My Christmas Cookie Baking Tradition

This weekend I was the host for our annual Christmas cookie baking tradition. It started innocently enough 19 years agowith three of us thinking that getting together to bake our holiday cookies would be a fun way to catch up while simultaneously checking off a major item on our holiday to-do lists. It’s an event that became a tradition as more friends joined in and we came to look forward to the girlfriend time as much as the cookies.

Christmas Cookie Baking Tradition

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Wrapping Up November

Woosh! That’s my November whizzing by. And what a month it was. I’ve been in Bolder, Phoenix, Chicago, and home. I ran a Half Marathon. I turned 50. I visited my Mom in the hospital. Still, with enough professional make-up, I can look none the worse for wear.

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Ultimate Coffee Date – The Christmas Countdown

Thanksgiving weekend always seems too early to start getting ready for Christmas, but by the next weekend I start panicking over being so far behind!. That’s where I am today, as we get together for our December Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up. Pour yourself a peppermint mocha–or a peppermint schnapps–and tell me I’m not the only one who hasn’t started making a list, let alone checking things off? I know my co-host Deborah is getting busy for Hanukkah over at Confessions Of A Mother Runner–she’s so good at entertaining!

The Ultimate Coffee Date

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Filling My Cup Along The Mount Vernon Trail

I’m not going to lie, last week was rough. My Mom was in the hospital recovering from her hip surgery. I had a lot going on at work and had to push back on clients trying to pile on more so I could preserve my long weekend. None of my kids came home for Thanksgiving. My Mom was still in the hospital over Thanksgiving, so we revised and simplified our plans even further. I accidentally published a half-written version of this post via the WordPress App instead of saving a draft. And so on.

Sunrise Mount Vernon Trail

But I am a glass half-full person, and I know I can’t pour from an empty cup (how’s that for mixed metaphors?), so I put on my own oxygen mask and spent some along the Mount Vernon Trail.

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November Runfessions

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t stay out too late chasing early Black Friday deals. For some reason, I bet most of us in this corner of the web prioritized turkey trots over midnight door-busters. I also wonder how many of us will be runfessing how many miles we would have to run to burn off all the stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie? I like math, but not that kind!

If you’re curious too, make sure you waddle over to Marcia’s Healthy Slice for the November Runfessions link up. And every Friday check out the Friday Five link up at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness.

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