This Christmas was celebrated in Cleveland with my family and Brian’s parents. We drove to Cleveland on Christmas Eve. We went to Mass and then had a pajama party and opened our gifts from each other. Lucy and Bailee, my brother’s dog, enjoyed opening the gifts the most and made sure that every piece of wrapping paper was shredded. Christmas morning we enjoyed brunch at my sister’s house while looking at all the gifts Santa brought the boys. We then had dinner at my parents’ house and enjoyed more family time. The next day we went to Chagrin Falls and walked around the town and then had dinner at Bravo. The rest of our stay was rather relaxing and included a nice dinner with Danielle and Louie on Monday. We headed back to Chicago on Tuesday and that night we saw our friends Chris, Trayce, Mark and Dave at Chris & Holly’s. Brian and I both had the week off between the holidays so we were able to enjoy some relaxing days off once we got home. New Years Eve was very low key and we had dinner at Sepia, one of our favorite restaurants. We had some drinks after dinner and were home by 10:30 to ring in the New Year with Lucy! We hope everyone had a great holiday season and we are wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
A few pics from this year’s Zoo Lights.
Our Photogenic Dog
We’ve always thought our pup was cuter than average. For more than a year she’s graced the About page of the PAWS Chicago web site. And today I received this email:
From: Dan Kim
Date: December 16, 20107:20:43PMCST
To: Brian Drum
Is that Lucy?
Turns out our little girl is being featured in the promotional material and web site for Team PAWS Chicago 2011 training program. This picture was taken while she and Jaclyn waited in the PAWS hospitality tent for me to finish the 2010 Chicago Marathon. Maybe we need to think about getting her an agent…
Halloween at the Park
We have had great weather this weekend so we took Lucy to North Pond in Lincoln Park so that she could run around. She saw some ducks, fetched her Frisbee and a twig and played some ball. She loved being able to run free in the grass! Even though we thought we wore her out she was still full of energy when we got home but we all had a great time!
For almost as long as I’ve lived in Chicago, I’ve been thinking and talking about running the Chicago Marathon. So this year I took the plunge and registered to run as a member of Team PAWS, to train for the marathon and raise money for the shelter where we adopted our dog Lucy. I was worried that fundraising would be difficult with the recession going on, but it went really well. Thanks to the generosity of my family, friends, and co-workers I was able to raise $1255 for PAWS Chicago.
One of the perks of running with Team PAWS was training with the Chicago Area Runners Association — an 18-week program that increased in mileage from just 15 miles in the first week to nearly 40 miles a week towards the end. But since I had never run anything longer than the Shamrock Shuffle 8K (about five miles), I spent twelve weeks gradually increasing my distance just to be prepared for the marathon training. All told, I probably ran 500 miles this year.
The big day finally came — October 10, 2010 (10−10−10) and the only way I can describe it is “hot.” I felt it early and slowed down, walking almost every aid station and drinking and soaking myself with water every chance I got. Jaclyn and Lucy met me at several pre-arranged points, which helped keep me motivated. Somehow Lucy knew to look for me in the mass of runners, and Jaclyn said Lucy would stare hard at guys who looked like me. She’d get so excited when I finally came by, and try to jump in my arms.
A lot of the race is just a blur, as I really just had to turn my brain off and concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other. I would finish my long (16−18 mile) training runs feeling great, with no difficulty, but this was totally different. Luckily, when I got to mile 20 of the marathon, I got a second wind. Even better, my good friend Michelle was waiting for me at mile 21, and jumped on the course with me to finish out the last 5.2 miles.
When we reached the sign for mile 25, I could see that I had about twelve minutes to finish with a time under 5 hours, and I was determined to do it. So I left Michelle behind, gave it everything I had, and hauled ass to the finish line. And later that day, I got the email with my official time of…
So there’s a good chance I’ll be doing it all again next year. I really enjoyed all the training and running has been a great way to stay in shape. I met some great people along the way and I’ve found that I’m more relaxed and generally happier when I’m running on a regular basis. Now that I’ve got the first one out of the way, I’m already looking forward to another marathon. Plus, I’m almost guaranteed a new personal record!
Amardeep & Arash’s Wedding
On August 28th, Amardeep and Arash got married! Brian and I went out to LA for the wedding and stayed for a long weekend. We arrived on Thursday and met my parents at the airport and then headed to In-N-Out Burger for some lunch. During the day we drove up as close as we could get to the Hollywood sign. Thursday night was a pre-Anan Karaj ceremony party at Amardeep & Arash’s place. The women were able to get the traditional mendhi put onto their hands for the ceremony. Friday morning was the Anand Karaj Ceremony at Vermont Gurdwara which was in Los Angeles. We then traveled to Costa Mesa that afternoon where that evening we attended the wedding rehearsal and dinner. We had a great dinner and enjoyed some drinks with great friends! Saturday was the wedding ceremony which was outside the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The whole day was beautiful with the sun shining throughout the day. The reception was held inside the Orange County Performing Arts Center where we everyone enjoyed the company of the beautiful newlyweds and some Punjabi dancing! Everyone danced the night away! To end our great trip on Sunday night Brian and I enjoyed a delicious dinner at STK with my parents.
Below is a brief note to the couple:
Thank you for asking me to be a part of your special day. It meant so much to me to watch my best friend marry the man of her dreams this afternoon. This day came so quickly and I hope the both of you were able to take the time to enjoy each moment.
I have known Amy since the fourth grade when she was new in our school and I was so envious that she became friends with one of the other girls. Eventually, as the fourth grade went on we become friends and from then on is history. We did everything together from creating a dance together to the Loco-motion in the fourth grade at recess and then performing in for our teacher to going to the same college together and experiencing what life had in store for us. It is amazing that we have come so far and live so far from each other but still are so involved in each others lives. That is exactly what I would call a True Friend. I believe this after reading a poem that Amy wrote in high school called “True Friends”. I found this poem in my yearbook while going through it before our ten year reunion and I think it says it all!
A true friend listens to what you say
Life’s a sculpture, friends are clay
Friends are notes to life’s great song
A melody that carries you along
Whether it’s joy or fear
Whenever life is hard, they’re near
In a world of darkness, friends are light
So thank your lucky stars tonight
When life gets hard and goals seem far
It’s then you’ll know who your true friends are
This poem not only represents Amy and my friendship but also represents the friendship that she has with Arash.
So here is to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After! Congratulations to such a wonderful couple!
Nicole & Brian’s Wedding
On June 26th, our friends Nicole and Brian got married and Jaclyn had the great honor of being one of Nicole’s Matrons of Honor. We drove on Friday to Centerville, Ohio where the wedding was held. We enjoyed seeing everyone at the rehearsal and had a great night at the rehearsal dinner. Saturday was their big day and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. We spent the night celebrating the happy couple, enjoying time with friends and dancing the night away at the reception. We were so happy to be a special part of Nicole and Brian’s special day!
On May 25th, I started my new job at Holly Hunt. It was perfect timing and I started shortly after we returned from Italy. I am the Furniture Customer Service associate for the Chicago showroom. The job and the people are great and I am learning alot. Although I was doing residential and commercial design before, I am now working with the designers when they have issues with the furniture they ordered. I feel this job is making me alot more well-rounded when it comes to the design industry. I am very happy where I ended up!
Jessica & Luciano’s Wedding
On April 10th Brian and I attended Jessica and Luciano’s wedding in Ohio. Although it was raining and snowing on Friday the skies cleared and the sun came out for a beautiful wedding day on Saturday! The ceremony was at Assumption Church and the reception was at Firestone Country Club in Akron. I was honored to be one of the bridesmaids in the wedding. Everyone had a great time and the wedding was beautiful! It was great to see family and friends, many of which I haven’t seen in a very long time. Congratulations to Jessica and Luciano! We wish you love, laughter and happily ever after!
More Pictures of Our Dog
Since getting our Canon 50D for Christmas, I’d estimate at least half of the pictures we’ve taken have been of Lucy. Can you tell we love our little pup? But recently Dog-a-holics offered a pet photography session for $20, so we took advantage of the chance to get a family photo and some glamour shots. What do you think?