We started off the weekend with a bang - running the Turkey Trot in downtown Dallas with 27,000 other brave souls. The weather for this run was not awesome. The night before we were having dinner on the patio of the Old Monk, temps in the mid 80's, and then the next morning the temperatures dropped to the 40's with snow and rain. Boo. Luckily I recently purchased a pair of GapBodyFit running pants so I was warm.
I did not have high hopes for this run as I have not ran a step in the last 3 months. Thus, I didn't expect to be able to run the entire time. But you know what? I did it. I ran the entire race and at the end I felt oddly better then after any other race I have ever ran. When I got my race results back I saw why - I ran MUCH slower then I normally do - in part because the first 2 miles were packed with people and you couldn't run very fast. This has inspired a whole new philosophy in running for me, to slow down, because I can run for so much longer. In fact, I even ran four laps around our neighborhood last night (a little under 4 miles) and felt great! Perhaps I have caught the running bug again...
Regardless, doing a race the morning of Thanksgiving in the best way to start Thanksgiving because you don't feel guilty stuffing your face later in the day!
We were lucky to have very good friends invite us over for Thanksgiving so that we weren't eating at some $10 all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet by ourselves. The food was fabulous, the company was better, but the best part was the games. At least six hours of the most intense game playing of your life. I didn't want to point it out to anybody, but I think I am bad luck as my team lost EVERY TIME. Don't tell.
The day after Thanksgiving we managed to get up our tree and all of our other Christmas decorations. I am a huge proponent of not decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but since Thanksgiving is over I am now in full Christmas spirit.
Also, we got another dog. Fido here sits on the front porch and greets all of our visters. He is also the extent of our Christmas decorations outside (unless you count the tree shining through the bay windows.) Dan claims he is going to put up more, but I recommend not holding your breath on that one.
Of course, the low light of the weekend was Boise State losing to Nevada. If you are not a Boise State fan, then you don't know how crushing it is to go from being a contender for the National Championship to potentially not even making a bowl game thanks to TWO STUPID FIELD GOALS. Lucky for me, I was able to avoid the pain of this whole event because I was so confident that they would win that I went to bed. Then, I awoke to screams coming from my living room from the boys and I thought to myself "this has to be a dream."
But it wasn't. I will restrain myself from my "I hate football" tirade - but this is the EXACT REASON why I think the BCS ruins college football and why I don't like college football as much as I like college basketball.
Saturday morning consisted of a delicious breakfast with friends and learning how to play, and promptly lose every hand, of Shanghi. That game is hard and requires way too much concentration for me to succeed at.
Today we finally went to see Harry Potter. Yes my friends, Dan watched every single one of the movies leading up to this one in preparation for this big event. Upon exiting the theater I asked him "what did you think?" and he responded "it was boring." Such a kill joy. Although it did have some parts that kind of dragged on a bit, overall I have been very happy at how much the movies try to stay true to the book. Can't wait for the final one.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. I did bring work home with me with the full intention of working on it over the weekend - oops! It is probably going to be a long week as a result. But for now I am going to curl up on the couch, watch TV, and have some of my Mom's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!