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Monday, October 21, 2013

A Nightmare On Elm Street...

Blogging has wreaked havoc on my running schedule. I used to run in the mornings. Now, I blog in the mornings. The only place that I've been running lately is to the fridge!

I thought that if I did a "Take Two" of my "Run Route Special", I would get motivated to run again. Nothing gets me hopping like stalking admiring beautiful homes.

Sadly, 13 more days passed...still no running. 

Today, however, I did run from my house to my bitchin' minivan with camera in hand. 

My plan had been to start running down one of my favorite streets- ELM STREET!  It is a smorgasbord of beautiful older homes on a brick-lined street with a small park in the middle. Instead, I went creeping down the street, snarfing Halloween candy, windows rolled down, Raffi blaring, snapping pictures of all of my favorite lookiloos. 

Check it out:













Maybe I could start driving to this boulevard and run sprints up and down their street. That wouldn't be creepy at all. Right?



26 comments:

  1. I love that stretch of Elm. Not gonna lie... Been trying to get a playdate for my kid with one of the other boys in his class in part because the family lives along there! Okay, they're also really nice and smart and both parents have tenure (so maybe aren't moving too soon? I hope). But the house!

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  2. I used to babysit in (what is now) the Bests' home on this street when I was in college and have loved the street ever since... Just don't trip on those bricks if you start running here!

    BTW, if you want company on a brisk walk sometime, just call! Bad knees & ankles mean no more running for me, but I'm used to walking fast enough to keep up with someone a foot taller!

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  3. I BRICK road!!!???? Seriously???? That is awesome! And gorgeous! I would be WALKING along that every day! Beautiful homes. Lucky you. XO, Pinky

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  4. What gorgeous pictures! Those homes are so beautiful and I love the brick road. Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment! I love your blog, I'm now following :)

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  5. Oooo, I want to live on this street!!! So pretty!!! I'd be wandering down it ever day if I were you!

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  6. I think we looked at six different houses to buy on this street but could never pull the trigger - major regrets! When I run (ahem!) I love to go down Elm and gawk. Great photos!

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  7. What a beautiful street. Love the brick and the older homes are beautiful. Especially with the Fall colors.

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  8. I love your blog! I love seeing different homes. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm your newest follower!

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  9. oh my gosh, gorgeous! and love the title, it totally drew me in. this gal loves wordplay and movie references!

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  10. Haha!! You crack me up!! What a cute post and LOVE those charming homes!! It looks like a really beautiful street!! Thanks for linking up at FNF :) Happy Halloween!

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  11. Beautiful neighborhood! I do the same thing - stalk neighborhoods that is. I only dream of running. Haha

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  12. loved reading this post! I find myself only wanting to do things I NEED to do, if it is beneficial to me immediately. I love looking at beautiful homes, especially during a time like jogging/running because it really takes my mind off of the activity. I recently moved and I must say, the South Carolina Real Estate properties are STUNNING to see. Thanks for the great read and pictures, I enjoyed them very much! P.S. if running sprints up a street that isn't your own is weird, I've been weird for a long time! =) Happy Holidays!

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  13. I, too, love this street...we actually put a full price offer on a house on that block over 15 years ago and were outbid! Although, it is a great stretch, so glad we ended up in our hood with my amazing peeps....and yet still close enough to make this our walk route for a bit of gawking - love the pics...you are an amazing photog & writer :-)

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    1. Which house did you put an offer on? My favorite is the brick colonial, my go-to style!
      Thanks, Devine One. And, I'm happy the offer fell through...

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    2. I played Sardines in that house! Wanna see if we can get you inside??

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  14. Why the brick colonial, of course!

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    1. YOU JUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH RIGHT NOW????

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    2. Is that the house that has the star lit up in that huge tree every Christmas? LOVE that house!

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  15. I used to rent in this neighborhood! I loved walking around there thinking of which one I would buy with my soon-to-be lucrative (heh) art history degree :)

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous!?? I am there so often, I fear my picture might wind up on a neighborhood watch.
      Have a great week, Jean!

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  16. My favorite street in Champaign--so pretty. I had some friends who used to live on Elm. Great house, but it was small for their growing family.

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    1. I love the brick streets and front porches!
      How is your transition going?
      Thanks, Sara!

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  17. Ooh, is there a 1428 Elm Street?? (Yes, I know Freddy's address. That's normal, right?)

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  18. JENN! You are freaking me out! Those movies were so creepy!

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