tryptophan and turkey trots.

25 Nov

I hope everyone is having a relaxed and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend! Mine has been a blend of family, friends, running, and school-work. So basically, no different from any other weekend. Cool.

I came home to my parent’s house on Tuesday night after picking up my brother at the airport.

he has since shaved off the mohawk.

Wednesday included a hardcore study sesh (listening to house music is a GREAT study call) and then “Blackout Wednesday.” I kept it class with a Skinny Margarita at Latigo Kid because of my Turkey Trot the next morning, but my friends raged pretty hard. A drunk speech was made, counting the bill took about 40 minutes and numerous minds to divy it up correctly, and we ran into tons of former high school classmates. All in all, a successful pre-Thanksgiving night out. No photos will be posted to protect said participants’ dignity.

We popped next door to the Canyon Club to see the Spazmatics, but my favorite part of the night was probably the mid-set house music interlude. Cool. I wrapped up the night on the early-ish side and slept for a few hours before my Turkey Trot!

On Thanksgiving morning, my Dad and I headed out relatively early to pick up my friends Hannes and Kelsey for the Conejo Valley YMCA Turkey Day Dash. We also ran into a couple of other former cross country teammates which was super fun.

hannes, kelsey, courtney, (courtney's mom, christina), and me with my eyes closed.

XC reunion 🙂

The course was a little bit anti-climatic (basically a run through the mall’s parking lot) but it was really fun doing a Turkey Trot (apparently the single-busiest day of the year for road races!) and it was great running with old friends! Hannes and I ran the first mile together and then he sped off – but I was overall happy with my time of 21:23. And now I am icing my knee because I am too old to be doing this. The shirts from the race are also pretty legit – huge turkey on the front, and the words “Fitness Before the Feast” emblazoned on it. Awesome.

I spent the middle part of the day printing out cover letters for summer jobs and watching this week’s Modern Family (easily one of my favorite eps yet – Phil Dunphy had the best lines ever). Record scratch! My family also went to my friend Garrett’s house for a potluck. It was fun talking to his family and seeing all of my friends again (even if they were all hungover). Hah.

Dinner was awesome and small – just my immediate family.


cranberry relish. the best ever.

yams what am.

Incredibly stoked for leftovers.

My mom and I ended the night by seeing The Descendants. I loved it. It was sad, funny, creative, artful, different, and well-cast. Also, George Clooney AND the Rule Against Perpetuities? Oh, baby.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you especially thankful for this year? 

After being in Madrid last year for Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for my family and friends and holiday traditions. Beyond that my iPhone tops the list. #notkidding.

3 Responses to “tryptophan and turkey trots.”

  1. Caroline November 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!! Oh man, all of the food on the table looks delicious. I need some of those yams asap! 🙂


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