Sunday, December 28, 2008

Catching Up...

The thing about Christmas vacation is that I usually act like I'm on the laziest vacation ever... I've not thought twice about writing a blog post or reading anyone else's. I'll catch up on the reading later, but for now here's an account of some fun things I've been up to lately.

Christmas Eve

After sitting at work for about an hour, I asked the Bob if I could head back home since UPS wouldn't do any pick ups and I had little to do. Once home, I slept some more and then enjoyed a quiet afternoon around the house. I then went to get my legs waxed at a friend's house because her boss at her actual place of work royally pissed me off the day before. I opted to get her to do it from her home so that she'd actually make some money and her boss didn't. :)

I headed to my parent's house for Christmas Eve dinner with them, my sister, my mom's parents, my dad's stepmom and our next door neighbor. After a yummy dinner and Miracle on 34th Street, I headed to bed. I only live a few miles from my folks, but since it's a holiday and all I knew I needed to keep the peace and sleep there... like I always have done.

Christmas Day

My grandpa is closing in on 87 and has had some serious health problems over the past few years. He can't hear, doesn't think clearly, and can barely get around. Nonetheless, he was up at 6:30am to cook breakfast... because he always cooks it on Christmas morning (noticing a trend of family traditions?)

My mom had to get up to make sure he didn't burn the house down, which meant listening to them yell back and forth because 1) you have to yell at him for him to hear and 2) because he still won't do what you tell him to do and it's frustrating. I pulled the pillow over my head and attempted to dose for an hour until dad came to drag me out of bed.

Believe me... I think you can do Christmas at 10am just as easily as 7am.

Upon my arrival to the kitchen table, one bite of eggs proved the breakfast unfit to eat.

We moved to the den to open presents. I won't lie... my sister and I get more than necessary. We're the only grandkids on mom's side, so her parents have always tended to go a bit over board. I received some running tights, gloves and headband (that I'll sadly get little use out of this winter) and a new running jacket that will be perfect for spring. I also got some money, some new Sperry's (chocolate brown and plaid with a wool lining to keep my feet warm!), a few cute tops, a new winter coat, and some other odds and ends.

The rest of the day was spent watching White Christmas and attempting to snooze a bit on the couch. Then, after dad took the g'parents home, we headed to our new movie theater to see Marley & Me. I LOVED it. Granted, I cried like the hundreds of other people in the theater at the end, but I really thought it was one of the best movies I've seen lately. And is it just me or aren't you all a little pleased to see that Jennifer Aniston's movie killed Brad Pitt's movie in the box office? :)

I then tackled my scrapbook. I seriously go through scrapbooking waves. I'll get on a roll and get a ton done, and then I don't touch it for months. Back in 2005, I sat down and scrapbooked my trip to Europe from that summer. It took me a while, and then I had to take a break. Then in 2007, I knocked out my sophomore year of college, and got through the first semester of junior year. I hadn't touched scrapbooking since.

Today I tucked away all of the college stuff (even though I eventually want to knock those last 3 semesters out because I feel like if I do, then it'd be so much easier to catch up on scrapping the past 3.5 years of my life since it's mostly just weddings and trips). I picked out a new album. I put all of my race pictures and numbers in folders and got them in order. And then I got down to business.

While watching Independence Day (it was on tv, something that I thought was funny since it's 7 months until July) and no less than 6 more episodes of The O.C. (we're on season two now), I got down to business.

I got my opening page for the book done (a simple page with a picture of me from a race) as well as two openings featuring my first marathon back in 2005. That means I did 5 pages today! I know that doesn't really sound like a lot, but for anyone who scrapbooks you know that it's a ton for one day. It's so time consuming. I really like to do a good job on them because I know that I'll appreciate having them to look back on in years to come. I'm super exciting about trying to get all 15 of my major races from the past 3 years done. Then, it'll be so easy to add in each race as they happen.

It should go pretty quickly. I have 14 more races to do, but only 3 of those are full marathons. All of the rest are shorter races that also have less pictures. They will require less pages.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to get pedicure appointments for me and my sister at this semi-nice place that does a bit better job than all of the walk-in places. I'm also supposed to have dinner with a couple of college friends that I'm looking forward to finally seeing again. I also anticipate knocking out at least one more race in the album.

My vacation is already going by way too quickly. However, it's already proving to be the break that I needed, especially since I'm on the crutches. It's nice to not need to move around too much. Plus, I am LOVING getting to sleep in again for a change. It's going to be hard to go back to work.

For now, I have four more fully free days to enjoy.

I hope everyone else is having a lovely week. I promise to post some pictures of what I'm up to again soon.


~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday!

Mrs. Stilettos said...

Happy Holidays! We all need a little break from blogging every now and then! It is nice to have you back!

J said...

I want to get a Mac so I can video chat! Family traditions are always fun! Plus I love the movie White Christmas! Something about those old movies - they are still good even after all these years!

aron said...

sounds like a GREAT holiday!!! sooo glad he loved the dvd :)

Shoe Running said...

I'm glad you had a good holiday! Video chatting sounds like a good way to keep in touch...i've got a mac too, and have never used the camera. That's awesome that you found a use for it! :)

Love to Run said...

Good to hear about your nice Christmas and wonderful break from work. A new year is just around the corner and a whole new set of memories await. Have a wonderful rest of your time off!

The Laminator said...

Nice to hear you are having fun and getting lots of rest on vacation. Happy New Year!

Rachel H. said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas Holiday! Happy New Year! Looking forward to reading about you getting back into running in the New Year!

M*J*C said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas, hope you had fun for New Year's too!

Marathon Maritza said...

Sounds like a great vacation!!!

I was ultra, super lazy over the holidays too...oh well! :)

X-Country2 said...

Sounds like an action-packed holiday!