Hey everyone! Just checking in for a little update on our time in the nation’s capital so far! I hope you’re having a great weekend whether you’re relaxing, racing, taking time for yourself, or enjoying family/friend moments. We’ve been enjoying all sorts of things in between feeling admittedly nervous for our presentations tomorrow, but it’s exciting too…I’ll definitely have a lot more content to post about after the conference tomorrow but it’s fun to see the photo highlights along the way.
The highlights verbally? Time with our friend Naomi (thanks for the hospitality!) and catching up on life; her surprising me with CANDY CORN after me yapping about how hard it was to get in Calgary (thanks again!); a morning almost-7 miler in the rain along the beautiful Ottawa River, and a slow morning reading and eating.
We spent the day working (a very little amount; too many great people to visit!) and then saw our web designer friend (of WW2H, Survive & Thrive, and Om Bar fame), Travis plus his wife Julie and their baby Charlie. Our mutual friend Laurie (also of WW2H fame!) was there and we enjoyed chatting web-stuff (mainly he and Mikey; we’ve employed him to do a few things for us including this site here!) and hanging out. We grabbed some Pho with Laurie and her boyfriend Mike on the way to the hockey game and then watched Colorado trounce Ottawa in a 7-1 win. #crushed Blue cotton candy was purchased and eaten. Yay for a fun night out!
Today we woke up and found out that our friends Ryan & Susan (of Owyhee River fame with YD Adventures!) from Idaho were in Ottawa! We knew of their epic biking trip (yeah…in a month? that’s like 80 – 120 miles a day! Epic.) but didn’t realize we’d both be here at the same time! It was so great seeing them and our friend Dawn (who came on our kayaking trip this year!), who hosted them, and catching up over a brunch at Zak’s was just what we needed. Mikey and I feel such camaraderie with Ryan and Susan, and sharing a bit about where we are and hearing they’re in a similar spot life-wise was SO encouraging…sometimes it seems like we’re alone. Community rocks. Especially when you find it when you aren’t expecting it (Calgary, Idaho, and Ottawa – great friends reconnecting!). We headed to the Parliament Buildings from there, enjoyed a trip up the Peace Tower, and took a (free!) tour of the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Library (which was beautiful! but no pics allowed) before booking it back in a humid rainstorm to check into our hotel.
In from the thunder & lightning storm (love it!), we dried off and got to work looking over our presentations for tomorrow. Sure helps to take that time to feel more settled and to pray about the day, processing your feelings before God. Because we’d only brunched and it was going on 5 pm, we each had an apple and split a banana to tide us over until a late dinner with our friends. Okay, okay, an apple, half a banana, the end of my almond butter, and a square of 86% dark chocolate (Godiva!) that was a gift when we got to our room! #alreadyravereviewsforthisplace
After I finished prepping, I left Mikey working away and headed to the gym. It was a terrible, old treadmill that creaked with EVERY step, but I decided to shoot for 5 miles.
Well, 5 turned into 7, and at 7 I thought 8 sounded like a great number to finish on (my few breaks? asfastasIcouldselftimers because I was embarrassed one of the many people coming in and out to the pool would see me snapping pics of myself!).
By the time I reached 8, I convinced myself that I could easily do 2 more; I mean, in a 10 mile run, 2 miles is nothing, right? Right? …These pictures show otherwise. I was getting tired. No music (broken iPod), couldn’t hear the TV (or change the channel anyway), tired body.
But it was all worth it in the end! 10 miles later, I was happy to have moved, and FINALLY ready for a reunion dinner with friends/survivors from the film at about 8:30 pm. We went to a great buffet place called Tucker’s Market that had all kinds of variety and great foods!
All homemade food from scratch; butternut squash, scalloped potatoes, corn salad, wheat berries, pesto pasta; pumpkin ice cream w/mini chips + fruit & an unpictured brownie with some chocolate pudding!
Part of the group from the film: Vik, Laurie, me, Jared, & Mikey!
What a great end to the day: good food, great company, and comp-ed bills. On the way home, the cherry on top was delivered: a pub called “Fat Tuesday!” You should know the significance of this name to us! (Shout out to small group; What!What!)
And now…it’s to bed with us! Early morning and full day ahead tomorrow…looking forward to it! Thanks for following along this unexpected journey. Have a great rest of your weekend, guys!
Live well & be well,