A JOURNEY IN RUNNING, LIVING, LAUGHING AND LOVING

Christmas break

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Knowing that I have the next 11 days off from school is making me a happy, happy camper. It's also making me feel like I can be super, duper lazy. Today I got dressed at 11:30 a.m. Lazy Thursday mornings rock. 

Yesterday was our first day of Christmas break. The morning kicked off with teaching a half hour Jazzercise class followed by three miles on the treadmill (it was supposed to be five, but I hadn't had anything to eat yet, and was feeling like three was about the max. Bygones.). When I got home from the workout, I slammed down a little yogurt, and waited for my chariot (Andrea) to take me away (to Chicago). I also decided to wear my new winter boots with a little heel. Mistake. 

Once in Chicago, there was a friend reunion: Andrea, Teresa, Erica, Lisa, and Lynn (all the way from Deutschland!). We had brunch, walked around Christkindlmarket, shopped a bit, went to the Field Museum (to see the chocolate exhibit, Sue the T-rex, and Bushman, our new favorite gorilla). Then we went to Garrett's Popcorn to get some Chicago mix (soooo much deliciousness packed in to one little bag!) and watch some teenagers make out in front of us in line (seriously, jerks, I'm on break from school so I DON'T have to see you make out in front of me). And then, of course, it was off to drinks and dinner. 

There are so many reasons I love my friends. Here are a few, in no particular order. 
1. Upon meeting yesterday, the ONLY places we'd decided we were going for sure were the restaurants. We're eaters, people.
2. We share stuff. Sips of spiced wine, hot nuts, secrets (okay, not really), whatever, we like to share. 
3. The lines that come from the six of us being together are priceless. I mean, really, it's tough to remember them all because they're so funny. 
4. It really doesn't matter if we're somewhere special or sitting on a bus, we always have fun together. 
5. Through thick or thin, ups and downs, we will always be there for each other. Yep, number 5 is a cheesy one. 

2011 served as a great reminder of how lucky I am to have all of these wonderful people in my life. I have the very best family, friends, students, coworkers, and acquaintances a person could ever ask for. And 'tis the season to feel blessed, right? 

Oh yeah, I should probably run those five miles today. But I'm thinking seeing friends might take precedence. :)

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