Friday, September 3, 2010

Five Things Friday

Guess who isn't working today?

Me!

As you read this, I will be at the cabin with my family. My brother from Chicago is there this week so I headed up a day early to get some extra time with him. I can't wait to hang out with my little nephew, Kolin! I wonder if he'll know my name or call me Abby! The boys have a bit of a tough time telling us apart sometimes!

Since my brain is a bit scattered this week, here's my miscellany in "Five Things Friday" form..

1. Tator Tot Hotdish - You can get this on a stick at the state fair. I was explaining the concept to the ladies last week at the fair and - GASP - they didn't know what Tator Tot Hotdish is!!! What? I had no idea this was a regional dish! It really wasn't something my mom made very often (if at all...) but I remember having it at school and loving it. Since it has cream of mushroom soup in it... which has gluten in it... I can't have it now... But really, it's something I think everyone should experience... And yes, I realize that most of the nation says "casserole", not "hotdish" but I am a North Dakota girl and that's how we role.

2. A Labor of Love - So that crochet project I have been working on for 3+ months? It's done! Well, besides the finishing work... I know I sort of whined about how difficult/frustrating it was, but the project turned out beautifully. I can't wait to reveal it to you, but you'll have to wait a while as it's a gift for a friend that reads this blog.

3. The Dark - This week I noticed that it is way darker at 5 am when I do my morning runs. Like I can see the stars. On Wednesday, it was dark for 5 of my 8 miles, some of which were ran on a trail that is not very well lit. I live in a safe neighborhood, so I know I am safe. What does make me nervous is tripping over a curb or crack in the side walk (I am a total klutz) or running into the deer or something like that (not out of the realm of possibilities...)! I am pretty sure these 5 am runs will have to be phased out soon...

4. Cool Weather - it's been in the low 60s in the morning this week, which does make those early morning runs quite glorious. I am SO over summer. Seriously. Go away. I want these 60 degree temps to stay around. I am ready for sleeping with the windows open. I'm ready to wear sweaters and scarves as accessories. I'm jonesing to drink a pumpkin spice latte.

5. Another short long run - I switched up my marathon training schedule so instead of doing 20 this weekend, I will do 12. I switched it so that a) I wouldn't have to run 20 miles at the cabin (long runs at the cabin suck since I have limited roads to run on), and b) I'll be running an organized 20 mile race next weekend. I obviously will treat this as a training run and not a 'race'. Even though I won't know anyone else running it, it will be nice to have some company on that long run! I did this same race when I was training for the Twin Cities Marathon in 2006 and it was so well ran so I am really looking forward to it!

Have a fabulous weekend long weekend, everyone! I'll catch you on the flip side - and will likely have a picture-heavy post next week as I get to see ALL 4 of my nephews!!

18 comments:

Becky said...

Enjoy the time with your nephews! I am SO jealous you of your 4 day weekend and your nice weather! (It's still 90 degrees here!)

Nora said...

I noticed last night it's getting darker earlier here and yes, staying dark later in the morning too! I'm kind of excited about it as it means fall weather is coming this way!

Have so much fun this weekend and good luck with your run =) Can't wait to see photos of the nephews and family!

Zaneta said...

Can't wait to see your crochet project!! I am terrible about finishing projects!! I blame it on college ;)

B and B said...

It is so cool here this morning! You probably could have a fire up at the cabin!!! I found gluten free cream of mushroom soup. So, if tater tots were gluten free, you'd be in luck! See you Sunday.

Leigh said...

Hope you are having a fabulous time at the cabin with your family!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Your weekend at the cabin sounds fabulous! We're heading to a place where we can unplug, too ... and the fall-like weather makes me giddy. I'm with you - sooooo over summer!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Hotdish? I'm intrigued! Yet another reason to come visit you ;-)

Have a fabulous weekend with your family!!! Get some MAJOR R&R in!

Sassy Molassy said...

Ooh, this was a fun post. 1) I've heard of that tater tot dish, but have never had it. 2) Yeah, it's been feeling very fallish here in the mornings. Kind of ready for the seasons to just change. 3) Dark am runs, how cool! Wish I could convince myself to get up that early. 4) 20 mile race? Crazy, but fun way to get your 20 miler in. 5) Have a blast this weekend at the cabin!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

A 20 mile race sounds like a great idea :) Have fun at the cabin this weekend!

Cherry Blossoms said...

Hope you are having a wonderful time at the cabin. I am with you on wanting summer to be over. I am so tired of this heat its not even funny.
Well, I am off to treating myself to a massage this evening :)
PS: You now put me in the mood for tator tot hotdish!

Mandy said...

I found a recipe for a tater tot casserole that might be the same thing as your tater tot hot dish. We will have to compare one day soon. Have a fabulous time at the lake with all four of your nephews!! I can't wait to see pictures. I had the first pumpkin spice latte of the season the other morning, it was pretty fabulous.

Lisa-Marie said...

I say 'Casserole' or 'stew', but actually, Hot dish makes perfect sense, becuase it's a dish of hot food, like a hot drink is a cup of hot drink. I may pinch that one!

I hope you're long weekend with the your family is lovely! The way you talk about them is heartwarming!

Kyla Roma said...

I can't wait for you to show off your crochet project, and I LOVE that you posted about Tatertot Hot Dish, that was the funniest conversation! :)

Stephany said...

I really, really want fall to come already. I can't do morning runs so I need it to be nice and cool around 6PM or so, but around here, it's still in the 80's and HUMID. Blech.

Charbelle said...

So excited to see your pictures!! That race sounds awesome!! There's an award for you over at my blog :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I hope you had fun with your nephews!! I spent the day with mine :-)

Iva said...

hope you had a great long weekend! ;)

Emily Jane said...

Hope you had a wonderful long weekend - can't wait to see your adorable photos :)