Weekend in Review | June 19-21st

Have I mentioned how much I ❤  summer?   Weekends are always packed full of cool stuff and I love every second of it.

Friday

I had a half day at work thanks to a few appointments in the early afternoon.  Friday’s off at noon are always sweet!    Around 2 I got a call from Tyree asking if I wanted to go out to Dillon Harley-Davidson to test ride an Indian Motorcycle.  Apparently they were doing demo rides all day Friday, so why not?

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I was able to ride a  Scout while Tyree rode the Dark Horse.   We set off in a group from Dillon’s and went for about a 25 minute ride.   My little nugget of a motorcycle definitely had some get up and go as did Tyree’s.  They were fun to ride, but I am 100% loyal to my Harley.  Plus, I am a firm believer that motorcycles should be loud and proud.  These babies purred like a  little kitten.

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After we got done test riding the cycles, we decided to forego the original plan of Tyree going to the gym and me going jean shopping and instead opted for a road trip to Waterloo.   I had the Freedom Panels out of the Jeep and it was a gorgeous day, so why not?

A couple shots might have happened too…

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Around 5:30 we headed back to the city to pick up our men and our Harley’s to make our way to Ashland, NE for none other than the Testicle Festival.

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For those wondering about the taste, I can say there really wasn’t one.   The breading kind of masked any flavor, if you ask me.

Friday ended up being pretty darn great.   The weather was perfect, the drinks were cold, the company was fabulous and the ride was absolutely gorgeous.

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Clint, Me, Tyree and Cole.

We left Ashland around sunset and headed to Heron Bay for a night cap and conversation by the river.   Even though that bar could use some love and the owner is a little off her rocker, it is hands down one of my favorite places to hang when the sun starts setting.   Cool breeze off the river and background music makes for a relaxing time.

Saturday

I finally went for a run.   3 miles of humid, hot as hell, lungs burning, hip screaming, music blaring awesomeness.   FINALLY!

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That was good for the soul!

Home for some breakfast and a selfie with the hubs…

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Hello, last nights eye makeup.  Woah.

A shower, change of clothes and my new KICKS…

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And then it was time.

Time to take the whole darn top off of my Jeep!

…for the FIRST TIME!!!!

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8 bolts, two people, 10 minutes, DONE!

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Seriously.

Clint and I ran a few errands, cruised the city of Omaha and had a friggin’ blast.  I am in serious Love.

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If you follow either of us on Facebook, pay attention to my musings on here and/or know my husband… then you also know he’s a smart-ass.   His Facebook post and pic of the day:

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And that my friends is my life.  Always laughing.   Always anticipating the next wisecrack outta that guys mouth.

Dang, I sure am a lucky gal.

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Clint spent the rest of the day doing work in and out of the garage while I went jean shopping.

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We ended the night with a few cocktails and a movie at home.  It was superb.  My new fave?   Pink lemonade crystal light with coconut vodka.   Oh, hello summer yummyness.

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Sunday

Father’s Day.

I don’t have much to say about the title of the day.   I can say I am blessed to have had and still have some pretty darn awesome father figures in my life.  My stepdad Dave, my father-in-laws Gary and Gaylen, my uncles, grandpas, my father…

I had planned to go to Clarinda to hang with a few of them, but people were busy, had other plans, were “unavailable”, etc.   So, with that, I sent Clint on his way to spend his afternoon with his dad, Kyle and other family members.

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Kennedy, J, Gary, Clint and Kyle

They spent the afternoon riding horses and ended the day with a BBQ.   I think they all had a great time!

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I, on the other hand, stayed back in Omaha to just be me.

I went for a run to clear my head followed up with a weight training sesh at the gym.

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Thanks, Zorinsky

Took off for some Jeep cruising

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My other wind therapy

And then went shopping for a few necessities, picked up a couple “wants” along the way, and ended my day with some Champ time, cooking, cleaning and TV.

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The perfect end to a pretty perfect weekend.

Cheers!

Coconut Lime Energy Bites

I originally came into contact with these delicious little nuggets during the Market to Market Iowa run.   Sara made a few different energy bites for us to snack on and these little guys won me over.   They are a nice switch-up from the traditional energy bites that I make with peanut butter, honey and oats.

Lime and Coconut = Light, refreshing and super easy to make.

And makes me want a vodka.

Typical….

I found this recipe on Spoonful of Flavor.  The only change I made was I used regular limes, because I have no idea what makes a key lime different AND I am fairly confident you can’t find one in Nebraska.   The recipe turned out just fine.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted
  • Juice from 3 limes
  • Unsweetened coconut

Instructions

1. Add the almonds and cashews to the bowl of a food processor and pulse.

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2. Add the dates and lime juice.  Pulse until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture starts to clump.

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3. Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in coconut and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Weekend in Review | June 12-14th

Oh, hey!  Happy Tuesday.   Still dreaming of last weekend over here!

Friday

Happy Hour at DJ’s Dugout in Aksarben Village with the J’s.  Jessica M, Jessica B, Joey D. and me, Jordan P!   It was JOYOUS!

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Saturday

Easton Poker Run!  Started off with Tyree, Jen, Regeana, Clint and I.   When we took off, Tyree took the lead, followed by Clint, me, Regeana and Jen.    Clint unknowingly bathed the three of us with oil shortly after our journey began, so he had to check out before our first stop.  No fear : minor fix and he met up with us later.  Just don’t ask Jen how her riding experience was with no windshield during that fiasco.  Oopsie!

Oh and for the record – I have yet to wash my bike.  It’s an engine oil deep conditioning experiment.   Work with me on it.

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Heron Bay

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Next stop – whatever bar that was.  The middle of nowhere.

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HAPPY!

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We ended the day in Waterloo, NE for a few drinks, dinner and to meet back up with Clint.   Tracy and Cole even made it out!  YAY!

And, since my husband is my husband, it wouldn’t be right not to have something ridiculous going on when in his presence.  As he was riding he saw something on the side of the road.  He thought it was one of those leather whip thingamajigs you see some bikers have hanging off their bike, so he turned around to pick it up.

Nope.  Not leather.   Hair.  A dreadlock.   SOMEONE’S freaking hair.

Oy.

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So, naturally, the girls tied it into his beard.

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Because why wouldn’t you?!

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Honestly, only him.  He sure does keep the humor in our day to day lives.   It’s always a trip with him around.

After Waterloo we headed back to Omaha for a nightcap at Office West where Asa was able to meet up with us too.

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A perfect ending to a perfect Saturday.

Sunday

A whole lotta movie watching, lounging, laundry, good food eating and not a whole lot else.

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Cheers to a good week.  Tomorrow means we are halfway through ALREADY!

Rockfest 2015

Oh, Rockfest.  I adore you.  You and I have had a 9 year relationship that just keeps getting better.  I am not sure if you were Rockfest or River Riot in 2006, but whatever you were, I loved you just as much then as I do now.

Rockfest 2015 had a freaking KILLER lineup.  All of them put on a spectacular show.   Ok, well, we missed Arson City but it’s all good.  I imagine they were fab as well.

Our above crew met up at QSL for a little lunch and pre-drink action at 11:45am.   <—-Ya, 11:45am.  That should prepare you for the photos that are to come.

Let me just say one more time….

Pre-drinks.  11:45am.   Rockfest.   All day.

Ok, you’ve been warned.

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You, my little friend, got us started on the right foot.  Thank goodness you had many friends just like you that came out to play too!   😉

I don’t think I really need to explain much that is happening from this point forward.   Sun, drinks, music, gooooood people watching…

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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The day got hotter.   The drinks got stronger.  The fun kept going.

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EMPHATIC!!!!   Bounce, Bounce…. you know I love the way you….

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This girl?  One could say I kinda dig her.

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The crowd.

A mere 15,000 all together.   Can you even imagine?  Ya, it’s pretty epic.

And soaked in booze.

And loaded with cool people with their own sense of style.

And the occasional passed out person that WILL get messed with.

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#sorrynotsorry

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Trouble, Trouble and More Trouble.

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Porta Potty selfie, naturally.

#classyladies

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Hey, wait!  I still know these people!

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Ya, we are that cool.

You wish you were too.

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Oh, heyyyy girls!

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Cheeeeese!

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IN THIS MOMENT!!!!!!!!!!

Time to push through the crowd…

And look who we ran into???

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Elise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Girl, you rock my socks!

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Mama and daughter.   Elise was super excited I am SURE of it!  🙂

And then they made us clear out.  Something about storms and needing to seek shelter.

In our cars….

Makes TOTAL sense!

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15,000 down to 1,000 is seconds.

Well, to me it was seconds, but that might be the lemonade I was drinking.   That fresh squeezed lemonade will get you every time, I tell ya!

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And now ladies and gents we have what we call a Parking Lot party….

Hey, Liz!  Get it, girl.

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On the catwalk.  On the catwalk yeah, Kimi strikes a little pose on the catwalk.

Right Said Fred – you are welcome now for that little catchy tune stuck in your head for the day.

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Ain’t no rain gonna stop us from having fun.

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And how about these two lovebirds?

I mean, STOP IT!

Too cute.

Hey Andy… about that engagement.

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The rain quickly passed and we found our way back inside to see Halestorm rock their set.

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Good stuff.

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Papa Roach closed out the night.   I would have liked to have stayed a little longer as I am totally in love with their new album, but the day caught up to me and I was ready to roll.

And, so we did.

Cheers to a pretty fab Rockfest 2015!

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2015 Holstein Harley Davidson Women’s Run

Saturday, May 23rd marked the 2015 Holstein’s Harley All Women’s Run.  Always a fun filled day with a bunch of like minded ladies on two-wheels.

The day always starts with kickstands up at 11am, so around 10:15 I headed down to the garage to load up and head out.

And then…

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Bummer!   Tried calling and texting the hubster and got crickets.   Cue the sad music.  Tyree text in the meantime and said she would come over and hang with me until we found a solution.

At about 10:50 I got an apologetic call from the hubs stating he was on the way!

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Ha!  Oops!   Totally both our faults on this one since Clint and I both had left the house that morning and neither one even thought twice about the road block.  Duh.

Tyree was there shortly afterwards and we were able to catch up with the crew on 72nd street.

First stop: Crescent, IA.

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Forecast: 75.   Real life: 62 and cloudy.  Biker Life: Leather up and soak it in.

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Snack Time!

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Liz and Kimi

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Second Stop: Neola, IA

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Liz & I.  This chick is my jam!

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Me, Jen and Liz

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That cutie DeAnn.

Wonder what Regeana is eyeing?

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Anna and Lora

PS – Thanks for the pics, Lora.  I swiped a few or 10.

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Pepper, Me and Jen!

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Regeana, DeAnn, Heather, Kristen and Anna

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Da girls

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Cheesin’

Third Stop: Avoca, IA

Had my first malfunction with my new bags on the way to Avoca.  Didn’t get latched.  Lid flying wide open.   #dontjudgeme #nocluehowtohandlethesedamnbags #hashtagbecauseican

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Girl talk, cuz girls talk.

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LOOK WHO MADE IT!!!!!

Jenn and Tina met up with us in Avoca.

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Just love this girl. ❤ Heart of gold.

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And these two are like long-lost-foul-mouthed-sarcastic sisters.   Hilarious duo right here.  I anticipate the 10th annual B!tch run to be full of shenanigans with these two involved.

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Tyree, me, Kristen and Tina.  4 of the 7 Vegas girls.

Cyndi, Carrie and Jess… we had a drink on your behalf, I am sure. 😉

Fourth Stop: Oakland, IA

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Gosh, I love these two.   Kristen and her spit-fire ways and Suze – the calm, mama bear who looks out for us all.   One of the kindest, most tender loving woman I know.   You instantly feel so comfortable and at ease when she is around.   Beautiful soul that girl.  Just beautiful. ❤

Kristen was ready to get the crew back to Holstein’s at the appropriate time, so she bounced a little earlier then a smaller group of us.  This happened when Kristen realized Tina wasn’t going to be making the trip to Omaha with us…

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Through the fence, no less.

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And then there were 6.

Jenn and Tina took off back to Clarinda while Tyree, myself, Kimi and Liz headed back to Omaha to close out the night at Holstein’s with the rest of the crew.

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Sassy group of women right here, huh, Marcy?

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Pam & Marcy

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And, THAT’S a wrap, folks.

Cheers to Summer 2015!