Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with lots of time with family and friends! It has been a very busy few weeks for me. Is it just me or did Christmas come really fast this year? In the past three weeks I did lots of shopping, baking, cooking, wrapping and partaking in general merriment. We had a really nice Christmas Eve that started with church. We lost Chris’ dad 2 years ago to cancer on Christmas Eve and since then we like to go to mass with Chris’ grandma, aunt and sister. After church we went to my grandparent’s house for Christmas Eve dinner with my side of the family. When I was a little girl we used to carry on the Polish tradition of the Oplatek wafer but for a number of years we stopped. It meant so much to me that I have been buying the wafers to take to my grandparent’s to restart the tradition. The wafers are much like the communion wafer but are larger, rectangular and have Christmas scenes imprinted on them. The way that my family does it is that everyone gets a wafer and then breaks off a piece of another family members wafer and there is a hug and kiss exchanged and well wishes for the holiday. I know this isn’t technically the right way but some traditions have been Americanized from the old country. Christmas Day we went by my parents and then later Chris’ grandparent’s. My siblings and I decided to have an “As Seen on TV” Christmas and it was so much fun, that’s us below with our spoils. Next year we are doing a doomsday prepper theme.

As Seen on TV Christmas

As Seen on TV Christmas

Dale ended up taking over my Forever Comfy.

Dale is Forever Comfy.

Dale is Forever Comfy.

Chris’s side of the family always has a white elephant exchange on Christmas Day which is always a hoot. This year’s “best” gift was an old ceiling fan that someone wrapped up. Chris scored a giant cribbage board that his grandpa made years ago (that was hanging on the basement wall for years but no one noticed was missing). I scored a pair of oversized sunglasses, an inflatable monkey, parrot and flamingo all in a fabulous tote bag. My nephew fell in love with the monkey so I gave the inflatables away and my sister in law got the tote since I have 8 million tote bags as it is. Then this happened at Aunt Vicki’s urging:

Inpromptu Snooki bump.

Inpromptu Snooki bump.

So that was the long and short of our holiday. Now on to running or my lack there of. Due to my crazy busy schedule and the fact that Wisconsin got unbearably frigid early this year I have not been running much at all. Say I am not a real runner because I don’t brave the frigid temps and snow, go ahead. If I can minimize the risk of injury by staying off of the slippery, snowy streets then so be it. In addition to MS I have a delightful little phenomenon called Reynaud’s. The cold makes the Reynaud’s worse so that’s another reason I hate Wisconsin winters. My fingers and toes turn white and then they turn a lovely shade of blue. It is very painful and takes FOREVER for them to warm back up to normal. Just now at 8:00 at night are my feet back to normal from just getting dog food at 2:00 this afternoon and I am under an electric blanket set on hell (that is what Chris calls the temperature I set it to). So waah waah I am a big baby in the winter but I run for enjoyment and when it is this cold I cannot enjoy it. I plan on getting back on my treadmill plan after the new year and back into my Crossfit training, I do really miss both and I feel like a big ol’ wimp.

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