So now I can finally give a recap of my weekend. Originally, I’d planned to go home to the ‘Burgh for Thanksgiving b/c my 10 year high school reunion was on Saturday. As it turned out, I also got to spend time with my dad and brother (since everyone else is in Oregon with beautiful little Luna) and decorate the house a bit for Christmas!
First up, before we even arrived home, we stopped at the house of my wedding photographers’ and bought my very own dSLR camera!!! When I emailed them to ask for camera suggestions a few weeks ago, they were actually looking into selling one they’d had for about 2 years and were incredibly generous with their offer. Paul and Cyndy, I can promise you the camera has gone to a good home and will be loved!
When we arrived home, I wanted to make a tasty home-cooked meal for my dad and brother, who’d opted for pizza on Thanksgiving in the absence of my dear mother. Thankfully, we had everything we needed for a fantastic made-from-scratch shepherd’s pie!
I woke up early on Saturday morning and called Kristin to see if she wanted to hit the track of our old intermediate high school for some speed work. Being the good sport she is (see: randomly decided to run MCM the morning of the race), she was dressed and ready to go in no time. We worked through about a mile and a half of track loops before we had to break free of the fences and venture on.
That afternoon, Kristin, Kate and Doug came over to help me decorate my parents’ house in preparation for the holidays. Knowing that we’d be working hard, I made some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for sustenance:
We finished decorating in time to regroup a bit and prepare ourselves for our 10-year high school reunion. The Huz was fantastic – he provided much-needed humor on the drive to the restaurant and helped calm our nerves a bit. Even better, the reunion ended up being a lot of fun! I had a great time catching up with people I hadn’t seen in ages and was so happy to talk to anyone and everyone about running, blogging and the Big Apple. I know I share my blog posts on my Facebook page, but I guess I didn’t really believe that anyone I went to high school with would actually read – some of you do! THANKS!! I didn’t end up eating any of the appetizers (I should have, just to get my $20-worth!), but I did have several drinks so I was very hungry when I woke up the next morning.
We had brunch at a restaurant my dad had seen on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, which is about 5 minutes from my parents’ house and my egg and cheese biscuit sandwich totally hit the spot. That, and about 7 huge glasses of water got my body back on track.
Later that afternoon, I wandered around and took pictures of some of my favorite places in the house:
We drove back to NYC on Monday morning and arrived in time for Jeopardy and some quick leftovers. This week promises to be another busy one, but I’m definitely in the holiday spirit now so I’ll be whistling while I work and looking forward to lots of holiday fun!
I’ll leave you with one last picture from the weekend – Bodhi in the midst of a dream on the ride home!