Weekly Update – 1/9/2017

This was a pretty good week despite the leftover snow.  We made it to the gym a few times, listed the house, and had a showing!

Monday

We had abbreviated hours on Monday due to all the snow and the lack of clearing on the roads.  My husband and I worked from home for a little while before heading in.  It was a pretty relaxed day, as I don’t expect many people were deciding to go to the bank in all the snow.

After work, we just relaxed and took it easy.  The gym parking lot is notoriously bad after snow and they were closing early.

Tuesday

Our current house is on the market!  Hopefully it will sell quickly. Tuesday was a rough day at work.  After work, we hit up the gym and I did 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I went to yoga after work.  I know you aren’t necessary supposed to pay attention to the music in yoga, but the music was really great this class! I’m starting to really feel where I’m tight and feel a noticeable difference after class.

Thursday

Thursday night ended up being a night out with my dad, stepmom and sister.  Thursday was supposed to be date night for Michael and I, but sometimes you have to divert plans to spend time with family.

Friday

We went to get Mexican food on Friday night and it was yum!

Saturday

We got up Saturday morning and went to the gym.  We had a house showing, so it was a good way to spend the time we had to be out of the house.  Got in 3 miles on the treadmill. We got some grocery shopping done, as well as some chores around the house.

Sunday

On Sunday we tried out a new church.  We went to my in-law’s house for a late lunch afterward.  We came home and vegged out most of the evening.

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How was your week? Where is your favorite place to go eat with your family?

Weekly Update – 1/2/2017

Other than the snowstorm we got that kept us inside, this felt like a very good week.  Very productive in terms of the house and very good from a work/balance perspective.

Monday

Since we work at a bank, we also got Monday off as the observed day for New Years.  We got up, drank our coffee, then started tackling the house.  We plan on listing it on Friday, so we had a lot to clean up!  Here are a few things we did: mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors, dusted, cleaned all the baseboards, vacuumed, took down all the Christmas décor, took more stuff to storage, made a crockpot meal, 2 loads of laundry, etc.

I had no guilt about not making it to the gym.  That was some hard work and I was very sore the next day!

Tuesday

Tuesday was a really rough day back to work. After work, we hit up the gym.  I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill.  Its hard not to be at the fitness level I used to be, but I know better than to push it.  Slow and steady!

Wednesday

I finally made it back to yoga and it felt so good.  Thankfully, Jaye did a more restorative class instead of her normal flow yoga class, so it was a bit easier to get back into it.

Thursday

On Thursday, the impending doom of snowmaggedon was apparent, so we did our grocery shopping to make sure we had enough essentials through the weekend.  We also got ingredients to make a pretty fantastic beef stew.

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Friday

After work, the realtor came over to get everything together to list the house! The market is starting to rebound, and she’s confident we can list it a little higher than we originally anticipated.

Saturday

On Saturday, the snow started falling before we woke up.  We were anticipating 8-12 inches, but knew the forcasters were probably a bit off.  They were. The heaviest snow was a little farther north.  We still got a good 6-8 inches though.  It was true blizzard conditions, and that wind was insane!

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We made the wonderful beef stew – I wish I had a picture of the finished product, but I have a few prep pics.  We watched a lot of Netflix, played on our devices, watched the snow fall, etc.

Sunday

The temperatures didn’t rise at all on Sunday.  It was another day inside the house.  Michael did go out and shovel a little bit and clear the cars.  We knew it was likely we’d have to go into work on Monday, so we wanted to be prepared.

Did you get any snow where you are? What is your favorite thing to do when you are stuck inside due to weather?

 

 

Weekly Update – 12/26/2016

This week was such a wonderful, relaxing time off. I absolutely love spending time with family and relaxing and forgetting all about the stresses of life.  I hope your holiday season was the same!

Monday

Omg, its a miracle….I went to the gym.

1 Mile treadmill, 800 meter row.  Followed by 3 rounds of 10 each:

  • TRX row
  • TRX squats

Afterward, we had some relax time, then ran some errands.  Then we went to see Passengers.  Great movie – highly recommend it.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we went BACK to the gym.  Another miracle.  Did 2 miles on the treadmill. I really don’t remember what I did the rest of the day!

Wednesday-Thursday

On Wednesday we went to visit my brother and his wife in northern VA.  We went to the new MGM Grand casino in Maryland, ate some great food, spent time with them.  It was such a great time, I completely ignored my phone – hence my lack of pictures from anything we did with them!

Friday

We left my brother’s house Friday morning and went to see my husband’s aunt.  She cooked us a great Monte Cristo sandwich and we spent some quality time.  We spent the night in a hotel on Friday night rather than fighting DC traffic to get home.

Saturday

We took our time getting up on Sunday.  We had breakfast at Bob Evans before hitting the road.  We both crashed when we go home before the NYE festivities.  We had a great time at my dad and stepmom’s house.  We ate lots of wonderful food, played blackjack, watched the NYE special, and played that whipped cream in the face game.

Sunday

On Sunday, we slept in, did some chores and started cleaning up the house.  We also went furniture shopping, found stuff we loved and put our living room furniture on layaway!

How was your holiday? Did you have any time off? Do you ever “unplug” and put your electronic devices away?

 

Race Recap: Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler 2016

This Christmas race is always a favorite of mine, but this year was extra special.  We were trying to break a world record for a Santa run.  It required us to wear a very specific Santa suit – jacket, pants, beard, hat and belt.

Spoiler alert: We got the world record!!!!!I am a Guinness Book of World Record holder 🙂

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since the race started at 4:30pm, I opted to do race day pickup.  I arrived around 2pm and I picked up my packet.  I wanted a lot of time to get ready because I knew I had to sort out the special Santa suit. They had special alteration stations set up.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The temperature race day was a little warmer than I hoped. It was in the high 50s, and because I knew I had to wear real clothes under the santa suit, I knew I’d be a little warm.  I may or may not have sweated through my hat…

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Pre-Race

I just hung out and watched all the people in their Santa costumes.  It was pretty comical to see thousands of Santas all together in one area.

I got dressed about a half hour before the race, and then headed to my corral.

Race Time

I love this race.  I started off running, but planned on walking most of the race.  Miles 1 and 2 were fairly uneventful.  I loved getting to see all the lights on the boardwalk and even stopped and snapped a few pictures.

After the halfway mark, I started walking/running some.  I was kind of ready to be done after we finished running through the lights, because the rest of the race is just through the city streets in the dark, which is only but so interesting.

After Party

I was able to get my medal and my Triple Jog Dare medal – which is awesome!!!!

 

 

They gave out gloves as a finisher item, which is pretty awesome, because I lost my pair from a few years ago at this year’s Shamrock.  I had part of a beer and some of the sausage and potato soup, but I was ready to head home and get the Santa suit off!

I wore my Santa outfit to Chick Fila to pick up dinner and gave the girl at the drive through a little giggle.

Do you do any Christmas races? Have you ever tried to break a work record?

Weekly Update – 12/19/2016 and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a great time with your family and friends.  It was a pretty busy week but a very good one!

Monday

Monday after work was my last push to finish all my Christmas shopping.  Got that done in record time!

Tuesday

Tuesday was pretty uneventful.  Michael and I started watching “White Christmas” on Netflix…and promptly fell asleep!

Wednesday

Wednesday was a busy day after work.  We had a party for Tech Services (my dept), then I went to an ornament exchange party at my mom’s house.  The party at work was nice – we had alcoholic beverages and Buffalo Wild Wings, so you can’t go wrong there.

The party at mom’s was fun, but I wasn’t really into being social.  Normally I stay after to help cleanup, but as soon as Dirty Santa was over, I left.

Thursday

Thursday was our big family dinner for my stepfamily.  About 30 of us squeeeeeze into my mom’s house. Here are a few pictures from the night.

Friday

Friday was our Christmas celebration with my dad and stepmom. They gave us some money toward furniture for our new house! We will definitely get some use out of that!

Saturday

On Saturday we had a pretty chill day, got some last minute grocery shopping done.  We went to church for Christmas eve service with my mom and stepdad.

Sunday

On Christmas morning, we slept in, had coffee and chocolate chip pancakes, and exchanged gifts.  Mom and Ken and my in-laws came over later in the day.

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I’m spoiled rotten.

 

Merry Christmas, ya’ll!

Weekly Update – 12/12/2016

Despite some work stress, this past week and weekend was a pretty good one.  We got to spend some great time with family, some great time together, and get a lot of fun (and practical) stuff done!

Monday

Monday was a pretty uneventful day.  I had hoped to get to the gym, but both Michael and I worked late.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we went to my dad and stepmom’s house to make Christmas cookies!  It was a ton of fun!

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Wednesday

House progress as of Wednesday morning!

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Michael and I have committed to try to have more quality time together, so Wednesday night was that night this week.  We try to avoid distractions, no phones, no work, no TV…maybe some Christmas music.  Its a great time to spend time talking and connecting without the distractions of the world.  In a world that is so busy all the time, its really nice.

Thursday-Friday

Thursday was relatively uneventful.  On both Thursday and Friday, I ended up working late.  We tend to have a lot of “clean-up” type work that goes on in the month of December and due to some changes at work, a lot of that work falls on me.  I don’t mind working late on weeknights, but Friday nights are a little tough.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we got some Christmas wrapping done, and made a game plan to get the rest of the shopping done.  Michael went out and did some of that, while I packed a few more boxes to go into storage.

Saturday afternoon was the Surf-N-Santa 5 miler.  This is a favorite Christmas race of mine, and its the third and final race in the Triple Jog Challenge I signed up for this year with J&A racing.  More to come in a recap!

Sunday

Sunday was super bittersweet.  I have played on the worship team at my church for 6 years, and attended that church for 10 years (since the church began!).  Sunday was my last day on the worship team, and likely our last week attending the church.   The church is moving to a location over 45 minutes away from where we live.  The commute has become really difficult for us to be really engaged with the church.  We are going to be looking at a few wonderful churches closer to home – one just minutes away.

We also check on our house! WOW- Check out the progress this week!

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After church, we grabbed lunch at Panera.  Then we went to Kohls for a few more Christmas gifts.  I got a new winter coat while we were there.  I’ve had the same coats for years and they are starting to get worn out, some of the lining has tears, etc.  I got a peacoat so that it is nice enough to wear to work.  We went to the Verizon store next and got our new phones!  We were due in January, but they had a really good deal on the iPhone 7 (for me) and Galaxy S7 Edge (for Michael). We also ran to the grocery store for the essentials and stuff for Christmas day.

We spent the rest of the day getting chores done at home.  My mom and stepdad came by for a little bit because we had some bad storms and it knocked out their power.

How was your week? Are you done Christmas shopping?

 

 

 

Weekly Update – 12/5/2016

This week was one of ups and downs. Work was crazy, but some good life things happened.  I know this time of year gets a little hectic for everyone, and I am no exception!

Monday – Wednesday

Monday through Wednesday were really hard days at work.  Wednesday was a break down day, where I just didn’t want to be at work, I was too stressed out.

BUT – this started happening at the house!

Thursday

On Thursday, Michael went out of town to NYC for work.  I’m a bit jealous because I’ve never been there.  I went out to get some Mexican food with my brother-in-law while he was gone. We had a fun time and it was nice to spend time one-on-one.

Friday

On Friday, it was SUPER cold! Since we had a warm fall, I was NOT prepared for only a high of 40 degrees on Friday.

I drove by the new house on the way to work, and here’s the progress!

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Saturday

Michael didn’t get home from NYC until the early evening on Saturday. I spent my day doing all sorts of good stuff.  Went Christmas shopping and did some wrapping, watched a cheesy Hallmark movie.

Then I went outside and raked the yard and cleaned out the gutters.  I wore myself out!

Sunday

Sunday we had church responsibilities.Afterward, we did our normal chores and watched the Eagles/Redskins game.

How was your week? What makes you feel like you’ve had a productive day?