May 30, 2017

A Restful Memorial Day Weekend + Beyond Words Link Up

I was supposed to run a marathon this weekend. After the GW Parkway Classic, I decided to drop down to the half.  Then, I ran a total of 2 miles this month, on a Tuesday at the beginning of May,  and I haven't worked out since. Needless to say, I didn't make my way to Ottawa this weekend to toe the line of any distance race.

This month has been unspeakably hard.

I'm sorry for being cryptic but I'm not quite ready to post about why. For most of this month, I haven't left my house, except to walk Peyton. This weekend, The Pilot was finally able to get me out of the house. We had a relatively low key weekend but it was good to finally get out of the house.

On Friday, we went to Ikea. We didn't need anything specific but it was fun to just wander around and I finally got this mirror that I've been eyeing for years. Since we moved into our new place in December, I've really wanted to repaint our bedroom but don't want to deal with the hassle of having to repaint it when we move out (it's a hideous shade of pale yellow) but somehow, this mirror just helps brighten up the space.

Saturday morning, I started a DIY project that I've had planned for awhile. One day in February, I went out for a run and found this old secretary's desk on the sidewalk. I've always loved these old desks so I ran home as fast as I could and went back for it. It might not look like it but it needed a lot of work which I started this weekend. The Pilot was pretty skeptical of this little DIY project but I love the way it's turning out! I'll share pictures soon!

Saturday afternoon, we made our way up to Baltimore for dinner with our friends, Ally and Ted. We went out for pizza and then spend the evening enjoying a bottle of wine on their roof deck before making our way back home.

On Sunday, slept in and lounged in bed reading before I got up to make us some waffles. We haven't used our waffle iron in ages but I made one of my favorite waffle recipes (which I'll share soon!) and then I had to work for a few hours. When I finished, we made a trip to Lowe's to pick up a few things for our DIY project and then I spent the night in bed reading. I finally finished "The Wrath and the Dawn," the book chosen for the Beyond Words Book Club. It's one of only two books I've read this month but the other book is, coincidentally, the book we chose for our June pick, "The Handmaid's Tale."

I really loved "The Wrath and the Dawn." I normally don't like YA books but this book by Renee Ahdieh captured me from the first sentence. A take on One Thousand and One Nights, the book begins with Shahrzad entering the monstrous caliph's palace as his wife to seek revenge on the death of her best friend, Shiva, and all of the other brides he has killed before her. I've always been fascinated by this tale and I thought Ahdieh's take on the story brought a fresh approach to the centuries-old tale.

Monday, I slept in again and started my next book, "In the Woods," by Tana French. I had some work to do which I took care of in between painting extra coats on the secretary desk. When I finally wrapped up for the day, The Pilot and I made our way to Anxo, a new cider that opened in the Brightwood neighborhood of DC this weekend.

We sipped some cider and then headed to dinner at The Pub and the People. After indulging in a round of drinks and each getting dessert, we headed home and took Peyton for a long walk and a play date before settling in to watch Harry Potter. We finally got a new DVD player (after our old one broke almost 3 years ago) and we've started watching all of the movies again (outside of the Harry Potter marathons on TV all the time). Last night, we watched "The Chamber of Secrets."

I needed this weekend to try to get back out into the world. It wasn't exactly a great weekend but it was what I needed. I've got a long week ahead of me at work and I'm hoping I can get back to running and try to find my new normal.

How did your Memorial Day Weekend shape up?

If you read, "The Wrath and the Dawn," you can link up with Carolann and me here!
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