The Calm Before the Storm

Just popping in for a brief chat. It's 10:00 pm, the house is quiet and all feels peaceful. Despite last week.

If we were having a late night coffee chat, I'd tell you... 

Pandora's Relaxation Radio is playing in my ears, but I've been tempted to switch over to Christmas music. And I'm not usually one of those let's celebrate early! types of people. Maybe it's the election or maybe it's seeing that other people have started decorating early on social media?

I don't know about you, but I've always done my best, most creative work late at night, and often on a deadline. Anyway, tonight, I know I must be tired, but I don't feel it. It's like my brain forgot to tell my body I'm running on 5.5 hours of broken sleep.

I'm toying with the idea of signing up for the Eugene Marathon this spring and training hard for it. But then again, that sounds like SO much work.

But I have already decided I'm running two long(ish) trail races in 2017 — Hagg Lake 25K and Peterson Ridge Rumble 20 miler (the manfriend will be running it too!). For whatever reason, the trail races don't get me all psyched out like a marathon does. I guess that's because the trail vibe always feels like "Hey, enjoy this beautiful scenery!" rather than "Don't stop for any reason whatsoever. Just keep going no matter how much it hurts."

Henry found my retainer I've been missing for a few years now, so I cleaned it and started wearing it again. Here's to hoping my teeth will go back to where they were.

While I know H is not yet able to do much crafting, I still want to do all the holiday crafts, even if that means I'm doing 99.9% of the work. Lindsey and I made turkeys with the boys last week. The only work they had to do was let us trace their hands and try to rip off the turkey's eyes.

Sitting here on the couch in quiet, flipping through the Stance holiday catalog feels so peaceful. And yet, in a week Thanksgiving will be here and thus the snowball to Christmas. No matter the quantity or size of gifts on my list, the holiday prep always catches me off guard. Breathe in. Breathe out. 

We have had a few (mostly) gorgeous weeks around here, which have been really nice. BUT I am secretly excited that it's getting colder and am already looking forward to bundling up for tomorrow morning's run (low 40s F).

H at the end of our little hike last week

Okay, so that quick chat turned into a bit more, but isn't that always how it works? Happy calm before the storm, friends. 

What's on your mind right now?


Love that you started a tradition of doing holiday crafts with Henry! His turkey is so cute! Nice work momma! And it's nice that you have a friend to do crafts like this with as much make it extra fun!

We are putting up our Christmas decorations on Sunday, which is earlier than normal for us. Usually I decorate the Sunday after Thanksgiving, but this year I will be in Spain that weekend (!!!) so I decided to decorate early so I could come home to a decorated home. Christmas is going to come sooo crazy fast. My family has really cut back on Christmas presents, which is really nice. I still get something for each of my nieces and nephews so I need to come up with gift ideas for them.

What's on my mind right now is my anticipation for Thanksgiving and my trip! I haven't planned very much for this trip but am meeting up with the friend I'm traveling with on Friday so we can come up with a list of things to do/see in each city. In a way, I think it is good to go into this trip with less of a packed itinerary as that will allow us to wander and see what catches our eye!
Elizabeth said…
Haha, I love the bit that he found your retainer! :) And I'm with you, I've been making myself wait until after Thanksgiving to get a tree, but for some reason there definitely is a desire this year to hone is a bit more on the coziness and sparkle of the season. Let me know when you run Hagg and I'll try to come out to cheer you on! Somehow in my mind I feel like trail races should be harder than a marathon but maybe that's not the case?! Anyway, way to go on planning on running both of those.

I think in a lot of ways I've been over 2016 since soon after it started. This year has been a challenging one for many and I feel like it just got more challenging in many ways as the year progressed. While I'm hesitant and nervous in regards to becoming a mom, I'm ready for the "new leaf" that hopefully will arrive with 2017.

Also, while I'm getting bigger and it's getting colder, perhaps we could meet up over the winter holiday "break" for some physical activity? Not sure if that's feasible for you....and I actually was in awe of you yesterday and how well you nailed out that hike you and I did later in your pregnancy!
Amber said…
I had an insane week at work last week so this week I am just focusing on breathing and getting caught up at work and in life. I also had a very busy weekend and was out late Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights so this week just feels like I'm playing catch up! I am taking 3 days off next week to go down to Kamloops for 3 days though and I'm sooo looking forward to it!

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