Can you believe it is June already?? The spring has flown by and I am so excited for the upcoming month. Lots of fun springtime events and trips happening in the next couple months, not a free weekend in sight and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I am loving this short work week and the longer days! So crazy that the sun doesn’t set until EIGHT FORTY TWO PM! Seriously. I am frequently going to bed when the sun is still out. No shame.
Tuesday night I ended up staying up and picking up Adam from the airport. This was not my original plan… since I had intended to go to the 5am OTF class the next morning. But I was missing him and I always love a smiling face when I get back from a trip so I canceled my reservation to the class and stayed up blogging, watching The Good Wife, and reading. His flight didn’t land until 10:40pm and the airport is 30 minutes away so it was a late night for this girl. And trust me, I felt it the next morning… Even getting to sleep in until 6:15am, I needed a serious pick-me-up. I made a green smoothie with kale, banana, pineapple, and mango to help energize me. Not only is this a beautiful color combination but it was delicious!
Hump Day is often a struggle at work. I love my job but there is just something about getting through that middle part of the week (even a short week) that feels so draining. I essentially needed my coffee through an IV but I settled on using my favorite elephant mug. Needless to say, that mug got a lot of use yesterday!
I often listen to podcasts if I have any data entry work at my desk. Yesterday I decided to catch up on my goal to read the Bible in a year. I was 3 days behind but after catching up, I have officially been reading for 100 days! I am smack in the middle of the Book of Samuel now. I love this reading plan because it goes chronologically and has an option to have it read to you (which is great when I am multi-tasking with mindless data work). I use the YouVersion app and I highly recommend it! While I cannot say I have tried a lot of apps… I think there is a reason why this one is so popular!
After I caught up on my Bible reading, I turned on my favorite podcast. Now… don’t laugh at me because I fully recognize how polar opposite this is to the Bible… but my absolute favorite podcast is My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two comedians who share a love for true crime. Every week they each share a new true murder story (usually murder… there are a couple survival stories thrown in there) with a refreshingly casual atmosphere that I find lacking in most podcasts. I was introduced to this podcast when they had already done about… 20… and they now have posted 71 normal episodes and 29 minisodes (where they focus on hometown murders from listeners). If you hate true crime, PLEASE do not listen. But, if you have a sick fascination with murder, one of those “I can’t look away from a car crash” kind of interests, then check it out. This is the first podcast I have ever listened to and liked! It actually gave me a taste for podcasts and I now have a few that I enjoy. Ok. Despite this past paragraph, I am not paid to make this recommendation, but I wish I was!
Aside from my auditory entertainment, two highlights from yesterday’s work experience: 1) my lunch was so yummy. chicken and spinach with macaroni and cheese. Essentially, I will love anything with mac n cheese <3 2) My team had a work meeting outside and after FREEZING all day in the office, it was so nice to thaw out in some sunshine. I love that I have that option with this office.
I was in a bit of a funk after work so I when I got home I fed the dogs and let them hang out in the yard and immediately went for a bike ride, texting Adam that I would be back in an hour. Zero regrets. It was probably my best bike ride ever. I am still new to this whole cycling thing, but this was the first time I had gone on a solo ride and was able to set my own pace. I pushed myself and was out of breath by the time I made it back from the 10 mile ride, but I wasn’t hating life (which often happens when I am chasing Adam on our bike rides). Better yet, I came home to Adam making me dinner! Winning on a Wednesday night!
Adam made bay scallop tacos with scallops that have been in our freezer for nearly a year. If you aren’t familiar with bay scallops, they are a mini version of the sea scallops you can order out at seafood restaurants. Scalloping season on the Gulf of Mexico opened my last weekend in Florida before the move to Iowa last year so Adam, some of our friends, my mom, and I went for a week-long scalloping adventure in Steinhatchee (if you haven’t heard of Steinhatchee… you’re not alone! Just picture a SUPER small coastal town with essentially a marina, two bars, and a gas station). Anyways, the scallops were still fantastic and we paired them with butter lettuce from our garden, black beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo. So. Good.
Side note: as Adam finished making dinner I checked the front porch to find two awesome surprises! 1) Blue Apron delivery, right on schedule! Three meals are ready for this weekend! 2) a bird had laid an egg in my strawberry plant! It is going to be fun to watch over the next few weeks!
After eating Adam convinced me to on a ride in his newly registered Jeep. He purchased this old jeep (1960s) last summer but was having trouble getting it running. He finally got it to run consistently and had it registered yesterday. So we took a joy ride! Ankeny is right next to a big lake and the view from the dam was amazing! There were so many boaters, mostly sailboats but a few ski boats enjoying the warm early evening. We continued around the lake, stopping at the marina bar for a drink (Adam loves to try out the local bar scene in new-ish towns, we had never been to the neighboring town of Polk City!). Latitude 41 is the perfect marina bar and grill. We didn’t try the food but it looked and smelled delicious (and greasy!) so we will definitely be back. After finishing our drinks, I talked Adam into stopping at Orange Leaf for some froyo. I have not had frozen yogurt since moving to Iowa! It really isn’t as much of a “thing” here as it is in Florida but it totally hit the spot. I forgot to take a picture until it was nearly all gone… oops! But I tried three flavors: cheesecake, brownie batter, and cake batter and topped it with cookie dough and hershey’s syrup. Yes, this is not the healthy way to have froyo… but it was the delicious way and it was the final step in pulling me out of my funk!
All in all, it was a great night hanging out with Adam and enjoying our part of Iowa!
Thursday morning started early again, I made it to the 5am OTF class albeit a little slow and groggy. It’s amazing how one morning out of routine can impact you! It was a solid workout, ESP again which I like. It makes for a good mix of longer and shorter elements on the erg and bike. The Ankeny OTF (note, the picture in this link is not to the Ankeny gym!) started a June Bingo card this morning and I am competitive… so needless to say I was immediately determining how I could fill out every square! But it is only one a day… so I went with an easy one this morning and I will slowly tick them off!
The rest of the morning went quickly, as it usually does. I prepped for work, fed the dogs, and made a green smoothie to take to work. This smoothie had spinach, banana, strawberries, and a scoop of chocolate protein powder. Delicious!
Work started off with a webinar with our team partners from the three state universities on grant applicants. The call started before I had any coffee so it was a little bit of a struggle! But it went well and we are excited about the types of projects happening across the state. After that call my coworker asked for my help at the Capitol building moving some art into the now-Governor’s office. I never pass out an opportunity to go into that building! The Iowa State Capitol is gorgeous. I cannot get enough! The Iowa Women’s Art program is also pretty fantastic and we are excited that the former lieutenant governor, now governor, is continuing to support the program in her new role. A new set of artists and artworks will be displayed in July, each rotation lasts 6 months. I love that this is part of my job!
The rest of the afternoon was uneventful. I had the same thing for lunch again (and loved it again!) and worked on preparing some documents for upcoming travel over the next couple weeks. After work I was excited to finally be back on the water coxing! I am a coxswain for the Des Moines Rowing Club (I have actually be coxing since High School, for over half my life now!). The coxswain is the person in a rowing boat who faces forward, steers, and leads the boat (through drills, technique fixes, race plans, etc.). The Des Moines River has been too high and fast the past two weeks to row, so we have all been waiting not so patiently for the level to go down and it finally did this afternoon! Yay!
While the row itself was challenging, it felt so good to be out on the water again. It was a beautiful, hot, and sunny day. My internal Florida girl was thriving!
Crew ran long so I didn’t make it home until 8:20pm. Adam had dinner ready for me when I got home and I was so ravenous I forgot to take a picture of his work! I had a salmon fillet and steamed cauliflower. He had steak instead of salmon. We also had some crab dip (so much for being healthy!) from HyVee that was amazing!
I’m closing out this blog post with a glass of white wine and tablespoon of chocolate chips. Heading to bed so I can be up and ready to go at 4:20am! Whew! Here comes Friday!
- Do you have an activity or hobby that you have been doing your whole life?
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