There’s something about December that just puts me in a good mood. The weather isn’t QUITE horrible yet (I hate snow) and we still have a few rogue warm days left (like today – mid 50’s). But there’s a smell to the air, a positive loving vibe, and awesome holiday movies on TV all the time. It’s officially the holiday season! This weekend was all about Christmas and I loved it!
Friday night kicked everything off with a dinner with some awesome Boston-area bloggers at Tasca, a Spanish tapas restaurant in Brighton, MA. I had been to Tasca many times before this, it’s right around the corner from my house. I knew it would be a fun place for us all to meet up, chat, and share some delicious sangria.
I met up with Sara, Tracy, Amy, and Caroline. We chatted about everything to do with blogging, running, boys, yoga, and life in Boston. I wish the restaurant wasn’t so dark to take photos. We enjoyed shrimp, goat cheese enchiladas, a trio of sausages, mini meatballs, a pesto flat bread, and bread with pesto hummus. I love having these meet-ups; we’ve gotten to know each other well over the months and we always have a great time together. It was fun having Caroline join for the first time. Can’t wait to do it again!
Tracy, Sara, and myself. (Thanks Amy for the photos!)
Amy and Caroline, the yogis!
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and got a workout in before meeting up with Bernie’s parents. I walked outside and saw snow! December 1st kicked off with snow!
We headed out to the suburbs to meet with his parents and pick up their and our Christmas trees! We always go to the suburbs to get better prices and move selection on trees. We actually settled on the first tree we picked! We also picked up a really awesome wreath for our apartment’s front door. Hopefully they don’t make us take it down!
The rest of Saturday was spent Christmas present shopping. Bernie still hadn’t picked up my presents, so we did a little window shopping. I’m pretty excited to exchange gifts – it’s my favorite part about Christmas – giving my loved ones gifts I know they will love.
Sunday began my favorite way; drinking coffee, eating breakfast, meal planning for the week, and watching CBS Sunday Morning. It’s a tradition with my family; breakfast and CBS Sunday Morning and I love doing it even when I live on my own now. After a grocery store trip, I decided to go for a run outside. I hadn’t run outside since Thanksgiving break, but I wanted to take advantage of the 50 degree weather. I grabbed one of my new pairs of running shoes, my Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s and headed out. I’m still on a run/walk plan since coming back from the stress fracture, but this run was going to be my longest run interval yet. I did 3 intervals of 15 minutes of running followed by 2 minutes of walking. I ended up covering a little over 4 1/2 miles and I came home on CLOUD 9!
I promise that I have a running update post coming your way soon, but I could not be more thankful for my ability to run right now. This run was not easy, but my foot felt good the whole time. Toward the end of the run I definitely felt fatigue on the foot, but NOT pain. There’s a big difference – and I’m being very very careful to listen to my body to know the difference. I am loving these Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s. They’re light as air, supportive, unobtrusive, and just overall awesome looking. <3 me some Mizuno’s!
After my run, I ate, cleaned the house, cleaned myself, and headed to Target to get decorations for our tree. Oh boy, bad decision. That place was a MADHOUSE! I luckily got out in a decent time with some lights, ornaments, and other decorations. Bernie and I spent the night decorating the tree and making the house feel more festive. This is our first Christmas tree together as a live-in couple. Last year we had a tree at Bernie’s condo while I lived in my own apartment, so I would visit the tree when I stayed over. But it was not our tree. This is our tree. I love it!
“Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree – lit up like a bastard!” — Bernie
Readers: How did you spend your weekend?
Anyone else get their Christmas trees/decorate the house?
What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?
PS — Happy 1 year anniversary to the blog! It turned 1 year old on December 1st, and I almost completely forgot the anniversary. It’s been an amazing year and I’ve learned so much. I appreciate all my readers – you guys make this blog what it is. Thank you for all your support. <3