Thanksgiving – and lets be frank

I really hate being cliche and while I’m not angel enough to think about how lucky I am every day, I do think about it every once in a while outside of Thanksgiving. So no, I don’t think we need to do our annual recap of why we’er thankful! Just know that I am.

Instead, I treasure the four day weekend us 9-5 cube dwellers get so rarely! Some of it was spent with family, but I have a confession to make. A lot of might have been spent watching Gilmore Girls. I am mid season three, that’s how productive I’ve been…

But in between I did read a book ūüėČ

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It only took me 10 years, but I finally finished Da Vinci Code and while I thought it was great at points, I felt disappointed by the ultimate conclusion.

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Actually thanksgiving was great! We had enough pies to eat per capita at the party

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And the actual meal was pretty awesome too, even if I do at times worry about the conditions of the slaughtered turkeys.

After Thanksgiving, I set my alarm for 5AM… yes, I don’t really participate in Black Friday crazies, unless it involves social media.

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Well the above was totally worth it! Assembly Row, the new outlets near my house had an Instagram contest every hour starting 5AM. Post a photo of something you see at the outlets and it could be yours. I’ve been stopping and drooling at the Le Creuset outlet pretty much since it opened!

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Even Tony and Jack are thrilled. look at Jack’s thrilled face.

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I also stopped by the Banana outlet and got this sweater that I’ve been living in ever since. it’s the warmest thing I’ve owned in a while. Who needs heat, when you got this this!

But don’t worry, we supported some local business too!

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Checked out Tooba in Melrose, cause you know 5AM slopping needs refueling.

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And while Jack didn’t get anything new; he has rediscovered his winter palace and heated bed… Winter has truly came.
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And we got another member of the household. Ninja pro!¬†¬†My magic bullet knock-off is on it’s dying breath so it was time for an upgrade. And now we get to live off Acai bowls.

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And the best part of the weekend?

I went for a run!

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FOUR miles! In no pain! I don’t think I’m fully ready to get back to running, but it’s giving me hope!

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Slumbrew is thinking of hosting monthly 5K runs in 2015, so I went to it out on Sunday.

FOUR MILES!!!!

There is joy in the world again.

Thanksgiving Weekend

For the first time in years I was not in a foreign country for Thanksgiving. ¬†It felt a little weird eating turkey instead of rice and beans or tacos or who knows what other¬†questionable¬†meat other countries have. ¬†Thanksgiving has always been a big week for me to take a vacation since I need to use less vacation days with the long weekend. ¬†However, after traveling in October and going to Iceland/London later in December, it was time to stay put and do some housework and catch up on other things that I love besides travel. ¬†I didn’t even travel to NYC to visit my parents. ¬†Sorry mom and dad, love you both but all the traveling has been exhausting me.

Running

Watching the sunset on one of my runs along the Middlesex Fells as I race to get home before it became pitch dark.

This week has been a big running week for me. Over 55 miles! ¬†I didn’t intend to surge from 30 miles back to 55 in one week but my body just felt like running with the weather and free time that I just listened to it.

Monday – 6.1 miles on TM

Tuesday – 7 miles on the TM

Wednesday – 4.75 miles on the TM doing intervals that killed my 5 mile race

Thursday – 5 miler turkey trot

Friday Р15 miles 2:02 8:08 pace.  I was starting to worry about my endurance after struggling on my turkey trot but I realize that I was just having an off day on Thursday.

Saturday – I started some circuit training at the Y (I have a post dedicating to mixed feelings about the Y later) and 5 easy miles on the mill

Sunday Р I was going to keep it easy at 7 miles or so but I felt so good I just wanted to keep running (instead of doing house chores like cleaning) for over 13.1 miles in 1:46 8:06 pace.

It’s good to know that when I restart my Boston Marathon training I will be at a good 13-15 mile base. ¬† Part of me is still contemplating a March marathon but I think I will try my best to hold out. I want to work on my base and focus more on half marathons with only a few big races a year. ¬†I run better on whim rather than a set schedule it seems.

Eating

It’s Thanksgiving weekend so of course there will be lots of eating. ¬†For a while I sustained of my Friendsgiving leftovers. ¬†However, come Thursday it was time for a second Thanksgiving with Tony’s family who live in MA vs. my family that lives in NYC.

Looks good had I stopped at one plate… if only it was that easy to stop at one plate.

And yes it is very important for me to try a slice of each and every pie.

One of Tony’s cousin’s brought a cake from Montilios¬†and as you can see my little pie looks pretty pathetic in comparison to the rum cake.

On Friday night we made pizza, recipe for Homemade Spinach Pizza

After a jam packed session of lifting and building those muzzles at the Y, Lynn and I got some Vietnamese food on Saturday.  We split this stir-fry and then each ordered a large bowl of Pho at a joint in Chinatown.

P.S. When going to a Vietnamese place for Pho, do not order curry, as Tony learned. ¬†I will spare everyone a photo but it was gross… looked like yellow mucus.

and as for the finale… well remember my friend?

How else does a gal drag a pumpkin home on a train haha.  Well it turned into this:

Roasted pumpkin medley some with paprika, some with cinnamon  some with just pepper and salt and all lightly drizzled in olive oil.

 

Did you have a long weekend?

How did you spent the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend?

Birthday Weekend & Friendsgiving

It’s been a great weekend of lots of food, cake, and random crazies.

Picked up the treadmill at Sears… Guy at merchandise bet us that we couldn’t fit a treadmill into a Prius… we showed him! ¬†Some praying might have been done for safe driving on the way back home. ¬†Now I just need to figure out where I can put it… Basement or Den?

You know what else you can get at Sears (besides a headache)?

Yup, best $17 I spent in a while, check out my ears and feet! Jack loved it, he thought I was a fellow cat and he started licking me after chasing my tail.

On Saturday I volunteered at Community Servings.  Hope you ordered a pie because they looked good!

Birthday cake #1 at community servings

Afterwards I kinda farted around the house pretending to clean before I finally made it out for a 13.1 mile run!  I was planning on finishing 13.1 on Sunday to make it 26 for 26 years but i decided to be a princess until it got too dark and cold and I decided a glass of wine was better.  Woot!

Jack agreed with me… wine boxes are his favorite.

Saturday evening Tony threw me a birthday party because I love being a spoiled princess and he made turkey tacos for everyone. ¬†There’s no photos but I promise it was epic. ¬†I even made gauc from a Florida¬†avocado.

Followed by birthday cake #2 in the same day

Okay it’s in cupcake form as made by one of my¬†roommates.

Other things on Sunday?  Friends Thanksgiving!  I would like to brag about all the cool things I made and baked but I played assistant to Tony.

He started with this…

You take out the good stuff out of the casings… Progressed to this

and ended with this…. Sausage bread! ¬†It made two giant things of these…

We also made some Glazed Apple & Yam pile of joy

And of course there were many many things to eat

Of course you can’t have a friendsgiving without the main course…

My first plate before I added turkey to it, followed by a second equal plate..

Of course all this amazing food wasn’t enough, it’s always followed by an equally impressive table of dessert.

And followed by this!!

Birthday cake number 3!!! Because I’m that awesome… And yes I’m turning 8 or 18 or 81…

and the best part of it all (besides my lovely friends)? Leftovers! ¬†I gotta say while I am a wreck in the kitchen, I am friends with some amazing cooks. ¬†And yes I had a giant plate of leftover pieces of all the deserts too. ¬†Let’s just say I’m making a solid dent in regaining the weight I lost in Spain.

Florida or California avocado? ¬†I think I’m into the Florida ones more but those things are huge!

Do anything fun this weekend?