Simple weekends are pretty much my favorite. As nice as it is to see new places, there’s something to be said for staying put. Growing up, I knew every weekend from June to October we’d be at the boat and from December to April we’d either be skiing or at swim meets. I liked that stability. It was my home away from home. Now, I don’t have the ability to go back to the boat every weekend (I wish), so that routine has been replaced with a new one: biking.
I hadn’t seen Tim in almost 2 weeks so getting out of work at 3 Friday was a nice treat. There is nothing worse than sitting in a standstill when you’re itching to get somewhere. He lives about 15 minutes outside of DC, pretty close to the National Harbor. I’ve only been there once back when he worked for KIND and we wanted to go back to try out the restaurants. We ended up going to Redstone American Grill. I got a burger. I know- shocking. It was alright but I probably would try something else if I went back. The cornbread looked amazing. They have a pretty extensive menu, but because I eat grilled chicken salads on weeknights, I try to get in some red meat on the weekends.
I wanted to go on the ferris wheel because it seemed like a good idea at sunset, but I wouldn’t call it a $15/person good idea. Instead we walked around for a bit enjoying the night before heading back to his apartment where I demolished a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. I said I was going to eat 5 because he wouldn’t let me order dessert (knowing he had it at home) but my eyes were bigger than my stomach per usual.
Saturday morning we arranged a group ride around Patapsco and BWI. I didn’t know everyone but I ended up really enjoying myself and made plans to ride with another girl without Tim. We went just over 34 miles- the furthest I’ve ever ridden on a bike- and rewarded ourselves with donuts. Because balance. Too much sugar after a workout is not generally appealing to me, but I ate it anyways. I usually crave bagels so I had one for lunch.
The rest of the afternoon was spent watching Scandal, taking Tim’s friend’s dogs for a long walk, and relaxing. In reality, the majority of our weekends in the past few months have looked like this, but it felt like it’s been forever with my vacation thrown in. I can only watch Scandal with him which drives me nuts because it means we can only watch it on the weekends we have no plans. Slowly but surely we’re making our way through the series.
We weren’t in the mood to go out for dinner or cook so we settled on Whole Foods. The one in Alexandria is massive and I probably could eat there every day for the next 10 years and never get bored. I made myself a giant salad (lettuce, celery, peas, corn, cucumbers, roasted green beans, and a few strawberries on the side) with a little bit of mac and cheese. Whole Foods has really good mac and cheese. Not as good as my mom’s, but still delicious. No pictures. Too busy eating. I will say, though, cucumbers are heavy which=$$$.
I did manage to snap a picture of the star of the show: cake balls. The WF in Harbor East has a pretty mediocre prepared foods section so I felt like a kid in a candy shop trying to decide on my meal. I ended up getting a red velvet one. So. Good.
Sunday morning we went for another long bike ride, this time just the two of us. I’ve grown way more comfortable riding and I’m actually starting to enjoy it a lot. It’s not a sport I’m good at (at all), I just like it. It’s our “thing.” I love being outside and I can only run so many miles a week without hurting myself, so biking has filled that void. I skipped the donuts this time but somebody ate the last couple. 70 miles for the weekend is a new milestone.
The rest of the afternoon was spent walking the dogs again, napping, watching Scandal, and driving back to Baltimore. We ate at a place in Fells where I ordered a grilled chicken wrap before saying goodbye to that guy pictured above^^. I got a small ice cream after because ice cream cures all. August is going to be tough with our schedules not matching up and me going home again in a few weeks so last night was even more of a struggle than usual.
The weekend went by too fast. The good ones always do.
How do you like to spend your weekends?
Are you a donut person?
I’m really not, but I’ll eat just about anything with sprinkles.