So I've been a bit of a Negative Nelly lately. It's hard to be all 'rah rah life is great' when you are battling a cough that has lasted for nearly 6 weeks (!!!). In August, I pushed myself to look back to find the bright spots of the month, and today I'm pushing myself to focus on all the fun things I have to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.
Today I'm looking forward to going to a birthday dinner for one of Phil's high school friends.This group of friends is so good about getting together for birthdays, which is impressive since some of them have kids and all of us have busy lives! As people have started to have kids, the birthday dinners have shifted from being at restaurants to being at home, but I actually kind of prefer going to people's houses versus a restaurant as it's easier to talk to everyone since you can move around more.
This weekend I'm looking forward to lots of things! Tomorrow night we getting together with another couple. We are grabbing dinner at a local Greek Fest and then heading back to our place to play cards. On Saturday night we have a double date with my run club buddy and her fiance. Then on Sunday I'll hit up the farmer's market with a friend and then we are planning to go to a local state park. It's going to be a full weekend but I'll have downtime on Saturday morning/afternoon so I feel good about the amount of things we have planned.
This month I'm looking forward to doing the Minneapolis Bike Tour for the 3rd year in a row. I haven't biked in a long time as I had to stop doing it as it was bothering my hip flexor, but I haven't been able to work out for the last 5 weeks due to my cough, which means my hip got extra rest and is feeling better. So I *should* be able to do the bike tour with no trouble. Plus I am doing it with a friend who will be pulling her 10 month old behind her so we'll be taking it easy and doing a shorter route (the last 2 years I did the 32 mile route; that's so not happening this year). It's such a fun event and a great way to showcase the Minneapolis bike trails!
Next month I'm looking forward to our trip to Bend, Oregon. We booked our airbnb last month and I'm so excited about it as the location is walking distance from downtown and they provide bikes so we'll be able to use those to bop around. We are planning to do one longer hike in the Bend area and another longer hike in Crater Lake National Park. It should be an awesome getaway for us! Then the following weekend is Julia Child Night which I'm super excited about! This year Julia is taking a road trip through the U.S. so we'll be making small plates featuring food from different regions of the U.S.
In November I'm looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving! We're still finalizing our plans but I think we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving with Phil's mom and Christmas with my family. I'm extra excited for Thanksgiving because the Netflix Gilmore Girls Bonus season comes out on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend. I'm sooooo excited for those 4 bonus episodes. We have an early market close that day so I can see myself coming home from work and having a Gilmore Girls marathon. I wish I had some local friends that were obsessed with the show because I'd totally have a little party (and order take-out from like 10 places because that's what Lorelai would do). But alas, the friends who are obsessed with it live far away, so I'll have to watch it on my own (and probably send them an obnoxious number of text messages once I know they've watched it, too).
This fall I'm looking forward to taking a 6-week crochet class. I tried to teach myself to crochet 5 years ago and I managed to make a blanket (shown in this post) but it was such a God-awful experience as I wasn't really sure how to read a pattern or distinguish between stitches. I love knitting but would love to be able to crochet as I think it'd be easier/faster to make things like blankets. So a friend and I are taking a local community ed course which meets at a school in my neighborhood.
What are you looking forward to these days?