Thursday, November 26, 2009

10 more things I am thankful for....

1. A wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
2. 60 degree weather on November 25th - in NJ
3. Friends - our friend Greg has run the Sparta Turkey Trot since its inaugural year in 2007; it is a great way to start the day!
4. Family - my aunt Lorna cooked and my mom brought along a card game which we played. It was almost a bit too Waltonish.
5. Black Friday Sales - yes, I am heading out at 10:15pm to hit the stores. Call me crazy...
6. The Pixies - the show was soooo good last night, I have been singing their songs all day!
7. Good health
8. Pumpkin anything
9. Great neighbors
10. The now arrived holiday season!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Things to be thankful for...

I start the holiday season with a few photos of some of the things I am most thankful for... my list this year is very long!

I am thankful for my family - my parents, all five of my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my in-laws, grandfather, aunts and uncles, cousins and most of all my husband. The photos here are from my niece Maia's 1st birthday party held on Cape Cod. So many things I am thankful for all in one shot! Family, Cape Cod, a beautiful day on the beach and hair for the wind to blow through... yes, it is the little things that matter most!

I am kicking off the holiday season with the Pixies - celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Doolittle. I have been playing their music all morning!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Magical Days

My brother Chris and his bride Irina

November is speeding by so quickly it seems that little run I did in NYC was eons ago...perhaps it is the fact the days are now so short; I leave the Medco parking lot in darkness now. Or perhaps it is the fact the big build up to the holidays is upon us, things appear to become more frenzied as the masses get ready for celebrations galore. What happened to the tranquility of Mirival?

Yes, Mirival. A beautiful place to escape to in Tuscon Arizona. My running partner Jess and I spent the weekend there after the marathon at the "Escape with More" magazine crowd. What a wonderful place! We hiked in the desert hills in the morning, challenged our fears by jumping off a 35 feet tall pole (which we 1st climbed up!) as well as working with horses. We spent time by the pool and enjoyed spa treatments. We met incredible women from all walks of life, ate incredible meals, laughed and cried as we listened to stories around the evening bonfire. It was like being at an extremely high end sleep away camp and I would definitely go again!

Returning to NJ was difficult but Greg and I have so much to look forward to as 2009 winds down: a visit from my "sister" Patrice, the 1st birthday celebration of my niece Maia, the Pixies show at the Hammerstein, the BU vs Cornell hockey game at the Garden, the 2009 TSO show, as well as time with friends and family. (Hopefully we will get to see my newly married brother Chris and his wife Irina!) And oh, let me not forget - training will begin for the 1/2 marathon I am planning to run in February!

Monday, November 2, 2009

11-01-09: 26.2 miles - 4 hours and 34 minutes!!!

It is Monday morning and I can actually walk! Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer me on, what a day!!!