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Happy Birthday…

…to the woman who was there when I took my first step…

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…the woman who was there after I ran my first 26.2 (and then my second)

…the woman who was there when I said my first word–sale. (Signs of things to come.)

…the woman who is the most selfless person I know

…the woman who taught me to fight hard for what I believe in (I taught her how to pick her battles.)

…the woman who makes the best spaghetti sauce in the world.

…the woman who loves Elf every bit as much as I do.

…the woman who taught me to give back by leading by example

…the woman who taught me “everything in moderation” (Also, the same woman who confuses that by serving me heaping portions of pasta.)


…the woman who will make a damn good grandma one day (no time soon, sorry)

…the woman who already considers my dog her grandpuppy and treats him like part of the family (yeah, we’re those people.)

…the woman who would drop anything to help me out

Happy 29th birthday to my best friend, my mom! I love you, and I’m glad we’ll be the same age in a month!

Christmas 2011

Christmas is over already, and I’m back in the city. I’m always happy to be back in the city, but where did the weekend go?


I think he ate it.

Growing up, we spent Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family and Christmas Day with my dad’s side of the family. Since my grandfather passed away in 2001, Christmas Days have been a lot quieter.


Um…yeah. Three people. Christmas is sort of big in our family.


So are bananas. My dad, completely unprovoked, did this when I asked him if he could grab me a banana as he walked past the fruit basket.

I LOVE YOU, DAD. I mean, I’ve loved you all my life, but I think we really had a moment yesterday.


Pancakes for breakfast to carb-load for the Virtual 10K. Or just because they were great.

I tried on some clothes I got for Christmas and lounged around for a while before heading out for a run. I must say, a Christmas Day run is becoming a tradition I’d like to keep up. I came back, very patiently helped my dad set up his new iPhone and ate leftovers. After some more glorious couch time, we headed over to my aunt’s for dessert with the family.


And some more cuddle time with my sweet little cousin. Yesterday was the perfect Christmas: some time with me and my parents, some me time and then some family time.

And now back to reality. Which is also not too bad!