Weekend Update

Good morning, Monday. I’m not fan of Mondays. As much as I enjoy my career, I often get the “Sunday Sads” the day before I return to the work week because it means the end of uninterrupted time with family and/or friends and an onslaught of phone calls, emails, and stress.

To quote Liz Lemon, “Blergh.”

Now, however, I have something new to look forward to on Mondays: Weekend Update link-ups with Tara at Running ‘N’ Reading.  Tara just started this link-up to foster a community for bloggers to share what they did over the weekend. Great idea, right? 

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So here’s my weekend update!

Friday: Let’s Get this Party Started!

Friday night I had physical therapy and was given some new core exercises (holla!) and my fill-in therapist took some photos of me performing said exercises so that I would remember how to do them after I left the office.

I know, I know, I look super cool, right? I think it was kind of mean of him to take a photo of my face (specifically, my chin) when I was doing that one really hard exercise that isolates my lower abdominals.  Grrr. 

The photos work, though, because I haven’t forgotten how to do the exercises. 

Some friends also decided to host an outdoor movie in their yard on Friday, and it was totally awesome–the thing that kids’ lifelong memories are made of. There were about 25 of us on lawn chairs or blankets, eating popcorn and candy, watching “School of Rock.”20140803-203147-73907584.jpgMy kids had a wonderful time and we’re already excited to return to our friends’ yard next Friday for a screening of “10 Things I Hate about You,” which was filmed right here in Tacoma. Should be a blast.

Saturday: The Best Day of Every Weekend, Amirite?

I started Saturday with a 5.5-miler with my old running buddy, M, who is training for the Chicago Marathon. Unfortunately, I dressed a little too warmly in a tee and shorts, and ended up a red, sweaty mess about 4 miles in.  My conversational pace was okay at a 9:10/average, but getting that hot made me feel out of shape.  I really enjoyed catching up with M, though I hope I didn’t slow her down too much.

Later that day we went to my son’s baseball banquet, which was held at a friends’ family beach house on the Key Peninsula. It was beautiful.20140803-203910-74350896.jpgI was a big chicken and didn’t even dip a toe in the water (the Puget Sound is cooooold), instead deciding to spend my time up on the deck complaining about the heat and eating too many tortilla chips.  Oh, how I spend my Saturdays.

Sunday: Keeping It Busy & Fun to Fight the Sunday Sads

I slept in on Sunday and decided not to run. I don’t want to overdo it and end up with a sore hip flexor again, so I’m trying to keep my running to every other day for now.  

Instead of running, we drove up to Bellevue to have brunch with some college friends and their kids at Din Tai Fung, a.k.a. Soup Dumpling Capital of My Heart. I wrote about DTF and its magical Xiao Long Bao in February, so I won’t bore you with more raving here. But let’s just say it was delicious and we barely talked once the trays of soup dumplings and dishes of other goodies were set in front of us. I’m still full from that brunch.

After brunch we headed across Lake Washington to Seattle, where we avoided all of the crowds there for Seafair and visited Capitol Hill. My kids wanted ice cream and since it was an 80+ degree day, how could I say no? We went to our favorite Seattle ice cream purveyor, Molly Moon’s.  20140803-203229-73949925.jpg
I opted for a seasonal flavor, Cherry Chunk (like Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, only better). I caved in and let the kids have waffle cones (although, seriously, when don’t I cave in when it comes to waffle cones) as long as they let me take a photo of them outside the shop.20140803-203257-73977699.jpg
We were all winners.

After ice cream, we visited the legendary Elliott Bay Book Company just down the block from Molly Moon’s.20140803-203402-74042432.jpg
I bought a new book to add to my gigantic stack of books I need to read:

20140803-203430-74070102.jpgThe Blood of Heaven, by Kent Wascom, was one of the staff recommendations at Elliott Bay, and I am a sucker of staff recommendations at independent book stores.  It’s a debut novel, and I usually love debut novels. It’s also about the protagonist’s literal journey, and… wait for it, wait for it… I love novels that focus on journeys. So basically this book sounds like it’s the cat’s meow as far as  I’m concerned.  I plan to start reading it after finishing The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.20140803-203503-74103999.jpg…Which I spent a lot of time on Sunday afternoon and evening curled up reading. Doerr’s historical novel focuses on a sightless French girl who is stranded in St. Malo and a young German soldier during World War II.  I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read it on my own but it was a Powell’s Books Indiespensable selection. It’s interesting and well-written, and I’m enjoying it so far. I want to finish it already, though, so I can move on to my new acquisition.

So that’s it for my weekend update. Bring it on, work week!

What was your favorite part of the weekend? Have you ever eaten a soup dumpling? What book are you currently reading?

14 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. I’m so glad you joined the link-up, Molly! This is a GREAT post, too! Okay, first of all, I think it is genius that your PT took pictures – what a nice way to remember EXACTLY what to do; I’m glad you were able to get some new exercises. My run yesterday was disgusting, as well; I’m so ready for fall weather. I’m so jealous that y’all did a movie in someone’s backyard; amazing. How fun!! And ice cream and books are my kryptonite; I really want to read All the Light We Cannot See. I’m reading One Plus One by Jojo Moyes right now, and it’s great. Sounds like a phenomenal weekend; thank you so much for taking the time to share it.

    • Thank you, Tara, for your kind words and for organizing the link-up (my first). I recently picked up One Plus One and think it sounds good–will have to add it to my stack soon.

    • Thanks for stopping by!

      I think Doerr is a strong writer with a vast knowledge of how things work: coal mining; radios; locksmithing; you name it. I also think the subject matter–World War II–is fascinating and an endless source of material for fiction. I’m not that invested in the book, though, for a few reasons. First, there’s a lot of focus on recovering a priceless jewel with mythic powers… kind of silly, not that interesting to me. Second, I think Doerr’s characters are 2-dimensional. Third, I think I would enjoy this moody book more were I reading it in the darkness of winter rather than the dog days of summer.

      Now, off to read your blog post!

  2. I get the Sunday Sads too. Luckily it’s also our family day every week so we usually have lots of stuff to fill it up. I LOVE School of Rock!! What a fun idea to have a movie outside!

    Best day was definitely Saturday. I felt so accomplished after my run and the pool party was a blast!

    • Keeping busy on Sunday makes the day pass faster but it also prevents me from dwelling on the day that follows.

      Isn’t the outdoor movie a great idea? I love that our friends hosted it and are now planning to host a series.

    • Thank you! I love 10 Things, too. I may have to restrain myself from reciting the lines during movie on Friday. 🙂

      Hope your week is going well, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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