The Perfect Weekend

December 17th, 2012 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Well, if I had won the lottery or been out of the country it would have been, but it was still pretty close to perfect!

Saturday morning I tackled one of my biggest fitness goals yet – a 10 mile run. It wasn’t pretty, at all, but I finished it.

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It was also the first time I got to try out my Polar Heart Rate monitor – 1105 calories burned! Significantly higher than what RunKeeper said. I’m going to use the monitor a few more times and write up a full review asap. So far, I love it and I’m glad I can get an accurate assessment of calories burned so I can make sure I’m eating enough. I definitely focused more on carbs after my run this week and I have felt SO much better than I did after my 9 mile last weekend.

That evening I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages and we spent the night sitting outside at the Fish House (local seafood restaurant/bar). It was wonderful to catch up with her and at one point in the evening she asked me what my 5 year plan was. I didn’t have a solid answer, which is incredibly strange for me. I think after the break-up I went into ‘survival mode’…just taking everything a day at a time, making sure I had enough money to pay bills, a job the next term, and a house I could afford. Now that is all settled and I’m planning on spending a significantly amount of time this week trying to find out what MY goals are for the next few years. After a year of having shared goals with someone I’m quite looking forward to being entirely selfish and thinking only of what I want and what will make me happy.

Sunday I spent the afternoon wrapping presents. I pulled out all the Christmas wrap I got at Target last year 90% off after the Holidays and put on some Christmas tunes. 2012-12-16 12.47.08

I love how wrapping is something that always sounds so lovely in theory, but 5 minutes into it I’m thinking “screw this I want to kick back with some spiked eggnog.” It took me about 2 hours all together but the end result is so worth it!



Family tradition dictates that we rarely use our names in the ‘from’ section on the gift tags. We usually use some fictional character, celebrity or sarcastic remark. Last year Dad got a present from Hannah Montana.


Sunday also included a quick trip to Target where I picked up a much needed zip-up sweater. I found this awesome one in the kids section. Ladies, if you normally wear a size small I cannot stress enough how much you need to start looking in kids sections! I always get my Jeans from Old Navy kids and pay $20 for a new pair. This jacket was $20 and the one’s in the womens section were $30. I love that it matches my hair perfectly!

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Sunday night I came up with THE BEST sweet black bean soup recipe ever. I’m blown away by how phenomenal it tastes and how filling it is (while still only being 200 calories per serving). I promise to get the recipe up asap!

Finally, I desperately  need your opinions! I’ve narrowed down the new kitchen table I want to two possibilities. I currently have a glass one and I like them, but kind wanted something different (hence the wood one). However, I’m afraid that the wood will be to dark for my small studio. Also, they will be within 8 feet of my sofa set so here’s what that looks like again for reference:

sofa set

So, Table 1 – The only drawback is anytime I do food photography (1-2 times a week) I’ll have to put a table cloth down since I can’t photograph on a glass surface.


Or Table 2 – which reviewers have said looks darker in person


I use my table as a desk to work on so I spend a significant amount of time there! I’m absolutely torn equally between each one. Help!

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28 Responses

  • JP says:

    If you are still planning to move into a smaller place the glass table way feel lighter but the wood table may be more of an “anchor” defining the eating area in an open concept. Hmmm, sorry not much help

    • Erica House says:

      I appreciate you reinforcing my indecision! Both tables truly would fit for such a space and I fear I’ll end up letting a coin toss be the deciding factor.

  • First off, I can’t wait for the full heart rate monitor review! I’m so into that type of thing haha. Also, LOVE all the Christmas festivities. And third, that jacket is SO cute!!! It really does go perfectly with your hair!

    • Erica House says:

      You should have seen my face light up when trying it on in the kids section and I looked down and saw that my zipper and pink hair were identical in color. Total nerd moment. Hoping to have the review up Thursday!

  • I love shopping in the kids section! I got a Northface jacket for half the price doing that! Though, I’m not sure I could wear kids jeans, it’s worth a shot, I guess. As for the tables, I was going to say glass until you said you use it as a desk space, too. For some reason, I think the wood would be more versatile.

    • Erica House says:

      Oh jackets are a great way to save money by shopping in kids! I always get my Pea Coats from the kids section at Old Navy or Target.
      I also think the wood seems more ‘desk like’, but the glass one I’ve had for years has worked fine as well. I’m beginning to see the wood one as a possible ‘anchor’ for the room as another commenter suggested. However, I’m also planning to use an antique dresser as my TV stand (like the current tennent) and that may be the focal point, leading me to favor the less obtrusive glass table again.
      GAH I hate decisions.

  • Sounds like a solid wknd. I personally have a glass table, and kind of hate it.. Impossible to keep clean… Just a thought

    • Erica House says:

      Very true! My current one has a table cloth on it just to hide how old/ugly it is so I have forgotten how irritating it was to have to clean it constantly!

  • My vote is for the wood one. We had a glass table for all of a year and I just got sick of the metal. Also, I find wood to be more classic/timeless. If it’s a good solid table you’ll have it for YEARS, can’t same the same about the glass/metal one. Also, food photography (as you mentioned) is a pain on glass whereas you can have fun with the wood.

    Also – I HATE wrapping presents, too.

    • Erica House says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only scrooge when it comes to present wrapping! The ease of food photography is probably the biggest perk for the wood table. It’s definitely not a solid wood one, they are both under $200 at walmart!

  • Congrats on the 10-mile run! What an accomplishment to be proud of. :) BTW, I’m the world’s worst wrapper. What you’ve done looks like a masterpiece. AND I think you should defnitely pick the wood table. Glass tops are so hard to keep finger-print and smudge-free.

    • Erica House says:

      I guess I am pretty good at wrapping – hence why my Dad had all of Mom’s presents shipped to my place so I could wrap them for him lol. I think I’ll leave this table cloth off the glass table I have now for a few days and remind myself how much I don’t like it. I think that will sway me to the wood!

  • 10 miles you crazy lady! I’ll be on your heels in the new year, pretty sure I’m signing up for a half marathon in May :) Might be a bit ambitious because my longer run so far has been 11.5k and my longest race was 8k – but you know how it goes with this whole running bug!

    • Erica House says:

      I’m sure you can do it! Especially if you have months to prepare. Honestly, if my life depended on it I’m sure I could run a half tomorrow if I had to. The pace may be horrific but I think once you get your body conditioned enough then it’s more mental than physical. I’m still hoping to do my first in February or March!

  • Jodi says:

    Way to go with the 10 mile run! I need to do something longer than 8 or so but after about 75 min on the treadmill, I’m over it. And we have been so busy with stuff going on for the kids and holidays and stuff, that I have about an hour a day and try to make the most of that time. But like you said above, I am pretty sure I could run a half tomorrow and manage it. Might be slower than I’d like, but I could do it if I HAD to. As for the table, I think the wood is the way to go, but I’m not a fan of glass tables and think the wood just looks better and is more versatile.

    • Erica House says:

      I actually think I’ll be sticking until 8 mile runs on the weekend until I’m a month out from my first half, then I’ll go back to 10/11 miles. There comes a point to me with running where the costs outweigh the gains and that was about mile 8! I’ll note another vote for the wood :)

  • Debbie Falls says:

    Good job on your 10 miler!
    Wood table for sure. The glass table will always have finger prints all over it. The wood is more solid and warm.

  • JP says:

    Here are some philosophical entanglements.

    Glass. rigid, it can take a certain amount of abuse before it breaks and cannot be mended. Glass is transparent, it must be covered to hide anything. Its truth has been forged by tremendous energy. An attempt at perfection, unable to evolve.

    Wood, many smaller pieces working together to form a shape. It wears scars of its treatment, the first of which may be seen as a trespasser on its surface but in accumulation tell a story of its life. The truth of wood comes from its interaction with the environment over time. Edges become smoother, surfaces become pitted, it evolves.

  • Brittany says:

    Your Christmas tree looks great!!! Don’t the bows take FOREVER?!?! Personally, I like the wood table better – then again, that’s just my style! It looks homey and more comfortable to me

    • Erica House says:

      Oh I most definitely used premade bows! So, they took me all of 1 peel-and-stick second :) I Try to add cute little winter flowers or mini ornament charms to the bows though to give them more ‘character’.

  • The tree and presents look great!! I love the funny gift tags, we do that a bit in our house too.

  • Man, that’s a lot of wrapping.

    I have a dark wood table as well, and when I take photos (if it has a flash) it will bounce off the table. Just an FYI. I can also pick up the reflection from the light above it. Not really an issue, but something to work around.

    • Erica House says:

      Another point I hadn’t thought of! There will be light bouncing off any surface I use. I suppose my current set-up with a table cloth has rectified that for the most part.

  • Looks like a great weekend to me…I would say table 1

    • Erica House says:

      Aesthetically I do like the glass one better. As for function and it’s place as an ‘anchor’ for my 500 sq ft beige room, I’m thinking the wood. I like having a guys opinion though!

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