Weekend Shenanigans: Errands, Puppies, and Tina Fey


Another low-key weekend around these parts. D was up early Saturday morning, but I opted to sleep in. I finally found the motivation to go for a run in the sunshine, and put in a good five miles. The good weather meant the river trail was busy; even the tourists were out on their Segways. (I couldn't help but crack up as I ran past the line of them scooting one behind the other.)

After a refreshing shower D returned from his morning activity and I hopped in the car and we were off to New Jersey. Our destination was Hillsborough, a town located just north of Princeton (home to the most private boarding schools I've ever seen in one place). Why Hillsborough? We've been considering adopting a dog for quite awhile, and now that we're in a place where dogs are allowed, and our apartment is finally in dog-friendly condition, we decided to get serious and check out a few prospects. There were several dogs available to meet from Princeton's Small Dog Rescue; we met two dogs -- Blake, a cairn-corgi mix and Jake, a Jack Russell terrier mix (who looked a bit more like a mini golden retriever). We decided to go for it and put in an application for Blake; he was the dog I had originally seen on Petfinder.com. When we arrived at the showing, another woman was spending time with him, so we think she also may have put in an application for him, so now it's a bit of a waiting game to hear back. Theoretically we should know by Thursday if he'll be joining our family.

After spending a few hours with the dogs, we headed back to Philly, stopping first in Lawrenceville for dinner at the Fedora Cafe. We arrived around 4:40p, but opted to wait to order off the dinner menu at 5 p. We both got coffees to tide us over until we could order; D had a latte and I had a hazelnut mocha. For dinner, I ordered the salad and quesadilla. I'll have to replicate the quesadilla at home -- it was a delicious combination of goat cheese, roasted zucchini, squash, green peppers, and onions. Served alongside was a ginormous field greens salad with cherry tomatoes and a honey lime dressing.

Once back at home we chilled for the rest of the evening, and watched the last few episodes of The Ricky Gervais Show that I had from Netflix.

Sunday after breakfast we headed to a local doggie boutique to see if they had any dog training or obedience books or DVDs; unfortunately no dice. We then headed over to Barnes & Noble, where we checked out their stock and flipped through a few books. Afterward we hung out in the cafe for a bit where D did some data crunching and I read more of Tina Fey's new book, Bossypants, which I received from the library the day after it released to the public. (Geez, I love the library and the convenience of requesting books!) I think I have a bit of a girlcrush on Tina -- her book thus far is hysterical. Is it weird that I think it's cool that we both went to the same Planned Parenthood in Rogers Park? (And yes, a lot of women go to PP for health checkups and not abortions!) I'm about a third of the way through the book and pretty much have laughed my way through nearly every page. Definitely highly recommend! Once I finish this book the next one I've got to pick up at the library is The Pioneer Woman's (Ree Drummond's) memoir, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Clearly, I am taking major advantage of Philly's library system. Love!

After spending the morning at B&N we returned home, stopping first to pick up a couple sandwiches at Pumpkin Market. I opted for the hummus sandwich (pictured above), which featured sprouts, cucumber, red onion, tomato, and an olive tapenade on whole wheat bread. Delish. Over the course of the afternoon I napped and read some more Bossypants; D took more of our stuff down to the basement and cleared out our small side yard. Afterward we ran a couple of errand, ending with a trip to Whole Foods to grab some groceries and pick up dinner (since I was feeling too lazy to cook anything myself). We ended up with sushi for dinner; it was kind of exactly what I needed.


So, there you have it, another exciting (!) weekend under our belts. Now it's just a bit of a waiting game to find out if a furry friend is joining our family sooner rather than later, and if our lives are about to change forever! : )

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