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If I could Repeat a Day… (Weekend Recap)

If I could repeat a day, this past Saturday would be a top candidate. Just from start to end, it was just about perfect.

I’ve thought before/been asked before about “if you could repeat a day or week from your past,” and my answer has always been that even though my wedding weekend was just about perfect, I wouldn’t want to go back and potentially ruin it. Now, if I could just repeat it, exactly as it happened, and relive each moment, that would be a little different. 

This Saturday would go up there with repeatable days. Not because anything monumental happened, but because the entire day was just… perfect. 

I woke up and Ridley was NOT whining. This is her new thing. She has started whining in the morning, not so much desperate to be let out of her crate, but desperate for me to feed her and then sit on the couch next to her. The dog might be a little codependent. It would be cute it didn’t happen at 5:30 in the morning.

I changed and go ready for coaching Team Challenge, then had my coffee x 1.5 (I had to finish my carafe, right??) and breakfast, then out the door to walk in the perfectly crisp morning air to the Totem Pole to meet my crew. When they arrived, I sent them off while I chatted and got caught up with Kyle, our Endurance Manager (fundraising stuff), who is kind of a awesomesauce dude. 

Went for a walk along the lakefront after he left while listening to Invisibilia. If you haven’t listened the second season, which is all about concepts and our concept of self (both yourself and others’ selves), DO IT RIGHT NOW. 

Got back to the Totem Pole in perfect timing to meet up with the first people back and wait for the rest. Alex showed up a few minutes after the last person returned, so everyone said goodbye and Alex and I headed out for our own run! It was seriously the most perfect running day–maybe a little warm, if we are being picky, but I certainly am not going to be! My Mizuno Wave Skys were perfect on all the concrete. 

After showering at home, I made a HUGE bowl of microwave baked oatmeal and an apple pie protein shake before Alex and I got down to business… watching Game of Thrones. Also, he did the laundry while this was going on. 

Made a batch of Alex’s favorite hummus!

Made us both loaded omelets for lunch with a side of CSA salad deliciousness and then enjoyed them on the porch.

Laid down to rest our eyes and stomachs for a sec after lunch… and took a mini nap before the dog’s stircraziness necessitated that we take her on a family outing to the dog park. Tough life, huh?

FROYO on the way home. Best froyo I’ve had in a long time–all of the toppings were fresh (last time, everything was stale), the fruit was so ripe and juicy, and the flavors were so good (remember how they tasted weird last time?). I got graham cracker, birthday cake, and cheesecake. The graham cracker stole the show, especially with an extra dusting of graham cracker dust, a little marshmallow sauce, and some oreo 😀

Jinx! Alex got the same flavors, even though we went in separately (we had to hold Ridley). My good taste must be rubbing off on him 😀

Back home for some more Game of Thrones. 

Then off to Trader Joe’s for groceries for dinner and some for the week. We decided on turkey burgers for dinner, but I was still determined to use our CSA goodies, so I made this awesomeness (and yes, a recipe will be forthcoming, because they were INSANE) served alongside blue corn chips, my hummus topped with TJ’s harrisa salsa, and a Manhattan.

Oh, and served al fresco, of course! We lingered outside long after our meal was done and just talked about various things coming up and how silly our dog is (very very silly).

The only choice that I would change for the day would be my after dinner snack. I got a new Luna bar flavor and was less than impressed, unfortunately. It was fine, but just didn’t hit the spot. Luckily, Alex poured a ginormous bowl of Raisin Bran, and I took enough of it so that he had to pour himself another (and I helped with that). Then we both fell asleep on the couch watching Nazi Megaweapons.

Did I need to tell you all of this in excruciating detail? Of course not. So why did I? Because I want to preserve Saturday so that when the craziness of fellowship, and indeed, life in general, hits and threatens to overwhelm us, we can remember the sense of calm. So that when people flit and flaunt their “magical” and super impressive and social lives in front of us, I can remember that while being Instagram famous and invited to events all over is fine and great, this is all I need. And I am so grateful to have it. 

A day doesn't have to momentous to be repeatable! Suz's Saturday was just perfect. #sweatpink Click To Tweet

This week is Alex’s last week before fellowship starts, and his last week of freedom before he works for the rest of his life. We have been so lucky to have this month, but it is nearly over and it is time. So we are going to soak up what we can!

Have a great week, everyone!

If you were to repeat a day, would it be a momentous occasion or a “regular” day? 

What are some ingredients in your perfect day?

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  • Reply Carla

    That line speaks volumes to me right now and is the way I’m choosing to live my life. It can be challenging. I can get distracted by others and shiny object syndrome. But I’m really striving to focus on that as well.

    June 26, 2017 at 5:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Right now, I am so happy, so fortunate, so at peace with everything. I hope that feeling continues for a long, long time.

      June 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Pipers Run

    That does sound like a perfect day! For me, it wpuod probably be my wedding day too, or the birth of my daughtees to relive…yes, birth!

    June 26, 2017 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Anna, you are brave!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Renee Benda

    Susie this does sound like a perfect day, I just read an article that said what most people talk about in therapy are normal and ordinary things, nothing crazy and nothing off the wall and most people truly love the ordinary. This day to me looks absolutely perfect in the most normal way. I hope you get to relive it often my friend <3

    June 26, 2017 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so too, thank you, Renee. I can’t wait until you can relax in your new house!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I think I would also pick a simple day to relive…maybe starting with a run, coffee, sunshine, and doing a whole lot of nothing. Glad you guys got to enjoy a nice day together before the craziness starts up again!

    June 26, 2017 at 5:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is why we are friends. The little things are life!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    I wanted to repeat my Saturday this weekend as well. It included yoga, a massage, grocery shopping, cooking and then the night with Brian home. I felt so relaxed after the massage. It was wonderful.

    June 26, 2017 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GIRL That sounds simply perfect!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply montessoriishmom

    I love this! If I were to repeat a big day, it would be one of the safari days from our honeymoon in South Africa. If I were to repeat a normal day, it would probably be a day hanging out with my family at our ranch in central Texas, pretty much my favorite place in the world. I’m glad you had such a great weekend!!

    June 26, 2017 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds both amazing and so homey and perfect. And both in hot climates, lol

      June 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Amy Rosenberg

    We had a somewhat calm weekend, too, and it was delightful. 🙂

    Sped by a little too fast, though!

    June 26, 2017 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it ironic? The calm speeding by!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athelte

    YASSSSSSSS we have to talk about GoT! And this sounded like a really awesome day, everything in its own perfect place. <3 I can't wait to see you this week!

    One day that was so perfect that I would repeat = October 12, 2014. My first sub-4:00 marathon (Chicago).

    June 26, 2017 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember that day being pretty fricking amazing. Which I could have shared it with you!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply jen

    look at THAT turkey burger, can’t wait to see the recipe 🙂

    June 26, 2017 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So. Good. So fresh. And easily adapted to beef 😀

      June 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I love it when a perfect day just pops out of nowhere and just brings you happiness all day. Harissa salsa yum I need to go get that! Have a great Monday

    June 26, 2017 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YOU MUST get the harissa salsa. it is AMAZING

      June 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    That does sound like a pretty amazing day! There is nothing quite like getting to just enjoy your loved ones and eating good food. Especially that burger, looks delicious! I have some honeymoon days and some Mother’s Days that would definitely be worth repeating.

    June 26, 2017 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would repeat our entire honeymoon if I could. It was amazing! But at the same time, I’m very happy where I am now 😀

      June 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    My perfect day would be outside for 90% if it. Kids sleeping in. Picnic meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and ice cream always. Ending with kid cuddles and then some Game of Thrones or LOST marathon. Perfect.

    June 26, 2017 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yup, sounds amazing to me!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Your Saturday sounds perfect to me. I don’t like being social that much so I don’t need parties or anything like that… just me and Andrew and some kids, being outside in the sun, things like that. 🙂

    June 26, 2017 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds perfect to me

      June 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Sometimes those regular days really are the best. Glad you had such a nice Saturday. I’m totally craving a nice day at home.

    June 26, 2017 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Will you get one soon?

      June 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Emily

    It’s so true that normal days can have SO much joy, and I love that this day was such a joyful gift for you. Isn’t that great when our dogs aren’t whining in their crates? And that HUMMUS looks so good Susie. I totally agree that fro-yo with fresh toppings is one of the best desserts EVER! 🙂 Sorry for the caps… ;o) I get excited about all the deliciousness in this post.

    June 26, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Teehee, Emily, you know I appreciate some all caps!!

      June 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Sounds like a perfect weekend to me! I basically only want to eat froyo for every meal all summer…

    June 26, 2017 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You and me both. With salty chips thrown in for balance. And sweet potato fries.

      June 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Sounds pretty awesome to me! Now what’s in that turkey burger. It’s calling my name!

    June 26, 2017 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Cora

    This is the type of day that gives us the true feeling of safety and comfort and “ahhh.” Not the biggest occasions for me, but the days that I was able to live in flow – just taking what comes at me- are the ones I could repeat. So glad you and Alex have had some real down time and time together before the new phase starts.

    June 26, 2017 at 11:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When you can lay in the sun and feel the warmth of the rays. I am so grateful for this time as well!

      June 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Oooh I really like that perspective of “repeatable” day versus “favorite” day – never thought of it like that! We also got froyo this weekend – our new apartment is a mere block from our neighborhood place, and now that it’s summer… I have a feeling we’re going to be there a lot! Work that punchcard, haha… I always get plain and maybe a fruity sorbet flavor, then top it with more fruit (if it’s fresh) and chocolate things like oreo, choc chips, etc. Gotta have that balance!

    June 26, 2017 at 11:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know it! There is a froyo place at the end of the block that you are staying on in Chicago, fyi

      June 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I want that burger!!! Also, yo u have great taste in froyo. Those are my go-to flavors as well. Plus something chocolate on top.

    Repeating a day… either some awesome day of vacation, or that day last week when we shunned all responsibility and stayed in bed all day. *ahem* I’ll leave the details out. 😉

    June 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm
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      June 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Sounds like a great day! That burger looks delicious! Days spent at home with the family are the best, especially if they include good runs and good food.

    June 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I mean, what more could you need?

      June 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I would definitely repeat a normal day. Momentous occasions are fun but super exhausting…once and once only, please and thank you.

    June 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. Plus, I’d have to do my hair again….

      July 2, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. The weather was phenomenal in Chicago!

    June 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We have been so lucky this summer!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Allie

    I hear you with the dog! Star and I are up at 5am and she just about tackles me with joy but, as soon as she has gone out and then had a few bites of breakfast she parks herself on the couch and goes back to sleep!! #doglife
    I’m drooling over all your food pictures. I just want to have your weekend in FOOD!!

    June 27, 2017 at 5:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Life is so so ruff. SO RUFF

      July 2, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply

    I would be so grateful if our cat, Begbie, whined at 5.30am in the morning because currently he’s whining the house down at 2am and buffeting our heads to try and get us out of bed whilst scratching anything he can find too. And when we eventually get some sleep and get up, he’s fast asleep and can’t be woken. We do prod him out of revenge though. Hee hee!

    June 27, 2017 at 5:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Zoe jumps on us and then headbutts us violently. I feel your pain.

      July 2, 2017 at 7:28 am
  • Reply alyse

    Yep, just perfect. My perfect day would also include Game of Thrones. 😀

    June 27, 2017 at 11:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      July 2, 2017 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Marcia

    Cheers to a perfect day! I’m so glad you and Alex are enjoying and making the most of his time off. Our new pupster gets up at 4:30. I need a nap!

    June 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I may or may not take a small nap every day. It is necessary

      July 2, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Rae

    That actually does sound like an awesome weekend to me! Ben and I have been super busy and will continue to be super busy all summer, so it would be nice to just have a couple of days together to hang out.

    June 28, 2017 at 10:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, your schedules sound cray cray

      July 2, 2017 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Hooray for a perfect day!

    I think, if I was to relive a certain day, it would probably be a day on vacation. Probably in Bali where we totally lived like royalty and had nothing to do but relax, enjoy the warmth and sunshine, read and get massages 😛

    June 29, 2017 at 3:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would have to agree with that!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:22 am
  • Reply San

    All this food…. YUM!!!!!

    June 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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