How I Spent the 4th of July Weekend

Friday Night Went to the movies and saw this:

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Instead of theatre food, we snuck sushi into the theatre. I'm sure the people around me loved smelling my spicy tuna rolls, but way better than the gross nachos they serve there, right? However, my cousin did get some popcorn and I ate a few using chopsticks - a first for me, but you know what? It worked - my hands didn't get dirty at all! :)

The movie itself was okay. I think we all know it isn't going to win any Academy Awards, but it was entertaining - for the most part. I was just so happy to be in air conditioning.

Saturday

Had dinner at the Yard house, a favorite restaurant that I frequent when I'm in Arizona. They just opened one at Santana Row in San Jose. I had a Shrimp Caesar salad (sans dressing), then indulged in this:

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{kona coffee ice cream sundae - my absolute favorite ice cream flavor!}

Which quickly turned into this:

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Don't worry, I shared it with my cousin and we scraped off the whipped cream. This was my one indulgence for the weekend.

After dinner we went to the HP Pavilion where I revisited my 8th grade self and saw these guys:

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NKOTBSB

We had bought our tickets for this show 7 months ago, but I had forgotten all about it and wasn't even sure of the exact date until about a week ago. I felt so lackadaisical going into the evening, but once NKOTB came on stage, it was like 1989 all over again!

Back in 1999, I wasn't as crazy about BSB as I had been about NKOTB, but I still knew all of their tunes, which made it one of those great shows where I could sing just about every song!

My photos and videos turned out terrible, but here's some vids that I found online...

...And yes, their songs have been added to my running play list! :)

Sunday

It wouldn't be a proper weekend without a run, now would it?

For the second weekend in a row, I got to meet up with my favorite Bay Area runners/bloggers/tweeters.

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Ramen Run

{in front of the Conservatory of Flowers}

This time we met in the City for an almost 7-mile run around Golden Gate Park. This area of the City is usually foggy, but on this day we were punished with "stupid heat." It was waaay too warm, but somehow we made the ascent up to the infamous Strawberry Hill, a steep, half-mile corkscrew climb. It was more of a hike than a run up this hill for me, but we made it to the top!

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Strawberry Hill

{atop Strawberry Hill}

After our run we all headed to Genki Ramen for lunch!

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Ramen

Half of us are obsessed with ramen. It's my typical dinner on nights before a long run, but some of the other girls swear it's the perfect post-run meal. Either way works! And in case you haven't heard of ramen before, here's what it looks like:

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{noodles with vegetables or pork or chicken or seafood in broth}

I'm told that it's kinda like pho (except I've never had pho) but with more flavor. Sooooo good!

Later that evening I went to a potluck family dinner. It's impossible to eat healthy at these things because of spreads like this:

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I couldn't resist - I had a bit of everything but just in little portion sizes. Can I call that a win? Please?

Monday

After a crazy weekend, I needed some downtime and never left my house until we reconvened for a "leftovers" family dinner.

Fireworks weren't coming on till way past my bedtime and I had to be up at 6 am for a 6-miler this morning so I called it a day and was in bed before the fireworks even started. I'm such a party animal, aren't I?

Here's to a short workweek - may it go by quickly!