Belated Weekend ReCap

27 Jul

Well if there’s been any common theme with me lately, it’s that I’m extremely busy and haven’t been able to post regularly. But I guess that makes the days I do post even more exciting, right? Lucky for you, tonight I’ve decided to make time and finally recap my amazing weekend for you – it was just too good to go without mentioning 🙂

I decided to celebrate my upcoming 24th Birthday this past weekend – so I invited a bunch of friends to visit for the weekend and go out on Saturday night. I didn’t really expect many out-of-town friends to come… but my best friend, Maranie, decided to surprise me and just show up at my door Friday afternoon 🙂 Best surprise ever!! I was just starting to get really depressed about how none of my friends from home ever visit or talk to me or care about me anymore, so having her surprise me pretty much made my weekend.

[Dan & Ken – you two are the exception, you always visit. Love you both!]

Instead of celebrating our reunion with drinks & dinner, we decided to celebrate by doing what we love best – working out. It’s awesome to have friends who enjoy the same things you do! We had an obnoxiously sweaty spin class – and then got dinner from our local Wegman’s. So typical for us.

Since we knew we’d be going out Saturday night, we decided to head out to Kelly Drive on Saturday morning for some running / jogging / walking / “forward motion” in Philadelphia. The day started out at a “cool” 95 degrees, so the first two miles of our run along Kelly Drive weren’t bad at all. We ran to the Art Museum and then continued to walk around Philadelphia and do all of the touristy things one should do in the city 🙂

Overlooking Waterworks on the Schuylkill River

Pictures from the top of the “Rocky Steps”

Rocky himself.

Love Park

We also wandered around Reading Terminal Market and got some amazing fresh produce to re-fuel for our 4.5 mile journey back to my car…

Overall we ran / walked 9 miles around Philadelphia with a heat index of about 110. I thought I was going to spontaneously combust.

After my body temperature cooled down to normal, we headed back and stopped at the King of Prussia mall on the way home. I’m sure all of those high-end shoppers enjoyed the smelly sweaty messes we were. Oh well. I needed a birthday outfit. Success.

By the time we arrived home, some of my other amazing friends were arriving – and we all got ready to head out to Manayunk for dinner & drinks.

I rarely go out in Manayunk because it’s a bit far for me – but I wanted to meet up with friends in the city – so off we went. We had dinner at Manayunk Brewery – which is an awesome restaurant… but not so much when they have been out of power all day and the inside of their building is at a stifling 87 degrees. I guess it beats the outside temperature of 110.

I loved seeing so many of my friends – so thank you to everyone who came out 🙂 It means a lot!

12 Responses to “Belated Weekend ReCap”

  1. Michele July 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Great pics. Glad your “almost birthday” was fun!

    • Jessica Rose July 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      You didn’t comment on my dress! Ha I really liked it. What do you think??

  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 28, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I love these pictures! I took similar ones when I visited Philly with my dad, they are quite necessary 🙂
    I’m pretty sure I would have melted walking around in that kind of heat for NINE miles! Good for you girl

    • Jessica Rose July 28, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      I think I’ve taken those same pictures every time I bring a new friend to the city… such a tourist. ha I think I was on the verge of melting – thank God for fountains & Vitamin water.

  3. The Sometimes Healthy Girl July 28, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Looks like a great celebration! I just celebrating mine this past weekend as well, and there is NOTHING like getting together with old friends. Also, I love getting in a good run on my birthday, so good for you.

    Happy 24!!

    • Jessica Rose July 28, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      I am very proud of myself that I did physical activity on Saturday – but it felt amazing & I’m really glad I did! Thanks for the birthday wishes, even though 24 seems like a really uneventful age. ha

  4. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) July 28, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Looks like a fun weekend, Jess! I probably would’ve died walking/running in that heat, haha. I pretty much stayed inside. 🙂

    Happy early Birthday!! 🙂

    • Jessica Rose July 28, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      Don’t worry, I spent all day inside Sunday with the AC. It was a beautiful day to be a tourist though, even if it was hot. Thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂

  5. Life After Swimming July 28, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Oh my gosh I freaking love your dress. And your hair looks fabulous. Also, is it bad that I have only been to Philly three times.. 2 of which I never left a school campus, and the third was strictly to go to a concert. Maybe I should go and do touristy things while I am living halfway between there and home?

    • Jessica Rose July 28, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Yay! I really loved the dress too – I was nervous because it was pretty tight & short, but it was my birthday celebration, so I went for it anyways. haha You should definitely come out to Philly sometime and explore! There’s a lot of great biking & running trails – you can stay with me anytime if you want to be a tourist 🙂

  6. readeatsweat July 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I love the salads at Manayunk Brewery! So many great restaurants in that area. Hope that you had a great celebration with your friends!!

    • Jessica Rose July 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      Please give me suggestions on other great restaurants to try! I need an excuse to get out to Manayunk more often. I had sushi on Saturday, which is hard for me to pass up, but I’ll have to try a salad next time around.

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