[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]This weekend’s festivities and bone-chilling temperatures were exactly what I needed to kick my holiday spirit into high gear. From a cheesy date movie and staying up way past my bedtime to wrap presents, to the annual Jingle Bell 5k and a pre-Christmas dinner at my parents’ house, I’m feeling like a jolly little elf. (Elves are sometimes forgetful and leave their real cameras in the toy workshop; please forgive these pathetic iPhone photos.)
Nick, Tina, Mal and I put on our
holiday finest regular running gear and took to the streets of Somerville for the annual Jingle Bell 5k. I haven’t run much since the New York City Marathon, so I wasn’t quite sure what the morning would have in store. Fortunately, I experienced almost no foot pain, and cruised right along.
This is always one of my favorite races of the year. I love the friendly fans along the course, the rolling hills, the crisp winter air and the post-race festivities. Best of all, though, are the costumes. Every year I plan to whip out something awesome (this year’s intended outfit: a Christmas tree… clearly, that didn’t happen), but inevitably I wait until the last minute and end up digging through my drawers for something red or green. This morning I yanked a sparkly bow off our wreath and affixed it to my Spibelt. Coupled with a red top, it was better than nothing… but definitely not better than the avalanche, reindeer, Santas, Mrs. Clauses and other great costumes I saw. Please remind me next year to get my act together.
Following the race, we celebrated at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square with a few beers and a lot of laughs. We always have so much fun with Tina and Mal. Always. Not surprisingly, I lost track of time and soon we were rushing to shower, change and get to my parents’ house in time for a lovely dinner with the whole family.
After enjoying a weekend like this one, it is certainly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…
Also On Tap for Today:
- Highlight of the drive home: listening to Chad Ochocinco’s first touchdown as a Patriot on sports radio
- Sippin’ hot chocolate 🙂
- Fun ideas for holiday baking: 15 ways to make monkey bread
What was the highlight of your weekend?