I’m running out the door for my work holiday party.

party red sweater

Festive red faux wrap sweater

But I wanted to share some great news…

I finally stopped procrastinating and wrapped all my gifts.


All ready to give!

OK that’s not the great news. The great news is that I went for a RUN!

back to running

She’s Back!

The first run in 19 days. So happy that my ankle is all good now. Of course the left hamstring was tight and the problem knee felt weird still but those are things I can work on. I’m telling you, my New Year’s Resolution is to make foam rolling, stretching and strengthening my business. I think I say that every year.

What’s going on in your life? Are you busy with the holidays? Attending any parties? What’s your “go-to” attire for holiday parties?

Happy Tuesday y’all

I got up a little earlier so I could drop off Duncan at my friend Nicole’s house for the day while I’m at work. He is a lucky boy and will spend the day with his pals Biggie and Cody. He loves the morning car rides. It’s that moment when he expects that I am leaving for work and then when I open the door I surprise him and say “wanna go in the car?”

Duncan in the car

I hope we’re going to Biggie & Cody’s house

Cody & Duncan

Cody & Duncan

When we got to Nicole’s her daughter was coloring in a Hello Kitty coloring book with jumbo crayons and I was having major arts and crafts envy!!!! Next thing you know, I’m headed out the door with a Hello Kitty picture colored just for me! And Nicole even gave me a fresh slice of banana bread to take with me. Now that’s what I call a good way to start off the day.

My day at work started just like this

My day at work started just like this

My weekend was super busy but so much fun!

The cupcakes I helped decorate for the Pictures with Santa event at the dog park came out adorable (if I do say so myself). And the dogs? Oh they were so cute. Some even got dressed up for theur photo op with Santa. I wish I had more pictures of the dogs with santa but i took them with someone else’s camera. If I can get my hands on any later I’ll post ’em.



After that I drove to the charity drive that my sister in law was spearheading…

Sally Claus

Sally Claus

I wrapped up the gifts I bought for Joshua the child I sponsored while lots and lots of families came to wrap the gifts that they bought for their sponsored kids.


The amazing generous families hard at work wrapping the gifts they bought for the kids


These are for Joshua…the boy I sponsored. He’s getting everything he asked for. Art supplies, an mp3 player and a sweatshirt

My niece and her friend manned the chocolate dipping station set up for everyone to indulge in =)

My niece....and lots of melted chocolate for dipping

My niece….and lots of melted chocolate for dipping

All in all over 140 children will be receiving gifts that they requested. And on top of that an additional $2500+ in grocery store gift cards was raised so that these families can get some much needed food essentials. Truly a meaningful afternoon.

Saturday night, Mr. SOTSS and I went to see the movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon. It is based on a true story about a woman who decides to walk 1,100 miles of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) after her mom dies. I won’t give away any more of the movie but as a runner I can tell you that she had some issues that are similar to marathoners….toenail issues…..chafing issues…

Sunday was another great pack hike and my ankle is literally 100 percent healed!!!! I am sort of in shock but so very happy.

That face

That face

Duncan Rocks!

Duncan Rocks!

I really need to work on my balance

I really need to work on my balance

Isn't he agile?

Isn’t he agile?


One happy pack!


This is Boone! He’s the cutest beagle ever

I will probably ease back into running on Thursday. I haven’t run in over 2 weeks! Still have the knee weirdness that started at the beginning of October so I’ll have to work on that so it doesn’t ever become a full blown injury.

And I have so exciting news. I will be doing my first ever giveaway very soon. The great people at Luna followed up with me to see if I received my gluten free bars.

Gift from Luna

Gift from Luna

When I told them I did and that I was enjoying them they said they would be more than happy to send a box of goodies to one of my readers. Woo hoo! I will be sure to post about the giveaway next week.

Have a great day!

Have you seen any movies lately? Have you ever hiked long distances? The longest I’ve ever hiked is 10 miles.  

Hi there. Hope you are all having a great weekend so far. I know there are lots of runners who are in Hawaii this weekend for the Honolulu Marathon. JEALOUS! (well, except for the idea of running in humidity).

Yesterday, I took a nice brisk walk through the neighborhood.

holiday decorations walk

this was definitely a BRISK walk. It was cold out.

I passed a bunch of homes decorated outside for the holidays and it reminded me of the post I wrote last year when I ran past some majorly absurd holiday decorations.

Do you remember the snowman that was square? The Icecube man!

ice cube man

square man

Make sure you go read that post for a good laugh but here are some more decorations I discovered yesterday.

There was the swan. Explain to me why this is related to any winter holiday?

swan decoration

Reindeer: yes, Peppermint candy: yes Santa: yes, Swan: WTF?!

And these pirate looking toy soldiers were so scary looking.

unwelcoming toy soldiers

Scary pirate toy soliders

There was also this Mr. and Mr’s Gingerbread but Mr Gingerbread’s pants were falling down. Scandalous =)


Gingerbread couple. It’s hard to see but Mr. Gingerbread’s “pole” is visible because his pants were falling down. ROTFLMAO!

And then I saw these two decorations, the Eiffel Tower and a huge jeweled crown. I’m stumped.

Eiffel Tower and a Crown on the lawn

Eiffel Tower and a Crown on the lawn. Explain please!

So that’s that..

Today is a busy day. First I’m headed to the local dog park to help take photos for their big event: Pictures with Santa.

pictures with santa

pictures with santa

Duncan loves to pose with santa!

dog and santa pic

Duncan and Santa “Paws”

I’m not as much a frequenter of the dog park anymore but I do all their graphic design stuff pro-bono (logo, flyers etc) and last night I helped ice and decorate the cupcakes that will be sold today.

holiday cupcake decorating

holiday cupcake decorating

Then I’m heading over to a Caring Kids event. Caring Kids is an organization my Sister-in-Law is co-executive director of.


Caring Kids

Caring Kids

Their mission is to help children grow into compassionate, positive, and empowered members of society through character education, social activities, and parent support. And today is their 4th annual holiday party and charity drive. We all sponsored an underprivileged child and purchased gifts that they requested. Today we’re going to wrap the gifts and get them ready for delivery. It will be a fun, festive and heartwarming afternoon. Just a big reminder what the true meaning of gift giving is all about.

And because that isn’t enough for one day, I’m rushing back from that to head over to my friend Nicole’s holiday party.

So what are you up to this weekend?

And tell me what is the most absurd holiday decoration you’ve ever seen?


Just thought I’d make this a short fun post while I have a few minutes.

1. I finally got a tree topper! My tree has been topless for years and I’ve usually tried to improvise with ribbon to make it look like a bow at the top but now my tree is sparkling just a little bit more with this bargain $7 glittery star.

tree topper

Shining Star

2. My ankle is feeling SOOO much better. I decided to go to the gym for some cross-training since I’m not ready to run on it yet.

gym workout

35 minutes of cardio

3. I took Duncan for a walk in the park and decided he was worthy of having the heated seat turned on too.

loving our heated seats

loving our heated seats

4. I mailed out my holiday cards!

photo 1

5. Luna sent me some bars in the mail! They’re going gluten free and wanted to share the news. I polished off the Chocolate Dipped Coconut one when I got back from the gym. Tasty! Doesn’t taste any different. I have no food sensitivities so I probably won’t review these. But in case you didn’t know they made the switch to GF, consider yourself in the know. Your welcome =)

Gift from Luna

Gift from Luna

Question: Do you have any food sensitivities or allergies? Tell me 5 happy things in your life today…