The Friday Five! {Spring in my step!}

OMG is it Friday already? This week sure went by fast! Not that I’m complaining or anything although I am a little stressed out today. Betty’s party is tomorrow and while I didn’t actually have to do much of anything to prepare for it outside of ordering invitations, snacks, and favors – I did it that way on purpose after driving myself completely insane last year – I’m still kind of anxious about it. I just want everyone to have a good time! Although I guess how could you not while bouncing around in a giant inflatable playground eating cake.

Anyway, seeing as it’s Friday I’m linking up again with the lovely DC Trifecta – that’s my birthday weekend buddy Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney – for the Friday Five.


The way this winter has gone, I don’t think we needed some dumb groundhog to tell us that springtime weather was going to be late this year. Looking outside my window right now at all the filthy snow piled up everywhere, winter is starting to feel a little never ending. Fortunately the Accuweather forecast is starting to show a nice warming trend that I hope will stick around this time because there’s so much fun stuff to look forward to around here! And this crap weather is just not going to cut it.

1) More daylight!!!

Oh thank god the days are about to get longer! In my humble opinion there are few things more depressing than leaving work in the dark and while it has been getting progressively lighter since December, it’s usually dusky by the time I have done daycare pickup and run whatever errands we have to run before heading home. One of my favorite things about spring and summer is being able to feed my child dinner and then take her on a walk or to the playground before we start bedtime routine. For the past few months none of these things have been in the cards for us, but I think she must know it’s coming because the playground is a hot topic of convo in my house lately. My head might explode if I have to deal with many more days of explaining why? why? why? why? why? why? why? we can’t go there after dinner. Hurry up, spring.

“No” is quickly losing its most-overused-word top spot to “why?” and “mine”. “Mine” is definitely the worst.

2) Nothing but flowers!

I think the first time I see a daffodil around here, I’m going to weep with happiness. Winter is just so dismal in Charm City. The leafless trees. A sky that always seems to be gray and cloudy. Brown grass. I’m ready for a little color and we have no shortage of beautiful blooms around here. There is an amazing tulip garden in the city called Sherwood Gardens that reaches its peak around the end of April and beginning of May. Last year I took Betty a bunch of times and just let her run wild. This year will probably be more fun because she won’t be trying to eat all the plants.


3) Cute sandals {& more pedicures}!

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about me: I hate wearing shoes. Unfortunately I can’t walk around barefoot all the time because I live in a city and I’d probably step on something terrible. Or even worse, I wouldn’t be allowed into any restaurants. The next best thing is sandals and besides my ever-growing collection of running shoes, they take up the most space in my closet. Sure my feet aren’t nearly as cute in sandals as they used to be, but I don’t care. I can cover up my busted toenails with pretty polish. I am 100x more likely to go get a pedi in the spring/summer because in the winter what’s the point? No one will see it anyway and it just gets ruined as soon as I put my boot back on.

4) Running outside without 10 layers of clothing!


Okay so at this point I’d love to be running dressed in any number of clothing layers, but I know my day is coming and it will be SO NICE to not have to bundle up. The only thing I will miss about running in the freezing cold is eating half-frozen GU at the end. Especially the salted caramel. Mmmmmm.

5) It’s marathon time!

I think I am equal parts looking forward to this and really, really afraid of the day actually arriving. The fact that I’ve been dealing with this leg thing and also the extreme cold has me feeling so glad that I chose a late May marathon. My training would have been a complete bust if I had signed up for one of the earlier races I was looking at. I currently have about 2.5 months to make sure everything is just right before I attempt my first 26.2 with quite a few fun smaller races in between. I hope I’ll be as ready for Bob Potts as I am ready for spring RIGHT NOW!

Thanks so much to the DC Trifecta for keeping Friday fun! And a very special happy birthday to Mar! I hope your day is as amazing as you are!

Of course there’s another birthday this weekend too.



I’ll be 36 tomorrow. OMG. If you need me I’ll be drinking wine in a bouncy house.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~ Salt


23 thoughts on “The Friday Five! {Spring in my step!}

  1. Amanda H says:

    Hope Spring comes soon for you! I missed most of this winter, but I still feel for everyone stuck in it back home. Hope you have an awesome birthday! Wine in a bouncy castle sounds pretty close to my idea of heaven 🙂

  2. Mar on the Run! says:

    LOL, OMG!!! “could I bee wearing anymore clothes!” that episode is one of my favorites. Seriosuly, you crack me up. Thank you for the birthday wishes and Happy Birthday to YOU!!! my brithday twin 🙂 lmao at wine in a bouncy house, do what you gotta do!

  3. michelle k says:

    Oh that Hydrapak sounds perfect for bouncy house boozing. Happy Birthday! Thanks for tip on Sherwood Gardends!

  4. txa1265 says:

    Happy Birthday! It is funny when your birthday comes near your kids’ how much changes .. my wife is 2 days before our older son and that has always made making her feel special an extra challenge (she hates birthdays due to childhood).

    I love the longer days – this morning was super-sunny and it felt like things just BOOM shifted! It was still only 18F this morning … but that is 25 degrees warmer than yesterday!

    I am not so much of a bare-footer, but I totally get that … and the ‘covering runner’s toes with polish’ is funny as well!

    Have a great day!

  5. Chaitali says:

    Bouncing around in a giant inflatable playground while eating cake sounds amazing! Good luck with the party, it sounds like it will be lots of fun 🙂

  6. ambertherunner says:

    SERIOUSLY PSYCHED about daylight savings time. I can ease off the treadmill and start running outside after work – yay!!
    Have fun with Betty tomorrow while also celebrating your birthday. I’ll raise my drink to you tomorrow evening 🙂

  7. Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! says:

    Happy happy birthday – have a great one with your wine and bouncy house. In which order will you do that: wine first or get in the bouncy house first? I can totally relate with the kids in the evening after the time change – we can go for a walk or do something outside, it will be awesome.

  8. Abby says:

    Happy, happy birthday to you! I hope you had an awesome day and that the party went smoothly!
    It was my mom’s, my niece’s, and my grandma’s birthdays this weekend. We had a ton of fun at my niece’s pool party 🙂

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