Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Year of Thanks - Jan. 11, 12, 13

I'm thankful for a really great weekend.

Though emotionally difficult, this was one of the best weekends I've had in a very long time.

On Friday, I picked up my last paychecks from my previous job. As this included my vacation pay and overtime worked, it was a great start to the weekend. Although I'm saving the bulk of it for responsible stuff, like bills, I did treat myself to a little shoe-shopping (clearance, of course!) and a pretzel at the mall.

Even though it was a beautiful weekend weather-wise, Friday's football was played indoors, razzle-dazzle style (kind of like flag football meets ultimate frisbee). Saturday morning I met up with a local adventurer's group for a nice long outdoor hike. This was my first time with this group, and I met some neat people. We had a lot of fun, and a great lunch together afterwards. By the time I got home, I was more than ready to collapse for a nap in the hammock in the backyard. Afterward, sis and I took the dogs for a walk at the park. Once we returned, it was time to get ready to join a friend for her birthday celebration.

If there's one thing I really love to do, it's to get together with my dance girls. We always seem to have more fun than should be allowed, and Saturday night was no exception. The company sponsoring the karaoke was great. Good drinks, a little singing, a lot of dancing... let me just say this: when we closed down the bar, they made us promise we'd come back at least once a month, because they'd never had as much fun before!

Although I was pretty disappointed on Sunday that plans fell through to reunite with an old friend, I was still able to make the most of the beautiful weekend with a good hike with sis, a friend and her wee little one, and our combined four dogs. Maybe not the best little group to try to herd up a mountain, but we managed alright. Afterwards sis and I had dinner with the dogs on the patio of a good Mexican restaurant near the park, enjoying the last of the warm weather before the cold and rain come back this week. There's something about enjoying a drink on the patio on a balmy night that always makes me feel like I'm on a vacation somewhere.

To top it all off, my A-town team won the playoff game today, in what turned out to be a very close 4th quarter. There was a little nail-biting involved there at the end, but they pulled it through and are one step closer to the Super Bowl!

Great fun with friends, meeting new people, time with family, getting outdoors...  weekends like this don't come around often. I am so thankful for this one.

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