We bottled up my unintentional Pumpkin Pie Ale, which Morgan has since named Last Year's Costume. She definitely seems to have a knack for naming my brews, so I've decided to make her Vice-Present of Naming. While we were bottling, I was also cooking up another American Strong Ale. I wanted to brew up something like Great Lakes Nosferatu and I think I came pretty close. I just bottled it today and I think it's the tastiest brew I've made to date, with low to medium bitterness and approximately 11% alcohol. I'm still waiting on the VP of Naming.
|Last Year's Costume in bottles and awaiting caps.|
Morgan and I also ran our second half marathon. The first nine miles were amazing. We were keeping up a good pace and I felt great. And then my legs totally freaked out. I felt like I was running with Charley horses in both of my calf muscles. It was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life; I told Morgan I'd rather be stabbed repeatedly. In pain and hobbling, I finished. I wasn't happy, I was hardly proud, but I finished. Time for more electrolytes, some compression socks and more training before we do The Walt Disney World Half Marathon on January 7, 2012.
|Me, Br'er Bear and Morgan, January 14, 2010.|
And in the midst of all of that insanity, we've been scrambling to get everything together for our trip to Tokyo. Besides all of the typical international vacation mumbo-jumbo, we're also been trying to find Halloween costumes - and shoes for Morgan. Tokyo Disneyland allows you to go to the parks dressed as any Disney character around Halloween and Morgan and I are going as Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Bear respectively. The hardest part of my costume has been the hat. Luckily we got most everything else we need at a few thrift stores today. I cannot forget to hit Home Depot this week for some rope.
|Br'er Rabbit and Morgan, June 6, 2004.|
And that pretty much brings us up to date. Just four more days of work and then it's about 15 hours in the air to NRT in Tokyo.