Hi there,

How goes it? It’s finally starting to feel like December now. It was cold and windy on today’s run. A real feel temp of 27 degrees. I bundled up.

hat, buff and hoodie over a long sleeve shirt

hat, buff and hoodie over a long sleeve shirt

and I even wore leggings instead of capris

and I even wore leggings instead of capris

I’ve run a lot around the neighborhood in the last couple of weeks and kept thinking I should do another edition of holiday decorations. In 2013 I felt the need to analyze a whole lot, especially the square snowman. In 2014 I was injured but walked the hood and couldn’t get over the amount of non-holiday holiday decorations. An eiffel tower and a crown? What?

This year I noticed a large amount of candy canes. Fuzzy, ones, tall ones, short ones….even blue striped ones!

Fuzzy candy canes

Fuzzy candy canes

2 sizes of candy canes but can we talk about these adorable pigs too?

2 sizes of candy canes but can we talk about these adorable pigs too?

Blueberry candy canes?

Blueberry candy canes?

It was a rather slow 3.5 miles as I stopped frequently to snap pics but I’m happy I got the miles in. img_7957

In other news Duncan has been as cute as ever lately and I’ve had to document his cuteness with these pics…

The ready to play look

The ready to play look

The lazy look

The lazy look

the "take the pic already so i can have that cookie you're dangling to get the perfect shot" look

the “take the pic already so i can have that cookie you’re dangling to get the perfect shot” look

the cute and bored look

the cute and bored look

I had a weird experience the other day. As I was driving across a bridge this huge blob of paint landed on my windshield. At first I assumed it was bird poop so I used the wipers and smeared it. Once I realized it was paint I freaked out. But after a solid 30 minutes of scraping with my finger nail and a rough old towel I got most of it off.

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I love my very short conversations with Mr. SOTSS today.

morning-convo evening-convo

We just saw each other yesterday so we’re all caught up. Tonight I’m hanging with the pooch and filling out my holiday cards (although I keep getting distracted with Facebook and Words With Friends).

So what’s new with you all?

Anyone see any good movies lately?

Any exciting weekend plans? 

I worked from home again today and went for literally the exact run as yesterday only this time I stopped to take a picture of that Flamingo I told you about.

Santa and a flock of flamingos.

Santa and a flock of flamingos.

And then I passed a SECOND house with the same flamingo!

solo bird

solo bird

How did I miss this yesterday? Oh, and I also spotted a frog.

IMG_9763It was 61 degrees today which was even warmer than yesterday so I went with short sleeves. It’s almost like Florida.

A right to bare arms in December

A right to bare arms in December

Apparently last year on this day it was 38 degrees. Why is it that we runners are so obsessed with weather?

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After my run I took a ride to Target and Bed Bath and Beyond for a few things. I ended up getting this 50 piece ornament box for $15. You can never have enough Christmas balls right? =)

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I also colored my hair today and for the first time ever I opted for chocolate brown instead of red. I kinda dig it. =)FullSizeRender-1

no more orangey ends!

no more orangey ends!

Duncan digs it too!

doggie kisses!

doggie kisses!

Well I have a wild and crazy Friday night ahead of me….time to fill out, address and stamp my holiday cards.

Have a super weekend!

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.

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 =)

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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?