The weekend!!! That’s what they all have in common!
I have decided (after much experimentation and personal experience) that good sunny weather causes procrastination, especially in late summer/early fall.
Seriously, this is for real, at least here in the PNW that is the case. Considering that summer is close to an end, when it is 85 and sunny, you DO NOT stay inside. You just don’t! Especially because when summer goes away here in Washington, it leaves for a long time, and we don’t see any sign of it again until April.
So while this weekend was not as low key as I imagined it being, it was a TON of fun. I am not complaining about the sunshine one bit! I need to keep this tan going as long as I possibly can 😉
The weekend started out with a wonderful brunch with my friend (and fellow blogger) Hillary. We have been friends for decades. Literally since we were 2 years old. I am so thankful to have her in my life and that we are still friends! We decided after having lunch together last month that we would meet up once a month for lunch or brunch and talk friendship and blogs! So, this time we went to a cute little cafe called St. Dames. They have lots of vegan and gluten free options, and are usually only open for dinner but do brunch on Saturdays. It was delish!
I had a vegan scramble with GF bread and potatoes. This was my first time having a legit tofu scramble, where it is tofu instead of eggs. It was really good and full of veggies (as you can see). I really enjoyed the bread and took advantage of it to carbo-load a little for the race I had on Sunday.
Hillary and I had a lot of fun trying this new place, and of course spending time together. Check out her blog HERE
That afternoon I shamelessly sat out in the sun in my bikini and sunbathed. It was glorious. I also did a little bit of swimming. Like I said earlier, you have to enjoy it while you can here in Seattle!
LATER that night, I thought we were going to a get together….but instead my husband took me to a cooking class!!!
I was so caught off guard, I didn’t take as many pics as I normally would have. AND my hands were covered in stuff most of the time so no camera or phone! It also wasn’t a selfie friendly zone haha 🙁
The class we went to was at Sur La Table and it was all about the Latin Favorites. Latin food is my FAVORITE kind of food, so I was pumped! My husband doesn’t even like to cook, so the fact he was taking me to this was mind-blowing! I was so excited!
The menu for the night was shrimp & chorizo skewers, pork medallions with orange-habanero mojo, grilled corn with chimmichurri sauce and coconut flan(!). Everything was SO good. I think if I had to pick, my favorite were the skewers. The pork was a close second, they showed us how to make our own spice rub and then sear the meat, it tasted like it was breaded, but it wasn’t! So delicious.
I did not expect to actually get to eat a big serving of the food, I was expecting little bites. Nope, we got to actually eat – that was cool. I got so many little take aways and cooking tips.
The coconut flan was so good. I didn’t want to try it because of the “sugar-LESS September” challenge I am doing, but I decided to count it as one of my treats… so I tried it. The coconut milk and flavor was soooo yummy. I have a coconut obsession right now too, so it just totally hit the spot.
This class confirmed for me (again) that cooking at home is a million times better than eating out. Of course it is more work and requires more effort, but the more you do it, the better you get. The food tastes so much better! You can control the ingredients, the portion sizes, the way it is cooked, etc. This food was MUCH tastier than food I have ordered at most restaurants & totally worth the effort. Do you like to cook at home? I do, even though sometimes it is a pain in the booty, I always feel better when I do.
On Sunday, I ran the Women of Wonder 10K with my sister and mom. I wore one of my favorite Lorna Jane “mantra” shirts – “get up, dress up, show up and never give up”! I started running because running was hard for me, and while it is easier now, there are still times it is very hard. I ran this 10K for fun, but also to help prepare for my upcoming half marathon. My sister and I don’t run at the same pace, so while we were running “together” we weren’t together. There were moments I really wanted to quit, but I thought to myself, “I can’t quit on my sis.”
My sister is such a warrior, and she really doesn’t give herself enough credit. She just recovered from a back injury & a cold and while she really wanted to sit the race out, she ran it. She also has asthma and while it makes it harder for her to do cardio activity, she doesn’t let it stop her. She finished the race yesterday and was like “omg I can’t breath”, almost started crying, quickly took her inhaler and was better. Being starved for air is so unpleasant and scary! Yet she doesn’t let that fear keep her from being active or reaching her goals. My mom, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walked the 5K yesterday. Talk about inspiration!
I was really happy with my time, I finished in under an hour. I also got my *first* finishers medal! I have run in races before but none that handed out a medal. I felt like I was gonna puke when I crossed the finish line, the medal was a great reward for the pain and suffering 😛
It was a fun race, empowering to run with a bunch of other women, beautiful weather, and so much fun to be able to do it with my sis and my mom. It was a very busy weekend, but like I said, it was a lot of fun. The next race I have coming up is my half marathon in October, and then who knows. I want to do the Hot Chocolate 15K next year in March. What races are you guys participating in?