Got the tree up!
I went for the more traditional tree this year, (meaning: Evan helped me decorate and I pretty much left everything where he put it -- all on one branch and lopsided) with multi-colored lights and old ornaments from years past, not the mostly blue and white glam tree with pearl garlands I put up for the past four years. (meaning: I decorated it by myself.) Having Evan help me decorate is a bajillion times more fun.
There has been no running since the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half marathon . I'm taking a self imposed hiatus from running, at least until after Christmas. My shins, especially the left shin, were not too happy with me and are pretty sore. Even though I'm not running right now, I have been in motion, non- stop, since returning from Las Vegas. Work has been extremely busy, not just with the work load, but with the physicality of it. On the surface it looks like I would be at the computer all day, but we spend plenty of time trekking up and down the long hall at the office. I also try to get out and walk for about 15 minutes at lunch, just to get some air. I'm also putting in over time hours, which is amazing to me. I can't ever remember the office being as busy as it is. I still have my Wednesday morning sessions at Rehab United, where there is no rest for the weary, and the assisted stretches (that seem so unnatural and I need to find my happy place) are still part of the protocol. Needless to say, I'm exhausted.
Jill hosted a bloggers Secret Santa gift exchange. After a crazy/busy day at work it made my day to receive mail that wasn't a bill! I was super excited to receive a pair of Dry Max running socks from Ginny at Happy Feet 26-2. I put running socks on my wish list every year at home and at work, but never receive them. I guess non-runners probably think socks aren't that exciting, but I love me some running socks! I was planning on taking a picture of the socks, but I've already worn them with my work shoes (which ARE running shoes, just black and grey) and they're now in the laundry. :) Thanks, Ginny!
R.I.P. Cruiser -- 1992-2010
Good bye, ol' man.
Since my crazy week pretty much wiped me out, I attempted to get in the holiday mood by watching Christmas movies while wrapping gifts. I watched Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and Polar Express. Elf is one of those movies you don't need to think much about, it's just silly with a touch of warm and fuzzy. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is sort of a must see for our family every year, just because we experienced "Jelly of the Month Club" ("the gift that keeps giving all year" instead of a bonus) and having the eldest person say the blessing ("I pledge allegiance to the flag...") Polar Express was my grandson's choice and I actually stopped what I was doing to relax, sit close with the kiddo, snuggle with a big blanket and watch the movie. Next on the agenda is (maybe) baking some sort of Christmasy cookies. We made Rice Krispy treats last week, but that really doesn't count. (PS: Chopped up crispy bacon pieces mixed in the Rice Krispy treats is actually pretty good. - My son's idea.)
Oh, hold on a second... My new Dry Max socks from Ginny are out of the dryer!
I'm still in my warm Christmas PJ's, and I'll probably be this way ALL DAY... HOWEVER, check out my new socks!!!! Sweet!
Last Friday's Song (December 10, 2010):
Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison - Run-DMZ