For the 3rd year in a row we started Thanksgiving off with a local Turkey Trot. The past two years has been a local 8K in Charlotte but since we stayed local this year we ran the 5K Trot for Hunger in DC. It was COLD, oh so very cold. Our schedules didn’t allow us to pick up our bibs early so we had to get there early to fight a non-existent line to pick them up (bwah bwah). Not going to lie, I did almost bale on the race in the morning but Michael denied my “I mean, we could just go back to sleep” request. I had one goal for this race, finish in under 30 minutes. I never run 5K races anymore and wanted at least one on the books that was under 30 minutes. The race was way harder than I expected mainly due to my frozen/numb extremities. I couldn’t feel my feet for the first mile and they started to warm back up and then everything was just tingly and tight…not the best feeling. Either way, I’m glad I got up and did it and I finished in 29:01 official time (9:20 pace) which I’m happy with. I hovered in the low 9’s (pace) the entire race and based on my GPS my distance was a tad longer (with turns) which is consistent with my average pace on my watch. Overall a great start to the morning and warm fuzzy feelings for helping feed the homeless!
After the race we got breakfast, warmed up and started cooking. I didn’t want to support businesses that make their employees work on Thanksgiving but I was much appreciative of a warm cup of coffee and that delicious Christmas star donut :) Our Thanksgiving dinner contribution included: 10# of mashed potatoes, succotash, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and a chocolate chess pie. I make real mashed potatoes and cook the pie myself but the rest comes frozen, boxed or canned, a family tradition that I am proud of (and love)! I enjoy cooking but sometimes easy is the best way to take the stress out of the holiday and spend more time with family and less in the kitchen.
We headed over to Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed a lovely evening of more cooking, mimosas, lots of eating, football and good conversation with family.
A family tradition of Michael’s is picking out and putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Whereas I usually wait a little closer to Christmas (esp for live tree). With Thanksgiving being so late and our crazy December travel schedule, Friday was a no brainer. We picked a tree from our local hardware store (the one that burned down but is coming back strong) and carried it the few blocks home (city living win!). It is way way poofier (nice word for fat) than we anticipated and kind of overfills the space but I love it. We were a solid string of lights short which resulted in some post-stringing reorganization but it ended up not terribly frumpy. Christmas ornaments were hung (including exciting new ones procured throughout the year). Then the final step, slide it back into corner, 1, 2, 3, lift and slide…in slow motion the whole thing came barreling down onto our hard wood floor. By some Christmas miracle, not a single ornament was broken, still unsure how this happened. Tree was righted and Julie having a broken ornament meltdown was avoided, hooray!
I can’t believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!!!