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Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Hey there! How’s your Monday going? Mine has been a good one!

Jazzercise & Breakfast

I started the morning with my Monday AM Jazzercise class. SIX people showed up. That’s right. 6. I couldn’t believe it. I’m usually lucky to have 1 or 2, so this girl was definitely shocked! It was a fun class even though I’m pretty sure all the students were sleep-walking through most of it. πŸ™‚

Once I got cleaned up and to the office to start the day, I was hungry and ready for food! I was rather excited for my morning meal. I found some seasonal flavors of Clif Bars while grocery shopping yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to try them out!

photo(122)This Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar was extra gingery and festive. I loved it!

image(14)I also bought a Pumpkin Pie Spice Clif bar that may be a good breakfast for tomorrow. I’m such a sucker for the holiday flavors! I’m a food marketers dream during the holiday months, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. πŸ™‚

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Saturday night was a fun one. Nick and I were invited to my friend Carley’s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

image(12)We wore matching sweater vests! Mine is compliments of my mother. She loves her festive sweaters and is kind enough to let me borrow one for this party each year. We were the matchy-ist couple there!

The night went on with lots of eating of homemade goodies and games around the house. Jenga was our main event. πŸ™‚

photo(123)Our game got pretty intense, and this happened shortly after I took this photo…

image(16)I learned that Jenga really stresses me out towards the end of the game!

I munched on veggies and dip along with some cookies and other goodies. Carley goes all out with her hosting, so I love going to her parties!

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Jessica, Carley & I
Jessica, Carley & I

Jessica was also there with her boyfriend. Jessica is my ‘Little Sister’ from our sorority, Kappa Delta. I was so happy she made it with her boyfriend since I haven’t seen her in ages!

photo(55)Such a cutie! So this night turned into more than just a party – it was really more of a small reunion of friends that haven’t had time to see each other lately. But it worked out great. I chatted with the gals while Nick bonded with the other boyfriends outside. πŸ™‚

It was a great night and put me into the holiday spirit for sure. I hope you have some fun events to attend during the next 2 weeks. We can only indulge ‘guilt-free’ for another week or so. So get together with your friends and family and have some fun!

And happy holidays from the sweater vest couple. πŸ™‚

1512694_10151715644032924_660133676_nHave a great evening!!

Catching up on Christmas

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend has been great so far. Mine has been pretty quiet and productive, and I love it!

I was busy at work yesterday and busy last night with Jazzercise and wrapping gifts, so I kinda put off posting for the evening. But I swear I got a large chunk of my gifts wrapped and even started on making out my Christmas cards! After teaching Jazzercise right after work, I spent the rest of the evening ‘catching up on Christmas’ since I’ve been pretty lazy with everything so far. And now that my tree is looking a little more full with gifts underneath, my stress level has gone way down. Win!

photo(140)Mac was super helpful with the whole process. He had his toys in the middle of my wrapping station most of the evening.

Our photo Christmas cards arrived in the mail already (super fast!), and I love how they turned out. I’m in the process of making out the envelopes to my family members and should hopefully get them in the mail by Monday morning!

photo(139) photo(138)Long, Snowy Run

Aside from gift wrapping and card writing, I managed to do my long run this morning!

image12 miles. Woot!! I woke up bright and early to check out the weather. We had a couple of inches of snow fall overnight, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get out for my run this morning. The roads looked pretty covered when I peaked out my window, but I was determined to get my run in.

I set off from my driveway and couldn’t even run out of my subdivision because the snow was so deep and wet. I walked/jogged my way to the main road and set off at an extra slow and careful pace. If I wanted to complete 12 miles in 3 inches of slippery snow, I was going to have to be extra cautious!

I was slipping and sliding all over the road, but I didn’t ever completely lose my footing – thank goodness! I did come back to my house for a change of socks at mile 7. I stepped in a super deep water/snow pile on accident and was in desperate need for some warm socks! Other than that, I took a couple of my Jelly Belly Sports beans along the way to keep me energized and kept on a truckin’ through the slush!

Ugly Sweater Party

Tonight is my friend Carley‘s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party! I’m so excited! I made some goodies to take along this afternoon, and Nick and I shall be heading out shortly. I love dressing up in my mom’s old Christmas sweaters and drinking egg nog with my old friends. I’ll be sure we take lots of lovely Christmas photos!

Have a cozy evening, and I’ll see you all tomorrow!

 

Two Weeks Until Christmas!

Isn’t that exciting/scary/overwhelming all at the same time?! I love the holidays, but this year I’m falling wayyyyy behind with the Christmas stuff. I feel like I just got my decorations up, and now the holiday is almost here! I can’t believe we are only 2 weeks away! I haven’t wrapped a single gift yet, so my tree is still completely empty.

image(10)Sad tree. It really needs some presents to keep it company. Hopefully I can get a couple done tonight and the rest on Saturday! I need to kick my holly-jolly booty into high gear with all of my Christmas stuff. The festivities begin this weekend at my girlfriend Carley’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Mac is going to come with us and wear his new sweater!

photo(123)Ohhhhhh someone is cute! He loves parties and people and attention, so he will probably have the time of his life in that tiny sweater. She’s been having this party since our college days, and it’s always a blast. I’ll be making some goodies to take along, including an awesome (and unhealthy!) ranch dip with bacon and cheddar cheese and some lighter/healthier oatmeal cookies. I have some bananas that will be overly ripe and ready for baking with by the weekend. And don’t worry, I only supply the dip, I don’t eat it. WAY too much dairy for this gal to handle.

Morning Run

So I don’t have much to report regarding my run from this morning. It was cold. It was icy. I made it to 6.5 miles. Typical stuff. πŸ™‚Β  BUT….I got honked at.Β  😦  And not in a nice way. It was one of those, “Get out of the way, you idiot!” honks. And I’m still angry about it.

The sidewalks are covered in snow still, so I was running on the roads. I was running against traffic and dodging cars to the best of my ability. When I got honked at, I was basically in the black-ice covered ditch, and there was no oncoming traffic. They could have easily just swerved slightly like the rest of the vehicles I met. But no. She honked. And I started yelling several choice words before I even knew what was happening. I was fuming but was kinda over it by the time I made it back home.

Lesson learned: People that work at the Kraft plant I run by are pure evil (I saw the car pull into work right after they honked), and I need to avoid Bennett street until the sidewalks are melted. I’ll take a different/friendlier route tomorrow morning. πŸ™‚

I brought a treat to work to have along with my breakfast to set me back into a good mood.

photo(51)Fiber One Peppermint Brownie!! Omg, these things are tasty. I don’t care for the regular Fiber One brownies. I think they taste like a dry, health food. But add in some peppermint chips, and they are pure heaven.

image(13)I’ve had one a day since I found them at Wal-Mart last Friday, and I think I need to go stock up on some more before the holiday season is over! Chocolate + peppermint = a happy Christine.

Tonight I’m meeting Nick right after work to go look at our photo proofs from the snowy shoot on Saturday. I’m hoping and praying they look good, and we can get some ordered right away. In an ideal world, I will have some wonderful photos in hand by Christmas to hand out to our family members. But we’ll just see how that plan goes.

Once we make it home, I’m going to put on some Christmas tunes and start on the gift wrapping process. Wish me luck!

Have a great night! And remember to be nice to pedestrians and those dedicated runners you see out and about during your daily commute.Β  πŸ™‚