Thursday, August 30, 2012

Michigan Engagement Party

Friday night after everyone had reconvened at Pete's parents' house, we took the pontoon boat over to the local golf course for dinner. The golf course is the happening place in these parts.

Beautiful sunset and cocktails on the way over - gin & tonic for me! 

Notice I was wearing jeans because my feet and legs had already been eaten alive by the mosquitos the night before.
I guess we were a bit matchy-matchy that night. 

Jon and Cheryl

Pete's sister Kim and parents Tom and Jane

Dinner Friday night was probably the most fun meal we had. Cheryl and I picked out a tasty bottle of Malbec, which turned into two (with help from others). I opted for the mahi mahi for dinner, which was delicious. 

After a few drinks for everyone, the boat ride home was just a bit entertaining...

But enough about Friday, on to Saturday!
Saturday morning I opted not to run thanks to plenty of drinks and feeling a bit under the weather.

Morning on the lake

A white tent arrived that the boys got to work setting up.

After the tent was up and the food had been sliced and diced, "the kids" headed out for some tubing.  While I usually love tubing, I was just feeling a little skiddish that day so I took two pretty decent face plants into the water, which left my neck sore for days. 

No matter how freaked out I am, tubing provides endless laughter. Especially when I'm behind the camera rather than the boat. ;)

Then it was time to party! Food, family and friends started rolling in. I was starting to feel pretty run down and alternated taking Vitamin C and pain relievers for the rest of the day. 

Food was a picnic spread of sub sandwiches, veggie trays, chips, dips and desserts. 

Childhood friends

Shimmy - the family dog

I love this photo. And yes, I'm short.

Just a few minutes later, the manfriend joined in on a little water tackling. It was originally Operation: push Jon into the lake. Once the kids were successful, it was a full on water wrestling match. 

Someone (ahem, Pete) couldn't stand being left out. The takedown continues...

A few of us stayed chatting under the tent until about midnight when I had to call it quits. It was far beyond my bedtime, but these kinds of nights don't happen often. Truth be told, I could have gone to bed around 7:30 that night. 

So there you have it, our Michigan engagement party! It wasn't anything formal (it wasn't supposed to be), but it was a great opportunity to bring family and friends together and celebrate with those who may not be able to make it out to Oregon next summer.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Good, Bad and Ugly

Hopefully, I'll get to recapping our party in Michigan in the next day or two. But for now, a more brief wrap up.

The Good (or great)

Our trip back to the midwest (Chicago and SW Michigan - Kalamazoo area) was awesome!

My favorite part was seeing Pete and his brother Jon act like kids as a result of not being able to hang out very often. From playing golf together to trying to knock each other off the tubes behind the speed boat to wrestling with the younger kids... they're 30 somethings going on 14.

The Bad

The day before we left, I started sneezing and could tell I was a bit under the weather, but didn't worry about it too much. I figured it would go away with some sleep.

But a few plane rides, early mornings, late nights and having a good time kicked that cold into high gear. I thought I was safe enough to run both Thursday (5 miles) and Friday (10 miles), but that probably didn't do me any favors either.

Attempting a smile as we hop on the blue line bound for O'Hare

The last two days of our trip I felt pretty crappy and was downing Vitamin C, advil and cold medicine whenever I could. The flight home with two screaming babies and lots of pressure building in my head was pretty unpleasant.

The Ugly

The Michigan mosquitos apparently think I'm a real catch. I have approx. 20 bug bites on each foot. Hurts like heck.

I'm sparing you the ugly details by showing you the black and white version. In color, it's much worse.

The good on this trip definitely outweighed the bad and I didn't let being sick or having itchy feet get me down. I was still swimming, tubing, jumping into the lake and having a good time even if I did pay for it later. I didn't want to miss out on the fun.

In hindsight, I'm so glad I took today off from work because I've really needed it to get extra rest, unpack, do some laundry and pick up the dog from my parents' house. Grocery shopping is the next thing to tackle on my list. Thank you, manfriend for doing the grocery shopping.

Hope your week is going well! Check back for a recap of the engagement party. Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to bed I go!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Wide Open Spaces

Happy weekend! We've been in the midwest since Wednesday afternoon and are really enjoying ourselves. Vacation is nice. Sometimes, I forget how nice when I haven't gone on vacation for a while.

Wednesday morning was an early one with a 4:30 am wakeup call and a 6:15 flight. I wore my Keens for traveling and they were awesome. Even got a compliment in the Salt Lake airport. 

Wednesday night, we headed out on the town near Pete's brother Jon and his wife Cheryl's place. It's so nice to be able to walk to restaurants, bars and shops - almost too convenient (we walked to lululemon and I bought some new running shorts).

The group (minus me) - Cheryl, Jon and Pete

Dinner was intended to be tacos at northstar, but after 1.5 hr wait, we bagged that idea. Someday, we'll be back.

Drinks and flatbread pizza and then on to more filling pizza at Piece. Full belly. 

Thursday we headed over to the manfriend's sister's and then parents' house. I was more than ready for a little sweatage after 24+ hrs of no exercise. Busted out 4.75 miles before dinner. 

This morning, I headed out for a run before everything got going. Pete's parents live on a lake so there's always a nice view.

I finished 10 miles running past cornfields and wide open spaces. 

Half of the crew went golfing while the others of us just hung around the house and went walking. 

Brotherly love

We got back to the house after meeting everyone for lunch post golf trip. Some people got to yard work and others (myself) took a nap. 

The manfriend wants to own a riding lawn mower someday. This chore was his dream come true. 

So far, our trip to the midwest has been really nice. Highlights have been: seeing Pete's family, festive drinks and exploring Chicago. Getting a taste of the big city makes me REALLY want to move to one. 

Well, time to get ready for dinner. We're heading BACK to the golf course (near Pete's parents' house) for dinner because it's "the place to be." Oh life in a small town.

Any fun plans for your weekend? Tomorrow is our Michigan engagement party - fun stuff!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Felt Like Summer

Another weekend in the books that officially felt like summer! You know, the kind of summer you had as a kid. 

We drove over to Central Oregon Saturday morning after I had cranked out about 7 miles to camp and look at more wedding venues. Mixing a little summer fun with work made it much more enjoyable. The venue searching can be fun, but is also stressful when all you can think about is the $$$. 

Why do dogs love sticking their entire heads out the window so much? Ridiculous.

My parents' campsite outside of Sisters, OR. They have a trailer (not shown), which makes camping more convenient, especially for meal prep and sleeping, but we brought our tent. 

Dueling bikes! Dad on the dirt bike and Pete on the mountain bike. 

The manfriend and I checked out a few new venues to both of us and a few that my mom and I had already looked at. Honestly, they all have good qualities about them, but I'm not sure if one of them is calling to me at the moment. 

Loved this big deck and the adirondak chairs!

Big open lawn for ceremony, festivities, etc.

Overall, it was a good process and I'm really glad that I had set up appointments at a few locations. I feel like we have a better idea of what we want, but am still not certain on anything.

We really want our guests to be nearby and not go home after the reception or to a hotel across town.  And we'd love to have most of the party continue on after the reception. I think that has a lot to do with location of hotel in proximity to the venue, the guests and the nearby establishments.

On the running front: Last week was a step back week for me because my body needed it and this week will probably be fairly steady, but not high mileage as we leave for the midwest on Wednesday!

Sunday we stopped along the McKenzie River Trail on our way home for a short run. I had Jonah on the leash, which I do NOT recommend (she was trying to keep up with Pete who was ahead of us). We lasted about 4.2 miles, which was fine for me and exhausting for her. Not as much time on the trail as I would have hoped, but something is better than nothing!

My goal while we're on vacation is to run almost daily, knowing that my runs won't be super long OR hilly, but that I'm keeping my mileage up. Less than three weeks until the 50K!

Best summer memory as a kid? My mom is an elementary school so I have many fond memories of fun outings we'd do because she was home - to the cabin, the county fair, the pool. Oh and riding bikes with friends to each others' houses.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sweaty, Sticky, Fun

This week has been just that around these parts - sweaty, hot and sticky. And naturally, fun. The temperatures have been around mid 90s most of the week, which is pure torture for Oregonians. Most of us lucky ducks don't have AC so that makes it a bit more brutal. 

Alas, I keep reminding myself this heat is temporary and we'll go back to our normal temps soon. 

After several days of heat, it's hard to keep the house cool or feel comfortable during a workout. To beat the heat, I've been trying to run in the morning so I don't feel terrible for all of my runs. 

Wednesday, I ran in the morning and then decided to do some strength fun in the evening before girls night out. 

The spinning effect in this photo is kinda how I felt after running for 20 min in 90 deg heat Wed afternoon.

I busted out two rounds of the Fitnessista's rainy day workout and then two rounds of the Best Body Bootcamp workout B for a rockin' 35 minutes. Let the sweat dripping begin!

Sweat dripping down my forehead, nose, beck and shoulders. 

Sweating all the way down to my toes...

If you look real close, you can see the sweat coming down my eyelid. Gross, huh? 

It's been a long time since I had such a sweaty workout - it actually felt cleansing. 

I remember loving these kinds of days when I was first losing weight after college. It felt SO good to leave the gym with a soaking wet shirt. It doesn't happen often now, but it felt nice to sweat out the toxins. Reminded me of a good hot yoga class. 

And these morning runs, they're not so bad either...

Peaceful, a moment of cool, sights of an orange sunrise. 

A few of my favorite blog posts this week: 
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?  by Katie Widrick
Why we eloped and Designing our wedding with intention by Jess Lively
Packing the hospital bag by Kath Younger
On Splurging and Saving by Lisa Dotzenrod and Amber Harding

Happy Friday! Anyone else suffering through a heat wave? If anything, I think the hardest part is trying to come up with meals that don't create extra heat without going out for dinner every night.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How Do You Do It?

This is something I've seen readers ask other bloggers and have been asked before by friends in person or online. I don't think any one of us is particularly better at fitting things in than others, but rather it's a matter of priority. 

For example, one person's priority may be to vacuum the house and clean the bathroom weekly and design rooms so they coordinate. My house might be vacuumed once every three weeks, my bathroom cleaned every two weeks and my rooms are pretty much not coordinated/designed whatsoever. Does a picture on the wall count?

Yes, it's my dream to have a coordinated bedroom, an adorable baby room and a zen reading space/yoga corner. But for now, those dreams are not my reality. For now, I prefer to spend my time exercising

But it's also a matter of being in a rut. This sweating thing is what my body loves and my mind craves, but that doesn't mean I don't also love a lazy Sunday morning sleeping in, reading a good book and going to a late breakfast.

After being in said sweaty rut, last Sunday I slept in until the crazy hour of 9 am! I think my body was in serious need of some extra sleep. As strange as it was to not be up with the sunrise, it was also a sigh of relief. Being normal isn't so bad.

In the last month, I've reacquainted myself with the library and actually been READING the books I checked out - shocker, eh? I've learned that I really have to schedule in the reading time, much like my workouts, in order for it to actually happen. Otherwise, we get sucked into another NCIS show or I flitter away an evening reading blogs. 

For now, we have the luxury of exercising at 5 am or 7 pm, eating dinner when we want, or running to the grocery store, a bar, the mall, a friend's house at the drop of the hat. But it won't always be like that. For now, we're making the most of being a young couple with nothing other than a dog to care for. 

As it is now, I see my current priorities as: 1. my relationship 2. exercise and nutrition 3. friends and family 4. future 5. wedding planning 6. house stuff

What things do you find yourself prioritizing over others?

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Long Run Daze

All is good - I survived the 4 hour run! If I didn't do another long run before MRTR 50K, I'd feel just fine about my training. 

I left the house Saturday just before 8 am for my journey around town. I wasn't sure how the Brooks PureCadence Flows would hold up for such a long run, but my Brooks Adrenalines are pretty much shot so I took the chance.

It was going to be a hot one so I put on the most comfortable running outfit I own - lululemon run racerback tank and tempo shorts. 

Luckily, this run was much better than my 3.5 hr run two weeks ago. It was sort of a two part run in my mind. I ran out and back for the first half running on the river path and Pre's Trail, a flat bark path. 

Then it was back downtown to REI to restock on fuel - another pack of strawberry Shot Bloks and a kids Z Bar. The second half of my run was up to Hendricks park along some hilly, shaded trail, which was really nice as the temps were rising. 

The manfriend went mountain bike racing and dropped my car off downtown, which was nice. I finished nearly a marathon distance feeling strong, happy and fairly pain free. 

Then the long run daze set in. I drove over to Starbucks to get some caffeine and promptly locked my car key in the car. Brilliant. 

Luckily, I had my debit card so I could get Jimmy Johns and some iced coffee. Seriously needed. 

Spent the next hour stretching (you're welcome Starbucks patrons), reading blogs, chatting with my mom and admiring my dirty legs before I was able to get the spare key. 

It's amazing how one good run can really change your attitude about training. 

At his race, Pete won a gift card to Turtles, a local bar and grill so guess what was for dinner?! 

My favorite salad in Eugene...

And pesto pasta with chicken, broccoli and sun dried tomatoes.
I ate more than my fair share and still had half of it to take home for Sunday's lunch for both Pete and I. 

Sunday was roasty toasty! We did several errands just going from one air conditioned store to the next not really buying anything (somehow I even escaped the 40% off sale at LOFT with nothing) - perfect way to stay cool on a hot day.

When we got home, I felt guilty for leaving the pup inside all day so we took her out to the nearby lake. She loves swimming. I was just wishing I had my suit on and would have jumped right in!

To end the day, we had one of my favorite low cook meals - salad wraps with plenty of peanut sauce. Props to the manfriend for mad chopping skillz.

And how about those closing ceremonies to the Olympics?! I can't say I recall a closing ceremony from the past, but I'm pretty sure I'll remember this one.

Now that the Tour de France AND Olympics are over, it's time to ax cable...womp womp. I guess we'll be watching a lot of Netflix and maybe reading more.

And with that, another Happy Manic Monday to us all. How was your weekend?