Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday 5: Birthday Eve

Is it just me, or did this Friday take its time getting here?   My mom says I can't complain though because it's my birthday week!  Having her say "Happy birthday Tuesday!!" was enough to make even the longest day seem a little better.  Plus, I've been seeing a corgi out on a walk lately on my drive home from work.  I think the Big Guy upstairs must know I needed a little extra boost lately.  I'm still battling with this cough (yes, over a month--hence the lack of posting lately), but I've been staying busy and November has been flying by.  I'm linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia!  Make sure to check out their adventures.  So many awesome bloggers have been linking up that you're bound to find some great reading material on these dark, cold days!

1. Dogfish Brewery.  My nice friend and I headed out to Delaware a couple of weeks ago and had the best weekend.  (Side note: I was so proud of myself because it was the first time I left Maddux with someone other than family or friends and I didn't even cry!)  If you love good beer and the beach I highly recommend this weekend get away.  The brewery was really fun.  We got there right when they opened and had about an hour before our tour started (it's first come, first serve so they just add you to the list and give you the next available slot).  We decided to go ahead and get our samples.  Although there were several we knew we loved, we decided to get some new to us brews.  Some of them were really funky, but it was fun trying some new stuff that we might not have been able to on a normal day. The tour was informative and our tour guide was fun.  They even had crocks for people who weren't in tour approved shoes.  After the tour, we headed to Rehoboth Beach and walked on the boardwalk before heading to the Dogfish Brewpub, where we got to try some exclusive brewpub beers.  It was the perfect relaxing weekend away.

2. Visits with Best Friends.  A while ago I saw that Andrew McMahon was going to be playing in DC.   I don't know many people who know him (and would be willing to pay for a ticket to a concert they didn't care at all about) so I convinced my best friend to come up for an early birthday celebration.  I had the best time catching up with her!  I had a fantastic time at the concert--he alternated playing his new music and songs from his former band.  I was a happy fan!  Saying goodbye wasn't quite as hard knowing that we'll see each other again soon for Surf-n-Santa and then again for Shamrock weekend!

3. Converting Friends Taste in Beer.  (Kidding....but seriously..) Look, I know I'm a beer snob.  I can't help it.  It's partly the way I was raised, and if I'm going to drink beer I want it to have some oomph to it.  (Granted, I have had many terrible craft brews, BUT gotta support small businesses, right?)  My best friend and I met up with my cousin and another good friend at Jailbreak Brewing and I loved watching them find beers that they liked.  I've been working forever to get them on my side! I had to laugh when my best friend later sent me a picture of some Heavy Seas beer she picked up on her way home joking that I had helped her see the light.

4.  Hanging with Maddux.  He is loving this cooler weather and acting like a completely different dog than he does in the summer months.  Unfortunately, the early night fall has made it hard to get decent walks in and I've been trying to find ways to keep him entertained.  We might have to look into signing up for another class soon!  Luckily he really loves his treat ball, so he will happily chase after it most of the time.  I can't wait until our days start getting longer.  I miss our after work walks at the park.

Bark Box deliveries make up for our lack of walking in Maddux's opinion.

5. Christmas Shopping!  Can you believe it's only a month away?!  I basically have one free weekend between now and then, so I'm trying to get all my ideas set so I can pace myself and have everything ready on time.  I've had a lot of fun in the search so far and can't wait to see my family in a few weeks! (I actually get to see my sister next weekend for Thanksgiving and my brother the next weekend for a belated birthday (and engagement!!!) celebration, but you can't beat the whole gang together!)

What have you guys been up to this month?  What concerts do you have to beg friends to go to? The only other one I get funny looks for is the Avett Brothers, but my sister is always down for a visit to see them!  

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday 5: Bronchitis Edition

It's finally Friday and man, it couldn't come soon enough.  I'm linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia.  Make sure to check out all the awesome blogs they've rounded up!  As the title of this post indicates, I've been a little under the weather lately.  I've been a disgusting, hacking, coughing mess.  I've still managed to have a little fun in the process though!

1. The Scarecrow Classic 5k.  I had such a great time at this race!  It was a blustery morning, and probably not the best for a girl recovering from a nasty cold, but it was nice running a low key race.  I was bummed that I wasn't feeling my best because I think I could have done really well!  The race was held at Meadowbrook Park in Maryland with plenty of parking and an easy packet pickup.  The race didn't start until 9 so I got to sleep in a little.  The park had real bathrooms which I appreciated, especially because I would have been nervous the portapotties would have blown away!  They ended up taking down the finish line arch because it was blowing around so much, but there was still a good number of volunteers cheering you on as you finished the race.  I grabbed my cinnamon crunch Panera bagel and Starbucks coffee (with to-go lid!  Nice touch!) and headed back to the car to get out of the cold and spent the rest of the day bumming around in my bright orange scarecrow tee.

2. Baking Cookies.  I have these awesome Halloween cookie cutters that I've only used one other time because I kind of hate sugar cookies.  I searched for a long time to find an alternative cookie that could be rolled out and found these chocolate chip ones.  They kind of taste like Chips Ahoy (which is ok by me, just not that nice homemade taste), but I had a great time baking them!

Every good baker has a Halloweiner cookie cutter.

3. Bennett's Curse Haunted House.  My nice friend and I joined his sister and her friends for a last minute Halloween adventure.  It was fun, but not all that scary in my opinion.  Maybe I was just in a silly mood, but I felt like most of the monsters just sounded like I had all week.  I suggested that they go get some meds for their hacking :-)  The chainsaw monster at the finish ended up walking next to me instead of chasing me like the other groups because I told him that if I ran I would end up coughing for the next hour and didn't really want to deal with it.  He seemed cool with that and stuck with me until his next victims rounded the corner.  Nice guy.

4. Reading.  I finally finished Crime and Punishment and have moved on to some lighter reading.  My sister lent me the Chet and Bernie series and I've been trying to finish them up before we head her way for Thanksgiving!

5. Shopping for my upcoming races.  I'm going to visit my brother for an ugly sweater run and have my outfit all ready.  I'll save the final product for the actual race, but it involves these awesome tights.  They may just have to come out for Surf-n-Santa a couple of weeks later!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'm hoping next week I'll be up and running again.  I've been sticking with Nike Training Club workouts and walking so I don't anger my bronchioles, but am raring to go!

What do you do when you're sick?  Stay away from running or power through?