Since I moved in with my parents at the beginning of 2018, I’ve only spent a handful of days alone. This is unusual for someone who lived alone for most of the time between 2011 (my sophomore year of college, when I moved into a single dorm room) and 2018. I’m totally used to and comfortable with being by myself, but it is strange to experience it again when I live with roommates (lol) most of the time.
Nevertheless, it was a good weekend — even though it wasn’t entirely spent alone. I had Honey around, obviously, and I also hung out with some friends and spent time in public running & running errands. So here’s what a (long), mostly solo weekend in the life looks like for someone who used to live alone!
My parents spent the weekend in Denver with my sister, and flew out on Thursday night, so I chose to work from home Friday so Honey wouldn’t have to be alone for 10 hours. She’s used to my mom being around most of the day, and I know she’s fine being left alone for hours, but I wanted to spend some time with my girl, since I usually don’t get to much during the week.
I started the day with a neighborhood walk, then got on my computer and started working. I love working from home because I don’t feel tied down to my desk, so I can get up and move around during the day. I also multi-tasked by doing some laundry!
A sleepy work-from-home day.
I got done around 4:30, so I got ready to go out and take Honey to the dog park. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, since she wasn’t really interested in playing, but I wanted to make sure she got some energy out. Then we headed home so I could feed her dinner, and I could meet my friend in downtown Phoenix for First Friday — a monthly art/music festival in the Roosevelt Row district.
Lens flare at the dog park.
The drive there was alright, until I got a few miles from my exit, when traffic slowed to a crawl. But the worst part of the drive was trying to find parking! I didn’t realize there wouldn’t be any spaces within several blocks of the festival area, so I ended up parking in a garage a few blocks away, which was fine, except it cost $20 (which I didn’t know about until I left the garage) for just a few hours!
I made my way through the festival area, which was packed with so many different types of artists/entertainers/pseudo-scientists (seriously, there was a whole display set up claiming the Earth really is flat 🙄), and found my friend at an outdoor wine bar. I met her when I was working in Tucson (we were both producers at the TV station, and we worked together a lot the first year I was there), and then she moved to San Francisco in 2017, and recently moved to Phoenix, so I’ve met up with her a few times since then. She introduced me to her two friends, who had also recently moved from SF to Scottsdale.
I’m very worried for people who believe this…
We ventured through the crowd again and decided to stop at PAZ Cantina for drinks. I had the smallest jalapeno margarita ever (it was basically in a shot glass) and another tequila based drink, and we spent an hour or so chatting while listening to the band playing very loud ska-esque music.
Really tasty, but too tiny.
We all got hungry, so we walked several blocks to Welcome Diner. I’d been to the Tucson location three times, but never checked out the PHX one, even though it was pretty close to where I used to work. It’s the perfect place for late night food adventures, since it’s open til 2 am. We weren’t there that late (it was around 10:30 pm) but it was nice to go to a place that has vegan options open after 9. TBH, I prefer the Tucson location since they have a lot more vegan dishes, but I can’t complain about the BBQ jackfruit fries I ordered! After not eating since 4 pm, they hit the spot, along with the drink I had — it was called the Prancing Pony, and it was made with prickly pear, aperol and tarragon-infused rum 😍
I took down almost this entire plate #noshame
I split a Lyft with my friend just to get back to the parking garage (I didn’t really feel safe walking the several blocks back, since the streets are so dark), and then drove home and finally fell asleep around 1 am. That’s the latest I’ve stayed up in awhile!
I got out of bed around 10 am and had a slow start to the morning, thanks to a slight headache that hung around the whole day. I took Honey for a walk and then went out for my run.
I hadn’t run outside in the middle of the day in quite awhile, and it’s still pretty warm in AZ (it was in the mid to upper 90s all weekend), so going for a run at 1 pm in the heat of the day wasn’t my smartest idea, but it ended up being completely worth it. I drove to the Riparian Preserve, this huge nature park about 15 minutes away from me, that I’ve run at a few times.
The first mile of the run was a struggle. I hadn’t run with my Camelbak in a couple months, and it felt so awkward sloshing around, but I was so thankful for the water I brought with me, because it was so hot.
I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d make it the 4 miles I had planned, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other and…ended up running 6 miles! I would have run even further, but I didn’t want to stress out my Achilles too much, since it’s been hurting on every run. I was super happy with my run, though, especially with my pace, which was about 9:10 min/mile, and that was with the headache, the heat, the Achilles pain and the blisters I acquired from walking around in uncomfortable shoes on Friday night!
Captured these cacti on the way back to my car.
When I got back home, I was absolutely wiped, so I relaxed on the couch with Honey for awhile, before finally getting ready to go to Whole Foods! I don’t shop there much anymore since it’s a 25 minute drive, but sometimes it’s worth the trek. I seriously stocked up (and spent $100, whoops) and had the best time browsing the aisles at my own pace.
I was smart for once and actually got a cart, instead of trying to carry the world’s heaviest basket.
On my way home, I picked up dinner and dessert. I have wanted to try poke for months, but most places don’t offer vegan options. Then I saw that Ahipoki had a new topping called ahimi, which is a tomato-based tuna alternative, and I knew I had to get it. I loaded up my bowl with brown rice, salad mix, edamame, green onions, garlic dressing, chili flakes and the ahimi. It was a tad too salty, but soooooo good!
Ready to go back for more!
I also stopped by Nekter Juice Bar to get the charcoal vanilla Skoop, which is their vegan ice cream! I’m sad I only got to try a couple of their summer flavors, but the charcoal vanilla is still my fav and I’m glad it’s back. I enjoyed it topped with a spoonful of pumpkin butter and chocolate chips while watching the new episode of Saturday Night Live. I’m glad SNL is on live now, because it started at 8:30 (instead of 10:30), so I could get in bed before 11, which was much-needed 😴
The perfect spooky szn treat.
Another slow morning after 9+ hours of sleep. I took Honey to the dog park again, where she had the best time wrestling with a husky much bigger than her! Then I headed out for run #2 of the weekend. I knew I wanted to run trails again, but I wanted to try somewhere new. I found a place called Zanjero Park, which is even closer than the Riparian Preserve, and headed there for my miles.
Honey made friends with a husky!
This park is apparently home to burrowing owls, of which I saw exactly zero, but maybe it was too hot for them and they were burrowing? 🦉 I’m sad about that, but I’m not mad about my run! Again, it was hot AF, and the park is even less shaded, but I got in 4 strong miles, at about the same pace as Saturday. I ran 20 miles last week, which is less than the 30+ mile weeks I ran all summer, but pretty good, considering my injury.
This weekend of solid runs gave me hope, despite my injury.
I saw no burrowing owls, and only one person (biking) on my run.
A very desert-y park, which I LOVE!
I went home, showered and got dressed/did my makeup and then headed out to run more errands. First stop was Trader Joe’s for a couple things I couldn’t get at Whole Foods.
Mini mini TJs haul, with a mini pumpkin! 🎃
Then it was on to the outdoor mall. I rarely buy clothes in actual stores now (I 💖 online shopping!) but I wanted to see what they had for fall apparel. I tried on a few things at Nordstrom Rack (as I shared on my Instagram Stories, I only bought the floral button-up top, since the jacket and sweater were simply too oversized, but I’m kinda wanting to go back and buy the jacket anyway) and also bought a caramel-colored chunky knit sweater and burgundy faux patent leather combat boots at H&M.
Can’t wait to wear this open over a dress this fall!
Why do the arms have to be so big? Not sure if I should go back & buy it anyway, cuz I did like it a lot.
….and then I went to Target and did more damage to my wallet. Only kinda kidding. I only had a few things to get, but as per usual at Target, I left with more. Namely, a zebra-print sweater. I am soooo excited to wear my sweaters, even though it’s hot out now, but fortunately my office is freezing, so I don’t have to wait til winter to break them out.
Some staples…and some fun purchases.
And Target didn’t have the vegan pumpkin pie Halo Top 😭 so I begrudgingly went to Fry’s to see if they had it. They didn’t, but I got a pint of the So Delicious frozen mousse and a container of PB2.
I finally got home, put everything away, chilled on the couch for a bit and then got started on dinner. I wanted to make something quick & easy, using some of the food I bought this weekend. I sauteed frozen cauliflower rice with frozen spinach, the cilantro pesto tofu from the Whole Foods prepared foods section and TJ’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning, topped with TJ’s Italian bamba pepper sauce and the plant-based creamy cilantro dip I got at Target. I had a small russet potato on the side with Miyoko’s butter and Kelly’s Croutons lemon pepper parm. So. Good.
I love simple dinners that taste like they took forever to make.
I finished off the night by applying the pumpkin spice face mask from Trader Joe’s while sipping a homemade pumpkin Moscow Mule, and for dessert, a Kashi Golden Goodness waffle topped with raspberries, Miyoko’s butter and maple butter.
Love this Snapchat filter.
Sharing more about this waffle in an upcoming post…
This week is fall break for the school district I work for, and while everyone in my department has to work, we all took off part of the week. I have off just Monday, to make a 3 day weekend. My parents fly back home tonight, so I wanted to spend another day with Honey.
Soaking up the ☀️
It’s just been a chill day, taking Honey for a walk, working on this post and cleaning my room. I also plan on doing some meal prep for the week, going to the dog park and taking a sunset walk. Hope y’all had a great weekend!
What was one fun thing you did this weekend? Do you like spending your weekends mostly alone, or with others?