Thanksgiving Weekend in Photos

Hello and I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! Mine was really great, filled with friends, family & remembering how much I have to be thankful for…

  • My family’s health! {This time last year, we were mourning the loss of my grandpa…it’s nice to all be in good health this year}
  • Having the freedom to explore my dreams and establish my nascent young professional career {bahaha so cheesy, but true}
  • A great apartment and roommate!
  • All the friends I’ve made this year through dodgeball & Young Dems
  • A body {& spirit} resilient enough to come back from 2 broken bones to run 2 10Ks this year!

Alright that’s all the sappy stuff I’ll get into for now 😛 Et voila, Thursday through Sunday:

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Thanksgiving started out with the Run to Feed the Hungry 10k Run and 5K Run/Walk, a Sacramento tradition that benefits the Sacramento Food Bank that brought out 30,000+ Sacramentans this year! It was such an incredible experience, definitely my preferred race to date. The race was packed, which was great for energy/morale. East Sac residents also camped out on their lawns to cheer us on- some passed out water, others played live music, and I even spotted a few mimosa stations!!

I improved upon my old 10K time (1:02:27) by a whopping 6 and a half minutes. I don’t even know what happened – I pretty much sprinted my last 1.2 miles…my dad even got a picture of me grinning like an idiot when I spotted him in the homestretch:

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Who smiles like that after running 6 miles?!

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After that awesome experience, I was ready to EAT. We fed 13 people total, since most of my dad’s Bay Area family made the trek to my parents house for his 60th birthday! We had an awesome spread- my contribution this year was cranberry-pomegranate sauce and maple chipotle sweet potatoes. Both recipes were from Women’s Health and were both deelish!

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On Friday, I headed over to the mall to do some shopping since I knew I’d need some interview clothes this week. I did some damage, getting a blazer, interview dress, hooded exercise tee, blouse, crop top, boots and a sweater…for I’m guessing about $200 total? Not too shabby!

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On Friday night, I reunited with an old friend over drinks and darts – unfortunately, my Cricket skills didn’t hold up after this picture was taken -_-

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On Saturday, we had a party for my dad’s 60th and a few other milestones – this November marks the 25th anniversary of him starting his business, and the 20th anniversary of our family moving to Sacramento! Our good friends who just started a food truck – SLIGHTLY SKEWED – catered…they are so good! Check them out on Facebook, Sacramentans!

20131202-134237.jpgAfter meeting up with more old friends for another drink on Saturday night after the party, I felt the need to punish myself on Sunday morning…. with a 7 mile run?! I kept it slow and steady the whole time, but it was still pretty rough, ending in a blood blister. Maybe this means it’s time for new shoes??

Lots of fun stuff on the horizon for me this week, including a new {temporary} job and interviews! Send all your good vibes my way!

Did you do a Thanksgiving Day run?

Black Friday – Yay or Nay? I don’t usually partake, but I caved this year…

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Christmas Weekend in Photos

So, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m sick. This scenario is also known as My Worst Nightmare. I knew it was coming, since T-Man started feeling under the weather Thursday night, and was pretty much bedridden Friday and Saturday…

So with a weekend full of parties and baking and gift shopping ahead of me, I made the unwise decision of hanging at his place the entire time. Wish I didn’t like being around him so much 😛

Here are photos of some of this weekend’s festivities!

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Hot Toddys on Friday night in an attempt to ward off our colds (apparently you’re only supposed to have 1 and not 3, whoops!)

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On Saturday after finishing my (and some of sickly T-Man’s) Christmas shopping, we went to my boss’s Christmas party. It was there that T-Man tried to convince this kid that a giant nutcracker would talk…he didn’t have much luck. Stopped by to have a drink with friends, and then I stayed up till 1 baking more cookies…this proved to be my fatal error, as I woke up the next morning feeling like crap 😦

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Nonetheless, we still braved the awful weather and made it to Napa, where I exchanged gifts with T-Man’s mom (see the toy I got her dog? :-D) and we went to his dad’s annual Christmas party.

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Check out that massive tree!

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We made it back home in one piece and I finished wrapping gifts before we went into our NyQuil slumber 😛

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This morning, I hosted the annual Secret Santa that I do every year with 9 other friends. I made coffee cake & cocoa, put out herbal tea and a cookie plate, and the Christmas music was playin’!

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Check out this awesome panorama I took of all my friends at my apartment!

It was a fun time as always, and now I have to clean up and head over to my parent’s house, where I’m slated to help my mom bake and cook Christmas Eve dinner (traditionally, we have something Italian with carrot-ginger soup!).

Merry Christmas everyone!