Happy New Year!

I got an email from my big sister nagging me about being lax on my blog, so I thought I’d just stop in and say “Hiya!”

My big sis Angela on graduation day from the University of Arizona.

Hope everyone had a rockin’ New Years Eve!!  It was traditional for us… a little karaoke and then we watched the Space Needle fireworks on TV.  We had some Christmas crackers to pop open at midnight, so minimal noise… other than the whistle AJ got in his.  And no… I have no idea why they sell Christmas crackers for NYE here.

After a nice 10-day vacation, I had to go back to work on Tuesday which proved to be difficult.  I had gotten used to sleeping in; however, I managed some time on the treadmill before heading off to work, hoping it would put me in the right frame of mind.  It may have helped. A little. Our first patient of the year was a barred owl trapped in a chimney.  PSA:  If you don’t want birds in your chimney, cover your chimney with wire so the birds can’t enter.  Nesting season will be here soon and some birds love to nest in chimneys.  Once a bird has laid its eggs, it is a U.S. federal offense to disturb the nest until it’s empty, so plan ahead and be prepared.

Tomorrow is D-Day for AJ.  Back to school he goes after a nice 2-week winter break.  I probably dread it more than he does.  Getting him up in the early morning hours is hellish… but Santa was smart and gave him a new alarm clock.  Now if only I could find one that sounded more like an air raid siren…

#truth

Thanks to #SquadRunner and the motivation I get from my teammates, running has been good to me… or I’ve been good to my running.  Either/or.  While my mileage wasn’t high by any standards last week (just over 13 miles), I did have a 6-day running streak going through New Year’s weekend, with 2 runs completed on January 1st to start the year off right (one was 1.5 miles, the other a nice 5K).  I have my first race coming up the beginning of March (Seattle Hot Chocolate 15K… more on that later), and I’ve also entered a 175-mile challenge… run 175 miles by March 16 (34 miles down, 141 to go).

Points reset every month.

So endeth the first week of 2018! Dilly dilly!  Make it a great 2nd week, my friends!!

Okay sis, you can stop nagging me now, lol. (c. 1973)

34 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. lynne hoareau

    Hi Hi…Happy New Year !!!!! Hope you will have a great 2018 !!!
    Yeah,…I too, bonded with my treadmill this morning…..but with all the festive snacking I have done, probably should still be on the treadmill at full speed and on the highest incline !!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Paula Post author

      Hahaha, Lynne, that’s funny! But I’m with you! All the snacking, we should just stay consistently on the treadmill, and maybe then we’d only gain 5 pounds as compared to 10, 😀

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  2. Chocolaterunsjudy

    We don’t have a chimney. 🙂 Although I wish we had a fireplace! We actually never have had one in any of our homes so far: 1 condo, 1 apartment, 2 houses.

    Good going with that streak! I bet you keep it up with your squad cheering you on.

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    1. Paula Post author

      I’ll admit that gas fireplaces are pretty nice, but I wouldn’t want the hassle of a real fireplace. OMG, the maintenance, lol. 😀

      Actually, no, I have no desire to streak seriously this year… I just wanted to stay active through the holidays, so I had no problem whatsoever taking a rest day, especially once I realized how many days I had streaked, lol.

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  3. Darlene

    Happy new year!

    We have a fireplace but we now have a gas insert and I LOVE it! It’s been so cold that when I am home, I spend my time next to it..so do my cats!

    Good job on the running front.

    I’ve been slacking but it’s too cold to care…

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    1. Paula Post author

      You are definitely having cold weather Darlene. I’m so thankful to not be on the east coast right now. I hope you warm up soon.

      Gas fireplaces are the best! Love ’em!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thanks AJ, but the run streak is now over, haha!

      It’s actually a virtual challenge or virtual race kind of thing. You sign up for the challenge at willrunforbling(dot)com, and you’re rewarded nicely with a lovely bling. And as I run for bling, I thought this would be a great way to motivate myself to go-go-go, 😀 . They also have a FB group for support and to connect with other runners.

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    1. Paula Post author

      I can’t tell you how much it’s helping Donna. I love being part of a team. Doing it for myself is one thing and kinda blah, but I can’t let the team down, lol!

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    1. Paula Post author

      I hate when I miss a comment, dang it! Sorry Fallon! Anyway… yes! The owl should be just fine. He has a scratch on his cornea and we have to watch for a respiratory infection from the soot, but there’s no reason he won’t make it. (The above owl is actually a little pygmy who graced me with his presence a couple of years ago, lol) 😁

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