happy Mondayyyyyy! ummm, sure, why not? i’m actually feeling super chipper and upbeat and just overall good about life today, and for a Monday morning (that starts with a 5:45am alarm), that’s pretty darn fantastic for me. so much so that i’ve decided to jump on the “Marvelous in my Monday” post theme hosted by Katie (and so nicely promoted by Suzy, which is where i got the inspiration from to add this to my blog).
so, what’s marvelous in my Monday?
welp, pretty much everything about this past weekend still has me on a high today.
Friday night meant marvelous time with the fam, followed by a final craft sesh for my Halloween costume:
i’ve been looking forward to Saturday for a while now, and it ended up being an amazingggggly marvelous day, every single minute of it. you know those days for which you have high expectations, and then they go ahead and surpass them all? yeahhhh, that happened.
it started with me waking up just in time to catch the most incredible sunrise over the lake (and yes, these pix are unfiltered, b/c it was so perfect and needed no assistance):
i took this as a God-given sign that my day was going to be just perfect. i mean, what are the odds of waking up this early (entirely unassisted) and catching a faint glow through your living room windows, just enough to tease you outside and take your breath away with the sky that was breaking in front of you? i almost couldn’t believe i caught this, and i’m so glad it happened.
i then set out for what ended up being my best outdoor (and very hilly) run in a while, in that my legs felt good and i was test driving new sneaks for the very first time:
after a steady love affair with New Balance for the past couple of years, i decided to flit back to Saucony and see if they were worthy of taking back. verdict: absolutely in love with the Saucony Kinvara 4s. they are soooo light, fit perfectly, and have a 4mm drop (as opposed to my 12mm Newbies), which really seemed to make a big difference for me. sorry, Newbs — we had a great run, but your time is done for now.
i’d say my Saturday morning run in these sneaks was somewhat of a turning point in my return to running normally, as my legs were only a tad sore and i was so happy to be outdoors & feeling good again that i powered through the rain and caught myself “dancing” along to 1975 (new obsession). ever danced while running? it’s sort of ridiculous, yes, but it makes me really happy. the run felt marvelous and i’m thrilled to be back on these hilly country roads.
the run was followed by a perfect brunch of yogurt, berries, granola & mimosas with my mom and the boy, prior to making his part of the costume for our party that night. no photos of our craft session, unfortunately, but it was a blast. please just let me sit around and create stuff for the rest of my life? that might be my idea of Heaven. with wine. and running. and coffee. and lots of naps.
my Saturday afternoon was also fab, as my parents, my bff and i all went to Brown’s Brewery in Troy, NY for their Oktoberfest festivities… solely because boy was playing bass with a band at the event. the absolute best pumpkin beer, good music and a cool venue, with my absolute fave people? yes, yes, and yes.
lil Henry made his first appearance at a concert/bar, too! obviously had to be documented, for all baby books and future “you have a baby… in a bar” references to be made. so glad i was there to celebrate his first time!
he slept like the all-day sleeper he is throughout the entire show. and can we please take a moment to recognize how beautiful and amazing my bff looks exactly one month after having a baby?! she’s so cute, i’m so glad she’s mine. 🙂
after his show, we jetted off to get ready for the Halloween party, which meant our DIY endeavors were finally on full display…even though my ability to capture them in photos was sort of a fail. here’s what i got:
the obligatory “look cute” pic (can’t lie, i’m sort of obsessed with this picture):
and another candid random where we were having some sort of moment or other, just so you can see more of our costume (aka my proud painting project):
so, there you have the big reveal: we were a fireman & dalmatian. i can’t even tell you how excited i was for this costume, and despite the fact that i ditched the dog ears pretty quickly into the night, i think we nailed it and both really had a lot of fun with it — right down to our Chuck Taylors and white tank tops. 🙂 i love dressing up and i wish i had another party to attend this year — and by that, i mean i want to make another costume. or, like, start a line of costume making from my living room. to be paired with wine. am i onto something here?!
so, that was my wonderful weekend, which makes today quite a marvelous Monday indeed. i also had a good 4-miler on the treadmill this am (followed by some planks), and the legs are still feeling great, thank God.
hope you all had lovely weekends!
Do you dress up for Halloween? Any good costume ideas for this year?
Tell me something great from your weekend!
Runners: Are you brand loyal to your sneakers? What’re your faves?