Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013, the most creative title ever

Merry Christmas!

In light of the holidays, I ventured out of my introvert bubble and actually spent the weekend doing things and seeing people. Most notably, meeting my friend’s adorable new baby. 

Also, I watched Love Actually, Elf, and Four Christmases.


On Monday, Eric and I drove up to Ohio to spend Christmas with my inlaws. I’m a Christmas nazi, so we normally spend Christmas with my family in NY, and do Thanksgiving or Easter with Eric’s family. But this year, with Christmas being on a Wednesday, it was the perfect storm and we have an extra long break (12 days off!), so we get to see both families for Christmas this year.

How cute is my mother in law?

I know every family has different Christmas traditions, but it turns out they have a couple of the same ones as my family.

1.       The mad dash to do all your grocery shopping before the stores close on Christmas Eve, which leads to inevitably forgetting a crucial ingredient, and that results in one family member getting nominated to do the mad dash to find a store open on Christmas day.

2.       Some sort of kitchen disaster.
Red velvet cake explosion. No one was mad about that one. And it was still delicious.

No offense to Christmas, but I don’t beat Eric at games that often, so this may have been a high point.


He was not pleased.


I was born without a competitive bone in my body, and he was born with enough to make about 20 more skeletons. Side note – the words with friends board game is way harder than the mobile version! You have to actually figure out what to play before your turn, and not just randomly place letters and see if it’s a word 20 times.

My 100 miler training technically starts in 4 days. That came up quite quickly. I’m still on a running break until then, meaning I don’t have to run unless I want to. It was pretty easy to want to last week in Maryland, since the weather got up to 70 degrees Sunday. I ran 5 miles outdoors Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and each time I wore a t-shirt and shorts.

Ohio was a little different. I woke up to this Tuesday morning.

That was fun.
Still, there was no snow on the ground, and no other options for exercising, so I bundled up and went for it. I went three miles and felt great, then I turned around to head back. It turns out that the way back was into the 20 mph winds, and in the great Midwest, there’s no elevation or anything buffer you. I made it though, and then repeated the 6 mile route the next day. On Thursday, it had warmed up to 30, feels like 19, which felt like a tropical vacation, even though it had snowed the night before so the ground was nice and slippery. I’d slept too late and only fit in four miles, but since I’m on a training break, who cares?
Those glittens kept my hands ridiculously warm.

That's all over now though. We arrived in New York last night.
As always, I'm thrilled He isn't.
My sister got the Cards Against Humanity expansion pack for Christmas.
All I hoped for and more.
This morning, I considered my choices.
See ya in Maryland, running.

This blog post was brought to you by Harrison, tablet master.



  1. Harrison is so stinkin' cute! I'm enjoying the run break, but I feel stress about not being ready to jump into training starting next week. My mind is a terrifying place.

  2. That photo of you and Harrison is absolutely hilarious... wonder if he'll be serious like that his whole life? Wonder what it's all about... wonder what's g oing on in his adorable little brain...

  3. You are adorable. I love that your friend's daughter is already a true Ravens' fan... jersey and all... but that she is keeping it trendy with her little bow and frilly pants! :-)
    I am in MI now instead of Flagstaff, AZ. This morning I ventured out for just a mile (to keep up with a streak that ends 1/1/14) and slipped and fell. Good for you for choosing to play with little guys in their PJs instead of heading out in that awful weather!!

  4. If my kid is half as cute as Harrison, I'll be happy.

    You know you don't have to play Words With Friends the board game, right? Scrabble has been around for like 50 years.

  5. Dass a lot of running for a running break. 4 days in a row?! My running breaks usually involve runs to the liquor store - which might be a 5 mile drive there and back. I'll also do that 4 days in a row.

  6. Wait! Your hubby is wearing a Krav Maga shirt? Does he practice Krav? It's my new obsession.


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