Wednesday Billy was off so we headed out and did our entire Christmas shopping for the extended family. It was crazy fun and literally barely anyone was out and about. It was weird. Thursday....well Thanksgiving day we all laid around and visited the Waffle House for dinner. I can't find my photo. But really, we ate Thanksgiving Dinner there. We were the only guests. We all had hash-browns and waffles. It was most yummy. But wait, you ask?? Didn't I host dinner at my house? Why yes, we did. But we celebrated on FRIDAY. I kinda liked it that was actually. My brother-in-law is divorced and didn't get the kids this year on Thanksgiving day, thus why we moved our family gathering to Friday. It worked out great actually!
So how did you spend your Holiday time? I hope it was as lovely and relaxing as ours. Family time is precious. We are so thankful we were able to host so much of our family in our warm home on Friday. And really look forward to celebrating the Christmas season together over the next month.
It's November. November. What? When and how did the time get to this particular place? November. I am actually a fan of the cooler weather. My Billy knew this, so in the Spring of 1995 he placed a little diamond on my finger to keep me in the south. I don't mind. At least we get a little winter.
Anyhoo...some things I'm loving right now:
-afternoon runs where it's cool and the leaves crunch beneath my tennis shoes
-watching the dogs run and like little wild things through the leaves that have gathered on our lawn
-sitting on the screened in porch watching Auburn football
-starting the morning off with coffee in my dressing room reading quietly a devotional
-re-arranging and re-purposing my art studio space
-making Thanksgiving plans for 14 people at our dinner table
-preparing for an art show in a new city, new state
-my art classes in general are making me very happy. the lessons, the attitudes, the calmness of knowing I am where I am supposed to be right now is creating a gentle peace in my heart
-acupuncture sessions (which might be contributing to the above statement of calmness)
-new blog reads and instagram friends
The list could go on and on. Of course, I heart that you are here with me on this journey. I feel like the past year has been a bit rough. Between the mysterious illnesses and the marathon training I've been a bit off. But seriously, the morning quiet devotionals and my new found love of acupuncture I foresee some changes coming. And hopefully you'll be able to see it here. And in my art. Because I am about to bust to create. I've not felt this way in a super long time. So I welcome the cold weather and the warm ideas!
Speaking of studios, this year we had an unreasonable amount of rain. Unfinished basement plus unreasonable rain equals smellier than usual basement. I hated being down there actually. Nothing was getting visibly moldy really, just a few items that were wood. But the smell. I could only stand to be down there an hour before the sneezing and headaches started. Honestly it's one of the big reasons I've been NOT motivated to create. And have let the pretty studio become a dumping ground instead. So I researched moldy basements and found this system here. The Wave Home Solutions system is unbelievable. I mean unbelievable. I go to the basement now and it has no smell at all. Like freako no smell at all. Plus it's making the entire house smell better. I still need to clean out anything that has visible mold and do a deep cleaning of the basement just to eliminate any unwanted cooties. But the guy was right. It was worth every penny. In case you are wondering, it cost $900 plus installation. Which depends on the type of installing they have to do. Ours was very simple since we have exterior walls available. So if you are spending time and money on a dehumidifier, stop. And look into the Wave. It rocks!
So why did I run when the doctor said not to? Well, on Wednesday prior to the race I took matters into my own hands and visited an acupuncturist. Holy cheese cracker with a side of squeeze cheese! It was amazing. No really. She alleviated the calf pain enough that I was able to run the half marathon with ease. Yeah, I did listen to my body and took the 13.1 mile turn off. I hated it. I cried. Crying and running do not mix either. In fact the combo of those two can make you pass out. Not that I did, but I did have to stop and gather myself and set the eyes straight ahead to the finish line.
The race itself was super fun. Band stages were set up the entire course. Rock n' Roll the whole way. The finish line had a huge stage with bands playing all day. And of course, on our race bib were tickets for beer. Can this get any better you ask? The weather was perfect for running. I didn't even sweat. In fact, I told Billy I just kinda glided over the finish line not even winded. I suppose when you train for a marathon and then run a half your body is used to the distance. In the past 10 weeks I've run over 14 miles every Saturday until the last 2 weeks. The most I ran during the training was 18.
So today I feel pretty good. I ate like I was never going to get to eat again ever yesterday. Funny. The leg pain is very annoyingly persistent though. I just want to run. And not hurt. So I'll take it easy and hopefully build back up to the distances again. And yes, I am already looking ahead for the next race.