Well if I didn’t realize that I was living in the country before, I certainly do after last night!
But let me start at the beginning …
Yesterday morning, Brandon and I woke up bright and early and ran 7 miles. I didn’t exactly enjoy the run yesterday. I felt overheated and nauseous the entire time, which made me super-fun to be around.
I think yesterday was a good lesson in being careful what you eat the day before a long run. I had eaten some high-fiber cereal, and I think it was just sitting funny in my belly. Bleck.
But on a happy note, I tried the suggestion that my friend Jen had given me, regarding the rats’ nest that my hair would become every time I ran in the heat:
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Braid the ponytail. I have had long hair most of my life and it gets knotted like that frequently. I’ve found that the braid is a great solution- high pony still, just braid it.
So that’s exactly what I did yesterday. And after 7 miles of running in the heat, this is how my hair looked:
Still a mess, of course, but I’d call that a fast improvement from this crazy mess.
Later that afternoon, we stopped over to say “Happy Birthday” to our friend, Brandon (yep, another Brandon).
My Brandon works with this Brandon. And this Brandon just got married in June to the beautiful Ali (no, that’s not their baby … they don’t work that fast. ).
Brandon and Ali recently moved to a big house in the country. They had all of Brandon’s family over yesterday for his birthday, and they were kind enough to welcome us over to hang out. Don’t worry, we brought cherry cheesecakes to thank them!
It was the perfect lazy afternoon … just hanging out under a big tree, talking, eating good food, and watching the kids run around.
And then, believe it or not … we left right before cake was served.
I know … not like me at all. But we had to leave because we had another stop to make that evening.
Welcome to the Auglaize County Fair!
Upon arriving, I immediately went into sensory-overload. There was way too much to see … and way too much to eat!!!
Of course, there were some options that I could immediately remove from the list …
Sushi at a country fair? No, thank you.
After scoping out of all the booths, I finally settled on this one:
I had told Brandon earlier in the day that I had never tried any deep-fried candy bars and snack cakes before. And considering my sweet tooth, this was quite a surprise to both of us!
Now if you had seen this list of options, which one would YOU have chosen? Deep-fried Oreos, cheesecake, cookie dough, Twinkies, Snickers, or Milky Way?
The guy said that the Oreos were the most popular. But I just couldn’t get the idea of a deep-fried Twinkie out of my head.
Now that’s a work of art.
Brandon wouldn’t even take a bite. It grossed him out.
He’s an amateur when it comes to eating junk food. Stand back and let a pro handle this one …
You know I killed that thing, right?
I would hope that you would expect nothing less of me at this point.
If you’re curious what it tastes like, well … it tastes like a fried Twinkie covered in powdered sugar and chocolate syrup. No really, it tastes exactly as you would imagine. I can’t say that I’ll ever eat one again, because why mess with Twinkie perfection? But I did like the fact that the frying-process made the crème-filling really warm and gooey.
After we picked up my heart-attack on a stick, we got Brandon his fair-food of choice:
And once again, I had to help the poor guy out because he couldn’t finish it. Sigh. Who am I married to? This is also the guy who wants “just a little’” cream cheese frosting on his carrot cupcake. Seriously? I can only hope that our future children inherit my sweet tooth. Otherwise, who will lay in bed with me, eating ice cream and cookie dough until we puke???
Anyways, after picking up our sugary-treats, we headed over to where all the action was taking place. I was really curious what could draw such a huge crowd.
I think the entire city of Wapakoneta was sitting in these bleachers! Would on earth would be so exciting, so suspenseful, so riveting … ???
Really? Really? What’s the tractor pulling … Brad Pitt??
Yeah, I didn’t get it. But Brandon explained that it’s a competition to see which tractor can travel the farthest distance. Woo-hoo. Not exactly my idea of a good time. But I’m glad that everyone else had such a good time. And me and my fried Twinkie made our own good time.
Brandon eventually realized that I was falling asleep standing up, so he pulled himself away from the tractor-pull … you know, for my safety. Such a gentleman.
We walked around and checked out the rest of the fair festivities.
Not going to lie … I totally wanted to go see the pig with 2 heads. But silly Brandon thought that it would be a waste of money.
When is seeing a pig with 2 heads ever a waste of money?!
Instead, we spent money on fair games, such as the “cane toss.” Last summer, Brandon won me a cane playing this game at the Moon Festival.
Last night, he didn’t have as good of luck …
… but I blame the people working the booth. They kept getting in his way! I demand a refund!!!
So that was our Saturday! Hope everyone had just as much fun as we did this weekend!!
Question for ya …
What fun thing did you do this weekend?
What’s YOUR favorite fair food??