Happy Birthday to the Rocket Scientist!!

Happy birthday to my Rocket Scientist!!  James (his real name!) turns 25 today…yay!  In case you don’t know, I call him “The Rocket Scientist” because he has his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering and is now pursuing a PhD (yikes!) in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  (Sounds fancy, right?)  He talks about lasers and microwaves and combustion and shows me videos that I don’t really understand about things he’s done in lab…but I guess I like him anyway.  :)

To demonstrate his rocket scientist-ness, here’s a picture from our graduation cap decorating…that took some major convincing on my part to get him to do.  However, once he came up with his idea, he was golden:

Cap Decorating 002Maryland Rocket made of foam…This was some serious business!

And he was even more excited when he ended up on his department’s home page!

imageFront and center!

Stay tuned for the further details of his birthday celebration, but for now, here’s a little showcase of us!

We met on a band trip to Denver freshman year (perk of being in pep band…free trips for ACC and NCAA tournaments!  Here we are senior year in Niagara Falls…NCAA Round One!

imageI do NOT recommend going in March.  So cooooold!

On occasion, we can be super cute.

One of my all-time favorite pictures!

Silly pictures are our specialty:


So attractive.  :)

Annnnd we both run marathons.  WOO!

imageI am less photogenic after 26 miles…

At least I keep my tongue in my mouth.  :)

I can’t believe we met when we were 19!  Crazy!  We’re getting old.  ;)  I’m heading to Princeton tonight to have dinner with the Rocket Scientist and his parents…and of course have cake which I am SUPER excited about.  I’m bad at keeping secrets and I really wanted to tell the Rocket Scientist what it is…ahh!  I guess I can hold out a few more hours.  :)


Taper week continues!  I switched over to my ever faithful Hal Higdon for my taper week since I haven’t really followed Pfitz since my injury.  Only three miles on the list for today…I had to think hard about a three mile route since I’ve only done maybe one or two three mile runs!  Oh marathon training.  :)  I found one, and three miles goes by quick!  I just hope miles 23-26 are that easy.

Tuesday, November 17 – Happy Birthday, James!!
3.03 miles in 23:09, avg pace of 7:39

I’m liking the current forecast for Marathon Sunday…it’s looking MUCH better than the showers that were predicted the past few days.


Perfect marathon weather, I think!  Off to some shopping and birthday fun…sounds like a good day off to me!

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  1. says

    Happy Birthday James!! haha such cute pictures of you two, love it! That’s the best to be silly and have fun. Wishing you the best for your marathon, but you are going to rock it for sure!! 7:39 mile?! wowza! I think I’m 12 minutes now lol I’m going to keep at it and see how it goes

  2. says

    Happy Birthday James! I love the rocket hat! Hee hee!

    I am praying to the weather gods for you, Susan!

  3. says

    Happy Birthday RC!! I once made a rocket in 7th grade for shop class. Can’t wait to hear about the festivities–you’re doing a great job keeping your mouth shut :) Hope the weather turns out as predicted.

  4. says

    That weather looks ideal! And happy birthday to your boyfriend. MSB’s birthday was yesterday!

  5. says

    Fun photos! Happy birthday to the Rocket Scientist!
    Good luck on rest of taper and Philly…
    Looks like weather will be great! Can’t wait!

  6. says

    Hope you guys had a great time celebrating tonight! Cake is good. Happy birthday to James! Cute pictures too. I noticed the weather change for Sunday too, keeping my fingers crossed.

  7. says

    Happy Birthday to your Rocket Scientist! The pictures are adorable. Thanks for sharing.
    Good luck with the race. Crossing my fingers for good weather!

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