Oh, man. This warm weather makes a girl HAPPY!
But also makes me want more weekend.
Let’s get started.
My hair was sending out an SOS, so early afternoon I took off for Clarinda to see Kayla. I haven’t had a trim or color since January. YIKES! My hair was very very happy to see her. After she was done working her magic, I popped on over to my mom’s to see her pup and hangout for an hour.
Lucy was playing bashful.
Mom was actually on her way to the grocery store when I stopped by, so we loaded up in the Jeep and made our way across the big city.
Ahem, big city complete with ONE stoplight, on the square, y’all.
I am posting this photo to show my hand on the steering wheel. The one she took directly before this I was steering with my knee. Which happens, a LOT. Oopsie. We deleted the evidence. haha
A trip to the grocery store took well over 30 minutes. I kept running into folks I knew so of course had to chat! Was a lot of fun seeing folks I only normally see on Facebook. ha
I dropped her back off at home and headed down to J. Bruner’s for some appetizers and cocktails with Kayla, Nicole and Tina (mom stopped by later, too). I planned on two hours. I should know better…. I didn’t leave town until after 10pm. 😉 I would have stuck around since Clint was also in Clarinda for the weekend, but I teach Insanity at 24 Hour Fitness on Saturday mornings and I would have been sad to miss my peeps. So, late night travel back to the city, which is not uncommon with me. It just is usually even later then that.
Rise and Shine! Insanity at 8:15am and then I had this BRILLIANT idea to get in a run afterwards. Uh… Dude. Just, no. My legs promptly reminded me that I just got done killing them in the gym with Round 11.
1 mile. 9:17 pace. I thought I was going to die.
Home for a morning marathon TV session of Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman. I am obsessed. It’s my Saturday/Sunday morning ritual. She’s just so gosh darn cute.
Champ also has a ritual on weekend mornings… Sunbathing.
I had all intentions to get a giant to-do list done after lunch but the open road was calling me for some solo wind therapy. Clint was gone for a guys weekend that he had been planning for a few weeks (which ended up not being a guys weekend due to others misunderstanding, but I still didn’t want to impose. Sometimes you just need to chill with your buddies, ya?).
So, I leathered up and took my girl to Southwest Iowa.
Made my way through the Loess Hills, back roads, wherever my beauty decided to take me is where we went.
Early afternoon I found myself in Silver City, so I stopped into The Hood (great little bar in that quaint town) and had a Miller Lite while I made friends with another biker couple and the bartender. We chatted a lot about Sturgis. Super stoked about heading back there this year. 🙂 After about an hour, I bid farewell and decided Emerson would be the next stop to see Sara, Troy & kids.
I love that little town of Emerson. Actually, I love most little SW Iowa towns. Quiet, cozy, peaceful, relaxing. It’s nice to get away from the crazy that is Omaha. I love my neighborhood and the folks we live around and definitely appreciate living in the city, but, getting away is welcomed. I can’t wait for the day when we finally get to move just outside the city limits back to the country.
After a few beers with Troy, good chats with Sara and gummy worm sharing with little Ms. Kaeleen, I headed back to the city just as the sun was going down. My favorite time to ride.
Dusk means the world is just starting to slow down, the chill in the air starts to settle in and the traffic begins to calm. Peace, serenity and a great time to be alone with your thoughts. I love riding after nightfall as well, but knew that I needed to get home just prior to that otherwise chaps would have been necessary. And, if you know me, you know I hate putting those things on. 🙂
After some early morning cleaning, I met up with Blair to get in a 7 mile run. She has her first half-marathon coming up, so I love that she has asked me to join her on a few of her distance weekends. Super stoked for her to experience her first 13.1!
After our WINDY as hell run, I came home to find my hubster back. So, a trip to Subway for a little lunch and catching up was in order. The rest of the day included running errands, a Goodwill drop-off, grocery store and Champ shenanigans.
Showing us his best Stevie Wonder moves… or he’s just not impressed.
For dinner I decided to try out the cauliflower pizza crust that I’ve seen floating around the Pinterest/FB world for months. Wasn’t too shabby. A few tweaks and I think it will be even better! Recipe to come soon.
And, THAT, wraps up my little weekend. Far too quick, as always. I strongly believe in four day work weeks in the spring and summer. Wonder where I can find one of those gigs?