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>> Tuesday, December 14, 2010

#1: As I mentioned last week, Stephen and I did a mini-triathlon at the Y on Friday night. It was all on the honor system. Fifteen minutes each of swimming, biking, and jogging. We both had so much fun doing this workout -- and we're planning to try to do something like it at least once a week.

  • Ashley: 650 meters (swim), 4.65 miles (bike), and 1.85 miles (run).
  • Stephen: 750 meters (swim), 4.75 miles (bike), and 2.87 miles (run).
Stephen ROCKED the run. Like, insane treadmill style! And though I'm not thrilled with my run time -- it's not too bad considering I've only recently started running again after almost 2 months off. My knee didn't hurt that night, but it's been a rocky recovery.

Any improvement is good, though, and so far -- it's not getting worse.

#2: On Sunday, we took to the gym again. For the first time EVER we each swam laps together.

I -- and seriously, folks, I never, ever thought I'd be able to say this -- swam a mile! Stephen did at least another 10 laps or so. He's speedy with freestyle. I do this modified bastardized breast stroke.

Uh. I really need those swim lessons -- STAT!

#3: My best friends Lindsey (remember Lindsey?) and John are having a baby boy! And the little guy is due in late February! We had a baby shower for her this weekend.

Stephen and I are both SUPER excited!


#4: This jambalaya recipe will rock your world.

The secret is in the roux (Don't worry. I had no idea what it was either -- Moosewood Cookbooks taught me), which is a fancy word for a mixture of flour and oil (or other fat) that's cooked and ultimately used to thicken recipes in French cooking.

But you'll have to wait until tomorrow. (It's so worth the wait!)

#5: It's official. I'm a four-eyes geek for the winter.

Don't get me wrong, I love my glasses. But I cannot seem to stand wearing my contacts in the dryness of my office and home. Does anyone else have this problem? It especially irks me when I want to go running because glasses and running don't totally mix. At least not for me.

I've tried eye drops (but they don't work well because I like to wear eyeliner, mascara, and a touch of eye shadow). I've tried only wearing them for a few hours at a time (versus like 12 hours per day, every day). I've even tried washing them obsessively. Suggestions are welcomed!

#6: We totally didn't get our Christmas cards out this year. OK. We didn't even make them, for that matter.

We have this awful habit of really intending to do cards . . . and either getting them all made and not sending them out in time (so, we just don't send them out) . . . or just simply forgetting.

I guess we still have time this year. But I feel like we have so many other things to do. It's just something that'll need to fall through the cracks. If you're reading this right now. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! We love you. Really. It's not that we don't. We're just not card people, I guess.

Do you send out cards for the holidays? Are we just deadbeats?

#7: Keep an eye out for a special 12 Cookies of X-Mas guest post from Julie (Savvy Eats). (The event is already in progress, see Day 1: Salted Cornmeal Sugar Cookies and Day 2: Mexican Hot Chocolate Chippers.)

When she heard on Twitter that I fell horribly behind with my grand plans for the whole festive thing, she generously swooped in to help!

XOXO, Julie!

Thanks to Heather (Then Heather Said) for the awesome photo of me and Julie geeking out with our DSLRs. Which brings me, now, to X-mas presents!

#8: Stephen and I aren't doing the whole surprise thing for X-mas this year. Nope. We know exactly what we're getting each other. Present 1 is a mini spa-vacation for two nights. I plan to wear yoga pants the entire time. Eat, exercise, relax, repeat.

Present 2 is . . . SNOWSHOES! But these aren't your grandpa's bulky kind. We bought sleek, feather-light racing ones so we can -- guess what -- RUN in them.

And we're already making plans to run an actual snowshoe 5K or 10K later in the winter. We just need to find one that's close enough and that doesn't conflict with Stephen's Boston training. (Image Source)

That's all for now! We're absolutely thrilled with how the new comments feature is working. (Though, it is somewhat slow to load -- sorry about that!) And we hope you all are, too. Have a great Tuesday afternoon. Though it's only 14 degrees outside, we're planning to swim more laps. Thankfully, the Y has a sauna!

Tell us -- What's on YOUR X-mas list?! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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