Late to the Party

I'm posting my weekend update on a Tuesday because I just couldn't wait to share my newest tattoo with you guys yesterday. And because I won't conform to your blog rules, Man!

Also, I'm not sure how I feel about weekend recap posts, but here I am doing one. I know some people despise them. Your thoughts? I promise I'm only recapping this weekend because it was just so lovely and delightful and I took a lot of pictures. I do solemnly swear to never recap a boring weekend.

And I'm going to do my best to keep this brief because mama's got a brand new deadline.

My quiet Friday night helped me save my energy for all the running around I did this weekend — literally, literally, and figuratively.

Finally getting around to this book // Lady Grey tea & gluten-free choc chip cookies // planning & listing, ahhh

Saturday was spent with family celebrating my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary.

My mom made a memory book for them with photos and memories from the last thousand years. They loved it.
It was so great to have the family all together; now that we're older and a little more spread out, it's hard to get the whole motley crew in the same place at the same time.

Just give us a second, we'll get there eventually...
Okay who's shocked that I'm talking in this one??
I just love this one so much because of the private little moment my grandfather is having with his great-granddaughter,
my cousin's baby, in the midst of all the chaos.
Ya know what? Screw the good ones. This is the real us.

On Sunday, Claire and I had a race. It was her first, and I'm so proud of her and so pleased that she asked me a couple of months ago about running together.

I had mentioned last week that I wanted to reach a certain time goal, and unfortunately I didn't meet it.

But after I was finished beating myself up about it, I realized that this race route had a couple of good hills, where my previous timed 5k run courses did not, and that there will be other races. It was a humbling day.

No longer a novice with two races in the books... right?? ;)
And even though I didn't clock in how I wanted to, I know I still did a damn good job — placing third for my sex and age group, even! WHAT? yeah, it was a small race — and ran better than I ever thought I could before this journey began.

And there are always other races.  :)

I capped off my wonderful weekend with some fresh ink.

I haven't been tattooed in almost three years — which is bizarre, because before this hiatus, I got myself 10 tattoos without ever going more than nine months between sessions.

{I am going to be rolling out a series of posts about all my tattoos soon — stay tuned!}

Read about tattoo #11 here.

Throw some friends, some puppy lovin', some yoga, and some writing in between all that good stuff, and that's my recipe for a perfect weekend. How was yours?


  1. Is that a library book in the first picture? I hope so. I miss going to the library and taking books out. I've gotten used to reading on my iPad, but nothing beats a library book. Sigh. /random sad moment


    I love the pictures of you and your family! Also, is that your brother in front, with the boat shoes? Boat shoes are my favorite thing to wear this time of year.

    Congrats again on the race!

  2. I love your new tattoo, I went and read the meaning of it and it's awesome! I've got two tattoos and I'm itching to get a third one already. Congrats on the race, coming in third is a great accomplishment! I've heard that book it really great, it's on my reading list.

  3. boo to not smashing your PR, i have unfortunately been there. every year i do 3 races (5 k, 10k and 10 miler) and this year was absolutely disgusting time wise. so disappointed in myself. but you're right, always more races!! and you look super cute, so you win! haha. i have never placed anything, so you really win.
    also, i love love love all the family photos. so cute.
    aaand im not a weekend recap kinda girl unless i actually do something. i have done the things i learned this weekend link up like 3 times and im kinda over it. my normal weekends are sleeping and eating, nothing worth documenting. i dont mind reading other peoples though

  4. I dont usually like reading recaps but yours was short and simple and fun :)
    Love the family pics!!!

  5. I always read weekend recaps- I like knowing what others are up to! Guess I'm just nosy :-) So awesome that you got to spend some quality time with family- that pic is classic! And I absolute love the tattoo and the meaning behind it. I have a slight obsession with arrows; I always thought it was because I'm a Sagittarius!

  6. Congrats on the race. I don't care what time you did it in, at least you did it! Also I love your maxi in those pics!

  7. Glad you had a great weekend! No beating yourself up on a time. More races & more opportunities to exceed that goal! You'll do it next time! Your family is about like my family trying to take a picture! And I'm always the one talking, you'd think I'd be the one who was like on it to get the picture done!

  8. oooh la la, I'm so curious about all your tattoos now! I clearly have only just begun the blog stalking process ;) Your fam is adorable.


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