1 – Last Saturday, I ran the Beat the Blerch 10K here in Sacramento. In case you’re not familiar with “Beat the Blerch,” it’s a comic by The Oatmeal about running, which he eventually turned into a race series. The night before the race at packet pick-up, I met Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and got his autograph on my race bib. The race itself was great because I set a new 10K PR of 56:37, about 5 minutes shorter than my previous 10K race time from February. I was pretty happy with this time considering I’ve been a lazy bum lately and not working out much or eating very healthy. I have another 10K coming up on Thanksgiving Day, so hopefully I can beat my new PR!
2 – I recently went wine tasting with some girlfriends and had a blast. I hadn’t been wine tasting with girlfriends in I-don’t-know-how-long, so this particular trip was a reminder that I need to do so more often. We went to The Old Sugarmill in Clarksburg which I can’t recommend enough if you live in Sacramento and want a close, convenient, inexpensive, non-pretentious place to go wine tasting. Most of the wine tasting fees are $5 and the wineries waive the fee if you buy a bottle of wine. Another way I was able to save money during this trip was because all the friends I went with were members at some of the wineries we visited, so I got their member discount when buying a bottle of wine at their respective wineries. I really want to get a wine club membership somewhere too because it seems so “adult,” but unfortunately that’s just not in my budget right now.
3 – My coworkers and I all got a nice surprise at work this week: $500 AMEX gift cards from the CEO himself! Apparently this is some kind of early Christmas bonus? Whatever it’s for, I’m not complaining. I’m not sure what I’m going to use this extra $500 for yet. Maybe take Chris and myself out to a nice dinner? Christmas gifts for my nephew and nieces? All I know is I love my job.
4 – Chris and I are slowly but surely making progress on putting our house together. Last week, we bought a new dining set that can seat up to 8 people. Cue all the dinner parties! The dishwasher was broken when we moved in, so that finally got fixed. Some big projects I have left are to organize the stuff in the garage, get some more wall art and photos framed, and figure out how to decorate above the fireplace. Despite those few last to-dos, we’ve been having friends and family over for dinner and are loving how much easier it is to entertain.
5 – Speaking of entertaining, this weekend we’re having my family over for an early Thanksgiving dinner. This will be the most people I’ve ever cooked for at one time (9 people) so wish me luck on that! I’m also hoping Chris, Otis, and I can take a trip to Apple Hill tomorrow if Chris doesn’t end up working. I’m seriously craving some apple pie and an apple fritter!
How was your week? What are your plans for the weekend?