A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Monday, December 1, 2014



Even though I divided my Thanksgiving Break into two parts, this is still a long one! So grab a cup of coffee and hunker down!

Or just scroll through the pictures... I won't hate!

Most of the teachers at my school had off on Wednesday but I had to work. The weather report was calling for 4-8 inches of snow, but I managed to get in a five miler before the storm started. During my run, it was only raining. Thank goodness for waterproof Boston jackets!

I was actually looking forward to a quiet day at work with the possibility of being sent home early due to the snow. I spent the morning sipping coffee and practicing the piano. I needed to brush up on my Christmas Carols for my December lessons! Coffee + Christmas Carols at the piano + snow falling outside my classroom window = the perfect morning!

The perfect morning was made even more perfect when we got dismissed at 10:30 due to snow!

I decided to take advantage of the "free time" and get my house ready for the holidays. By 12:30, my house was clean. By 4:30, it was completely decorated for Christmas!

Christmas "helped".

All the stockings were hung on the wiring with care...

We used to be able to have a real Christmas tree.
The cats have slowly forced us to have a fake one, placed as high up as possible.

Jelly loves the Christmas rug!

Later that night, we made the trek up to my hometown for a Thanksgiving Eve party at our friends' house. I got to see some gals from high school- it's always good to catch up!

Me, Emily, and Tessa- friends since elementary school!

After an easy 8 miler, I quickly made my contribution to the Thanksgiving meal- green bean casserole! I make mine with LOTS of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and an entire can of french fried onions.

Getting a leg up on the Thanksgiving meal!

Next year, I am going to make an "Oops, all french fried onions and cheese" casserole. Now that sounds good, right!?

My entire extended family goes to my cousin's house for Thanksgiving. We eat at noon and spend the rest of the day/evening chatting, playing games, and just catching up! I had so much fun, and since Paul was feeling good, we actually got to stay for a long time. That is not something we have been able to do in awhile!

No pictures of my Thanksgiving meal, but I did have... turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, green bean casserole, crackers/cheese/veggies with dip, corn casserole, and little pieces of the following pies: chocolate, coconut cream, and lemon. I also had fingers and some wine. YUM!

On the way home from my cousin's, we were driving down the Carlisle Pike and noticed all the shopping plazas were PACKED. Everyone was out shopping and it was only 7:30pm! I could not believe it. We had no desire to go shopping. When we got home, we turned on all the Christmas lights (I put up a lot of lights in our house as Christmas decorations!) and watched SURVIVOR!!!! (Everyone I like keeps getting voted out...)

I was so due to catch up on sleep, so that is what I did on Friday morning. I managed to sleep soundly until 10:00! After puttering around the house for a couple hours, I went outside for a very chilly run. By the time I got back, I had a pretty bad headache. It was my own fault. I had not hydrated properly before my run and I hadn't brought water. I felt very depleted. I chugged two cans of seltzer water, popped some Advil, stretched, and refueled on chili. I felt a lot better after that!

That night, Paul and I drove up to my hometown (second time in three days!) and had dinner with my parents. I had salmon, french fries, and coleslaw... pretty much the best meal ever! On the way home, Paul and I stopped for dessert at... you guessed it, Dairy Queen! I am proud to say, I ordered a small, and it was just the right amount of Blizzard! Baby steps...

Did you decorate for Christmas yet?
What was your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?
Did you get SNOW!?


  1. What a perfect LONG weekend for you. You work so hard that you deserve a relaxed pace and some family time.

    We put up our tree and decorations on Thanksgiving while dinner is cooking.

    My favorite part of the meal is the turkey! Rick cooks a good bird :)

    We have had some snow this season, but this past weekend we enjoyed 60's. The cold blew in last night but no snow which I OK with.

  2. Because we went away this weekend, we did not decorate yet for Christmas! I'm hoping to do some today. Of course the cleaning comes first..haha

    1. Exactly! Unfortunately, we are at the point where we need to clean again! 'Tis life with cats. Hairy cats.

  3. I had ice cream yesterday and thought of you! haha I really wished I had whipped cream to put on top. Adam says that you shouldn't put whipped cream on ice cream unless you are making a full sundae, but I disagree! What do you think?

    My favorite part of Thanksgiving was the nap I took after eating. Thanksgiving day naps are the best! haha

    1. Obviously I disagree with Adam and he needs to STOP HATING on whipped cream. :)

    2. Excellent! I will let him know that I am not the crazy one!

  4. Ugh it has been snowing all month here in Wisconsin! Not a lot, but enough to annoy me. I feel like I got robbed of the last month of fall!

    I think my fave part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing. And the cheesy/creamy party potatoes my mom makes. And then washing it all down with Pepsi and apple pie!

    1. That sounds so yummy! I love stuffing. It is so good. I never have stuffing except on Thanksgiving. I wish we made it more often! Do you run outside in the snow up there? I would imagine with all the snow you get, you'd just have to find a way to get used to it?

  5. LMAO that picture of the Thanksgiving food...it's why I only posted 3 food pics instead of 12. I was like, wait, everyone knows what a plate of food looks like!

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time for us to decorate our house, too. And by "us" I mean Matt, because I wasn't raised celebrating Christmas so I honestly don't really care that much! lol

    1. Wellll.... tomorrow when I post part 2, I will have a pic of my Thanksgiving Part 2 meal :)

      Do you decorate for Hanukkah at all? I feel like people don't go as crazy decorating for Hanukkah, but I could be wrong!

  6. We actually had nice weather over the weekend (almost 70 on Saturday) and then it turned really cold again (today was only about 20).
    We have all of our Christmas decorations done - a tree and lights in every room - makes me happy!!!
    Glad Paul was feeling good on Thanksgiving day so y'all could stay awhile!!!

  7. My goodness, you are beautiful! I'm glad you had such a great week. And that Thanksgiving food picture cracked me up!