Christmas with the Family: The first weekend of my break we celebrated Christmas at my house. Steph and Blaine had plans to spend Christmas in Colorado with his family, so we celebrated a few days early, just the 6 of us. It was a nice weekend.
Christmas back home: I drove back to Bismarck Christmas Eve Eve. We celebrated Christmas Eve and Day with my mom's family. It was very nice, but very crowded as well. That's what happens when you have a large family.... 28 grandkids...6 great grandkids... imagine if everyone had come home Christmas...
Weekend after Christmas: During this time I spent a lot of time doing a whole lot of relaxing. My god-daughter turned 10 (gulp) and we celebrated with a bit of bowling! I squeezed in a handful of workouts and read Twilight. I really enjoyed the book and couldn't wait to get out to purchase book 2 of the series. I am almost finished with it.
Earlier this week: I was planning on leaving Bismarck Tuesday, getting into Fargo to do some cleaning, and then leave for the cities Wednesday morning. However, that didn't work. Bismarck got another 5 inches of snow Tuesday and I didn't want to venture out on the roads. I left mid morning Wednesday, dropped many things off at my house in Fargo and finished my drive to the cities. You could still tell that the roads were in rough conditions due to the blizzard like weather the previous day, but I made it just fine. I planned on staying with my sister and brother-in-law for a few nights.
New Year's Eve: We rung in the New Year at a friends house. It was fun and relaxing as well. But I was beat after drive 6.5 hours that day.
New Year's Day: We checked out the 75% off isles at Target and stocked up on some good Christmas decorations, wrapping papers, and such. We played a few games of Scrabble (and I still suck), and watched the movie Ghost Town. It was an okay movie.
Friday: Steph and I decided to try Bikram Yoga since we stumbled across a local Bikram yoga studio in the Chan. The class was 90 minutes long and the room was set at 105 degrees. Overall, I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting back to do it again. Note to self, even if you think you are drinking enough water after Bikram, drink more. I did not enjoy the headache later that day.
Saturday: I decided to leave the cities bright and early, hoping to beat out the storm that was coming. Yes, another storm. The roads were good until I was half way home and then they progressively started to get worse. I was home before noon and that is when it was just starting to get really ugly around here. I am glad I left when I did.
Today: I got up and met up with a friend at the pool. I did a nice long swim and probably could have gone longer. I have unpacked, done 5 loads of laundry, went into work for about an hour and put away my Christmas decorations. I am having difficulties with my toilet in my master bath, and am waiting for help with that... yay...the joys of being a single homeowner!
Before I forget... here's a quick run down of what December looked like, and comparing the stats to November:
SWIM - 9700M......................5200M in November
BIKE - 87.97 miles..............28.46 miles in November
RUN - 42.13 miles...............35.95 miles in November
I am pleased to see all numbers had increased when compared to November. December was a very busy month.
I had graphs to display my distances each month for swimming, biking, and running, across 2007 and 2008 to compare, but am having difficulties trying to figure out how to display them in my blog.
But, if I were to compare the monthly average for running, biking, and swimming, I have definitely increased from 2007. (Even though there were some months in 2007 that I didn't do any swimming) Here's what it looks like:
2008 Swimming - 8542M avg/month..........579M in 2007
2008 Biking - 75.69 miles avg/month.........57.41 miles in 2007
2008 Running - 32.12 miles avg/month.....31.34 miles in 2007