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!

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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 – 11/28/2016

Monday – Wednesday

Monday through Wednesday were crazy at work.  I have mentioned some of my frustrations before, but through the restructuring we’ve had, I have less help than I’ve had before.  Work that used to be handled by 3 other people is now falling on me.

Thursday

After work on Thursday, we had dinner at my mom’s.  My grandmother was in town from PA and it was good to spend time with her.  Since my grandfather passed away this spring, its reminded me how important family is – especially those that live father away.

Friday

I worked from home so I could intercept a package I had delivered to the house instead of work.  I usually don’t mess that up, but I did for this item!

On Friday, we went up to Newport News to pickup our race packets for Christmastown 8k.  Pickup was at a running store, and I got tempted by all of the shoes.  I think I want to go back to Saucony Guides! Afterward, we went to a cute little diner for dinner.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I had to work for a little bit.  Afterward, we had a meeting with our builder! They are making some real progress!

After our meeting, we had lunch at JoJacks.  Then we went to the craft show at the high school and saw MomLOLZ. We got a few Christmas gifts for other people…and a few for ourselves!

Sunday

Sunday was the Christmas town 8k at Busch Gardens – recap to come! After the race, we went straight to Cracker Barrel and inhaled our food so fast I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture!

We spent the rest of the day doing chores and watching movies on Netflix.

How was your week? How do you spend your days after races?

 

Weekly Update – 11/21/2016

Monday

I worked a little late on Monday and had some errands to run after work.  I also had to deal with my credit card information being stolen and cancelling my card and dealing with the fraudulent transactions.  I’m getting increasingly frustrated with criminals who steal people information and turn their worlds upside down. My husband’s card was just compromised a few weeks ago!

Tuesday

On Tuesday, the painter came back to finish painting our ceilings. After he finished up, I spent the rest of the night putting all our stuff back in the rooms.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I came home and reorganized my entire closet. I didn’t get rid of nearly as many clothes as I should have, but it was a start!

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!  We got to sleep in a bit, enjoy a very slow morning of coffee drinking, then headed down to Michael’s parents for the holiday.  The food was delicious, but the company was the best part! I have zero pictures of the day…that’s how much fun we were having.

Friday

I know a lot of people have off the day after Thanksgiving, I’m not one of them.  I’ve taken this day off the past few years, but I’m hoarding all my vacation for the week between Christmas and New Year’s! Its a pretty quiet day at work and I got a lot done.

After work, I went to Old Navy and hit up the 50% off sale.  I got some wonderful new clothes.  Guess I need to get rid of more in my closet…

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I got up, got some laundry started, then got to Christmas decorating. In order to get the tree to fit in the living room, I have to move all the furniture.  So I cleaned as I went.

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On Saturday afternoon, Michael and his brother and I went to a craft show in VA Beach.  We got some cool presents for our family.

Sunday

On Sunday, we had church responsibilities, then went out to lunch with my mom, stepdad and grandmother (in town from PA).  It was really nice to see her.  We did some more chores around the house.  Still didn’t get the darn raking done…

 

Weekly Update – 11/30/15

This is a day late, but that’s how it goes sometimes!  I had a pretty decent week overall, and did lots of Christmas fun this past weekend!

Monday

Yoga with Jaye.  She said at the beginning of class that it was going to be more restorative.  I beg to differ.  Class was good though.  My chaturangas are getting better, which make me happy.

Tuesday

Warmup: Foam Roll

Conditioning: 1 mile on the elliptical, keeping heart rate under 150

Three Rounds:

  1. 10 KB High Pulls
  2. 20 Walking Lunges

Wednesday

I’m already sore from Tuesday night’s workout.  Yoga was actually restorative this time! We did a lot of work with blocks and straps.

Thursday

Major DOMS from Tuesday’s workout.  I decided to not push my already mad muscles, and I did a nice 2 miles on the elliptical, keeping my heart rate under 150.

Friday

Its been a tough week at work.  Michael and I got some takeout (or takeaway, as the british say), and we watched a movie.

Saturday

I had to work Saturday morning for a few hours, then I headed to the craft show at the local high school with my mom.  Its one of my favorite parts of the holiday season because I get to see MomLOLZ.

I only purchased a few things.  Mom and I ran some other errands and even had lunch at JoJacks!  I got some wrapping done when I got home.  Michael and I had another nice night in with a movie.

Sunday

I had worship team at church on Sunday, which meant an early day.  After church, we headed home for me to do chores and Michael to do the grocery shopping and cooking.

How was your week?  What is one of your favorite relaxing things to do on a Friday night?

 

Weekly Update – 11/9/15

I only made it to yoga this week, but that’s ok. I’ve seemed to have a lot of those kinds of weeks lately, which I think is ok.  I know I don’t talk about work a lot, but its been a really stressful time.  That’s definitely affected my every day life, and therefore my workouts.  I’m very pleased when I am able to at least get to yoga every week!

Monday

Yoga with Jaye.  It was a harder class than normal.  I find it very difficult to hold lunge positions (runner’s lunge, crescent lunge, etc) due to my Plantar Fasciitis.  My arches of my feet don’t like it.  So I modify to kneeling lunge, but then its hard to transition through positions.

I really love yoga and practice for many reasons.  Strength and flexibility is certainly a desirable by-product, and I don’t feel like I’m making progress in that area.  That is going to be a focus of mine over the next few weeks.

Tuesday

I took a half vacation day on Tuesday.  I needed the mental break.  It was rainy and nasty outside, so I literally sat on the couch for the remainder of the day and watched TV.  No regrets.

Wednesday

Work was closed for Veteran’s Day.  I took advantage of Michael being gone on a little day trip and I got some Christmas shopping done.

Had a small class at yoga on Wednesday night, which was nice.

Thursday

Thursday was insane at work.  Michael and I had to work late, then we had to go to the airport to pick up my mom and stepdad.  It was a late night and I crashed hard.

Friday

On Friday night, we ordered in Chinese food from one of my favorite local places and watched a movie on Netflix called “The Cobbler.”  Its got Adam Sandler in it.  Its pretty fantastic.

Saturday

On Saturday, we got up and headed to the tailgate before the ODU game.  We only ended up staying until halftime because the sun went away behind the stadium and I got so cold.  We ended up going to MacArthur mall and walked around and did some Christmas shopping.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we got our grocery shopping and such done, then we went to my mom’s house for a get together.  Some old neighbors were in town and we got together with them and some of mom’s current neighbors.  It was a great time!

How was your week? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?