Weekend Update: Movies, Wine, & Running

Happy Monday!

Today I’m linking up again with Tara at Running ‘N’ Reading for a weekend update.


I had another busy weekend and thought I’d share the highlights with y’all.

My weekend’s greatest hits:

Watching another outdoor movie at our friends’ house.

IMG_0142.JPGWe started out watching and episode of “The Little Rascals,” which delighted/perplexed the kids. The featured attraction was “10 Things I Hate about You.”

IMG_0143.JPGOur hosts chose to screen it because the majority of it was filmed in Tacoma, including at castle-like Stadium High School. Most of the adults had seen it but we had apparently forgotten about all of the inappropriate words and situations in the movie. Whoops! Oh well; the little girls were bored by “10 Things” and abandoned it midway in order to play.

I ran 8 miles!

IMG_0150.JPGAimee and I ran a slow 8-miler, but who cares! I ran the farthest I’ve run since I was in Bend in late June, and my hip didn’t hurt during or following the run. Yippee!

IMG_0149.JPGWe also were fortunate enough to get a little up-close and personal with a Blue Heron during our run.

The Stadium Art & Wine Walk.

IMG_0144.JPGMy cousin was visiting from California, and her boyfriend came up with the idea for us to participate in this event, which took place in the Stadium District, the charming business district named for Stadium High School (from “10 Things”). We tasted wine and took in some art and culture (and cool vintage cars) at multiple local businesses throughout the neighborhood.

IMG_0145.JPGDuring the event, I noticed that the mural at Shake Shake Shake, my favorite burger joint in town, portrays a childhood neighbor of mine, Mr. Wahlgren, who owned (now closed) Wahlgren Florists until the early or mid-90s, and who passed away several years ago. That’s him on the right with the bald pate and glasses. I found his inclusion in the mural remarkable, especially because it portrayed him as a younger man in the 1960s, and not as the elderly man I remember from my youth.

IMG_0146.JPGAlso cool? This bizarre portrait of Kristen Wiig as Doonese from SNL. (Note the doll hand.) We’re big SNL fans in our household, so I thought this was pretty damn hilarious.


IMG_0151.JPGYumm Sauce! Aimee brought it back for me from Eugene and I’ve already eaten 2 meals with it. Can you say obsessed? Pro Tip: Yumm Sauce works wonders on Chipotle’s burrito bowls.

The mile I ran with my family.

IMG_0152.JPGOn Sunday morning, I convinced the kids and my husband to go for a short run. We had a blast and I was very impressed by my daughter’s ability to pace. She’s matured considerably since last March, when she bolted at the start of the St. Paddy’s Day Dash and flamed out halfway through the race. Today she had enough energy towards the end of our run to tackle some stairs and jog up a hill.

IMG_0153-0.JPGMy son sprinted at the start and couldn’t keep his pace, but he still enjoyed the run. I would love to have these family runs become a regular thing.

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”

IMG_0157.JPGIf I was a movie reviewer, that would be my review. Simple, yet elegant, right? Okay, so it’s only slightly more articulate than what a caveman would say, but you get the idea. “Boyhood” is a terrific, groundbreaking movie. If you haven’t been waiting for its release for months like I have, or watched the tearjerking trailer multiple times as I have, then you may not have heard that it was filmed over 12 years and that it uses the same primary actors throughout. You get to watch the protagonist age from a boy of 6 or 7 to a young man. “Boyhood” has received universally positive reviews and it totally lived up to the hype. And it makes me want to be a better mom, wife, daughter, friend, and person, and try to enjoy every day I have on this earth. Even the shitty ones. That, my friends, is a powerful movie.

What was your favorite thing from this past weekend?

7 thoughts on “Weekend Update: Movies, Wine, & Running

  1. Molly, I LOVE these backyard movies y’all are doing – so much fun! I also love that the kids were totally bored with the movie you all were most concerned about; so typical, right? You had a GREAT run this weekend, and the art & wine walk looks like it would be great. I am really lusting after this Yumm sauce; can it be purchased online? Great post, thanks for linking up, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Tara, and for hosting the link-up!

      Unfortunately, Yumm Sauce cannot be purchased online. It needs to be refrigerated constantly. Which is all the more reason for you to hop on a plane headed for the PNW! 🙂

  2. Nice weekend! I know “10 Things” because we used to go to Gas Works and I think the paintball scene was filmed there? Bw I lived in Seattle for 2 1/2 years, just moving back south last fall…don’t miss those stairs lol! Great workout, though!

    • Thanks! Yes, part of “10 Things” was filmed at Gasworks Park. We were laughing at how goofy that scene was–as if there’s a paintball course set up there all the time!

  3. pedinp says:

    I so want to see that movie! It hasn’t been released here yet…

    Great job on the 8 miler!

    ~Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home

    • Thanks! I wish I could’ve run it a bit faster, but that’s okay. My pace will improve as I continue to build mileage.

      I hope you get to see “Boyhood” soon and that you enjoy it as much as I did!

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