Thursday, September 10, 2009

Life is a Journey

If life is a journey, what do you call it when you go on vacation?

I'm currently in Madison, Wisconsin, with my totally insane husband who, for some reason I cannot fathom, is competing in his fifth Ironman race on Sunday. In case you don't know, Ironman Triathlons consist of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run.

Yeah, I typed those numbers right. That's a total of 140.6 miles that must be completed in under 17 hours. George has finished two races (2006 and 2008), DNF'ed two (2005 and in 2007 at Lake Placid, he was pulled off the course in an ambulence around mile 130). This year, I'm praying for no ambulence, no medical tent visit, and a good finish.

I'll post a few cards while we're here, but mainly, I'm going to be blogging about the race on my other blog, Questioning my Intelligence. I hope you'll join the fun over there, especially on Sunday, when I'll have links to streaming video of the finish line and updates on George's splits. I'm not really a sports fan, generally speaking, but Ironman races are simply cool, with several thousand ordinary but crazy people racing who aren't professionals...and even the pros are really nice!

Today's card was made with PTI's Birds of a Feather set. I scored the two lines using my Scor-Pal (if you don't have one, get one!), and stamped the bird prints and sentiment. The rhinestones are my favorite olive ones from Hero Arts.

stamps: PTI Birds of a Feather
ink: Palette dark chocolate, SU old olive
paper: PTI white
accessories: ScorPal, rhinestones


  1. Good luck George! Try and avoid the ambulance and give your wife a stress-free weekend!

    Oh yeah, nice card, too!

  2. This is adorable. Good luck to your DH that's pretty impressive.

  3. Welcome to Madison ! We live a little ways west of the big city. You'll have a great time in's a great place! Best Wishes to your husband in the Ironman..I think they are all crazy! But, also have a lot of respect for the athletes who can and want to do that!

    Love this card !

  4. Such a sweet card, and those little bird tracks are such a clever touch! Well, what can I say except good luck to George - sounds totally crazy but what an amazing thing to do! have a great weekend, Jo x

  5. Good luck George!!! This card is perfect to represent the upcoming race....what an amazing guy! Looking forward to starting the cas thread on Sun....
    hugs for a safe marathon,

  6. I love this card, it made me giggle. It is simple and stunning and some really great humour thrown in for good measure.
    My best wishes to George and this years Ironman.

  7. I guess if life is a journey, then vacation is a rest stop! Beautiful card, as usual...

  8. Doris,

    You're right! Rest stop it is!

  9. I love how a card that is so simple can say so much!

  10. great card and the little bird prints look so cute as a border with the score lines.

  11. Simplicity at it's best, a perect card.

  12. What a sweet card! I sold that set not too long ago but now you're making me wish I'd kept it.

    Good luck to your husband in his IM! My husband and I do a few races, but they're mostly small. And no triathalons or IMs. I hope he does well!


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