A Simple Running Log

December 24, 2015

Training for 12/24/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:56 pm

Merry Christmas Eve!

I finished up all my last-minute shopping last night, got everything wrapped and even made five dozen gingersnap cookies and some banana-oatmeal cookies. My favorite thing about the banana-oatmeal cookies is that you have to buy an entire bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips to make it, but the recipe only calls for 1/3 of a cup. Which means I now have most of a bag of chocolate chips to eat too.

While I was out, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts. I just wanted a coffee so I went through the drive-thru. When I got to the window, the cashier said the nice woman in the car in front of mine had paid for my coffee. So I decided to keep it going and said I’d pay for the order of the person behind me, thinking it was another $2 coffee. Haha no, it was a $15 gift card. Only a real grinch would say “never mind!” so I sucked it up and paid 7.5 times more than I would have had I just paid for my own order. I hope whoever got that free gift card appreciated it!

Anyway, today it is 70 degrees and there are some pretty severe thunderstorms rolling through. So Christmas-y! I did strength training upstairs — abs, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and weights. It’s so humid up there. It felt like working out in my middle school gym locker room. Gross.

I would also like to go for a short run, but it’s pouring its butt off, so I’m going to wait until Clark gets home from work so Pepper can stay here with him, instead of making him trudge through it with me again. I am so sick of rain!

Tonight, we’re going to Aunt Helen’s for her annual Christmas Eve party. It should be interesting this year. Aunt Helen has a boyfriend! Well, she calls him “company,” but someone who drives 11 hours to spend Christmas through New Year’s is more than company, if you ask me. Aunt Helen and this guy graduated from high school together, and reconnected at their 50th class reunion this summer. He lives in Kentucky now, and is coming here to spend the entire holiday season with her.

I think it’s wonderful she has a boyfriend — sorry, company — but it’s made Aunt Helen even more neurotic than usual. She’s so worried about her family completely embarrassing her she’s been handing out lists of acceptable conversation topics, telling grown-ass adults they can’t drink and putting a time limit on the festivities. I have a feeling she’ll chill out once we all get there and the party gets going and she realizes this guy isn’t completely horrified by us. I hope so, anyway.

Tomorrow, we don’t have to be anywhere until 11 a.m.! We’ve never gotten to sleep in and laze about here at home by ourselves on Christmas morning. We’re going to Clark’s parents’ house for brunch, and then to my parents’ house for dinner.

That reminds me, last night Clark stopped by Petco to get some treats and a new leash for Pepper’s Christmas gifts. He bought so much the cashier asked him how many dogs he has haha. When Clark said just one, the cashier said “That’s one lucky dog!” Yes, he is!

Merry Christmas!



  1. Merry Christmas!

    And your Aunt Helen has a boyfriend? Good for her!! (Er, company, whatever she calls him haha) I hope you all stuck to your lists of acceptable conversation topics 🙂

    Comment by Laura — December 25, 2015 @ 7:10 am | Reply

    • We did! We were very well-behaved!

      Comment by aschmid3 — December 28, 2015 @ 11:02 am | Reply

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