Happy Marathon Monday/Patriot’s Day! I am back after spending the weekend visiting my brother and his fiance in Boston/Waltham for the weekend. My person was busy working all weekend prepping for tax day, so I decided it was a good weekend to head to Boston. The weather ended up being phenomenal and as always, it was a great time to see the family.

Friday morning I was able to workout (Insanity Max 30: Friday Fight Night Round 2- Shaun T. really outdid himself with this one! and a 30 minute elliptical session) before driving down to the bus station.

The bus ride was pretty uneventful- I did some work, fell asleep, listened to some podcasts, watched Guardians of the Galaxy…and was glad to get out and stretch my legs and South Station. My brother had just gotten out of work, and we rolled out to Waltham where I ditched my stuff and we went out to an Italian place for dinner. So. Good.

My brother spent a summer interning at Green Bee in 2013, and we grabbed a bunch at Whole Foods. It is naturally sweetened and low calorie, and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.drinkgreenbee.com/

That night we rented Napolean Dynamite (and I fell asleep by the end- long day!).

The next morning I woke up around 6 a.m. and went to use the fitness center in their apartment complex. No one else came in until a little after 7, so I had the place all to myself ๐Ÿ™‚

A little later we went to a breakfast place called In a Pickle. We got there around 8 so it wasn’t too busy, but apparently if you wait until 10 there is a line down the street. I struggled with the sweet vs. savory debate (if in heavy training and not worrying about nutrients for a growing baby, this would be a no-brainer).

M&M pancakes were tough to resist

Fortunately, my brother was having the same debate so we split two orders. I got the Santa Fe omelet with homefries and a grilled bagel, and he got Nutella French Toast. We were all so full we didn’t have to eat again until 5:30 that night.

Brother’s gf is in the middle of preparing for first year law school finals, so we let her have some quiet/uninterrupted study time and went into the city for the day. We took the green line from BC, arriving just outside the Hynes Convention Center for the Marathon Expo. Last year I waited until 4:30 to go over, and it was fairly empty. Apparently the beginning of the day it is a bit more crowded ๐Ÿ™‚ My brother was a champ and waited in line with me to grab my stuff (even though I can’t run).

We checked out the expo for a bit, and then decided it was so nice out we should get away from this crowd and out into the fresh air (it was about 70 on Saturday- not uncomfortable but still warmer than I’m used to!).

I am very awkward at taking solo pics.

We hung out on the Common for a bit, where I did some reading/people watching and bro fell asleep for 10ish minutes. We ran a few errands, went to a baby store to check out car seats (they very graciously purchased one for us that I’m really excited about), and headed back to Waltham. He estimated we’d walked about 6 miles that day, which maybe burned off some of that Nutella French Toast.

Back in Waltham, we watched some of the NBA Playoffs and rehydrated/cooled off a bit (I was pretty wiped out) before heading out for an earlier dinner at Bison County. I’m not usually a BBQ fan but this place was great and we all had a hard time deciding what to order.

That night we watched Fruitvale Station on Netflix, which made 2 out of 3 of us cry, and topped it off with some Arrested Development (which we’ve all watched several times :)). I also brought Easter goodies with me, including a bag of gluten free chocolate chip cookies, which bro made (he makes sure cookies are EXTRA chewy, and there’s really no other way to eat them in my opinion).

Easter Sunday we went for a walk for coffee (decaf for me) in the morning, and I hopped on the bus to head home. It was a longer ride but I listened to all of the S-Town Podcast, which kept me on my toes. It starts out being about one thing, but then it’s really about something entirely different (and that’s as much as I’ll spoil for anyone who wants to listen to it).

Back at home I was craving some veggies, and a cucumber and vinegar always does the trick ๐Ÿ™‚ All the stores were closed for the holiday so I didn’t get to shop, but will table that for Monday.

Today I streamed the marathon in the background of some work in the morning (I LOVE watching the Elite Women’s race). Bummed to miss out this year but I’ll get back there with a larger cheering squad someday ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you get outside this weekend?

Any fun Easter activities?

Have you ever listened to the S-Town podcast? What were your thoughts?

 

Weekend Recap: Easter, Boston, and the Best French Toast Ever
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