It's the WEEKEND!!! This week's version of FUF is coming a little later in the day then normal, but it's going to be action-packed. You guys, I am just the happiest camper these days. The last few years I've really realized how much the seasons affect my mood--by the end of winter the lack of sunlight and endless supply of cold, dreary days just wears me down. And then, the spring and summer come and it feels like a damned miracle. Minneapolis is SO beautiful in the summer, and we are falling more in love with our new neighborhood every day. The cotton candy sunsets on the lake, the peonies blooming in all of our neighbors' yards, everyone biking and walking and running and smiling big ear-to-ear smiles. I am fueled up by all of the things. Ready to hear about them? Great. I knew I liked you.
I. Not Being in High School
This week marks ten years since I graduated from high school! I actually ended up back at my old high school this week to talk to a class about healthcare careers. And you know what that reminded me? How GREAT it is to not be in high school! Don't get me wrong--my high school is great, and I had a fun time there, but being an adult wins. In every way. Hearing the students yelling questions about where they're supposed to sit in class, and what projects need to be done when, and why did I get points off on my worksheet, and why can't I wear my headphones during the guest speaker's presentation, and...it's just good to be an adult.
II. Primal Fuel Protein Powder
I'm not a big fan of protein powder--generally I think it doesn't taste great, and it upsets my stomach sometimes. But THIS stuff. This stuff is like a milkshake. Except that it's dairy free and barely has any sugar (I have no idea how they make it taste so good, but there's lots of coconut fat in there). I'm adding a few servings a week to supplement some protein while I work on building more muscle. It's my new favorite dessert, and I LOVE dessert.
III. Cheering at Track Meets
Kell is running track these days and he's great at it. But even better than that, he loves it SO much. The smile on his face after his races is just solid gold. And you know what else? Track is the best sport to watch--you get to sit outside on nice sunny days, the events go pretty quickly, and you don't have to know any rules to follow along. Track gets two solid thumbs up from me. Kelly's mom ran track in high school and college so she's coaching his team and she's obviously passed some talent down through the gene pool.
IV. All. The. Smoothies.
In the summer, I actually want to eat smoothies for every single meal. I still just have them for breakfast (with eggs) but I want to have them for everything always. There's lots more fresh, ripe fruit around to throw in and switch things up, and a big delicious smoothie just pairs perfectly with a sunshine-y morning and birds chirping outside.
V. Minneapolis, My Pretty Pretty City.
Just look at this beauty.
There are so many more ways to enjoy Minneapolis when the weather is nice. We're biking around the lakes, we're kayaking across them, we're climbing hills and sitting on our patio and discovering all of these gorgeous little corners of the city that we didn't even know existed. We walked through the rose gardens at Lake Harriet last night and found a little peace garden that's either new, or improved, or we just somehow hadn't seen it the dozens of time we'd been there before. It has a little waterfall and some pebbled walking paths and it's gorgeous. It's so easy to be active because everything we want to do is outside--I'm sore from working in the garden (embarrassing but true) and we walk three or four miles on a nice night, or bike the chain of lakes. It's the happiest sort of exercise.
Enjoy your weekends, kids! I've also been reading some great books, but I'll save that for a post next week. Maybe I'll even get wild and cook something interesting. You never can tell.