The weather has been incredibly gorgeous this week - so nice that I just couldn’t stand to go into the basement of the gym for a spin class tonight even with the best instructor I know. So I headed out on my bike expecting to go to Minnehaha Falls then down into the River gorge into Ft. Snelling State Park. Instead my curiosity was piqued by another trail I had never noticed before, so I decided to follow it.
I was rewarded by being dropped right into the middle of a practically abandoned 19th century army post (Upper Post of Ft. Snelling). I kinda sorta knew it was there - I drive by it on the way to the airport - but never seriously paid any attention. There are dozens of these old buildings all being preserved - “stabilized” - until a viable use for them can be found. And except for the very occasional car, I was the only person there. It was surreal. And wonderful. I want to drag Joe there to see it but he doesn’t ride bikes so I’ll have to figure out how to drive there. I kind of hope I can’t figure it out - getting there by bike was sort of magical.
Note: these pictures are from Google images - I never remember until too late that I can actually take photos myself.
After a 21 year engagement, Joe and I were married on Saturday. The pictures of the wedding are surfacing and no doubt I will post more soon. It was easily one of the best days of my life. I cannot express how humbling it was to turn around after receiving the blessing from our priest and see a church full of friends and family who have supported us all these years. Absolutely overwhelming.
It was an especially great pleasure having Heather (iwillrunforfood), Nick and Little Mister in attendance. People like them are the reason that we have marriage equity in Minnesota. Thank you guys for being part of our day!
Apparently July 26 was a big wedding day. Mrstrivialbob’s cousin was married, as was the pastor of one of Joe’s colleagues.
Haven’t been around much on Tumblr the past few days because this is happening on Saturday.
Sometimes I’m not so bright. Because today is actually pretty darned hot (for Minnesota anyway - those of you from the South, go right ahead and mock. We did the same thing to the rest of the country last winter) I decided not to run outside since I really am not acclimated to the heat. I think that was actually wise of me.
What wasn’t was my decision to have something “light” at Noodles and Co. before my run on the treadmill at the gym. So I had their chicken Caesar salad (their picture, not mine), then I ran. And it was actually a pretty strong run too! However, now this salad is trying to come up for a visit and has left me feeling like I have a huge piece of prime rib stuck in my throat. Blarrgh.
Those ten pounds I put on over the summer will not just lose themselves so this morning I ran to my neighborhood lake (Lake Nokomis). There were a lot of folks gathering for a race, which is not unusual. During the summer there is a race almost every weekend involving the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis.
This one though. A little different. The Bacon Chase. A 5k and a .05k (yeah .05k =164 feet). There is unlimited bacon available and participants get a bacon Bloody Mary after they run. Apparently, as participants run, spectators throw bacon at the runners. And the aroma of bacon was intoxicating. People were positively giddy.
Well hello there tumblr. I’m sticking my big toe back in the blogging world after a pretty intense past few months, not the least of which has been my annual trek to Madeline Island for almost 7 weeks but a whole lot more too.
I expect I’ll have some getting back on the good eating and exercising bandwagon posts, and some how did I manage to put on 10 pounds this summer laments, but mostly right now it’s all about being delighted to be home again, sitting on the front porch on a beautiful evening watching the world go by, talking to Joe and scratching behind Athena’s ears.
I’m sitting in a Starbucks in downtown Minneapolis reading a few tumblr posts from those running the Indy Mini when I realized I’m wearing the race shirt from last year. Coincidence? I think not.
I was going to post about how awful this unending rain and snow is and how not seeing the sun since Saturday is driving me nuts, but I first happened by some news stories about the awful tornadoes and storms in the South. I decided instead to STFU. I have nothing to complain about.
Oh yes, the buzz is definitely on. I can feel the stress rolling right off me!
At Loring Kitchen with Joe on a rainy Sunday morning with bottomless Mimosas. Finally emerging from two weeks of intense work and obligations.