Well, we didn’t end up going to Carmel over Labor Day weekend like we had planned. A week ago, Chris and I noticed that Otis kept squinting one of his eyes, like he had gotten dirt in it or something. After a couple days and no signs of improvement, we took Otis to the vet to find out that he had scratched his eye with his dew claw. The vet said it had to do with the fact that pugs have bulgy eyes, which can cause them to sleep with their eyes open, which causes their eyes to get dried out, which causes them to rub their eyes and accidentally scratch them. HASHTAG PUG PROBLEMS.
We found all this out the Tuesday before our trip to Carmel. We had a follow up appointment scheduled for Friday (the day before we were scheduled to leave) to check for improvement in Otis’ eye and get the ok to take his cone-of-shame off. Chris and I debated on whether or not to cancel our trip to Carmel. Otis’ eye would most likely be better by Friday, but what if it wasn’t? It would be too late to cancel our hotel reservation without getting charged $200. So to play it safe, we decided to cancel our much anticipated trip and just do a little staycation here. We were super bummed we weren’t going to be able to take Otis to Carmel anymore, especially since his knee surgery is coming up this Thursday and we won’t be able to let him do anything fun for almost two months because of his restricted activity level. But it would be for the best, and Carmel will always be there.
Luckily for us, Sacramento is an awesome little city and there’s a lot to do here. Chris and I started the weekend out with a double date with our friends at Broderick Roadhouse, a restaurant known for having incredible burgers. We caught up with our friends over Jumbo Wings and Bahn Mi Fries, and learned that they’re pregnant with their SECOND baby. Man, you know you’re getting old when your friends are on their second baby!
On Saturday morning, I was anxious to get a workout in after the seriously unhealthy dinner I had eaten the night before. I decided a six mile run would help me burn a good amount of calories, so I did my run and ended up setting a new 10K PR of 59:05! I had never finished a 10K in under an hour before, so I was pretty excited about this little running accomplishment of mine.
Since we ended up staying in town, we moved Otis’ follow-up vet appointment from Friday to Saturday. At the appointment, the vet told us that Otis’ eye was all healed and he was good to take off his cone-of-shame. To celebrate, we took Otis to a new dog park and ran around with him for an hour or so. We had a blast playing with our little guy and watching him befriend and play with other dogs. After his surgery, he won’t be able to do this for a while, so we were soaking it all in!
Later that night, Chris and I set out for a night on the town. We recently discovered we like to restaurant hop: when we choose three different restaurants and order drinks/appetizers at each one instead of eating a 3-course dinner at just one restaurant. We started the night out a Block Butcher Bar, a little place known for their charcuterie and craft cocktails. Our second stop was Hock Farm, one of the restaurants in Sac known for their farm-to-fork menu. Our third stop was going to be at a Mexican food restaurant called Mayahuel, but I ROLLED MY ANKLE before we could even sit down at the bar! Yup, I rolled my ankle again folks; this time it was because of a combination of my wedge heel + a slick floor + the fact that I was a little tipsy. This wouldn’t be a huge deal if I wasn’t going to run a half marathon in less than a month! New rule: I’m not allowed to wear heels anymore while I’m training for a half marathon. Needless to say, we ended the night there. Chris called an Uber to take us back to our car, we picked up dessert on the way home, and I ate it in bed while icing my ankle. Womp womp.
Sunday was another day full of good food and local adventure. My first stop was brunch at Broderick’s Roadhouse (again) to celebrate my bestie’s birthday with Bloody Marys and lots of carbs! My second stop was Chalk It Up, a free art and music festival that happens in Sac every Labor Day weekend. Chris and I thought it would be fun to bring Otis since it’s an outdoor event; however, it ended up being really hot outside which tired out Otis pretty quickly. Pugs don’t do well in the heat, and my ankle was still kind of hurting, so we ended up leaving after an hour. The event was fun while it lasted, though! Lots of amazing chalk art on the sidewalks and fun live music to listen to.
Even though we didn’t get to go to Carmel, my Labor Day weekend was still pretty great (with the exception of rolling my ankle) because I indulged in delcious food, set a new PR, and got to spend quality time with my husband, fur baby, and friends. In between social plans, I was able to get chores and errands crossed off my to-do list which helped me to feel like I had a productive weekend, too. Another couple benefits of our staycation was that we saved money and didn’t have to deal with the holiday weekend traffic. Because we stayed home, I’m definitely feeling refreshed and ready to go back to work today. Bring on the four-day work week!
How was your Labor Day Weekend? Did you go out of town or stay local?