Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

December 24th, 2009:

Everyone on the list purchased for? Check

Run a few more extra miles to make up for the glasses of egg nog I hope to have? (Yes, with rum in it!) Check

Good bottle of wine purchased to share with my husband in front of a roaring fire while we exchange Christmas gifts? Check

Still to do:

Wrap gifts
Eat cookies
Attend holiday mass
Eat more cookies (and drink afore mentioned egg nog!)
Sleep in on Christmas morn'
Spend time with friends and family

And last - wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS full of love, laughter and good health!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The glass is half full...

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

Everyday the fine folks at Runners World e-mail me a quote of the day designed to inspire me to continue my running, to understand why "we" runners run, to learn pearls of wisdom from great racers and marathoners and also some times, like today, great leaders, who may not be runners but who epitomize the mindset needed to be one. Today's quote was one of those and I felt the need to share it - being a "the glass is half full" kind of girl!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Archer

Here is my horoscope for this fine Tuesday morning:

While you are out and about in the world, you will encounter many people and ideas. Today, your mind will open in a way that enables illuminating insights to enter. Listen and gather up these gems as you continue on your journey.

I read the above and thought to myself that I hope I do that every day; each new experience being a "gem" whether good or bad. This time of year there is much good! Recently I was able to spend a day baking cookies, we attended the Trans Siberian Orchestra holiday show - now a Hildebrandt family tradition - and we have a beautiful tree sitting in our living room just waiting for adornment.

As 2009 winds down with just over two weeks to go I am trying to decide what my resolution for 2010 will be. Will be having the patience to grow out my hair? (For the time being I have decided to have it stay short!) Will I train and complete my first triathalon? Will I see those friends who live far away? So many options!!! I am sure I'll think of something! Meanwhile I have a tree to decorate, holiday parties and family gatherings to attend, and Nubbin riddles to solve as well as looking forward to December 22nd - the day after the longest day of darkness of the year (the winter solstice) for December 22nd marks the day that the sun begins its return to longer hours!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

42 is the new 24...

Many thanks to Amanda for the sentiment above - 2010 is the year I come to surf with you girlfriend!

So, today I celebrate 42. 42 years in this beautiful world. 15330 new starts, new beginnings - clean slates, new dawns. As I stop to reflect, after a visit to my oncologist which was all good, I am so thankful to be celebrating a birthday - healthy, with hair :-), and the receiver of so many well wishes! Thank you to my friends, my family, my doctors, dragonboat team members, running partners, etc.; I thank you and will forever celebrate you every birthday as if not for you, I would never be as happy/fit/thrilled to be alive as I am today!!!

42 years... yikes! How can that be? So much more to do in this lifetime - I hope I have time to squeeze it all in!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Get Your Groove On!

Kandinsky, Wine, and a DJ - what's not to love?