This is what parts of Iowa look like in the Fall. Look. I finally got around to taking some outdoor pics today.
This weekend was packed with so much stuff, it felt a lot like a clown car. So, in the interest of now trying to fit it all into one blog post, I will use a nice little series of numbers.
1.) I got off work at noon on Friday and met with a loan officer. He pre-approved me for a home loan. Yea!
2.) I called my brother to get help on what to do next and how all this house buying stuff was supposed to work.
3.) I got the name of a realtor and contacted said person. We set up a time and place to meet on Monday to get the ball rolling.
4.) I went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. The dental hygenist praised me on how well I took care of my teeth. It made me wonder how bad some other people's teeth must be and then I promptly shuddered.
5.) After Coadster got home from cross country practice, we went out for steak to celebrate Stinky's birthday. It was very, very good.
6.) Once I got Stinky to her friend's house and Coadster was getting ready for bed, a friend invited me to come over and drink some beer. This particular friend just happens to be extremely knowledgeable about almost everything I'm interested in. So, it was great to have someone to talk and get excited about everything with. And since this friend also makes me laugh harder than anyone I know, it was a perfect end to my day.
Here we are with the birthday girl.
1.) On Saturday I looked at a bunch of on-line real estate sites that the above mentioned friend sent me. I picked out the houses I was interested in and sent the list in an email to my realtor.
2.) I ran my six mile route and felt really strong.
3.) Did some cleaning and made lunch and ran kids around for much of my afternoon.
4.) Missed the early beginning of my friend J.'s birthday because I was busy on mom duty.
5.) Caught the last half of J.s birthday down at the Dublin. I knew it was going to be an interesting evening when my friend G. and I were walking toward the Dublin and two guys stopped us and told us we looked like we were having a rough night. G. had just stepped out of the shower and it was barely 9 o'clock. We both started laughing our asses off. The two twenty something year old boys then decided to follow us down the stairs where we did our damnedest to ignore them. They finally left.
6.) Another group of our girlfriends met us down for some drinks. At midnight, I was starting to turn into a pumpkin, so I let all the girlies know I was leaving and offered everyone rides. Most of my friends took me up on it, and I was able to safely taxi all my friends home.
B. throwing himself at my friend G. ....Again.
1.) On Sunday I got up and went to the running shoe store, only to find out they didn't open until noon. Wah.
2.) I ran my 8 mile route in my old shoes. The weather was warm and windy - my favorite.
3.) I got home and decided to ride my bike for a bit. I ran into my neighbors and stopped to chat with them. One of my neighbors just did a triathlon last May for the first time, so she had some good advice for me.
4.) Rode the rest of my bike route and finally took a few pics.
5.) Tried to give Stinky a lesson in driving a stick shift. She can drive a car with an automatic transmission, but I have a stick. She couldn't get the hang of it and she started getting frustrated. So, we decided to stop and try again another day.
6.) Went to the store, did some cleaning and made breakfast for dinner. (waffles, bacon and fruit) Stinky was in heaven.
Triathlon training this week:
I ran 42 miles.
I biked 10 miles.
I still haven't done any swimming (do you like how I avoided the whole swam/swum dilemma?)