These last two weeks have been busy! Two 5k races, a birthday, a garage sale, baby classes, and still trying to get my persistent heartburn/throwing up routine under control.
|The TNC crew! Minus Jeff and Christina.
Nate warned me several times before the race to run smart & not try to “race”. It was really warm and humid out (almost 100% humidity). I agreed, although grumbled a little bit about it – it would be fun to actually see what I could do at 26 weeks pregnant!
|Nate and Craig at the start of the 10 mile. Craig won in 58:34, but was listed in the 5k results at first, as was the 2nd male finisher who came in under an hour. It was humorous to see Craig’s name so far down in the 5k results 🙂
Birthday: I turned 31! We celebrated at the cabin with homemade ice cream cake. I had no idea you could make these from scratch – not sure why I hadn’t thought of that before! It was awesome!
Karen, my mother-in-law, had asked me what I wanted for my birthday a while ago. I said that I would love help getting ready for baby – at that point we just had the crib, bassinet, and ~10 pieces of clothing.
Being the amazing garage sale shopper (and mother-in-law) that she is, she totally outfitted us with most everything we’ll need for baby. WOW. I actually cried. There’s a story behind why this meant so much to me… but not for public viewing.
|Baby Bjorn! I’m excited to use this. I hope baby likes being carried!
One of her most amazing finds? A “calf” costume! It’ll even fit baby at Birkie time so he/she can join in with our TNC cheering squad then!!
|A calf costume!! Can’t believe it!!
Chick Fil-A: Speaking of cow costumes, our group decided to head to Chick Fil-A for the “free meal if you’re dressed in a cow costume” promotion. Even Mesa came along and they gave her a chicken strip!
|A car full of cows!
|Our group. Yes, we are “moo-ing”. Yes, that was a terrible idea. It makes for a very awkward picture.
Garage sale: This Wednesday evening while Nate was at Vakava ski practice I suddenly decided that this weekend was the most perfect weekend for a garage sale. I could open it up Thursday evening, hold it Friday (Nate had work stuff all day), and Saturday morning. We already had boxes of stuff in the garage, so it just needed to be priced. Then I’d only need to put an ad on Craigslist, make a few signs for around the neighborhood, and procure some tables.
Idea came at 9:00 pm Wednesday night. I went out to the garage and priced stuff like it was a timed contest. By the time Nate got home, 2/3 of our stuff was priced and I had posted the ad on Craigslist.
Thursday I met with the YMCA about volunteering/positions that might fit my strengths (they’re opening a new facility in town!! Yeah!!), met with two athletes for an easy run around Northfield, made the neighborhood signs, went to my CSA to pick up my share of fresh veggies and another batch of basil to freeze pesto, and then rushed home to open the garage and set things out.
I’m happy to say things went well! We got rid of so much more than I expected (I swear, it was all junk that I set out…), made a lot more than I expected (awesome), and was able to spend a lot of time catching up and truly “meeting” our neighbors. If nothing else, the neighbor conversations were the highlight of this last-minute idea – plus, it was just a lot of fun to have done something crazy with so little planning 🙂
|Learning how to piece a quilt together with Karen
|Now machine quilting “in the ditch”. I’m keeping it simple for my first machine quilted quilt.
|Now, thanks to down-time at the garage sale, I was able to finish hand sewing the binding. Now it’s done – just waiting to be used by baby!!!