Turkey Day recap

Happy December 1st! It's officially the most wonderful month of the year! Well, except for October ... and May-July. So really, it's officially one of the most wonderful months of the year.

We had turkey with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving and tonight we're trimming the Christmas tree!

Actually, we have to wait until tomorrow to finish decorating because the new white lights we bought only have a plug on one end and can't be connected together. In other words, it was a completely wasted 45-minute trip to Wal-Mart tonight and now we have to go back to Wal-Mart and stand in the horrendous customer service line to exchange them for the correct lights. The only redeeming factor is that we bought a bag of chocolate peanut clusters while we were there. So really, it was a 45-minute trip for chocolate peanut clusters.

When you put that kind of spin on it, it sounds totally worth it.

So let's talk about Thanksgiving, shall we?

I woke up suuuuuuuuuuuper early on Thanksgiving Day to run. (6:30am is really early for me, okay? Especially when you consider that I woke up at 3:00am the night before so I could get in my 8 hours and leave work at noon to start my long holiday weekend.) For the second year in a row (and what I hope will be a continued tradition), I ran the local Turkey Troy 5k with my sister-in-law, Molly. It's a very laid back, un-time race and basically a fun way to burn some extra calories before our family feasts.

My chiropractor approved me to resume a semi-normal running routine, so I was anxious to see how I felt during a 5k.

I didn't feel terrible, but it didn't exactly feel good either.

I definitely had an ache in my glutes (which was exacerbated by the rolling hills), but I made it all the way through without feeling like I needed to walk or call an ambulance. My legs were definitely stiff and sore for the remainder of the day, but I was also darn near comatose from all the tryptophan and didn't care.

And don't tell my new pair of Brooks that I told you this, but I kind of think the extra support in the shoes is causing some of the pain. It sounds strange, but I experience more pain on days when I wear these shoes and less on days when I wear my lighter shoes.

This year was our year to spend Turkey Day with my side of the family and our holiday included the usual cast of characters: My mom, my sister and her boyfriend, and us. Oh, and three dogs.We love getting the fur cousins together. (I guess my mom's lab would technically be Joey's uncle, but that would also make him my brother and even though I gave my dog human grandparents, the thought of me having a canine brother creeps me out. It's okay if that doesn't make sense to you. It doesn't make sense to me either.)

One of the things I love most about my mother is how well she cooks. She just does food right, you know what I mean? Her cooking would make Martha Stewart weep with jealously. It's just a fact.

Thanksgiving isn't my favorite holiday, but you know what is one of my favorite foods? My mom's riced potatoes. And trust me, I ate a ton of riced potatoes.

We definitely have lots to be thankful for.

And in true new media fashion, if you don't post a picture of your Thanksgiving on social media, it didn't really happen. So we posed for a quick family holiday pic:

 And had a few outtakes.

 I hope your Turkey Day was wonderful, too! Now, BRING ON CHRISTMAS!

<3 C