We’ll start with the bad news, because there’s only one thing: I didn’t take a single picture all weekend, which is seriously bad news because it was such an awesome, epic weekend. Oh well.
So now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the highlights:
#10) Saturday was one of five rainy days that San Diego gets all year, so that was kind of crazy. People were driving 10 miles per hour and freaking out all over the place: Rain! Rain! Oh my gosh, what do we do! I’m from Ohio, so rain doesn’t freak me out (high-strung California drivers freak me out) and I braved the madness to drive 30 minutes to Poway (which is a sweet little suburban utopia, and I want to live there right now!), where I had brunch at The Original Pancake House, which serves… wait for it…
#9) Gluten-Free Pancakes!!!! I haven’t had pancakes in forty-two million years! Back in the day, before Celiac Disease, pancakes were my jam. Whole wheat, oatbran, buckwheat, the grainier the better, as long as they were drowning in (real) maple syrup, no butter, please, it just gets in the way of my sugar rush, thanks! For 23 years, when we went out for brunch, I always got pancakes, so going gluten-free was a HUGE adjustment to my brunching identity. Nowadays, egg whites and omelets and fruit bowls are just dandy, but oh how heavenly it was to have pancakes again. I haven’t had that much sugar before noon in, well, forty-two million years. I was like a trembly, giddy, little kid who binged on Halloween candy after her parents went to sleep.
It was awesome.
#8) Best of all, I had the best brunch ever with two of my former coworkers, who I love and miss on a daily basis. And both of them are doing awesome, getting promotions, living their dreams, and happily ever afters.
#7) On my way home, I swung by the Silver Strand race expo, which was (stupidly) outside of Road Runner Sports, in the pouring rain. It was probably for the best, because I just grabbed my race number and shirt and got my drowned cat self outta there ASAP, without meandering through the Road Runner Sports store, a.k.a. runner’s mecca, where I undoubtedly would’ve spent a pretty penny stocking up on stuff I want but don’t really need.
#6) Hubby and I spent Saturday afternoon at home, enjoying the rain and a Twilight movie marathon, since Breaking Dawn: Part 1 comes out next weekend (I can’t believe we have to wait a WHOLE YEAR for Part 2, lame)! Yep, that’s right, we’re Twi-hards. Hubby read the first book on our honeymoon and devoured it so quickly that I had to check it out and got completely addicted myself. Team Edward, all the way.
#5) Between movies, hubby and I made our own version of this gluten-free, butternut squash, vegetarian chili. Yum! And our buddy, Ashley, braved the rain with her sweet old man dog, Rusty, to come over and watch Eclipse and eat chili with us.
#4) Sunday morning, Jared and Sully dropped me off on the north end of Coronado island and I ran the Silver Strand Half Marathon. I definitely wasn’t feeling my best with calf and achilles pain, as well as some random, but super awful neck pain (probably from that marathon I did last weekend… Was that really only a week ago?!). Anyhow, if I could’ve deferred my Silver Strand registration to next year, I would have, but I wasn’t about to let my registration moolah go to waste, so I ran my best under the circumstances. Mentally, it was a really tough race because I was so negative and hard on myself–I had originally signed up for Silver Strand with the goal of chasing down a new half marathon PR and it was immediately apparent that just wasn’t going to happen. I wanted to drop out at mile 7, but pressed on and ran my heart out, reminding myself that I’ll get that PR another day and thinking about this mantra:
#3) After a post-race shower, we enjoyed brunch at The Cottage with our San Diego family, celebrating the newest Mrs. Landau’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Hooles! And while The Cottage didn’t have gluten-free pancakes, it was still awesome–mostly because of the awesome company and our adorably awesome family mascot, baby Zoe.
Ridiculously cute, am I right?
#2) At home, hubby and I watched both of our teams, the Steelers and Bears win! And I drank Jingle Bell Caramel coffee, while hubby and Sully spent the afternoon sawing logs.
#1) And we finished off my favorite kind of weekend with dinner and a movie and frozen yogurt. Yep, life is good.