Weekend Update

Oh boy, what a weekend!

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s installment of Weekend Update, my contribution to Tara‘s Weekend Update Link-Up.
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This weekend had the perfect blend of being busy and having downtime. I had time to cook:

alsoranagain crunchwrap supreme

YES! Come to mama!

And I had time to read:

cat hair crafts - alsoranagain

The best book I’ve read in a long time.

Just kidding. Let me back up.

On Friday night, I finally decided to recreate my fast food obsession/guilty pleasure, the Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I like these things. I actually think Taco Bell is gross, but as strange as it sounds, there’s something about the Crunchwrap Supreme that makes me suspend my disgust.  If, like me, you enjoy periodically “food slumming,” stay tuned: I’m going to post the recipe soon.

Saturday morning I couldn’t go running. My son had his first baseball game of the season and I didn’t want to miss it.

baseball - alsoranagain

His team played really well and they won 11-2.  Hooray!

Saturday afternoon, I dragged my son with me to the Tacoma is for Lovers craft fair at King’s Books. Saturday was also Independent Bookstore Day and Free Comic Book Day.

free comic book day - alsoranagain

My son was able to take home 2 free comic books. Score!

There were several comic book artists offering caricature drawing at the event, but one artist was “zombie-fying” people:

zombie kid - alsoranagain

I don’t know what’s more rude: the green slime pouring out of his zombie-likeness’s mouth, or the chewing gum peeking out of his own?

At King’s Books, I spied a book I’ve heard a lot about lately and decided to buy it.

the life-changing magic of tidying up - alsoranagainMarie Kondo is a tidying expert in Japan and her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, aims to help people keep cleaner, less cluttered homes. Kondo’s guiding principle is to keep only those things “that spark joy.” She believes that people who keep their spaces tidy end up feeling happier and being more successful.

Even the simple act of buying the book inspired me to go home and clear out the pile of paperwork (flyers from the kids’ school, kids’ homework, unnecessary documents, etc.) that’s accumulated in a corner of the kitchen and on the kids’ homework table. I threw out the things that I didn’t need or that didn’t spark joy.

Ah, serenity now.

So far I’m about 20 pages into Kondo’s guide and I’m really enjoying it. I find it relaxing and am looking forward to getting to work. As far as her belief that I’ll end up happier and more successful? Well, we’ll see.

On Saturday night, I turned in a bit early for a weekend night so that I could get a good night’s sleep for the Tacoma City Marathon Relay the following morning. I did indulge a bit and, before I fell asleep, I watched some of “The Spirit of the Marathon” for inspiration. Nothing revs me up for a race like that movie!

Sunday morning I ran the anchor leg for my team at the Tacoma City Marathon Relay (recap coming soon). While not our best showing, we had a great time. The weather was drop-dead gorgeous and we still came in third in our division.

tacoma city marathon relay medal - alsoranagain

And I was able to see several friends on the course, including Heidi and the uber-speedy Melissa, who went on to place 4th overall in the half–her first ever!

After “Cinderella” rehearsal on Sunday afternoon, I went to a movie by myself, which is something I love to do but haven’t been able to in a while. I saw “While We’re Young” starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver (“Girls”), and Amanda Seyfried. It was about a 40-something couple who befriend a hipster couple in their 20s, and how that friendship makes them examine and change their own lives.

Noah Baumbach, one of my favorite directors (“Kicking and Screaming,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Frances Ha”) directed it, and it was good but not great. The plot seemed more Hollywood-ish and therefore less authentic than some of his earlier movies. There were parts, though, that made me laugh out loud and also really relate to (e.g., facing aging), and Adam Horovitz (my 90s crush; Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys) played a supporting role, so it was definitely worth seeing.

And that was my weekend.

How was your weekend? Did you run in any races? Did you go to any sporting events? Did you see any movies? How do you feel about zombies?

32 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. I love Spirit of the Marathon! That relay sounds fun (any relay, really). Looks like you had nice weather, too! And I’m also drooling about the crunch wrap.

  2. I’ve never run a relay, so I’ll be interested in your recap.

    I read the Tidying Up book and I like the “spark joy” idea but haven’t done much about it (was in the thick of training). One book I have found helpful and motivating is Clutter Busting by Brooks Palmer – it’s very kind in how it treats the reader and encourages you to be kind to yourself in the process of going through your “stuff”.

  3. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I have never been to a movie by myself but it sounds like heaven. Decluttering makes me feel so relaxed. I love purging stuff, especially my closet 🙂

  4. nice weekend! Love the medal! I ran a local 5K that was tons of fun! It was a girls kind of weekend with running, pedicures, wine, & watching the Kentucky Derby 🙂 Have a great week!

  5. Sounds like a lovely weekend…and Taco Bell is the one fast food place I can’t give up completely…I go maybe once a year, get sick every time, and return the following year, LOL! I raced yesterday, and am looking forward to a rest day (well, if work can be considered rest) today. Have a great week!!

  6. LOL at Crafting with Cat Hair! I love it! Sounds like it was a great day for the Tacoma Marathon!

    There is nothing I enjoy more than decluttering and getting rid of junk. Trips to the Goodwill make me jump for joy!

  7. I love that you were able to attend a movie by yourself; one of my very favorite activities, Molly! I’m so glad you and your team had a good run and great weather this weekend; always makes a huge difference for me and I loved being outside! Okay, that book on crafts with cat hair is just beyond…kudos to the author and their willingness to experiment with that pesky leftover from their pet. Also, I think I’m going to have to buy Kondo’s book; I’ve heard way too many great things about it and, while I tend to think that I do NOT keep too much stuff (that’s the hubs’ department), I do know that there are some things that definitely do not bring me joy yet I’ve not been able to part with them. Keep me posted! Hope you have a great day, Molly, and get us that Crunchwrap Supreme recipe!

    • Thank you, Tara! I’m allergic to cats (well, except for Maya), so the idea of making or possessing things made of cat hair makes me break out in hives.

      Recipe will post later this week! Promise. 😉

  8. okay i HATE taco bell but what you made looks delicious. and i can’t wait to read your marathon relay recap since i’m now relay obsessed after ours a few weeks ago. 🙂

  9. Congrats on the relay! I am doing my 1st relay in October for the Baltimore running festival.

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, aims to help people keep cleaner, less cluttered homes……that book sounds like something I need! Geez Louise the clutter with kids and a hubby is RIDICULOUS!!!! Might have to pick that up for sure! #zenlife

    Have a great week-can’t wait for the race recap!

    • Thank you! The relay is really fun. I usually do it with people from my work, but last year I ran the half and my husband put together an all-male team with his friends.

  10. Your homemade crunchwrap looks absolutely delicious! Looking forward to seeing the recipe 🙂

    I raced a 5k over the weekend. It was the perfect weekend for a little race getaway!

  11. My bf had me try a breakfast crunch wrap and I was pleasantly surprised! Look forward to your recipe. I had a real LOL moment when I saw the “Crafting with Cat Hair” book, one of my colleagues purchased that book for the office White Elephant game 🙂

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