2015, I’ve Got Big Plans For You!

2015, I’ve Got Big Plans For You!

This is going to be my last update for a little while, partly because I don’t have a lot going on to talk about, but mostly because I need to get my Christmas cards done!!  In case you missed it last year, I hand make all my Christmas cards, anywhere from 80 to 90 of them, and that takes a lot of work. And considering we are now two weeks away from Christmas, and I’m not even close to having my Christmas shopping done, I need to focus! But first, let me catch you up on what HAS been happening on my corner of the world. We had hockey this past weekend for JJ’s team, and he almost got a goal on Saturday! He’s a defenseman, and he doesn’t get many goals. So we get a bit excited when he gets one. His team was down by two goals mod-way...

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Turkey Trot Race Report and Thanksgiving Hockey

Turkey Trot Race Report and Thanksgiving Hockey

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (in America, at least!).  Me, I got up at 4:30am to be on the road at 4:58 so I could run 6 miles before running a 5k.  Yes, indeedy, I am a freak.  But on the other hand, I knew I wouldn’t have time to do a long run on Saturday because of the hockey tournament Jamie was in. (Thanksgiving hockey tournaments…not my favorite. :/ ) I ran it pretty easy, because I didn’t want to be too tired to run with Jamie.  My average pace was an 11:32, but since the winds were coming from the NNW at a pretty brisk clip, I wasn’t unhappy with that. Once I got home, I changed into a fresh set of clothes and then Jamie and I headed out to Detroit. We got there in plenty of time, and we even sat in the car for a while,...

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Social Weekend

  I took two days off last week while my husband was off, attempting to kill Bambi’s mother. (And not succeeding, hooray! I’m not opposed to deer hunting…I just don’t want all the icky venison in my freezer. ) On Thursday, I volunteered at the school book fair and then got my teeth cleaned. Such fun!  I had plans all day Saturday that revolved around hockey (what a surprise), and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my usual Saturday long run in.  That was another reason I took Friday off…so I could run while the kids were in school.  Thursday night, I remembered that my friend Katie usually does a long run on Fridays, and after a few quick texts, we had a plan to meet up for an easy 8-miler. When I got up, I wondered if Katie...

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Holy F, It’s Cold!

Holy F, It’s Cold!

  Are the rest of you in a deep-freeze? Because I sure am! Saturday I got up around 7 o’clock and headed out for a 9-mile run. It was definitely nippy, but at least the winds weren’t bad, and the sun was out.  I took a rather circuitous route to get the full 9 miles in, which included a trek into a neighborhood near me that I haven’t actually visited before. It was one of those neighborhoods with the really big houses and even ponds! I didn’t even know we had such neighborhoods out in the sticks. It was quite pretty actually. At least, it was until I took a wrong turn and ended up on a dead end lane. I wasted precious time and extra yards trying to figure out where the hell I was, and then, when I finally found the route back to the...

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Damn Donuts

Damn Donuts

    My love of donuts should be legendary by now, right? I have always loved donuts, but especially the kind you get at the cidermill, that are more grease than substance and taste so sinfully, calorically good.  Ah, donuts…my achilles heel. Last Friday, my department had a “team outing,” and it just happened to be at a local cidermill. It was really cold, but the sun was shining, and it was a nice day, so we all went to the cidermill and hung out, eating donuts and drinking cider. I like cider okay, but I don’t love it, so that was easy to avoid.  Normally, I might splurge on a single donut, but it just so happens that someone else in the department had brought in some chocolate chip cookies earlier in the day, and well…I do love me...

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Me, Version Two

Me, Version Two

Quite a busy week here in my life! We’ll start with Halloween, which was actually kind of a bummer here in southeast Michigan. It rained a LOT and it was insanely windy. We normally don’t get many trick-or-treaters, because we live out in the country, but this year: only six! Oh my, the leftover candy I have to avoid. But at least we looked good, my boys and I. Last year I was a hockey player, this year I’m a football player. What will I be next year?? Jamie looks awfully convincing as a nun, doesn’t he? I got up Saturday morning with the intent to run an undetermined amount of miles. It’s hard to really decide what to do these days, since I don’t have a specific training plan. I settled on 8 miles, with the intent to try to...

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Make-Ahead Mini Apple Pies

Make-Ahead Mini Apple Pies

        I love apples. That’s no secret.  I ran eight miles this morning, which is also no secret. (Though not as widely known as my love for apples.) Two weeks ago, our church had an outing to a local apple orchard.  I took my boys and we had a great time, and I was able to get a picture that allowed me to do this comparison between the time we went in 2011 and the time we went in 2014.  Awww…sniff sniff.  My boys are growing so fast. But enough melancholy.  This is about pies, after all, and there’s nothing melancholy about that!  After I ran eight miles this morning, I decided I deserved a treat.  However, we had a hockey practice for JJ, and then a hockey game for Jamie about an hour away, and that took up most of our day.  This meant it...

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