Welcome back to another Soundtrack to My Weekend where I put song lyrics to my pictures to make them sound more interesting. This is the “Longest Weekend Ever + Christmas” edition where I ate all day everyday. This is number 4 so you can find the first 3 here, here, and here.
I took Wednesday off and left straight for Nashville from work on Tuesday. That night I pretty much just lounged around with my family and the next morning, I woke up with a hankering for a long run. I ran from my house to Percy Warner Park where I grew up exploring with my dad. I was shooting for 10 hilly miles, but I was stopped in my neighborhood by my parents telling me to get in the car because we were going to the liquor store. Hmmm… okay.
Are you allowed to say that about your own food? We had my mom’s side come over Wednesday night for an early Christmas celebration since they were traveling this year. Some of them are vegan so I made them a Butternut Squash Quinoa Arugula Salad. It was so good and I ate the leftovers the next day for lunch. Definitely my new favorite salad recipe.
The next day my sister and I met our cousin Anna for a walk in Belle Mead. We pulled up and I saw my favorite car from miles away. Sure Jeeps are fine, but wouldn’t I look good in this one specifically?
After our walk, I rolled up some of my Goat Cheese and Almond Stuffed Dates that are wrapped in bacon and topped with a balsamic reduction. They were so good and a huge hit later that night.
(Just because it’s my favorite Christmas song). That night we went to my aunt and uncle’s house for Christmas Eve mass with my dad’s side and Father Francis.
The evening was then filled with lots of food and obscene amounts of dancing. There might have even been a tambourine and a couple hula hoops involved.
On Christmas morning, I woke up to my sister making our Friday Frittata, which was a gift in itself. We didn’t get each other much because we are saving our money for our trip to Italy this summer, but my parents did give me a Fleet Feet Gift card and old home videos that they had put onto DVDs.
Then I treated myself to a mimosa and since La Croix is everything to me, you know I have to put it in all my cocktails.
Watch this if you don’t get the reference or watch it anyway to have the best day ever. My sister and her husband went to go spend Christmas with Josh’s family so that night I went to see the movie Sisters with my cousin Anna and my aunt and uncle. I didn’t get a picture somehow, but here’s one of me and Melissa from the day before and we’re sisters so it counts. It was probably one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.
On Saturday I went out for a leisurely run and did my first 4 miles at 8:20. I haven’t run all that much since after the marathon, especially not anything fast so I decided to prove to myself I still got it by doing my last one at 6:30.
Around 11:00 my friend Macie came over to accompany me and my parent’s friends to my Uncle’s farm to shoot guns. Two of our family friends are Marines so they took us through gun safety and then we went to town. It’s definitely not my thing, but it ended up being a blast… get it?
That night was my uncle Tommy’s birthday and we met at Bricktops for drinks to celebrate along with a lot of his friends who made these. My mom is so sweet for feeding her fake brother in law some of her martini.
Yesterday I finally got to be reunited with Mark after a week of missing him. He had gone to St. Louis with his family to visit his grandmother. He let me choose where I wanted to eat and I picked Taziki’s which I love but apparently he hated it because he doesn’t life feta or goat cheese and they put it on everything. We were the only people in there so he said that wasn’t a good sign either.
But look at my salad and tell me you don’t want to eat it.
What was on the Soundtrack to your weekend?
What was your favorite thing you ate over Christmas?
Did you run a lot or take a little break?
If you traveled, did everything go smoothly?