This past weekend was one of the best weekends that I’ve had in ages and I seriously did not want it to end! It was packed with fun stuff all three days, though resting didn’t seem to be too high on the list of priorities in retrospect.
A few weeks ago, Jen emailed me to tell me she was coming into DC for ONE night. I was so glad she reached out to me because we ended up getting to do dinner Friday night at Jaleo with Alexa. We had an amaaaaaazing meal and had so much to talk about that the meal completely flew by.
My favorite dish of the night:
Salt cod fritters with honey aioli for dipping. The fritters were so light and airy and had a perfectly creamy-salty balance in the filling. The aioli on the side complimented them so well and I’m pretty sure I managed to eat almost all of them. Sorry guys! =)
After dinner we headed to Clyde’s to have a few drinks before calling it a night, and had such a fun time catching up and throwing a few back.
Alexa, Jen, and Me
I wish Jen had stayed for more than just one night, but good thing Alexa lives here now!
It was a blog love filled weekend, because Theodora asked me this week if she could stay with me for the night on Saturday because she wanted to come watch one of her best friends run the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. I said OF COURSE and was excited when she got in around noon. We ended up running out to lunch and then doing our own thing for a little while, but she did end up coming with me to a party that night called Festiween, which was a combination Halloween and birthday party for two of my good friends, Jess and Brett.
I dressed up as Mia Wallace, Uma Thurman’s character from Pulp Fiction. Here I am with the birthday girl:
Who had SUCH a great costume – Carmen Sandiego!
And one more from much later in the night of Theodora and me:
I hadn’t given her a heads up that it was a costume party, so she just decked herself out in props and had people guess what she was when they asked – the best last minute costume idea there is.
Because I knew the party was going to be a late one, I ended up deciding NOT to run the MCM10k. Theodora wanted to go check out the finish line so she could see her friend, and one of my close friends, Emily, was running the race as well, so we ended up going to spectate right after mile 26. It was pretty amazing to spectate a race – I’d never done it before!
I love screaming and cheering on the runners and it was so awesome to see everyone right before the finish of the marathon. I’ve talked about how emotional racing makes me before, but I was surprised to find that spectating does as well. The energy of the race almost brought me to tears even though I wasn’t running it! My friend Emily ROCKED it, finishing the marathon in 3:42 (!!!!!), cutting 10 minutes off her time from her first marathon.
I was so so so happy to be able to be there to cheer her on, and despite the fact that I originally was going to be running the Marine Corps Marathon before deciding to drop out, spectating just confirmed that my decision was the right one. While the energy of the race DID make me think that someday I may want to run a full marathon of my own, I know this one just wasn’t the right one. I was glad to still be able to be a part of it, even if just from the sidelines.
After getting back from the race, I made a big batch of spicy tempeh chili for a potluck dinner for round two of Jess’ birthday celebration, since yesterday was the actual day. I also made tie dye cupcakes for her, which turned out great! I stayed for a few hours and came back at 10 and crashed almost immediately. Whew! What a weekend.
OH! One more thing. I just found out late last week that I’m making a last minute trip to California! And, I leave Wednesday morning! Crazy. I’m going to Sacramento for a few days for work, and then to San Francisco for the weekend for fun and to attend the Foodbuzz Festival. I’m so excited because it’s I’ve never been to either place before! If you’re in the Sacramento area and would want to meet up for dinner Wednesday or Thursday night, email me at bethsjourneyblog at gmail dot com to let me know!