Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Wow. What a year. I have been relaxing and enjoying my family. Cooking collard greens and cornbread, chocolate fudge, baking butterscotch pies, and watching football and playing XBox 360. We've had a wonderful holiday season, and it was totally worth the bulge I am noticing around my waist. ~sigh~
I have good friends and a good sister, though, and they have somehow convinced me to make an effort at getting back at it. Monday I was suppose to run with Holly, but I sorta set the alarm clock for p.m. instead of a.m. Oops. I did make it out later that day, though, and Briar and I ran a fun 3 miles, followed by weights, abs and lunges. I felt like I was totally starting over. Last night, my good buddy, Don, convinced me to make it to his spin class. He preceded to nearly kill me, I tell you. But it hurt sooooo good. So good, that I am going to make it my goal to get to that class every Tuesday night. And believe it or not, I showed up to run with the group this morning at 6 a.m. They were running 10, and I ran the first 5 with them. You wouldn't believe how much fitness is lost in 2 months. A. Lot.



In other news, Christmas was everything it should be and more than it should be during the Great Depression #2. Having two boys, specifically my two boys, just makes the holidays magical. And...getting a new puppy a few days before Christmas doesn't hurt either. It wasn't something I had planned....I just had it in the back of my mind because the kids had decided they needed a puppy to love in order to quit greiving over Wrigley. I wasn't sure if it was a good idea or not, and I also wasn't very keen on spending $300 - $1000 for a golden retriever like they said they wanted. But on the Saturday before Christmas, I pulled into Wal-Mart parking lot and there it was -

"Free Puppies"

I didn't think too much of it...the sign said they were a lab mix...until one of them poked his head up out of the window. I decided to take a look, and I almost talked myself out of it because it wasn't a well thought out and planned decision, and then I said, "Oh, I'll take one." So I picked the one that poked his head up out of the truck at me, and we nervously went on our way. A trip to the vet, a very traumatic deworming process (you don't EVEN want to know), a good bath, and a few good days of TLC and all is well...

I have more Christmas pictures, Christmas video and more...I'll get it out here soon. Happy New Year, my friends!!! Here's to the best year ever-I almost hate to see it end!!! I love you all!

18 comments:

Freedom Runner said...

A puppy is the best Christmas gift of all--one that keeps on giving. Good for you for embracing the little one spontaneously. And I am sure he will make an excellent running buddy once he grows into his paws. :o)

Happy new year!

kmholt7 said...

Cute puppy! Glad you guys had a great Christmas!

Andrea said...

Glad you all had a great Christmas! The puppy is adorable. I hope to see you around this year!

Phil said...

You are a truly blessed woman.

TJ said...

Looks like yall had a great Christmas.
Happy New Year!

Ron said...

What did you name it? Did you give it a Cubbie name?

Missy said...

OH, I'm jiggling everywhere and it took me an HOUR to ride 15 miles the other day, yep, lost fitness, barf. I LOVE the puppy and sometimes, it's just what you need to ease the pain of the loss.

Darrell said...

Sounds like you did Christmas well.

So what's the little pup's name?

jkrunning said...

That puppy probably needed you much more than the 300-1000K golden. What's it's name? It's adorable.

Michele said...

What a cute little puppy!! Sounds like y'all had a great Christmas. Glad to hear you are back at it, maybe I can talk you into a race or two this year. ;)

Stephanie said...

Cute puppy! We got one as well, but not as a Christmas present. Maddie joined us the first weekend of December. She's a chocolate lab, and EXTREMELY cute. Pics are on my blog!

Eric said...

Cute puppy :-)

Lisa said...

What a cutie!

Happy Belated New Year to ya!

triguyjt said...

ohh my god...what a gorgeous little puppie... enjoy 09...you had a super 08 season...

Borsch said...

That looks like a fun Christmas!

ps...the puppy is really cute!

Marathon Maritza said...

A Christmas puppy!!! Your kids must have flipped! :) I would surely think that topped the Xbox, no?

IronJenny said...

Happy New Year! Details on the puppy - please!
I do "know" about that de-worming. I once picked up our beautiful little mutt puppies to discover "them" crawling and writhing out of the adorable little butts. It was maybe 30 years ago and I still can't foget it!

Rae said...

Happy New Year! It's great to hear you've had some good downtime and had a wonderful Christmas! The new puppy is adorable!