My sister and niece were visiting this weekend, which I will use as an excuse for the lack of posts in the past few days. We had quite a nice visit and I wish it could have been longer. It seems like we’re both so busy these days, my sister is a full time student and I’m quite poor at time management and follow through, so we don’t get together as often as we should considering she lives less than three hours away. We traipsed all over the Puget Sound area, but my favorite stop was the Brown and Haley’s outlet in Tacoma. Brown and Haley are the makers of the scrumptious Almond Roca, among other tasty treats. At the outlet you can buy the odds and ends that are not quite up to standard for a very reduced price. I’m set on chocolate for a few weeks now.
I mentioned that my 5K was on Saturday, it went quite well. I finished 364th out of over 1100 people. So, that’s pretty awesome. My goal was to finish in under 38 minutes, and I accomplished that, with a time just under 35 minutes. It was not as horrible as I was expecting, though it wasn’t easy. I ran the entire thing, I didn’t puke during or afterward and I had a lot of fun. Running with that many people is chaotic and loud and quite enjoyable. I plan to do it again very soon, I need another race date to help keep me motivated.
It is snowing right now, and that makes me happy. I don’t live on the east coast, so I doubt we will have the blizzard of the century, but a light dusting would be nice. We do not actually get snow that often here, maybe for one week every year, and it shows when people try to drive in it. I don’t mind driving in the snow too much since I grew up with the stuff, and a white Christmas would be quite enjoyable.
Speaking of Christmas, I can’t wait! I am looking forward to watching Tysen as he unwraps his gifts and then playing with all the new toys and games. I have had to test a couple of them, just to make sure they were age appropriate of course, not because I needed to amuse myself for a hour or so. I am waiting on one last gift to arrive (thank you Amazon and your lightening deals!). I managed to get everything wrapped yesterday, I know I was cutting it a bit close but I’m known to procrastinate.
In case I forget to mention it in another post, I hope everyone had/has a wonderful Hanukkah and Christmas.
I’ve been reading various blog posts about Christmas traditions. I would read these and think to myself, we never really had such a thing growing up, and I don’t think we do now. However, over this weekend, I was surprised into remembering several traditions that hold many fond memories.
Back in the day, we would travel to my aunt and uncles house many many miles away to celebrate Christmas. It was a long drive, but we generally stayed at least a week and I loved spending time there, so it was well worth it. I guess that in and of itself is a Christmas tradition, though it is not exactly what I was going for.
On Christmas Eve, we would be allowed to open one gift. One year I got a Garfield indoor tent. It was just about the coolest thing ever, and of course I had to sleep in it right there in the living room. Poor Santa must have had a very difficult time getting all those gifts under the tree while I was in dream land a few feet away.
Christmas morning, stockings would be opened first before breakfast. These were always filled to overflowing with seemingly random gifts, but very personalized; comfy socks for my cousin with poor circulation, books for my mom who loved to read. And of course, the greatest gift of all, the Lifesaver Candy book. I have tried in vain for many years to find these little books, but the only thing I’ve come across contains Gummy Lifesavers, so not the same thing.
A coworker brought grapefruits in to work to share, and the smell brought back a very happy memory. Every year, we would sit down to the world’s longest breakfast, it seriously lasted an eternity. And on Christmas morning no less! This breakfast would always start with each person eating half a grapefruit, I always applied plenty of sugar to mine. These days, I rarely eat grapefruit, but whenever I smell one I am reminded of everyone gathering around the table four at least an hour, simply enjoying the company of family. Afterward we would adjourn to the living room for present opening.
I suppose it’s the simplest traditions that have the most meaning for me, because they often revolve around spending time with family. As Tysen gets a bit older, I hope to carry on some of these with him because they remind me so much of my loved ones.
Last weekend we set out to find ourselves a perfectly healthy tree to chop down and set up in our living room. I’m a real tree kind of person, I love the pine smell that you just can’t get with a tree out of a box. We drove out to one of our favorite tree farms (living in the Pacific Northwest, there are many to choose from) and set out with our cart and hand saw.
We finally found our tree and Justin used his manly skills to chop it down. Sadly I was using Justin’s phone to take pictures because I had left the camera in the car. I asked him to email me ALL the pictures (including the pictures with him cutting down the tree which are mysteriously absent) which is why there are none of his manly powers.
It was a great afternoon, even if it was only 20 degrees outside.