16 Miles and the last minute blues

Can you believe that Christmas is this weekend?

Christmas Wonder

I feel like I’m ready but then I don’t.  I mean the presents have been purchased and the ones that need to be mailed have been mailed but you know what happens is this.  Every year I get everything done about a week to ten days before Christmas and then as luck would have it, bam, I gen inundated with thousands of emails from obviously well-meaning merchants who obviously have my best interest at heart.

“Dear Flower, there’s still time for those last minute gifts.  Don’t worry if you didn’t get that special gift for that certain someone, we’ve got what you’re looking for and we can get it to you in time.”

And then I start freaking out and thinking that maybe I didn’t get enough presents.  Maybe I didn’t buy the right things.  Maybe I need to buy more.  Maybe I need to exchange things.  Maybe I need to find some more time to shop, what time does that sale end?  When is the cut off for free shipping?  Will it be delivered on time?

shopping stress

I need to just finish all my work by the week before Christmas and then shut down my email until the day after.

MacGyver and I were in Nokomis over the weekend and I ran a total of 16 miles on the Legacy Trail, the most important of which was my long run on Saturday, a total of 8 miles!  It was lovely.  Absolutely lovely.  And in case you’re wondering, no migraines.

I hope all of my future long runs continue on like this…..

I’ll catch up more a bit later.  In the meantime, I have to finish all my work and do a ton of last minute shopping I didn’t realize I needed to do!

Do those last minute shopping emails get you too?

123, Happy Birfday to me!

In case you’re wondering how I’m feeling today, it’s sort of like this,


I’m pretty sure my nephew feels the same way because it’s his birthday too.  Happy birthday Vinny!  🙂

MacGyver is taking me to do a little shopping.  He’s already given me a few gifts which I’ll share with you later but he’s taking me to pick out some more because, well let’s face it, I deserve more.

my birthday


This year I broke down and bought myself a practical gift.  I always have a hard time finding the right buttons on the remote control and since the TV in our bedroom at the Nokomis house doesn’t have a remote, I bought myself a Universal one.


I thought it said I’m Hip but the Kid said it really said I need a hip.

If you have any doubt at how large that remote control is, let me put it into context for you.  It is laying upon my oversized King bed.

remote control

Sort of looks like an iPad doesn’t it?  Except it’s a lot bigger.

You see, that’s what happens when you get old.

i'm old

Yeah, all that good stuff happens too.

But while I still feel young, I intend to act like it.


Happy Birthday

Aren’t birthdays just the best?

When is your birthday, what’s your sign and do you prefer cake, cookie, or cupcakes?


It’s Genetic, I come by it naturally.

Today is Mom’s last full day here, she has to head home early Friday morning.  There is no time to be sad however because we have to fit about a weeks worth of shopping into one day.


Not that we haven’t been shopping since she got here it’s just that when Mom realizes it’s down to the wire, she kicks it up a notch.  Some people may call that power shopping but I call it ultra shopping and let me just state for the record, the Queen of ultra shopping is my Mother, bar none.

She wears me out.   Seriously.  It’s a good thing she’s retired because it takes a hell of a lot of time to get and clip all of the coupons and savings passes and such.  Oh, and then there’s the math.


Um, yeah, shopaholic logic.

Lucky for me, I usually have an idea of what I want and I can pretty much stick with the plan.


This is me, at Target!

I do want everything but only if I feel like I’m getting a good deal because I’m all about saving money.

Yeah, um, sure.


I’m pretty sure this will be on my tombstone

On a serious note, I’m going to spend some quality time in the mall with my Mom.  I’ll catch up with you tomorrow.  (It is possible to spend quality time in the mall, really.)

When is the last time you went shopping?

What did you buy?