Monday, December 19, 2011

The Weekend Before Christmas

I couldn't have asked for a better weekend....Relaxing, sleeping in, a Euchre party with friends, a trip to Detroit to listen to the Detroit Syphony Orchestra's Holiday program followed by Thai food.

My shopping is done, just waiting on one last package to arrive. It's a short 3-day week for me, then a 5 day weekend filled with family & friends. I can't wait!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Brady's visit with Santa

Priceless, just priceless!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ornament Exchange

For the second year in a row I participated in Micaela's Ornament exchange. It's alway fun to get the chance to meet someone new. I was paired up with the lovely Jenn (who also is a runner) and was so excited last night when I came home to a package from her:

I just love the ornament, It's so cute! Thanks Jenn!!! And a big thanks to Micaela for hosting the exchange!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Recipe - Crock Pot Chicken Curry

I attempted a little menu planning on Sunday for the week and this is what was planned for Monday. I put the ingredients out and had the boyfriend throw it all in the crock pot. It turned out amazing! We both really liked it. I didn't have a jalepeno or coconut flakes so I left those out. I added a little red chili before serving to give it a little kick.

A running disaster, cookie disaster & a few good things too!

Last week I decided to start 25 days of Fitness. I was doing great until last night, but I'll come back to that little disaster. Here what I've done so far:
1. Thursday - Ran 5.5 miles with NRR
2. Friday - Did a 50, 40, 30, 20 , 10 workout that I found from nhershoes.
3. Saturday - Did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, the lifted
4. Sunday - 2 min jump rope then two circuits from day #2
5. Monday - 10 min warm up on the elliptical, then a weight lift circuit plus stretching.
6. Tuesday - fail! I was supposed to run an easy 3 miles.

My gym membership is for 3 days a week: Saturday, Monday, Thursday. My neighborhood is pitch black and really only offers a one mile loop. I planned on driving to another larger neighborhood to get my run in. On my way over I ended up getting lost & so frustrated that I came home and took the dog on a one mile walk. I was thinking that I could just do the mile loop three times but I was so tired, frustrated, & cold that I just gave up. Our bodies all need a day of rest, right?

Last weekend was another busy one with my first Christmas themed party of the season. My Aunt has an annual cookie party. She invites her friends (and family) over. We all bring 6 dozen cookies. We eat lunch, play some games, then exchange cookies so that we go home with a variety of cookies. This was my second time going, there were other attempts but one year bad roads kept me home and I think I was sick last year. My Mom & I usually go together and have a really good time. I decided to get creative and bring a cookie that I thought that others wouldn't bring so there wouldn't be any repeats. I found a really easy to make pinwheel cookie recipe. As I was mixing the dough I was panicking because it didn't look like it was capable of making the 7 dozen that the recipe called for. You make a basic vanilla dough then you split it in half and mix chocolate into one half. That part all went smooth. Then you put it in the fridge to firm up before you roll it out. When I took the chocolate half out, it was hard as a rock! I had to keep putting it in the microwave until it was soft enough to roll out. While I was rolling the dough it keep sticking making things difficult. I kept on adding flour to the surface I was rolling it out on and to the rolling pin. When I finally got it rolled up and ready to cut to bake, the cookies looked really tiny. Slightly larger than the size of a quarter. I was hoping that it would rise when baking, but that didn't happen. So I ended up with 7 dozen mini cookies. I was so upset that I didn't even take any pictures of them. But they did look kinda cool.

After the cookie party on Saturday, my BFF came over to see where I live and hang out. She brought a salad and some wine. I made a Chicken Tortilla soup that thankfully came out really good. We chit-chatted for a while, ate a few cookies, then curled up on the couches to watch Bridesmaids. It was hilarious!

On Sunday I had a very productive day. I went shopping and got a great deal on a Coach bag at the Outlet Mall. I had been looking for a purse for a while and was happy to get one that I really like and a price that was affordable. I also ran other errands and did a lot of cleaning. It felt good to get so much done.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Setting goals

Over the past few days I decided that leading up to Christmas I would do 25 days of fitness. I've been in a slump. I ran 4 marathons in the last year, all half-heartedly and I've been burned out. But I do love how easy running is. And I really like my running group. So last night I kicked if off with run with the Northville Road Runners (NRR). I hadn't seen most of them in a month (or some more than that) so it was so nice to see them. And have the support of a running group. I took it easy & ran with BR. 5.5 miles are in the books!

This next year, I want to focus on shorter distances for a while and get some speed back. And that joy that I get from running. And not having to run 20 mile training runs. So I downloaded Hal Higdon's half marathon training plan and I signed up for a half in March. I still would like to do a marathon next year but I think I'll save it for the fall and just stick to halfs until then.

In my 25 days of fitness, I'm going to try to incorporate some other workouts too. With day 1 complete, I'm onto day 2...which will be a 20-minute workout video.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

25 days of Christmas - Wish List

I decided that to fight off any winter/holiday weight gain that I am going to set a goal of 25 days of fitness. Today and the next 24 days I'm going to get atleast a 20 minute workout in per day. I'm going to start off today by running with my friend from NRR who I haven't seen in a while.

With Christmas creeping up on us, I decided to start a little wish list.

A new iphone case, like one of these from Erin Condren

A brush/bag set from Mac Cosmetics
Jane Tall Boot from Frye

Run Hoodie from The Relay Runner

Texting gloves from the NorthFace

Lululemon WonderUnder Pant

What are you dreaming of for Christmas?