Monday, December 31, 2012

Rewind It, 2012.

I talked to my brother the other day, and he said he spent six hours on Christmas Eve night putting together a toy kitchen for my nieces.  He watched A Christmas Story over and over, and at one point he started talking back to Ralphie so that he wouldn't lose his mind.  Which made me feel better about the Air Swimmer that Santa brought my kids.  Thank Goodness for YouTube, and the video that helped me to not lose my mind while I put this sucker together. 

When I was finished, Luke played with it for ten minutes, said "Thanks Mom!" then went upstairs and read a book. 

Yeah, that relaxing two days I was looking forward to didn't go exactly as I planned. I did get to spend a whole day in bed, but it was because of a stomach bug, and not laziness.  Luckily everyone was okay by Christmas Eve, and we could fully enjoy our time together.  

Christmas Eve feast with the kiddos and my Mom-in-law:

Post Christmas Morning Melee, the kids, their favorite gifts, and Daddy:

It's been a relaxing, lovely, snowy vacation, but reality is knocking on the door. 

Time to look back on 2012.  

I think there must be some law of averages in that a good year is followed by a not so great year.  Mine could have been better, we dealt with several lousy things, but we were still so fortunate.  

Time with family:


Lots of time spent in the Adirondacks:

40th Birthday Celebrations:

Running wise I stuck to my plan of not having a plan.  I took races as they came, and the underlying theme among each one was that I had a great time running with my friends:

More/Fitness Half:

The Boilermaker 15k:

I'm the type of person who likes to literally turn a page to a fresh start, and I can't wait to hang up my 2013 calendar, with a fresh new year for me to tackle.   I said to Mike the other night that I finally feel like ME again, and I am going to do everything I can to be proud of myself again. To be the best Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and Friend that I can possibly be. 

I wish you a Happy New Year! 

May 2013 bring you much happiness, peace, and love.  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Today is a Me Day

It was absolutely pouring this morning, but I walked the dog, brought my neighbor her newspaper, and got the kids off to school. When I saw the rain turn to snow I looked at Frank and said "Enjoy the couch, I'm going back to bed."

I'm relishing the fact that I have two whole days to just make cookies and wrap presents, watch Christmas specials with the kiddos, watch this with Mike:

and enjoy the lights on the tree. This has been a tough year, but I'm an incredibly lucky girl, and I am going to enjoy this time to the fullest.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway, the two winners are Shelley from A Runners Fuel, and BDD! Congrats! Send me an email and I'll get you guys set up!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nervous Nelly is in the house.

I needed a new pair of jeans, so I bought a skinny version, in a dark wash.

They're flattering and look cute when I tuck them into my Frye boots, and go well with this year's Christmas sweater:

Not to be confused with a different Christmas sweater:

Or my casual sweater:

I can't help it, I like grey sweaters.

I went to book club last night, and as we hung around, eating, drinking, and not talking about the book, I looked down at my fingers and panicked a bit.

They were blue. Really blue.

Almost oxygen deprived blue.

Before I freaked out and asked everyone to pick up their phones and call 911 (although we had a nurse in attendance), I took a breath and remembered that the tag I cut off of said new jeans said something along the lines of "wash separately as colors might bleed."

Like onto my fingers.

Crisis averted.

Did ya see my tech shirt giveaway?? Check it out here, as you have one day left to enter!

Monday, December 17, 2012

May they be at peace.

My heart is heavy, and my stomach is in knots over what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary.

I cry for those little souls, for the unbearable grief those parents are enduring, for the heroic teachers and staff, and for their community. 

Mike and I decided to talk about what happened with Eliza who is six, and Luke, who is eight.  We knew they would hear about it at school, and we wanted to be the ones to explain it.  We chose our words carefully, but I was completely taken aback when Eliza said, "if that happens at school, we have to do a Lock Down." 

So matter of fact, but I don't think she really gets what a Lock Down drill really means.

Luke was okay, but that night at bedtime he got upset, because his school is one of his favorite places to be.   I showed him the email from his school district, detailing the extra safety steps they are taking, and told him that his teachers will keep him safe.

Then I hugged and kissed him, extra hard.

My thoughts and prayers are with those little angels and their families.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Tech Shirt Giveaway!

There are twelve days until Christmas, and Hannukah is well underway, so I think we need to celebrate with a Holiday Giveaway from! is the brainchild of three friends, one is a marathon runner, and all have backgrounds in design.  They know what active folks look for in a tech shirt, thin moisture wicking fabric, flat seams, and a soft interior.  The shirts are cut well for guys, and fitted for the ladies.

Plus they're cool to look at!

I think the "What's it gonna be today" is my favorite:

You can customize the "See __ Run" shirt with a washable marker:

I do like my gams:

They're currently having a Holiday Sale on their website, which you can check out here, but I have two shirts to give away, one for the guys (Eff Treadmills) and one for the ladies (your choice)!

To enter please do one or all of the following (you may leave one comment, just list everything that you did):

1. like the facebook page HERE
2. follow on twitter HERE
3. share the giveaway info on twitter, facebook or your blog.
4. for a bonus entry, let me know your fitness goals for 2013!

I will choose a winner using on Friday December 21st.

Good Luck!!

*Note: I was sent a shirt for the purpose of this review/giveaway, the opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Moms On The Loose

This year my friends and I all turned the Big 4-0.  I was the first to reach the milestone back in January, and by August, we were once again the same age.  We've been friends for over 25 years, and between Sweet Sixteens, Graduation parties, turning 21, engagement parties, bridal and baby showers, weddings, turning 30, nights in, as well as nights out, we know how to have a great time together.

And it usually involves food, wine, vodka, and coffee. Not necessarily in that order.

It's funny how our conversations flow, we know each other so well that when we're together, we pick up right where we left off.  After we kept circling back to the various ailments we've developed since hitting "old age," pulled muscles, having to squint to read, having heart flutters, and having pain in general, my friend Jennifer said we should use the word "click" as a signal to change the subject, in order to not sound like old biddies.

After my sister picked me up from the airport, I had time to kill before our dinner reservations at Cookshop, so we were able to have a quick drink, which was an unexpected bonus.

We don't look anything alike.

Dinner was fantastic, I had the whole roasted porgy with potatoes and sauteed spinach, which I scarfed down so quickly I forgot to take a photo!  Actually, aside from maybe two pictures, my friend Jennifer took all photographic evidence of the weekend, which she happily sent to me for my blog post : )

I don't go to the gym anymore, once we bought our treadmill I made the basement my gym.  We were all up fairly early Saturday morning, there is a gym in my friend's building, so four of us were able to workout together, which hasn't happened since high school. There was an outdoor track on the tenth floor of the building, and it was neat to run around outside while ten floors up. Since I don't do much weight training, I did a circuit of the machines, and also did the elliptical.

Then it was time for lunch, which meant my favorite, PIZZA.

Then we had to shop, travelling from the East Side, to Bryant Park, to Fifth Avenue, then down to the Village, then back to the East Side.  Just in time to get dolled up, debate the merits of a traditional straight iron versus one that straightens, as well as curls, then head to our friend's apartment for Pear Vodka & Fresca on his terrace.

He lives on the 50th floor, and I stayed faaaaaar away from the railing, but the view was fantastic:

Oh yeah, then we had to eat again, at China Grill!

The night got off to a rockin' start, when the server accidentally dropped three pear sangrias, one Shiraz, one martini and one seltzer all over our table.

But that didn't ruin the fun.  We ordered a bunch of dishes to share, I chose the grilled garlic shrimp, with black fettuccine and red curry coconut sauce. Soooo good.

It had these pieces of what looked like shrimp skin, that was wiggling around on top of the plate, which gave us a start, because it seemed alive.  Which it wasn't.  Which was weird.

Since our spilled drinks ended up not only on the table, but on my friend Adele, the server brought us a special Birthday dessert. I was all over the chocolate layer cake.

I won't show you the after photo.

After an obligatory visit to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree:

we went on to Culture Club, to dance the night away to tunes from the '80's, including our favorites, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran.  Where we worked off all that food and became a sweaty mess. 

Sunday morning I woke up earlier than I do on a normal weekday, but I couldn't bear to stay in bed, when my time with my BFF's was quickly coming to a close.  So what did we decide to do? Eat breakfast! 

This is my spinach and goat cheese frittata from Le Pain Quotidien, paired with lovely mint tea.

After that my friend Gonca rolled me to the shuttle bus that transported me to JFK for my flight home.  Of course, as usual, I cried when I said good-bye. 

But there is always next time. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Colorful Christmas

I grew up in a house that sat on a corner, surrounded by a white picket fence.  Seriously.  Every Christmas we would string a line of white lights along it's entire length, that you could see as soon as you turned onto our street. It was so Christmasey, so pretty.

I'm not big on decorating, but I wish I were, especially at Christmas.  The front of our house is fairly plain, we have no columns around the door, no front porch or railings.  We don't have any trees on the lawn to string lights on, and our bushes are a mish-mash of various sizes.  So for a craftily challenged person like myself, I feel limited.

I think white lights look so nice against the snow, but Mike isn't a fan.  When we were first married, he  let me have a tree decorated in silver and white glass balls and white lights.  That lasted exactly one year, it's been multicolored lights ever since.

But I don't mind, as long as we have one huge tree,

and one baby tree.

Luke switched out his normal glasses for the spy goggle variety.

Mike scored a bunch of little trees that light up, which, if we ever get snow, will no longer be seen. 

 Plus, Frank won't cross through them to come in the house.  Maybe he thinks it's a wall of fire.

Who needs an Elf on the Shelf when Harold the Elf (circa 1972) 
has kept the peace the past few years.

I think the festive season has officially started.