December 3, 2012

Christmas cards in underpants

Workout wrap-up

Monday: spin class.
Tuesday: shortened version of my tempo run to make sure my foot could handle it, 4 miles in 31:16. Good news -- the foot worked!
Wednesday: easy, untimed 2.5 miles plus 20 min. of rowing.
Thursday: speed work, 5x1000 @ 4:09 (400 rest intervals). 6 miles total, and my foot had zero pain. Another exclamation point!
Friday: 40 minutes on the stationary bike and a 30-minute CXWORX class. They did some funky lunges combined with torso twists that made my knee hurt. I didn't appreciate that. That class is now on my bad list.
Saturday: 11.07 miles in 1:35.
Sunday: rest day.

Total monthly miles: 111.68, which includes a week off after the marathon.

Now to regular biz.

Tonight we blinged out our house and Christmas tree, all while blasting Christmas tunes. But then my kids kept singing the chorus to this song, over and over and over again. Where did we go wrong (or right) as parents?

And in case you're wondering, I definitely sang along with them. At least it's not "Call Me Maybe."

When I told my husband that I wanted to make this picture (below) our Christmas card, he said that he didn't want to pay to print a picture, to be forever remembered by our family, of our kid in underpants. But I thought the underpants only added to the picture. When I asked if he thought it was blog appropriate, he said yes. Personalized, small number of prints for family and friends, no. For the world wide web, definitely yes.


Nothing anchors you in life like your dad's noggin.


We also went to see a winter-themed play at the library this weekend. It was surprisingly pertinent to my racing mindset because the main character, Hans Brinker, was trying to set a rocket skates world record. If you're interested, here's a free Kindle version of Hans Brinker -- the original (a classic written in the 1860s), not the futuristic play they adapted from it. 


During one scene, an evil clock came out and told Hans that it was out to get him and that it wouldn't let Hans beat the record. I had an irrational fear of that clock. If it had been an evil Garmin watch face, it would have been even creepier.


Spoiler alert: he doesn't beat the record, but he saves the town. So maybe I can make saving the town my B goal on Saturday if I don't break 3:40. 

And we got to meet this actress who came straight over from the set of The Hunger Games.


We also read The Nutcracker this weekend, which prompted a Russian dance performance by my daughter. I seriously love Christmas.

Which books do you like to read with your kids around Christmas time? Another of my favorites is The Last Straw. I cried the first time I read it. Maybe the kids had been fighting a lot that day too.

What are some of your favorite holiday activities? We love going to see the most obnoxious lights available and taking advantage of all of the extra community activities like choirs singing and plays. Also, I busted out the stapler for this year's Christmas decor. You know it's hard core when the staplers come out. Stapling is possibly my new favorite holiday activity.

Which song wins the most annoying contest "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" or "Call Me Maybe"? I'm just curious if you agree with my husband or me on this one. Hint: you would not be able to guess my vote from what I wrote above.

37 comments:

  1. I love the kids photo! I would definitely put it on a Christmas card :)

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  2. I like the photo of your kids. :-) Hmm..I vote "Call Me Maybe" as the most annoying. I don't understand the lyrics. Whereas, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together makes me sing along.

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  3. Looks like a great week exercise wise - 11 miles on Saturday is impressive! We love going to look at the Xmas lights - it is hot here so a completely different holiday theme. I loved the Hunger Games:)

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  4. Did I miss something or did you run a marathon this weekend??

    And that photo HAS to go on a Christmas card, it's perfect!!

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    1. No, it's coming up this Saturday (the 8th). So nervous and excited!

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  5. I also need to answer your questions because they are good ones.

    In terms of books, we read '8 days to Christmas' which I loved as a kid although it's a little too old for my boy at the moment. However we also watch Raymond Brigg's The Snowman at least twice because it IS Christmas and if you haven't seen it, I wish I could sit you down with a cup of hot chocolate and MAKE YOU! I adore it so much. Have tissues, I cry every time even though I know what happens.

    As regards traditions...much like you. Lights, new pyjamas on Christmas Eve, decorating, making gingerbread, stuff like that.

    And Call me maybe was actually musical genius. 'We are never' is just drivel!!!

    I feel better now. I'm not getting much Christmas here in Tokyo at the moment, your post has made me feel all festive. Thanks!

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    1. Ok, now I have to check out both the book and the movie. Fun!

      If you are there for New Year's, I bet you'll get your share of festivities.:)

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  6. haha I TOTALLY love that picture!!

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  7. I dragged out our (ever-growing) box of christmas books and let them pick one, each night. Haven't read The Last Straw...looks like we'll be adding to our box.

    I had a panicked moment, late last night, when I thought your marathon was this past weekend and that I'd forgotten to cyber-stalk your results. Crisis averted!

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    1. Yes, all positive vibes you can send this weekend are greatly appreciated!

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  8. That picture is awesome! Definitely a keeper! My favorite activities are decorating the tree and putting up the creche that my grandma made. She's no longer with us so it's extra special to me!

    I'm so musically out of touch I don't think I've ever heard, "We are never ever getting back together" so I'm not qualified to vote. I'll throw in my personal "most annoying song" ever opinion, however. "We Built This City" by Jefferson Starship. Horrible!!

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    1. Ha, now that I think about the lyrics of that one, I have to agree.

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  9. Great week of training, glad your foot is feeling good. You are going to rock your marathon this weekend!

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  10. I LOVE THAT PICTURE!! I would love to see more pictures like that on Christmas cards than the posed ones. Kids just keeping it real.:) We are planning family photos next year and I already told my husband I want to go to a photographer who will not make us to posed. I want real pictures that grasp who we are. So the underpants in that picture are perfect. It reminds me of my son who is always running around in his underpants when at home. LOL!!! You are going to take your marathon down this weekend. Much luck to you.:)

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    1. Good luck with your photo session. I'm always afraid of doing those because I have a fear of trying to coordinate but not too coordinate outfits. There's a perfect balance!

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  11. Dad's noggin really is a life-anchor. Nice observation. Hahaha. And adorable picture, of course.

    Good luck with catching 3:40! You are a champ no matter what!

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  12. Your kids!!!! Seriously adorable!!! I love that one of the twins has on o ly underwear! Perfect!!!

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    1. Usually they're both in their undies, so it was a miracle that one had clothes on.

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  13. I love that pic!! They all have the best smiles on their faces:) Good luck this weekend! You will rock it for sure!

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  14. Love the pics of your kids. So sweet. Especially your daughter putting on the star.
    We have a whole basket of Christmas books. We love them all. Haven't read The Last Straw so we will need to look for that one.
    We also drive around town looking at Christmas decorations. We also make fudge for friends so its like a chocolate factory around here. On Christmas Eve we have a "fancy" dinner and get all dressed up. My kids love it. My husband even puts on a suit. I think he likes it too.
    Call me Maybe was cute over the summer especially all the You Tube videos were fun to watch. But now it's just overplayed. Like most popular music is. So now they are overplaying We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. And that song is annoying to begin with.
    Glad your foot is feeling better!

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  15. You will break 3:40! You will do it!! The kids are adorable. I can't wait to have a family for the holidays...and for the rest of the year too :) I don't find either of those songs annoying. Please still be my friend?

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  16. Totally love the picture! What a memory! Good luck this weekend! A 3:40 is totally doable for you! Have fun!

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  17. Ha ha ha ha ha ha - te underpants picture is hilarious!!!! I love how the other kids are like "no big deal!" Go 3:40!!! How do you run so many races and stay so healthy????

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    1. I go to the physical therapist (thanks to an $18 copay) every other week. And I've been doing lots of cross training.

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  18. love that pic! your kids are adorable!! i love christmas. seriously LOVE it. my poor bf is the best sport. He has to get the tree, decorate the tree, watch christmas movies/shows (including cartoons) and this year go see the botanical garden lights and I’m hoping he gets us tickets to see a christmas carol. gotta go with the we are never song. but, really, both are terrible. yet oh so catchy.

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  20. Aww, I love Christmas, too! So funny about the underwear being okay for the web, and not Cmas cards. :) So excited you're joining the virtual race series!

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  21. I say go for the photo it is so fabulous and much more a shot of your "real" family than lots of posed Christmas photos.

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  22. The picture of the kids is adorable. They all seem like they are in their element!

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