Apparently I started my long weekend on Thursday because I’ve hardly done any work the past three days, unless you count the coffee date I had with a girlfriend as work since we talked about work stuff?
Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!
Thursday: I had my first meeting at the Life with Cancer Family Center. I briefly mentioned it, but in addition to studying and subbing, the next few months I’ll be working with Life with Cancer (read more about them here) to help plan their annual Lobster Extravaganza. As someone who has personally been affected by a chronic disease and has family members who have also been affected by chronic illnesses, I am thrilled to have this opportunity and think that it is going to be a great experience.
marvelous… planning an event that supports a great cause
Also, anyone living in the DMV area — Life with Cancer is hosting “Shop for a Cause” this Thursday, November 14th, at Bloomingdale’s in Tysons Corner. We’d love for you join! Click here to see the flyer and RSVP.
I took it easy on the couch the rest of the day – started working on a LWC project, pinned recipes on Pinterest, scrolled through Instagram, made a new banner for the LAB Facebook page, and brainstormed ideas for dinner. Since having more time, I’ve been trying new recipes. This dinner was a huge hit and definitely will be a staple this winter!
marvelous… meat sauce + spaghetti squash
Friday: Ryan came home early from work because he had a doctor’s appointment. Y’all may remember that he had surgery on his ankle last year (the day after his birthday) just before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the cartilage didn’t fully heal and after a year of relentless pain, he’s ready to give surgery a second shot. Hopefully this time everything will properly heal and he won’t have any residual pain. He won’t have the surgery until after Thanksgiving which is a big blessing because he’s had surgery the day before (ankle) and the day after (appendix) Thanksgiving the past 2 years #silverlining.
Since I started to feel better, I went to our apartment gym and walked on the treadmill before meeting Ryan at the movies to see Thor: The Dark World. I’ll admit that I was less than enthusiastic about seeing it, but since Ryan saw my movie earlier in the week I pulled out the “good wife” card and decided to suck it up. Surprise, surprise, I actually liked it! I couldn’t help but giggle a few times (come on, Thor was wearing a loincloth and a red cape, ha!), but the plot held my attention for the full 2 hours.
marvelous… Brown Bag Popcorn
marvelous… leftovers transformed into a cheesy & meaty pita pizza
Saturday: After a lazy morning that included coffee and waffles, Ryan and I cleaned and drove to meet one of my girlfriends for coffee. She’s worked on the Lobster Extravaganza for the past 2 years so I’m super thankful for her advice, insight, and offer to answer any of my questions. Meanwhile while we were chatting, Ryan played a round of disc golf but quickly called it quits because he lost a couple of discs in all of the leaves – whomp, whomp.
marvelous… eating PB&J waffles in pink pajamas
We fueled with fresh produce and thick cut turkey sandwiches at Harris Teeter before our afternoon of shopping. I’m in desperate need of pants because I’ve outgrown all of the pairs that I own (hello thicker thighs and fuller rear), except for leggings but that’s only because they’re stretchy. After a few hours of wandering in and out of stores, we left with a pencil skirt + blouse + cardigan for me, jeans for Ryan, and a Yankee Candle. I tried on at least a dozen pair of jeans and none of them fit – I couldn’t get them over my thighs or if I did, they were too big in the waist. Thank goodness Ryan is the patient one in our relationship because he kept it cool the whole time while I was about to lose it.
marvelous… Yankee Candles for the first 10 minutes, then they give you a headache
marvelous… or not? onion glasses, the verdict is still out
Sunday: Just when I thought I was getting better, I woke up with a runny nose and couldn’t stop sneezing. Another lazy morning including waffles was exactly what the “doctor,” aka myself, ordered. I didn’t want Ryan to feel left out so I made a stack for him two mornings in a row too.
marvelous… dark chocolate + bananas = match made in heaven
After breakfast, Ryan and I packed up the car and drove out west. I’ve said it before, but I love where I live – Virginia is beautiful and I love how it has 4 distinct seasons. We got to Skyline Drive around 11:30 a.m. and spent the next 4+ hours weaving in and out of the mountains, stopping to take pictures at the overlooks, picnicking, and following a short trail to reach the highest peak in the park. We made it about 65 miles before heading home, taking the back roads through the small towns that we looked down upon from the tops of the mountains.
marvelous… family road trips
marvelous… Virginia in the fall
Today: This fall my TV line-up is out of control. There are too many shows that I *have to* watch, but I’ll save them for another post. As much as I’d like to loaf around today, I need to be productive and get things done. Watch Betrayal and Revenge, eat breakfast, cuddle with Charlie, blog, work, play Ryan in foosball (he’s working from home)… Okay, today won’t be too bad
marvelous… creamy apple caramel pie coffee
Question: What was the most marvelous moment of your weekend?
Question: Do you love where you live?