Donkeys and French Horns: A Weekend Recap

Happy Monday (I mean, is there really such a thing?)

Today has started off a little weird for me, because I woke up with a stomach ache. I don’t know if it was something I ate or what, but my poor tummy is not happy with me, so I’m spending at least the morning hanging out in my PJs before I try and go in to work.

But I’m sure you all don’t want to hear about my tummy issues, so instead let’s focus on the fun stuff: My weekend!


As you may or may not already know, my husband is a bit of a nerd (and I love him for it). Luckily, most of the rest of his office mates are pretty much the same. So as an office activity they all left work early on Friday to go see the opening day of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Lucky for me, I’m equally a nerd, and spouses were invited. So I took off early and headed to Fredrericksburg to meet up for the movie. If you’re in to Lord of the Rings, I would definitely recommend it. It was pretty awesome. The only non-awesome part? There were 25+ minutes of previews at the beginning!! It’s already a long movie, but with another half an hour, it was kind of ridiculous!

Post-movie, we all headed to a local tavern restaurant for dinner. I ended up having this portabello mushroom sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, onion and a sundried tomato aioli sauce, which was really good. Also, on top of those fries is a fried pickle wedge, which was also really awesome.


The rest of our evening was pretty chill, and we ended up in bed early because we had some early morning plans on Saturday.


We had to be up by like 6:30 on Saturday morning (which in my opinion, is ONLY ok on a race day…) so we could be at our church by 8am, because Chris and I were playing Mary and Joseph in our church’s live nativity! Which basically meant that I got to sit outside until about 11am (aka until I couldn’t feel my toes anymore) and hang out with some sheep and a donkey.

I even got to ride the donkey at one point!

Sadly I left my purse inside and didn’t get any pictures, but I’m hoping that my church should post some soon and I’ll let you all see them. It should be quite amusing.

By the time we got out of costume and everything, it was noon and we were starving, so we stopped by a local Mexican express restaurant for some food.


Unfortunately it really wasn’t all that good (definitely nothing compared to Chiptole), so I didn’t even finish my bowl. Probably wont be going back there again, either.

Most of the rest of our afternoon was spent getting some stuff done around the house. I also got in a quick workout, which included a 20 minute barre video, a 10 minutes ab video, and some sprints. Since I injured my hand (which I still can’t put full pressure on – so no pushups or straight-arm planks for me right now), I’ve been really loving barre and yoga, which are a little lower impact. It’s nice to have a little change in your routine!

Dinner was another fun creation that turned out really well: Turkey stew with potatoes and peas. I’m going to be sharing the recipe tomorrow, so keep your eyes out for it!


We ate dinner while watching Despicable Me. Yes, the first one. Because I had never seen it before. So cute!!


Sunday started off with something very exciting – I had to be up early to play French Horn at church! My church was having it’s annual Christmas cantata, and after I saw a request for musicians a few months ago, I decided to take a chance and auditioned for it. And somehow I got the part!


This is the first time that I’ve really played my horn in a performance since college, so needless-to-say, I was kind of terrified. Chris was nice enough to hang out with me in the warm up room before the service to help keep me calm, but as soon as I got up to the front of the church my heart was racing SOOO fast! Thankfully the whole cantata went really well, and I can breathe again!

By the time we got home from church, it was nearly 1:30pm, so Chris threw together some super quick grilled sandwiches for lunch. Just basically ham, cheese, mustard and some spring mix.


The rest of the afternoon was spent studying for him and cleaning for me. With our crazy schedules the last few weeks, the deep cleaning of the house has been a little bit neglected lately, so I really gave the whole house a good ole scrub down. I was hoping to get a workout in, but decided that scrubbing floors and carrying around a vaccuum and laundry baskets counted for something.

We also managed to get up a few boards next to my desk to help me stay organized. I am a huge type-A, listmaker, so I’m really excited to start using these. My calendar will also go up too, once I get a new January one.


I did stop for a little bit of a break so that Maddie (our foster dog) could have a little photo shoot. The agency we foster through was asking for some new pictures, so we decided to see if we could get her an “All I want for Christmas is to be adopted” photo. It’s hard to get this little girl to sit still! She kept trying to lick my face while I was taking pictures.

This is about the best we could do! But it captures her happy, smiley face.


The evening was our usual Sunday night routine, minus the church service (since we already went today). We headed over to my in-laws house for dinner, and spent the evening relaxing with them before calling it a night.

Well there you have it – my busy, but productive weekend. Hopefully this means a great week!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend?

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Comments: 3

  1. Diane @ Life of Di. December 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Aw! Congrats on being chosen to play at church. I used to sing at my old church and, despite singing almost every Sunday, I always seemed to be nervous. Even when you are confident in your abilities, it still can be scary to get in front of people. Nice work – I’m sure you sounded beautiful!!
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    • MyFreckledLife December 18, 2013 at 7:12 am Reply

      Thank you, you’re so sweet! I was definitely terrified through the whole first song, but kind of settled in to things by the middle. It was all over so fast though! haha.

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