Hi friends. After a solid Monday back at work and the gym, I’m ready to recap the low-key but lovely events from this past weekend. I woke up Saturday morning sore from a week back in the gym (recap of workouts here). Awhile ago, I purchased a Groupon for a massage place in our new hometown, which I scheduled for Saturday AM and ended up being perfectly timely with my return to fitness. I kicked off the morning with my favorite Paleo Pancakes and a big mug of hot tea on the couch. Then I threw on some leggings and drove the 5 minutes to nearby MoonShadow Massage, located in a yoga/pilates studio which I’ll have to also check out! The massage was just what I needed and I already booked another massage for next month. Self care, people! 😉
After my massage, I spent some time shopping on Amazon for this year’s Winter Wishes gifts. If you live in the NYC area and want to give to those in need, this is a great way to do it! Visit NewYorkCares.org to learn more and sign up. It’s one of my favorite things about the holiday season and I love getting these handwritten notes from the kids and then shopping for their toys and games. SO sweet!
In the afternoon, I forced Boyfriend and Rocky to take some photos for our holiday card. I realize it’s not even Thanksgiving, but I want to design our own card this year (instead of using a service like Shutterfly or TinyPrints) so I need some extra time to get it done! I recently purchased this tripod and this Bluetooth remote control for my iPhone, so I can work on my food/blog photography and they came in super handy for our mini photo shoot! There was a lot of drool-slinging and farting during the shoot, so it was tough to get a nice family picture. I took so many photos, trying to keep both the stubborn bulldog and uncooperative boyfriend in check. I think I may have ended up with one that will work for our card! Ha! Here’s a snapshot of what I was working with:
After that disaster, Boyfriend and I left Rocky to rest and did a little outlet shopping. I scooped up a new pair of my favorite Asics Gel Cumulus running shoes and this 1/2-zip long sleeve for super cheap! I <3 outlets. Sidenote: I hate shopping during the holiday season, so this will likely be the last time you’ll find me at an actual store and not online! Who can handle those crazy crowds, long lines and rude people? Not this gal. Thank goodness for the internet and Amazon Prime.
That evening we spent enjoying a bottle of wine in front of the fireplace. Romantic, huh? So not like us, but it certainly was nice! Plus, I made a delicious pasta dish for dinner with portobello mushrooms, caramelized onion and goat cheese. Yum!
Sunday started off with a 6-mile training run, listening to the “Living with a Seal” audiobook I just downloaded, per Kara’s recommendation. I’m about halfway done with it already and I love it! The run went well despite still feeling sore from CrossFit and my shoes felt fantastic!
Sunday evening, we met boyfriend’s parents for dinner and then headed to the Christmas Holiday Boat Parade in Patchogue. I’m usually against starting the Christmas celebrations before Thanksgiving, but I figured if I already was holiday shopping and taking our Christmas photos, why not?! It was chilly and rainy for the parade, but a fun new Long Island tradition for me! Plus it was Disney themed this year, so I felt like I made my crazy Disney fam proud. 😉
What do you think? Is it too early to begin holiday celebrations? Are you a Black Friday shopper or do you avoid the crowds like me? Tell me about it…