Cheers to December

December is my favorite month.

Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Hustle and bustle flow through my veins, with shopping and decorating and cleaning and working and running and baking and parties and planning and wrapping and gifting and … on and on and on …

…. I thrive in this crazy commotion topped with tinsel and bows.  I swoon for all things sparkly and shiny.  I love creating packages filled with love and don’t expect anything in return.  I simply LOVE to give.  Not just presents — but smiles and love and joy and inspiration.  This is what I love about Christmas.  I’m often asked what I ‘want’ for Christmas.  I want to be surrounded by my family and friends, enjoy cheer and make merry.  I love dressing up and I also love bundling up by the fire.  An added bonus is always SNOW.

As I reflect on this December, here are some of my favorite moments::

Half Marathon PR !
Half Marathon PR !
Ladies luncheon at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club
Ladies luncheon at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club
Making cookies with the kids
Making cookies with the kids
friends
Ornament & Cookie Exchange at CJ’s house
annual fireplace photo
Annual Fireplace Photo with my Besties
Brand New Ornaments! This is my favorite -- a gift from CJ!
Brand New Ornaments! This is my favorite — a gift from CJ!
Merry Martini Party at my house with 30 of my best girlies! Here's one of them -- Meghan!
Merry Martini Party at my house with 28 of my best girlies! Here’s one of them — Meghan!
Surprise handmade gifts that come in the mail! Thank you Rebecca!
Surprise handmade gifts that come in the mail! Thank you Rebecca!
New Friends!
New Friends!
Old Friends!
Old Friends!
Sweet Cards that come in the mail!
Sweet Cards that come in the mail!
Hosting Wine Group at our house!
Hosting Wine Group at our house!
Making Party Favors!
Making Party Favors!
Selected for my 5th year as part of the Brooks Inspire Daily Team! Woot!
Selected for my 5th year as part of the Brooks Inspire Daily Team! Woot!
Meeting another triathlete; bee-keeper; musician extraordinaire -- Michael Stribling. Thank you for the comp tickets to The Celts performance at the Mt. Baker Theatre!!
Meeting another triathlete; bee-keeper; musician extraordinaire — Michael Stribling. Thank you for the comp tickets to The Celts performance at the Mt. Baker Theatre!!
So thankful to have Daryl Smith coaching me for 2013 Ironman Canada! Training starts December 31st!
So thankful to have Daryl Smith coaching me for 2013 Ironman Canada! Training starts December 31st!

…. so, Cheers everyone! I raise my glass to you!! xoxo

cheers!

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Three Things Thursday

***ACK!  It’s been a week and I missed my blogging.  To my credit, I was in Vegas Friday through Tuesday and follow that with two 10 hour days of work and you have one tired girl!

Here are my Three Things Thursday to get me back on track:

1.  I ran a race on Sunday!!  Not just any race, I ran the Vegas Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon!!  A race re-cap will be forthcoming (I promise)!  For now, here’s a sneak-a-peek:

results

2.  YES! This was a PR (Personal Record) for me!! WOOT!  My previous best was a 1:44:37 in 2008 at the Holualoa Tucson 1/2 Marathon.

ASIDE from the PR, my biggest achievement was coaching two athletes to their very first 1/2 marathon!! One was from Virginia (who I had never met until Saturday) AND the other was a co-worker of the hubs that had no real plan until I sent him one.  BOTH of these athletes did fantastic during their training and nailed the 1/2 marathon on Sunday despite the EPIC headwinds.  I’m so excited for their next races and am grateful to have been a part of their very first 1/2 marathon experience.  Thank you Rebecca and Jeff!

3.  A special shout out to Brooks Running for selecting me the last 4 years to be a part of the Inspire Daily team.  I wore their race kit proudly Sunday!

Brooks race kit