I finally feel like I’m in the swing of things. I had some good runs this week. I ran four times for a total of 35.57 miles, which included back-to-back-to-back runs of distances 6 miles (in the 91 degree weather), 10 miles and 15 miles. The 15 miler was tough to finish, and I think it was the cumulative effect of the two prior runs. But it’s good training, to run on tired legs. I also ran a four miler in the gym on Tuesday night. The six miler and 15 miler were on the mall, and the 10 miler was on the Capital Crescent trail with a run buddy of mine. Looking forward to this week, maybe I’ll take Mini on a small run.
I mostly worked from home this week, which was nice. On Tuesday, we went to a local park where they had a neighborhood event–some live music, some food, and Mini’s first bouncey house experience. On Wednesday, we had a friend over, and I tried my hand at cooking some Indian food–daal tadka and matar paneer. I’d say that they came out ok, just ok, but I think I’ll get better the more I try. It was a nice evening though, we had some dinner and all of us went for a swim upstairs on the roof. On Thursday, we took Mini to see a South Indian dance performance at the Kennedy Center. It’s definitely something I’d like to get her involved with when she’s older. On Friday, we had a double date night with some other friends, went to Baked Joint for pizza. Saturday was fairly relaxing. I ran my ten in the morning, came back and took Mini to the pool so that Jess could chill for a bit, and then the three of us went to the Renwick Gallery to checkout the Burning Man exhibit. Oh, and we’ve been binge watching Friends. It’s interesting to see how that show has simultaneously aged and has remained timeless in it’s comedy. Some of the jokes seem so childish in today’s context, and some just work and seem to be funnier. I think I have a new found appreciation for it, even with all the past and modern criticisms that sometimes accompany it.
Sunday was another fun day. I did 15 miles early in the morning, and then when I got back, Jess and I got ready for some dear friends to come over for breakfast. They were in town visiting, and it was really nice to hang out. Always great to see old and good friends. We relaxed for a bit after that (I took a long nap when Mini did), and in the evening, we went to Shake Shack for a burger and then took Mini to the Portrait Gallery since it was raining outside. It was kind of a weird day in DC–everyone was a bit on edge due to the tiki torch white nationalists who were planning to rally outside of the White House. But the rally was a big dud for them, and the counter protestors outnumbered them easily by all accounts. Which is why I love this city and living in this area of the country.
Today, Jess mentioned to me that Mini basically thinks that she’s an adult. And it’s kind of true. She’s acting so grown up these days (I fully recognize how silly that sounds, too, to say about a 16 month old). But man, she’s able to communicate clearly, though not talking yet, we know exactly what she wants most of the time. Her signs of “more” and “I want to brush my teeth” are adorable, as are the times when she grabs my flip flops and tries to put them on my feet. There are so many memories to try to remember from these times. I’m soaking it all in, even the temper tantrums that are funnier than I try to let on. I really love that I can make her laugh in different ways–by reading funny sounds to her at bed time, to playing “where’s Mini” and “where’s dada” with her, to standing on my head, to playing hide and seek. This upcoming week is Jess’s last of her summer “break.” And by summer “break” I mean that she’s done an unbelievable job taking care of Mini while I’ve been working. It hasn’t been much of a break for her, which is why I am trying to plan a getaway for her and all of us this weekend.