Raise your hand if you stayed up past your
normal grandma bed time to watch the Emmy’s. I feel ya. I hadn’t even planned on watching the Emmy’s (if it’s not the Globes or the Oscars then I’m out), but after watching a great, but rather emotionally draining movie (more on this later), I was in need of some celebs scrambling to thank the entire Fox Network and their extended family before being played off stage. So with that, I’m a little sleepy today, but I am riding the high that was #VEEPSWEEP where the cast and crew of Veep practically cleaned out the place with Emmy wins!
If you haven’t watched Veep, head over to HBO, or hit up your friend’s HBO GO subscription and start it immediately. Don’t let the “politics” sway you, you don’t need a Poli-sci degree to enjoy it’s humor. You just need a brain and an undying love for Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. While you’re working on getting that together, let’s recap this weekend!
I goofed up again and manage to take zero photos to prove that I was alive and participated in life on Friday, but I promise I did things. Namely, Jake and I went out for wings (“Shocking.” -No one), and then hit up Southlake Town Square to walk off said wings. I ended up with a tiny haul at Bath and Body Works (one mini “Sweater Weather” candle and fuzzy socks), and then hit up Tyler’s for a new pair of Nike running shorts and to pick up a birthday present for a friend. I also finally got to use an Anthropologie gift card that my best friend Stefan got me for my birthday! While I wanted to walk away with the entire store, I settled for a cute tea mug with the letter “M” on the front. Note to anyone out there, if there is anything in this world I love as much as wings, my cats, or getting free t-shirts at an event, it’s tea cups from Anthro. Some of them are shaped like old-timey bathtubs, some have paisley designs, some have obnoxiously large handles, some have handles that only a tiny whimsical mouse could use, but I love them all!
Saturday started off pretty early for the Plano Balloon Festival 5k! We headed out around 6:15 am to make it for the 7:30 am start time, and was hoping to catch some hot air balloon action, but due to cloudy and incoming inclement weather, the balloons were forced to stay on the ground.
I ran it with my dad, but my poor friend Stefan missed the start of the race due to small car accident (he’s okay!), but made it for the post race festivities. As for the race itself, I really love that is mostly short bursts of downhill, and trails around a park and a horse ranch. The only downside is that the race was PACKED, which I am normally fine with, however a lot of participants didn’t adhere to the runners on the left and walkers on the right rule, so I frequently encountered a lot of stop and go traffic amongst other participants. I normally don’t get that irritated with this, but I noticed a woman who was trying to run whilst pushing her child in a stroller, and she would routinely have to stop because the people in front of her would repeatedly alternate between running and walking and wouldn’t offer her the opportunity to move around them. I just felt bad because she was going at a really great pace, let alone pushing a child around, but was kept getting stalled by the people in front of her. They may have not noticed her, but it’s important you be aware of the people around you because you never know who’s performance you might be hindering by not following race rules or etiquette!
Since the balloons weren’t able to launch (thanks, RAIN!), Stefan and I settled for this fake hot air balloon we found in the kid’s play area.
We spent a good 20-30 minutes after the race perusing the festivities and booths set up promoting local vendors and boutiques. We also received a free breakfast taco, fruit, and muffins post race! Any race that provides a free post race breakfast is a win in my book. After touring the area and succumbing to the realization that the balloons were never coming out, we packed it up and headed home. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon attempting to nap since it was rainy and dreary out, but eventually the rain passed and the sun was out, so Jake and I set off for something to fill the rest of the day. Naturally, we decided to buy a bunch of Playstation 2 games.
We walked away with:
- Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (Parents would never let me play this as a kid. Now is my chance!)
- SSX: On Tour
- Kingdom Hearts II (The original was the bane of my existence growing up, but Jake loves it)
- The Simpson’s Road Rage (How I learned to drive)
We went through all except SSX, but the majority of the time was spent on Kingdom Hearts. I’m not sure what the science is behind it, but I find it super relaxing to watch other people play video games, so I just chilled out while Jake played. It must have really zoned me out because I ended up falling asleep at 8:30 pm like a champ. Whoops!
I started off Sunday hoping to get in 10 miles (remember last week?) but found myself victim to some awful shin splints not even a half mile in! I ended up walking nearly six miles though and had a nice time just taking it easy and listening to my music, so no complaints here! Afterwards, the day was spent with more Kingdom Hearts, walking my dog, and then baking the ugliest calzones of all time. They were supposed to ricotta and mushroom calzones, courtesy of Blue Apron, but instead I ended up with mushy sad pizza tacos.
Surprisingly, it was edible and pretty good, but I think we can all agree that I completely dropped the ball on presentation. I know understand why the town of Pawnee on Parks & Rec hates calzones so much.
After the calzone disaster, and subsequent heart burn, Jake and I decided on a movie night and chose The Theory of Everything, which follows the life of Steven Hawking, and his marriage to his first wife, Jane. It was an emotional roller coaster, and incredibly insightful and both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones did a beautiful job in their performances. That being sad, the story was a lengthy look at how despite our best efforts (incredible circumstances aside), sometimes it just isn’t enough and not everything works out the way we had hoped. As we know from the beginning of this post, the movie was enough for me to tune into an awards program I couldn’t care less about (again, Globes + Oscars > anything else), for something, ANYTHING uplifting, so hopefully that can help you gauge the emotional intensity of the film.
That was it for my weekend! I hope you all have a great start to your week, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!