Weekending – Jan 27 & 28

Holy cannoli, this weekend!
Friday night, despite a scheduling snafu with M, I had dinner with two friends from high school. I love these ladies and am always, always grateful when we can get together and catch up.

Early in the am, I met my running partner for 4 miles, our first official long run of half season. The rest of Saturday morning was filled with boring life stuff, laundry, grocery lists and shopping in the rain. Saturday afternoon, we packed up our little dude and dropped him off at my parents house for the next 24 hours. I FORGOT to bring my phone with me! M and I were forced to talk to each other all night like it was the 90s again. We went to Zaftig Brewing for a flight – when they say ‘high gravity’, they aren’t kidding! We then headed to the Yappy Greek for dinner, and it was so freaking good. We had tickets to the OSU / Michigan mens hockey game and it was a rough game of hockey. As someone who loves Central Ohio, I was really embarrassed by all the booing of Michigan. It’s bad sportsmanship, guys.

Sunday morning, M and I worked on more basement demo and then got all dolled up and headed downtown. I purchased tickets for us to go the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets w/the Columbus Symphony Orchestra months ago. It was so much fun, the music is such a key part of those movies and the Ohio Theatre never disappoints.

Weekending – Jan 20 & 21

We had a kinda perfect, quiet weekend. On Saturday we got up early and went to the Woodworking Show at the fairgrounds with my parents. We saw all the vendors and M watched a talk from one of his favorite TW show hosts. Sunday morning, I got up and ran with my running partner and M got started on our basement reno. Sunday night we had dinner at my parents house to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Here’s a few of my favorite snaps from the weekend.

Weekending Dec 16 & 17

Another incredibly full weekend. I kicked things off with a quick 4 miler with my running partner in her neck of the woods and then spent nap time getting sugar cookie and gingerbread dough together. After nap time, we headed over to a friend’s daughter’s third birthday party. They hosted it at a rec center (so genius) and booked the tumbling gym for the kiddos to run around and get their sillies out (double genius). C had an absolute blast and it was so much fun to celebrate with friends.

Sunday, my running partner come over and we baked up nearly 10 dozen cookies. She took some home to her boys and I boxed up some for M’s coworkers and our neighbors (really forcing my cooking on others since I haven’t have an office to send baked goods to in ages! haha). We had meant to go to A Dickens of a Christmas after nap time but we had a house full of grumpy feelings and so we decided to call off additional merriment. Instead, we headed to our favorite park and went for a hike. C is able to hang with a whole mile loop! We then popped him in the hiking backpack and did a different, more difficult hike.

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Oct 19 – 25

A very different weekend from last weekend! Friday night, M closed so I spent the evening sewing and getting some project done. Saturday was full of errands and when M got home, we carved a pumpkin for halloween. Sunday, we got up early and went to join several of his coworkers volunteering for COMBO. They cut in 1300 feet of new trail and built a bridge! I made him drive us all the way out to Grandville to go to Loops – a Chicago style diner for Italian beefs. They really hit the spot! I then came home and baked two pie pumpkins in a the crock pot for pumpkin blondies.

Monday 10/19 – leftovers
Tuesday 10/20 – spaghetti and meatballs
Wednesday 10/21 – leftovers
Thursday 10/22 – kung pao cauliflower
Friday 10/23 – leftovers
Saturday 10/24 – baked fish with wild rice and collard greens
Sunday 10/25 – chicken with roasted lemon potatoes

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Oct 12 – 18

I sort of don’t even know where to begin with this weekend. It’ll be hard to top, thats for sure. Thursday night I met up with my little sister and her best friend for the Kip Moore concert at the LC Pavilion. It was such a blast! In a hilarious turn of events, my parents were also at a concert (Arlo Guthrie) on Thursday. I’m so happy I’ve been able to catch more live music lately.

Friday night was very chill – M was working late. Saturday, M had a class to teach so I got up with him and did a bunch of meal planning and grocery shopping before heading over to my folks house. I did some work and then my mom and I walked over to Sew to Speak. I almost got out of there with no purchases but a pattern ended up calling my name. We then headed out to Lynd’s Fruit Farm. We each got the big bags of Fuji apples – it was busy but I swear, we were only other for 15 minutes before our bags were full. We then headed to their main market for apple cider and a hot apple cinnamon donut.

There was a new restaurant opening right next to one of the stores M works at so he got a coupon for a free dinner for two! We gussied up and headed over to Chuy’s – omg the Tex-Mex food was amazing! We treated ourselves to cocktails since dinner was gratis. We had time to kill before our movie so we wondered over to a new beauty store, Beauty Brands, as I had a coupon for $10 off a purchase. As we were checking out, the cashier and I were chatting, just being friendly! She surprised me by throwing in a HUGE back of samples for free! I was delighted! We then headed over to use our free movie passes (do you see where this is going…haha) and saw Crimson Peak. I really enjoyed it! While they are all sort of normal things, it was like the universe conspired to give us a great night out! We are such lucky ducks!

Sunday, I got up early and made a cake [I fully blame the Great British Baking Show for this] and then headed over to pick up my sister. We spent the day at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. We used to go every year when we were kids and it was fun to go again. We did a little shopping – but I remember there being more (or I was smaller?). ALTHOUGH she did buy the CUTEST lobster outfit for Levi for Halloween. Everyone then headed to our new apartment for dinner. I made pork ramen and it was a hit!

Seriously, this is the kind of weekend of legend.

Monday 10/12 – spaghetti and meatballs
Tuesday 10/13 – fish and chips
Wednesday 10/14 – tempeh nachos
Thursday 10/15 – S-late night slice M-leftovers
Friday 10/16 – lentil soup
Saturday 10/17 – Chuys!
Sunday 10/18 – pork ramen

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Oct 5 – 11

Friday night, I picked up two of my high school girl friends for a late dinner in the Short North. We had such a good time talking and catching up (we hadn’t spoken since early August!). Due to a kitchen goof, they comped our pizzas so it was even an affordable night out! Saturday, M and I headed down to Cincinnati to go to Ikea. As always, we got lunch there and spent way way too long looking at everything and deciding what we wanted. They didn’t have everything on our list – but given this was our first Ikea trip in three years, we didn’t do too badly! We stopped at the outlet mall on the way home but didn’t have much luck on that front.

Sunday morning, we met two of his coworkers and headed down to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. We had such a fun day – the weather was gorgeous. We took in several shows, did a little shopping and had plenty of traditional turkey legs to last us another year. My favorite was the jousting!

Monday 10/5 – beefy tortellini skillet
Tuesday 10/6 – lemon chicken with broccoli (gosh, I need to blog this!)
Wednesday 10/7 – roasted veggie pizza
Thursday 10/8 – gnocchi
Friday 10/9 – dinner out with girlfriends
Saturday 10/10 – buffalo cauliflower
Sunday 10/11 – stir fry

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Sept 28 – Oct 4

Such a bananas week! I flew out to Chicago Wednesday morning for work stuff. I was able to catch the early (read, only) express train out to the western suburbs to see one of my longest bestest ladies, L. We went for our traditional tapas, at a new place – where we had such a blast, we ended up double tipping. Oops! We had such a good time catching up and really connecting, like you can’t over the phone!

Thursday was back in the office and I met another girlfriend, G, for a drink at Three Dots and a Dash – which ended up being closed! We scraped our plans and headed back up to her house for Revolution beers and a home cooked dinner. Her hubby sweetly marinated the chicken for us and then I put it in the oven while she manned the corn.

Friday afternoon, I headed out to the conference center where our annual company retreat / all hands meeting was being held. It was a long but fun filled weekend of reconnecting (or just connecting!) with coworkers and learning about what we’ve got going on.  I flew home on Sunday and we headed over to my folks house for steaks as it was my little sister’s 25th birthday! Happy Birthday Sister ~ 25 is a good year!

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Sept 14 – 20

Thursday morning, I flew out to DC and worked from my friend’s apartment. When she got home, we cooked Hungarian chicken in and then headed to a local brewery, Denizen’s for a flight.

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I worked a half day on Friday and then headed down to the Folger Shakespeare Library. While I would have loved to see the reading room, I had such a good time in the one exhibit. For everyone who attended my high school and had to practice our recitations from dogeared paperback Folger’s, it is a truly a sacred space. I then walked over to the National Museum of the American Indian. I really enjoyed it and thought it was incredibly well done. I did a little shopping in the gift shop as well. I then walked to down to the mall to meet C. We took in a free Turkish film at Freer Gallery and afterwards we headed over to Blue Jacket and got flights of their fruit beers with our dinner (salad + mac and cheese).

Saturday, we took the bus down to Rock Creek National Park and hiked about two miles. We then hiked about two miles back to the bus stop before cleaning up and heading over to one of her friends’ apartment for a cook out. It was a great afternoon and a much quieter than running around trying to squeeze in all the sights! Of course we needed dinner so we got sushi on the way home.

Sunday we took it pretty easy and then I headed down to Dupont Circle to have lunch with my mom’s cousins (in all honestly, they are much more like my aunt and uncle). It was so much catching up one on one after a much shorter conversatin at the family reunion. For dinner, we met a longtime Friend from the Internet, S, and her friends for dinner at Right Proper Brewing. The food was super yummy, even if their beer menu was a little hop dominant.

Monday 9/14 – burgers with grilled asparagus
Tuesday 9/15 – dutch baby with peaches
Wednesday 9/16 – fish with grilled vegetables
Thursday 9/17 – DC
Friday 9/18 – DC
Saturday 9/19 – DC
Sunday 9/20 – DC