

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Next, I mixed together 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter before adding 2 eggs and blending well. After this, I added the bananas, 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat with a mixer until smooth. Once this was done, I combined 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt until well moistened. The final step involved  folding in 1 cup of chopped pecans. Pour batter into an 8 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Let cool then enjoy! Yum.

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P.S. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of milk.

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Hello there!

Well, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted to my blog. Nine months to be exact! All I can say is that I’m going to try to post more regularly in 2016.

Lots of things have happened since May. We went on our summer vacation to Arizona, we bought a camp, Justin started his freshman year of high school, Kaitlin started her junior year and they both went to their school’s homecoming. Also Mike and I celebrated our 20th anniversary with a trip to St. John, and we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. With the new year has come Kaitlin’s dance competitions/conventions and my training for the Zydeco half marathon in March.

Also, Kaitlin is beginning to look at colleges and decide on a major. She has ordered a graduation ring and bought a dress for prom, and it’s all beginning to move too fast. She will be a senior next year, then graduate and head to college. It seems like yesterday she was born. That brings to mind another thing I’m going to try to do in 2016 – slow down and enjoy these years of our lives. That also sounds like a good topic for a future blog post!

Here are a few photos from the events mentioned in this post. I will give more details about the trips to Arizona and St. John in future blog entries also.

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Homecoming 2015

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Kaitlin’s first day of school (junior year)

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Justin’s first day as freshman

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Summer in Arizona

Our view for the week in St. John

Our view for the week in St. John

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Kaitlin at dance competition

 

 

 

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