Fun Filled Weekend

Happy Halloween!!!

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!

What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve come across, either one you’ve worn yourself or seen on someone else?

18 Comments on Fun Filled Weekend

  1. Annie Ormiston
    October 31, 2011 at 9:05 am (9 years ago)

    I saw (on fb) girls who dressed as guess who characters like Joe and Max and had boxes on to show like they were in the board game! It was SOO funny! Though I was pep from salt n’ pepa and it was pretty great!

  2. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    October 31, 2011 at 9:36 am (9 years ago)

    Great costume, Beth! My friend Sarah went as Mia to a party back when we were in college, but she had fake blood dripping from her nose and a fake syringe stuck over her heart- it freaked everyone out! It was pretty gross.

    The first time I was ever a spectator at a race, it was the Boston Marathon earlier this year. And it did bring me to tears! It was really cool to be on the other side of it and feel the energy in a totally different way. And you know first hand how much it helps to have to support of the crowd while you’re running!

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 31, 2011 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

    LOVE your costume! A girl I know did it one year as well… it’s such a good one i would have never thought of.

    My favorite of the weekend was Elaine from Seinfeld. It was crazy how much this girl looked like her and pulled it off! Dance moves and all…

  4. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    October 31, 2011 at 10:08 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, that looks like a wonderful weekend!! Don’t you wish more weekends would rock like that? (With the occasional rest weekend so you don’t burn out!) 😉

    The best costume I ever saw was Violet about to be juiced from Willy Wonka.

  5. Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    October 31, 2011 at 10:41 am (9 years ago)

    Wow. You look just like Uma in Pulp Fiction! That’s impressive. Sounds like you had a super fun weekend! Three cheers for you!

  6. Liz
    October 31, 2011 at 11:25 am (9 years ago)

    Looks like an awesome weekend! Hope you have a great time traveling to CA.

  7. Theodora
    October 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm (9 years ago)

    I hope to never see another non-sweaty photo of me on the internet with my hair up. Other than that, it was awesome to see you and thanks again for letting me crash on your couch!

  8. Roz
    October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth. Looks like a FANTASTIC weekend. LOVE the costumes!!! Sounds like a fun trip to look forward to this week. Happy Halloween!!!!

  9. Hilary
    October 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Have fun in California. I don’t know if it’s the best idea ever, but for a last-minute costume I think this is pretty good: dress all in black, put a stamp on = blackmail!

  10. Mary (A Merry Life)
    October 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm (9 years ago)

    Loooks like an awesome weekend. Apparently you are the person to stay with when visiting DC!

    Have fun in CA. San Francisco is a really cool city!

  11. Maria
    October 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Hey, I was spectating at the MCM too! Funny to hear how we walked away with very different feelings, haha. You can see my take on watching a marathon as well my best halloween costume idea ever (it’s a good one, I promise) if you check out my blog today.

  12. Alexa
    October 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Creepy Arm picture!!

  13. The Healthy Hostess
    October 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Looking forward to meeting you at Foodbuzz! 🙂

  14. Kim
    October 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Whew! That’s an action packed weekend! Happy Halloween!

  15. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    November 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm (9 years ago)

    That sounds like a fun weekend. I’m so glad you feel good about your MCM decision after spectating! I was actually thinking about you this weekend when I was watching the race. I was so inspired but totally not at the level where I want to run one myself. 🙂


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