Ok – maybe I’m milking this for too much, but it’s a huge accomplishment for me and I feel so incredibly relieved and proud to have it behind me.
When we arrived home – my good friend Sarah arrived at the same time for a visit! We spent two days wandering around Albuquerque – it was so much fun to show her my new home. And we had a bit of wine (yes the giraffe helped me celebrate my BQ):
Then – about a year ago – Pandora introduced a peacock charm. Which was pretty perfect since my running group calls itself Team Peacock. But I told myself that I wouldn’t get it until I qualified – and really had something to “peacock” about for! But – now that the time has come, I realized that I wasn’t 100% certain about the peacock charm. I hadn’t been wearing that bracelet that much. But I went to the Pandora store to look at it – and found something that I loved more: their essence line. I got a beautiful bracelet with three charms representing faith (amethyst), confidence, and strength (onyx). I felt that those three sentiments really captured what I needed to see this whole thing through. It’s my BQ bracelet:
Finally – we already had this planned (so it wasn’t really a celebration) – but Derek and I took our first hot air balloon ride on Saturday! Another 50 by 50 item knocked off the list! It was really wonderful – the ride was so smooth and peaceful. I was amazed at the control they had vertically. There wasn’t much wind, so when we were trying to land – we couldn’t quite get to the desired landing spot. Our pilot ended up having to land in a cul-de-sac! I was a little anxious, but just trusted him as he seemed really in control. And his landing was amazingly pinpoint.