Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Wanderings - Busy Days in NYC

This was a busy weekend!  It felt almost like being in grad school all over again.  Right after work on Friday I went to a happy hour for two beloved coworkers.  We're having a small exodus at work, so it was sad to see these two go, but they're both moving on to new and exciting things, so I'm really happy for them, and I think we'll keep in touch. 

I woke up early on Saturday and headed up to the South Bronx to help edit a student's college admissions essay at the Bronx Academy of Letters.  The school has a focus on writing and college preparation, so the students were all well-prepared for the essay, and it was a real pleasure to work with them.  I forget how difficult high school was sometimes, and for students growing up in the area, it can obviously be a lot more difficult for many reasons, but the student I was paired with was so excited by the idea of going to college, and his writing was really top-notch.  I'm planning to keep working with him on that essay and some supplementals, so hopefully I'll hear which schools accept him - I hope he has a wide variety of choices because I think he'd succeed anywhere.

In the afternoon, I should have gone on my long run, but I was worried about the timing.  I got back earlier than I expected, but I had some cooking for the week to do, so I did that instead.  It was definitely a mistake, but I don't think it will be the end of the world come race day.  I hope not, at least!  The cooking went pretty well. I made Emily's Five Borough Reuben Dip for a party that night and some mashed potatoes with carrots and a yam for a Thanksgivvikuh potluck at work today.  The reuben dip was really delicious, but a word to the wise: if you make it, follow the directions and layer the cheese before the dressing.  I put the cheese on top and it formed an impenetrable layer that we had to cut through with a knife.  Ooops.

In the evening, we headed out to a friend's housewarming (reuben dip in hand!).  It was a really lovely party - we played Cards Against Humanity and 21, both of which were lots of fun and also took forever.  I'm pretty fond of party games, so it was nice to catch up with people I hadn't seen in a while and also try out the card game I've heard so much about.  We stayed much later than I was expecting (we *had* to make it to 21 one last time), and didn't get home until around 4am. 

Which is what made the weekend so disastrous for running.  I'd been planning to do my long run (12.5 miles) on Sunday morning before my parents arrived, but with them coming at 10am and me sleeping through my alarm until 9:30, there was no way I could do two loops of the park and still make it home in time to let them in.  It was wonderful to see them, though.  They brought down my Christmas decorations. (Space is at a premium here and I have three fairly large boxes of things, so the decorations live in my parents' basement most of the year.)  I was originally planning to decorate before our Friendsgiving party next week, but Roger convinced me to hold off for just a little while longer.  My parents took us out for Indian food for lunch, and we chatted about the holidays and our upcoming trip to visit my sister in Florida.  It was great to spend some time with them.

They headed out around 2pm, and by the time we cleared away all of the decorations that were scattered about, it was raining and getting darker by the minute, so I decided to cancel my long run and miss a reading I really wanted to see in Brooklyn.  I'm going to do longer short runs this week to make up for it a bit, and I still feel pretty well-prepared.  I may try to do a longer run on Saturday before Friendsgiving, but we'll see how it goes.  I'm not going to make myself crazy.  Roger was a doll and made our foodshare for the week (he found a great recipe for vegetable lasagna), and we figured out our schedule for the rest of the week so that we can get everything accomplished before the party.  We're a pretty good party team, I think, even if we did lose pretty brutally at Cards Against Humanity. 

Have a great week! 


  1. I love this photo! Also, friends giving and thanksgivingukkah- we're doing one this year too. We rented a house thorugh Airbnb so we have a big kitchen and a separate space.

    1. That sounds so fun, Liz! What a good idea to rent another place. Are you guys making any Hanukkah foods to go along with it?