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December 27, 2016

We had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did too.

On Christmas Eve we made cookies for Santa,


sprinkled reindeer food on the lawn,


put on our new Christmas pajamas and went to bed early.


Santa came through as always and brought the boys exactly what they asked for



And mom and dad got them a pile of gifts too.

Larry got me a gorgeous shawl kit – the yarn is cashmere.  Swoon…!


On Boxing Day we dropped off a few items to a few different charity collections, and then went for a walk at the local conservation park.  Everyone wore the Christmas hats I made them, which made me very happy.


And then after supper we used 24 batteries to power the laser tag set the boys got…


It’s the time of year when people are thinking about their goals for next year.  Mine are essentially the same as they were last year: continue on the path of eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise.

A quick check-in on the specific goals I set for myself in 2016:

  • I ran 275 miles in 2015 and set myself a goal of 300 for 2016.
    As of this moment I’m at 307 and we still have a few days to go.  One of the other gifts Larry got me was a six-month subscription to a running-challenge box shipment, so my plan for 2017 is to follow the beginner challenges from January-June and the intermediate ones July-December. No specific mileage goal this year, although I would like to get a little faster.
  • I also hoped to read 12 books in 2016 (a book a month).
    I’m thrilled to report that I have read 34 books this year. I don’t expect to smash that record anytime soon, but if I could complete another 12 in 2017 I’ll be content.

Lastly, for the past few years I’ve tried to reach my daily step goal 15 days a month, which is 180 days a year. As of this writing I’ve met my goal 213 days in 2016, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t continue that in 2017.

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017.

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