Race photos + date night + Christmas pets
Race day pictures went up this past week and I have to say, I was not impressed. I love race pictures because they are candid and represent the ups and downs of distance running very well, but my last race pictures were not very entertaining. They must have missed all the snot rockets (I was still recovering from a cold) and adjustments to my clothing throughout the 13 miles. Instead they only caught my cheesy face and the finish line.
On Monday night I got a stomach virus from hell. Apparently everyone I was with Sunday evening caught it. So, I have spent the rest of this week in recovery mode and trying to plan what’s next for my fitness goals.
I’ve never truly focused on much more than running. Now that the crummy winter weather is setting in, I’m going to try to focus on strength training for a while. I still plan on running, but I’ve never truly challenged my body to lift weights and build muscle. I’m still working on the workout plan, so I’ll share when I figure it out. I’ve always been very lanky, so it’ll be interesting to see what my muscles are willing to do.
Our wedding anniversary is this week and both my husband and I were pretty poor about celebrating it last year. This year we aren’t doing gifts or a trip, so we decided we would have a date night to celebrate. We planned to go get some new work clothes, have lunch, then get dressed up and go have dinner. After work in the morning, lunch, then some shopping, I decided a night at home sounded much more appealing. Getting dressed up and going out to dinner is always nice, but sometimes staying in is better. We found a good movie to rent, ordered from our favorite sushi place, put our sweatpants on, and cuddled up on the sofa. It was exactly what we needed.
It’s all about being together at the end of the day, whether you’re at home or at a fancy restaurant. Making time for the two of us is difficult at times, so setting aside this time was as special to me for our anniversary as anything else.
This morning after church I had to make a quick trip to the clinic to do an ultrasound for a sick patient we took in on ER last night. After, I met the Hubbs for brunch at our favorite New Orleans style Cajun restaurant. They have the best bloody Mary’s.
Then we went to Macy’s to pick a child from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. We’ve done this in the past, but plan to make it a yearly tradition from now on. It’s fun to go shopping for kids toys and clothes, even if we don’t personally know who they’re going to. Jett usually picks a boy so he can buy all the toys he used to love as a child, but this year we found a 6-year-old girl who stood out, so looks like Barbie toys and dolls it is!
Speaking of gifts, I have a slight soapbox I want to touch on for a minute. Please please please think twice before buying Christmas pets as gifts. It’s great if this is a well thought out planned and discussed decision, but otherwise please reconsider. I know many boyfriends/girlfriends who buy puppies for each other thinking they’ll always be together, but what happens to that dog if you don’t? That pet is a life long family member and doesn’t deserve a abandoning when you’re life becomes inconvenient for having a pet. It’s better if they never know that love, than being tossed on the streets or put in the shelter after learning to love and trust their owner. It may seem like a great idea, and I can get behind Christmas pets when they’re well thought out, but please think twice before making this decision especially if you’re making it for someone else.
Ok, soapbox complete. With the weather being so cold today, my munchkins are snuggling up. It’s actually suppose to get back up to the 60’s this week, so no Christmas sweaters for them, YET.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday!