When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my motherâ€™s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers â€“ so many caring people in this world.
I ran my first 5k today! I love walking and riding my bike, but I’ve never been a runner. It’s a great way to get exercise, however, and a few months ago I started a “Couch to 5 km” (C25K) program. I ran with a friend this morning, and we did a leisurely run around Lake Merritt in Oakland. It was a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to my next one.
Happy Thanksgiving! We are overflowing with things to be thankful for right now, so I thought I should take a few minutes to share them with you.
We have a new dog
His name is Henry, and he’s a rescue from Willows in Northern California. He was rescued from a shelter by Coppers Dream, a bay area dog rescue organization. We think he’s part Shih Tzu and part Cairn Terrier, and our guess is he’s about 8 years old. It’s taken him some time to relax and adjust, but he’s slowly making himself at home. He’s great with Corinne, and it’s nice to have do energy back in the house.
We bought a house
Wait, what? Yes! We bought a house in El Cerrito. The entire process went incredibly fast, less than 5 weeks from seeing the listing to closing escrow. It’s in the lower part of the hills, in the Madera Elementary School district. We are across the street from a park, which is perfect for Corinne, and if you walk a short block there’s an amazing view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The house is relatively new, built in 1968, and I believe we are the 3rd owners. It’s big, has lots of storage, a huge two car garage, and three bedrooms. That last bit is important because…
We’re expecting a girl
Yes! Raelene is pregnant with a baby girl. Corinne’s little sister is due in mid-May, and we are overjoyed. I anticipate blogging a lot more as we get closer to Raelene’s due date, there is a lot of stuff to document with a new baby. 🙂