Sunday, June 01, 2008

Pending Weekend Hangover

It's the end of the weekend. It was a great weekend around here. The weather was everything the last of May/ first of June should be in Iowa - balmy temperatures and sunny skies, bright mornings and long days. We managed to pack a lot into our weekend, which will no doubt leave me with a Monday morning weekend "hangover".

Friday night we headed downtown Iowa City for dinner, ice cream, people watching and music on the Ped Mall. This is our favorite time to be living in a university community - the time after graduation and the end of classes when the population drops significantly.

Saturday morning we woke up early and hit the Farmer's Market and then tackled all of the yard work we've been putting off. This is the time of the year where everything, especially the grass, is growing so fast that it is hard to keep up. It didn't take as long as we had anticipated, so we then loaded Nola* and took her for a hike and swim along the Iowa River. She showed off her mad retriever skills. She has been a swimmer since day one and spends at least a couple days a week romping around the lake while R water skis.
Rykert and Nola 053108-01

Wet Dog 053108

Nola Swimming 053108-02
It was, however, buggy, and my lack of love for being in nature came shining through. A caution to dog owners (and humans), the ticks are really bad right now. We (and by that I mean R) have been pulling them off Nola nearly every day despite all of the preventative stuff.

We grilled a big dinner, which of course included a fresh garden salad with homemade Italian dressing. I think I need to buy some new oils and vinegars because the proportions on our dressing, despite following the Cook's Illustrated instructions didn't taste right. But the lettuce is good, and I think we've had a salad for every meal for the last week (and tomorrow for lunch at work) partially because there is so much to eat and partially because I love using my new salad spinner.

Salad Harvest 053108-03

This morning we rode our bikes to get breakfast and then hit the city pool where I managed to not get sunburned.(If you could see my pasty white skin, you would understand why this is an accomplishment).

And you know what? There was also knitting. I finished the back of a tank I'm knitting for myself (if it fits). More on that later.

*Nola turned 1 (in human years) last week. She shares her birthday with my grandma. I have read that 1 is the end of the puppy years, but I'm not sure if that's the case. She's been a pretty incredible dog so far with no chewing, minimal barking, and was easily house trained.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

I notice that the Iowa City population gets a bit older during that period, too. And the parking spaces more plentiful. I like it when the students leave, then I like it when they come back. Works out pretty well.

About puppy-hood being over at 1 year, well, good luck with that. My golden didn't stop being a puppy until she was 2. But it sounds like you've had an easy go of it so far anyway.

Buddy's managed to avoid the ticks so far, but because he's got very short, white fur it's easy to find them at least.

SockMamaLiz said...

I'm right there with you with the weekend hangover. We had a fantastic weekend as well. I'm so glad you guys got out and enjoyed the weather to its fullest!

Rykert said...

Correction: Nola has been a swimmer since day 2. Observe

Knittripps said...

Happy belated birthday to Nola! Shiloh turned 3 in March and I think he still has a wee bit of puppy left in him.

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