The Thursday before Labor Day we switched up our normal monthly happy hour for a trip to the State Fair. The weather looked less than ideal with potential storms coming in, but we lucked out and it only sprinkled a couple times. Patrick's co-worker Mike joined us since he was in town from Chicago. We got to the fair around 5pm and managed to eat, drink and spend a lot of money by the time we left. I was quite hungry when we got there so I had a pronto pup, then we got the pretzel curds and a couple beers from O'Gara's.
Then we moved on to Jalepeno Poppers. After the poppers we met up with our friends at the Roasted Corn Stand. We didn't partake in the corn and moved on to the Minnesota Wine Building. Kate had some fried brie with her wine. Up next was the Craft Beer Tasting Building. Probably the best deal at the fair, only $8 for 4 good sized tasting glasses.
To cap off the evening we headed to the new West End area and checked out the Blue Barn, got our photos taken at the arcade and ate some more food including a deep fried Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, a crepe, a footlong hot dog and pizza at the Midway.
The rest of Labor Day weekend was pretty relaxed compared to our normal vacation with my dad's family. This year on Saturday we stayed home and Patrick made us these ribs for dinner.
On Sunday we went to Lund's and Caribou for breakfast. A few weeks before that we discovered they have an awesome little upstairs area that is perfect for enjoying a breakfast treat and coffee on a weekend morning. That afternoon we headed to my cousin Kelly's house in Burnsville to see my dad's family. It was a hot and humid day so a bunch of people went swimming and we enjoyed some burgers and brats.
On our final day of the long weekend I was persuaded to participate in my first CrossFit workout. Patrick also convinced Luke and Kendra's husband Scott to join us. Our CrossFit workout was on the beach in Excelsior and was a partner event, Patrick and I as one group and Scott and Luke as another. Our WOD (workout of the day) was 50 burpees that included synchronized jumping over a telephone pole after each rep. Then we had to bury the 4 foot telephone pole in the sand using our hands and rocks to dig the hole. After burying our telephone pole we had to do 50 tuck jumps in thigh high water. After our tuck jumps Patrick had to carry me on his back for 4 lengths of the beach. And then to end the workout we dug up our telephone pole, did 50 partner thrusters with the telephone pole and 50 more burpees. And we all survived, barely:).
That afternoon the weather was so nice we decided to go on a bike ride. We rode our bikes to the West End in St. Louis Park and ate dinner at Jersey Mike's Subs. On our way home we checked out the Palace, where Patrick lived before we were married, and it has gotten quite the update. To the point it's almost unbelievable its the same house from the outside, especially when you compare it to the neighbors house which is essentially a mirror image of the Palace. Our last stop for the evening was Dairy Queen in our neighborhood. It ended up being a perfect way to end the summer.
All that exercise in one day definitely caught up with me the next day at work, my whole body took a couple days to recover.