After two very stressful months, July’s been great so far. May and June felt like a cruel summer (cue Ace of Base tunes that stick in your head), so it was time for more happiness and fun in life.
On Saturday, Clay and I went downtown for lunch at CO, a Vietnamese restaurant that we read about on Yelp. Abby, who runs and blogs at BackAtSquareZero, bragged about it on Facebook, and after seeing pictures of the food and menus, we just had to go. Our college friend Damien was off work and joined us as well.
Co’s received several well-deserved awards, and we loved it. Both the guys had noodle dishes- Clay had the Curry Laska and I don’t remember what Damien had, and they also shared a dumpling appetizer. The portions were pretty big. I got the green papaya salad with extra shrimp instead of pork. The salad was really unique, because it had shredded papaya as the base rather than lettuce or greens, and the nuts gave it a nice crunch.
CO also has separate gluten-free and vegan menus if you have dietary restrictions or prefer that, and they happily substituted for the extra shrimp on my salad. They work hard to keep everyone’s dietary needs in mind and everyone’s tummies happy, and for the three of us, they met that goal. We will definitely be back.
After leaving CO, Clay and I stopped by The Extra Mile, a local running store 2 doors down from the restaurant. The store is closing after 25 years because the owners are retiring and got a great offer on the building. I hate to see a local business close, especially a local running store, but we couldn’t turn down the 40% off sale. Clay got a new pair of Saucony Stabil shoes, and I tried on the Mizuno Wave Hitogami, which I’d been eyeing for awhile.
Anyway, I left the store empty-handed because I wasn’t 100% set on the Hitogamis and I’m watching my running budget so I can sign up for a few races this Fall. Plus, I had to take Clay to Mt. Pleasant to pick up his car from the shop.
Later that afternoon, I had “saver’s remorse” and regretted leaving the shoes, so I made another trip downtown and ran back to the store, hoping the shoes were still there (with 40% off, everyone was leaving that store with a bag containing a shoebox). I tried them on again and got them for $60 plus tax- score for this house poor girly!
I ran an easy 4-miler in the Hitogamis and really like them so far. It’s a slightly lower drop than I’m used to, but the shoes are very lightweight and conform to your feet. They have a surprising amount of support for such a lightweight shoe, and I can see myself racing a few 10Ks in them this Fall.
On Sunday, I headed to Rocky’s house for OnShore Racing’s monthly pool party and potluck. Since the World Cup Finale game between Germany and Argentina was Sunday, we had a World Cup theme with foods from those countries (I took pretzels and cookies- after all, Germany is known for pretzels and baked goods).
I didn’t take any food pictures, but we also had delicious pancakes with whipped nutella cream thanks to Dave, breakfast potatoes and frittata thanks to Rocky, and lots of pastries and beer.
Unfortunately, it rained almost the whole time, so we ended up spending most of the afternoon indoors, but the food was delicious and the company was great.
Virginia did an awesome job with the decorations and organizing the party, and everyone really enjoyed it. Normally we all run on Sunday morning and head to Moe’s for brunch, but the potluck was a really nice change of pace and gave some of the cooks a chance to show off.
I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far and making lots of memories with friends and family- I know I have been.