On Friday night I spent several hours working on dishes for the dinner party I hosted on Saturday night. I also threw together a quick dinner using more pesto from my basil plant. That thing just keeps growing like crazy! After dinner we headed to Phil's place. He had brought home some mini cans of champagne from work (his office occasionally brings in beer or other cocktails when they have a good month or have something else to celebrate - I guess that is one perk of working for a small, private company!). I'm not a huge champagne fan but it was nice to have a little cocktail to celebrate completing my first week at work.
The rest of the night was spent playing cards and playing with Oscar. By the way, we recently found out that Oscar is actually a girl... We were told the cat was a boy when we got it but after inspecting the cat the week after bring her home, Phil was pretty sure it was actually a girl. The vet confirmed that 2 weeks ago - but it actually took 2 different vets to confirm the sex as the first one thought she might be a boy (who knew it was so difficult to tell the sex of a cat??!?). So we are adjusting to referring to Oscar as she/her. Phil decided to stick with the name Oscar since we are already so accustomed to using it. I know of 2 other people who thought their cat was the opposite sex of what it really was so at least we aren't the only ones to make this mistake. Girl or boy, we of course will love her just the same.
|Even though she has lots of toys, she prefers playing with things that are not toys, like my hydration belt and running shoes.|
After the run, a local running store had a 25% off shopping day for us. I bought some new shoes and a couple of other essentials like body glide and salt tablets. There were 4 different color options for the model of shoes I run in but I was excited to see this pink color as an option as I love pink!
After the run I dashed home and spent the afternoon working on the rest of the food for the party. I kept the menu pretty simple and just did pork tacos, black beans, fajita vegetables, and chips/guac/salsa. If you like pork, I recommend trying the recipe I made, which can be found here. Even though the menu was pretty simple, it's still time intensive as there is just so much chopping and dicing to do! Not pictured is the banana cream pie I made which obviously doesn't go with the Mexican theme of the meal but I couldn't come up with a Mexican dessert that was GF (tres leches cake is of course an option but I'm not crazy about it).
|The food table looks a little sparse but I promise that no one went home hungry!|
Our guests arrived at 7 pm and everyone seemed to like the food, especially the pork! Between dinner and dessert we played a game of Apples to Apples and then at 10 pm we watched an awesome fireworks show from my balcony. The fireworks show is sponsored by Target and they put on the best show!
On Sunday morning I biked over to a local lake and went to a tire changing class. I've been biking more lately so figured it was time for me to learn how to change a tire. The instructor did a great job as she showed us how to do it and then had us practice on our own bikes. I can now say that I know how to change a tire but I hope I never have to because I think it is very difficult/tricky to do! The rest of Sunday was low key and productive as I cleaned, did laundry, ironed, went to church, and did a video chat with Amber.
I definitely had a fun, full weekend! I felt pretty tired at the end of the weekend but this coming week should be pretty low key!
How was your weekend?