Running Holiday Breakfast and a Cookie Exchange

Wow today was crazy busy. If this day didn’t put me in the holiday spirit I don’t know what would!

I met my some of my running group at 7:00 for a run. We did 10 easy miles. Then we headed over to this lovely lady’s house for our annual running group holiday breakfast where the rest of our group was. They started at 6:30. Hey, those extra 30 minutes make a difference!
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Afterwards I had to get ready for holiday party #2 – a Holiday Cookie Exchange! The red velvet white chocolate chip cookies turned out amazing! I’ll post the recipe soon!
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These two dolls from my gym hosted the cookie exchange.
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Check out the hot chocolate bar!
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We did holiday trivia & guess who won. Well I tied with another girl. My competitivness came out. Then we did blindfolded gift wrapping. That was hilarious!
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But we had a blast! Can you believe all the cookies??
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What was your long run for today?

Did you have any holiday parties or outings today?

Starting Off Vacation With a Bang… More Like a Mouse!

Whooohoooo! I feel like I can finally breathe a huge sign of relief and be lazy. All I have to do for the next two and a half weeks is be run, bake, Christmas shop, watch movies, and be lazy. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it?

So the past few years one of the programs my sister is involved in offers them discounted tickets to the circus, Disney on Ice, and other shows like that. In the past my mom has always taken her to Disney on Ice but this year I’m on vacation so I got to take her!
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The show was amazing!
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We got there bright and early for a 10:30 show and found our seats! SECOND row! You heard me right! I could reach out and touch Mickey on his friggin nose, ya’ll! Okay maybe not THAT close.
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The show was two hours long with a fifteen minute intermission. We had a blast!
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The costumes, music, lights were more than I ever expected. It brought out the kid in me. But it doesn’t take a lot to do that.
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The finale was my favorite!!
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Ummkay I’m off to bake FIVE dozen cookies for my cookie exchange tomorrow. Red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips. Please wish me luck in not eating all of them.

Have you ever been to a Disney on Ice show?

Some Tree Decorating and Shopping

So last night I finally pulled out my Christmas tree to try to get into some Christmas spirit. I should’ve know once I saw those lights glowing in the dark something would spark inside me.
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I had DVR’d National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – my all time favorite Christmas movie. So I put that on and got to work. Yes, it’s a fake one and pre-lit (although I add even more lights). The real ones smell great and look pretty and all that. But they can be messy and then you gotta water them. I don’t want to tell you how many house plants I’ve put to death. In no way did I inherit my mom’s green thumb.
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I fixed me some TJ’s kettle corn and got to work. Aaaaahhhhhh…. imagine that music playing in Christmas Vacation when they find the Griswald family Christmas tree. Umm kay?
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Silver and gold. I think about branching out and switching up the color every now but buying a whole new set of ornaments when you already have a good set is something I’m still wresting with.
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So today I realized, tomorrow is my last day of work until next year. So tomorrow is the last day I will be seeing the lovely people who have the honor of getting a gift from me…. And of course, I haven’t started any Christmas shopping. I mean I just put the tree up for goodness sakes! So my lunch break was spent going to one of my new favorite stores everrrr!

A friend of mine told me about this great store, Charming Charlies. Have been there??? I could have spent all afternoon there, much less my lunch hour!! They have the cutest accessories in any color you could think of! And it was huge! So I bought a gift for one friend, got something for me. Bought a gift for another friend, got something for me. You see where this is going? Yeeeahhh….. Maybe not such a good idea after all. But I got these amazing scarves for 2 for $10! I say that’s a pretty good score!

Have you decorated your tree yet?

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everybody! Has this week be extremely slow for you too? My countdown to my Christmas vacation has begun! I have four days to go! Yay! I have quite a bit of vacation days left and I’m sure gonna use them.

Are you ready for the holidays? Nope, me either. I can’t believe Christmas is almost here! Although I think I probably say that every year. I’m more ready for vacation than the holidays. No tree yet…. usually I’m a day-after-Thanksgiving-decorate-the-tree kind of girl. But this year I seem to be struggling to find the time or motivation. I think next week that should get better. That seems to be the week & weekend for parties & events. I have a holiday work dinner, taking my sister to Disney on Ice, my running group Christmas breakfast, and a holiday cookie exchange. Maybe that will get my butt in gear for the holidays.

My mom sure has gotten into the holidays! She awesome with decorating. She sent me a some pictures last night of her decorating.

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Only a couple days left until my half. My “taper” (if you want to call it that:)) seems to be going well. Although I still have those classic thoughts, “Should I be running more?” “Will I loose any speed or endurance?” Yada yada yada. Yes, I know, “the hay is in the barn”. An extra speed session is not going to help me at this point. Logically I know all that, but I think a runner always has their “what-if” thoughts before a race. Three easy miles tonight and I’m done.

Every race I do, I’ve always tried to buy myself a new piece of running gear. Yes, I’m that runner that wears a new shirt on race day. I know, you shouldn’t try anything new on race day. I’m a rebel, what can I say. Luckily I haven’t had that back fire on me yet. So I took a little trip to Dick’s Sporting Good’s yesterday and had a little fun. Ok, an entire outfit of fun. I can’t go in there without getting into trouble.

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Usually I’m a diehard Nike tempo shorts runner, but I decided to try something different. I bought my first pair of Brook’s shorts and I’m in love. I’ll let you know how they work!

As far as my goal goes, I haven’t decided. I think I’m going to see how I feel Sunday morning. The weather is not looking to great – a high of 38 with some freezing rain! Even Chicago was not that bad! So either I’ll run fast so I won’t freeze my butt off. Or my legs will start to freeze, get stiff, and slow me down.

If you’re doing a long run tomorrow, good luck! My plan tomorrow is to go to packet pickup & find some kind of Christmasy socks for the race!

Do you have any races coming up?

Are you ready for the holidays?