don’t you just love it when the weekends actually feel like full, non-rushed weekends?
that’s, like, the best thing ever. to have two whole days of not running around like a crazy person and actually getting to do everything you want to do, with people you want to see…yep. that’s my definition of lifeisgood.
this weekend just rocked. plain and simple, it totally rocked. and yep, i’m super exhausted this morning, you betcha. 🙂
for starters, i saw an awesome Broadway show on Friday night,
starring these three beautiful, extremely talented people.
all i can say is that Violet entirely blew me away and was everything you want a show to be: entertaining, hilarious, heart-wrenching, laugh and tear inducing, and just completely lovely in all regards. if you can see it, do. do do do do do. the music was great, the cast was incredible, and there’s a father-daughter relationship that definitely made my make-up run. it’s so good. plus, it’s playing right near my apt, so the walk home in the rain was totally do-able. the perks of living near the theater district. 🙂
the weather was lovely here in NYC this weekend, so i started off Saturday morning with a beautiful outdoor run along the West Side/Hudson River:
i love having the water on one side of me, but still being able to see the city on the other.
felt sooooo good to be back outdoors for my weekend runs. this 6-miler felt pretty good:
one thing i’ve been thinking about in regards to my running: i really don’t do any speed work, or push myself much faster than i’m comfortable with, so i really don’t do anything to improve my speed or race times or try to be “a better runner.” i’ve thought about this, and it just isn’t the point of running for me. i honestly, truly love to run and cherish this “me time,” and it’s not about being the fastest or crushing the people around me, and i don’t want it to become that. if i happen to get faster and PR in races, that’s fabulous. but running for me is about loving my life and feeling healthy and strong and pushing myself to new limits distance-wise, and i don’t want to let it become anything else. i’m happy where i’m at.
oh, and i’m also happy about this:
that would be a water fountain along the Riverside Park running path that has been turned on again for the spring. they’re not all up and running yet, but we have at least one working, so i’m taking that as a good sign that warm weather is going to stay!
Saturday afternoon then included a lot of fun traipsing around Hell’s Kitchen, SoHo and the West Village, complete with a great brunch, a latte with my name spelled correctly (for what i believe is the first time), and some sangria & snacks at Tortilla Flats, one of my fave little indie Mexican bar/restaurants in the city. i swear that Albany’s Bombers is totally modeled after Tortilla Flats. i love these little divey, sensory-overload, casual places where i fit right in with my Chuck Taylors and ripped jeans and love every song that comes on. fave.
have i mentioned that i love dogs? i looooove dogs. it kills me to not have one here, and i try to get in as much snuggle time with my pups and my brother’s Bernese whenever i’m upstate. this weekend, we had dogs in our apartment for the first time, as my roommate’s friend came and brought her two little cuties. that’s Hippo. i didn’t want to let that lil nugget leave.
and then, last night, something wonderful happened.
i was reunited with a childhood friend for the first time in 20 years. that’s, like, a lifetime.
and it was wonderful. and it must happen again, way sooner than 20 years from now.
have i said how blessed i am to have the most amazing girlfriends in the world? i think i have. and i think i can never say it enough. i’ve always had the most wonderful, wonderful girlfriends, and Steph from Canada is such a gem. i really want her to be Steph from NYC, but we are working on that. 🙂
and then it was trivia at Tortilla Flats, and bingo at the Standard Hotel, and then it was midnight on Sunday and i was half awake. but so, so happy after such an amazing weekend.
Highlights of your weekend?
Did you ever have a pen-pal as a child? Steph and i were pen-pals for our entire lives, since we lived in two different countries, and we still have shoe boxes of letters from one another. 🙂