I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, whether it was a quiet meal at home, a large family gathering, or a friendsgiving with the people you really wanted to spend time with. 🙂 For the first time in ages I didn’t have to work over the long weekend. While I ended up giving my credit card more of a workout than I intended, I was careful to set some funds aside for Giving Tuesday.
Thankful Thursday (a/k/a Thanksgiving)
On Thankful Thursday (a/k/a Thanksgiving) I started my day with a lovely 8 mile run. I planned on squeezing in 6 miles before I started baking pies, but the weather was so nice, I decided the pies could wait a little bit longer.
I think the pies benefited from the endorphins, although I may have gotten a bit carried away with the pie crust cut-outs.
The only Black Friday shopping on my agenda was a trip to Athleta, to spend the $20 in birthday money that is one of the benefits of the Athleta-branded VISA credit card. I convinced by husband to go with me by suggesting a bike ride first.
The fall colors are fading but there are still plenty to enjoy.
Friday night I took advantage of a few more on-line Black Friday deals, ordering my favorite Peppermint Bark from Williams-Sonoma and some new running tights and PJs from Victoria’s Secret that my husband will wrap and put under the tree for me. I might have put some gifts in my shopping cart before checking out, but most of the shopping I did was for myself. 🙂
Small Business Saturday
I think I ate more Thanksgiving leftovers on Friday than I had eaten on Thursday, so I was happy to join one of my MRTT friends for a long run on Saturday morning.
After that, I met another friend for some Small Business Saturday shopping in Old Town, where this time I only bought gifts for others–although I did end up adding these Lululemon Run With Me Gloves to my Christmas list!
I started Sunday by going to church, where we celebrated the start of Advent.
After church I went to the grocery store to give it a chance to warm up a bit before we went on a bike ride. We opted for a short route since we had a long list of weekend chores we hadn’t done yet.
Thanks to the runner who offered to take our picture!
I don’t understand why Cyber Monday is still a thing since most of us have internet access at home, but I guess marketers hope we won’t be able to resist one more day of early holiday shopping. Since I did so much shopping over the weekend, I’m afraid there will be deals on things I already purchased!
Looking ahead, Tuesday Novemer 29 is #GivingTuesday, when charities will ask you to think of others who are not on your holiday shopping list and make donations to support their causes. Over the next few months I will be fundraising for two charitable organizations:
Cycle For Survival raises money for rare cancer research conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I will be riding in a Cycle For Survival event on February 24, 2017, joining others from my office for a day of sweating and celebrating progress in the fight against rare cancers.
Here’s a look at how the $30M raised by Cycle For Surival in 2016 is being spent:
The National Institutes of Health defines a “rare” cancer as one with
fewer than 200,000 affected individuals in the United States.
I also am fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. This is my fourth consecutive year supporting this cause, so you may be more familiar with this organization. Donations made through Credit Unions for Kids support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.
Which of these “special” days did you observe?
Have you finished the Thanksgiving leftovers yet?