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January 1 2012 randoms

1 Jan


I hope you had a great evening last night!

I spent much of yesterday sweating – I did a 1 hr hot yoga session in the morning, and ran a 5k last night. I was pretty pleased with my performance during the 5k given the fact that I had a cramp from mile 0.5 on.  More on that later though, I’ll get a report together when I get the official times and all that.

Our NYE plans kind of fell through so after we ran the race we spent the evening randomly channel flipping, reading Catching Fire (Hunger Games book 2!) and relaxing. I also put together our greeting card book using the Christmas cards we got this year.I started making these last year when we got a lot of “Merry First Christmas Together” cards that I just didn’t want to throw out. I’m not very crafty but these are super simple.

  1. Cut the cards apart alone the seems, and glue the two sides together so they become one “page”.
  2. Let them dry (and I flatten them under heavy books as they dry because they tend to curl).
  3. Use a hole punch and punch 2 or 3 holes into each “page” and thread one piece of ribbon through each hole. Knot the ribbon and then tie a bow.

For photo cards, I usually just put them all in an envelop and punch holes in the flap of the envelope so that I can pull the photo cards out to look at them, since they’re more flimsy and don’t do as well as actual pages.

It’s really fun to look through cards you get the previous year. I’ll probably put them in a basket or something next Christmas as decoration.

The hubby and I have two days of vacation left until it’s back to work on Tuesday. We plan on doing a lot of relaxing and I’m hoping to get a few random projects done while vegging out in front of the tv. There will probably be some reading too – I’m on book #2 of the Hunger Games series and sucked in.

Dinner for tonight is in the crockpot which will make it super easy to veg out today.

Enjoy your Sunday and the first day of 2012!

Another Monday

5 Dec

Another monday. Another weekend recap.

I’m currently eating Thai green curry leftovers from the weekend for lunch. I’ve been looking forward to this all morning (I love Thai leftovers)!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was full of random errands (when is it not?), some DIY crafts, Thai food, volunteering and gingerbread houses.

On Saturday I slept in and finally rolled out of bed around 9:30 to get in a quick run. I’ve got to say, this is the first time in MONTHS that I have started a run (or race) and my legs have not felt like lead from the very beginning. Maybe the cross training I worked to incorporate last week is really helping? All I know is that it was awesome.

After a 30 minute run I got a quick shower and then went out the door to run a few errands and meet a friend for lunch. I stopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods to use a gift certificate I had that was going to expire. It was for $20 and I didn’t really want to spend more than that unless I found something I really needed for running. I looked for a running vest – and they had none. Then I tried on a bazillion sports bras and found nothing that worked for me. Sooo since I couldn’t fulfill my needs I bought a pack of 6 pairs of running socks (for $16) and 3 Gus in different flavors to try. So it worked out, I’m just bummed I couldn’t find anything I really really needed. I literally spent an hour in the store, so I had to book it to meet my friend for lunch at Applebees.

I haven’t been to Applebees in years so I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find a menu item without meat or seafood in it (except fried mozzarella and french fries…), so I ordered the “Sizzling asian shrimp and broccoli” from their 550 calorie & under menu. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was and how well seasoned the shrimp tasted, but since I’m trying to cut all seafood from my diet, it was a little bit frustrating and felt like a cop out. But lunch was good overall, and it was fun to chat with an old friend. After lunch I ran to the fruit farm to stock up on some cider and applesauce at the hubby’s request.

When I got home we ordered Thai for dinner and after eating I decided to work on a little DIY project that I found via Just Call Me Haha and then pinned to my boards. I wanted to make this wedding invitation ornament for my friend who just got married last month but I didn’t have a chance to pick up the supplies before the wedding. So I put it together now to mail out so they’ll hopefully get it before Christmas. 🙂 I am not crafty at all but this was SO easy to make. I hope they like it!

Sunday morning started by volunteering at a local half marathon. It was so fun! I was assigned to the finish line and gave the runners water and cut their timing chips off of their shoes (the local running club reuses them). I definitely feel like I “gave back” to the running community and it was so fun to cheer the runners on and experience the start line excitement without the anxiety of actually running it. I encourage everyone who runs races to volunteer at a race. I came away feeling very humbled at the hard work the volunteers put forth, and also really happy that the running community is full of really nice people for the most part. So many runners thanked me for what I was doing and everyone had such a feeling of camaraderie.

After volunteering, I came home, ate a quick plate of leftover Thai food and headed out again to a friends Gingerbread House party. I haven’t made and decorated a gingerbread house in YEARS so I was definitely the newbie there (my friend has had this party annually for 10 years now!) but I did my best and liked what came out of it. I’ll be more prepared next year I think. Some of the houses that people made looked like local buildings, castles, had a wizard of oz theme, etc. It was nuts. Those ladies are SERIOUS about their Gingerbread Houses!

This really helped me last week, so I’m gonna try it again this week!
Workouts planned this week:
Monday – 30 minute run
Tuesday – Yoga
Wednesday – 30 minute run*
Thursday – EA Active arms and abs*
Friday – Zumba
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Longer run
* I may switch Wednesday and thursday based on what I discovered last week. We will see.