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Holiday Questions

22 Dec

25 Questions: Holiday Style

  • Eggnog or hot chocolate?

Hot Chocolate! I don’t think I can honestly say I’ve ever even had eggnog

  • Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Never wrapped and not under the tree! In our house each kid gets  a  “spot” and santa puts all the presents in your “spot”

  • Colored lights on tree/house or white?

I feel like we have always had colored lights but I think white lights on the tree are really pretty.

  • Do you hang mistletoe?

Nope! My grandma does though

  • When do you hang your decorations up?

Depends on when we get around to it. My mom decorates my house at home but since I’ve been living in apartments I don’t really decorate that much. We put up lights in our apartment last week..

  • What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

My grandma makes homemade speghetti and meatballs for christmas eve each year! It is the only meal I think that is really our traditional Christmas meal

  • Favorite holiday memory as a child?

We always used to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as a big group at my grandma’s house Christmas Eve and then when my cousins stopped coming my dad would read it to us before we went to sleep.

  • What is on your Christmas wish list?

Main things were a vera bradley backpack and a food processor. I also wanted gloves and more workout pants.

  • Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?

Nope not usually. I get to open presents from my boyfriend today!

  • How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

I don’t have a tree at my apartment but my parents have a ton of ornaments and lights for ours at home.

  • Snow? Love it or dread it?

I love it! It doesn’t feel like Christmas without snow. Now that I usually have to travel to go home though I don’t mind if there isn’t because driving in snow sucks

  • Real tree or fake tree?

Always REAL!

  • Do you remember your favorite gift?

Hmm I can’t think of one particular favorite. Last year I got a TV- that was awesome. When I was little I got a big doll house that I loved.

  • What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

For sure hanging out with my family. We get to see my mom and dad’s families including most of our cousins and aunts and uncles. It’s so nice that everyone is able to travel to get together every year

  • What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Peppermint Bark!

  • What is your favorite tradition?

Waking up Christmas morning and lining up according to age. Youngest goes first and then we slowly walk down stairs and see all of our presents

  • What tops your tree?

I’m pretty sure my parents have an angel

  • Do you prefer giving or receiving?

Both? I had a really fun time this year picking out gifts and can’t wait to give them all out! But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I liked receiving them as well.

  • What is your favorite Christmas song?

Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas Is You

  • Candy canes, yuck or yum?


  • Favorite Christmas movie?

A Christmas Story. I love that its on 24/7 Christmas Day

  • What do you leave for Santa?

Milk and Cookies. Santa used to be so sneaky and leave crumbs and a half drank glass

  • Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Yep- we are usually told a set time that we can’t wake my parents up before. Now that we are older everyone likes to sleep in but then the whole family (all 7 of us!) get up together. My dad gets the video camera and tapes up walking down the stairs and seeing our presents (or at least he did when we were younger). Then we open presents from each other and my parents get their gifts. The past few years my mom made an awesome breakfast after and we used all our fancy Christmas dishe

  • Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?

This year I did most my shopping on-line.. I haven’t been to the mall for presents in a long time!

  • Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Christmas card- but usually it turns into a “Holiday Card” since we never get it sent out by Christmas.


What is your favorite Christmas tradition?


Almost There

21 Dec

There are so many things that I am just “Almost There” with.

The Jenny Challenge. I have run 88 miles – only 12 more to go! My plan is to have it done by Friday (the 23rd) which will mean I ran 100 miles in 30 days! Oh how my legs hurt.

The work week. Only three days to go! As of Friday at 3 pm I am done working until Jan 4th. This week long vacation in Florida is going to be so so nice.

Christmas shopping. I have one more present to get and then I am finally done! I got a ton of my shopping done right after Thanksgiving but this past week I kept finding more and more presents I needed to get. I ended up getting 24 different people presents this year- thats insane!

Ahh almost almost almost there!

At least someone isn’t in a hurry for this week to end.

I’m going to miss this lil guy when I’m in Florida!

How are you dealing with the anticipation of Christmas?

Thanksgiving Traditions

28 Nov

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because not only do I get to hang out with my family and cousins, I also get to see all of my extended family (think over 100 cousins, second cousins + their kids, aunts, uncles and great aunts).

Every year my whole extended family on my Dad’s side gets together for a huge thanksgiving feast at my great aunts farm. This year we had 87 people there- and that was small!

I love thanksgiving food as much as anyone else but I really love the desserts.

These turkey cake pops were amazing. I contributed Julie’s pumpkin spice cookies as well and they were a huge hit.

The rest of the weekend consisted of hanging out with the family, eating, buying almost ALL my Christmas presents (pretty excited about that one) and attending my 5 year high school reunion.

Now it is back to the grind for a few more weeks until Christmas. I am going to FL for a week over Christmas break and couldn’t be more excited- hurry up time!!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?


22 Nov

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought I would share what I am feeling thankful for this week.

I am thankful for..short work weeks. Most the time I really do enjoy going to work and I love what I do, but it is really nice to have a 3 day work week!

I am thankful for.. my puppy.

My mom took Charlie home this week so I am spending 4 whole days without him and its so weird! And while my whole schedule/priorities have changed since I got the little nugget I really do love having him.

I am thankful family.

See above- now that is some motherly love. I have an amazing family and I cannot wait to go home and hang out with them for the holiday/weekend.

I am thankful for.. my boyfriend.

Even though he is not spending the holiday with us, Sean is still pretty great. I am really excited to go to FL with his family the week after Christmas

I am thankful for.. Starbucks lattes.

Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint mochas, Pumpkin Spice..they make my day instantly better.

I am thankful for..running.

I am really glad that I enjoy running so much right now. I find it empowering that I can run far and at a decent pace (for me). It helps me stay in shape and is a fast, effective workout.

I am thankful for.. Chicago.

I love everything about living in this city. And that is a big thing to say considering its about to be freezing here for the next 4 months.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week? 

The weekend of eating

21 Nov

This past weekend my mom and little sister came to visit. It was the first time my sister Abby had visited us in Chicago so naturally we had to make it as fun as possible. Unfortunately she is also 16 so we were limited on the “fun” places to go (aka karaoke bars).

So what did we do? We ate. A LOT. And of course because I am a bad blogger I have very little pictures of our delicious food, but believe me it was wonderful.

The best part about all the eating we did is that I now have food to last me until I go home for Thanksgiving- no grocery shopping this week!

I have a full day of work today- Wed then I am off to spend the night with my boyfriends family, wake up and do a Turkey Trot Thursday morning and then go to my families Thanksgiving then home for the weekend. I am so excited for all of this so I really hope the next three work days fly by.

So Happy Turkey Week to all of you! How are you getting through this short work week?

– With coffee, lots of free time and extra workouts for me 🙂 

Monday Motivation

14 Nov

Another work week has arrived. Good news is after this then I get a half week next week- Yay Thanksgiving!

This weekend consisted of falling asleep by 9 pm Friday (sorry I’m not sorry), drinking way too much while watching football games Saturday (sweet tea vodka pitchers you are evil) and lying around all day Sunday to try to get rid of hangover (as a result of drinking way to much vodka Sat.).

Needless to say we were all a little sleepy this morning.

I think I am going to need some motivation to get through this week’s goals.

  • Work out 5 days
  • Run 16-17 miles
  • Try to eat semi-healthy
  • Sleep at least 7 hrs
  • Blog 4 times
So quick give me your most motivational speech for how/why I should accomplish these goals! 
And if I fail miserably at this then someone please tell me..

Arizona Hiatus

10 Nov

Oh hello…

I’m back!

Sorry for that mini blogging hiatus. I didn’t get home from AZ until 2 am Sunday night and then have been going non stop between work/puppy/unpacking/cleaning ever since then. I didn’t even get a chance to watch Biggest Loser yet this week! Tonight I swear I will.

Arizona was awesome. I slept at least 10 hours each night, got to hike up a mountain and got a sweet suntan. It was the perfect weekend getaway.

On the exercise front I have a new dedication this week. Last week I ended up doing 12 miles instead of my planned 15 so this week is 15+ or bust.

Luckily I accomplished that with 3.25 miles Monday night and another 4.2 last night. The holidays are coming up and I normally try to counteract that with a little extra exercise -> hence the new running dedication. The idea of a turkey trot is floating around but nothing has been confirmed.

So with that super important post (insert sarcasm) I will leave you with some Arizona pictures!

Anyone else doing a Turkey Trot? Give me your best argument about why I should 🙂