Letters to My Kids

The One with the Pies

A little update, anyone?
Yesterday I went running for the first time in a long time.  Today, I feel it.  I’m sore, I cannot lie, but it feels so good.  (expect for the scrapes and cuts on the palms of both of my hands where I tripped and fell.  Yes, I’m ridiculous.)  Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would miss this form of exercise that tears you body apart, but I do.  It’s the most encompassing work out I have experienced as of yet.  Sure, there’s biking, walking, and ellipsing, but none of those reap the same total-body results.  (No, I’m not implying that I’m suddenly a rock solid piece of flesh, but I can feel the impact of the jog.)  Winter’s coming, we’re moving and that poses a little exercise problem for moi.  I think I’ll try to jog whenever I can (i.e. when it’s not pouring rain or snow and the temp is about 25 degrees F), and on other days I’ll use the handy ellipse.  Some day I’d love to have the luxury of a gym membership and/or a treadmill of my own.  (I just think having a treadmill set up in our “exercise room” would be great to have around…whether it be running on or just taking a stroll to stretch while keeping warm inside and watching some T.V.)  In any case…
This evening marks the start of Kevin’s birthday weekend.  No, he didn’t request days and days of celebration, but I just think he’s worth it.  His birthday is officially Monday, but Mondays are pretty much the worst day for a birthday to fall on.  Nonetheless, I’m baking a chocolate cake for him to take into lab to share with the group at their weekly meeting.  (Reminds me of elementary school…but everyone likes cake right?)  I think he might get his birthday presents from me that morning before he leaves, because he’s trying to convince me that he shouldn’t have to wait until the day is nearly over.  :)  Sunday is youth group day and one of the students offered to bake a special treat in honor of him.  
Saturday, my husband is thrilled to have nothing to do.  Now, this may sound lame, but seriously folks, for the last…um…we can’t remember how long…we have spent the weekend away from our apartment.  Not that those mini-trips weren’t great, but it’ll be nice to wake up in our own bed on Saturday morning whenever the heck we feel like it. :)  There will probably be some UofM v Mich football action happening in the afternoon, but that’s about it.  
Tonight should be kinda fun too!  I sent Kevin a really colorful (literally) email this afternoon inviting him to join me at the movies tonight.  I found a dollar theater nearby that’s showing some pretty decent shows (from the summer) and he’s chosen Hancock.  I’m not at all disappointed considering Will Smith is awesome no matter what film he’s in. :)  This little night on the town will follow a stop for pizza and a taste of the strawberry rhubarb pie that just came out of the oven. =D  (note on the pie:  a few weeks back you may remember me trying my hand at apple pies.  Well, the whole crust procedure was quite a challenge for me so I was glad to have this “practice” before Thanksgiving rolls around.  Well, in case you’re wondering, I was able to get the crusts perfectly rolled out on the first try!  The 30 min. refridgeration tip really helped!  Now let’s hope it tastes as good as it looks!)


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