Monday, July 8, 2013

weekend wrap-up

Man, I had such a good weekend. The idea of working a full week is absolute torture. Though with the heat and humidity, it is nice to be in my air conditioned office.

Brooklyn Boulders Somerville had its soft opening! Lu purchased a pre-sale membership and can climb between now and the grand opening. I did have to pay $22 for a day pass (ew), but the gym is so magnificent that it was worth it. It didn't hurt that she offered to buy me a drink post-climb. What can I say? I'm an easy sell. The walls are high, and everything is so shiny and new. There were a couple of photographers there, and we befriended the one who seemed rather impressed by us since we caught him snapping a lot of pictures. I'm hoping he got a few sweet ones of us on the 50 foot walls. I probably climbed a little harder than I should have considering the very early run I had planned for Saturday morning. Eh, what can ya do, right?

I was pretty confused when my alarm went off at 6:15am on Saturday morning. Why did I have to be awake at this inhumane time? Oh riiiiiight. Long run with Catie and Kim! It was a cool 84 degrees when I woke up, and I knew it was going to be a painful and sweaty run. Luckily Battle Road is mostly shaded, which is exactly why I had suggested it in the first place. It was so great to catch up with these ladies, and it definitely helped to keep me going on the run. We ended up doing just under 8 miles at an ungodly slow pace (which was all me, since those two are pretty damn speedy). A couple of days of hard climbing earlier in the week and the remnants of the chest cold definitely slowed me down. Add in the oppressive heat and it was just a matter of surviving. When temperatures and humidity are what they are, it's just about time on your feet. I'll save the speed (what little I have) for the track.

After saying see you soon to the girls, it was time for a haircut and some time with J2 (trying out nicknames here and seeing if any will stick). I haven't gotten a haircut since January and it was definitely time. My hair stylist loves me because I told her that she could do whatever she wanted as long as she didn't leave me looking like a little boy or a circus clown. I'm very happy with the results and can report that I resemble neither a little boy nor a circus clown. Mission accomplished. Soon after J2 came over and we relaxed by the AC in my bedroom and before moseying out for dinner and dessert. One of our favorite activities is to eat ice cream. Luckily there is a JP Licks a 15 minute walk from him house and no fewer than three frozen yogurt joints half a mile from mine. Let me tell ya, that is livin'.

The plan was to wake up on Sunday to get in a nice ride before the heat and humidity set in. Alarm was set for 9:00am, and we made it out of the house at 11:00am. Sadly, this is pretty good for us on a weekend morning. A certain someone loves to sleep and it means that I'll often wake up and end sleeping on and off until my body freaks out and I just have to get out of bed. I had an 60 minute recovery ride on the schedule and decided to opt for the Minuteman path since it has a good amount of tree coverage. We ended up biking about 12 miles before making our way to Ball Square Cafe (one of my favorite spots!) for brunch. I mean, can't live with a calorie deficit, right?

The rest of the day was spent camped out by the air conditioner watching episodes of Dexter, napping, and playing Spore - a game that J2 downloaded onto my computer. I hate to admit it, but it's pretty fun. You pretty much start out as a cell and perform different tasks as you evolve and emerge from the primordial ooze. Yea, dude, I just admitted that I like a video game. Weiiiird. We finished out the weekend with Indian food and ice cream (surprising, no?) and, oh yea, more Dexter. For the record, I'm at the end of season 3 and it's killing me that I don't know what's going to happen!

All in all, a perfect weekend with lots of activity, eating, and ice cream consumption. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

What did you do this weekend?

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