For the first year since we moved into our apartment, we've been able to say "yes!" to plans on the first Sunday in March. The day of the Los Angeles Marathon has always found us prisoners in our own home but, this year, the course's route has changed. Yay! While we're ecstatic about our own freedom, we feel for those residents whose homes lie within the race's course (we've included a map below). Some ideas of what to do while you're at home after the jump...
[photo credit: Odz]
Here's what's helped us to maintain our sanity through the years:
Sleep in and enjoy the comforts of your (hopefullly) improved bedroom.
- When you do get up, make some popovers and boiled eggs.
- Invite your neighbors to join you for breakfast.
- Monday starts bathroom month. After you declutter your bathroom cabinets and shelves, fire up some clementine candles, pamper yourself by having an at home spa day with all of those masks, soaps and bath products you've been saving for a special occassion.
- Deep clean your house. Get yourself going with this tried and true tip.
- Read Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure, start your style tray and get ready to join us in a few weeks when the Spring Cure begins.
- Finish your January Jumpstart.
- Get your walk on. Check out your neighborhood's walk score and take this opportunity to explore it on foot.
- Pat yourself on the back for securing a great spot for viewing the race. Bring an umbrella (to shade you from the sun), sunscreen and some water and cheer on your favorites. Or you can watch the race on KNBC.
- Volunteer to hand out paper cups of water or Gatorade to the runners.
- If you live outside the course zone, invite your trapped friends to sleep over at your house on Saturday night.
- Check out our redecorating posts or some of our recent round-ups and order some new stuff for spring online.
And here's a map showing this year's course so you know where to go, or avoid, this weekend [click image for larger format]: