Weekend Wrap-Up: Packing, Packing, Running

I’m linking up as usual with Tara at Running ‘N’ Reading and Katie at Marvelous in my Mondays for this week’s weekend wrap-up.Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 8.11.55 PM

I have not welcomed Monday happily today. In part, I know, because I am exactly six days away from vacationI cannot wait. It begins on Sunday with a day-trip to Baltimore to see the Detroit Tigers play the Orioles, and I’m looking forward to spending the day in the city. Any restaurant recommendations? Then in a week, I’ll fly to Detroit and drive to Empire, MI where my family is vacationing for the week. While procrastinating at work, I snuck a peek at the hiking + trail opportunities nearby, and I cannot wait to run there! And swim! And read! And stand-up paddle board! And hug my siblings! The trip finishes up in my hometown for wedding weekend #2.

Before I delve into the weekend wrap-up, I thought I’d share a photo of the very-large-couch-in-a-medium-sized car dilemma I shared last Thursday. I can now report back that the couch safely made its way across downtown DC, and we weren’t even pulled over… On another note, moving has reminded me that it’s only made possible with acts of kindness from your fellow loved ones and sort-of-strangers. Thanks for helping me lug my stuff around!

IMG_5032In infinitely less stressful events, I made it to my first Jazz in the Garden event at the sculpture garden. Even better? It was salsa night! I am a poor salsa dancer, but I enjoyed watching others dance to the music, and I was quite happy to sit with my pitcher of sangria and pizza to share.

IMG_5042 IMG_5035 IMG_5041On Saturday, I spent the morning per usual at Union Market for breakfast but found myself in a severe need of a nap right afterward. Do you have ever have that kind of morning where you wake up with an instant headache? Luckily, a twenty-minute nap fixed me up, and I made my way to the National Building Museum to catch The BEACH. Unfortunately, we made it there later than planned and only had time for the Scaling Washington exhibit. I have every intention of getting my tickets online next time and practicing a swan dive in the ball pit. I also want to catch the Designing for Disaster exhibit next time. Can’t wait to return!

IMG_5054After work, I foam rolled in preparation for Sunday’s run and got sucked into Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Alex and I have already watched Colombia, Detroit and moved on to the Congo episode.

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I had five miles on the agenda for Sunday morning so I ran to RFK Stadium where DC United plays and ended it right outside the Giant grocery store. I picked up the ingredients for the breakfast I was craving (eggs, avocado, fruit), and drank a chocolate milk on the walk home. I love my Saturday morning bagel, but my body was demanding something a little more nutrition. Breakfast was so good I actually made the exact same thing this morning! I’m sensing a new regular.

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The rest of the day was spent packing up the bedroom in NoMa to prepare for Sunday’s move. Luckily, the new place is only four blocks away, but I have a small chunk of things in Foggy Bottom I need to retrieve. It is amazing just how much stuff a person (or two people) can own. I was doing well purging in the beginning, but near the end I was ready to stuff anything in sight into a box. Whoops. On the bright side, a little caffeine + TaKorean’s tofu tacos never disappoint as a delicious lunch break. At one point after lunch, however, Alex and I looked up at each other and realized three hours had gone by in a flash. Packing is a time suck.

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Tell me about your weekend!