Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fantastic Weekend #1

Ok, finally getting around to blogging about the FANTASTIC weekend I had last week :)

This one had been in the plans for a while: my sister and her husband (still kinda weird to refer to him as that) came down for the weekend, and our good friends Heather and Doug came up from Norfolk to join on Saturday afternoon for a Lobster Fest.  The Lobster Fest wasn't just some random idea: our families have been going to Maine together each summer for literally as long as Katie and I have been alive, and we'd always have lobster while we were there.  It became something of a tradition, and as we all grew older and stopped going we really started to miss it, so now each summer we all gather together at somebody's house and have lobster.

But whether it was tradition or whether it was random, it was still a blast.  Heather is one of the funniest and most random people I know, and when she, my sister, and I get together it's always hilarious.  This time was no exception: besides the obligatory "bye bye lobster smoochie smoochie" picture, her approach to eating lobster is best described as "boisterous" :P

Anyway, we had a great time and a great afternoon, and after dinner we all made our way down to Bev's for icecream.  Just an all-around great time.

As fun as lobster was, though, the rest of the weekend was pretty freakin awesome too.  My sister (who has become a bit of a runner over the past year) found a small and short race that weekend in Richmond, and nagged and nagged and nagged until I finally signed us both up.

Now, you have to keep in mind that while I've definitely made some great fitness strides this year, I'm still nowhere near the place where I just go sign up for runs for the heck of it.  Plus Saturdays are when I sleep in, which I CAN do just for the heck of it.  So as I dragged myself out of bed at 6AM on Saturday morning, the biggest thing going through my head was whether my revenge would be swift and deep, or long and drawn-out.  But actually (and my sister is going to be insufferably smug about all this) it really wasn't all that bad.  I mean, I was sweaty, out of breath, and was lapped several times by people pushing strollers ... but I finished in 34 minutes, and ran for 25 of those 34 minutes.  That may sound small, but for me it's huge, and the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that I got from it may just (and I stress may) convince me to do this more often.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, though, definitely keeping on the cardio schedule.

The other thing about the weekend was the experiment in veganism that it required.  Not for the lobster, obviously, but a good bit of time and mental energy was spent figuring out just what we were going to eat for the rest of the weekend.  I don't have anything against vegans, but I'm definitely not one and have no plans to become one, and I'm really not a fan of vegan food that pretends to be something else.  Vegan food that's designed to be vegan food can be quite good, but in my experience vegan food that tries to mimic something un-vegan usually fairs pretty badly.

So attending to that was an adventure, although all-in-all it wasn't too bad.  The vegan gyro that I tried at a Fan restaurant was actually pretty good, and the vegan lobster cakes (made with something called a lobster mushroom) I'll definitely be trying again.  So both those meals weren't too bad, and for the other meals, Brandon and I just drug her to places where she could get potatoes or something.

Anyway, like I said, it was just an all-around fantastic weekend with my sister and her posse :)  Best pics of the weekend are in the post, rest are on my facebook page.

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