Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A day for memories...

Anyone else think they need a day off to recover from a holiday? *raises hand*

Tuesday was brutal! It could have just been the fact Monday I was up and going for 18 hours. Must be getting old.. I am really not used to that anymore. Or the fact that I had to do Monday grocery shopping on Tuesday. Which means I spend a good portion of the day cooking as well. Plus I did laundry. Plus I figured I should probably get some actual photog work done. ;)

Or my crazy hard workout wiped me out Tuesday morning right from the start. *whine* A deadlifting pyramid, which honestly was really fun. I reached my old PR at the top, 205. Apparently that is a good thing. Someday I am going to deadlift for weight again, and blow 205 out of the water. I will be sure to let you know. ;)

Then I did a fun "little" squat-clean plus elevated pushups WOD that took me a whopping 21:40 and left me all scraped up. My squat-cleans got a little sloppy. And although now I might blame it on hormones and lack of sleep, this is the second or third time EVER in my short history of working out that I wanted to cry. I think I assumed "the official CrossFit recovery position" for about 10 minutes afterwards. And then ran intervals. :/

Gasp. Don't look now. I'm showing shoulder skin.

Anyway, it was a pretty normal weekend before the holiday, which I loved and soaked up every minute of it. I am now staring at four weekends of photographing weddings in the face.

I would not trade Monday for anything, though. This Memorial Day was very, very nice. We got to see so many people... Lovely friends. It brought back all these good memories of our few years living in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area of Iowa.

We had lunch with one of my best friends from college... I love this girl! :)

It was very enjoyable relaxing and being a guest at a wedding rather than being the photographer... but I couldn't resist taking a picture or two. :)

Just a little glimpse of their quirky humor... their programs were adorable, as were the little guest sheets that we filled out. Lots of cute details.

Ugh. I swear we cannot take a decent picture.. do we look like we had been awake since 4:30 that morning? My eyes look glazed. No donuts, honest!

This one is a little better... of me, especially. That is what matters, right? Never mind his ADD was kicking in. I should have had them take another one after I looked at it. Oh well.

This is what the dress looks like... I actually went shopping for a dress for a wedding. Score! Does anyone else take pictures of themselves in dressing rooms and text it to their husband/mom for approval? ;) Please tell me I'm not alone in this.

Then, after the wedding, we stopped by my brother's bench in George Wyth Memorial Park.

It was great to just sit and remember a little..

But, we had to get on the road back to Wisconsin, so couldn't stay too long.

Isn't this a sweet clouds shot? Thanks, iPhone-tography and Photoshop Express! :)

I know our Memorial Day wasn't filled with picnics, grilling out, and parades, but it was good just the same. It was refreshing to see so many familiar faces and very heart-warming to be back in Iowa again, even if it was just for a few hours. That probably was the perfect amount of time, actually. I do love me some Wisconsin! ;)

Hope you had a great holiday weekend as well.. and remembered the true meaning of Memorial Day.
This truly is the land of the free because of the brave. And I am so grateful for that!


Deirdre Remmers said...

Ummm.... Wow, once again!! You have a wonderful way with words. Only, don't you miss Iowa more than that? HA! :)

Mariah said...

I do miss Iowa more than that... but there were a lot of things weighing on my mind for this week that I needed to get home. A few hours was good enough, especially since we got to see so many people all at once! :)

Anonymous said...

Yes I do take the pictures. But in my case I hate how I look in everything so I ask for an honest opinion. Thing is my other half loves me no matter what. So that is the real score. But I will say the dress is beautiful on you.

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