Monday, June 30, 2008

Beach Bums

This not doesn't need much of an explanation....so here goes my attempt to write my shortest note yet...

Darcy and I both had today off from working...

It's 80 degree's and sunny...

We live right by a lake...





I'm assuming you can guess what we did....YES...we went to the beach and hung out by the lake for some of the morning/afternoon. It was a completely relaxing, refreshing, and fun time to spend with my dear friend.




If you get the chance to get out to the beautiful weather, I would highly recommend it!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

my X-TREME adventure...

I thought going to school every day was an X-TREME adventure, but upon finishing the year, I quickly learned otherwise.

See, this is my first summer of teaching where I am salaried all year round...my first year I was not....this year I am...SO there are many things I am learning about the nature of my job. The first being, how wonderful it is to have the summers off! I knew I didn't want to work full time, but I also knew I needed to have SOME kind of structure or else I'd go bonkers. I found a happy medium by nannying 2 days a week and then having the rest of the week off...I know, rough, right?

In any case, Monday was the first OFFICIAL day off...and it was simply amazing. It started by leisurely waking up (after hearing my alarm buzz daily at 5:30 for the entire school year) and then lounging around some. I looked out the window and realized that the sun was shinning and bright and that I HAD to get out there!

This is where the X-TREME adventure begins. I decided I wanted to go on a bike ride and then stop at the beach at Lake Nokomis to do some reading in the sun. Sounds pretty normal...nothing too crazy, right? Well I began to gather some things for this little trek....first an X-TREME backpack (this thing is actually called X-TREME, hence the use of the word so often), a book, a blanket, a water bottle, Carmex, my iPod, my phone, and my keys. After getting all the essentials together, I was ready to go. I grabbed my bike, threw on my backpack, buckled it around my waist, and I was good to go.



The temperature was perfect....warm, but not so warm that I would be sweating within minutes of leaving. As I made my way down the alley of our house, I began to hear jingling of chains....shaking of the fence....and then BOOM...several dogs were pouncing on the fence at my biking by....they do this ever time I bike, but I always seem to forget and be startled at this routine. Instinctively, I swerved to avoid being attacked and successfully made it to the end of the alley and to the road. Whew. X-TREME!

As I was happily biking down Columbus Ave it was a mere 4 seconds before I began to see what I thought was snow....I figured I had to be dreaming, or seeing things...it's June, and warm, how could there be snow? Luckily for me, a few more seconds passed, and I realized it was not snow, but white fluffy weedy things (I really don't know what they're called...but they are the things that float around from the ground...similar to a dandelion, but white...you know what I'm talking about??). Another few seconds later, I realized it was NOT lucky for me that they were weeds as opposed to snow. In a matter of minutes it went from a few floaters to a virtual snow globe of these things. I got them in my mouth, a few stuck in my eyelashes, a few in my eyeballs...the works. It was quite interesting trying to ride my bike with my head down and eyes closed...I wouldn't recommend it:) X-TREME!

To make a long story short, I finally made it out of the worst of the white fluffy things and got around Lake Nokomis to the beach. I got comfy on my lake side blanket, pulled out my Piper book, and had no intentions of X-TREME here....but I was wrong! Before I knew it, there was a plethora of people gathered around the beach where I was trying to enjoy my book....to my left was a group of kids being trained in as life guards, to my right there was a child running around crazily, and everywhere in between, High Schoolers...more than I could count. They were, of course, flirting, and living a life of carefree bliss....oh, to be that young again:) Just trying to keep up with the drama of "he likes her, but is dating her best friend...and she says she's not going to go to prom with him in 2010 because she will be sick and tired of him by then..." was X-TREME!

I observed, chuckled, and reminisced a little bit longer, and then realized I was not sitting peacefully as I had originally imagined! I mounted the bike and was headed back home. I couldn't anticipate any more adventures for the rest of the outing...but once again, I was incorrect. On my way up the gigantic hill to my house I saw something from the distance...I was huffing and puffing up the hill, as to not lose momentum, and realized that the "something" was moving. What in the world? The closer I got, I realized it was a turtle..YES...a turtle....dawdling across the street. Since I was trying to get up the hill without falling off the bike, I didn't want to slow down but felt like I was going to hit the turtle (keep in mind there is a car to one side of me, a turtle to the other side)...it was a close call, but the turtle got across just as I went past, not even having to press the brakes once! X-TREME!

I got home and enjoyed thinking about all the random adventures I had in a 1.5 hours time frame. I don't know that it gets more X-TREME than that!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

2 Truths and a Fib...

Have you ever played that game? Usually its a pretty reliable activity to use if you are in a group where people don't know each other well and you're trying to avoid any potential awkward silence...

Here's an example of how the game goes....

1. I have been in the back seat of a police car
2. I have never mowed the lawn
3. I bumped into Paul Walker in the airport

The idea is that someone from the group has to guess which one is the fib...you get the idea.

Well, whenever I play this game, I've always been able to use statement number 2, from above....I have never mowed the lawn.

....until now....

I know, I know....it's shocking that I have never mowed the lawn...I always thought it was, myself....but growing up, my dad always assigned that job to my brothers, while my sister and I were given the task of weeding...and up until now, I've never lived in a place where mowing the lawn was a possibility (living in apartments, houses where lawn care was included, etc.)

I just recently had my first lawn mowing experience, and boy was it worth the wait! Our grass was getting quite long, so Laurie and I decided to mow the lawn after a bike ride the other evening. The only glitch was that it was beginning to get dark...we figured it wouldn't be that big of an issue because our lawn is so tiny....well before we knew it, it was pretty dark...so I was mowing the lawn aimlessly. I always remembered watching my dad map plan for mowing...starting on the outside perimeter, working your way in....or going in straight rows up and down the yard...So, in my had, I envisioned mowing around the edges in a square-like shape. That plan was thrown to the wind when it got dark and I couldn't really see where I was going. Plus the mower was quite heavy and awkward....I tried my hardest to be graceful about mowing, but I don't think I was. Laurie sat on the porch and busted a gut while I tried to manage the beastly machine. After I finished half of the lawn, I turned the duties over to Laurie just so she could experience the fun of mowing, as well!




am honestly excited that I can take that "fib" off my list when playing the game...and I am counting down the days until I can mow again...