I had the most fabulous run this morning!
But this fabulous run actually started yesterday – with an innocent homeschooling Halloween party where Mama went as a Dirty Hippy and Maxine went as a ballerina.
I don’t know that this was much of a stretch from how we dress day to day, but whatever.
There were lots of fun treats and goodies.
Lots of fun games and activities too.
Ghost Ghost Goblin anyone? Hmmm, this seems a lot like another game I know with a duck and a goose…
And who doesn’t love some salt dough fun?
Giant rice krispy treats and Halloween chasing games aside, the climax of my story has yet to come! I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat since my opening line.
Yesterday’s party was held at the home of some friends who happen to live in our soon-to-be-new-neighborhood. Their house is just a block and a half from our new house, and yes I totally went the long way around and drove by like the house stalker that I am. Thanks for asking!
I peppered our hosts with all sorts of questions about city living and our new stomping grounds. The husband of my friend happens to be a runner and mentioned the neighborhood running group that meets regularly just a block away. They run three days a week at 6am, all year round. Four to five miles, down the city streets, through the university campus, along the river path, over the foot bridge, through the cemetery to grandmother’s house we go!
Oh! And they’re going tomorrow morning? Wanna come along?
Do I want to come along? Do you know how many times I’ve driven by my new house? And now I get to RUN by? Getting my sneaks on now!
Fast forward to this morning - picture me dragging my butt out of bed at 5am to get dressed and drive into the city (and by the new house – of course) to run 5 miles with a group of strangers in the dark and in the rain.
Now picture me doing a little dance of joy! I loved it despite the fact that our route did not in fact take us by the new house. That’s ok, I can just drive by on my way home. No big deal – I do it all the time.
One of the biggest concerns I’ve had about moving to the city was how living in a more urban area was going to affect my running life. All of my concerns were laid to rest this morning. I can’t even believe the new house comes with a built in running group. Why wasn’t that a part of the house description?
Hardwood floors, new furnace, updated kitchen, running group… SOLD!
Home again and back in Suburbia, I put together a cereal parfait worthy of eating on Halloween morning.
Bottom Layer: Pumpkin, agave, cinnamon and nutmeg
Middle Layer: Kashi Cinnamon Harvest. I’ve been avoiding boxed cereal like Swine Flu but bought this for the girls and as far as boxed cereals go, I find that shredded wheat is far from addictive.
Top Layer: Sliced bananas, sliced almonds and flax.
All while being observed by a black cat. I know what you’re thinking – she looks like she’s annoyed and ready to claw me in the eye. But really she’s just showing her support for my attempt to create a Halloween feel for today’s post.
Take it from the top! A good pour of hemp milk.
So that’s it! I’m officially ready to move! Right now! No time to Trick or Treat – let’s PACK!