Weekly Digest: April In Review

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Why hello there May!  You are quite the sight for these sore, puffy, red eyes.  It was perhaps 2 days after I wrote about how April hasn’t been that showery that this happened:

April Showers

This picture was taken moments before I needed to leave the house to go somewhere, of course.  It snowed on April 15th after exactly 1 day of being over 50 degrees.  I might have said that morning how amazing it feels outside.  I have negative weather karma, so on behalf of everyone who lives in the Mid-Atlantic, I won’t speak or write about mother nature again.  Your welcome.  All my karma energy is spent in parking lots, where I do quite well.

Aside from a brief moment feeling old ish, my April was pretty fantastic:

What I loved:
  • Getting back on my road bike.  To the average cyclist, this seems like a regularly scheduled April-ish thing to do.  But between G’s shoulder surgery in February 2013 and my wrist injury that has been plaguing me since July 2013, the last time we were on our bikes was July 4th last year when I proposed.  And before that, it was the season closer in October of 2012!  So it has been quite some time, and the task of getting the bikes cleaned, tuned up, pumped up, oiled up, with our arses in the saddles is a very daunting task.  We told ourselves that we wouldn’t do distance, we would just go out on the W&OD trail from our house for 1 hour, turn around and come back home.  No pressure.  We clipped right in, rode stronger than ever out to Ashburn, said we could go further but didn’t want to push our luck, and zipped home in almost record time.  17.8mph average speed on a windy day, 37 miles under our belts.  I’ll take it!  Getting over that first hump is the hardest.  And now we are reminded why we love this sport so much.  ONWARD!
  • Second quarter launches for our Les Mills programs at the gym!  We get new releases 4 times a year and sometimes team up to deliver them for the first time to our classes.  For the first time ever, I had the opportunity to team with my bestie, maid of honor, and pump buddy Orjiugo (and it was obviously “wild animal” themed and we obviously just dressed in black with some cat ears and called ourselves jaguars- we embrace cheesy in very guarded and classy fashion)
    Pump89 Launch
  • Cleaning off the deck furniture to enjoy some of the non-rainy days for some al fresco dining!  Grilled meat?  YES PLEASE.  And I love my home made salad dressing.  I will actually foray into posting a recipe later this week- it is the easiest dressing to put together and is so much better than anything you can buy in a bottle.  Stay tuned.
    Dining Alfresco
  • Celebrating Levi’s 7th birthday with a long 3 mile walk (the old man can keep up nicely now that we are back into our habit), a bath, an eyebrow grooming, and some tasty treats from Wyle Wagg.  I love this dog so much.  How could you not?
    Levis Birthday
What I learned:
  • Teaching (and for G, taking) my RPM (indoor/stationary cycling) class 3x per week is really the ticket to staying in good cycle shape out of season.  WOW.  And our “out of season” was nearly a year and a half!  It’s true, a 45-60 minute high intensity interval training class on the bike a few times a week can keep you in shape (I daresay make you stronger even) to pick right up where you left off and feel great.  If you are a cyclist, or an athlete of any kind, wanting to cross train or stay in shape for whatever season you are biding your time for, try an RPM class.  You can leave a comment or message me and come to mine!  Or, you can find one near you on this map.
  • I haven’t heard from Martha Stewart yet, but as my calling to be a paper flower crafter becomes more and more obvious, I think she definitely should hire me.  I learned how to make a lot of different flowers using patters last month, but my learning curve has been exponential and my efficiency at making these has skyrocketed.  I’ve also gotten into making my own patterns for different types and sizes of flowers!  Copycat no more!
    Paper Roses
What I gained:
  • A beautiful new rug for the living room.  Gorgeous.  I always wanted an ikat rug and G and I had been pining away for one in just this color.  Thanks to G’s savvy internet searching skills (and religious persistence with looking daily) we found this for a steal!
    ikat Rug
  • Last but certainly not least, I gained not only a new found appreciation for having a service for the outside ‘spring cleaning’ (gardening is just not my thing), but also for how beautiful the house looks with the azaleas we picked for the front (which are now red and in full bloom!)  Blue Sky Landscaping did a great job for a very reasonable price!  We are all ready for May!
    Landscaping 2014 before_afterLandscaping 2014 summary
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