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?
So here’s my weekend update!
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.”My 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.
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.I 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.
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.
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.
We were all winners.
So that’s it for my weekend update. Bring it on, work week!