Friday, March 16, 2018

FMM - Spring Break For Adults

It's been spring break here all week, which means that our town's population has decreased by 50,000 people, easily.  This is also the week that we happened to visit when we were considering moving here, back in Y2K (remember all the fuss about that?), and I thought "hey moving to a college town will be great, you hardly notice the students at all" - HA.  Famous last words thoughts.  But because of that, I make it a point to enjoy the few times each year when the students are mostly not here.  So we've gone out to eat a couple times, and even ventured to the new set of restaurants across from the university...no way would I attempt that when the students are in town. 

Spring break also means that Diane is off work all week, so we mixed things up and ran in the daylight!  On Monday we slept in (which wasn't much considering it was the first full day of daylight savings time) and met for our run at 8:00 am at the park where I used to run all the time with my friend Jenny, back in 2010.  It was windy and very cold and we almost bailed on the run but in the end we did a warm up walk and then began our run - and it was so much fun.  It's a more challenging place to run because you go over a couple of little bridges and there's some hilly areas, but it's really pretty and we had a great time.  We ran again on Wednesday, but this time in my neighborhood, where we usually do our weekday runs.  However, at 8:00 am, we noticed a lot more things than we usually do when we're running the the early-morning darkness, so that was interesting.  Afterward, I had to take a picture to document our daylight run:
Look Ma, sunglasses!  Being vampire runners, we don't normally have to wear them, but this week they were necessary.

It was fun to change things up; I wish we could run at the park more often, but it's a little too scary and isolated in the dark, even running with a buddy.  Why can't more of my friends retire so I can play with them during the day?

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I have finally joined the ranks of the cool kids - that's right, I'm now the proud owner of a jar of Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel seasoning:
Now I need to make that two-ingredient bagel dough that's going around the internet and try this out on homemade bagels!

As we live in Hooterville, we don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, but Diane was visiting her kadults in Austin over the weekend and made the trek to buy some, so she picked up a jar for me, yay!

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Jeff is off work today so we're going to go look at paint colors for our house.  I think we are getting close to deciding which way we want to go with our kitchen (using Ikea for cabinets, or having them custom built by a local guy), which will be nice, as my brain is on overload with thinking all the time about this.  And while I don't normally dream, guess what?  I have visions of drawer fronts and cabinet finishes swirling in my head all night long.  So choosing a paint color should seem easy compared to everything else, right?  Somehow I suspect there will be more brain swirling, only now in color, ack!

Have a great weekend!

14 comments:

  1. Daylight runs are the best! Especially in winter when it's also cold. My friend at work and I talk all the time about being happy to retire simply to be able to run in the sun.

    Have fun picking out your paint!

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    1. I need allllll my friends to retire so we can run in the daylight!

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  2. Yay for daylight running!

    Can't wait to see the colors you pick. We are currently house hunting and as soon as we find the one, I'm sure paint will be on my mind next.

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    1. Ooh, house hunting! That actually sounds fun - hope you find something you love soon!

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  3. HAHA Hooterville (I actually do know that reference, if you were wondering)! I've seen that seasoning all over social media. What else can you do with it? There's only 2 Trader Joe's in the Cleveland area, and I'm at least 20 miles from both. But I didn't really take advantage of TJ's when I used to live within walking distance of one, oops.

    Glad Spring Break is fun for you guys this week too! The sun currently comes up at about 7:45 here, so running at 8 is really pretty right now :)

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    1. LOL, love that you got the reference! :)

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  4. We have a trader Joes right down the street from us and I hardly ever go there! Crazy, I know.

    Enjoy spring running!

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    1. I wonder how often I'd go to any of the stores that I can't go to, because of Hooterville, but I'd at least like the opportunity!

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  5. OMG, I love that seasoning and just used the last of my three jars I picked up last time. The closest one to me is about a 20 minute drive, but totally worth it!

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  6. Choosing paint colors... do you know how many colors of WHITE there are??? Its crazy. And sometimes I still think, maybe I didn't choose the right white for the inside trim. But too late, I'm not gonna do anything about it! Also, I had cans and cans of paint samples. At the time it was fun because they were cheap. But then I had all these leftover cans. And its hard to get rid of leftover paint. Now they're sitting outside in the rain getting rusty.

    Anyway, enough about me. So fun to hear about your daylight runs and going to restaurants without students everywhere!

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    1. I took note of the plethora of white colors while we were at the paint store today - you are correct, there are a lot!!

      You need to find a household hazardous waste day and dispose of your rusty cans of paint (and can you tell I'm married to someone who deals in this stuff?).

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    2. Debby, do you have Habitat for Humanity Re-store? They take paint donations if it isn't just a teensy amount left. Chrissy

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  7. Ooo, did you pick out colors? I remember when we bought our current home and I felt like I was making decisions all the time... and it just got so old! I am not surprised you are dreaming about it!

    Yay for running in the daylight! I think more friends need to retire too!!! ;)

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