Five Reasons I Love the Fair

Well, we went to the County Fair three days ago, and I’m still feeling euphoric!  I LOVE THE FAIR!  While the first six days of the fair were miserably hot, a cold front moved through and cooled things down for Friday, the day we went.  It was about 75 degrees with a nice fall-like breeze.  Perfect. Fair. Weather.  It was a fun-filled night for so many reasons, but here are the top five reasons I love the fair:

  1. THE FRIENDS – We go to the fair with the same family of five every year, and this was our 11th year to go together.  They were a part of a historic event in my life…my very first county fair!  I milked and brushed a cow for the first time in my life…it was epic.
  2. THE FOOD – Corn dogs, funnel cakes, and caramel apples.  ‘Nuff said.
  3. THE PETTING ZOO – I love seeing, petting, and feeding the animals, especially the babies.  Missing this year was the enormous cow you can brush and the freshly-hatched baby chicks, but we had a camel for the first time.  I guess I’ll settle for a camel.
  4. THE FERRIS WHEEL – My absolute favorite ride because you get a bird’s eye view of the fair and the town.  :)  Love me some ferris wheel.
  5. THE MIDWAY AFTER DARK – Although the games are rigged and the rides (and operators) are sketchy, I love the lights and sounds of the midway, especially after the sun sets.

fair favesAs you may have read in previous posts, I have been salivating for fair food, so I saved all my splurge calories for fair night.  I really had my heart set on eating a corn dog, but we got to the fair and saw BBQ nachos advertised.  Yes, please!  That’s what I ended up ordering for dinner, followed by a funnel cake later in the evening.  I ordered my caramel apple “to-go” and ate it Saturday afternoon.  Pure. Heaven.

fair foodEvery Sunday morning we pass by the fair grounds on our way to church.  We are always excited to see the fair being set up, and always sad to see it being taken down.  My boys are already asking how long it will be until it’s fair-time again.  I think one final reason I love fair-time is that it means fall is right around the corner.  I’m so ready for cool weather, pumpkins, and fall foliage.

Thank you, Lord, for a memorable night at the fair and for the hint of fall in the air.  Amen.  Goodnight, friends!

Healthy as a Horse

Yikes!  It’s been over a week since I took some time to blog.  As I have mentioned before, I work at a local university, and the first few weeks of classes are absolute madness.  This fall semester has been no exception!

There is a universal guideline associated with every exercise or weight loss program I’ve encountered, and I’m sure you’ve seen it too.  It usually goes something like this: “Please consult a physician before starting this or any program.”  Sounds pretty wise to me.  I probably hadn’t had any blood work done since I had my gallbladder taken out six years ago.  I very rarely get sick, so I assume that I’m a fairly healthy person, but I figured it would be a good idea to have some baseline tests run.

So two weeks ago, I went to have a physical at my doctor’s office.  I’m pretty sure the last time I had a physical was when I was playing softball in high school, which has been…um…some years ago.  I won’t say how many.  I wanted to visit with my doctor about THE PLAN to make sure it is solid and sound.  She said she thought I was on the right track, and we discussed developing healthy habits.  Because I was still having those awful shin splints at the time, she also suggested I take two weeks off from running.

Earlier this week I got the results from my blood work, and everything looks good!  My blood sugar was great and all my metabolic results were within normal ranges.  Today marks the end of my two-week hiatus from running, and I can’t wait to put on those new running shoes again and get back to my walking/jogging routine!  I hate that I missed two weeks due to shin splints caused by poor shoes.  My doctor advised going back to square one and increasing my running gradually, and I will follow that advice.  I don’t want to end up hurting again!

In other random news, I ate at Tropical Smoothie Café today.  Things have been so busy at work that I have not eaten there in over two weeks.  That’s a new record for me.  I usually eat lunch there once a week, then have a light dinner that evening.  It’s worth the splurge every time.  :)  I love that as long as I’m exercising, I can eat Tropical Smoothie and still lose weight.  Makes this whole “new lifestyle” thing a cinch.

tropical smoothie

Stay tuned for more posts this weekend…it’s County Fair time and I cannot wait to go with some dear friends tomorrow night!  There is a funnel cake and a caramel apple with my name on it!  Yeehaw!  :)

A Football Feast!

Happy Labor Day!  Hope that you are enjoying this holiday weekend.  We certainly are!

Saturday we spent most of the day in Jonesboro for Legislative Day at Arkansas State University.  My husband is a State Representative, and he and several colleagues were honored throughout the afternoon.  It started with a lunch at 1:00pm, then we went to a reception at 3:30pm.  The main event was the Redwolves football game at 6:00pm, which we watched from the Chancellor’s Box.  Lunch, a reception, AND dinner?!?  Food was everywhere!

Even though I’m allowed a couple of cheat meals each week, I was hoping that there would be a few healthy options.  The ASU catering team did not disappoint!  Lunch enabled me to get almost all my veggie servings: cabbage slaw with pine nuts, asparagus with crabmeat, and grilled cauliflower.  Delish!  My only cheat at lunch was a piece of strawberry cake.

ASU Meals

I forgot to take a photo at the reception, but it was very nice also.  They had a variety of fruits and cheeses set out, as well as several other appetizers.  I had some cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberries.  Not really sure how, though, since I was still full from lunch!

I figured there would be some food for us in the Chancellor’s Box, but I had already told my husband I was eating a hot dog and popcorn for dinner, my two favorite ball game foods.  As luck would have it, they had hot dogs for us, and since I did alright at the lunch and reception, I didn’t hesitate to splurge at dinner!  I had a chili cheese hot dog, a stuffed jalapeno pepper, and a Howl cookie.  Never got my popcorn, but my belly was plenty full and plenty happy.  :)

We had an awesome day, and to top things off, the Redwolves won their first home game.  Driving around Jonesboro and around the ASU campus always brings back lots of great memories since my husband and I met here.  Good times.


We have been celebrating our Labor Day at home, and tonight we are grilling burgers and eating outside on the patio.  Kind of one last summer hurrah.  I like summer just fine, but not as much as I love fall and winter, and all the events and yummy foods that come with these two seasons.  I’m also looking forward to cooler temperatures so my outdoor exercises don’t leave me in a sweaty puddle.

Hope your Labor Day weekend has been filled with fun.  Fall is only a few weeks away!  Next weekend will be our local county fair, and I can assure you that my cheat meals will be saved for corn dogs and funnel cakes.  Woohoo!