Weekend: Run Club, Tornados & Toilet Water

Hi friends! Happy Monday. How was your weekend? If you couldn’t tell by the title of my post, mine was a little eventful come Sunday…

Saturday morning started bright & early at 6:30. (Funny how it’s so much easier to get up at that time on a Saturday, versus every other workday morning.) I had planned to run 4-6 miles with my running club, and even though it was a little dismal out—overcast, chilly and misting—once I got going, I felt pretty good. Two new ladies came to run with the club that morning, so I got to know them while we ran. It’s always fun making new running buds!

At almost 6 miles, my stomach started really grumbling at me, so I called it short and finished up with some walking. No sweat, since I’m not training for anything. It feels good to run without putting the pressure on every time!

Afterwards, I chatted a while with the rest of the club members while I sipped some hot cocoa (yummm). Lots of people came out this week, it was fun! We kinda took over the room. Just look at all that reflective gear.

running club @ post-run coffee

running club @ post-run coffee

[Nope, that is not Voldemort in the lower left-hand corner, whose head is a blur. Just my friend Dave. I doubt Voldy is much of a runner.]

After I got home & took a long hot shower to warm back up, Matt & I flexed our sweet Excel skills and did some finance & wedding budgeting. We made it through without getting frustrated or ripping out any hair, so I call that a win! We must have felt pretty good afterwards, because we ran a bunch of errands and spent a lot of money and got lots of needed house stuff…plus a few little extras. Love this little typographic sign for my office (it’s slowly coming together):

home office typographic sign with motivational quotes

This is my fave quote on there:

home office typographic sign with motivational quotes

We all make mistakes. What matters most is what we learn from them.

As a creative and a web designer, no truer words have been spoken!

Saturday night, we made a nice dinner, then had another low-key night in, which included wine & watching White House Down with Channing Tatum. Oh yes. I guess I enjoyed that part more than Matt.

Sunday unwrapped a series of unfortunate events for us first-time homeowners. A faulty warning buzzer failed to let us know that our holding tank was full. (Since we don’t have city water or sewage, this tank holds all of our “grey water,” a.k.a. anything that goes down a drain.) After I tried to flush a tissue down one of our toilets literally five times, trying to figure out why the water wouldn’t go down the whole way…we soon found a few inches of water on the ground in our laundry room, next to the bathroom. Thus we came to realize that the holding tank was full, there was nowhere for the water to go, and it had backed up out of the drain and into the laundry room. WOMP. At least it wasn’t, er, dirty water…

While cleaning up the waterworks, the wind howled and screeched outside. Soon the lights were flickering and tornado sirens started blaring! Crikey, I thought it couldn’t get much worse than backed up toilet water, but there you go. We were lucky nothing too bad ended up hitting us during the crazy storms all day, but my thoughts definitely go out to those in Illinois who were hit by the tornados yesterday. So scary. 😦

Needless to say, things were kind of put into perspective. Matt and I finished cleaning up, paid almost $200 to have our tank emergency-pumped on a Sunday (ouch), and all was okay again.

After cleaning up the basement floors, then ourselves, we headed to our friends’ house to watch the Lions-Steelers game. No stinky water or severe weather can keep us from duking it out over our football rivalry!

Steelers vs Lions

Steelers vs Lions

P.S. The Steelers won. But I won’t rub it in. 😉

We chowed down on some snacks, and Matt’s homemade chili.

homemade chili, football Sunday

and some candy for dessert.


Plus I tried a new beer: Shock Top Raspberry Wheat.

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat

I normally love Shock Top, but the raspberry flavor was a little too fake…almost reminded me of cough syrup at first. After a few drinks, I guess I got used to it, because I liked it enough to finish it. Ha.

After the game, we came home, ordered in a pizza for a late dinner, and caught up on our show, Once Upon a Time, for the night.

What did you do this weekend? What do you do when home disaster strikes?

We tend to freak out for approximately one minute, then I usually call my mom (who will later make fun of me), then get down to work and take care of business. Yesterday we stayed pretty calm and even laughed while cleaning up, because of the ridiculousness of it all, so I guess we’re getting better at dealing with these unexpected things that come along with owning a house!


Weekend Review: Wedding Crafts, Good Reads & Football

What a whirlwind weekend! I think I’m still recovering. It was a busy couple of days, and I’m feeling a little run-down. Thankfully, I was able to work from home today to get some extra rest and take it easy. I’m also popping Vitamin C like nobody’s business. I want to make sure I’m at 100% for the marathon on Sunday!

My weekend started out with some wedding craft shopping on Friday night. Matt and I are getting our engagement/save the date photos taken on Thursday evening, and of course I have all sorts of ideas on what to do for them. I got lots of crafty supplies from Hobby Lobby, including some burlap ribbon, save the date numbers, yarn (to wrap the M + A letters in), and more. So fun!

burlap rustic vintage modern wedding craft decorations

Let the wedding crafting begin!

I also finished reading Dan Brown’s new book, Inferno, on Friday night. I’m a big bookworm and love to read, so I was excited when I found out he’d finally written another novel. It was a good book: fast-paced and action-packed with an interesting and historical story line. Every time I picked up the book, I didn’t want to put it down. It sucks you in! The ending didn’t feel 100% tied up to me, but it was still a satisfying read. Now the questions is, what should I read next?

Saturday morning, I got up for my last long run before the Chicago Marathon. It went well, but I was so tired afterwards…an afternoon nap was definitely in order. After a little snoozing, I got down to painting my office. I got three of the four walls covered before I decided to call it a day.

BTW – I decided to go with the “Copen Blue” color! It’s lovely, and I can’t wait until my office is all done. Pictures and more info to come whenever that is… 🙂

Sunday morning started bright and early at 5am. We had tickets to the Packers-Lions football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. I’ve never been to a pro football game, so I was excited!

We didn’t get to Green Bay until only about 90 minutes before kick-off. We parked in a gas station, set up bags boards (aka Cornhole) and poured ourselves some drinks out of the trunk of the car.

Playing Cornhole between cars.

Playing Cornhole between cars.

Nothing like a screwdriver in a red Solo cup, in the Mobil parking lot. Pure class!

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

The game was super fun. We had great seats and the weather was beautiful.

Lions-Packers game at Lambeau field.

Go Lions!

I even got a little sunburn! I’ll take it, for October in Wisconsin.

Matt is a die-hard Lions fan, so it was a bummer that they didn’t win the game, but we all had a blast nonetheless. I decided live football is way more fun than watching it on TV. If only we could go to the game every week, then I just might be able to handle football season. 😉

Read any good books lately? Have you ever gone to a pro football game?

Another Weekend Recap

Happy Monday night!

So far, my week is off to a much better start than last week. Let’s hope that trend continues and we have no more police visits this week, shall we?

I had a great weekend filled with relaxation, lots of running, friends & some drinkies.

Friday night I stayed in, like usual during this marathon training. I had two glasses of wine (followed up by lots of water) while catching up on some of my guilty pleasure shows…like Pretty Little Liars. Don’t judge.

Saturday morning I got up early and ran my phenomenal 15-mile run. (Side note: I told someone today that it was “really fun,” and then immediately realized how psychotic I sounded. Sorry?) I refueled after my run at a friend’s baby shower. It was the cutest party: “Ahoy Baby” was the theme, since her daddy-to-be works with the Navy.

Ahoy Baby!

The color scheme was pink, white & navy blue, and I thought it was super cute without being over-the-top gaga baby. Which, considering I’m kinda afraid of babies, I can appreciate. We had brunch, mimosas and super sugary cupcakes while we played some baby games and my friend opened her gifts. She is going to be such a fun, gentle, kind mom. I’m so excited for her!

After that, my runner’s high wore off & the baby shower food coma kicked in. I got home and promptly settled in for a long summer’s nap. There’s nothin’ better than the post-long run snooze.

Later, the fiancé and I hosted some friends while we grilled out, had some drinks and enjoyed a lovely Saturday summer night. I zonked out before 11, because apparently when you wake up at 6am and run 15 miles, you can’t stay up and party with the boys.

Sunday was filled with some blogging in the morning, and then I worked for the afternoon to finish some holiday concepting for work. Yep—Christmas in August. Trust me, it’s just as hard to get in the jolly, festive spirit in mid-August as you’d think, but I was quite productive and finished up my work by dinnertime. By that point, I was antsy to get out of the house, so I seized the opportunity to go a bike ride to loosen up the legs. It felt good to get them moving.

Now I’m lookin’ forward to the upcoming weekend. The fiancé is organizing a Fantasy Football team and we’re having a “live” draft party Saturday. I know I can’t girl-it-up too much, but I want to think of some cool drinks and food to serve.

Any Fantasy Football party ideas out there?

P.S. I don’t know about you, but I’m just not ready to think about football season yet. That means summer’s coming to an end… Womp.