I kicked off the weekend with lunch with two of my favorite running buddies, my sis in law Jeannine, and friend Norine. We were the last people in the restaurant when we finally left, we usually get all that chatting done while running, but this time we did it over panini's and a glass of vino.
Later that day, I did an annual exchange with our Jewish neighbor, he gave us a plate of his fabulous latkes, and I gave him a plate of Christmas cookies, the best of both worlds. We then headed to a party down the street. It's nice to be able to walk to a party. But it's not so good to be able to walk to a party. Our street was very quiet the next morning, I think there were a lot of hangovers to be had.
We went to my sister in law's for Christmas Eve, for the Feast of Fishes. I had 5 of the 7, a bit of haddock, shrimp, a scallop, crab legs, and a bit of pasta in anchovy sauce. There was a really good green salad, and stretch bread for dipping in tomato oil. I could have made a meal just of the bread, seriously.
We really felt the absence of Mike's Dad, we visited him on Christmas Eve, and Mike went again on Christmas Day, but it didn't feel the same without him. My Mother in Law has been staying with us, so I think it was nice for her to see the kids open their gifts on Christmas morning.
The kids have been a bit naughty lately, and there was much talk about how Santa might be leaving coal in their stockings instead of presents. After the kids were asleep, Mike made a trail of chocolate coal up the stairs.
Luke knew it was candy the second he saw it.
He was absolutely thrilled with his Lego Alien Conquest set.
Eliza was happy to see that she got the cupcake robe she requested.
Surprisingly, my two favorite gifts weren't running related, Mike gave me a Keurig coffee maker, and a set of Marty Moose Mugs.
You know you're jealous.
But at 1:05 on Christmas Day, my sister in law gave us the best present you could ask for, a new baby niece, Mia Maureen!! They live on Long Island, so we haven't seen her, but I can't wait!
We had dinner at home, Mike made prime rib, and I did something different with the potatoes this year, I roasted them by following this recipe from Ina Garten. They were gooood.
And now what am I going to do with my Day After Christmas? The toys need to be organized, and the house put back together, and I'm going to go for a long run. I've been hitting the treadmill, but I need to get outside and just GO.
Let's see what kind of power those potatoes will give me.