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NYE…NYD

Hey, hey! I’ve been away for a hot minute, huh?

I have not found any time to log on the computer, which means I’ve been busy living life, which is good, huh?

What’s up with all the huh’s, huh?

I was looking at my camera and apparently I had meals of the following:

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[Nice mug!]

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And then I celebrated the New Year:

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We watched movies and were lazy all yesterday.

I finally made it home to shower and change and all that good stuff. Mama D and Linden were making dinner out of Pioneer Woman’s cookbook for New Year’s. I was excited so I stayed, as it looked fantastic.

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[Good luck!]

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Right before dinner [while all our guests were there, yes] I had Mom snap a picture of the three oldest of us.

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Cecily tried to jump in, so her head got caught at my necklace. 😉

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[Soon to be] Sisters-in-law!

It was nice to have a relaxing night with family and friends. Dad and the guys got out their guitars and played while we chatted. Later, Cecily regaled us with the meaning of life and such.

I am currently reading The Piano Teacher, so I called it a night and retired to bed with my book…so far this morning, I have had some French Toast, contemplated yoga and planned a shopping trip to the mall with Stacey!

Yes, my New Year is off to a good start. How about yours?

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2009

Wow, what a great year! It’s been hard at times, fun at times, and filled with changes. The only resolution I started the year with was to run a marathon, and well, I think we all know how that ended up!

Started the year with a party!

Bringing it in the right way…

Then in Feburary we went to Hotlanta for the motocross.

Apparently I was also moonlighting as an Oompa-Loompa. Forgive me.

I started my blog in March, but back then it was not much more than ‘I’m looking to lose weight. Here is how.’ It was kinda lame.

In March I also started my new job, which coincided with Meredith’s 21st birthday. We celebrated both.

According to Facebook, all I did in April was go to my cousin’s wedding.

At least we looked nice.

In May I started my blogging back up, with my first Green Monster. My pictures still weren’t very good, so instead of a green drank, I’ll show you a picture of me with a drank.

And my blackberry, apparently at a concert.

The weekend between May and June [Memorial Day!] I lounged on the beach.

And read trashy magazines, it looks like.

June is lake season too…so lots of wakeboarding and waterskiing was happening.

TUBE WARS were fought!

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July is my birthday month, so that’s what July was all about.

Birthday Recap #1

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Birthday Recap #2

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August was the Healthy Living Summit!

I loved meeting all these girls!

September! I went camping with the fam for Mama D’s birthday!

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[Linden blogged about it too, and her pictures are better. I even stole one.]

October, of course was Halloween.

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We were punk rockers and I think we rocked it. I LOVED having green hair.

In November, my sisters and I took a Thanksgiving trip to Nashville, where we met HEAB and Amanda!

[Since then I have stolen that coveted necklace Linden has on, and worn it several times.]

Example:

When Stacey and I drove up to play in the snow with Megan!

Which was a week after I ran my MARATHON!

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Making a New Year’s resolution? Par for the course.

Completing a New Year’s resolution? The best feeling ever.

In 2010, my resolutions are:

  • Run a sub 2 hour half marathon.
  • Lose the marathon weight and maintain it!
  • Pay off my credit cards.
  • Save more money.
  • Practice yoga more regularly.

The yoga and running should help me reach #2 quite easily. As for #3 and #4? All up to me. And Mint.com.

Do you make resolutions/goals for the new year?

I think my answer is quite obvious, but I do it because having goals to work toward all year helps keep me focused. I like having a goal to meet.

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The reason for the season

Dad: What is the true meaning of Christmas?

Cecily: Jesus’ birthday!

Dad: And what is your favorite part of Christmas?

Cecily: JESUS!

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Good answer kid.

 

Merry Christmas to All!

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Why I Love My Family

They bundled up…

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piled in the car.

Walked city blocks…

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in the freezing cold.

Cheerily…

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or not. 😉

Waited for hours…

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and hours…

Just to be there…

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When I crossed that finish line.

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My family makes me happy.

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Love you guys!

 

*This post brought to you by Christmas, post marathon appreciation and the reappearance of my Nikon D40; host of the first several photos.

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post marathon musings

Running 26.2 miles really makes you sore.

Like really sore.

I can’t imagine if I were this guy. Or this girl.

So inspiring.

By the way, my official chip time was 5:31:45.

Yeah, over 3 hours after the winner.

Me? I am just happy I finished.

Other things I have been thinking about besides walking. Or even moving.

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Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses. Perfection.

My next race. If I don’t find another one I want to do before then. Which is possible. But this one is definitely in the queue.

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Santa? Or rather Christmas shopping. Which I have not even begun.

Adding random things to my Amazon wish list for the 47th time in a row. I wonder…will this be the year I get my Garmin?

Ok, ok.

Enough of my rambling.

I really just wanted to pop in and say:

For commenting, supporting and just being there for me during my running journey!

Now…

I feel certain I have somewhere to hobble to.

Like the kitchen.

5 feet away.

That should take around 32 minutes, give or take a few.

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Thanksgiving…it’s sort of a tradition [if you can call every so often a tradition] for my sisters and I [and friends too!] to plan a little trip over the long weekend. The rules:

1. Within driving distance

2. [Hopefully] somewhere we haven’t been.

3. Have fun!

Well, we hit all those rules with our trip this weekend, although rule #1 is questionable by at least two of the three of us. 😉

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After eating Thanksgiving dinner at our grandmothers, Linden, Meredith and I set out for Nashville, Tennessee!

After stuffing our bellies with turkey n’ taters we were ready to go!

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Or as ready as one can ever be to spend 9 hours in very tight quarters with this crazed character friends and loved ones.

We did spot the most gawjuss rainbow on the way out there though!

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[Not sure if this was before or after the 1.5 hour detour ‘round a rockslide on I-40!]

We arrived in Nashville at approximately 11:30 pm. This was after gaining an hour [Central Time!] and leaving at 3:15 from Charlotte. You do the math. It was a looooong time. Anyway, what else would one do after spending that much time in a car? Why drive around more obviously. After checking into our hotel, us cracked out cuckoos decided to cruise around and find a mall or something to hit up the next day.

We did.

Actually it was something MUCH better than a mall.

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That’s right! WHOLE FOODS!

After marking the co-ordinates in our GPS so we could find our way back the next day we went back to the hotel for enough sleep to recharge our batteries. It was Black Friday after all!

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After cruising the most glorious Anthro EVER + many other [out of our budget] stores, we headed to the Whole Foods to hit up the salad bar.

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$8.11 worth of greens + $4.00 worth of glorious taters. I was in heaven.

And you know I didn’t leave with out making my own nut butter. 😉

Or sampling the gelato.

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Can you say Whole Paycheck? I did. Better yet, I spent it.

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Also checked out this lovely, and dropped a few cents there. Mama D. loved the handmade soaps though, so it was well worth it.

We did eventually find a mall, and Express + Victoria’s Secret found our credit cards. Ouch.

I love Black Friday.

Friday night we did not do much. We glammed up.

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We are such neat travelers. Hotel maids adore us.

Ha. I kid, obviously.

Then we hit up the downtown area.

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So pretty!

We went onstage at the Opry.

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Or at least pretended to.

Mere and Lin put on a fashion show.

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ow ow.

The cowgirl in me wanted this jacket.

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But it did not want me.

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I’m still recovering from the sticker shock.

And since Linden is being a pain about turning 21 [would you just do it already!] we ended up at some joint called The Wildhorse Saloon to spend the rest of our evening. It was the tourist thing to do. It also cleared out by midnight, so we peaced out as well.

But not before I kissed Elvis in the street.

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I’m such a groupie.

Also Harold and Kumar may have gone to White Castle at some point.

Saturday morning we awoke late. Cause we were on vacation like that.

If you were to ask me what we spent Saturday doing, I would be hard pressed to tell you. We just were seeing the sights and the countryside. I drove. I did not take pictures.

But Saturday night…

Well first we had the best barbecue.

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Linden and I shared this dinner.

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Monster fry.

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Meredith ate this kid’s meal all by herself. Except for a few fries. I ate some of those. I’m a sucker for a shoestring fry.

After dinner, we figured we weren’t all dressed up for nothin’…

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So we went to the OPRY!

 

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Hands down, the cutest place EVER.

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No kidding…this may have been the most fun thing I have ever done in my life. I always knew I was born a few years too late. 1940 is where I belong.

The show was really fun, and included some modern country stars [Brad Paisley, Jimmy Wayne, Lorrie Morgan] and some bluegrass stars [Cherryholmes] as well as a few Opry regulars. I didn’t know any of the performers other than the country stars, but I enjoyed it all. And I wanted to bring one of the hosts home with me in my pocket. He was precious. But sadly, I was wearing a dress.

Sunday was the day to go home. I kind of didn’t want to leave with out seeing a celebrity.

So we headed to Fido, ‘cause we had heard that some might be hanging out there.

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Look who was there!

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Heaby and Amanda!

I was so excited to meet these girls, but sad that Mandy couldn’t meet up as well. Her daughter was sick, so she had to cancel. Maybe next time, Mandy!

Anyway, I had a fabulous time meeting Heather and Amanda. We chatted like old friends, and it was fantastic. I love meeting bloggie friends! I could talk for hours about Whole Foods and peanut butter…but you already knew that!

After our coffee date we went back downtown ONE more time, so Linden could get a few more shots. And well…I just didn’t want to leave. 😉

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[I spy a real photographer and a fake photographer. Can you tell which is which? 😉 ]

I wanted to stay with this guitar.

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I could tell Meredith and Linden did too.

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But sadly, the pops would not wire us money so we could stay! What kind of parental love is that, might I ask?

Reluctantly we got in the car for our looooonnnngggg ride home.

Tennessee has a lot of mountains. Did you know that? Yes it does. A LOT.

But lucky for me, the wonderfully sweet Heather sent me muffins for the ride home!

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Those are gone, but I’ve still got my sanity. [I think…]

The celebration started when we hit the NC state line.

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TCBY all around!

But not to be celebrating too early. We still had 2.5 hours to go. I propped my feet up and tried not to think about it.

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[Got to level 14 on Word Mole! I’m working towards 20…I’ll let ya know how that goes.]

Soon enough [10 games later] there was real reason for celebration.

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I have never been so pleased to see that I was 31 minutes from home.

And 31 minutes later? Well I have never been so glad to see my bed. And my bed to see me. It was wondrously comfortable last night.

How was your Thanksgiving? Do you have an [untraditional] tradition you love?

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I think most of us know Brandi, the brains behind the great blog, BranAppetit! She’s funny, she takes great pictures and she never fails to leave a witty comment! Hey Brandi, there’s 3 things I love about you!

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Hi everyone! I’m Brandi, from BranAppetit (www.branappetit.wordpress.com) and I’m so happy to be doing a guest post for Whit! And I’m not even doing a food post.

I love, love, love her blog – she never fails to make me laugh or smile.

I know with the holidays coming up, it’s easy to get sidetracked by all the food, family, get togethers, and stress, but I thought it would be fun to focus on ourselves for a minute.

I don’t know about you, but I’m horribly critical of myself most of the time. I’m so much better at complimenting or giving encouragement to someone else rather than myself, but it’s so important that we value and acknowledge ourselves!

While this isn’t directly related to Thanksgiving or any other holidays, this is the time of year that most people are thinking about what they’re thankful for – and part of that is being thankful for who we are and what we do.

I want everyone reading this to comment with 3 things that they love about themselves, okay?

I’ll even go first 😀

1. I’m funny…or at least, I think I am 😉 I love making other people laugh – I think a person’s true self shows up when they’re laughing so hard that they can barely breathe…and it’s a beautiful thing.

2. I am exactly like my mom. That’s a good thing.

3. One thing that I can’t control is that I want to make sure everyone I’m around feels included. I know what it feels like to be the 5th wheel, and I don’t want anyone around me to feel as though they’re not welcome or part of the group.

Thanks again to Whit for letting me guest post – I hope this is fun for everyone! It was fun for me to think of these and put them in writing.

Now it’s your turn –

Ready, set,…go!

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Should I go???

I guess I should…

1. I have a different sense of humor. I like it, even if others don’t always get it!

2. I genuinely care about people, especially my family. There is nothing I would not do for my family…especially all those younger sisters! 😉

3. I love my legs. I do. They are strong, powerful and recently carried me for 20 miles! I’m depending on them in my upcoming marathon, and I know they won’t fail me!

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