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I apologize for the late wishes of a Hoppy Easter! It has been a very busy few days crammed with family fun and to-do’s! But I had a great great weekend which started out with a 2-hour hike at Hinckley Park with my friend Jen, ate lunch with Tim and his co-workers, saw the Hunger Games with my bestest, then I enjoyed a 6.25 mile run with my friend Shelly and Amy on Saturday, participated in a FLASH MOB in Cleveland, and went to the Lake Erie Monster’s game, and concluded my weekend on Sunday with Easter Celebrations with my parents and Tim’s mom and family!
If you live anywhere close to Akron or Cleveland you should check out Hinckley park! Serious Whipps Ledges is an amazing place to go walk and talk for a few hours! Jen and I spent the better part of Friday morning walking and chatting about life. It was a chilly morning but we warmed up fast… the trail challenges you with hills and rocks but isn’t so intense that you need to be some crazy great hiker to have a good time. Toward the end of our walk we made sure to have a little fun!!
And I am not nearly as creative as Jen and her voyager pose but I still thought the hike was fun!
My Run Keeper app has been going a little crazy lately so I wasn’t able to accurately track our mileage but in 2 hours I would say we did a few miles! Really there is no better way to spend your morning when you have a vacation day from work because it is Good Friday!
Since I had the day off and Tim and his unfortunately accounting friends had to work their tail off I decided to eat lunch with them and take in a few treats! Since it was Good Friday and Tim and I were not allowed to eat meat I opted for Sushi from Sakura and somehow managed to get far more food than I thought I ordered. Apparently I should not order non-American food to go because it never fails… my order is screwed up. This is literally why I always make Tim order anything over the phone.
So Tim got to eat Sushi on a Friday afternoon for lunch (spoiled right?) and his co-workers and friends got some funfetti cupcakes as a tax break treat! They must have really needed it too because those cupcakes disappeared pretty quickly! I even managed to show up in an adorable new sweater I ordered online from The Limited and of course in true Jaci fashion I left the tags on (that also had an extra button on it). Thank goodness Nikki called me out because I headed to the mall afterward and gosh that would have been embarrassing.
If you’re not a fan of the Hunger Games I guess I can respect that- they are more like a teenage read than something a typical grown up would pick up. But in my case…
I loved the first book.
So I had to see the movie.
Lucky for me my bestest, Kara, also loved the first book so we went on a bestest date on Friday to see the movie together! I loved it. I cried, I laughed, I enjoyed the characters, and I thought it was a good great movie. Sure they left out some details I really enjoyed while I was reading the book but a 10 hour movie would not have kept my attention. If I hadn’t read the book I don’t think I would have liked it- so for those of you that hated it and didn’t read the book- I’m not surprised. There were just certain details that you couldn’t appreciate without knowing the back story that the book detailed out so well. You wouldn’t have understood the thoughts that were going through Katniss’s head as she said and did certain things. The book did such a good job helping the reader to truly understand the character, her struggles, her thought process, how she felt about what she had to do. I just can’t imagine it was easy to follow if you didn’t already know those things.
But if you read the book and you haven’t seen it yet… GO SEE IT! Honestly, it is a good movie worth paying the matinee price for (I refuse to go to the movies at night now because I am not paying $10). Plus it’s one of those things that you already put all of the time into reading so you might as well see it on the bring screen and put some visualization to all of the people and things you loved about the book.
Be prepared though.. in my case, I had completely imagined the characters different in my head than they were in the movie. I wasn’t disappointed at all, but gosh my mind was WAY off on some of them!
Plus, Katniss seriously has the prettiest hair I have ever seen. I kept leaning over to Kara and whispering “I love her hair” haha. I also commented that I bet their breath was really stinky after all of that time.
I’ve been fortunate enough to find a few friends that work that are in the same stage of running that I am. Learning to love it, pushing their bodies, and just doing their best! So the 3 of us committed to meeting at the Tow Path in The Valley last Saturday to go on a nice 6 mile run. Shelly parked her car 6 miles out and Amy drove her to meet me that way we never had to turn around. There is just something about turning around that makes me feel so defeated. It’s like I am constantly looking for the turn a around point- I would rather just run straight and get there I need to go!
It was a really excellent run. I was amazed at how steady our pace was for all 6 miles. Probably not the most impressive time but if you ask me it is pretty darn good!
We laughed and talked along the way and I think we all kept one ear bud in to jam out to some of our favorite tunes. Shelly is like a historian on that trail so she was giving us all sort of little tid bits about the bridge we can across and the canal we ran next to. It was so nice to be out with others for that long of a run. It went by a lot faster and a lot smoother than my last 6 mile run. I think I am ready to increase by 1 mile every week… which means only 1 month until my 10 mile run.
Which I had told myself is the next milestone that I have to hit before I can go out and buy more work-out clothes. Something to look forward to no doubt!
So we ended in Peninsula and were proud of our accomplishment. I think we all could have gone another mile or so but I say that 6.25 is still a big deal and something to be proud of! Running with someone else is really the way to go for me sometimes. Sure I love those runs where I clear my head and just breathe but it is also nice when I am with my mom or friends to chat and just stay at a healthy pace.
See- very proud!!
I don’t know about those two- but I ended up passing out on my couch for an hour after that run! Haha- it really wore me out!
So as I’m sure a few of you already know, I am sort of obsessed with flash mobs. I just love the idea of complete strangers coming together to dance. I also love choreography. It just looks down right awesome when you have a large group of people doing the exact same dance.
So after I was originally inspired by the OSU Flash Mob video on YouTube I signed up for Flash Mob America where I now get e-mails that alert me to new flash mobs coming in… especially those in my area. Wasn’t long before they were headed to Cleveland to flash mob a proposal for a Solider who was on a 2 week leave! You can see the video here. Yep, I was on the news!
Here my review of the flash mob.
I would have loved it even more if it was in a public place where people were confused about what the 50 so or us were doing but for my first mob I’ll take what I can get. I love that it was a proposal because I am sucker for a good old romantic flash mob story. I love that Rebecca and I met so many great friends while we were there! Turns out it really is a small world and we realized that someone knows someone that knows someone that links us all together. It was really a great experience to meet new friends and to just participate in something different. So we had this flash mob on the roof stop at Velvet dog which is where the couple had their first date!
Plus, I got to cross something off my bucket list. Did you cross anything of your bucket list recently? Gosh does it feel good!
Here is a photo from the mob during the proposal!
Did you know that Cleveland had a hockey team? Well if so, you were ahead of me before Saturday night. If you didn’t know now you do!
Tim got some free tickets from his manager at work so he and I along with Rebecca headed to the game after the Flash Mob and dinner with our new friends at Bar Louie. It was a great game! Hockey is exciting and everyone likes to fight and push people around which is funny. One little kid had his shirt off and was just throwing it around above his head. What other sporting event do you see that? It was great fun.
Tim and Rebecca enjoying the game!
Some of the Laney clan met for Easter on Sunday morning (Sister, Nick, and Pey were off finding Easter eggs) and had some delicious sausage and egg casserole and laughed our butts off when I showed my parent’s how to use the photo booth program on my mom’s mac. Apparently they had not played with it before because they were LOVING the special effects feature that the program comes with.
I guess this could make anyone laugh?
And this doesn’t hurt either!
We managed to take a few normal pictures as well to celebrate the holiday!
Then, as usual, we all fell asleep in the living room for a family nap time. Seriously every holiday is the same.. show up, eat breakfast, laugh/play a game, fall asleep! Tim usually leads the sleeping effort and this year was no exception!
For me that is what holidays are all about. Spending time with your family enjoying each other’s company and just laughing and having a good time. Of course I try to do this with my family a lot more than the few holidays we have every year but we all know that life gets busy. Work gets busy. School gets busy. And sometimes you forget to take the time out for your family.
After spending some time with my parents we headed over to Tim’s mom’s house for a tasty dinner! There was no spinach buff but this broccoli cheese casserole that I called the puff’s evil step mother. It was actually really good but I still felt sad for the puff haha. That poor puff deserved to be at Easter! We enjoyed some salad, potatoes, carrots (that were delicious and had this like orange glaze on them) and of course this roast thing. I wonder if I should just go vegetarian one of these days because meat doesn’t really seem to interests me as much anymore.
Well maybe not, because I love hamburgers.
So overall it was a really great Easter filled with family and friends- just the way it should be!
What did you do for Easter this year? Any great food/memories/pictures to share?!