Weekend Highlights – Hurricanes, Running Again & Puppy Play Dates

///Weekend Highlights – Hurricanes, Running Again & Puppy Play Dates

Weekend Highlights – Hurricanes, Running Again & Puppy Play Dates

Hi everyone!

I hope y’all had a great weekend.  I also hope everyone in Florida is safe after the storm.  I spoke to my Dad late yesterday evening and he was still ok, although the rain and wind was still pretty nasty in Orlando.  He was expecting to lose power at some point, but should otherwise be fine.  We’re bracing for a couple days of heavy rain and wind in Asheville as well, although it looks like the worst of the storm will pass to the west of us.

This weekend was nice and relaxing!  It kind of felt like the calm before the storm.  It started off Friday with a really fun night in downtown Asheville!

The Hubs and I went for drinks at a local bar, Top of the Monk.

They were incredible!  I normally am more of a simple drink person, but the flavors in these were downright perfect.  The Top of the Monk also has these fun cubbies where you get a key to get a little snack with each drink, which is fun.

For dinner we went to The Marketplace, which has been around Asheville for forever… but never dissapoints.   We shared a cheese plate…

… and scallops!  So tasty.

I woke up early Saturday and immediately turned on the tv to watch hurricane coverage.  As a meteorologist and former Florida resident with family still living there, I was captivated by the storm.  I made myself a cozy oatmeal bowl and got sucked into The Weather Channel.

By mid morning I finally got going and took Makena for a long walk.

After walking I went to the grocery store and then spent the afternoon picking up a couple of closets that had gotten out of control messy with all the craziness of the past summer.

For dinner I went with some friends to a new restaurant called the Surf N Brew.  They had all kinds of ocean fresh seafood like clams and oysters.  There’s not a lot of places to eat delicious seafood in Asheville, so I was thrilled that it was open.  I loved it and can’t wait to go back.

Sunday I woke up and went for my second run since the doctor cleared me to run again (after breaking my elbow) late last week.  The run on Friday actually went pretty well and Sunday’s run was very similar.  I went super, super slow but was able to finish my 3 miles both times.  On Friday I took a short walk break but on Sunday I didn’t need to.  I think being able to do the elliptical with the broken elbow really helped me keep at least a little endurance.

I’m a little more sore than I normally would be from a short run, but otherwise it is SO nice to be back at it.  I don’t even care about being slow.

After my run I went home, watched more hurricane coverage and eventually made a Target run.  Our iron got black stuff all over it so I replaced that and also picked up a couple really cute new shirts for future Fashion Fridays.

When I got back the other boxers in our neighborhood were out, so I brought Makena over to play.  There are three boxers under 18 months on our street!  They all love playing with each other.

I tried to bribe them with treats to get a pictures… but yeah… they are boxer puppies…

These three are so much fun! We love having instant puppy play dates on our street.

After finishing up this post I’m going to go watch hurricane coverage again (yes, apparently I’m obsessed!) and make some frozen pizza for dinner.  I’m feeling all sorts of lazy tonight. 🙂

Stay safe everyone!


Coming up this week on Running in a Skirt…

  • 15 Healthy & Vegetarian Game Day Snacks
  • How to Cope with Not Running
  • Lightened Up Pimento Cheese
  • First post in my Alaska series!


Your turn!

How was your weekend?

By | 2017-09-10T22:50:38-04:00 September 11th, 2017|Asheville / WNC Living, Fun|14 Comments


  1. heather @Lunging Through Life September 12, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Did the meteorologist in you miss covering all the hurricane stuff? Wahoo for a second great run, and I love that dress for dinner Friday! Obviously taking time off running wasn’t fun but isn’t it nice to be a bit sore again? Nice way to shake up our muscles.

  2. Blane Sherer September 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Glad to hear your dad is Ok.
    Glad you made it through your run Ok.
    My weekend highlight was enjoying the Fair
    Saturday with my daughter and grandson ( smile ).

  3. [email protected] September 11, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. Love seeing those pics of the Boxer puppies!

  4. Dan Steadman September 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    looks like fun and glad your people are safe. This weekend was horrible with personal stuff….which by the end of it I had all my cards frozen and spending the night in a hotel….good stuff, my Dawgs and Falcons won….I coach a 3-4 grade soccer team and they wound up tying the team they were playing after starting off losing 3-0….

  5. [email protected] September 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Aww glad that Makena made some friends. So fun watching puppies play. I have been watching a lot of hurricane coverage as well.

  6. Lisa Ballantyne September 11, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

    So glad your family members are safe, Julie. I guess in times like these the meteorologist in your blood just naturally surfaces. Love the pics of Makena and her new friends, and of the delicious food! That place sounds amazing!

    Have a great week!

  7. [email protected] the Long Way Home September 11, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I have been obsessed with Hurricane Irma too! You know I am a weather junkie. I just couldn’t fathom how big the storm was!

    Stay dry!

  8. Marina @ Happy Healing September 11, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Aww those boxer pups are so cute!! And it’s awesome that you are running again 🙂 such great news.

    My weekend was great – I got back from vacation and started to get back into my routine again.

    Hope you have a great start to your week!

  9. Emily September 11, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    So so excited that you are getting to run again; that’s a huge answer to prayer! I’m thankful to hear that your dad is ok, and I also have a cousin down there in Tampa who is safe. It’s amazing how God protects and preserves. We just keep praying and preparing to help in ways we are able.

  10. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups September 11, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    That cheese board looks amazing! Hope your friends and family in FL are safe. These hurricanes have been devastating.

  11. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real September 11, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I bet storms are even more interesting if you’ve been a meteorologist, you must have a different perspective on them! It’s great you were able to keep your endurance up even with a broken elbow and that you’re easing back into running. My weekend was a great mix of productive and relaxed which is perfectly okay with me.

  12. Susie @ Suzlyfe September 11, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Look at all the boxers! You should film it and sell the rights for a bajillion dollars like they o for those big fights 😀 Sorry, I’m a bit silly this morning. I am sad that we are about to enter teh phase of year where so much of what we eat is from far waway and not as fresh (speaking of fresh seafood). Summer produce, don’t leave us!

  13. Beth Ann Chiles September 11, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Looks like we are going to avoid the really bad stuff but the wind is definitely picking up here in Brevard area. Glad you had such a lovely weekend and that the running is going so well for you again. The puppy pictures are adorable!

  14. Becky September 11, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Good to hear that your family is safe and you are enjoying running again. Love the boxer photos. Such sweet pups!

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