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Christmas Week

On Sunday afternoon, we arrived home from visiting my mom and celebrating an early Christmas with her. On Christmas Eve, we enjoyed our traditional family time after mass and as per usual, we snapped a family picture…


Christmas morning Pablo learned quickly that gift bags contain fun toys and treats, and he couldn’t wait to help all of us open our presents. It was adorable how he went from ignoring the tree and packages earlier in the week, to eagerly anticipating opening each gift with hopes that there’d be something fun inside for him, tail wagging all the while.


His new Snoopy was a hit!


Because Jess was out of town with her family on Christmas, she and Daniel came over yesterday afternoon. Pablo was sporting his New Year’s Eve bow tie, a few days early…


If M&M’s Were Miles

If M& M’s were miles, I’d be setting records… Fortunately, most of the plain ones are gone (thanks mostly to me) and even though I like peanut M&M’s, I’m able to dig deep and find the willpower to stay out of them.


When Wannabe Bartenders Experiment 

Last night, while watching the bowl games, Bill and I started reminiscing about mixed drinks that were popular many years ago. Back in the day, one of my favorites was the Tom Collins, a drink I haven’t had in over 15 years. Since we don’t normally have gin stocked in our bar, we decided to make a new drink, a twist on the traditional Vodka Collins. Here’s what we came up with…

  • Vanilla Lime Collins
  • 2 shots vanilla vodka
  • 1 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 shot simple syrup
  • Shake on ice, strain, and pour in a Collins glass over ice
  • Top off with a small amount of club soda, stir
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries
  • Enjoy


And now to my workouts…



I only ran one mile this past week. Yes, you read that correctly, one mile. After my painful glute/hammie flareup during last Saturday’s run and residual numbness in my right foot this week, I decided to take it easy. Thursday evening I was feeling antsy and decided to run a mile to see how I felt. I kept my pace slow, and even though I felt pretty good, I stuck with my plan and stopped after a mile. It was nice to see Christmas decorations lit up since most were turned off during my super early morning runs leading up to Christmas.



Once home from my mile run, I hopped on my spin bike for a steady paced ten mile ride.


Strength Training

I got three solid strength training sessions in this week.



I may have overdone it with the forward bend during Monday’s yoga session. I’m so cautious with any forward bend poses and use a block to prevent over stretching and putting too much pressure on my lower back, especially as I return to standing. Things just didn’t feel right after I finished and I suspect that I didn’t do myself any favors with whatever minor mishap occurred…


Last Week on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


Giveaway Coming up on Wednesday

Looking ahead to this coming week…

  • Wednesday – I’ll be reviewing Laura King Edwards’ book Run to the Light (affiliate link). You won’t want to miss this review and a chance to win your very own copy (Kindle or paperback) of Laura’s heartwarming book about turning a devastating diagnosis into a fight to find a cure for her little sister and other children suffering from Batten Disease.
  • Friday –  I plan to join in on the Ultimate Coffee Date fun with Deborah and Coco.


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • How was your week?
  • M&M’s: plain or peanut? 
  • Do you plan to race on NYE or NYD?


And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!


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