Last week the hubs and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary. Wait wait wait. 4 years?! Where has the time gone?? Cliche, but its the truth. It seems like just yesterday I was driving up to Petoskey, drinking wine in the hot tub with the foursome, walking down the streets holding hands/crying with S the night before the big day, and saying ‘I do’ over Little Traverse Bay to the man of my dreams. Time sure flies. And I couldn’t be happier.
We celebrated 8/23 with a fantastic dinner at Bonge’s Tavern. We were surprised with a 2 hour wait, which worked out just fine, as it allowed us to sit outside over a couple beers, something we don’t get to do as often as I would like. We laughed and talked and smiled. A perfect evening with the LOML.
This past weekend I got to spend three, almost four whole days with my very special Mama. Her and Griffin made the trip down to visit on Friday, which also happened to be her birthday! I prepared her room for the occasion with some festive decorations. There was also some added color from the beautiful flowers sent from her hubs/ my dadyo. Party up in here!
We spent our first evening outside on the adirondack chairs, watching the doggies play, laughing and talking over glasses of wine. It’s what we do best.
Saturday morning I informed Mom that I had a surprise for her, so at 10a we jumped in the car and made our way down to Carmel. I had arranged for the two of us to spend the morning getting pampered at Salon 01 with 60 minute massages and facials! I ate up every minute of those couple hours, especially the calf stretching done by my masseuse, Michael. FYI, when going for a massage, just tell them that you’re a runner and you’ll be WELL taken care of. My swedish massage turned into a deep tissue with the most amazing leg work. Yes, please, and thank you!
After we were sufficiently noodle-ized, we headed over to Clay Terrace for lunch and shopping. Champagne bistro, sign me up!
After swinging past our new lot, we headed home where we spent the rest of the evening relaxing with more champagne and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Sunday I woke bright and early to run with my neighbor, Abi. She had 12 miles on the docket, and since I had missed the Monon Saturday with the Perfect Strangers, we decided to run together. Always a nice change of pace to stay local, gets me a few extra z’s.
I wish I could say I felt amazing and I wanted to run 12 plus some, but it was sadly the opposite. Things actually started off okay. But around mile 4 or 5, my belly started acting up. It was muggy out and I figured I was just dehydrated from the previous day’s champagne intake. But the belly drama only heightened as the miles went on. We spent a good amount of time looking for facilities where I could get some reprieve (TMI, sorry), but that didn’t solve any problems. It was just a struggle from start to finish for the both of us, leaving me less than enthused about my training progress and my upcoming marathon in 6 weeks. More on all of this later.
Needless to say, the majority of Sunday was spent vegging due to my aforementioned malaise, which persisted for the rest of the day. Mom and I eventually made it out to Scotty’s Brewhouse for a nice lunch outside and a post-meal Roxy ride. We also attempted to go out for another meal later in the day, but instead opted for strawberry shakes ala Steak ‘N Shake. Hunger Games and pjs, and our lazy night was complete.
I took Monday off, which was an amazing decision. Nothing better than a 3-day weekend. Unfortunately, we awoke to rain, and lots of it, which kept us inside obsessing over the Houzz app (if you haven’t checked it out, do it. Your welcome). We eventually got ourselves cleaned up and hopped in the car to go back to Indy (PS, the driving to and from Indy is really getting old. THIS is why we’re moving!). An hour later and we found ourselves in Broad Ripple with blue skies all around. We had an amazing lunch at Monon Food Company per Meggie’s recommendations followed by some shopping in BRip’s boutiques. So. Fun. We did a little more shopping at Keystone before heading back home for dinner with the hubs.
I cherish any and every time I can spend with the people I love. Especially my family since we no longer live next door to each other. So this past week and weekend was beyond special. Full of laughter. Full of love. Yes.