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A Rainy Weekend

Happy Tuesday everyone! It feels like a Monday to me though, since I was off yesterday for Patriot’s Day. And it’s a short work week since David and I are going to Texas on Thursday for his cousin’s wedding! Finally, some warm weather! This spring has been completely nonexistent. and I am longing to be outside without a jacket on. If I recall, it was actually warmer in February!

But I digress…

Saturday

The weather that day was actually pretty nice in the morning, but it started to get colder as it went on. I had been wanting to go to IKEA for a while, so we decided that now would be a great time to go. We got there not too long after they opened, so we were able to find a parking spot and get in pretty easily.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE walking through the mock up rooms that they create. My favorite is seeing how they maximize the space of houses that are 500 square feet, 400 square feet and 300 square feet. I would totally live in something that small if it was organized that well. And now I have grand ideas of redecorating our house from top to bottom. I mean, my daughter’s room is pretty much a blank slate. πŸ˜‰

Speaking of, if I can get my act together and really clean the house, I’ll make sure to give you guys a tour. We live in a pretty unique house whereby we have no combustion (no gas, oil, propane), thickly insulated walls, and solar panels.Β Β 

OK, back to shopping. I went in to the store knowing that I wasn’t going to buy anything; it was just for getting ideas. But I tell ya, it was SO hard not to grab a cart and buy everything. I did tell myself that I had to come up with a plan of what look I’m going for and then go back and load up. That allowed me to put my blinders up and walk through without getting overwhelmed. πŸ™‚

Dinner tonight was the wings and calzone while watching “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”<– Not a bad movie! But then again, I like pretty much anything Ryan Reynolds is in.

Sunday

Ugh, it’s spring, why is it snowing?! This was definitely a clean around the house kind of day. After going to IKEA, I’ve been inspired to really de-clutter and organize. It’s really tough when your husband is a quasi-hoarder though. (He has magazines dating from 1999!) He has been getting better at it though, I’ll give him that. πŸ™‚

That afternoon, we went to Kappy’s (a local liquor store) for their Grand Tasting of wine and spirits. We had such a great time! There were 11 tables, each with about 6-8 wines to try from, and the tasting was entirely free! We both agreed that this was actually better than going in to Boston for a wine tasting. It wasn’t too crowded and everyone there was so incredibly nice. We ended up walking away with three bottles.

We picked up a silver rum from Doc Brown’s Really Bad Rum, a cranberry wine from Hardwick Winery, and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Carnivor.

Monday

Happy Marathon Monday! I posted yesterday about my years working the marathon, and I truly missed being a part of the hustle and bustle. I didn’t end up watching the live-stream but I was definitely following the BAA Instagram and Twitter (@bostonmarathon) all afternoon. I was almost in tears when I watched Desi Linden cross the finish line. Those were not easy conditions and the American’s came out on top!Β Seriously, 4 out of the 5 top winners are American!Β We definitely have grit and determination. And congratulations to Yuki Kawauchi for winning the men’s division! The fact that he is a full time government worker and was still able to train and ultimately win the race is truly inspiring! I know that this is beating a dead horse but Boston still remains on my bucket list of races. I’m thinking that 2021 might be the year. πŸ™‚

And a big congratulations to my co-workers, AnnMarie and Tino for finishing!! You guys rock! And to Teri who had an amazing race; you’re an inspiration!

Despite the miserable weather, David was determined to get in his daily exercise with Eleanor. We decided to go to the Natick Mall and walk the perimeter of the two floors. We got about halfway through, when we can came upon a play area that looked to be a fun place for her to experience. I stayed with the stroller while David took her to play. I did snap a few photos though. She’s so gosh darn cute!

For lunch, we split the chicken teriyaki dish from Sarku Japan. I can’t remember the last time I had this! And it was delicious.

In the evening, I baked a cake to celebrate tomorrow’s food holiday:

Can’t wait to share it with you!

How was your weekend? Did you watch the marathon? Did you RUN the marathon??

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