First, happy birthday to my brother, Patrick, a long-time read and an infrequent commenter on this blog! We’ll get him later! 🙂
It’s been an eventful day to say the least!
First order of the day, a run! My wife and I are doing another Ironman Challenge just to keep ourselves going with both fitness and weight loss. So, it was much warmer than yesterday, so we went for a run outside, my first of the season. We did a little over three miles, nothing too strenuous, but it was nice to feel strong going forward.
My sister-in-law contacted my wife about meeting with my parents to surprise my brother with a birthday dinner (Which he paid for! Who does that??!!), so of course, we jumped at that opportunity to do something different! Since we were heading south (Cedar Rapids), we made an appointment to visit an RV store. Since our trip last summer, we’ve had RVs on the mind, and until about a month ago, it was a dream. But, walking around the UNI-Dome (look it up) and checking out all the different styles, we’ve been much more focused. We really liked the one we looked at, but money and use are always a concert, so we’ve been making list, looking at financing, and just doing our homework. We liked it just as much as the first time, but with a problem. We’ve found one locally, the dad of former students, who has a nice RV for sale as well. So, we’ll make lists, do some pros and cons, and see where we end up.
We left and hit the Cedar Rapids Goodwill. As we walked in, we passed a car with a tennis ball over the hitch. Only one pair who do something like that: my mom and dad. Sure enough, there they were! Dad did his shopping and was waiting. Mom likes to look. A lot. So, they were still in the shop when we left. We made our way do to the restaurant where we were to meet, which was in a pretty cool spot in Cedar Rapids. If you’ve never heard of Raygun , click on the link and be inspired! I got a couple of stickers to annoy students and my wife picked up a t-shirt, then to eat!
My brother’s face was priceless! A big wave as they walked in and the celebration was on! We’d not seen them since Thanksgiving (lots of Covid), so it was good to get everyone together. There were 54 beers on tap, and in order to access the menu, you had to scan the QR code. My mom pulls out her iPad Mini, hooked it to the WifI, and got right in. Damn! My dad just shook his head and enjoyed the chaos around him. Good conversations and good food, my goodness!
We finished up, gave hugs, and took our leave as there were multiple lightning flashes in the distance. As we got going, storms were really firing up around us, to the point there was a tornado warning for the county we were in and the one we were traveling through. I slowed way down on the interstate and let the storms pass in front of us. As we pulled off to aim north, we stopped at a gas station where the sign out front was completed bent over because of wind. Slowing down was a good idea as the storms caused havoc around us, but we were good to go. As I’m writing, I’m watching the news detail the damage of that storm. Eek!
So, a busy day, an eventful day, and a day with more questions than answers. We got to see family, eat some great food, and just enjoy each other’s company.
We can answer the questions tomorrow! 🙂
Oh, Iowa women, back in the Big 10 Championship game! Go Hawks!! 🙂
March 5, 2022 at 11:10 pm
We bought a travel trailer a few years ago and now have great family memories. I hope you all love the RV you pick out and make many years of camping memories too! Happy birthday to your brother.
March 5, 2022 at 11:23 pm
It’s a stupid amount of money, but it’s something that we want and without kids in house, something we can get! 🙂
Curious, what kind of camper and if you had to do it over again, would you purchase the same one? Inquiring minds and all! 🙂
March 6, 2022 at 12:22 am
Darin, I feel better now that I saw you slidea into home plate just like me in the nick of time. I also was out and by the tie got settled at home, I knew the timing would be off. It seems that RVs are in trend now. Two friends are on the West coast and havinglots of fun. It seems to be a carefree way to spend leisurely time. Off to sleep now. I hope the party was FUN!
March 6, 2022 at 12:36 am
Sounds like a terrific day until the storms! I’ve been on the road before during crazy storms, never much fun. Glad you got home safely. Good luck with the RV search.
March 6, 2022 at 1:26 am
A wonderful day ending on a high note:) Glad you all are fine.
March 6, 2022 at 2:51 am
There was so much energy in this post. Good food and good conversation makes a fabulous day.
March 6, 2022 at 3:54 am
You blew that tornado in there on the down low. Bob and I dreamed about an RV for years. I’m not sure it’s in the cads for us, it friends that have them are really enjoying it.
March 7, 2022 at 9:42 am
We’ve gradually moved from tents to this point. We’ll see what we end up with! It’s never boring around here when all this is happening! 🙂
March 6, 2022 at 6:41 am
Oh my. I saw that tornado on the news and wondered it was near you but you were near it! Glad you are safe Glad you had a great time with family…they are always the best…on top of a good run at that!
March 7, 2022 at 9:42 am
I agree, it was a good day. Today, we have no school because it snowed 4+ inches.
Welcome to Iowa! 🙂
March 8, 2022 at 6:33 am
Tornado one day, snow the next! Worst snow storm for me was Missouri, 1979 when there was a snow ‘thunderstorm’…resulted in 3 feet of snow. Crazy weather!
March 8, 2022 at 8:00 am
Three feet??? Goodness! While I love a good thundersnow, that’s a bit much!! 🙂
March 6, 2022 at 9:07 am
Sounds like a great day! Not the tornado part… Although I am one of those people who has always wanted to see a tornado. Good luck to you and your wife in the Ironman Challenge! That’s impressive! (Says the girl who is getting ready to start a 12 week running program for non-runners).
March 7, 2022 at 9:41 am
My parents had a tornado pass past their place twice within a 10 year pass. They got really cool pictures the first time (gee, a tornado, let’s go outside and look! It would seem terrible but I do it too!). The second time, it got a little bit close, so they were in the basement. Lost some trees, but no structure damage (and no pictures!).
We’ve both really tried to be moving more because at our age, it’s a must (and we are so old too!😂).
March 7, 2022 at 1:50 pm
Yep that’s me! I want to get a picture. I have dreams about seeing tornadoes. It’s weird.
Ok, just for the record, there’s a difference between moving more and doing an Ironman!! You two are beasts!
March 6, 2022 at 10:04 am
Sounds like you had a wonderfully full and happy day. Except for maybe the storms, which sounded a little scary. I’ve been contemplating an RV too, and I don’t even like camping. Not sure why the pandemic is bringing this out in me!
March 7, 2022 at 9:38 am
We’ve moved from tent camping with a thin pad, to a airmattress, to a air bed, to borrowing my parents’ camper last summer, to the current “what do we purchase” dilemma! 🙂
The storms, yikes! We saw the damage when we got home and the news. Scary is right!