This past weekend was my birthday weekend, and I had a pretty low-key but enjoyable weekend. I did things that I wanted to and things that I enjoy, and to me, that is a great weekend!
On Friday, I left work way early, and went to the gym to get in a birthday run. I had planned on doing 4 miles, but when I got to the gym I discovered that I never packed socks in my gym bag. So I ran 2 miles without socks, and that was so uncomfortable, so after 2 miles I threw in the towel and left. I hadnt really eaten a real lunch because I wanted to treat myself to something for dinner, but I really didnt know what I wanted, so I settled on something I never eat - a bacon cheeseburger and fries from Wendys. What a birthday dinner, right? haha It was delicious and worth the splurge. That night was also a crafting night, so after eating and showering, I was on my way out the door when my brother called me to wish me a happy birthday. I talked to him for about a half hour and it was good to catch up! Then I headed out to crafting! When I got there, they had a bunch of pizzas - they normally only have cupcakes, so I felt obligated to eat a slice of pizza since it was my birthday and all. And then I also ate a cupcake. It was delicious! I worked on crocheting leg warmers, but when I got half way done with the first one, I realized it wouldnt fit over my calf! So I had to start over again. I switched gears and made a card for my mom to mail her with her Disney bag tag. I think she will like it. I stayed at crafting until around 9pm and I was exhausted so I headed home. It was a really nice way to spend my birthday :)
On Saturday, I woke up and planned to go to yoga (I even pre-paid for the class!) but my stomach was NOT HAPPY with all of the stuff I ate the day before, so I skipped out on yoga. I took care of mailing some things. I even quickly sewed up a mini-pillow with some Disney fabric, and included it in the mail I was sending to my mom. It should arrive today so I hope she likes it! Then I headed up to Denver to go shopping at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. I have to tell you, I was disappointed, and it was not worth the 1.5 hour drive. I usually shop at the Park Meadows Mall in Denver, but figured I would try something different, and it was a total bust. Most of the stores I couldnt even afford if I tried. And no one had spring clothes out, which is what I was looking for, for my trip to Disney this weekend. I did stop at Lush and pick up some deliciously smelling bath products. On my way back to Co Springs, I stopped at the Castle Rock outlets, and I did get a new pair of Coach sunglasses. The Coach outlet was having a 50% off regular priced merchandise sale, with an additional 10% off your entire purchase! I couldnt pass up $130 sunglasses for just$60! And Coach is my favorite. My last pair lasted me 4 years until I lost them :( When I got back to CO Springs, I stopped at Old Navy and finally got a few things for my trip. Perhaps I should have just gone there in the first place. Oh well. Old Navy has a bunch of natical themed stuff out right now, if you are into that, which I am! Anyway, by the time I got home, I was completely exhausted from my all day shopping trip. I watched some tv, read for a little bit, and then went to sleep.
On Sunday, I had planned to run, but wouldnt you know - my ipod had died on Saturday. It just couldnt wait one additional week :( Well, I couldnt possibly run without music, so I headed to the BX on base and purchased a cheap shuffle - not even in pink - to get me through. I prefer the shuffle when I run anyway since I can clip it to myself and I dont need all of my music - just a playlist. At some point I will probably invest in a larger storage capacity ipod, but I really dont use it aside from running and driving long distances, so no rush for now as long as I have my shuffle. I also stopped at the local mall that I cant stand, because the luggage store sells Vera Bradley, and I wanted to get a new cross-body purse, which I did. :) Then I headed home and spent the day crafting! I put the first season of Warehouse 13 that I have on dvd, on in my craft room, and got to work finishing up my duffle bag! It took quite a few hours, but I finally finished it Sunday evening! It came out fantastic! I hope it holds up well becuase I am planning to use it as my carry-on this weekend! This is what it looks like:
On Monday, I finally did make it to the gym to get in my 8 mile run - my last longish run before the Princess Half Marathon! I did it on the treadmill because my stomach was still upset and I didnt want to get stuck on my run desperately needing a bathroom. It ended up not being an issue, but better safe than out of luck! Mentally I struggled through this run. The gym tv in front of me was playing CNN and nothing interesting. My music was decent, but I couldnt focus. Physically I felt fine and finished faster than previous runs, with an avg pace of 11 min/mile. My pace has definitely been increasing with all of this treadmill running I've been doing - I usually run much slower on the treadmill than outside - so I am hoping this will translate to a faster pace outside, too!
After my run, I stopped at the grocery store, and then headed home where I did more crafting and laundry. I made a new case for my kindle. Its a bit larger than the kindle so you can fit more stuff in it, like the charger, the clip-on light, etc. It also has a front pocket. I am not great at zippers, but its decent.
And then I quickly sewed up a sunglasses case! My Coach sunglasses came with one of those bukly cases that take up a lot of room in your purse, so this one is smaller, but should still keep my sunglasses protected in my purse! It literally took about 10 minutes to make!
I then spent the evening watching tv and making my running tutu. I am not happy with how it came out, so I think I am going to redo it if I have time this week. It is not as full as I had wanted, and since I used the softer tulle, its not as puffy and moveable as the itchy kind of tulle is. So I am going to try it with the other kind of tulle and see if I like it better.
Overall, I am really happy to have spent SO MUCH time crafting this weekend. I got through almost the entire first season of Warehouse 13 while crafting :) I did make some great purchases this weekend despite the not-so-great trip to the mall in Denver. I got in an 8 mile run. I did all of my laundry. I am pretty much all packed for my trip to Florida this weekend. I didnt do any cooking, so that is the only downside, but I plan on whipping up something quick tonight before dance class.
This week as far as workouts go, I have two hours of dance classes tonight, short run tomorrow after work, and then an hour of dance class on Thursday night. I leave for Florida at 6am on Friday morning! I still need to make reservations for Buffy at boarding. I want to make a list of things I need to pack to make sure I dont forget anything, too.
Work looks like it will go quickly this week becuase I have a meeting this afternoon, a meeting tomorrow afternoon, and a meeting Friday morning. Hopefully it goes by fast - I cant wait to get Disney, even if rain is forecasted for everyday we will be there (30-40% chance each day!).