Weekend Wrap-up

Suzanne gave me a few complimentary exercises to supplement the programs she created for me as a thank you for referring some people to her. I am so excited that other people are using her services! I started doing the new exercises this Saturday and really enjoyed them. There were a lot of ab and glute exercises that only took my body weight to do. Two of my new favorites: Straight-leg Bridge and the shoulders-on ball glute bridge. I also enjoyed the plank with arm lift and THAT exercise was harder than it seems. My abs were sore for two days after that, which surprised me!


I also RAN at the gym! I’m up to 1.15 mile of straight running at the pace I used to run at without stopping or walking! I was really excited about that and even more excited that my knees were okay the next day, too. I hope I am over the worst of this crap.

After the gym I met up with my friend Courtney for lunch at a food cart in Woodstock called El Gallo. It was a food cart in a small pod on 48th and Woodstock. Courtney got two steak tacos and I got the carnitas burrito. She said her tacos were fantastic and they looked like it. My burrito was pretty good but not the best I’ve ever had. I started to have some food envy and wished I’d gotten the tacos, too!


It was such a nice day out and the perfect weather for hanging out outside. After lunch, Michael and I drove out to Edgefield to meet up with my cousin and her family who were there for a concert (The Flaming Lips). It was their son’s first concert. 🙂 I think he’s about 13 now.

I always forget how cool Edgefield is. I need to go out there more often. There was the concert and a wedding going on at the same time when we were there. As you can imagine it was a madhouse! So my cousins went into the concert and Michael and I decided not to stick around and have drink because it was so busy. Instead we went home and finally watched “Taken.” I enjoyed the movie! Liam Neeson was awesome!

Sunday I went swimming and then spent a few hours in the yard pulling weeds, cutting down blackberry bushes and listening to podcasts (Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class). I also got sidetracked and ended up picking a ton of blackberries.


This is the second gallon tupperware I’ve filled with blackberries from my garden. They are so big, plump and juicy and some are the size of my thumb! I’m kinda glad that Michael didn’t spray the blackberries this year, even though they are taking over the  yard. Anyhoo, I got a lot done in the yard and filled the huge yard debris bin with weeds and blackberry bushes. It was hard work but I’m glad I got so much done.

Dinner on Sunday night was burgers and squash from the garden!


I put some fancy cheese I got at New Seasons on the burger, it was an aged cheddar with mustard seeds in it. It was delicious but strong and a little bit went a long way. The squash is doing great this year.

Dessert was vanilla bean ice cream topped with some of the blackberries I picked that day. The combination of vanilla and blackberry was outstanding. I am loving the blackberries I’ve picked this summer. As for the rest of our garden, still no tomatoes ready to pick.

How was your weekend?

11 Responses

  1. Ugh, I’m at war with stupid stupid blackberries. Apparently the last owner of my place let the yard get overrun, so I have little volunteers absolutely everywhere! I would burn them if I thought it would help! I did go berry picking on Sauvie Island last weekend and got blue-, rasp-, and marionberries. YUM.

    1. The blackberries come from our neighbor’s yard. It would be nice if they’d take care of their side and we’d take care of ours and maybe it wouldn’t spread!

  2. I think I would prefer tacos over a burrito any day – sorry you had food envy! Looks like a great weekend – our weather was cool and perfect – loved it! I was happy to see my daughter and Mom and finally get my SIL to Chicago – she’s lived in a Chicago suburb her whole life and hadn’t been downtown in 20 years – crazy!
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