Well that was a doozy!

Monday, August 10, 2009

What a weekend. Friday was such a mess. Between a heavy work load, finalizing details with Gina and the hotel and having to get out of the office at 2:30 because of a 5:30 wedding, I was definitely looking forward to a few days off! {Which BTW, we still have not confirmed with the hotel if we will still be charged for the 2 additional days . . . the billing department has yet to call Tony back.}

It was great to see friends Friday night at the wedding. Sad to realize how old we are, although we'll gladly take it. The first dances were just getting under way at 9:30 when Tony and I packed up Isaac to go home. Nursing in public is growing increasingly more difficult, as Isaac hates to be under the blanket. He just gets too warm after 5-10 minutes and will repeatedly break his latch, only to pop back on. His flailing arms aren't to be messed around with either lol!

Minnesota has been unseasonably cool recently, so the rush of warm air and humidity Saturday morning produced a pleasant early morning thunderstorm . . . although it did push out my planned run. This crazy girl attempted to complete a 9-10 mile run in the high humidity and 87 degrees at 12:00 noon. I finished out 5 miles, made a deal with myself that I would do 6-7 that night and called it a day.

Upon returning home to my two lounging boys, Tony got up and mowed our monstrosity of a jungle . . . while I did 2 loads of laundry, put away 4 loads of laundry, did the dishes, put away the dishes, swept and vacuumed. You better believe Tony got the evil eye when he only noted that I vacuumed lol!

My plans to run again were foiled by Tony's desire to lay some extra sod that my father in law had given us. I made peace with the fact that I wasn't going to run and we made plans to use the gift card my Mom gave us for our anniversary. The 3 year anniversary is apparently either crystal or leather and my Mom loves to put a little spin on the traditional gift. She opted for a gc to T-Box Bar & Grill, as a gift card for a meal would be easy on our wallet {leather}. :)

We headed out a little later than we wanted, but got to Ham Lake around 8:00 or so and opted to sit out on the patio. The flowers they had were so beautiful! Tony was a little anxious about the rain clouds coming in, but I thought for sure that they would only produce a drizzle, if not missing us all together. As they got closer they grew more ominous and we agreed that we would move inside at the first rain drop. Within minutes our plan was acted on and we moved into the restaurant.

It's a fairly small restaurant, so the the bar and it's two tv's were plainly visible to all patrons and it was acutely obvious that we were in for more than a drizzle. Basically the whole central portion of Minnesota was under a tornado watch, which turned into a warning within minutes. Simultaneously the whole restaurant asked for their checks and boxes. We headed out the door as the sirens were blaring. Tony and I were both speaking with our Mom's trying to decide whether we should attempt to make it home or sit it out. We finally decided that a tiny ground level restaurant with good sized windows on all sides was not where we wanted to sit the storm out.

As we whipped down 65 we were unknowingly headed straight into the thick of the hook echo, the worst possible area we could be. I kept checking in with my Mom and she updated us that there were funnels that had touched down, as I impossibly tried to scan the dark clouds for a twister. I authorized Tony to run 3 red lights at intersections that were devoid of vehicles and we roared on home, all the while I was wishing I could do more to prep Isaac for the rush inside.

We finally made it home, just minutes before the hook was to travel over our house. We somehow managed to secure Isaac, the cats and the dog, a flashlight, weather radio and situate ourselves in front of the treadmill tv. Both of us were thankful that we had decided to turn the air on for the first time in months, as there was no need to scramble and close open windows. We settled in and waited for the impending hook, as it was honestly just minutes between our arrival and it's.

Unfortunately my mind played tricks on me for those 120 seconds, as I focused on the grill just outside the window. I kept waiting and envisioning it moving in the wind I felt sure would come.

And then it was over. And nothing happened. Remarkably, all of the touchdowns were minimal and there were no reported injuries. It took us awhile for our nerves to calm, but we finally ate our boxed meals around 10:00 or so and had crazy dreams that night!

Yesterday we went to our new church again, celebrated Tony's sister's birthday and our anniversary at my in laws and then made it home to complete our first family run! We kept toying with the idea of running a shorter distance, but finally decided to go full out and completed a 5 mile run with Isaac on his first jog! My brother even ended up joining us! It was pretty challenging, but Isaac did amazingly well.

After our family run, we joined my Mom for some dinner and had a great conversation. All in all it was a pretty fantastic weekend!

I'll have a picture post of Isaac to follow shortly! :)

20 comments:

Kier and Nic said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Good job on the run - I chickened out on my 13 miler! Too tired from my overnight Relay and way too hot!

CJ said...

Sounds like a crazy but great weekend.

And look at you, you crazy running woman. Even if you didn't get all your miles in, I am still impressed considering how hot and muggy it was this weekend. Glad Isaac enjoyed his first run :)

Sarah said...

Saturday night's storms were a whole lot of build-up for nothing! I was in New Brighton (not too far from you, correct?) that evening, expecting the worst while huddled in the basement, and all we got was a little rain and a lot of thunder and lightning. It's scary, knowing that "the hook" is headed straight for you, isn't it?

*claire* said...

crazy!! i HATE tornados and high wind in general!!! so scary when you're in it - glad it didn't actually hit you!

Mrs. A said...

Oh my goodness what a crazy weekend. I'm glad you guys didn't have any crazy storm issues other than being a little freaked out and that there was no damage. Minnesotans probably aren't like crazy Oklahomans who stand outside watching them while they are happening. Living in Tornado Alley I learned early that tornadoes aren't scary you just have to respect them.

Erin said...

Yowza!! The storm wasn't nearly as bad in St. Paul. I was out getting dessert with some girlfriends and it started pouring for a bit, but that's pretty much it! Glad you made it home safe!

Bluebird said...

I'm so glade you had a great weekend. You guys deserve it after such as stressful week.

Lauren said...

Wow...what a weekend! Glad to know the storms weren't as bad as they could have been!

Kristal said...

Love the anniversary gift from you mom - what a cute spin on the traditional. :)

And sounds like a scary storm - glad you made it home safely!

And this is sorta weird...but hearing you talk about your struggles feeding Isaac in public gives me twinges and makes me that much more excited to have a little one of my own to feed.

C said...

Wow! What a weekend! I wouldn't know what to do if we had storms like that!

julie said...

Wow, what a crazy weekend. Glad you stayed safe through all the storms. I hate storms!

Heidi said...

That was a great post! Read like a book! I secretly LOVE horrible stormy weather, but it freaks the H out of me when tornadoes hit. Also, I am very jealous of your mild summer... very jealous indeed. I think we're on day 50 of over 100 here in Austin.

You inspire me greatly to get fit again after this bean is born. Definitely keep us posted on your fitness progression, it's really encouraging! :-)

Meredith said...

What a crazy weekend! My sister was in Minnesota this weekend and also ended up spending quite a bit of time in the basement due to (the same?) tornados.

Glad you guys are safe and sound!

AJ said...

Craziness. We hid out in the basement for awhile too on Saturday. Our boys survived their first threat of tornadoes!

Kaitlyn said...

I have been here reading and I just wanted to say I am praying for you!

Mrs. Cup said...

So glad yall are ok!!

Q, La, and Gooner said...

A family run, that is awesome! I STILL have not been able to run. But I did stop by VS so hopefully that will help...

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

Wow that's sounds like a crazy weekend! I can't believe how much fitness you were able to squeeze in and boy have I dealt out a few evil eyes on my own hubby for not noticing all my progess. :) He can usually tell by the expectant look on my face that he needs to be noticing something-is it your hair? a new outfit? rearranged the furniture? Haha, he trys though!

Mrs. McB said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. :)

The Wellingtons said...

I totally sympathize with the difficulty nursing in public... Josiah is only 4 weeks old and he is already hard to keep discreet with his bobbing head and crazy arms! I know it'll only get tougher as he gets bigger! :) Going out is so intimidating for us so far... I am wondering if we'll ever have a predictable feeding schedule that we can plan around! Your little Isaac is so adorable - great photos of him on that last post!

 

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