Wow! What a Weekend!

In a nutshell, this is how I spent Thanksgiving weekend:


  • Turkey Trot (on the trails this year). Alan and I (mostly him) put it on.
  • Just two for dinner.
  • Impossible to cook Thanksgiving Dinner for two.
  • Huge quantities of vegan Thanksgiving food prepared.
  • Huge quantities of vegan Thanksgiving food consumed.
  • Bed by 6:30.


  • Work, 7:30-12:30
  • Not a black Friday kind of person, but had to venture out to buy Samuel’s birthday present.
  • Didn’t feel good after shopping (possibly a result of the night before? Not sure).
  • Went to bed early with no dinner, worried that I was coming down with something.


  • Got up feeling much better.
  • Took a three mile run with Alan and the dogs.
  • Showered, packed and got ready to head to San Diego.
  • Arrived at my son/daughter-in-law’s house around 1:15.
  • Celebrated Samuel’s first birthday with family and friends.
  • Drove to Encinitas, where we had a reservation for the night, arrived around 6:00.
  • Didn’t feel like driving anymore, so we first walked to the beach (in the dark), then to dinner.
  • In bed by around 8:30


  • Got up, went to Starbucks for coffee, then went for a three mile run.
  • Showered, packed, and checked out.
  • Went to breakfast.
  • Went to Roadrunner Sports
  • Drove home.
  • Finished doing the results for the Turkey Trot (late, I know, but I’m just one human being).
  • Dinner of vegan Thanksgiving leftovers. Ate too much again.
  • Sat down to write this post.

A few highlights:

Thursday: Turkey Trot

Or as we call it now, Trot N on the Trails. Because of an issue at Palm Desert High School, where we were originally going to hold the race, we had to make a last minute change and chose the trails in La Quinta to hold the race (same course as the Gem of the Desert trail race). As a result, we had a much smaller crowd (only around 250), and I was in charge of the timing. Timing companies are pretty expensive, so with the small turn out we ended up doing the timing by hand, which is always a challenge.

Turkey Trot Wow! What a Weekend!

Backing up just a little, Alan was up at 2 am, and I was up at 2:30 to get ready for the race. We had plenty of volunteers, and everything went really well (except a couple timing glitches, of course). The race benefited our friend Jeff Rasmussen, who you may remember from my post almost a year ago, is dealing with a stage four brain tumor. Exactly a year ago on Thursday, he went into a coma and had to have emergency brain surgery, from which we were told he probably wouldn’t survive. Well, he actually walked the race on Thursday! Here is a link to the local news video about Jeff.

After finally finishing up and carting everything home, it was around 11:00. I really was afraid to sit down, thinking I might never get up again. So, I first made my pumpkin pie, then just kept on with the food prep. I made the stuffing and sweet potatoes, then finally took an hour for a quick nap. I finished up with the rest of the dinner, and we ate around 5:30.

Dinner Wow! What a Weekend!

After everything was pretty well put away and cleaned up (that is one part that is easier when there are only two people), I decided that there wasn’t really anything else I needed to do, so at 6:30 I headed to bed.

Friday: Work & Upset Stomach

I had to work in the morning on Friday, but I was done about 12:30. I spent a little time writing a post (it was Samuel’s first birthday!), then we went to lunch. Since I had put off buying Samuel’s birthday present, we had to venture out into the Black Friday crowd. It wasn’t too bad. We went to Target, where our timing was pretty good, and we got out of the store with our sanity.

By the time we got home though, I really wasn’t feeling good.  I just felt queasy, though it was hard to put a finger on the cause. I decided to go to bed early, skipping dinner. I was worried that I was coming down with something, and I was concerned that it would cause me to miss Samuel’s party on Saturday.

Saturday: Birthday Party!

Fortunately, I felt much better on Saturday morning. Good enough to go for a little run on the trails with Alan, Penny, and Buddy. We ran about three miles, then we showered, packed up, and got on the road to San Diego.

Grandpa Wow! What a Weekend!

David Wow! What a Weekend!

It was a great party! Lot’s of family and friends, and even if Samuel won’t remember, we certainly will.

Teddy Wow! What a Weekend!

Samuel Wow! What a Weekend!

Cake Wow! What a Weekend!

Afterwards, Alan and I drove to Encinitas where we were staying overnight. We talked about going to Native Foods for dinner, but once we parked at the hotel, we didn’t feel like driving again. Instead, we took a walk to Moonlight Beach and listened to the waves for a while, then walked to the Roxy, which has a nice selection of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. I was still pretty full from lunch, and chose a big salad and soup for dinner.

After that, a walk home and another early-to-bed night.

Sunday: Running and a Little Shopping

We woke up pretty early on Sunday (after going to bed so early!), and decided to go for a little run along the coast. Even though I had a long run on the schedule, I felt that a three mile run was just perfect. I’ll catch up next week.

Running Wow! What a Weekend!

Running2 Wow! What a Weekend!

Running3 Wow! What a Weekend!

After running, showering and checking out, we headed to one of our favorite places for breakfast in Encinitas, Ki’s. It was a beautiful day, so we ate on the patio overlooking the ocean. Pancakes for Alan, and a tofu scramble for me. It was excellent. I always order a Virgin Mary when we go to Ki’s, but this time it took a while to get it. When the server finally delivered it, I thanked her, then thought to ask, it is a Virgin Mary, right? She looked a little embarrassed, and said no, actually there was quite a bit of alcohol it it. She started to take it back, offered it to Alan (who doesn’t drink at all), then brought me my alcohol-free version. I really do enjoy a good Bloody Mary, but not when we are busy, driving, and trying to get things done.

Breakfast Wow! What a Weekend!

After that, we headed to Roadrunner Sports for a little shopping (VIPs get 20% off through Monday!). And then, finally, we drove the two hours home, where our dogs were almost as happy to see us as we were to see them.

Shoe Dog Wow! What a Weekend!

I spent about three hours finishing up the results of the Turkey Trot and uploading them to Active. Fortunately, we had plenty of leftovers from Thanksgiving, which we enjoyed for dinner. And, again, I ate too much.

Finally, here I sit, trying to put words together in a fashion that you will enjoy reading, before I had off to yet another early bedtime.

And how was your weekend? I hope that you had a wonderful, family-filled holiday.

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  1. says

    Sounds like an utterly SCRUMPTIOUS weekend to me! And when I say scrumptious, I mean both food wise and everything else wise!! I am obsessed with the Samuel and DOG photo!! SO CUTE!

    And honestly, no clue how you do Thanksgiving for two! I remember when I had Thanksgiving with just me, my dad and mom one year – my mom doesn’t eat turkey, my dad only eats high fat foods and lots of gluten, sugar, etc (essentially he goes to town) and I… Love me my turkey, butternut squash, chestnuts and Brussels! So yeah, it was quite the interesting year, which is why I made my sister, her husband and her husband’s parents come this year :D MUCHHHHHH Better – however, my dad still has PLENTY OF STUFFING to go! LOL!
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    • says

      I think stuffing is my favorite (and mine turned out really good this year!). I don’t eat stuffing except at Christmas and Thanksgiving, so it holds its appeal.

      I think I need to frame that picture of Samuel & Teddy (Teddy’s the dog :-) ). I love it too. I’ve been showing it to all my clients today..
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  2. says

    What an adorable little guy Samuel is! I look back on my own kids’ first birthdays with such great nostalgia. Glad you got to enjoy it. And i think a trail turkey trot is way more fun than the road anyhow! But doing time the old fashioned way had to be painful!
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    • says

      I think that picture may be my favorite of all time (at least of all time in the first year of his life).

      His mom and dad are big Chargers fans, he already has his own jersey (or two), so I’m sure he will grow into a good fan. Though grandpa is a 49er fan :-)
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  3. says

    these are some great pictures!! good for you for doing so much running, you are such an inspiration!! and while i don’t like kids…i can appreciate a cute one when i see one…and this kids cute!!

    what did you do for “turkey” i saw one on ellen last year, and i wondered how it tasted. I really like tofurky sausage links, so I’m sure it’s deelish!!
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