Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend warriors

Holy crap man.  I feel like someone drug me behind a jacked up truck on a mountain road.  It was a super busy weekend from Friday to Sunday and I think I'll need a week to recover.  Then, of course, it'll be time to entertain the next batch of friends next Saturday and the following Wednesday.  Somebody stop me!

Friday we went to a huge craft/vintage show and walked around for 2 hours.  It was a mad house but it was nice to poke around a bit.  Then we put ridiculous undue pressure on ourselves to have our vacation video, which we hadn't even looked at once much less edited, thrown together in case my friend wanted to see it.  (She and I are the two people on Earth who actually like to see each others vacation videos)  It wasn't going to come together in time but it was a valiant try.

She's been begging for any of her 8 zillion Facebook friends to make her these high heel cupcake shoes for her birthday.  I was going to make them for her last year but because of other family obligations, we were unable to get together for our usual birthday celebration.  I decided for once I wasn't going to put that kind of pressure on myself to throw those together, printed out a pic from the internet and told the local bakery what I wanted.  I think they turned out cute.

It's a cupcake, milano cookie and pirouline stick cookies.  Given it's the week Aunt Flo shows up, I didn't trust myself not to attempt to make them, fail and be scraping thrown cake off the walls.  I was glad I did it and she almost crapped her pants with excitement so win win!

We had a good time catching up.  We've known each other since middle school and she lives a state away so we don't see each other often.  We both took our turns getting chatty and the Mr just kinda sat there taking it all in.  He's a trooper.  He threw in a few quips here and there but you know, it probably wasn't the most fun 10 hours he's ever spent.  We did try a new to her restaurant and I got a not so impressive meal.  Then we tried a new to all of us place for dinner and while what I got wasn't bad, it just wasn't necessarily anything I'd go back for.  I HATE it when I feel like I've wasted meals on the one day we allow ourselves to eat out.  Sigh.

We then got on a gabbing roll ourselves when she left and stayed up until 2am talking.  Sunday morning was grocery refuel day and I told him to just forget the alarm, we'd get there when we get there and brace ourselves for the worst.  You know you're a regular when the cashier at Trader Joe's says "you guys slept in today!"
Yep... slept in, I made breakfast and we moseyed our butts in there about 10am...two hours later than normal.  By the time we were done, it was time for lunch and we relaxed for a bit.

Around 1:45pm, I grabbed the Mr some water worthy clothes, told him to come with me and I had arranged for him to test a Tower Xplorer 14' Inflatable stand up paddle board (affiliate link)  he's been dying to try out.  We can't really purchase it until next year but you know how it is when you get something sight unseen.  So the opportunity to give it a test run was more than welcome as he paddled around the water on that 14' beast.

He's more obsessed than ever now, which I expected, but hopefully this means he'll stop trippin' over his lower lip about how the summer was ruined because he didn't get to paddleboard.  ;-P

After that, we went on a nice, long walk.

Funny how even 70 degree days can feel ungodly hot when the sun is beating down.  Cool retreats in the occasional pockets of shade were quite welcome.

When we got home, it was straight to making dinner.

Orange BBQ pork chop and pumpkin butter twice baked sweet potato.  Nothing like homemade pumpkin butter and not grotesquely sweet like store bought.

Just when we thought we were in for the night, I realized we forgot our protein shakes and we had to trek back out to TJ's.  Then it was listening to jazz for the night, my new favorite ritual.  It was good to be done with everything by 9pm and relax for the first time all weekend!

What did you guys do this weekend?

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  1. What a weekend! Had a blast though. Thanks again for the surprise paddle board tryout! Man that was awesome. So good to know what the board will be like before buying one. And for anyone wondering, that board is an inflatable and you can see that it is not buckling under me and I am a big guy. That thing was solid and tracks straight. So if you don't have the room in the garage or just don't want to spend $600 on roof racks in addition to the cost of a board, that is the way to go!

    1. It was quite the weekend and so exhausting I overslept this morning and missed my morning chill time with you. :-( I'm glad you got to 'try before you buy.' I have to say it really relieved my mind as well. You hear the word "inflatable" when it comes to SUP's and think there's no way it could hold up regardless of the weight limit but this thing was sturdy for sure. It is quite a beast at 14' but when the chick on the 9 footer said the bigger one was faster, that kind of made the (more expensive) decision.

  2. Dangit - I had a whole post and it "poofed".

    This weekend was a mad dash to my folks after school Friday, class all day Saturday, grading papers and a return trip home Sunday. blechh.

    I'm taking a "hooky" day today to catch up on all the stuff that didn't happen this weekend that needs to happen.

    1. Aww man, that stinks when you have a big one together. I've learned to do a longer response in email or Word because I'll hurl the computer through the window. LOL

      Glad you're taking a hooky day and takin' care of business!

  3. My weekend wasn't as busy as yours, but we did get out quite a bit. Friday night was the Husker's Volleyball game, (we won), and Saturday was another VB game (we won again), and got home just in time for Huskers football game out at Fresno State, which didn't start until 9:30 p.m.Talk about a late night! But it was fun to see the Huskers win easily for a change, so we stayed up for the whole game. Sunday, I went with Du for his haircut and had a nice chat with his barber, she is a nice girl with a sad life. We found Honeycrisp apples at a local grocery store, on sale for $1.99/lb. (after I had paid DOUBLE that earlier in the week at one of the chain stores), so we stocked up on those delicious little jewels. Looking forward to a quiet week, with a few doctor appts. for Du and me thrown in here and there. Hoping to get some relief from my knee pain with a physical therapy appt. tomorrow, before they try some shots that are supposed to help. Wish me luck!

    1. Sounds like you had a great weekend and glad your teams won! $1.99/lb is a steal for honeycrisps! I LOVE those things! Good luck at your PT appt!


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