I love Saturdays. I love having fun Friday night without having to get up early in the morning (except that I DO get up early in the morning, but it just feels different on Saturdays). I love the farmer’s market. I love popping into the Co-op to see Sheila or Mary or Sue. I love walking on Main Street and seeing all the people enjoying themselves at Taste, running errands at Vidler’s or just stepping out of the Salon. I love feeling like we have the weekend ahead of us. I love that we can just veg at the hotel or Andrew’s parents’ house and not have anything to do. After the five or six months we spent prepping to sell our house in Ohio, a lazy Saturday is WELCOME in our book.
And I already love this weekend.
The only thing I DON’T love? Driving to and from East Aurora a bazillion times each week. It’s only about a 20-minute trip, but I just hate going back and forth in terms of gas and time.
We started our weekend off with a bang: popcorn for dinner while seeing Harry Potter at the Aurora Theater, followed by ice cream (how can one resist when their sister works at Fowler’s just next door?) and a walk through the village.
Because we knew we wanted to be in EA early Saturday morning for the farmer’s market (well, let’s be real; I’m the one who wants to go to the market), Andrew and I decided to spend Friday night at his parents’ house. I think we’ll end up doing that a lot this summer; it just makes sense. It is quite a production, packing up all of our stuff (and Hadrian’s stuff) for one night, but worth it in the morning.
I awoke bright and early (6 a.m., thanks to the dog and the sun) and enjoyed a cup of coffee and my book by myself. That’s something I love about being an early riser: having quiet time in the mornings. I can use the time however I want (Bible study, reading, computering…and it’s QUIET.) After oatmeal with peanut butter and jelly (kinda tasted like a sandwich!), I walked to the farmer’s market. Did I need anything at the market? Not really. But I just love it! I love being there and seeing the weathered faces of the farmers themselves. I love the bright colors of raspberries, swiss chard and zucchini. I love supporting local food.
So, I bought some red-leaf lettuce, two zucchini and a yellow zucchini (not to be confused with yellow squash) and some tomatoes. Just the basics.
It was already a sweltering 80-something degree day at 8 a.m., so I popped on a visor to both shield the sun and sweat from my eyes and took off on my run. That’s another thing about spending Friday night in EA: I can get a great run in the next morning. Whether I want hills, a tempo run or just an easy jog, I can piece a route together no problem. And it’s much more residential and pretty, so that’s a nice change from the somewhat-shady (and I don’t mean tree) section of West Seneca in which our hotel is located. I ran 5.5 HILLY miles in 45 minutes, which Runner’s World’s pace calculator told me was 8:10 min/mile! (Susy will be so proud!)
Still sweaty from my run, I rousted Andrew (and Hadrian) out of bed and offered to join them (ok, so I pretty much forced them) on a two-miler through the village. Another thing I love: how wiped-out Hadrian gets from his morning runs. It’s 4 p.m. as I type this and he’s been stationary all day so far.
Andrew and I cleaned up, packed up and headed into the village to stop by the Co-op. We had a great time chatting and plan to attend the Co-op’s orientation this Thursday. I’m definitely on board and can’t wait to get more involved, and Andrew might even help out with some of the financial stuff! He does have an MBA–he should put it to good use! The thought of Andrew getting involved in such a great organization (and something so close to my heart) makes me so happy. Can’t wait until Thursday!
While there we met Bob, a local bee-keeper (and fellow co-worker of Andrew’s at Moog, small world). I grabbed a jar of his honey for only $5! Now that’s what I’m talking about: local food that’s also reasonably priced! The honey thing was actually kind of neat; it had been on my grocery list this week but I didn’t end up getting any at Wegman’s. How fortuitous is that?!
ANOTHER cool thing? I gave away the first two of my networking cards today (at least to people other than immediate family and friends). I just received them in the mail last week. I’m planning a blog on them and took the photos today; will post soon so you can see them. They have a pineapple on them; I love it.
Yet ANOTHER reason this is a SUPER day? The Elm Street Bakery opened this morning! After the Co-op Andrew and I walked down Elm Street toward the crowd of people… The line wasn’t too bad for us, but I heard it was pretty crazy earlier in the morning. Andrew’s really excited about it and so wants to get a house close enough to walk to all the great stuff in the village, namely the bakery (he loves his bread).
Of course, I didn’t have the camera, but I’ll go back soon and take some photos so you all can see it. We got a baguette, a can of San Pellegrino Sparkling Orange and a Devil’s Food Cake cupcake with Salty Buttercream icing (obviously, for me).
I snapped a picture when we got back to the hotel. It’s a little squished from the ride back, but you can see how awesome the tray of them looked on the counter. Irresistible! I’m also loving the light on the windowsill here…my photos actually look half-decent.
We have no plans and Andrew and Hadrian are currently napping right now (I know, big shocker there). Here’s to the rest of an already AWESOME day