Valentine's Weekend Recap

♬ ♬ "I came in like a wrecking ball; I just closed my eyes and swung!" ♬ 

—My PMS, to me

I had every intention of posting a weekend recap yesterday, but my stomach decided to bloat to the size of a beach ball and cause me so much pain, I had to take solace in a heating pad and lying in the fetal position all night.

Being a woman is a magical, magical experience. You should try it sometime.

Anyway, happy ... er ... Tuesday!

How was your Valentine's weekend? Ours was great and I have lots of pictures to share with you!

Friday night we held an art event at our gallery called "Fading Traces" and gave guests the opportunity to get in touch with their creative side by writing poetry with the pages of old romance novels, drawing blind portraits, and making their very own "seed bombs" to plant in the spring. The event was a huge success and Clayton and I had a lot of fun exploring our "inner artists".

When it came to writing poetry by blackening out unneeded words in a romance novel, I made sure I used a dirty sex page from the book. Only Clayton and I could create a love poem using the words "underwear", "condoms", and "brain". 

Our favorite line from our poem: "Ten minutes later, everybody came."

Though our blind portraits definitely left something to be desired:

The exercise asked you to draw your partner without ever taking your eyes off of them or looking down at your paper. 

Clayton after seeing my finished work: "This is what you think I look like?!"

Me: "Clayton, this portrait speaks more volumes about my lack of artistic talent than it does about any possible facial deformities. Trust me, your nose is not intersecting your left eye in real life."

On Valentine's Day, Clayton and I celebrated the only way we know how: With movies, our favorite champagne, and a heart-shaped pizza from Mother Bear's. Our tradition never fails!

I asked if I could drop some cash on a pedicure for my V-Day gift because my runner's feet were in desperate need and I wanted to have sassy, flirty feet for the weekend. Or at least as sassy and flirty as caveman feet can get. 

But Clayton also surprised me with tickets to see Nick Offerman perform at IU in April! His work connections got us amazing seats and I am soooooooooooooooo excited to see Ron Swanson in action. I hope his mustache is just as majestic in person. 

On the flip side, I gifted Clayton his first ever true pair of running shoes. It was a proud moment for me and I think he might be happy about it, too. I'm not sure. I didn't really check. Buying him a pair Saucony's was more for me than him. 

Speaking of running, I got in a 7.25 mile run on Saturday and holy wind, Batman! Gusts of wind were so strong, I lost my footing a few times. I literally almost blew off the trail, so it was definitely a run that I based on mileage, NOT pace. But despite the extra wind resistance, it was still a great run with a negative split and I felt awesome both during and after. 

But perhaps my favorite part of the weekend was making Sunday night dinner with my husband. The temperatures were quite frigid over the past few days and it seemed logical to make a hearty soup to warm our tummies. 

As you probably know by now, is my favorite food blog and we fell in love with her recipe for Chicken Barley Soup. It takes a fair amount of prep work (I hate chopping vegetables) and simmers on the stove for over an hour, but it was definitely worth the wait and even allotted me enough time to make dinner rolls. 

You can find the soup recipe here and the dinner roll recipe here. The only modification I made to the soup was the subtraction of onions and the addition of diced potatoes. For the rolls, I brushed them with egg whites before baking. They didn't turn golden brown as I had hoped, but I was in a rush to eat my soup and didn't let them bake quite long enough. In fact, they ended up somewhat doughy and amazing in the middle. 

If you make this soup, you'll be doing yourself a huge favor. Cooking the chicken in the broth created so much flavor in the vegetables, it tasted like something you'd order from a restaurant.

Joey likes to help in the kitchen. 

On Sunday night and for most of the day on Monday, we finally got some snow showers! Granted, it was only amounted to about 3 inches, but it was enough to close down school and make the roads near impossible for driving. My SUV has 4-wheel drive, but I still fishtailed on multiple occasions.

But there's a little bit of white stuff on the ground, so I shouldn't complain too much. It's pretty (for now).

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Valentine's Day? Did you get any snow?