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So this weekend started off with a bit of a kink in our plans.  Collin and Chelsea weren’t going to be able to make it out to visit us.  Their flight from Houston on Friday night was first delayed due to severe thunderstorms and flooding and then finally cancelled due to regulations requiring the crew members get proper rest.  Our visitors were not coming to spend the weekend with us in the end.  Despite flipping the guest bed, tidying up the house, and being generally excited to meet them, it wasn’t going to happen this weekend.  While Bryan and I waited for updates on their flight on Friday night we headed to Fremont for dinner at Agrodolce.  Bryan got a dish of mafalde pasta and I got the roasted half chicken and we split the zucchini soup and burrata bruschetta.  It was a nice dinner and by the time we were back at home we received the bummer news.

Chicken cooked to perfection.
Chicken cooked to perfection.
Testing out eyelash extensions. Can never take a good selfie.
Testing out eyelash extensions. Can never take a good selfie.

Thus begins our three day weekend just the two of us…

Saturday was our planned long run day, like the last 9 Saturdays have been.  We had a leisurely morning though with our normal banana and blueberry pancakes and bacon, coffee and some TV.  Saturday was a mostly gray and cool day which actually made for perfect running weather.  Around 1 pm we left together for our run.  We ran through our neighborhood, ran along the ridge of Madrona, then Leschi, then Mount Baker, and then made our way to our normal lakeside run along Lake Washington, to Mount Baker Rowing Center where I turned around to start heading back north and where Bryan continued on to add one more mile to his run.  From there I ran about four miles north on Lake Washington, up the Madison hill and back home.  For 11 miles I finished in 1:42.  This was 11 minutes longer than what I did the week before for 10 miles and I didn’t feel that great towards the end of the run.  Bryan felt much better and finished in 1:46 (I think) for a full 12 miles!

Long run!
Long run!

Thus the rest of Saturday was feet propped up, reading in front of the fireplace, type of an afternoon.  We only accomplished so much as some laundry, wedding invitation stuff, and making a dinner of steak and pesto tortellini with morels and asparagus for dinner.

Sunday morning proceeded as most Sundays do for us.  We set out for church in the morning and spent another morning in the book of James.  We both were pretty much starving after church and headed to Capitol Cider in Capitol Hill on the way home for brunch.  We split their version of an eggs benedict (with zucchini and portobellos on a potato cake) and short rib hash.  Feeling much more sane we headed home for a bit.  This is when we started striking out.  Bryan called all groomsmen about their suits to only get everyone’s voice mails.  We went to Mario’s to pick out a shirt for Bryan but immediately decided they were all too expensive.  We went to Nordstroms to pick up his suit and try on shirts there but it was a zoo with their Memorial Day Sale and were basically told to come back another time.  We went to look at shoes for me at Nordstroms and definitely didn’t find anything.  We went to Anthropologie to look at jewelry and had mild luck.  We went to Specialty’s and had luck of two cookies.  We went to Office Depot and did have luck picking out an office chair for our new desk and even got a deal on it.  Also the sun was now out after nearly 48 hours of dreariness and even some pretty strong rain showers.

Our new office chair
Our new office chair

After talking with the parents Sunday afternoon we started to make dinner together.  We ended up making a pretty delicious mole with coconut chicken, rice and a mango salad.  Dinner was fantastic and we were fueled and ready to go Lindy Hop the night away at Century Ballroom…except that when we got there there was a line out the door, they weren’t going to accept our class vouchers because it was a live music special event, and it was going to cost us each $35 to dance.  Super bummed and annoyed we heading back home on the scooter.  We cleared the living room of furniture, we attempted to make Manhattans then quickly realizing that we only had and used dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth, and tried to have our own Lindy Hop dance.  Well the Lindy Hop station was mostly very fast songs and Bryan and I both were pretty brain dead of any of the moves that we have learned.  After being frustrated and down on our luck we settled into a show and called it a night.

Monday was a free day and boy did we make it feel like it.  We woke late but to sunny skies and birds chirping about it.  We made a super lazy breakfast of fruit, yogurt, granola and a side of bacon that we ate outside in our chaise loungers in the sun with our coffee.  We got dressed and set out for a walk down to Madison Park to play tennis but the tennis courts were taken with people waiting for them so we instead settled on lounging in the grass along the lake with everyone else and read a book.  Bryan got “sunburned”.  After a couple of hours of relaxing we headed back for home.  Even though it hardly broke 70 we were both sweating pretty good.  We decided to end the weekend with a scooter ride to Ballard and dinner at the last of the three Maria Hine’s restaurant, Golden Beetle.  We sat at a window seat and shared the sea bean salad and the fantastic lamb bulgur meatballs with baba ganoush, frisee salad and date puree.  Bryan tried the lamb sausage turkish pizza with roasted red pepper puree and arugula and I got the berbere spiced halibut with a cilantro yogurt sauce, roasted fingerlings, and brocolette.

Popular beach day
Popular beach day
Delish lamb meatballs
Delish lamb meatballs

Our scooter ride home was very pleasant along the lake and through the Arboretum.  We spent the rest of the night watching Game of Thrones and the rest of the season of Man in the High Castle.  It was a very nice weekend that we spent alone and are now well rested.  Well rested enough I hope for the rest of the whirlwind that is coming up leading up to the wedding.

Chelsea

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