Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wine, racing and envelopes, oh my!

As mentioned two posts ago, I spent a long weekend in my hometown.  I enjoyed having a day-and-a-half off from work. :)

Thursday evening, my parents and I attended the Better With Age/Evening in White wine and beer tasting fundraiser.  We had a blast at this event.  Here are some photos:

The tasting tent was full of people sampling wine, beer and appetizers

Mom, Dad and me.  All attendees were encouraged to wear something white.

Dinner was served on the lawn of the Linden Hill property, framed by the historic Weyerhauser and Musser mansions

Jeff Anderson, wine sommelier, gave three mini wine classes throughout the evening

I loved the lighting in the music room of the Musser home, where the wine classes were held

Dinner was served at 7:30.  Yum!

Dessert from DQ!

The live auction raised money for Horizon Health and the Friends of Linden Hill

Attendees could purchase and release "wish lanterns"

I hope this person's wish will come true!

Club Ramone provided music for the evening

Mom and Dad danced the evening away.  I joined in on the fun, too!
We plan to attend next year's event because we had so much fun this year.

Friday was not a pleasant day for me, however, which made running errands in town difficult.  I felt nauseated the whole day, with occasional periods of lightheadedness.  I suspect it was the rich food at the wine tasting that upset my stomach, but my stomach had been feeling weird earlier in the week, so this bout may have been a continuation of the earlier stomach issues.  I took a three-hour nap in the afternoon and felt a little better after that.

I was concerned that my stomach problems would have prevented me from participating in Saturday's River Rat 5K, but I felt fine when I woke up that morning and had a great race.  I will post a race recap later this week.  I ran six miles after the race to count towards my last long run before the half-marathon I'm running on July 4, and that was a hot and sluggish run.  I expect weather conditions to be similar on that race day, so it was good to experience them beforehand.

The rest of the weekend, I worked on addressing wedding invitation envelopes.  I am two-thirds done.  I still need to get addresses from several people, so that will be one of my major projects for the week.

Have you ever attended a wine or beer tasting before?  Are you able to push through stomach pain during a race or does it sideline you?


  1. Sometimes I am really good with pushing past pain and then other times it just gets to me and I mentally just give up

  2. Glad you were feeling better by race time. You must have been to push out 6 more miles! Way to go. I have been to wine tasting events, but nothing so fancy as to what you described. Sounded like a great time! :) (Oh and the envelope addressing is quite the process. My poor mom volunteered to do calligraphy on all of them...her hand was cramping half way through. I felt soooo bad!)

  3. Oh my gosh, I haven't had a Dilly Bar in YEARS! I should fix that.

    Glad your stomach decided to cooperate and congrats on your race. I have pretty chronic stomach issues. Thankfully it's never been an issue come race day, but I've spent many a night before a race in pretty miserable shape.

  4. I haven't attended one, but I would love to! That looks and sounds like such a fun event!

  5. What a swanky and fun evening - wow, that looked so beautiful and fun! I'm really sorry you got sick, though. I'm glad you're on the mend. Good luck at the half - how exciting.

  6. What a beautiful setting, looks like a fun event!

    I hope your tummy feels better soon! I've raced in all sorts of conditions. I might feel terrible while I'm running, but the feeling at the end of those races is usually even more euphoric for me. I suppose with those I am just REALLY happy to be done and in one piece!

  7. I hope you feel better. That looks like a lot of fun.

  8. No beer/wine tastings for me. What a fabulous event! Sorry about being sick. Knock wood, my tummy's been fairly ok during races...so far...

  9. Good luck with the invites and address finding. That is always hard! You are doing the Red, White and Boom? Cool! I had thought about it.
    And? The dinner looked amazing!

  10. That looks like a fantastic event. I hope you are back to 100% already. Stomach issues are probably the worst of all for me. I get floored totally by stomach bugs and other stomach problems.

  11. What a wonderful place for a great event! No beer and wine tasting for me, I am teetotal.
    I hope you feel better.
    Have a great week end.