Home again, home again. Our vacation felt like it went by so quickly. Saturday morning we were up early to pack up and hit the road. Cullen got in a few extra squeezes from people that love him so much.
What a wonderful treat to get to spend so much time together.
Casey, Cullen, and I made the very loooong trek back to Seattle. We discovered that flying with an 8 month old is a bit more complicated than flying with a teeny tiny baby. Cullen was not happy to be confined to a small airplane seat for 5+ hours, and Casey and I did a lot of frantic shushing, bouncing, and wrestling.
But eventually we made it home, and were happily reunited with Sarah, who has been watching our dogs this past week. Even though we had lots of work and unpacking to do the next day, we ignored all of that and headed out to enjoy a bit of Seattle.
First stop, Flying Apron Bakery. It had been WAY too long. And just as I announced that since vacation was over I’d get back to my usual healthy eating, I ordered a giant slice of vegan strawberry lemonade chocolate cake.
Sarah and I shared this monstrosity and we STILL couldn’t finish it. Casey got a gooey cinnamon roll. Sugar o.v.e.r.l.o.a.d.
Seriously, it was so much sugar that I felt like I could jump up and run ten miles right then and there. Instead, we decided to walk it off at our favorite markets. We wandered through Fremont and drooled over vintage furniture before heading to Ballard to scope out veggies and local treats.
Hard to believe it was 100+ degrees in Georgia last week, and we spent our whole time in bathing suits or under water. It’s in the 60’s here in Seattle, and we’re back to jeans, hoodies, and cozy nights in front of the fire. I’m actually serious.
Despite eating a large piece of cake for breakfast, I was already hungry for lunch by the time we were done browsing the markets. No trip to Ballard is complete without a Field Roast dog – topped with sauerkraut, relish, ketchup, and mustard. Perfection.
Oh sunshine, where are you? Didn’t you hear it is JULY?
We grabbed two big bags of cherries at the market – four pounds total – a mix of Bing and Ranier. One of the best parts of living up here is the access to absolutely amazing (and cheap!) cherries. We might not have sun, but we do have cherries. We put a hurting on this big bowl, all crowded around the sink spitting pits into the trash.
Followed up with a big plate of delicious dinner. Cheesy kale chips, salt and pepper tofu, and my new favorite roasted cauliflower salad.
As soon as I click publish, I’m off to type up that recipe. It’s a WINNER, and the leftovers have already been polished off.
Now that my half marathon and vacation are both over, I’m also ready to get back into figuring out what comes next with running and fitness. I mentioned before that I’m going to scale back a bit in mileage and work on increasing my speed for a bit. Yesterday marked the first of my 5K training runs. I forgot how brutal it is to run with the stroller.
This time around I have a bit of extra motivation too – a training partner! Sarah is going to do some of my runs with me, and I’m going to help her train for her first 5K. She’s done some running before, but mostly just treadmill intervals here and there, and nothing in a month or so. I’m having her (slowly) jump right in with me, and we covered 3.5 miles of walking and running yesterday – a good first run back for me, and an awesome start for her. More on my training plan to come!
We ended up meeting friends for a 3 mile walk later in the afternoon, bringing our daily mileage to 6.5. My legs are feeling it!
Cullen didn’t make a single peep during our entire run, so he was rewarded with a trip to the swings when we were done.
I’m sad that our vacation is over, but at the same time, it feels good to be back.