Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I’m hoping for a much better week as last week for me was pretty stressful! Work was much more stressful than usual, and then on my way home from work on Wednesday, my car thought it would be hilarious to relive this moment, and mysteriously die on me while I was at a stoplight. After a couple of minutes, the engine finally turned and I was able to safely get home. Jake looked at it that night and was able to drive it to a nearby Chipotle and back without any trouble, but my driving anxiety had already increased by a million percent and I was terrified to drive it the rest of the week. Thankfully both Jake and I work within an extremely short distance from our apartment, so he was kind enough to drive me to work and pick me up each day. I finally was brave enough to drive it on Sunday and didn’t have any trouble, but I think my end of year goal to bite the bullet and buy a new car already has been expedited quite a bit and will probably be happening in the near future. I’m trying to spin this into a positive and look at car shopping as something exciting and an “Okay, now you’re an adult” sort of rite of passage, so if you catch me complaining again feel free to call me out on it! I’ll update you all on the car shopping process whenever that begins, but until then let’s recap this weekend, which was full of positives!
Brinkleigh and I kicked off our weekend with a 1.5-mile walk/jog around the neighborhood, and we both enjoyed the sunshine weather that afternoon. I’ve had to push our outdoor run/walks a little later, because on the days I get off work at 4, we normally encounter the middle school kids getting off the bus who have taken to swarming us and asking if they can pet her and I have to be the mean old lady and “Sorry guys, she’s really not good with people.” which is sort of true. She’s good with people, but she just gets so excited meeting people and we’re still working on the “no jumping!” command, and I don’t want anyone to accidentally getting hurt, nor do I really feel like getting sued. Thankfully we timed our Friday walk/jog right after the kids had all gone home, so we had the route all to ourselves! Upon getting home, I ordered in dinner for Jake and I and caught up on a few shows for the rest of the evening.
I’ll recap it a little later this week, but my Saturday morning was spent running the Hot Chocolate 15k in Dallas! It was mine and my Dad’s 5th year running it, and we got a lot of cool “legacy” swag with our race packets, which included another medal, a beanie, and an attachment to our race bib! Thanks for making us feel so special, Hot Chocolate race directors!
After our run, we stopped for lunch at Modern Market, and I opted for some baked chicken, Brussel sprouts, and sweet potatoes, and it was delicious and very Thanksgiving-ish! My Dad dropped me back off at my place after lunch, and I cleaned up and took a quick nap before getting ready for a wedding that evening. My good friend from college, Abby, was getting married and the wedding was in my college town of Denton, Texas! Jake and I arrived in Denton a little early, so I thought it would be fun to take him to my favorite college bar, and where I turned 21 (I literally got to the bar right right at midnight of my 21st birthday. I was very ready), Lucky Lou’s!
We hung around for a half hour or so, and then we were off to celebrate Ben and Abby! Abby and I met when we were taking (and ultimately both ended up minoring in) Italian in college, and quickly became friends after discovering that we were both big TV and movie buffs. We’ve endured ridiculous professors, thwarted off strange men asking us for unusual favors (Abby, if you’re reading this, remember that guy who accosted us after class one day who said he didn’t need money, but then asked us for cash and then if we could drive him to a friend’s place in Dallas???), celebrated the rise and fall of the Giudice family, and then ultimately turned our significant others into bros. Her and Ben’s wedding was SO much fun and Jake and I had the absolute best time! They had a Ben and Abby trivia contest, catered in Babe’s chicken, and I think at one point her Dad became the unofficial bartender. It was great!
Sunday morning I woke up feeling a little woozy (#openbar), so I took it easy and enjoyed some tea and started a new book, The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Truthfully, I only picked up this book because the main character’s name is Mallory, but I’m a couple of chapters in and I’m really enjoying it! I’ll keep you all posted with a book review soon!
After lounging around a bit, I was starting to feel a bit better so I took off for a morning hot yoga class. After getting home and cleaning up, Jake and I packed up Brinkliegh to take her to my parent’s house, and then to go have someone take a look at my car and get my inspection done, only to find upon getting to my preferred auto shop that they were closed on Sundays. Whoops! We stayed for lunch, and then made our way back home to finish up our weekend chores and get ready for the Superbowl. As I write this, it’s about two hours before kick off, so I’m gonna make a prediction now and say that Philadephia wins and Justin Timberlake got enough backlash before the halftime show started that he did the right thing and gave the stage to Janet Jackson instead (God I hope it plays out this way)!
What would be your dream halftime performance? Mine would just be Beyoncé again.