Did you miss me? Sorry for dropping off the map for a while but I was spending time in Virginia with family for Thanksgiving. I hope everyone else had a great holiday weekend. Mine was filled with more than enough good food, wine, and family time. There were even a few good runs mixed in there.
Switching gears entirely, and at risk of sounding like a complete Scrooge, I am just going to go ahead and say that I am less than thrilled with this whole winter thing. I have never been a fan of cold weather, but this year I have been struggling especially hard to suck it up and deal with the change of season. A few things that aren’t helping at all…
I never want to get out of bed in the morning. Ever. This means I don’t wake up in time for morning workouts and, for that matter, barely wake up in time to get properly showered and dressed for work. This morning, I actually woke up to my early workout alarm and was completely awake enough to get out of bed and make it happen. But my comforter was undoubtedly warmer than any other place on the planet so I actually talked myself into going back to sleep. I have no idea how I am going to pull off marathon training during the winter but I guess I better figure something out soon.
I never start thinking about Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving and don’t like the idea of overlooking it for an extended shopping season. This has never been a source of stress or Christmas shopping pressure before. But whatever calendar wizardry has taken place that caused Thanksgiving to be ridiculously late has thrown me off big time. I didn’t realize until yesterday that there are only three weekends before Christmas and I have to work part of next weekend.
In direct relation to the reason listed above, I am going to have to brave the mall at least once sometime in the next three weekends. Just uttering this is likely to inspire nightmares of enormous crowds of people (hello, claustrophobia) and essentially playing bumper cars in the parking deck trying to find a spot.
It’s cold, and will only get colder. Some people love winter weather and I’m just not one of them. Winter clothes are my least favorite thing to wear and shop for. I don’t like how my skin is constantly dry and my lips are constantly chapped. I think it’s weird that everyone freaks out and shuts down everything and forgets how to drive properly when it barely snows and doesn’t even stick (it’s a North Carolina thing). And I feel bad that my dog – being the American ESKIMO that she is – wants to make our walks last for days and I just want to get inside and warm my numbing hands.
Okay, I swear I am done being a downer now. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love a lot about the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are some of my favorite holidays because of the focus on family, friends, and time to step back and relax. This girl just doesn’t like being cold!