Monday, July 29, 2013

Virtual Running Date No. 19: Nothing says "I love you" like an 18-mile bike ride

Good morning Crushers!

Steve and I have officially been married for one year and one day today. I know! I know. I know. It's not like it's the biggest deal in the world, but I firmly believe that things should be celebrated. Instead of going out to a fancy schmancy dinner or a weekend getaway, we had a low-key weekend. It was so nice.

If we were on a running date, I would tell you that I didn't even know it was possible that every campsite in the entire state of Wisconsin could be booked in one weekend. Seriously, people?!

Anyway, it ended up being a chilly weekend, so I was glad to sleep indoors. A year ago, we had the hottest summer on record in a long time with a drought. This year? We went fishing with friends on their new boat while wearing jeans, long-sleeved shirts and jackets. Huh.

If we were on a running date, I would tell you all about our four-day anniversary extravaganza filled with totally random fun. Thursday night, we went to Germanfest and sang German songs while eating potato pancakes and drinking Weiss beir. Delicious! Friday night, we hung out with one of my friends and her kiddos at the Washington County Fair. Her 5-year-old LOVED telling us all about the tractors and animals. He is so smart! Her little guy, who is only 2, was more interested in trying to eat everything he could get his hands on. Since it was the Fair, he knew that great food was all around him! Smarty.

As promised back in this post, we are still running. Saturday morning, we ran for about 3 miles on a path near the farmers' market and picked up some tasty coffee and a bouquet of flowers for the house since we were supposed to have a showing on Sunday (which didn't end up happening - oh well). We helped a neighbor pack up their house and load a truck since they'll be moving. Then it was time to fish at Browns Lake! My good friend Hannah and he husband bought a fishing boat this spring and they hosted us for the whole afternoon and evening!
Steve caught the biggest fish.

His Bear Grylls moment

Me with Hannah, the hostess with the mostess!
When Hannah heard that all of our anniversary plans were falling through, she quickly offered to organize a cook out and everything! We spent a few hours on the boat, caught lots of fish of all sizes and then had a bonfire back at their house. We brought cupcakes and this corn salad that I previously mentioned. I have a feeling that I'll be making it every time we get together from now on. So good!
Nothing says "I love you" like a long bike ride.

Anniversary Ducks in Lisbon
If we were on a virtual running date, I would tell you about Sunday when we took a long bike ride on the Bugline Trail out to the town of Merton. We got to play tourist and had the most delicious chicken at "On The Rocks" before hoping back on the bikes to go home. We saw deer, ducks and a few lakes.  It was such a nice day for it.
Steve got a Bloody Mary at the pub.
Since Steve is the hardest person in the world to surprise, he guessed my surprise of taking him out to dinner for his ultimate splurge food: Pizza Hut's stuffed crust pizza. Instead, we're planning on trying to make our own version of it at home this week. We used up a gift card and went out to a Chinese restaurant instead.
A very fitting first anniversary fortune cookie message:
"Many pleasurable and memorable adventures are in store for you."

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