Saturday, August 29, 2009

Weekend Review

You know that point of a relationship where you kind of realize that it's just not going to pan out and you are just ready to move onto the next stage?

That is how I feel about summer. Summer, I have waited and waited for you to warm up. But you continue to give me temps in the 50-60 degree range, and summer dear, that is fall weather. Ok? So I am giving up on you and am moving onto my fall mindset. But I swear to God, if you belatedly turn on your charms in October with some 90 degree days - especially on the day I do the Twin Cities 10 mile run or my 1/2 marathon - I am not going to be happy.

Anywho, moving on. I am enjoying another great weekend here in the Twin Cities. Being home two weekends in a row has been fabulous. It's been nice to have time to go grocery shopping, do laundry, and iron clothes. By the way, ironing is probably one of my favorite 'chores'. Except I hate ironing dress pants. But give me a stack of button down shirts and I am happy as a clam.

After my 3 mile run this morning, I went to Lunds do some grocery shopping. They were having a great sale on produce. I was like a kid in a candy store. I know the days of in-season produce are dwindling so I kind of feel like I need to eat as much fruit/berries as I can in the next couple of weeks so I have some fond taste memories to reflect back on this winter when I am eating frozen berries. Which are fine, but don't hold a candle to fresh produce!

Here are some pictures of what I bought.

Mmmm... It's hard to choose my favorite berry, but the raspberry is one of the front runners. My grandparents had raspberries bushes when I was a little girl. So each week, my mom would round up us kids and we'd head over to pick some berries. I kind of want to reach back and slap the face of my 8 year old self. You know, the 8 year old who would turn on her dramatic voice and say 'Do we HAVE to go pick berries?? Ugh' Insert a massive sigh in there, too. What can I say, I was a dramatic child. Now I think back on all that whining and think - oh, you poor little thing! You get as many berries as you want for FREE. Now I dance with glee when I see that the tiny containers are on sale - 2/$3. Ahh, how I'd love to go back to the days of free produce. *sigh*

Alright, moving on. Aside from getting groceries, I also worked on getting my closet in shape for the fall. Since I've lost some weight this past year, I had a lot of clothes that needed to be weeded out and donated to charity.

Here's the stack of clothes that were plucked out of my closet.

Even though I don't clean out my closet very often, it is a chore that I really, really enjoy. It is so therapeutic for some reason. I guess it is in my genes or something. Kind of funny story - when I was young, maybe 6, I went over to my cousin's house to play for the afternoon. We were trying to decide what to do when I came up with a great idea. I said, "I know! Let's fold and organize the clothes in your drawers!"

Not even kidding. So we proceeded to fold and organize the clothes in her bureau. My cousin still loves to tell that story. I guess I was kind of an odd, anal kid. All I can say is - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I get the anal tendencies from my dear Mom, whose house is so clean, you could eat off the floors.

Anyways, I hope you all are having a great weekend! Especially those of you who are preparing to return to school, either as a student or a teacher!

What was the highlight of your weekend?


Abby said...

1) There is something we had opposite growing up. I loved picking rasberries. Except being the little "pudger" I was...I just ate all the berries and presented to mom with an empty basket. I agree with you on the free produce! Growing up...we had 3 apple trees, 1 apricot tree, and full garden of free produce in our back yard--and free rasberries down the street at G & G's. How lucky!!

2) I have to laugh at your "cleaning frenzy" today. I did the same thing this morning. Came absolutely out of nowhere. I must be tense for some unknown reason. I randomly emptied EVERY cupboard, and pantry-close in our kitchen and reorganized EVERYTHING this morning. Ryan was like " everything okay? You are taking the kitchen apart." haha--I think my mom is Marlys!

Highlight of the weekend: We went to a club last night. It was a nicer more upscale club. But neither Ryan or I had done this before. And we did the "O2 bar". Not all the riveting..but something I have never done--so kinda cool. I'm not sure if that's the highlight or the Swordfish we are cooking tonight! (might be more excited about a night in or cooking)

Have you ever had swordfish?

Anais said...

Good for you for cleaning out your closet :) You're totally right, it is so therapeutic! Does that mean there might be some shopping in your future to fill up that closet? :P

Shoshanah said...

The summer camp I went to used to have blackberry bushes and they were always SO good. To this day I'm still a bit spoiled with blackberries and won't eat them unless they taste fresh picked

Mama Nastase said...

Loved your intro paragraph on this entry...very entertaining!

I, too, love fresh produce. Free is good, too! Living in Southern Arizona, we enjoy so many yummy, exotic fruits and vegetables grow that didn't grow in my homestate of Nebraska. We're lucky to have good friends who have fruit bearing citrus trees, fig trees and grape vines for free, organic produce!

Amber said...

I cleaned out my closet this weekend, too!!!!! I LOVED IT - I always feel super relaxed and content after doing a big cleaning/organizing spree!

Also, on a sidenote, now that most of Erics clothes are gone from the closet and I've also cleaned out my side; my closet is looking very empty. This makes me think that I need to go shopping to fill it up!

Unfortunately I am not a fan of raspberries; but I never say no to strawberries!

Little Fish said...

My weekend... well yesteday aftenoon I had a date and yesterday evening I baked a butter cake with lemon glaze. Unfortunately the cake baking was the more stimulating and fulfilling activity.

Becky said...

Mmmm, fresh produce! I love the local farmer's market here as well - that will be one thing I'll miss about summer. The highlight of my weekend was getting to spend time with my husband - he's been gone for the last week for a work conference and it was so nice to just lay around and relax with him!