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That was how I spent my Saturday. However today was Monday and boy was that rough.  After a weekend of friends and family, sleep was hard to come by Sunday night.  I almost dosed off at my desk today knocking my coffee over.

I’ve fully went into taper mode so no running today.  Instead after dragging my sleepy self off my desk, I did 10.5 Miles on the hands-less elliptical (crossramp?) for 55 minutes instead.  I was going to skip working out all together but I’ve become so used to this marathon training routine that not working out now feels foreign.

But back to Saturday.  We celebrated this guy’s birthday.

We went to Caucasus Gadens, a Azerbaijan restaurant.  Although a former member of the Soviet Union, the cuisine is closer to Middle Eastern/Turkish style than to eastern European.

We started with some salads.

Objor Salad – In case you’re curious beef tongue, carrots, horse radish with fried onions on top.

I passed on the beef tongue and opted for a Shepherd salad

Kharcho – Traditional Georgian soup made with pieces of lamb, rise, dill, garlic, tomatoes, and celery.  Tony and I split the soup until he dripped some into my eyeball, I got cranky and that was the end of that.

The entrees came and we all got busy with eating of our own and each other’s plate.

My brother and his beef stroganoff

I sat on the boys’ side of the table. My brother, me, some smelly kid I’m dating (JK) and my uncle.

Although we both live in Boston now, I don’t see this guy often enough <3.

I got the Lamb kabobs

Tony got the chicken kabobs and we had a glorious plan of sharing.  I then took all the leftovers and had a great second meal on the bus, but that’s a different story.

After our lunch we took a walk and played with the duckies in Prospect park.  It what cool New Yorkers do.

It was 60 degrees but my mom didn’t get the memo and I guess in her mind and jacket was still in Siberia.

I found some sleepy duckies that I later woke up

They were a little camera shy and ran away from me. However, Tony and I love photos!

We wrapped up family day by having some pastries from a random Italian bakery at my Grandmother’s house and coffee.

Yes the tiramisu cup was amazing.  However, the other pastries were nothing to write home about.

Overall a perfect day of Family dining, walking and more eating.  Afterwards Tony and I went out to visit some of my high school friends.  I found myself somehow staying up til 3AM which is way past my Boston/Marathon training bedtime but well worth it.  I am quite a lucky gal 🙂

How do you spend time with your family?  Do you live close to your parents?  Mine are a 5 hour drive away so I don’t see them often enough.  Tony’s are upstairs of our apartment and once we move to our new hour will be a mile away.

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