Oh boy, what a weekend!
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This weekend had the perfect blend of being busy and having downtime. I had time to cook:
And I had time to read:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Marie 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.
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?