Happy April, guys!
(Anyone get pranked today? Always love to hear a good April Fools’ joke! I thought about the “I’m pregnant!” one but decided against it. 😉 )
Well, it’s hard to believe we’ are now officially back in Calgary for a quick stop after being in BC for 2 weeks. I’m typing from the familiar spot in the basement in my in-laws’ home, curled up next to their fake fireplace (there’s a real one upstairs), sipping a cup of tea while the snow falls lightly outside. What a shift in places and climates! From BC: spring, chirping birds, light rain, tulips, daffodils, borrowing cars and riding as passengers, grateful but dependant on others…
to AB: snow, cooler temps, white bunnies darting through the driveways, fire places roaring, and an RV where we have room for not only our stereo system, projector, clothes, and delicious food…whoa.
It’s been such a change, but it’s good to be back home and get a chance to recoup: good meals (thanks, Muriel!), warm beds, a place to do laundry and to repack for the next leg of the journey ahead. I was able to get a good run in today…even though there was so much to do, I still felt like I had to get out and move.
So after some laundry, repacking, and work around the house, I laced up my shoes and headed out the door (with admittedly more layers on than I had in BC!). It was a hard run – my body felt tired and I’m sensing a pattern in my last few runs where I’m feeling pretty heavy-legged and slow for the first half of my runs and then finally opening up and settling into a good pace towards the second half. That’s normal; not every run feels fantastic and invigorating!But I think my body needs a bit more sleep and a change from running. I was so glad I went today, all the same, because a day just doesn’t feel complete if I don’t move, and now my tea and slippers taste and feel all the more comforting. It didn’t matter that my feet got soaked in the lakes that have formed where ice melted, and it didn’t matter that my eyes stung from the falling snow being wiped around in the wind. I was glad I went, but I want to listen to my body, too, and I think it’s saying, “hit the weights!” “stretch it out!” and “rest the legs!” So…I will.
Now that we’re back, here’s a bit of what happened to get us to AB:
- Dinner w/friends at Romer’s Burger Bar in Vancouver! They make all-natural, real food burgers there and we had a great time dining and connecting in the fun atmosphere of that place. I had the carrot/ginger/orange drink, butternut squash & edamame salad with a miso dressing and a ground turkey burger…yum! Everyone loved it and the prices were great for such a fun place with good food.
(Sooo good! I also helped myself to many fries. There’s Patricia & Jared in the background!)
(Patricia, Jared, Vik, Mikey and I and our food!)
What a way to spend a last night in Vancouver! We were ready to hit the road after seeing these people and eating some good food, and we tucked into bed close to 12 am again – not our hoped-for bedtime but at least the bed we slept in was awesome (thanks, Paul & Heidi!). I’m not sure how I did it, but somehow I managed to wake up early for a run before we packed and left for the RV rental pick up. It was a flat, fun 5 miles that took me into the historic and quaint town of Ft. Langley and back on River Road, and I loved the warm wind that blew air around me the whole time. Nice to get a run in before driving all day! Then…we were off! RV time!
(Loading it up, excited for this new phase of the adventure – and that’s me putting my freshly purchased & already broken into TJ’s almond butter away!)
Special thanks to Catherine for photographing the whole event! Mikey’s working on the video post for it over at our Wrong Way to Hope site, so I’ll post that video here when he’s done. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’ve loved learning alongside Mikey in this very new experience. We’ve been able to hear so many stories and have been blessed to have the opportunity to share our own so freely. As we recover tonight before hitting the road Sunday morning bound for Edmonton, I’ll leave you with this shot:
Ohhh yeah. That’d be a scoop of Double Dutch Chocolate ice cream with some Butter Pecan Crunch mixed in from our must-stop ice cream dairy in Siccimous, DeDutchman. We stopped here and got some with our hitch hiking friend, Rob – at first he said “no thanks” but we were glad he caved – 3 cheers for ice cream!
Any weekend plans for you guys? Hope you have a chance to move well, eat well, and recover well however your body needs. Speaking of recover, Lindsay has a great giveaway going on for Honey Milk recovery drinks – check it out and enjoy her site – it’s always so inspirational to me. Whatever your days look like, enjoy them as they come; live well & be well,