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The happiest 5K on the planet

23 Jul

This past weekend was an absolute blast. After work on Friday, I drove to Columbus to spend some time with my sister and run a 5K together. It wasn’t just any old 5K – it was The Color Run.

You may have heard about this colorful race that’s sweeping the nation. If not, let me explain. The Color Run is a 5K where you’re blasted with color (aka colored powder) at each kilometer. You start the race wearing white and finish covered in color. Sea of white before, colorful people after:

Grace and I met up with our friend Allison to run the course, and we had a great time.

{the aftermath – Allison, Grace and me}

After the race, everyone participated in a color throw. This is how we celebrated completing the course (and added even more color to our clothes).

The course ended at the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. So of course we loaded up on ribs before heading back to Grace’s apartment. We were a little tuckered out from the race (and the ribs) so we decided to spend the rest of the day relaxing.

{rib fest}

On Sunday we made cinnamon rolls, and then it was time for me to head home, but not before stopping in Hudson for a soccer game. I signed up to play on a co-ed team, and it was our first game. We lost 2-1, but man did it feel good to be back on the field.

{love this gear}

I don’t know about you, but with summer weekends like that, it’s hard to be bummed out on a Monday.

Here’s to a great week ahead!

250 some people love my brother

18 Jun

Well, probably more than that – what can I say he’s a lovable guy – but that is the number of people who attended his graduation party Friday night (at our house).

Despite all the work, looking back it was an awesome weekend. Thursday night, Fred (my dad’s friend) and Elaina (his daughter) drove in from Michigan to help with the party. I worked from home Friday and spent the morning setting up tables and chairs in between checking e-mail and finishing reports. By the start of the party, we were all set up and ready to go.

When you attend a party at my house, you won’t leave hungry. My mom is an amazing cook and she didn’t disappoint. The menu consisted of beef and ham sandwiches, sausage and peppers, parsley potatoes, pasta salad, pasta and meatballs, potato salad, fruit salad and three different cakes. Yes, three. I ate my little heart out and so did everyone else.

{clockwise from top left corner: shrine to Joe, posing with his baby cake, the neighborhood kids all grown up, volleyball games}

The atmosphere was great. We were all there to celebrate Joe, and I had a lovely time visiting with several of my dear friends and family. When the party officially ended, no one wanted to leave, and we didn’t make them. We started a campfire and watched as my brother and his friends played hide-and-go-seek. There is nothing like a warm summer night to make you feel like a kid again.

When the big shindig was over, we needed some time to relax. After a quick morning run and some clean up Saturday, we spent the day lounging by the pool, playing cornhole and listening to oldies. And of course we ate tons of leftover food. Cake for breakfast? Yes, please.

That night I made everyone talked everyone into going to the drive-in to see Madagascar 3. We munched on popcorn and laughed our asses off. Why are animated films so good? I don’t know, but I love them.

{don’t mind the blurry pic – me and Elaina at the drive-in}

Elaina and Fred went home Sunday, and we celebrated Father’s Day with my dad. After church and a nap, the boys headed out to play golf (even though it was raining), and my mom and I decided to watch golf. I normally do not get into this particular sport, but I spent a good part of the day watching the U.S. Open and of course eating leftover food.

Now that the weekend is over, I’ll be going on a serious cleanse (no more cake for breakfast) and spending some extra time with my brother. He leaves for the Air Force Academy in 9 days, and I plan to annoy him as much as possible. Let’s be honest – what else are big sisters for?

The peppiest kids around

8 May

This past weekend I headed to Chapel Hill to visit one of my dearest friends, Lindsay. She’s attending UNC for her PhD in philosophy. We met as young kids at 4-H camp, and we’ve remained close ever since. Lindsay is one of those friends I don’t see all that often, but when we do, it’s like we’ve never spent a day apart.

This weekend was no different. We found ourselves on several unplanned adventures, which always ended with plenty of laughter. I arrived Thursday evening and we began exploring Chapel Thrill (as Lindsay calls it). After some froyo at Sweet Frog, we made an impromptu decision to attend an amateur comedy show. Although there were several free drinks involved, the comedy was mediocre at best. We did die laughing when one of the amateurs decided to read William Wallace’s freedom speech from Braveheart in a horrible Scottish accent. It was amazing.

{enjoying some froyo}

I had to work on Friday and Lindsay still had some talks to attend. We were able to get away for a bagel break and a walk through the Coker Arboretum to soak up the gorgeous day. Later that night we went for dinner at Top of the Hill and then met up with some of her philosophy friends at this great wine bar, Peccadillo. If you’re visiting Chapel Hill, and can find it, I highly recommend it. The evening turned into morning and we finally went to bed at 6 a.m.

{Coker Arboretum}

{Peccadillo}

Saturday was a sleepy day, and we finally made it out the door by late afternoon. We went for lunch at Buns and then made our way toward Carrboro, stopping at little shops along the way. Unfortunately, we were caught in the rain and headed back to Chapel Hill. With the weather not cooperating, we decided a night in would be a good idea. We made pasta, used facial masks and watched one of our favorite movies, Mean Girls.

{enjoying our facial masks}

We finally made it to Carrboro on Sunday for a fantastic lunch at The Spotted Dog where I ate the best quesadilla of my life. And then it was time for me to head home. The weekend went by fast, but we had such a fun time together. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, Lindsay! xoxo

It’s my party

9 Aug

This past weekend was exhausting, but also a lot of fun. And it feels like I haven’t had fun in awhile, so I definitely enjoyed it. On Friday, I hung out with my little brother and his friends, Kennedy and Holt. The four of us went to the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Captain America. We ordered pizza, told silly jokes and ate cotton candy like it was our job. Both movies were entertaining and we had a great time hanging out.

drive-in[chillin’ at the drive-in]

On Saturday, it was my birthday. I turned 23. I don’t feel any older, but I began to realize how fast the years go by. Where did 22 go? I digress. In order to celebrate my big day, my best friend Erika and I went to Pittsburgh. The first stop was the Hofbräuhaus. Having been to the one in Munich, I have to say they do a great job of capturing the atmosphere. There is live music and of course plenty of beer. I ordered Sauerbraten, slow braised wine and vinegar marinated beef, with red apple kraut and mashed potatoes. It was amazing. And I topped it off with Hofbräu Hefe Weizen, an awesome Wheat Beer.

After dinner, we headed to Stage AE to see one of my favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie. It was hot and crowded, but as usual they were amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Pittsburgh decided to make it even better though and celebrated my birthday with a huge fireworks display over the Roberto Clemente bridge. It was a great ending to the day.

fireworks[birthday fireworks]

Quick side story: Because of the distance, Sebastian couldn’t be here for my birthday, but he made sure I felt his presence. He called me first thing when I woke up to sing me happy birthday. Then throughout the day I opened little gifts from him. They included: a Kodak camera (to capture the day), a Death Cab shirt (to wear to the concert) and energy shots (so I wouldn’t be tired on the way home). He’s so sweet, and I felt very lucky to have such a thoughtful boyfriend.

Sunday was relaxing. I met my old college roomies for brunch, and we caught up on each other’s lives. Then I went back home for my family birthday dinner. We had steak, home-grown sweet corn and Dairy Queen birthday cake. When you have a summer birthday, the cake has to be from DQ.

cake[yummy]

Even though I missed Sebastian on my birthday, it was a great weekend. But this Saturday, I’m looking forward to staying at home and enjoying some peace and quiet.

Structure

2 Aug

I’m having trouble blogging this summer. It probably has something to do with all the glorious weather we’ve been having (and the fact that my computer doesn’t go well with the pool). I also think it’s because I’m lacking some structure with this blog. So, I’m going to do a little experiment and see if it will increase the amount of times I post. I’ve come up with a schedule. The beginning of the week I’ll post  a weekend recap, mid-week I’ll post something random and the end of week I’ll post about things that made me happy that week.

Lately, I’ve felt more negative than usual and not myself. I’m hoping the weekly happy post will remind me that life’s not so bad and there is plenty to smile about. And now since this post is the beginning of the week, here is my weekend recap.

On Friday night, I did absolutely nothing. Honestly, it’s what I normally like to do on a Friday night. By the end of the week I’m tired, and I like to relax and watch some mindless television (and of course Skype with Sebastian). It was great, and I went to bed early. I slept in Saturday, but had a busy day ahead of me. I cleaned, did laundry, got my oil changed and still managed to catch some rays. That evening, I went to my great Aunt and Uncle’s 50th anniversary party. Everyone gathered to celebrate many years of love and friendship. It was a Luau theme with plenty of margaritas, piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. And my Aunt and Uncle were very cute to watch. I hope I’ll be lucky enough to celebrate 50 years some day.

Me and Kelsey[me and my cousin Kelsey]

Aunt Georgi and Uncle Dave with their daughters: Debi and Kelly[the Mills family – Kelly, Debi, Uncle Dave, Aunt Georgi]

family photo[family photo – the Roberts side]

Sunday  began with church, and then my Mom and I headed to a bridal shower for my best friend’s future sister-in-law. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon. Afterwards, I came home to talk to Basti, take a nap and get some work done before Monday morning. I try to not work on the weekends, but every once and awhile it happens. And finally, I topped off the night by watching the premiere of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Then it was time for bed to get some rest for the week ahead.

*I promise Germany – part two will happen this week! Promise!