Random December Thoughts

December 9, 2023

❄︎ It was 78 degrees on my run at 8:30 this morning (“feels like” 82). Um happy holidays.

❄︎ We have made it through 2 nights of Hanukkah! 6 to go. Plus another birthday. Unfortunately we are running out of relatives’ gifts. I fear I am not done with shopping.

❄︎ Family MEETING. We are going to have one today – I am determined! Topics up for discussion:

  • CAMP. Who wants to go where? (“Stay home and play video games all summer” would probably be the top choice for all 3 but not on my list of options.)
  • Future family travel.
  • Some discussion of current routines: what is working / what isn’t
  • Decluttering plans for winter break. Who is excited? Probably no one, but we have to do at least some of it.

SIDE NOTE related to family meeting + logistics: I have an Essential Calendar that I will be spending today filling out – basically a giant paper calendar showing 3 months at a time. CANNOT WAIT to do that this afternoon. (Please note, I am an affiliate for Essential Calendar – I don’t say yes many of these kinds of partnerships, but they are a small company that makes a super-useful product. You can check their calendars out here and use BESTLAIDPLANS for 10% off)

❄︎ I am more invested as a soccer mom than I ever thought I would be! Josh is at today’s game (up in Boca) and I’m sad to be missing it. (I am on gymnastics / piano duty)

I took the girls out after gymnastics a couple of weeks ago so I owed him his own dinner. We went on Tuesday.
(He is my twin of the family by the way.)

❄︎ It feels surreal that we were supposed to be running a marathon tomorrow. WOW. BUT, positive news in that I ran 6 pain-free miles today AND that I am really enjoying the Peloton for cross-training! I will likely start gradually increasing mileage again (YAY) and hope my body takes it well!!

post-Pelo glow

❄︎ I do feel this fall/early winter felt too crowded and hectic. Trying to figure out how to prevent that next year. It does help that next year my call is more front-loaded into the earlier months (this year it was the opposite).


  • Reply Leslie December 9, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    What is the “Less is More” thing hiding behind your son?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 9, 2023 at 2:05 pm

      I have no idea! I guess a piece of restaurant decor 🙂 we were at a ramen place (Litchi delights, same owners as Sovereign, for the locals)

      • Reply Amanda December 11, 2023 at 11:01 am

        Big fan of Sovereign poke bowls. Poke menu looks the same but less $ at Litchi. Good to know. 😉

  • Reply Lori C December 9, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with the decluttering big right now! Just finished reading Marie Kondo again and completed step 1- clothing. It felt good!!!

    Happy Hannakuh !

    • Reply Lori C December 9, 2023 at 7:38 pm

      Bug not big 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea December 10, 2023 at 7:44 am

    One of the guys in my running group is doing Jacksonville today, so I’m following the live tracking. I wish everything had gone smoothly for you, and you were running today, but Bayshore is going to be a great experience! Also – why can’t we get nice weather on the weekend? It’s always a Wednesday!

    I asked my kids last night about a specific camp that they’ve always done (and is a December registration!), and my oldest said “I think this summer I’m just going to lay in bed and watch YouTube videos” and I said, “I think you might be surprised that that would – in fact – get boring eventually”. Their only complaint about the camp is that last year they happened to go on one of the weeks that it was horribly hot (and it has a large outdoor component), and I get it. It was horribly hot, but IDK, I guess we are at the point climate-wise that we just have to roll the dice and hope that we get a week that it’s just “normal summer” hot and not “go home and collapse” hot.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 11, 2023 at 10:30 am

      I didn’t know there was live tracking for JAX! I kind of liked the idea of flying under the radar, lol. I hope to run it next year. Bayshore/JAX seem like a perfect pair esp because I could dial down the longest runs in June/July/Aug. I am FINALLY really seeing progress with running without pain (YAY) so let’s hope the injuries remain at bay.

      Excited for your year in running too!

  • Reply jennystancampiano December 10, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Oh wow, the JAX marathon is this weekend? It seems like a VERY busy time of year and difficult to fit a marathon in. So there’s that silver lining- your life is probably a lot easier without running it.
    Yay for pain-free running! And I hope you got everything accomplished at the family meeting.

  • Reply Jen December 12, 2023 at 9:03 am

    You look amazing in your post peloton photo. Have you changed anything other than running a lot to get this leaner strong look? I’m always looking for tips, especially with nutrition as I love to exercise and am useless with nutrition!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 12, 2023 at 9:37 am

      I have definitely been emphasizing protein. I also lost a bit of weight without a lot of effort after stopping birth control (this also fixed my migraines, so huge win). But I think it may be a good angle too 🤣

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