This past weekend was delightful. I had enough going on to keep me from getting bored and enough down time to leave me feeling relaxed at the end of the weekend. I need more weekends with this kind of balance!
On Friday night Phil and I met up with a group of his high school friends to celebrate a friend's birthday. We went to a Mexican restaurant that we actually went to on our second date so it was fun to reminisce about that. And I randomly ran into my cousin's girlfriend who I hadn't seen since Julia Child night so that was fun!!
On Saturday morning I was up at at 'em early as I ran with my club at 7 am. We ran 11 miles along one of my favorite paths in Minneapolis (Minnehaha Parkway). I ran with 3 girls that I hadn't seen in a long time and we had so much fun catching up so the miles flew by. Admittedly, I was ready to be done when the Garmin hit 11 miles, though! My pace was around 9:15 which I am happy with since this run was supposed to be at a more relaxed, conversational pace. After our run, a local running store hosted a discounted shopping event for us, so I scored some new shoes! I'm not crazy about the color but the other alternative was bright orange which I was not a fan of! Plus they gave me an extra discount as it wasn't their newest model (which I was more than fine with as it's the same model I'm running in).
On Saturday afternoon, I met up with Phil and his mom for lunch. We went to this awesome Caribbean place that has THE BEST curry. We discovered it thanks to Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It was fun to catch up with Phil's mom over lunch. She's a retired English teacher and avid reader so we always have lots to talk about since we share a love of reading. After lunch, I headed back home, and did laundry. I felt extra tired so I tried and failed to nap. My body just won't let me nap no matter how tired I am. So instead I read a good chunk of a book I started that day. I've read a lot of heavier stuff lately so I needed a lighter book like this! Props to Jeanie for recommending it!
On Saturday night I went to mass and then Phil came over. We ate the chicken tikka masala that I had made that day (which turned out SO good) and we watched the movie Foxcatcher. I did not really care for the movie. I thought it was slow moving. Steve Carrell did a great job but the film sort of fell flat for me. My judgment of the movie is likely colored by the fact that I was so tired that I struggled to stay awake.
Sunday was all about relaxing. It was great to slowly wake up, enjoy some coffee and breakfast and do some more reading. It was a beautiful day so I walked to the grocery store to get groceries. After that, I hit up a class at Core Power Yoga at noon and then spent a couple of hours getting stuff done around the house. It was a beautiful day so I headed out on a long bike ride in the afternoon. I followed the Mississippi for quite awhile - I love biking along water!
And then I cut across to check out the Minnehaha Falls. The falls looked pretty cool with the remnants of winter around them!
The 16 mile bike ride flew by and I was contently tired at the end. The rest of the day was all about relaxing as I was pretty pooped after a tough yoga class and a long bike ride!
How was your weekend? Has it been unusually nice where you live? I'm loving the weather we've had lately!