Let Me Just Rant…

Happy Almost Christmas!  I (yes, the public employee whose perk is SUPPOSED to be holiday time off) worked today and must show up tomorrow as well.  I’m so over it.  I’m a TEACHER for goodness sakes!  We are supposed to be off now and basking in the glory of winter break.  What. Is. This. Work.  On. The. 23rd!  To make matters worse, the husband and child have already departed for fun Christmas stuff.  Aka…anything is fun that does not require participation in any more Christmas “activities” or worksheets.  Seriously, scrubbing my sister’s toilet for her Xmas party would be welcome versus sitting on the boiling pot that is 3rd and 4th graders ready for a break.  That will be tomorrow’s fun.

In other news, my gym closed without significant warning BEFORE the new branch opened.  I mean, this new one is supposed to be great.  Is it open today?  No.  Therefore, it sucks.  After traveling during rush hour to southern Virginia Beach, I witnessed the hot mess of the southern branch which also was full of grunting men and blender bottles.  I like my 5 AM oldies but goodies.  I guess it is all what you get used to.  I just don’t like having my comfort zone moved!

Therefore, no workout for me.  😦  Instead, I went to the mall.  #winningidea  I did get The Aviator’s Wife and the latest copy of Women’s Health for Xmas break perusal.  I’m totally avoiding packing by planning my morning workout.  Have you ever done a Pinterest-inspired workout?

This is what I found for tomorrow…

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All courtesy of Pinterest!

My plan is to combine this with about 30 minutes stretching and strength.

I’m looking forward to seeing family, but I must admit that I’m not looking forward to those uncomfortable moments after overindulging at a holiday meal.  Here’s to remembering leftovers are good and a good idea!  I’m planning on making this in a Christmas tree shape for Christmas Day dinner!  Wish me luck now!

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I’m *probably* going to need it!

Have a great Christmas Eve Eve!

Natalie

New York at Christmas

Hello!  I hope everyone is having a good holiday season so far.  We had a great Thanksgiving filled with food and time with family.

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We got a REAL TREE this year for the first time ever.  I’ve had a fakey since before I even graduated from college, and I haven’t had any luck convincing the Mr. to deal with a live tree until this year.  It looks so great and smells pretty good too.  We’ve also started the Elf on a Shelf tradition this year.  My sister gave it to Holden last Christmas, and I confess that I had been pretty Grinchy about the whole thing.  So far, Alf aka “The Man” has gone for a tractor ride, had a Cheerio party with others, climbed up in our peppermints, baked us cookies, and played with blocks.

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Even though we traveled for Turkey Day, I also traveled this weekend.  My sister and I took a bus trip from Salisbury, Maryland to New York City.  A bus trip is a unique experience for sure.  Although it can be comical {your fellow passengers can make all the entertainment you need!} and a little painful at times {hello seat with little leg room!}, it is relatively inexpensive way to travel.  Our bus fare was about 55 dollars for each of us.  We started off with a little church visiting.  We saw St. Thomas Church which is an Episcopal church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was in the midst of a renovation.

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We popped into Henri Bendel just to see the decor.

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Then, {despite lots of rain} we walked all around Central Park.

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We saw it all…Strawberry Fields, the Swedish Cottage, Jackie Kennedy Reservoir, the Belvedere Castle, the Loeb Boathouse, fountains, statues, runners, squirrels!  Central Park Check!  We did miss the ice skating rink (it was way to rainy for anything like that!).  Although we did not go in the actual zoo there, we did walk around it, and I was able to get to top pictures of the playful seals.

We ate at Le Pain Quotidien on the Upper East Side.  We both had a frittata with a salad and bread.  I had mint tea that was nice on such a chilly day.  Sadly, we did not get a pastry/dessert here, but they looked amazing.  We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after lunch by way of the Guggenheim.

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You could easily spend a couple of days in the place.  We just had time for a couple of hours, but it always makes me feel very cultured {said in a nasally voice} to go to an art museum.  I also like to read every thing on the little wall plaques.  That was so not happening in this busy HUGE place.

We finished out our NYC day with a so-so dinner at Fluffy’s Cafe.  Despite the dinner and the rain, I had a great time visiting the city and most importantly catching up with my sister.  So glad we went, but {oh my goodness!} so sleepy from our long day in NYC.

Have a great week!  Happy Sunday.

Natalie