Over the past week, I slipped on ice and fell down hard, jarring my breast bone (which still hurts today when I lay down or get up…have I mentioned I’m incredibly done with winter at this point?)…locked myself out of the house while Joe was gone for a few hours…got double charged by ticket master, which made my bank account less than pleased for a time…locked myself out of my email account by sending too many pictures to myself from my phone and wasn’t allowed to get back in for hours….and fought some crazy version of the flu, complete with fever, shakes, and horrendous nausea. Not quite the vacation I had planned to say the least…but it wasn’t all bad…
…pretty sights, as long as you’re inside :P I love the first real snowfall of the year (normally). Everything looks so fresh and clean and beautiful, and running while trying to catch snowflakes on my tongue is one of my favorite things around (which Danielle and I totally did on Tuesday morning). Hopefully, I’m getting all my bad snow luck out now. I would hate to truly loathe snow from here on out.
…unexpected Pens tickets. One of Joe’s friends often gets tickets from work; if he has extra or can’t go, he’ll typically offer them to us. Major win. Wednesday night was one of the nights he couldn’t attend, so we got to go in his place. Craziest game ever, kids, and we were so excited to be a part of it by the end!
…a solid first week of marathon training. I got to meet up with my run club on Saturday morning for the first time in ages, run with Danielle on Tuesday, and hit two other runs on my own throughout the week. I haven’t felt this good running-wise in a long time, and it feels great to be getting back to where I used to be. My focus continues to be on building mileage and staying healthy, regardless of pace, especially as I move forward in training. The mileage only goes up from here, and I need to remember that and go easy if I hope to have a better experience at Shamrock than Erie.
…Christmasifying the house. This is my favorite time of year, but I managed to restrain myself from decorating until Thanksgiving afternoon. Makes me smile just looking at this every day.
…our first Thanksgiving together. Joe and I decided to stay home and have our own little celebration this year, which turned out beautifully. He made the turkey, brioche bread pudding, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts, and Parker House rolls (all from scratch…I know…he’s wonderfully ridiculous), while I took care of the avocado and kale salad (using this recipe….awesome!) and pumpkin roll for dessert. I followed Courtney’s recipe but used 8 oz of cream cheese with a little more powdered sugar to make more frosting and added chopped walnuts to the inside, as well. It turned out really well, but I think toasted cinnamon maple pecans would be even better. Next time, kids, next time.
…a nice glass of wine after a long day in the Christmas atmosphere. My favorite way to start a long day? A nice long run. My favorite way to end a long day? A nice big glass of wine. More than one was consumed this week and proved to be the perfect way to relax. After all, what else is vacation for? ;)
…waking up to this text message the day after Thanksgiving (because I maintain my 5 year old bedtime of 8:30/9:00 regardless of whether I’m on vacation or not). This was from the mom of the little ladies I watch on Monday nights and completely made my day. Never underestimate the power of a quick note of thanks. You’d be amazed what it can do to the person who receives it.
…coming home from my long run on Saturday to find Elf and then Pitch Perfect on. Best timing ever. Made my hour of stretching and leg exercises much more enjoyable, and Joe was thrilled that I proceeded to speak in Elf quotes for the rest of the morning. Who’s up for eating a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough and then some snuggling?
…finding a fabulous place to hang out until Joe could come and get me. After locking myself out of the house, I wandered down the mountain to the flats, where I checked out Big Dog Coffee (thankfully had my purse and wallet with me). Best decision ever. I grabbed one of their americanos and cran oat bars and then proceeded to curl up next to the wood burning fireplace for a few hours. New favorite coffee shop, kids. Definitely not the last time I’ll be back.
When you add it all up, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. Knowing that a year ago just one of the aforementioned negative things would have been allowed to ruin my week, let alone all of them, shows me just how far I’ve come in letting go and learning to laugh, which is yet one more positive in my book. Not quite the vacation I had in mind, it’s true, but that definitely wasn’t a bad thing :) And now I’m off to go give Big Kid and Peanut a day full of hugs; I missed my tiny terrors more than I can say!
Have a great Monday!
What can you add up right now? Have you ever had a vacation turn out to be not what you expected? Have you decorated for the holidays yet? Have you ever locked yourself out of your house?