Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the last Friday of August? Summer is almost gone and while I’m kind of sad about it, I’m not at all sad about this forecast:
Highs in the 70s?! I’m so pumped! Bring on the open windows and cool breezes. I’m officially ready.
It’s been a pretty awesome week around here, so let’s dive right into my favorite things, shall we?
If you’re local, you should join my studio, because it’s awesome! Tuesday night, the owner led a class they called “The Practice.” It’s modeled after “The Class” by Taryn Toomey, so I said if it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it’s good enough for me! I can’t really describe to you how much fun it was. We did a ton of cardio and strength, but in a very non-traditional way. We sweat like crazy, then in the end there were dim lights, drums, sage, and all kinds of relaxation. I felt like I’d come out of a trance afterwards, no lie. Everyone in the studio had so much awesome energy and loved the whole experience. I can’t wait for them to do it again!
Night walks with Bella
It’s been SO hot here lately, which means I haven’t taken Bella out for walks like we usually do. At her age, the heat gets to her in 5 seconds. The other night, though, she was begging to go out, so Riley put up the gate on the front porch and let her sit outside. He turned his back for 5 minutes, then heard dogs barking all over the neighborhood. Turns out Bella had busted through the gate and was wandering the street near our house. I guess she decided to take herself for a walk!
I felt so bad for her being cooped up, so we just took a stroll around the neighborhood at night. There’s a park right in front of our house, so the whole neighborhood is really well lit. Bella got her walk in and I didn’t have to worry about her getting heat stroke. Win win!
Day One of Service
Yesterday was a fun-filled day of serving the local community. Every year I volunteer to lead a group of freshmen for the annual “Day One of Service,” which introduces our new freshmen to service opportunities in the local area. Long-time readers may remember the main reason why I’m no longer allowed to lead a group to the SPCA…..
Yes, three years ago I met that cute little guy at Day of Service and brought him home. Captain is now HUGE, but he was so sweet and little back then!
Anyway, this year I took a group to the Virginia Living Museum, where we worked on the grounds outside and collected trash via canoe. It was so much fun. Our group explored the museum (and each got a free ticket!), then we loaded up the canoes to go trash hunting.
After some time on the lake, our guide took us through the nature trails to check out the rest of the animals. We also checked out the super cool Lego exhibit that was going on.
What I love about the VA Living Museum is that every single animal there is native to Virginia and is only there because it’s impossible for them to be released into the wild (mainly due to injury or some other defect that would prevent them from living independently). There are amazing habitats and sanctuary spaces for the animals that let them live out a happy life when they otherwise couldn’t. I had such an awesome group of students this year!
Tropical Smoothie Bowls
I’ve always been a big fan of Tropical Smoothie, but now I’m an even bigger fan because 1) they have online ordering, and 2) they have bowls! I recently ordered their veggie hummus bowl and it was delish.
For some reason the bowls only show up online once you get to the “online ordering” part. You can customize the bowls however you want, which I love, and they’re nice and healthy.
Last night, Riley and I decided to venture out for dinner and sat out on the patio at Corner Cafe, one of our favorite spots in town.
The weather was gorgeous and we had the whole patio to ourselves. We sipped wine, enjoyed an awesome dinner, and caught up with each other as the sun went down. I’m always a fan of enjoying a good meal out with my favorite person, especially when neither of us has to cook or clean up!
Now I’m off for my final “summer Friday off.” I plan on working out, enjoying some outdoor time, and maybe going car shopping. We haven’t officially decided I should get a new car, but I’m exploring my options. I haven’t had a car payment in several years, so part of me wants to drag it out until I can’t any longer, but the other part of me knows how long my commute is, and having a safe and reliable car is pretty important. We’ll see what happens.
Have an awesome weekend and I’ll catch you all on Monday!
What are your weekend plans?
What car do you currently drive? Do you like it?
When’s the last time you volunteered in your community? What did you do?