This time of year is crazy for everyone, but with my self-imposed expectations of Martha Stewarting everything I do, I stay incredibly busy and that’s why I was more or less absent from social media all week, and I wouldn’t change a thing…

On Sunday I had a lot of fun with my MRTT friends at the Run With Santa 5K, one of my favorite races of the year. Before heading over to our meet-up place, I saw Santa and Mrs. Claus and asked for a picture.


After a one-mile warmup, I found my friends and got a quick group picture before heading to the starting line. I ran a less than stellar race, but more on that on my race recap…


I felt off on Monday so I skipped lifting, but in my spare time between clients, I put in the initial leg work for writing my recap for the Run with Santa 5K, in other words, I started editing pictures…

Tuesday and Thursday mornings I met my friend Lupe to run and finally tried out my new GoPro (affiliate link) Bill had gotten me for my birthday. It’s supposed to do much better in low light than my old one did, so I couldn’t wait to try it out and it didn’t disappoint. The Hero 6 is sooo much nicer than my old Hero 4, and you know how much I loved that one!


Tuesday evening we entertained Bill’s team from work, and with a few vegetarians in the group, I made portobello mushroom pizzas, roasted Brussels sprouts, and a garden salad. The food was yummy and I think everyone had a great time. If you haven’t tried balsamic glaze, try it, it will change your life!


Saturday morning I met Angela and Lupe for what we thought would be a snowy run. Unfortunately, the snow came in later than forecasted and was rather wimpy until the second half of our run. We saw lots of our friends out on the trail and stopped a couple of times to chat.


We even found a bike!


With the snow coming down heavier and finally making the ground white, on my way home I stopped by my neighbors’ front yard for a picture with their inflatable nativity. I had to brush the snow off Mary and Joseph so they weren’t lying on their sides, but didn’t think to brush it off the back of the manger so it would stand back up.


It snowed for the remainder of the day and into early evening. We ended up with about three inches of what I would call the perfect snow storm. It was pretty coming down, stayed on the tree branches all day, and yet the roads stayed clear.


Bill and I had two holiday parties to attend last night and had a lot of fun at both. This evening we are hosting the Cruisers Christmas party where once again I’ve wrapped a copy of Shalane’s Run Fast. Eat Slow (affiliate link) cookbook for our gift exchange. I suspect that it will be a big hit!


In case you missed it on the blog, this past week I posted:

Looking ahead to this coming week, on Tuesday I’ll be sharing about my Christmas tree adventures from when I was a child. I’ll be traveling this week to help my mom with some last-minute Christmas preparations so I don’t know how much time I’ll have to work on my blog, but if time permits, I do hope to get my Running With Santa 5K recap completed.


Yes, it was a busy week with work, shopping, gift wrapping, mailing Christmas cards, attending parties, throwing parties, etc., but I did find time to hit my gym. Here’s a run-down of my workouts from this past week…


Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included:

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • Do you like to entertain? ~ Bill and I LOVE entertaining! 
  • Did you get snow this week? 
  • Did you race this weekend? ~ I was planning to run the Jingle Bell Jog 5K this morning, but by the time I was ready to register the price had gone up to almost $50 which seemed ridiculous for a 5K. I paid $25 last year, but registered early. 


Have a great week!


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