Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was surprisingly retro, as I managed to hang out in a record store and an arcade in one day, but it was a retro weekend well spent! The best part is that after a week of clunky glasses, and endless amounts of eyedrops (rehash of that debacle can be found here), I finally got resume life as a contact wearer alone, and get outdoors for a run! Let’s recap it, shall we?
My neck of the woods was anticipating some strong thunderstorms Friday night, so Jake and I opted to stay in with take-out Italian food, and a first time viewing of La La Land! I honestly felt like we were the last people on earth to finally watch it, but we found it online (please don’t arrest me), and I really liked it! The music was excellent, and it was visually outstanding! I think I may have a soundtrack purchase in my near future…
I was a little of wary of running outdoors, or doing any sort of workout that involved working up a heavy sweat, out of fear of irritating my eyes (I was given the A-Okay to dial it back on my eyedrop intake, and resuming contacts by doctor on Friday), so Jake and I went to the gym and I took it easy on the elliptical, and then a little bit of leg work. After the gym, we ran a couple errands, and then hung around a bit until it was time to head into Dallas for Record Store Day, at Good Records! We met up with my buddy from college, JD, and his boyfriend, and I snagged a copy of Amy Winehouse’s “Lionness: Hidden Treasures”, and Prince’s “1999”! We parted for lunch, only to find shortly after being seated that apparently we missed a SURPRISE PERFORMANCE BY TOM PETTY. Like…literally minutes after leaving. He was in Dallas for a big concert at American Airlines Center, and decided to drop by. I will be mad about this for the rest of my life. Ugh, let’s talk about something.
It was still mid-afternoon, and we didn’t feel like going home yet, so Jake and I decided to hit up a brewery and arcade place appropriately called Cidercade. It. Was. So. Much. FUN. Oh man, they have every possibly arcade game you could imagine! Also, I’m not a big drinker, let alone a beer fan, but I tried a super sour cider they had on tap, and it was delicious! Jake and I played at least 15 different games, my favorite of which being NBA Jam. It became very clear that my destiny is 1980’s basketball gaming, so I’ll be turning in my two weeks notice very soon (I’m kidding, Mom and Dad!). They also had the classics like Pac-Man, Tron, and Tekken, plus a super difficult, but hilarious Simpsons themed game. I 100% will be going back, and if you are in the Dallas area, I highly recommend going!
I felt a lot more confident about being outdoors and running on Sunday, so shortly after getting up I packed up the dog and headed to my parents for another park trail run with my Dad! I could definitely feel how difficult it was coming off a week of rest, but I just had to tell myself “Better that I lost a little endurance for awhile, then live with a wonky eye for forever!” We logged a nice 5 miles, and thankfully I had zero trouble with my eye! Jake met us for a taco lunch, but then sadly had to head out for a work thing. I stuck around my parents for a little while longer since Brinkleigh was having so much fun being able to run around in a backyard, plus my Dad and I found two really good documentaries to watch (“Oklahoma City” and “Ruby Ridge” if you want to catch them on Netflix!). The rest of my day was spent working on the blog, face maskin’, and taking it easy!
What is your favorite arcade/video game?