Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Anniversary Weekend

The Professor and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary Friday, August 8th. Our whole weekend turned out to be a wonderful celebration of some of the things we like to do best.

1. Listen to and play music.
The band that the Professor is in, "The Durty Nellys", played the talent show at the Irish Fair that was going on all weekend down at Harriet Island.

So, we started off Friday afternoon, listening to the various acts that were competing for $250 and the chance to open up for "Flogging Molly" on the main stage on Saturday.

In my humble and biased opinion, "The Durty Nellys" were one of the best bands in the talent show. The Professor dressed the part and put his heart and soul into it. They didn't win but it was good experience for all involved.

2. Stroll downtown.
After we listened to some of the bands, we walked over the Wabasha bridge to downtown. We considered going to the newest art museum downtown but it was closed already. So, we meandered the streets a bit until we came to one of our favorite bars. Which brings me to the third thing we enjoy doing.

3. Have drinks at the St. Paul Hotel.
The St. Paul Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the area. It is elegant, regal and filled with history. When you sit at the bar, you can imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald having a pint, jotting literary notes on a bar napkin. You can envision the plots being hatched in a nearby booth by John Dillinger and his gang during the 1930's.

It was in the late '90's that The Professor and The Godfather passed Liv Taylor sitting at a table conversing with rock legends. My father was a bus boy at the hotel in the '40's . This bar has HISTORY and we love it.
The bartender treated us to this tasty beverage called a cucumber martini. Very refreshing. I would definitely have one of these again.

4. Keep Healthy.
Part of my incredible anniversary weekend included running the Irish Fair 5K. I haven't been able to run for the last 7 years. My knees and back have been bad and until I started swimming, I never thought I would be able to run again. Swimming has strengthened my back AND knees and I have started to run a bit. It felt so good to actually finish the race. I was very proud of myself. I hope that I can keep on running...just a little bit.

5. Nap in the shade.
This isn't us but it could be ...we were doing the same thing come Sunday under a tree nearby. What a fabulous weekend we had and what a great way to celebrate our ten years of marriage.


gary rith said...

Flogging Molly!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!
What a beautiful couple the two of you make.
I had been a runner, marathoner and even a x-country and track coach. We jogged with our biggest dog Buster, but in 2003 he developed a sore leg so we substituted walking with him for a bit. I had always assumed my sore back was the result of making pots all day. HA HA!!! Stopped running, back pain stopped too. I walk a lot now instead, no problems.

Latin Lupe Lu said...

Thanks Gary.

You are my kind of runner. I had always hoped to do a marathon (my race in college was the 800m) but the year I was training for my first one, I broke my foot in was down hill after that for my running career. Back up a bit now but I do walk more than I run and it is better for my back. :)

Kappa no He said...

I am so borrowing a page out of your Happy Anniversary book. That all sounds so dreamy. I wish the Durty Nelly's had won they look so cool! And congrats on the marathon. I am feeling a deep down urge to start running. V*e*r*y slowly at first, but endurance is a wonderful thing and I have none!


Latin Lupe Lu said...

Terrie - Not quite a marathon this time, only a 5K...that is as far as I can go.

We did have a wonderful anniversary - I'll try to recall it every time we fight :) haha

Hilary said...

Awww Happy Anniversary. You two make such a striking couple. Your day sounds like it was just perfect and your fine photography represented it so well.

gary rith said...

and the garden looks great too!
btw--I was the slowest runner on earth!

Latin Lupe Lu said...

Hilary- Gracias. It is good to hear from you.

Gary- The garden behind me is my sister's/mom's garden and it IS more awesome than mine (all native plants). You DID a marathon...doesn't matter how slow you were.

Pat said...

Belated Happy Anniversary!

Your husband looks great beating on that drum! I visited the actual Durty Nelly's Pub next to the Bunratty Castle in Ireland.

All of your anniversary celebration sounds wonderful! I love the cucumber martini ...yum!