Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Wanderings - Take Your Base 5K 2015

This weekend was busy, but tons of fun! On Friday, I pinch-hit for an LNL interview, and got to meet two really interesting poets whose work I've admired for a long time now. One of the best parts of working for them is having the chance to meet so many great writers!

On Saturday, I woke up early and headed down to Coney Island, where Danielle, Nora, and I ran the Take Your Base 5K. We ran it last year, too, and I think that—like the Freihofer's Run for Women and the Putnam County Classic—it's becoming a race I want to run year in and year out. Traditions are pretty important to me, and I like having a routine, and so I'm excited to have a few races that I like to run every year. This one is probably the most fun of any of the races I run, so I was really excited to get out there, and it was a blast!

Even though the day was grey, I would have liked to spend a little time on the beach, but alas, after a great finish on homeplate and a Nathan's hot dog, I had to be on my way. That afternoon, R. and I were heading to our friends Caitlin and Tej's wedding celebration!

The couple got married a few weeks ago at city hall, so they had a small, self-catered reception at their house. It was a blast, and they made some of the most delicious food I've had in a long time, including grilled paneer and papri chaat! It was tons of fun to catch up with everyone over such a happy occasion.

The happy couple!

After the party, it was even more food and friends! We headed to a friend's apartment for an incredible dinner of feta and watermelon salad and duck cassoulet. The cassoulet was so rich and delicious that I wanted to eat it forever. We brought over a salty honey pie, so it was quite the evening of rich food. But even better than the food was the conversation, which went until 1am. It was great to catch up with them, and really closed out a lovely day in the perfect way.

On Sunday, we decided to take it a little easy after such a busy day. We tried to go to the Morbid Anatomy Museum's flea market, but the line was literally around the block, so we just made a nice long walk to Target for a few things, and then headed home to catch up on some reading and work.

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