Weekend Recap at the zoo

Oh my gosh, I was so surprised to wake up this morning and discover that it was only 30° with a chance of snow ...

... said no one from Indiana ever.

Midwesterners aren't even phased anymore. Spring is a just a myth we keep hearing about. We've learned to stop getting our hopes up.

How was your weekend? Mine was, in a word: AMAZING. Seriously. Best weekend I've had in awhile.

First of all, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning Hook on DVD (thank you, ebay!), so Clayton and I ordered a Cream n' Crimson pizza from Aver's on Friday (hand's down, the BEST pizza ever) and cozied up to one of our favorite childhood flicks.


On Saturday morning I woke up with an epiphany: I wanted to go to the zoo. I LOVE going to the zoo and we were supposed to go on our anniversary, but a blizzard kept us indoors, so we were way overdue for a visit. I poked a sleeping Clayton in the shoulder and said, "Hey, can we go look at some animals?"

I've only been to the zoo in the summertimewhen it's so hot the animals do nothing but lay miserably in the shade. Don't get me wrong, it's still always a good time, but the animals just aren't very active.

Going to the zoo when it's chilly is the way to go! All of the animals were out in full force and since cold, windy weather kept many people at home, it was almost like having the zoo to ourselves. We witnessed a tiger make a full-out roar, we watched a male and female lion tussle, and we even got to see an elephant taking a bath!

Actually, if you want to be completely accurate, we got to see an elephant eating while taking a bath.

A creature after my own heart ...

After meandering around the zoo for a few hours, Clayton and I dined on burgers and fries and then treated ourselves to one of my very favorite indulgences: Gigi's Cupcakes.

Clayton's Midnight Magic cupcake

So much icing! This buttercream is not for the faint of heart!

I've sampled several of their cupcake flavors, but Wedding Cake is by far my favorite. What can I say, I'm a vanilla on vanilla kind of girl.

If you're ever in the Indy area, do yourself a favor and stop at Gigi's. Tell them Courtney sent ya! (I'm just kidding. They don't know me.)

On Sunday afternoon, I begrudgingly prepared to run 11 miles for the Hoosier Half marathon. I've been feeling chronically anxious about this race and since my runs have been SO hit or miss lately, I've been dreading anything over 5 miles. Training for this race has been a random experimentation and I'm trying so many different things, it's anyone's guess as to how the actual race will go.

I've eliminated almost 2 weeks of tapering and I am only running one workout a week at race pace (everything else is slow and steady to save my legs). I have no idea if any of these new changes are gonna pay off, and I hate the uncertainty.

But I am extremely relieved to share that Sunday's run went fantastic! I don't think it could have gone any better unless it had been actual race day and someone gave me a banana and a medal when I was done. I completed the run with an average mile pace about 5 seconds faster than my goal! Now, I'm not delusional enough to believe I will hold this pace on the hilly race course, but being able to run this fast for 11 miles (and feel amazing while doing it!) was so reaffirming to me on so many levels. I really, really needed that.

And after recovering with a peanut butter, banana and granola sandwich and a few hours on the couch, I made myself a celebratory cocktail with the left over sorbet vodka we have from New Year's Eve.

Sorry about the cup. ha ha!


  1. Do not be sorry about that glass - I'm jealous of it. Stewie rules. Great job on your run!

    Also, I now want cupcakes. And I want to see tigers.


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