Happy Thursday!

I took today as a vacation day but ended up working from home. It’s ok. I’m happy to make money and without the 3 1/2 hours of commuting I was able to start addressing my holiday cards, take the doodle for a nice long walk, and go for a run at 3 in the afternoon!

It was 60 degrees out today—a lovely December surprise. And apparently we’re anticipating a potential record breaking 64 degress this weekend. I’m ok with it although I really do hope Winter arrives on time in a couple of weeks.

60 degrees in NYC on December 10th. Woo Hoo!

60 degrees in NYC on December 10th. Woo Hoo!

I dropped off some coats to a neighbor who is collecting them for a coat drive. Then I ran around the neighborhood.

Ran the first .1 miles to my neighbor to drop off these coats

Ran the first .1 miles to my neighbor to drop off these coats

God I love 3 milers. They're so non-committal. I can just enjoy the 30 minutes of running without worry.

God I love 3 milers. They’re so non-committal. I can just enjoy the 30 minutes of running without worry.

I always get a kick out of running through the neighborhood during the holidays to see what fun and/or bizarre decorations people have put up. This year most decorations actually made sense but I did see this pig. There was a similar flamingo in a santa hat but I was across the street so I couldn’t snap a good pic. Trust me, it was bizarre =)

Is it because some people eat ham on Christmas?

Is it because some people eat ham on Christmas?

Do you remember when I posted all about the bizarre holiday decorations in my neighborhood 2 years ago? Ironically it was almost 60 degrees that day too. And last year I was injured but walked my usual route and shared this post with you.

So my fridge has been pretty bare and I haven’t had the time (or desire) to go grocery shopping.

The Gatorade is left over from the weekend of the NYC Marathon and I can't go without my coffee creamer.

The Gatorade is left over from the weekend of the NYC Marathon and I can’t go without my coffee creamer.

So tonight I ordered in Chinese. I got enough to last me through the weekend. =)

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Duncan was annoyed that I didn’t share any with him but it’s not doggie-friendly and I don’t want him to get sick.

pouting on top of his crate

pouting on top of his crate

OK, well I’m headed over to Mr. SOTSS’s for a bit to hang. Catch ya later!

Any guess as to why a pig with a santa hat?
What’s the wildest holiday decoration you’ve ever seen?
What is your favorite holiday decoration to see?
I love a simple fresh wreath and white lights.

I’m just enjoying life as best as I can lately. I have a lot on my plate these days and my goal is just to try and keep my mindset in a Zen, happy place. Nobody wants a Scrooge around right? Here are 5 things to keep me happy lately:

  1. Running: Of course! I ran on Friday around the neighborhood for an easy 3 miles. fri-statsSaturday was a special run. It was the Big Chill 5k held on the campus of Rutgers University. Over 8,000 runners and walkers donate toys as their registration fee and then run. I got to see Jane and Mr. SOTSS ran as well.
    Me and Jane

    Me and Jane

    The entire back wall eventually is totally filled with donated toys

    The entire back wall eventually is totally filled with donated toys

    Me and Mr. SOTSS....It was super sunny and I was squinting just a tad.

    Me and Mr. SOTSS….It was super sunny and I was squinting just a tad.

    While I didn’t pay the extra fee for a timing chip, my Garmin let me know that I ran a 9:26 pace and finished in 29 minutes! That’s pretty unbelievable considering A. I’ve been so slow lately and B. there were so many walkers to dodge and weave that I for sure wasn’t able to run freely leaving me to believe that my time would be much slower.big-chill-statsIn addition to running I also registered for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler lottery. It’s a very popular race held in Washington D.C. in April. After the Big Chill, Mr. SOTSS and I joined Jane and her posse for breakfast and we made the decision to enter the lottery. I’m looking forward to it if I get in. I want 2016 to be the year I run lots of shorter distances and 10 miles has always been a favorite distance of mine yet I’ve never run an actual 10 mile race.

  2. Getting in the Holiday Spirit: Yup, I put up my tree and decorated a little outside while Duncan napped. That’s about right.
    Woke up for the picture

    Woke up for the picture

    Boy do I enjoy revealing all my ornaments each year that have been in hibernation for a year. And I had a new ornament to put up. The one I bought as a souvenir from my trip to Jamaica this past summer.jamaica-ornamentEach ornament brings back warm fuzzy feelings. Totally made me happy.

    Why yes! May ALL your miles be merry =)

    Why yes! May ALL your miles be merry =)

    Running chick!

    Running chick!

    marathon ornament

    marathon ornament

    Doodle ornament

    Doodle ornament

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    My cute lil snowman

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  3. Spending quality time with my honey: We spent lots of quality time this weekend which culminated in a lovely hike today with the dogs.
    The boys in my life

    The boys in my life

    Even though it's December it is still officially Autumn. 50s and sunny.

    Even though it’s December it is still officially Autumn. 50s and sunny.

    And speaking of doggies….

  4. Cute doggies!: I’ve had to do a large amount of freelance work today and seeing them cuddled so cute around me makes me happy.napping-doggies
  5. Family dinner: This past Thursday my mom and dad had me over for dinner and homemade apple crisp. apple-crispIt felt really good to tell them all of the things in my life lately….the good, the bad and the ugly. They are so supportive and just want me to be happy….so….I’ll try as hard as I can to keep this mindset that way.

So how was your weekend? Can you tell me 5 things that have made you happy lately?

 

Overwhelmed lately. I feel like a broken record. I literally complained to Mr. SOTSS for an hour (or more) last night and feel like a terrible girlfriend for doing so. He’s so good at listening to me vent but I truly felt like I was just bringing him down. I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of person but I do think I need to work on the complaining thing. It’s not fair. He’s got his own ish to deal with. Every year it happens. The holidays feel like they are being squished into a super busy month and I have to work hard to find the time to get it (whatever it stands for) all done and enjoy the process.

This happened tonight! Duncan and Chester made snow in my living room.

This happened during Mr. SOTSS’ visit! Duncan and Chester made snow in my living room. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

So anyway, here it is Wednesday already (it just turned midnight and yes, I changed my post title from “Weekend Wrap-Up on Tuesday” to “Weekend Wrap-up on Wednesday” literally moments ago) and I’m just getting some time to catch you up on the rest of my Thanksgiving weekend.

After spending my Black Friday outdoors and enjoying some fresh air with Duncan, Saturday morning Duncan and I were on the road before 6am to drive down to Princeton, NJ for the Run around Princeton Running Festival. Run Around Princeton ((RAP)) was holding this event to raise money for a local Girls on the Run organization that one of the RAP runners is a coach for. 

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A 5k loop was mapped out from one of the runner’s houses through the neighborhood and back. You could run just one loop or multiple loops to complete any distance from 5k up to 50k! There were about 35 runners who participated and in total we raised almost $2,000.

12314068_10153123906732121_2579198420794089800_nDuncan and I ran just one 5k but 4 of the runners completed the full 50k! And may I say how proud I am of Duncan. He kept an 11 min pace! 

Doodle's first 5k (I forgot to start my watch until about 1/10 of a mile in.

Doodle’s first 5k (I forgot to start my watch until about 1/10 of a mile in.

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The ladies in the black shirts were two of the 50k-ers!

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There were so many squirrels in the neighborhood which gave Duncan the push to keep going.

And I even got a Girls on the Run car magnet which of course I was giddy over. Never knew I’d be so excited about car magnets.

FullSizeRender 2I left there around 9am and headed straight to Mr SOTSS’ house. I was joining him and his family for a Rutgers University football game. I’d never been to a college football game before. It was a bit drizzly out and the game sure was a roller coaster ride. They had a huge lead that eventually got smaller and smaller and in the end they lost 46/41. Oh well. Can’t win em all :)

IMG_9543Next up was Mr. SOTSS’ oldest daughter’s swim meet where she did a 400 meter freestyle event and then we grabbed a bite for dinner before I finally pooped out had to say goodbye. It was a long day!

Duncan and I had another busy day on Sunday. We took a road trip Upstate New York to visit my friend Nicole who recently moved there. It was nice to catch up and lounge around for the afternoon sipping wine, playing with her daughter, visiting with some other mutual friends, and enjoying the relaxation. And the gods were with me because I didn’t hit any traffic in either direction!

Sunday funday

Sunday funday and that’s homemade wine!

Duncan and Cody napping

Duncan and Cody napping

Lots of dog loving people!

Lots of dog loving people!

Nicole and I met through Duncan when he was just 6 months old. She owns the pet sitting company that walks Duncan when I'm at work.

Nicole and I met through Duncan when he was just 6 months old. She owns the pet sitting company that walks Duncan when I’m at work. Funny that Nicole and Duncan have their more serious model pose =)

Brunette curlies X3

Brunette curlies X3

So now you’re caught up. And before you know it I’ll be recapping my next weekend. Dear universe: please can we slow things down! I want to relish a bit in the holiday season. I want to feel excited to decorate my tree and listen to some warm fuzzy music. Mmmkay thanks for listening.

Are you in the holiday spirit?

Are you feeling rushed these days?

How do yo make sure you give proper time and attention to the spirit of the holidays season?

Any traditions?