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Christmas Eve report, Christmas Day pep talk

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

As I did last year, I slipped into church for the Christmas Eve "Lessons and Carols" service. For me, this service speaks of Christmas and makes my holiday. Actually, I like the 11 p.m. candlelit communion service a little more, but for me to stay up that late is a danger to those around me when I drive home... so I settled for the 7 p.m. service which only keeps me up about an hour later than usual. I was in bed by 10 p.m.

This morning I opened my package "from Santa" (the anonymous gift that showed up on my desk at work that no one has fessed up to leaving). In it was a pair of fuzzy warm footies, a candle in a holder, three (exactly the right amount) meltaway chocolates, and a note. "Mothers, too, sacrifice for our country. Thank you for yours." Between knowing exactly what would be welcome and the note, I am somewhat stymied... methinks this may have been a joint effort. There's a fellow military mom I went to school with... but my team would know more about the candles and the footies.

Anyway, whoever Santa is... thank you!

And when I got to my computer, son was online, so we've been swapping IM's. And get this... my REAL Christmas surprise: the box I shipped on the 17th? Got to his station TODAY, on Christmas. So he and his team are knocked out on caramel corn and the same flavored coffee I am now sipping. Psychic connection complete.

It is indeed a Merry Christmas. It doesn't take much, you know... just those little connections.

The steel cut oats are simmering. I spent more than I normally do to buy fresh strawberries yesterday as my special breakfast treat. And in a little while, I'll be putting a ribeye steak in the crock pot because a roast is too big for just little old me! The candles are lit, and Handel's Messiah is on the boom box. (Yes, I'm that old, I still have a boom box.)

Merry Christmas to all. Be conscious of your choices, enjoy and savor the good in your day, and let the stresses and tensions go. They are temporary!

Much love and peace to you all, whatever your personal beliefs! emoticon emoticon

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DOGLADY13 12/29/2012 3:12PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Merry Christmas.

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-STARRYEYED- 12/29/2012 11:34AM

    emoticon for sharing! I totally get this blog and very much appreciate you posting it. emoticon

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SAMI199 12/27/2012 9:34AM

    I am so thankful for the Tech-ability to be with our loved ones far away-it really did mean so much to hear each voice & share a bit of the holiday with them. God Bless your son & our troops today & everyday. You are quite the Mom & Sparkfriend!


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MNTWINSGAL 12/27/2012 1:00AM

    What a lovely Christmas celebration you've created. Sounds like a wonderful service, and I think God's hand was definitely behind the package arriving on Christmas day so you and your son could share the coffee together. Awesome :)

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_LINDA 12/27/2012 12:36AM

    Very thoughtful gift giver -glad you enjoyed it! That is just so wonderful things worked out talking with your son and your gifts to him!! I am so happy your Christmas Day went so well :))
Mine did as well -turned out my bridge partner was wanting to cancel my game on Wednesday, so this allowed my Mom to pick me up on Monday after the game I directed before the snow started falling -safely ensconced at her place, but in internet abyss, so I enjoyed the unplugged time to read. The sun has made an appearance, but the temps have been deadly cold so have made only one hike with almost frozen toes and wrists :-P. I don't know if it will let up before I have to go home or not. I will stay until the 30th. I read while waiting for pages to load, or watch TV -like movies and a couple of shows Swamp People and Primeaval.

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SUNNY332 12/26/2012 7:57PM

    How wonderful your soldier recieved your package on Christmas. That is so good.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. We had a lovely Christmas eve service and we opted for the early service also. I just love it and feel like it is probably one of the best part of Christmas.

Tomorrow, DH and I will go to St. Louis with our Son/DIL to see The Trans Siberian Orchestra's The Lost Christmas Eve concert. Our Kansas kids will arrive while we are gone. We still have a tree full of presents waiting on the grandkids. I can't wait...

Take care and here is a emoticon to a healthy and happy new year.


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LINDAKAY228 12/26/2012 2:12PM

    the simple things really can make the day so much more special than elaborate, expensive things or big parties. Glad you got to communicate with your son. Love the timing of his package arriving. Your secret Santa was very thoughtful indeed. Hope the glow is still warming you today.

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LEANJEAN6 12/26/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon Enjoy yer day Barb!--I AM staeting NOW_____Hugs-Lynda

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MAGGIE101857 12/26/2012 6:44AM

    Merry "day after Christmas"; hope you are still feeling the wonderful effects! How wonderful that your son and his fellow soldiers received their "gift"; nothing like goodies from home to make you feel all warm and fuzzy!

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SHARON10002 12/26/2012 12:38AM

    What wonderful presents - from your secret Santa, and chatting with your son online, and knowing he received your gift - right on Christmas Day! It's the simple pleasures that mean the most . . .
Merry Christmas, Barb. Please stop by my page for a couple of special blogs to my Spark Friends.

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ROXYZMOM 12/25/2012 10:17PM

    That was so nice of your coworkers! I am glad you had a peaceful Christmas! Merry Christmas!

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KARIDIAN1 12/25/2012 9:41PM

    What a nice gesture form your secret Santa! Ours was a low key Christmas too. Got to sleep in and relax. Did a few things around the house, and went for a nice drive to the gun club to get out.

Just nice to unwind at last.

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DEBRITA01 12/25/2012 7:57PM

    Although you were planning a low-key holiday, you had some meaningful highlights and enjoyed some simple pleasures today (something we often neglect to do). I'm so happy you got to swap IM's with your son...that had to be a great gift for you! emoticon emoticon

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DLDMIL 12/25/2012 7:22PM

    What a special Day for you. Thanks to your secret Santa and your son receiving his gift on Christmas and being able to IM with him. Enjoy the rest of your wonderful day.

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LJCANNON 12/25/2012 5:31PM

    emoticon Wonderful Connection with your Son and Santa!! It is beyond AMAZING that he recieved his Gift TODAY, and that you are able to visit with him in "Real Time".

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LESLIELENORE 12/25/2012 5:29PM

    That is great that your son got his package today! And the secret santa gift sounds lovely. You are indeed blessed!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/25/2012 2:37PM

    OH your blog has made me cry. I am so happy for you and the feeling of contentment that came out in this blog. Glad you are having a good day, so thankful that your son is fine and lol enjoying his gifts too.

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DALID414 12/25/2012 12:14PM

    Merry Christmas.

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EBEAMS 12/25/2012 10:25AM

    Sounds like a blessed time all the way around! What an incredibly sweet and thoughtful gift from someone or someones ... I love it!

emoticon Christmas is truly all in the heart ... may yours be warm and fuzzy ... just like your new footies! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2012 9:37AM

    What a perfect Secret Santa gift, what a perfect psychic connection!

As you say, it does NOT take a lot . . . and how lovely for you that you notice, you appreciate, you savour.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/25/2012 9:20AM

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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MJZHERE 12/25/2012 8:56AM

    Merry Merry Christmas! That is great the box got there today. Glad it brought you and your son happiness. I send a thank you to your son for serving and also to you, for your sacrifice. It means so very much and is costly for you both.

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BOOKWORM27S 12/25/2012 8:48AM

    Merry Christmas! Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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HOT4FITNESS 12/25/2012 8:43AM

    A chat with your son overseas. What an awesome Christmas Gift. And the candle, slippers, and beltways just add a little flavor to that happiness. Enjoy your day. I look forward to hearing about your training for the upcoming marathon and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you. Have a joyous day

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KANOE10 12/25/2012 8:11AM

    Have a wonderful day. That was so nice that your son got your package at his station. I love flavored coffee also.
It is the little things that make the holiday special.

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LEANJEAN6 12/25/2012 7:53AM

    MERRY MERRY DAY to-day BARB!!!----Whatta lovely Xmas service that must've been! And SO nice you received that gift at work! I'm sending yuou lotza love and peace----You are my hero girl!-Lynda emoticon mm emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/25/2012 7:50AM

    Sometimes things just work out well. I'm glad Christmas Eve and Christmas are working out well for you this year of low-key celebration.

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PATRICIAAK 12/25/2012 7:39AM

    Enjoy your contentment.
God has blessed you.

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DMEYER4 12/25/2012 7:26AM

  have a wonderful holiday

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Long weekend day 2 report, Christmas eve pep talk

Monday, December 24, 2012

Yesterday morning I woke up kind of under the weather... sinus headache & through the day after I took a Zyrtek a little stomach queasy too. And here I thought the Holiday flu was all self-induced overindulgence. Not so this year! I swear! I had not overdone the food, sugar, salt, fat, anything! I just didn't feel good.

I perked up with a phone call from my youngest sister. She presented me with what I will count as this year's Christmas happiness. She was bubbling to share with someone. At long last she had once again run across the family to whom she wanted to give the Square Dance award clock that had been our Mom's. She's been wanting to pass this memento on for years... Mom passed in 1996, Dad in 1999... and she knew this family was the right home for it. But they kept missing one another and lost touch.

Yesterday, she ran into them while shopping. And she mentioned the clock again, connected, and it got passed along. "Are you SURE?" asked the couple, because of the meaning of the award. Yes, we're sure... our family wants this family to have it. Love it when meaningful items end up where they will be valued!

And when 3 o'clock approached, I found myself on the treadmill to re-watch Ironman Kona coverage on NBC. I did not RUN, as I was still feeling a little dicey, but I walked for 95 minutes, covering 6.36 miles, a good brisk walk. Then I went to bed nice and early, and am up similarly early this morning to be Sparked on by my online buddies.

This morning, I re-read last year's paper journal for Christmas eve day. I had celebrated a similarly quiet day, culminating with slipping into a church service, unobtrusively. I also did a strength workout at the gym, it says. Even though I was seriously struggling with food last year at this time, I was not giving up. So with that, and a few blogs this morning, I'm ready for my day.

The steel cut oats are at the simmer. I'm feeling much better than I was yesterday, and it's Christmas eve. What more could a gal want?

Merry Christmas to all! Treat yourselves well... and savor what you choose as indulgences, be it music, or church or special seasonal food treats!

It's going to be a good day! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 12/24/2012 10:51PM

    That was great that your sister could pass along the clock. And was excited to share it with you. It all worked out in the end.

Sounds like you had a good day too.

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DALID414 12/24/2012 7:02PM

    Merry Christmas Barb. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/24/2012 6:15PM

    It WAS a good day. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

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DLDMIL 12/24/2012 3:24PM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Merry Christmas

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    Writing you from work lunch break, the Red Cross never closes!
I'm glad today is better...tomorrow will be more so. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 12/24/2012 1:02PM

    Merry Christmas and I hope yours is full of love and contentment as you seen so able to do. HUGS and btw my dad has the flu and nope he hasn't indulged at all. Feel better soon!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/24/2012 12:21PM

    You are quite a gal, Barb. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

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LINDAKAY228 12/24/2012 12:05PM

    Sending wonderful Christmas wishes to you and hope you are feeling better quickly. I read that the flu is really on the rise the past couple of weeks. take care of yourself.

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PATRICIAAK 12/24/2012 9:51AM

    You don't have to be alone - unless you chose to.
Are you going to 'slip into Church' again this year?

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SWEDE_SU 12/24/2012 9:51AM

    glad to see you are feeling better - wishing you the best for the holidays!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/24/2012 9:14AM

    Steel cut oats rule, don't they! That's my breaky too.

Glad you're feeling a little better. HUGS to you, dear Barb. Sending wishes for a peaceful Christmas for you . . . for us all.

HUGS and prayers for our soldiers . . . and families.


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HOT4FITNESS 12/24/2012 8:50AM

    A good day indeed!!! Starting it out with a brisk walk on this cold but beuatiful morning. Merry Christmas my friend. Spark on!!!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/24/2012 8:24AM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. Merry Christmas!

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DEBRITA01 12/24/2012 8:15AM

    Glad you're feeling better and got some good family news to lift the spirits! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/24/2012 8:08AM

    Hoping you just feel better and better! So great your little sister would call to share her joy!! That is just great. Thanks for sharing it with us, too. Have a good one, Barb. Treat yourself well. You really, really deserve it!!!

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DOGLADY13 12/24/2012 7:49AM

    I just finished a bowl of Old Fashioned oats. I prefer steel cut, but bought the Old Fashioned to bake some cookies at the request of a friend. Plus I purchased some multi-grain cereal on sale (half off). My cupboard is overflowing with oats in one form or another.

I loved hearing about the clock going to its new home. So many people were happy because of it - the couple who received it, you, your sister and probably a few others who are familiar with it.

I have to work today - and that is OK - I like that others can have the day off because I'm working. It's only a half day anyway. But regardless, I have 15 minutes to shower and dress if I want to be on time.

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LEANJEAN6 12/24/2012 7:35AM

    Oh Barb--you sound like yer old positive self!!!!----I'm happy that you are feeling better----And yes, all the Sparklers are here to wish you a happy Day-- emoticon Hugs, Lynda

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RORYLYONS 12/24/2012 7:35AM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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The long weekend Day 1 Report - Day 2 self pep talk

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Except for the topics of conversation, yesterday could have been any Saturday. I went to my consultation, got a hair cut, shopped for groceries. I did buy new underwear and socks... kind of a Christmas timing thing, held over from childhood. One of our standard "gifts" under the tree.

About 3 in the afternoon, the sun was shining, it was probably about 35 degrees. Warmest it's going to get through Christmas, anyway. And I just didn't want to be stuck inside. So I took a walk. And was reminded why I don't run outdoors this time of year / in this kind of weather. Icy patches slowed my normal pace, for sure.

It was a nice walk. I was not the only one wanting to greet the afternoon sunshine. Others were out walking their pets or with one another. I like walks in my neck of the woods. I might not know every family personally, but I can see the threads of their lives as I walk by. Foreign plates in the neighborhood for visits, children who must be somebody's relatives, pets I haven't seen before... holidays are great for this kind of psychic connection.

Since I'd been up so early, I made it an early bedtime, too. Food was good. Activity was line in the sand. And Sunday is another day.

Speaking of Sunday: Remember my talking about how our local marathon sells out so fast? WELL! Would you believe once they opened it yesterday for the half marathon distance? Sold out in 11 hours! It's full. If you were thinking of it and haven't done it... it's too late now. I got my slot early, thank goodness, because they held off the shotgun of registration for the half, and I was looking to do the full. I have to wonder how many signed on for 26.2... I am pumped.

Today's workout plan: long and slow on the treadmill. Not gonna risk those slippery roads/sidewalks. emoticon

Other items on the ticket: buy my roast for Christmas dinner (small).

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SUNNY1432 12/23/2012 11:16PM

    I can't believe it filled so fast! I'm glad I registered that first day, so maybe I'll see you down there emoticon.
Have a Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/23/2012 8:40PM

    No new underwear here, but I did order new running shoes today. It was just a convenient day to do that. I was more concerned with timing the groceries so I don't need to buy anything more till after Christmas; I'd rather avoid the holiday shopping traffic.

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PATRICIAAK 12/23/2012 8:11PM

    It's always great to get outside - even if it's not for a run.

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KARIDIAN1 12/23/2012 5:32PM

    Glad you were able to get in the marathon. Yes, undies were a common gift for us too at Christmas and birthdays. One of my Grandmothers made all the underwear for us three girls when we were little. I didn't have any "store bought " undies until I went to junior high.

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_LINDA 12/23/2012 4:41PM

    That is awesome you were able to get out and enjoy some sunshine and see people out and about! Good for you keeping the food good and planning on safe exercise!
The sign up for the full marathon was fortunate! Another great fitness test to train and plan for! Another amazing goal for you to achieve! I just love seeing what you will do next!! Just awe-inspiring!!
I second that about a new pair of Jammies to go with the undies. Love my fleece PJ's, they get a good workout!
Mom and I went outside today to walk to the mall. Overcast, trying hard to snow, with windchills dropping the temperature to -36 (-32F), we bundled up good in our parkas and warmest clothing. Met only one other pair of walkers on our way back. Lots of cars on the road though. The temperatures are to get colder over Christmas. Guess I won't be getting any fresh air for a while, but have good exercise options at home. We had chili for lunch and are having lasagne for supper. Will be trying hard to keep the portions in check as I love lasagne, but she rarely makes it anymore. Garlic bread for a side. Pecan pie for dessert which I won't have because I don't like it fortunately.
Its winters like these that are making me relive my days as a hermit couch potato :P
Walking the 15 min trip to the bridge club is about all I can stand of that cold wind in my face. Not looking forward to having to go out in it Monday!!
Enjoy your peaceful Sunday!

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MIRAGE727 12/23/2012 1:39PM

    Timing is everything. I couldn't really get focused on signing up for the Lincoln Half and already regret it! I knew you were all over it, Barb! I'm excited for you! Darn, I even stared at that Lincoln Penny medal forever too!

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LESLIELENORE 12/23/2012 11:44AM

    emoticon on getting your registration for the marathon. I am getting ready to take the dog out for a walk. How long it is depends on the condition of the sidewalks. Yesterday they were too slippery to walk very far.

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MNTWINSGAL 12/23/2012 11:41AM

    I love new socks and underwear :)

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DLDMIL 12/23/2012 10:33AM

    emoticon emoticon on the marathon and getting out and walking yesterday afternoon. Funny how undies and socks for Christmas bring back so many memories of childhood. We also received them as gifts along with the new jammies, we opened on Christmas Eve.

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DEBRA0818 12/23/2012 10:01AM

    Now that I've read your blog I can see you DID make it into the marathon, and good for you!!! I hope your Christmas weekend continues on in this fashion!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2012 9:56AM

    Yay new undies and socks: may I recommend new jammies too? Small things, comforting things, not much feels better!!

So glad you got your Lincoln registration . . . gotta feel good that you leaped right in there!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/23/2012 9:26AM

    Great! Congrats on good day of eating and exercise when you are all by yourself and no one to urge you on. Love your observation about the neighborhood and psychic connections. Yeah. I see that. We are cool here now, too, although not near as cool as you and definitely no ice. I'll get some outside time today. Hope to eat as well as you. I do have company, and some bad influences, but then again, I have some supporters, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2012 9:05AM

    Underwear . . . the gift of champions that we used to get too!

Glad that you got signed up for your 1/2. I'm sure you're going to do well in it.

Wishes for a very Merry Christmas. HUGS!

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    Woopee, now I can live vicariously through you on the run!!!!!!!!!

LOL on the socks. The elves and Mrs Clause bring them every year here too.
I got my chicken, potatoes and sprouts yesterday.

I still haven't done any present shopping emoticon
My DD and family bought a new house and will be moving in 3 weeks. They'll get their present in the form of appliances which they'll need for the other "new" addition! emoticon emoticon

Yep, 2013 is looking to be a better year.

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Make that no specific social plans

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I just posted my status that I have no specific plans for the next four days. That's not entirely true... I have no specific social commitments over the next four days, which include a couple of the most emotion- and memory-filled dates on the calendar: Christmas eve and Christmas day.

So many memories. So much tradition. So much feeling. And none of the structure of the past applies to this year.

I blogged some early plans, but I find I need to reinforce my pep talk as I enter the days. You see, I had planned to work on Monday. The snow storm messed with my internal calendar. Then yesterday afternoon, I got the word I have Monday off, too. Not that I don't appreciate it, but it wasn't my primary plan. And now, here it is, apparently of a sudden, staring me in the face: the dreaded Holiday Weekend. Yes, I said it. Christmas. Dreaded.

Add a touch of insomnia: I found myself awake at 2 a.m., kept the eyes closed... still awake at 3... finally gave up and got up by 4. Sigh. Read a chapter or two in a book. Took a shower. Made the bed. Came downstairs. Brewed the coffee. Will have breakfast between 6 and 7. Have my consultation with my JC center this morning. Will grocery shop. Maybe squeeze in a haircut.

I am plotting my Christmas dinner for one. I'm thinking beef... and I started thinking crock it with cabbage, carrots and onions... a warm, hearty, healthy Christmas dinner. Not too big a piece of meat, since I'm the only one eating it and that means leftovers.

I know I have a couple of runs in the schedule. That should help. But I'm going to let myself feel nostalgic, sad, all those things, too. That's plan B. And I think I might just clean house and start getting my New Year's organization going. OMG, I said that out loud?

Anyway, I shall think of all my extended Spark family, and hope that they are doing well... hugging your loved ones, worshipping in your own ways, and staying SAFE, especially, if you're traveling.

I shall survive! And even thrive! Because I Spark. emoticon emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/23/2012 8:41AM

    Wow. Just be sure to nurture yourself somehow. Be sure to log on to Sparkpeople. Thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAAK 12/23/2012 8:17AM

    Have you thought of volunteering somewhere of visiting nursing homes so that you are not alone?

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LEANJEAN6 12/23/2012 8:02AM

    Barb!!---- Too bad you are alone there--but----you really won't be--cause we are all here on Spark---Too bad you can't stop in a nursing home and give a hug to any old-er person-They are always alone! Himself and I are alone Xmas day-first time ever!---I shoukld phone you-----LOL--It would be so much fun to talk to yu--Anyway-----your Xmas dinner sounds healthy--and you can begin to get ready for the New Year girl-Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 12/23/2012 12:11AM

    Right there with you Barb. I will be thinking of you across the miles.. I don't think I will be nearly as productive as you plan to be though. I should get at it though.
The main thing is to relax and enjoy yourself and use the free time for whatever feels right to you. The runs will be wonderful!
I would have had four days off too, except, ironically, I still have to work the game Monday, as the head of directors feels there will still be SOME people showing up to play. I have a feeling not very many and that it will be a boring day for me.
But I guess that means I will be sharing it with people and not alone on Christmas Eve.

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KARIDIAN1 12/22/2012 10:40PM

    We don;t have any real specific Christmas plans. A low key visit with my mom and one sister after I get off work on Monday. Am working 6-2pm and we close at 4pm. For once I will not be closing the store. Amazing!

I think we will be doing a nice crock pot roast on Christmas also just for us. Sounds simple and easy and good. A nice no brainer with yummy leftovers too.

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JULESJET 12/22/2012 4:54PM

    Merry Christmas to you, too! And I hope you have fun and relax despite the openness of the next few days! A head start on the New Year sounds fantastic!

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DLDMIL 12/22/2012 4:37PM

    Merry Christmas Barb. I feel the same way about Christmas at this stage in my life. I will be spending 2 1/2 days with my DD, SIL and 3 grandchildren, but I would be just as happy to be at home by myself.

Your dinner sounds wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 12/22/2012 4:37PM

    I'm surprised you aren't getting together with your sisters or maybe your DIL. I know it's a really tough one with your son deployed. But it's almost over, so hooray! I'm making a pot roast for Christmas too...that's my tradition. Just a small one for us too....just DH and I and our daughter, and my mother. Those missing military men in our lives sure do leave a big hole in the holidays, don't they?!

Thinking of you and sending hugs your way!

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2012 1:19PM

    Your candour is courageous. Healthy. Necessary.

Most of us have Christmases like this at various points in our lives: I know I have in the past and will in the future, and this particular Christmas is far from optimal for me either.

However, having said that . . . it helps so much to resist the pressure to pretend that everything's "picture perfect". I can imagine, Barb, that many people would wish to have your company. I can also imagine that you are excellent company for you.

I will be checking in here on Christmas Day -- yes I will!

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DALID414 12/22/2012 1:13PM

    Letting yourself feel your emotions is tough, but necessary. Don't be down too long.

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CEHALLA 12/22/2012 11:46AM

    Have a Merry Christmas, Barb! Be sure to make time and space for whatever you want to do and feel. But know in your heart that you have lots of friends that love you and wish you well here.

And don't forget to listen to some "Messiah"!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/22/2012 10:04AM

    Wishing you joy in your heart!! Wish you were with friends and loved ones this holiday, but I know that you are more than sufficient company to have a really great celebration! And some nostalgia, too.

I am so blessed to have my daughter, SIL, 2 granddaughters, niece and nephew with me for Christmas. You have made me realize how lucky I really am -- even if I need to cook and wrap and clean and lots of other stuff and think I might not get it all done. Yes, I am very, very lucky. Take care. Thanks for being a great SparkFriend!!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/22/2012 9:58AM

    HUgs my dear spark friend and your Christmas meal sounds awesome. I just finished taking a roast out of the crockpot, boiled a chicken and am now boiling a ham... we make acadian meat pies. but the roast smelt so good I have been sneaking little pieces while it cools OH YUM!
Have a good holiday as you can and lots of HUGS

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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2012 9:12AM

    Awwww . . . major hugs, Barb! (((((((HUGS)))))) You know you'll be in my thoughts and prayers this weekend.

Good plans to allow yourself to FEEL your feelings . . . healthy.

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SWEDE_SU 12/22/2012 7:45AM

    your extended spark family will be keeping you warmly in their thoughts, barb. this is not my favorite time of year either...

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MRE1956 12/22/2012 7:45AM

    I understand your dread - I feel this, too, but for other reasons.........

I wish you all the best as you deal with your challenges this season!

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MARYJOANNA 12/22/2012 7:39AM

  May you have a blessed Christmas!

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EBEAMS 12/22/2012 7:27AM

    I'll be keeping you in my thoughts ... I'm just about out the door this morning to do my shopping as well! Great minds think alike ... emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 12/22/2012 7:26AM

    I spend Christmas day on my own from choice. I really can't stand the hassle of large number of other people around expecting me to be on best behaviour! Treat it as a day when you can suit yourself exactly what you do.

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    Right there with you on Christmas feelings. I'm entering new territory this year without Dad, the dog, family feud... oh well.
I do the crock pot beef too, never thought of cabbage!
I'm thinking of roasting chicken, roasted brussels sprouts and red potatoes. Nice leftovers for the rest of the work week and chicken soup.

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DEBRITA01 12/22/2012 7:17AM

    Wishing you the peace and love of Christmas, Barb.

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RUN4FOOD 12/22/2012 7:07AM

    Hope your holidays go better than expected.
I'm off with my DW who is doing another half marathon today, The Day After the End of the World Marathon.
I'll say a prayer for you.

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On the plus side of Mother Nature

Friday, December 21, 2012

Yes, I took Wednesday afternoon and Thursday off work just to avoid driving in the first measurable snow / slick street event of our Winter. So now there are things at work that I *would* have done on those days that need doing.

Mother Nature appears to be giving me a break... no new snow in the forecast until Christmas day. So today, I will trek in to the office and work on that pile of stuff.

Healthy lunch is packed. Healthy breakfast being eaten. And I'll leave a little early and go slow and careful on those streets.

Feeling a little DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness, for those who don't recognize the acronym) from yesterday's shoveling, but not too bad. I did opt NOT to run yesterday, but figure I might shuffle the schedule and run tonight on the treadmill... so that I set myself up to do long work on the treadmill Sunday afternoon (3-5 p.m. CST) when they re-broadcast the Ironman Kona world championships. That's one sporting / endurance event that never ceases to inspire me to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Hope you all have a great and Sparkly Friday! Merry Christmas if you're offline from now 'til then. Remember friends... holiDAY! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 12/21/2012 10:45PM

    Celebrate with gusto!

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SUNNY1432 12/21/2012 10:23PM

    Have a wonderful Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 12/21/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon They are predicting Snow Flurries here on Christmas Evening. Norhing like what you have gotten.
emoticon Enjoy the Ironman and Your Treadmill run.
emoticon Stay Safe and Warm!

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KARIDIAN1 12/21/2012 9:52PM

    Shoveling can be a workout!

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ASHPATCH11 12/21/2012 7:26PM

    DOMS good to know thanks! yippy for christmas!

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LINDAKAY228 12/21/2012 3:09PM

    We don't get much snow where I live, so when it does people drive really crazy and think they can do the same things they do on dry roads. So an inch of snow on the roads creates more hazards here than where they get much more because no one is prepared for it here. Glad you got to take time off and be safe. Worked different muscles with that shoveling I'm sure!

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MOBYCARP 12/21/2012 3:02PM

    Hope you have a good, productive Friday at work! I'm sitting at home watching flurries that won't accumulate till overnight, dealing with some straggling work issues and maybe (just maybe) getting the last big work project of the year done today or tomorrow.

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MIRAGE727 12/21/2012 2:54PM

    What? You stayed home? Nebraska schools closed too? That's the only reason I hear about it being serious. Nebraska hardly ever shuts down unless it's heavy duty. But then they also know how to do the roads right as well! In any case, be safe, Barb!

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DLDMIL 12/21/2012 12:06PM

    It is so funny how the first snow of the year makes people crazier drivers than normal. Glad that you got up and are leaving early and will be driving slow and steady. Happy Friday and thanks mentioning the ironman event, I will try to watch part of it from my daughters.

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 11:58AM

    So glad you are being so cautious! Hope you get done all the work that you want to so you can have a fantabulous weekend! Enjoy!

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DALID414 12/21/2012 11:02AM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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LESLIELENORE 12/21/2012 10:30AM

    Good luck with getting caught up with work. Have fun running!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2012 9:22AM

    Enjoy the holiday Barb. HUGS!

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RUN4FOOD 12/21/2012 9:22AM

    Good luck getting your work caught up.
Hope you enjoy your snow.
In Houston it did get down to about 32 degrees, but no snow.
I agree with the Ironman event being inspirational. That should keep you moving.

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DEBRA0818 12/21/2012 8:31AM

    Have a wonderful weekend Barb! The look of that snow makes me want to curl up on the sofa with a cuppa tea and a good book. But then, almost everything does! emoticon

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SPIRALDOWN 12/21/2012 7:59AM

    Good luck tackling your mound of paperwork... And enjoy the snow.

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JSTETSER 12/21/2012 7:44AM

    Today is a great Sparkly Friday!
We have a 2 hour delay at school, and I wrote about Flakes!

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