Despite the marathon musings here at Miles and Laurel, life has been progressing as usual this week. The only differences: my time spent on the couch has been much higher than the traditional 52-week average and my time running has been much lower. That's fine by me. I will start up some slow, shorty, easy runs next week, but a break is healthy and fun.
In the spirit of Marvelous Monday, I bring you Thumbs Up Thursday, featuring five photos about what I've been up to this week. You'll note a return to comfortable territory.
1) Josh and I flew home on Monday. I don't question how the universe works, but of all things, I wanted nachos in a bad way by late Monday afternoon. We drove to the grocery store in the rain to get ingredients, and my mom texted me a sunset alert. I responded that this was just not possible. By the time we got home, it was indeed great sunset light. Lesson learned: Mom is always right!
2) This is Tuesday morning. I love the early morning light, even though this photo was taken - yeep - after the clock struck eight. Another season is on its way.
3) The leaves are falling at full speed now. September was really dry, but yesterday it poured rain - the first real soaker in a long time. The precipitation was much needed for practical things like trees, yards, and farms. But I also love how the leaves look on the sidewalk after a hard rain, and this was the first peek at that all season.
That gray weather also launched me in a fervent search for more soup recipes. I just found spicy corn and chicken chili, which I will try this weekend. We're attending a potluck on Saturday and I decided to make some bars that involve a hodge-podge of M&Ms, peanut butter, butter, flour, and sugar. That combination is pretty low-risk.
4) My mom came to St. Paul yesterday, and we went on a great long walk. We stopped at a spot overlooking the Mississippi. Can you tell this lady and I are related? We were practically hip-checking each other out of the way during the photo-snapping process.
5) My mom is fab. As if a relaxing October afternoon stroll wasn't enough, she packed a big tub of pesto vegetable soup - and this:
In case it was at all unclear, that isn't a petite sandwich bag full of candy corn and peanuts and decorated with Halloween ribbons. It's a gallon-sized Ziploc. It will probably last
months weeks a few days. Yum.
Thumbs up, Thursday.