I Miss Summer Already

How was your weekend?

Ours was marvelously relaxing!  For once, we didn’t have a bunch of commitments or errands and could just go with the flow.  Saturday, after I got home from work (I just work a few hours on Saturday mornings), Sassy wanted to go to the library.  The answer was yes, of course.  Free books?  I’m in!  Plus, I had a couple of books that needed to be renewed.

library

Sassy was on the hunt for a few books on drawing.

girl at library

She also likes to check out their DVD selections.  We went home with Bambi II.  I didn’t even know there was a second Bambi movie!  Guess we’ll be watching it sometime this week before it’s due in one week.

At home, OMG Becky was working on introducing one of our cats to Stella the Boxer.  The cat was on the other side of the door.  OMG Becky was trying to get him to play with Stella under the dog.  They had done it the day before and it seemed to go well.

Stella the Boxer

Stella was very interested in playing.

Stella the Boxer

The cat, on the other hand, was not.

Stella the Boxer

Maybe next time.

Saturday night, I wanted to be outside, even though it was still 90-some degrees with crazy, high humidity.  I didn’t care.  I wanted to be out there!  I talked Sassy into going with me for a walk.  Though she decided to ride instead.

bike ride

(Instagram)

We didn’t get to go as long as I had hoped, the sun was going down fast.

sunset

I am not a fan of fall!  Why anyone would like the fact that it gets dark so darn early is beyond me.  It was barely after 7:00 PM and we were rushing to get back home.  Ugh.  I want daylight until after 9:00 PM, just like in the middle of summer!

Sunday was spent at church in the morning and then enjoying this.  And this was before Sassy loaded it up with all the flotation devices!  She likes options.

swimming pool

Ah!  This was the last weekend for my parents’ pool.  It closes this Friday.  Sassy, my parents, my older brother, his family and I all enjoyed it thoroughly.  The water was perfect and so was the sun and a gentle breeze.  I hung out for three hours floating around in there.  Sassy stayed for six hours!  Girl can’t get enough!  I think she’s going to miss the pool the most.

Are you looking forward to fall?  WHY?!

What did you do this weekend?

Beetles, Spiders & Snakes, Oh My!

Saturday night the girls and I set out on an evening hike.  We are racing the sun, so it was a quick one.

I wanted a picture of the three of us before our hike.  OMG Becky was not cooperative and it took forever to talk her into a picture.  This should teach her to get on board a little quicker next time!

10f

Yes, I am twelve years old.  Poor Sassy behaved and still didn’t get all the way in the photo.

I was rocking my usual non-matching outfit.

Green, hot pink, blue, coral?  Yes, please.

I have no idea what Sassy was doing here.  Other than showing off her amazing high step skills.

Or maybe my clashing clothes were burning her retinas and she couldn’t see to walk straight…  Around this time, I started Prancercising.  The girls had no idea what I was doing!  I tried telling them about it, but they thought I had lost my mind.  Please tell me you know what Prancercise is!?

Gift from OMG Becky.

acorn

I then threw it at her.  Don’t judge.  I mean seriously, was I suppose to hold it the entire hike, take it home and then do what with it?  Yep, didn’t think so.

Like I said, we were moving fast.  And I tend to walk fast anyway.  OMG Becky is always complaining her legs are too short to keep up with me.  Ha!  So I would walk my fast pace, the girls would fall behind and then come running to catch up.

On this trail, we cross over a creek that spills into the lake.  And for the first time ever, we saw fish in it!  A couple of the fish were a good 12″ long and several smaller fish, too.

creek

I tried to take a picture of it, but couldn’t get a good shot.

This day we tried a new-to-us part of the trail.

trail

OMG Becky was not a fan of it to start.  It was pretty dark section of trees to start.  She said it reminded her of the Wizard of Oz forest.  Ha!  Still have no idea where it comes out at.  We had to turn around and come back.

But we did see some interesting things along the way!  At one point, this nice-sized spider ran across in front of me.

spider

And then a bit later, OMG Becky squealed because she almost stepped on this snake.

10r

He was about 15-16″ long.

Once we turned around to head back to the trailhead, we saw the same snake still just hanging out.  And another spider just like the first one ran across the trail again.  We should probably install a spider crossing sign.  It seems to be a popular spot!

We also seemed to attract some sort of large, black flying insects we could not elude.  It had us sprinting several times.  This thing was not afraid to dive bomb our heads!  At one point, OMG Becky took off running and yelling, “I’m done!”

she gone

She gone.

When we caught up to her, she had made a new friend.

beetle

A beetle!  She would put her foot down and he would crawl under and out the other side.

By the time we were almost out of the woods, the sun was just about to set over the lake.

sunset over lake

The trees were glowing red from the light.

sunset at lake

Such a pretty night for a hike!

And then we were rewarded with this sight on the way home.  A doe with her twin fawns!

doe and twin fawns

Nature kind of rocks.

As soon as we got home, OMG Becky hit YouTube to find out a bit more about Prancersicing.

watch video

So fun.  She got an eyeful.  And if you need some tips on how to do it properly, you must watch this video!

Do you try to match your workout clothes?  Or are you a mismatched mess like me?

Trail Run Fail

I came home after work today to find a couple packages had been delivered.  Delivered and concealed.  Very nice of my delivery person to use our doormat to camouflage the packages from the world.  They are almost invisible!  Well done Delivery Person, well done.

delivered package camouflage

Today was the warmest day we have seen in a while.  It was sunny and it was glorious!

This meant one thing to me.  Trail run!

We kind of like headbands.  (Todays choices feature BIC Bands, Nike and unknown.)  And my favorite SkinnyRunner shirt!

bicbands

Too bad, the run would be anything but glorious.  Only a block from our house, a car swerved trying to scare us by acting like he was going to hit us.  I totally kicked at his passenger door.  Too bad I missed.  I should probably divulge at this point, the person behind the wheel was my younger brother.  He thinks he’s funny sometimes.  I think the two of us must have have scared the poor family exiting their house as all this happened.  Good times!

And then within 10 minutes of starting, I had to stop running.  I had to stop because… well because…  I had to suddenly pee so badly, I couldn’t run another step!  I tried waiting it out a bit and kept moving/walking at a fast pace.  My girls passed me running and kept going.  No big deal.  But every time I tried to run, I had to stop.

My girls were, of course, very supportive and full of advice.  Advice such as just pop a squat.  Heck no!  The trail was the busiest I have ever seen it.  No way was I going to try that.  And honestly, even if it wasn’t busy, I wouldn’t have.  I am not OUaL, for Pete’s sake!  Oh well, I got a nice power walk in and got to take a few more pictures than normal.

Part of the trail has been under water lately.

trail

And for the first time this season, we saw a boat out on the lake.

boat

The girls also got a bit of a scare when they ran by this goose.  He honked so loudly, it made them jump.

goose

This part of the trail ends in a pretty steep hill.  The girls decided to race up it.  All was well until OMG Becky spanked me as she ran by.  Then the race was really on!  I charged up past them to beat them both to the top of the hill.  Yeah for me!  Too bad I still had to pee!  :-/

trail

Serves OMG Becky right for making fun of my running outfit early.  I wore a running skirt she hadn’t seen before.  She commented that I looked like an “overachieving soccer mom!”  It was not a compliment.

This was Sassy’s “my pits are sweaty!” move.  Such a lovely young lady.

After our run/walk, OMG Becky had softball practice.  And Sassy wanted to hit some weights.  Seriously.  She asked if we could go to the gym to lift weights.  She had a session with a personal trainer earlier this week and was anxious to work out there again.  So we did!

weight room

That is her, “I am not looking at you or smiling because I am here to be serious” look.  Nailed it.

After the weights, we headed outside for a cool down walk.  Perfect timing to enjoy this sunset!

Midwest sunset

And we may have had to stop to pick-up a fast dinner.  Chipotle for the win!

Chipotle

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Did you get to play outside today?

sNOw Fun

On Tuesday, as the storm was winding down, Sassy and my dad headed out on her new sled in search of hills.

sled ride

Her and her grandpa had been on a hunt for a sled since the snowstorm last week.  They were hard to find this time of year, but my dad found one on Monday and gave it to her as an early birthday gift.  She was so excited!

sled ride

It was eerily quiet outside.  No cars, no people, no animals.

After sledding for a while, they walked to my cousin’s house to get his daughter, Blondie, for a little snow fun.  Her brother also decided he wanted in on the action.

build a snowman

Great snowman builders they are!  I think Sassy’s snowman is a snowwoman wearing a tiara…

The little guy was done with the snow after that.  Inside he came to entertain OMG Becky.  She never ventured outside because she feels the same way I do about snow.  It’s yucky.

My nephew showed up to shovel the driveway and the girls quickly joined in the fun.  I use the word fun loosely.

snow shovel

And then these three brilliant minds had an idea…  They would ask neighbors if they would hire them to shovel their driveway.  Hours later, they had shoveled several and made $46 each!  They were exhausted but happy with their productive, snow day!

Then it was time for hot showers and warm, comfy clothes.

Yesterday was another snow day for the kids, but it was back to work for me.  We received a couple more inches of snow overnight because obviously we have not had enough this week.

It took me twice as long as normal to get to my first meeting of the day.  The roads were slushy.  One car spun in a circle right in front of me when a car pulled out in front of her and she tried to brake.  So scary!

One of the biggest problems all day long was the traffic lights.  Our snow had blown sideways from the north resulting in all traffic lights facing that direction to be covered in snow.

If you were lucky, you would have one light with one color visible, like the single light to the right in this photo.

It made for a very nerve-wracking drive!

And the sun finally peeked out just in time for a pretty, pink sunset!

sunset

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What is the longest you have ever been snowed in?  Just two days for us here.

Away She Ran

Our horse friends were hanging out at the front of their pasture when we walked by on our warm up Tuesday.

horses

I think they remember us.  At least the lighter brown horse does.  We I always talk to them and she always watches us.

And now I have some news to share.  Some news I knew was coming, but still hurts to share.

Sassy.  Sassy has finally surpassed me in running endurance.  This is my view on our runs lately.

See that white spot at the far end of the trail?  That’s her.  She has always been faster than me.  But now?  Now not only is she faster, she can run longer.  I’m pretty sure she will run beat my 5K PR in her first race this weekend.  Crap.  I mean.  Yay for her, so proud, yada yada.  ;-)

I also tried to get a picture of OMG Becky.  She usually runs right behind me.  And instead I ended up with this shot.

Oh the skills.  Not the mention the many colors I’m wearing.

The sun set quickly and we got the heck out of the woods.

sunset with tree

I love the woods, but not in the dark.  No thank you.

Are you afraid of the dark?

Greek Lasagna & Urgent Care

Saturday a miracle happened.

I cooked.  I made a lasagna.  Using a recipe.  Who am I?!

Greek lasagna

This was the vegetarian Greek lasagna from the new Veg Power cookbook from Weight Watchers.  It was so good!  Thumbs up from all adults and kids in this family.

Before lasagna, OMG Becky and I had worked up an appetite.

winter sunset

Trail run at sunset.  So pretty!

Sunday was spent at an Urgent Care facility.  OMG Becky had been hit in the wrist with a line drive at softball practice.  We wanted to make sure she didn’t break or fracture it.

urgent care

Thankfully, all was fine with the wrist.  But even after the doctor’s release, she couldn’t be talked into playing with the wall puzzle.  No fun.

But we did head to Barnes & Noble to browse and have a treat.  Treat meaning Starbucks.  Yes we did.

barnes & noble

Monday was the best winter day ever!

Yes, you read that correctly!  It was in the mid-seventies here on Monday.  Crazy.  And unfair.  I had to work most of it, but I did get a chance to take an afternoon break.  You can guess I headed for the trails.

I didn’t have enough time to get very deep into the woods.  Most of the run was the hills on the road leading to the woods.

hill

That photo does not do them justice.  OMG Becky and I were both drenched in sweat by the end.  You are welcome for the lack of that photo.

What is in your favorite lasagna?

Seeds For All

On Sunday, OMG Becky did a little spring cleaning of her bat bag.

clean bat bag

Some of her finds included three mismatched, dirtied, crumpled socks.  Gross.  But that wasn’t the worst of it.

This was…

bat bag sunflower seeds

Enough sunflower seeds to keep an entire softball team happy until the seventh inning stretch.  Pretty sure those seeds are at the very least two years old.  So, so gross.

Sorry I had to show you that.  Here’s a couple of happier photos to take your mind off what may be growing in the bag above.

Okie chilling in OMG Becky’s bed before she made it.  Think he found a warm spot to snuggle into.  He loves to snuggle.

cat in bed

And this sunset picture from Sunday taken by Sassy.

sunset

She’s got a good eye.  Look at those colors!

Tell me something that grossed you out lately.

Sometimes the Stars Align

Saturday morning began with a run for me, followed by breakfast while reading blogs.  Someone posted about going to the beach.  Again.  No, I’m not bitter much.  And don’t worry, I took a shower, too.  I was just waiting for the my pores to stop sweating out half my body weight.  As if!  Like I would want to stop sweating if I did lose half my weight.

After my shower, I walked downtown to run a few errands and stop in to visit friends working today.  One such friend works in a salon.  She told me she like my hair, that it was very “beachy.”  Beachy must equal no I didn’t bother to wash my hair after my run today.  So hawt.  Everybody knows you can’t wash your hair if you are a real blogging runner.

I started heading home from my walk and I received a text from a friend wanting to go to the beach.  That day.  Right then!  Um, okay!  I think it was meant to be.  I had the idea, the desire, the hair and now the offer.  I’m was in!

We headed out around 1:00 PM.  The coast is only one hour away as the crow flies.  But there are mountains, lots  of mountains, and forest between us and the ocean.  All that beautiful scenery adds another two hours to the drive.  But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

And it’s not like we had to go around every mountain.  I went through some!

And a drive through the Redwood forest!  Tree love!  How cool are those giants?!  Seriously, that is a huge RV coming towards us in the other lane and it look like a child’s toy Mini Cooper.

We stopped to hug a few trees and I found the biggest clovers I have ever seen!  Crazy big.  I bet leprechauns in this forest would be more the size of a sasquatch.

We finally made it to the beach.

Me and my beach hair couldn’t have been happier!

It was glorious!

Lots of kites out flying.

Can you see the little guy on the paddle board?  This was his first time and he was adorable!

My favorite part?  This tide pool was full of starfish!

Then I grabbed this one to stick in my pocket!  Just kidding.  I just wanted to show size of this guy compared to my hand.

We hung out at this beach for a couple hours, we headed to the harbor for dinner.  The view was pretty good, but the food was underwhelming.  After dinner, we headed down to the beach below the restaurant.  It was smaller than the first beach but more crowded.  Lots of people sitting around bonfires.  We hung out for another hour waiting for the main event…

Sunset on the beach!  Perfect day.

Except for that long drive home.  And if you have been keeping track, you’re right, it was a long day.  I didn’t get home until midnight.  Exhausted but happy.  And then I had another night were I couldn’t go to sleep.

And this.  This happened to my beach hair.

The beach wind whipped my beach hair into beach dreads.

But it was worth it.  All of it was worth it for a perfect day at the beach.

Protect Your Dog’s Noggin

Yesterday I had to work an event that was a bit of a drive from my office.  Not that I minded with views like this.

The event was outside and the weather was perfect!  I was enjoying being outside, doing what I do.  And then the highlight of my day appeared!

There are no words.  I was immediately smitten and asked if I could take a photo.  I had to share with you!  For dogsake, she’s wearing a helmet!  And googles!  While riding in a pet carrier/backpack thing!  While on a bike!  I knew you would appreciate this sight as much as I did.

This dog was the calmest dog I have ever seen.  Seriously just hanging out.  No pun intended.   The dog owner said she has been “riding” with him since she was 9 months old.  And apparently when he first got the Outward Hound Backpack Pet Carrier, he wore it on his back, but puppy didn’t like that.  She wants to see where she’s going, not where she’s been!  Smart girl!

Last night we had a few deer visitors.  Nothing unusual about that.  They love our yard and hung out for a couple hours.  And this little guy didn’t mind having his photo taken at all.

The sunset cast some amazing colors on the mountains last night!

And that is where we hiked to earlier today to watch the solar eclipse.  More on that tomorrow!

What was the oddest thing you saw this weekend?

Things I Miss about MO, Part 1: Thunderstorms

Oh how I miss thunderstorms!  I miss watching the storm rolling in from miles away.  I miss the sight of the lightening bolts crashing down.  I miss the big boom of the thunder..  Especially when the thunder is close enough to shake the house.  I miss the power.  The massive, raw power of the storm. 

And the smell.  I miss the smell of the rain.  It’s the most wonderful smell.

We finally had a thunderstorm here this week.  It only lasted maybe an hour but it was wonderful!  We have a little lightening, a few thunderclaps.  It wasn’t the powerful storms we are use to in the Midwest but it was refreshing and reminded me of home.

And then we were rewarded with the sun coming back out right before sunset.  The colors were gorgeous bouncing off the mountains.  And then!…  A rainbow appeared!