The best present ever, and I got it!

Happy December 27th or as we like to call it, National Fruitcake Day!

You Fruitcake

Have yourself some fruitcake and live a little why don’t ya…or not.

You could just have an orange.  I happen to know they’re in season right now.  I know this because our Nokomis house is about 3 blocks away from Nokomis Groves and I’ve already been there three times.  I’ve also been to the orange tree at the vacant house at the end of the street and all the other rogue orange trees I can find because I cannot get enough of the sweet citrus goodness.


I could live on Oranges alone. No really, I could


So, in case you’re wondering, we’re still in Nokomis.  Yeah, I know, we WERE supposed to be back on Sunday night but then Sunday night came and MacGyver decided to sleep on it and then Monday morning came and I was getting ready to go out for a run and MacGyver was all like, ‘hey since I got the dates all mixed up and my sister is actually coming tonite’ maybe we should just stay down here for a few more days.’  And I was like, ‘yeah, since YOU got the date mixed up jackass, then yeah, we should.’  So, we’re still here.  I don’t care, I can work from anywhere.  Of course MacGyver is out fishing.

i aint mad

Go ahead and go fishin honey, I aint mad.

But enough about that, let’s get to the fun stuff and do some recapping and such.

This year was going to be a tough one for me because even though the kid is older, Christmas day is also his birthday and with him being in Columbus I knew it was going to be hard not having him here.  Thankfully, we have facetime and we were able to talk to each other quite a bit so it wasn’t so bad.

My Mother and Father in law are at their home in Englewood for the Winter and Spring so we were able to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with them which was wonderful.  I may have showered everyone with too many presents but I couldn’t help myself.

Everyone was also kind enough to indulge me and let me make a birthday cake for kid even though kid isn’t here.

bday cake

Happy Birthday Kid. We had a Gluten Free cake so you’re probably glad you missed it 😉

As for me, I only had to things on my list this year.

(It’s true, close your mouth before a fly gets in.)

The only things I wanted this year were a new pair of running shoes and I wanted to hit the double digits again.  As in miles.  I wanted a double digit long run before the end of the year.

MacGyver came through with the first thing and I already knew about them because they were sitting on our kitchen table for about a week before we came down to Nokomis thanks to the promptness of the shipping department at Brooks Running!

Brooks running

Brooks Launch 3’s

The other thing was strictly up to me and I thought I might be pushing it if I tried to do it on Christmas Eve but I was also worried that it might be my only opportunity since we may be at our cabin for the New Year and after not being there for the last 8 or 9 months, I have no idea what my running trail looks like or if I even have one anymore so, on Christmas Eve, I headed out.

I hit the Legacy Trail a bit later than I actually wanted to but I got out there and anytime that I felt I was pushing myself or the pace was too fast I took a deep breath and slowed it down.  I put my phone in my pocket and I relaxed.  I purposely did not look at my phone.  I listened for the 5 mile alert from my app, turned around and kept going.  Only, when I reached the trail head near my house did I pull the phone from my pocket and that’s when I realized I only had a tenth of a mile to go!  I was ecstatic.



Double Digits.

Best Present Ever.  I didn’t need anything else.

I have to be honest, I was a bit sore a little later in the day and I was afraid to push it the next day so I walked an easy 3 miles on Christmas day and just stretched my legs and enjoyed the fresh air.  It felt amazing.

I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since.

On Christmas Day we took a little boat ride with the dogs.  Hank really wanted to fish.


Is the little dog actually gonna steal the fish? Nah, he aint gonna steal that fish. No way.

Hank steals the fish

That fish is GONE!


The dogs were exhausted after the boat and fishing trip and promptly passed out afterward.


I ran the trail again on Monday and again this morning and I was thinking about what the new year has in store for me, and my plans for the coming months, the year, and life in general.  You may remember about a month ago while running in Kapok park near my house a bobcat ran along side of me, well this morning up ahead of me, it was a Florida Panther!


fl. Panther


This time my pictures aren’t as good but I’m going to go back and I’m determined to get more.  I’m starting to think that these are my spirit animals.  They’re beautiful creatures and the fact that I keep seeing such elusive animals must mean something right?  It must!

I’m playing the lottery.

Don’t forget your fruitcakes!

Are you working this week? 

How was your Holiday?

10 thoughts on “The best present ever, and I got it!

  1. 10 miles…wow, lady! Good job! Love the new Brookes. I bought myself a new pair for Christmas as well. Which ones do you wear? I am so happy you are getting back to where you want to be with your running. This is really the best present as you said and I look forward to your journey in 2017 as you continue to kick ass! As for working, no! I have been out of the office since December 16th and I don’t go back until January 3rd. I am LOVING it!!

  2. Thanks to you, I’m addicted to honey tangerines. I tried them a few years ago when you were raving about them and never looked back. I can only get them nearby at a local Asian market. When they run out at the end of the season I have to go to Pike Place Market where they’ll still have them for a few more weeks; expensive trip, but so worth it!

    I remember how sad it was the first time my son was away on his birthday, but you had a double-whammy with it being Christmas, too! I wish I had thought to make a cake like you did. Cake makes everything better. How terrible was the gluten-free cake? I’ve started to go gluten-free since my hypothyroidism was diagnosed back in August. I keep reading that even though you’re not necessarily gluten intolerant with hypothyroidism that it’s better for you if you go gluten-free. I’m not exactly sure why that is…so much vagueness on the internets. (I know you’re actually having stomach issues, so you probably are gluten intolerant.) I’ve tried different gluten-free pastas and they’re not too bad. I’ve read that they’re better than they used to be. I highly recommend the cookbook, “Run Fast. Eat Slow.” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Not only will you probably become an Olympic marathoner if you eat like Shalane Flanagan, they have a lot of great gluten-free recipes. Also, a lot of no-sugar snacks and desserts. I’m looking forward to reading your post about giving up sugar.

    Great job on double digits! That gives me inspiration to get out there and do some miles myself!

    • I just ordered that book, great minds think alike :)j I also just ordered the sugar free diet based on my Mom’s recommendation so I’ll have to let everyone know how that one is. She says the recipes in it are supposed to be really good. We will see. It’s supposed to arrive on Friday…..

  3. WTH you are like the beast master 🙂 so cool.

    I’m happy you got to double digits! I’m working on getting into a good rhythm myself.

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