Isn’t is amazing how fast the weekend flies by? I started off this weekend with nothing on my To-Do list and no set plans but that slowly changed and the weekend unfolded into one filled with alot of fun activities. I am blessed to have a job that gives me each and every Friday off (YAY). My Friday was spent running errands, getting a much needed manicure, doing household chores and I did manage to sneak in a quick nap before having to pick the boy teen up at the subway after his part time job. Friday night was spent quietly at home with take out from Outback: ribs for the teen and wings and cheese fries for my other half and I. It was delicious!!
We woke up early (6am) on Saturday morning for our weekly Black Men Run meet up/run on the Washington Mall. My other half, Anthony, is affiliated with the running group but has been battling knee issues for the past 10 months. Just 11 days ago, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee to repair the damage (ouch). He normally is a very active guy — officiating basketball throughout the year, working out a few times a week in the gym and he loves to run. While he somewhat of a newbie to the world of running long distances consistently, he made it up to running 10 miles (last Fall) before his knee injury took him out of commission for 10 months. He is slowly on the mend so for this weekly BMR run on the Mall, he walked as I ran. I join in on as many runs with Black Men run and Black Girls Run as possible. Anything to keep me movingand improving. The weather for this run was less than ideal thanks to the constant rain but my run felt amazing and I ended up with a faster than usual pace! I ended my 5K with a final time of 28:49 — a 9:15 mile pace in the rain — YAY.
Saturday afternoon was spent relaxing and napping (heavenly). I then dropped the boy teen off at the Metro so that he could meet friends, Anthony’s teen also had plans with friends too so we decided to head out for a “Parents Gone Wild” date at the Maryland Live! Casino. We used to live just 10 minutes from the Casino and we have never stepped foot inside. Now we moved clear across town (almost 1 hour away) and we decided to finally go and see what all the hoopla was about. When we walked in, we were like kids in a candy store looking at all of the shiny colors, buttons and wheels spinning about. We decided to eat before we tried our hands at gambling. We were in line to eat at the ‘All you can eat Crab and Everything Else Buffet’ which is $34.99 per person. As we waited in the super long line, a total stranger walked up to us and just handed us a ‘Buy One Meal – Get One meal Free’ coupon! Those that truly know me, know that I LOVE a good savings. I jumped up and down and said a silent prayer to the coupon Gods asking them to shine down on this coupon and make it work and guess what?… it did!! Well, that was the beginning of our good luck! After we ate ourselves silly on crab legs, salad, fried shrimp, Chinese food and more, we headed off to the Black Jack table. I’ve been to many Casinos before and I love a good game of Black Jack or Poker. I quickly sat down to play at the $10 table with Anthony standing behind me. I started off by placing $50 on the table and I quickly turned that $50 into $97.50!! I know how to get up and leave when I am ahead and that is exactly what I did. I cashed in my chips for cold hard cash. Anthony has never sat at a black jack table but decided to try his luck and placed $60 down at a $15 table and he quickly turned his $60 into $160.00!! Needless to say we were beyond excited and like me.. he was quick to get up and leave the table to cash in his chips. Actually, after I counted his chips and saw that he was $100 on top, I remember tapping him on the shoulder and saying “C’mon babe, we are done”! What a fun night we had! We had a great meal at a discount AND won $150.00!
Sunday was a day spent with the boy teen. We got up early and hit the road and drove to Baltimore to feed our Neighbors Without Walls (the homeless). We met up with others at Terra Cafe where we prepared approximately 250 bag lunches (fresh sandwiches and snacks) and placed them into paper bags to be handed out along with fresh water and oranges on the streets of Baltimore. We had such a great time meeting the fellow volunteers that gathered together for such a great cause. I love volunteering with the homeless and with children and the boy teen is very passionate about volunteering and helping the homeless in any way possible so this outing was really special to him. There were many moments that really made my heart smile but one in particular caused me to tear up. As I was on one end of the street passing out water, I walked back up the street towards where the boy teen was passing out the lunches and the picture that you see above is just what I saw. I look up the street to see Isaac in a prayer circle holding a homeless man’s hand while praying for their safety, health and more. I was done! Tears flowed and I felt so proud to have such a loving and caring son. We volunteered for a total of 4 hours, met some great people, some with homes and some without. A huge thank you to my friend Cinneen for telling us about this great volunteer opportunity.
Sunday evening at 6pm is when we do the boy teen shuffle. My ex-husband (wow, seems odd to type that out) and I share custody of the boy teen and he spends one week with him and one week with us. We got home from volunteering and rested up a bit — well, I rested, the boy teen was busy on his PS4 and then we headed into DC for the drop off. On the way back home we stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few items for grilling. I have been blessed with a boyfriend that loves to grill! Unless we have other plans or unless he isn’t feeling well, Anthony will grill up enough food on Sundays to last for a few days. This week Anthony grilled several sweet Italian sausages and some huge chicken kabobs with green and yellow peppers. I seasoned the kabobs with seasoning salt, fresh garlic, onion, pepper, Cajun spices and then topped it all with a bit of zesty Italian dressing. Anthony turned that raw poultry into a masterpiece. While he was busy on the grill, I mixed up a few delicious drinks and we sat on the back patio listening to Kem on the wireless speakers as the food cooked. It was the perfect ending to a fun, family filled and lucrative weekend.
Inquiring minds want to know – How was your weekend?