More Sights of the Season

Happy Christmas eve eve! I hope you are home from work and relaxing with your families! I am sitting by the fire, hanging out with Bobby and my dad (mom is at work) and getting ready to play Wii. We have two Christmas parties to go to tonight, one annual one we go to every year across the street, and the alumni Christmas party for my High School. We are going to be a party hoppin’ couple tonight! The next few day’s won’t have a ton of substance as far as blogging, running, the inner workings of my crazy life, because I will be spending time with my family, and I suggest you do the same, so, get off the computer!!! Smile 

Here are a few more pictures from my parents house.

Making Reindeer food

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Bella patiently waiting for Santa

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Christmas cards!

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my dad buys two of these every year!

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I caught you, Santa!

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Bobby finally got his law school diploma and law license framed. (Ignore all the dog toys)

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My mom’s birthday is on Christmas day, so my dad had flowers sent to the house yesterday so she could enjoy them for a few days before her birthday.

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Bobby and I ran three miles this morning. It was a little chilly but beautiful and sunny! Now I have more energy and can eat more at the parties tonight. Haha!

Have a great day everyone! I am so excited for my two favorite days of the year!! Tomorrow we will bake all day, and watch Christmas movies and play Wii, then tomorrow night we will read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the Christmas story from Luke in the Bible.

QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Christmas Rip-Off

 

This morning, Bobby and I went to the grocery store to stock up on all of my baking essentials for my baking extravaganza! I bake a lot for Christmas for my family, and for fun. Since I am not in my own house this year, I had a lot of ingredients to get. While shopping for M & M’s (there were no more red and green ones!) and Snickers for my famous snickers cookies, I realized that the exact same size bag of “Christmas snickers” and “regular non-Christmas snickers” were different prices!!! Are you KIDDING me? The exact same candy but in “Christmas wrapping” is 60 cents more per bag? I don’t know about you but I think this is a rip off and it makes me so sad because that shouldn’t happen on CHRISTMAS, that’s not the reasons for the season!

Maybe I am getting too worked up about this, but it just really really makes me sad. Well, you can bet what I did. I bought the non Christmas kind. I mean, I am unwrapping them and putting them inside of cookies anyway.

I bought a regular bag of M & M’s and will pick out the red and green ones that I need for my candy! I know I can be quirky, nut really, am I the only one that thinks this is a total rip off? because they know people will buy them?

Ok, I feel better now. Smile After the crazy shopping trip, it was time for the Saints game. Bella did NOT want to watch the game with grandpa.

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The Saints fought hard against the Ravens, but being a southern dome team we do not do well in the wind and cold. I think Brees was getting frustrated with the wind changing the ball’s trajectory. Oh well. We will still hopefully be in the playoffs.

Bobby left to go back to work an hour ago, but he will be back Wednesday night and staying through Christmas. Tomorrow I am going to try a short, speedy run and see how I do after yesterday’s run. Have a great night everyone!

 

QOTD: What “rip off” is your biggest pet peeve?

Pretzel Candy Recipe

 

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday! It is FINALLY cold and starting to look like fall here! I took a few pictures of some trees in my parents yard.

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Bobby and I ran 10 miles this morning. It was supposed to be 13, but I made a boo boo. I wear a shoe insert in one of my running shoes because I have one leg considerably shorter than the other since my hips are so off, and it causes a LOT of hip pain. If you are a long time reader you may remember me talking about my hip pain. Anyway, This morning I wore my new running shoes for the first time and didn’t think to put the insert in. Well, my hip reminded me about mile 7 or 8 that I had forgotten. We hobbled along back to the house and made it 10 miles, but I was in a LOT of pain. Oh well. I don’t think it’s going to make or break me finishing the race.

Moving on, I have a yummy, easy, Christmas recipe to share. I made these for a Christmas party this week and they were a big hit! So simple but so good. All you need is this:

-M & M’s

-Rolos

-Pretzels

 

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350

-lay pretzels out flat on baking sheet (I put them on parchment paper, too)

-put one rolo on each pretzel

-put in oven for two minutes

-remove from oven and press one M & M into each rolo

-put in refrigerator to harden chocolate

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I am sitting by the fire, and it is making me sleepy. I may take a nap. Have a great evening everyone!

QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas dessert?

Nomad Living

 

Hello from Mississippi! Yes, I was in Louisiana this morning. Yes, this is my life. I can honestly say, I didn’t realize how much I have missed having my own kitchen, my own house, my own stuff. I can’t wait to be in our new house! Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents, we get along great. I am so thankful they are letting me stay with them. But, it’s not “mine".” I just kind of feel like I am in a hotel. I didn’t realize how much I felt that way until I came home today.

Since I knew we would be up here until Tuesday at least, I decided to bring a couple of Christmas decorations with me so I would feel festive for the few days I am up here. (Yes I am a dork, I have come to terms with it.)

I brought my little Disney tree

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our “M” stocking

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and the most important, the smells of the season…my pine and sugar plum Yankee Candle.

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It smells fabulous in here!

I am very sad though that when I look to my right by the window, there is no big Christmas tree. I haven’t felt as “Christmasy” this year as I normally do, due to some things going on in our personal lives, and not really having one “home.” Nomad living is not so fun folks! At least it is only temporary, and we have a goal and a change coming. I can’t imagine being in limbo constantly!

I am going to go unpack the suitcase that seems attached to my hand these days and settle in for a few days! Hopefully I won’t feel so out of sorts tomorrow!

QOTD: Have you ever felt like a nomad?

Runner’s Christmas Gift Guide

 

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa just called me and wants to know what I think would be good Christmas gifts for all the runners on the nice list this year! I told him I would ask my readers, which I did, and here are the responses you gave me!

 

Katie has a Garmin, ipod armband, sunblock, and other small essentials on her list.

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One Small Town Girl says reflection gear is the way to go.  Particularly Brooks Nightlife hat and LED flashers as well as sweaty bands.

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Katy has Garmin, Fuel (Chomps, Stingers, Gel, etc), socks, a good sports bra, running clothes (shirts, pants, etc), iTunes gift card (to download music for runs), and gift cards for running stores on her list

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Paige is all about CEP compressions socks and the new Timex GPS watch.

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Stacy says a race entry would be a great gift, along with running gloves, a hat, Chomps, itunes card, and crazy socks.

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Michelle agrees with the others that a Garmin is the way to go, as well as a

Running Skirts skirt, Nike capris, GU Performance Pack, CEP Compression socks, and a Spibelt

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Courtney is a new runner, and she thinks any clothing items (skirts, shirts, socks, shoes, etc) would benefit as well as a spibelt, garmin, gift certificates, and running food related items or water bottles.

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Ali swears by Lululemon (of which I sadly own none of but would love to!!)

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Kimberly has a great list formed:

* A new pair of running shoes

*  nice running socks or compression socks

* compression knee shorts

*Road I.D.

*I love receiving different kinds of gels/fuel to try

 

Crystal has one of my favorite wishes on her list, an Allied Steel hanger for all of your race bling. I have been drooling over these for a long time now!!

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Elizabeth has CEP compression sleeves at the top of her list

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Lily thinks a Garmin and Nike tempo shorts should be on your list.

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Bethany enjoys trail running and wants you to check out runningfunky.com to see what they have to put on your wish list.

 

Jen has some great stocking stuffer ideas including GU, Body Glide, and running socks.

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Everyone came up with some great ideas that I am sure any runner would love to have! My personal favorites I would love to unwrap would be

-Allied Metal Hanger

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-Compression socks

-GU

-iTunes Gift card

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-Race Registration

 

Talk about make me a happy girl! I hope this gift guide help you formulate your own wish list as well as help with shopping for your fellow running friends and family! Happy Shopping!

QOTD: What is your favorite thing on this list?

 

*I was not paid to post about these products nor was I given any free products to write about for this particular post. (As much as I would love to have gotten some of these cool things!)