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It’s December!!! While our tree isn’t up quite yet, the holiday movies are being watched and Christmas music has been on replay. I cannot wait to bake some cookies this weekend, watch Elf with my sister and maybe get outside and enjoy the six inches of snow we’re supposed to get tomorrow (though, this IS Ohio so the weather predictions change on a daily basis…we’ll see.)
Anyways-before I get ahead of myself with all of the December excitement-I wanted to recap the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend I just experienced. I’m not just saying this but I think this Thanksgiving was my best one yet.
Marty and I began the day by running in the Columbus Turkey Trot. This was my second year running and Marty’s first (it was also the first race we ran together! Whoo-hoo!)
As I’m sure you’ve seen from other Thanksgiving races, it was quite a cold day. Frigid to be more exact. I think the temperature was somewhere around 20 degrees and lingered there for most of the day.
The race took me longer than I originally expected. I was around fifty-eight minutes for the five miles (around a 11:40 pace.) I was hoping for a 10:30 pace but, hey, we’ll blame it on the low temperatures.
After the Turkey Trot, we headed to my aunt’s house in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was thrilled to spend the day with my side of the family this year (last year we were with Marty’s family.)
My aunt has the most perfect house for hosting Thanksgiving. So much charm.
Before the feast began, the women took part in a creative game my aunt created while the men watched football. Would they really be doing anything else??
I didn’t capture a picture of my
plate plates; however, I did get a nice shot of dessert.
After a truly wonderful day we headed back to Columbus so I could wake up early and steal a few Black Friday deals. (Side Note: I’m embarrassed to admit that I stood in line for 70 minutes at Old Navy with my sister. Hey – we got some great deals and we enjoyed one anothers’ company. That’s all that matters…right?)
On Saturday, we headed to the Morgan House for our traditional day after Thanksgiving brunch (we had to push it back a day since my mom ended up having to work on Friday.) Our group typically consists of my mom, sister and aunt (mom’s sister); however, my aunt is in Europe this year so we invited along my dad’s sisters and their daughters.
Our trip to the Morgan House is one of my favorite traditions of the year. Not only do I love spending time with my mom and sister but it’s hard not to catch the Christmas spirit when walking throughout this hidden gem. (Another side note: The Morgan House is located in the suburb of Dublin, Ohio, about twenty minutes from downtown Columbus. Once a log cabin owned by a civil war veteran; the ‘house’ is quite different now as it consists of mini boutiques throughout eighteen thousand square feet of beauty and charm.)
So there you have a recap of my Thanksgiving weekend 2013. I hope you all had just as wonderful of a time. Let the countdown to Christmas begin…
Do you have a ‘hidden gem’ like the Morgan House in your town? If so, please share! Marty and I would love to add it to our list of places to see throughout the U.S. (or overseas )
This past Saturday, friends and family gathered to celebrate my sister’s ‘little pumpkin’ that is on the way!
My mom and I spent Friday night together as she prepared the food and I finished some last minute decorations.
We enjoyed some delicious food, a few rounds of baby Scattergories and ‘little pumpkin’ cupcakes paired with afternoon coffee.
While I’m not always the most confident in my hosting abilities, I’d say my first time hosting a baby shower was a success.
Only five more weeks until we get to meet the ‘little pumpkin’!
Of those that you’ve attended, what was your favorite baby shower theme?
Slowly but surely I’m crossing things off of my fall bucket list. What have we done so far?
I’ve put up some fall decorations, enjoyed some candy corn pumpkins, baked pumpkin bread, slurped festive coffee and enjoyed kettle corn with Marty at the pumpkin patch!
The weather was unfortunately too cold and dreary for the Circleville Pumpkin Festival last weekend but we made up for it by going apple picking this afternoon!
Have you been apple picking this season?
I’ll leave you with this beautiful poem by one of the greatest…
After Apple Picking by Robert Frost
My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the water-trough,
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and reappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
And I keep hearing from the cellar-bin
That rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking; I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall,
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised, or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.
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Pre-Race Day: Gearing up the day before at Northstar Cafe. Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash = YUM YUM YUM!
Race Day: I woke up around 6:00AM, showered and made myself some Van’s Waffles+Banana (sadly no coffee before the race!). I arrived at my corral around 7:10AM and had some time for a quick bathroom stop before the race began.
How did the race go? I’m not going to lie, this race was far more difficult than the other two half marathons I’ve done. Somewhere around mile nine I was almost certain that I had to give up. My legs had begun to ache and one of my toes was rubbing the wrong way against my shoe (ultimately creating a blister-ugh!)
As I was contemplating how exactly to give up, one of my favorite worship songs came on through my headphones: Whom Shall I Fear? by Chris Tomlin. The words resonated with me, ”I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind. The God of angels army is always by my side.”
It was then find there that I decide to push through and finish strong.
Official Time: 2:31:15
Highlights? As I’ve said before, I absolutely love to see all of the spectators and their creative signs. It truly is so motivating and helps you push through those tough miles.
I also have to share an embarrassing moment…
I made sure to stay hydrated during this run (as I was somewhat dehydrated in past runs making them even more difficult) so I grabbed water at each fuel station. Around mile six I decided to quickly use the bathroom and – a mere seconds after I sit down – the door swings open and an old man is standing before me! Eek! I thought I had properly locked the door but apparently porta-potty’s are more complex than I thought.
Post Race: After I finished, Marty met up with me and we walked to North Market for a cup of much needed coffee (pumpkin spice coffee to be exact!) We decided to take our coffee to-go and walked through the charming Short North district back to our car. Although it was post-race, I’d consider this one of the highlights of the morning. The sun was shining through the red-orange leaves, the smell of baked goods faintly in the air and all of the charming boutiques and cafes began to open their doors for the breakfast rush. So perfect!
Over the weekend, Marty and I headed to Lynd’s Fruit Farm and crossed off one of the activities on my fall bucket list: the pumpkin patch. My sister and brother-in-law met us out there to join in the fall fun!
Truth be told – the weather felt more like summer than fall (but that didn’t keep me from rocking out the flannel and boots!) C’mon fall!
I’m looking forward to carving and baking the seeds some time this week.
Happy Autumn everyone!
Also, now that the news has gone public, I can officially announce that I’m going to be an aunt! My sister is pregnant! Here are a few photos from the mini ‘photo-shoot’ I did for my sister and brother-in-law.
A little pumpkin is on the way…
Have you taken a trip to the pumpkin patch yet?