5 Things for Monday

Monday again so soon?

Today is National Coffee Day which means I made sure to stop by the gas station this a.m. and pick up a 20 oz. Columbian brew because I had enough rewards points to redeem a free drink of any size.

Which really means I'm spending National Coffee Day with a condition I like to call "farty tummy" because nowadays drinking coffee is like playing a game of Russian roulette with my digestive system.


In leui of writing my regular ol' Weekend Recap, why not just give you the bullet points in a 5 Things post? How does that sound? (Like I'm actually giving you a choice.)

1.) On Friday night, Clayton and I went to The Comedy Attic to see David Koechner. For those of you not in the know, David Koechner is most famously known for being on SNL, playing Todd Packer on The Office, and for playing Champ Kind is my absolute favorite movie of all time, Anchorman. It was a great show and I have to say, singing "Afternoon Delight" with David Koechner is now, undoubtedly, one of the defining moments of my life.

2.) Clayton and I spent the majority of Saturday afternoon power-washing our house. Buying a white house is all fun and games until you actually go outside and look at all the damage a harsh winter did to said white house. I shudder to think of how high our water bill will probably be at the end of the month, but it was totally worth it. (Though Clayton did grow a little weary of my constantly holding the power-washer like a gun and shouting "Say hello to my little friend!" as I annihilated dirt and grime off of the siding.)

3.) Like most homeowners tend to do a nice weekend, we ventured out to the home-improvement store (because we needed a new toilet seat ... don't ask) and while we were there, we discovered that several of their Halloween items were already on sale (how they're on clearance sale when it's not even October yet, I have no idea). For a cool $5, we bought this cute little LED bat to hang in one of our front windows.

4.) My cousin unearthed a recipe for the Italian Christmas cookies our Nana used to make, and I tried my hand at recreating our childhood favorite this weekend. The cookies require the dough to be rolled and coiled and despite following the directions to the best of my abilities, the cookies baked into flat discs and did not retain their shape at all. I'm going to have to do a bit more research on this recipe and see if I can figure out where I went wrong because I really want to eat them!

5.) I rounded out my weekend with a 10-mile run just before sunset on Sunday. My goal pace for the run was 9:00 min/mile and I came in right on target. No Doubt's greatest hits album and Macklemore's The Heist were my playlists of choice and I felt pretty good! The speedwork I do during the week has been tuckering me out, but as my long runs start to get stronger, I'm starting to see there's a method to this training plan's madness!

I hope you all had a great weekend, too!