Wrapping up 2012

Yancy and I climbed the Howe Street stairs again today. I did the same three laps of 188 steps (each way plus platforms), but it didn’t really seem any easier this time. Apparently my maximum heart rate is 184… or that’s the highest my monitor reads. Stair climbing is definitely not my favorite type of exercise, but it sure packs a punch in a short period of time. For dinner we had crockpot veggies & kielbasa sausage (carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onion, & spices).

We had stayed up late last night watching the extended editions of the “Lord of the Rings” movies and watched the final movie today. Wow, that was an amazing story! And I think the movies were fantastic, even if not perfectly following the books.

Tomorrow morning we’ll do some more exercise, maybe a group class or a walk at the beach. While Yancy plays his new computer game (that he’s totally addicted to) I’ll probably work on my scrap book or do some organization stuff in the office. In the evening we’ll be going to friends’ home for a party.  And for New Year’s day the only plan so far is a quick polar bear plunge in Lake Washington. Wooo hoooo!  Bring on 2013!!  🙂

Yippy…..

Nothing exiting to report lately. I did some serious housecleaning today… yippy! Actually moved the claw foot tub just enough to clean behind it and I washed the shower curtains. Yesterday we moved the microwave to the top of the fridge to give me more counter room for food prep.  See? Boring! Will post more when I have something intelligent to say.  🙂

Christmas Eve with my hubby

We slept in a little this morning and I made pancakes for breakfast as a special treat (from scratch even). We enjoyed them with ginger syrup. YUM! Both of us are ridiculously stiff and sore today. Getting up after sitting for a while is a joke… and going down any decline or stairs is painful. To get out of the house today, we went to a matinee showing of the “Hobbit.” I loved it! It’s been so long since we read the book that I sat down to watch the movie with no expectations. I didn’t get mad when they didn’t follow the book, I really enjoyed the casting, and even liked the animation, but mostly I loved the magical setting. It’s easy to get swept away in movie like the “Hobbit.” (like I did with the “Avatar.”)

After the movie we went out for thai food and then some frozen yogurt. Now we’re just relaxing at home. My fourth & final college textbook arrived today along with two more Christmas cards. I got to talk to my mom, sister, grandma, and aunt on the phone today, but it’s not the same as being there to share the holiday with them. This Christmas is a little depressing. But at least Yancy has been able to stay home today and tomorrow with me. Tomorrow night we’ll be going to dinner at a friend’s home. And on Wednesday Yancy starts a busy few days at work. We’re feeding our neighbor’s cats and have one happy cat in our own home (Colby really enjoys these long weekends when we’re both home).

Well, I’m signing off to curl up with a book. The house is warm, the Christmas lights are on, and it’s about time to curl up on the couch.  🙂

Christmas Eve’s Eve :)

Well, it’s feeling a little more like Christmas this evening while I’m sitting here drinking a glass of homemade eggnog (from a friend). We went shopping today for Yancy’s Christmas present, a fancy new computer monitor. My Christmas gifts this year were a pedicure (super fun by the way) and over $400 worth of textbooks for college. When Yancy asked me if I wanted anything else, I honestly couldn’t think of anything. And that feels really good! To be satisfied with what you already have is a gift in itself really. I am excited about my future and accepting of where I am now.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I’m super bummed to not be spending the holiday with my family. My sister drove all the way from Montana (to north-central WA) and I rarely get to see her. Everyone is getting together at our grandparents house like we’ve done so many years. But this year is likely my grandmother’s last Christmas with the family. I sure hope she enjoys every minute of it. I have wonderful memories of past holidays with my grandparents. We would have a grand dinner early in the evening of Christmas Eve (seriously rivaling the Thanksgiving meal), then sit around listening to music (sometimes they’d make us girls sing carols), and wait until fooorrrrevvver to open gifts (at least it felt that way as a kid).  :O)  To this day, I must have sparkling cider for Christmas and I certainly crave Grandma’s broccoli rice casserole! Grandma used to make knitted slippers every year and we’d get to pick out our favorite color.

Other than shopping and running errands today, we went to the last circuit training class of the year. Yesterday Yancy and I went stair climbing at Howe Street. I only did three sets, he did five (188 steps UP), and we’re both really sore today! Tomorrow is going to be pretty funny with us moaning and groaning every time we have to get up from sitting or go down any stairs!  😛

Pictures to come with another post.

Happy Winter Solstice!

I’m happy that winter has officially started because it means the days will get longer and summer will eventually return. We’ve only had one snow in Seattle (at our place anyways) and it melted fast. Considering the steep hill I live on, that’s ok with me! I am not feeling the holiday festiveness this year. Mostly just bummed not to be spending it with my family. But we’ll be spending time with friends.

Yay!!!

I’m officially registered for college starting 1/2/13!! It was a headache, but I’ve finally signed up for the classes I needed and have all the tuition taken care of. All I need to do now is buy the books, parking pass, student ID card, and pay the $25 entry fee to use the gym. I’m excited to be going back to school and learning a new trade! Hopefully I’ll be successful!  :O)

Whew!

I’ve finally gotten my house back in order after the mold fiasco and chaos of the bedroom “makeover.” Unfortunately it’s mostly just a procrastination of the real chore… going through our stuff and getting rid of excess. I have far too many clothes. And for some reason I have way more blankets and pillows than a family of two needs. I have supplies for several craft projects I’ve never gotten around to. The house is now organized and mostly uncluttered… but now the storage room is piled high with plastic bins full of stuff needing to be sorted and tossed or donated. And I’m going to leave that for another day… 😛

I’ve got chicken in the crock pot for some tamales. My mom gets to help me put them together! ;0)  [insert evil laughter here] But I’ll do the thankless job of preparing the meat & sauce ahead of time.  The worst part is having to smell the meat cooking all day! I have a recipe for Rosemary Casserole Bread that I’m thinking of making today… I’m just a little nervous because I’ve never really baked bread and apparently it’s quite easy to kill the yeast. I called my grandma today for cooking tips. So the next step is to just go for it!  🙂  Wish me luck!

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