Thank God June is Over

July 18, 2016 — Leave a comment

Well…not really….But I don’t know that I could have packed any more into the month of June.

She said yes!
She said yes!

Tying the Knot

It actually all started on May 29, when I asked my beautiful girlfriend, Jill, to marry me. ¬†Thankfully she said yes ūüėČ (does anyone ask anymore without knowing the answer?)

I am beyond fortunate that Jill and her kids have entered my life.  We have both come through a lot to get where we are and I am more than excited to continue this journey with her at my side.

An incredible psychologist impacting people’s lives every day,¬†an amazing Mom raising to young kids who are amazing in their own right and the of love of my life who reminds me every day what true grace, strength and love really are. ¬†What an amazing woman she is.

Ran a 5K

I followed that up by running a 5K with my best bud Judson on June 1st after having spent 8 weeks getting back into shape. And while I did not make my goal of a sub 30 minute 5K that day – I did well considering the factors and it has inspired me to give something else a try – which I’ll explain in a bit.

Jordan's Graduation Day
Jordan’s Graduation Day

No More School!!

Then another big moment in my life came.

I watched my little girl – Jordan – graduate from high school on June 11th. How is it possible that I have 2 kids in college??? ¬†Family and friends came together to celebrate Jordan’s achievement at my house, on what turned out to be one of the hottest days in June.

Jordan was able to successfully complete her last semester in high school with straight A’s!! I am a very proud papa and excited to¬†watch Jordan start this next phase of her life.

The Dawn at night.
The Dawn at night.


And if that wasn’t already enough Jill and I took our 3rd cruise together aboard the Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda for 7 days at the end of June.

Folks, I know I have said this before and I’ll probably say it again. ¬†I love cruising!! ¬†And I love cruising with my beautiful lady even more.

Bermuda is amazing – so far it is my favorite destination. It’s probably a good thing that they make it difficult for non-Bermudians to move there (not mention it’s one of the most expensive places to live) because it would not take much to twist my arm to make that a permanent residence.

Jill and I had a wonderful time enjoying the island, including time on Coco Reef beach, shopping in Hamilton and just walking around the Naval Dockyards. ¬†Bermudians have to be some of the nicest people I have met anywhere…especially to tourists. ¬†We will be back and we may even make it a trip without a boat.

You can check out some of the photos I took on our trip here.

Cruise #4 is already booked for 2017 – we’re going to try one of the mega ships and take on the Western Caribbean this time…let the countdown begin.

Buying a Home

You thought I was done didn’t you. ¬†Not quite. ¬†Throughout all of this Jill and I are trying to buy a house. ¬†Yes because we didn’t feel we had enough going on in our lives we thought…what the heck let’s add this too. ¬†Jill and I worked hard to try and finalize a deal just before we took off for Bermuda but upon our return not everything lined up as we had hoped. ¬†So we continue the process of trying to find a home that we can build our life together in. ¬†Hope to have more to share on that soon.

So What’s Next

Between some planned trips – finishing in Canada with my Dad and the Gleeson¬†Boys, a guys golf weekend, and some end of year fun with Jill – planning a wedding and trying to get us into a new home should be enough to finish off 2016. But it’s not.

In keeping on this journey for a better and healthier self РI have decided to challenge myself more than I ever have physically (I guess mentally too).  I have registered to participate in the North Carolina State Triathlon Championship Рwhich will be a sprint triathlon distance (.42 mile swim, 18.1 mile bike, 5K run).  The race is on October 2 which gives me about 12 weeks to prepare Рand I just finished week one yesterday. I think this will be a perfect distance for me to start out at and I am fairly confident on the bike and run portions. The swim is another story.  Although I can swim I have never swam in this way and certainly not in open water.  .42 mile does not seem like much but after my first 2 swim training session it is very clear I have a looooong way to go.  Confidence level is very low at the moment but I know staying focused and learning better ways to swim will at a minimum allow me to complete the swim portion of the race.

Stay tuned for periodic updates as I push myself to places I haven’t been in a very long time.

Tommy D


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