I am definitely not a risk-taker. I like my feet firmly planted on the ground and to know what's coming at any point in time. But I'm learning that I can be a little braver, especially when the people around me are being brave and supportive.
Now, I know that my "risk taking" is certainly laughable to anyone who enjoys a good adventure, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? I'm just starting about 25 years after most people. (Wow...that makes me sound old. I based that on age 5, by the way...) I'm not sure I'm ever going to want to go bungee jumping or base jumping, but I like the baby steps I'm taking.
Today, I got to cross "ride a motorcycle" off my list. I loved it! Once I quit thinking about the fact that I didn't have a seatbelt and no protective metal around me, I wouldn't say I'm saving up to buy one or anything like that, but I would consider hopping on with a friend and going for a little ride again.
After eleven months of not seeing each other, we got to be in the same country and hang out for a whole day. It was fantastic! We both worked at crossing things off of our bucket lists, which has been a big motivation in how we plan our time.
Weisman Art Museum - WAM!
I think Laura and I concluded that we don't understand abstract art. We both thought we saw musical instruments in a photo only to find out it was anything but that. Also, how is a solid color canvas considered art? Thankfully there were a fair amount of fun pieces that we did appreciate, including this one.
Picnic in the Park
Laura decided on Falafel King for lunch, so we purchased a gyro, garlic chicken sandwich, and hummus and headed to the lake for a picnic. It was fairly overcast, but every now and then the sun tried to pop out. While trying not to make a complete mess while eating, we enjoyed watching the sailboats and paddle boarders.
Our lunch left us pretty thirsty, so we walked further around the lake to the Tin Fish for some homemade lemonade. Yummy!
Walker Art Center Sculpture Gardens
I'm not sure I could ever get tired of the sculpture gardens. They are such a great place to hang out, be goofy, and take some unique pictures. I'm still not sure how this optical illusion really works, but it's fun!
As a part of the 25th anniversary of the sculpture gardens, the museum commissioned artists to help build a mini-golf course. Each hole was unique and a lot more challenging than we expected. It didn't matter how many strokes it actually took you to get the ball up this pinball machine. In the end, it was based on chance as to where your ball landed and how many strokes you were assigned. Of course, halfway through the 8 holes, it started to rain, so we got the added challenge of wetness.
I forgot to take a picture because the food was so good, but Laura has a great recipe for artisan bread that she has turned into pizza crust and so we took advantage of her great baking skills and made some homemade pizza.
It's funny. I set a budget when I started raising support and had a specific dollar amount necessary to be "fully supported." While I got close to hitting that amount, I don't know that I can officially say I have hit "full support." And yet God has provided exactly what I need every month for the last two years. So, while I didn't hit the initial budget of full support, I have been fully supported in so many ways and I can officially cross this off my list! (I probably could have a long time ago, actually. I just didn't think about it sooner.)
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