Holidays, Life, Etc!

December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays!  I have entered my traditional annual Call Christmas stretch.  Want to know a secret?  I actually don’t mind it.  The hospital is usually quiet over Christmas, and there’s a certain pleasant cozy camaraderie in the air.   Plus, when the week is over I get to recover with some stategically-planned days off to usher in the new year.  

Hanukkah/Christmas shopping is DONE.  I kept it very minimal this year:  Amazon orders, a few items from Nordstrom, and many gift cards.  (Honestly: who DOESN’T like a versatile gift card!?).  It did feel a bit like a cop-out to do this for my nieces & nephew, but at the same time they are old enough that I run the risk of getting their presents seriously wrong, which is a waste (although I guess they could return it).  I decided that gift cards are an experiential gift (experience of shopping!) and tangible.  So there you go.
Still left to do:  Family Calendar + Cards.  I plan on ordering both over my call weekend, and while that means they will probably arrive mid-January, I think that’s okay.  This is just life right now.
Also life right now:  the fact that I have many Planner Posts I would like to write, and zero written!  I haven’t touched my planner Instagram account in 2 weeks.  I am reading multiple books at once, and progressing very slowly.  I truly wish there were more hours in the day for everything I want to do, see, experience.  
And then there are the kids.  A&C seem to be growing up.  We are facing new challenges.  (Also old ones.  When does bedtime ever get easier!?).  
I really do feel in need of a New Year right now.  There are some big and little things I am hoping to tweak in 2017, and though I live in fear of our current political climate, all I can do is to do my best each day — for me + family — and keep moving forward.
Weekly Things

Monday 12.12 – long run, super relaxed at 10:46/mi ave, HR 162, 73F.
Tuesday 12.13 – Barre3 weekly workout
Wednesday 12.14 – rest
Thursday 12.15 – rest again.  (IN A MOOD as previously discussed)
Friday 12.16 – 10 x 400m with 0.25 mi jog between each.  Split paces for each 400m:
7:42 / 7:25 / 7:44 / 7:53 / 7:35 / 7:43 / 7:32 / 8:06 / 7:50 / 7:43
Total 5.8 mi in 9:44/mi, ave HR 167, 70F
Saturday 12.17 – Barre3 30 minute workout
Sunday 12.18 – 5 mi.  Attempted a tempo portion but whole thing felt terrible.  Mi 1 9:48/mi, mi 2 9:12/mi, mi 3 9:22/mi, walked 0.3 mi, mi 4 10:38/mi, mi 5 10:20/mi.  Blah!  Ave HR 166, 79F (at 7am; my god this is getting old).
Albums of note:
Moana soundtrack 🙂 Serious earworms in there!!
MitskiPuberty 2.  LOVE.
Podcasts & Blog Posts
10% Happier, “Handling Holiday Stress”
All Songs Considered, “Poll Results:  Listener’s Favorites” AND “The Year in Music 2016”
Sound Opinions “#576 The Best Albums of 2016”
Modern Ms Darcy: “What I’m Probably Reading for the 2017 Reading Challenge” – AND “My Favorite Books of 2016” — so many juicy looking titles here

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