Christmas Prep and a Marathon

Well, I was doing great following Weight Watchers again until a 5 pound box of chocolate showed up at work. I’ve been a disaster the past week. I need to just throw that stupid thing out. I am now telling myself after the holidays I am for real getting back on track. I kind of have to now; I signed up to run a marathon in April. The weird part is I was sober when I signed up. Regardless, I’m excited and I am running as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. This is a great cause and I hope that everyone reading this can find an extra $5 , or whatever you can spare, during this holiday season to donate and help me reach my goal of raising $1,600 for  the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can make your donations at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nc/rnrrlegh14/toreyschaefer

Thank you in advance!

As for my holiday preparations, I don’t really have much to do in the first place so I am way ahead. My family isn’t much for getting together or exchanging gifts so I have bought the necessary cards (I swear I am putting them in the mail tomorrow) and wrapped my cat’s presents. Christmas Eve night we will be joining Victor’s family for a fiesta de Navidad. We are scheduled to go to my dad’s Christmas morning at 10 am to give the boys their gifts and spend some time with them but, I see that ending approximately around 10:07 am, if it even happens.

Otherwise, my life has been creeping along at a steady pace. I did read book I really liked the other day. I couldn’t put it down; I read it in less than a day. That usually doesn’t happen. The book is called Lie Still by Julie Heaberlin. The book follows a woman as she deals with the lingering effects of a date rape that happened to her in college and the subsequent murder of the date rapist . It is not an overly serious book; the topic is presented in a palatable manner. I highly recommend it.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday and I will leave you with some pictures from our vacation to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.

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Back from Skiing

Skiing was so much fun! I have to say I’m a natural, Victor not so much. We took lessons first thing in the morning. We took a break for lunch and then 2 short water breaks during the day. The rest of the time we were skiing.

I didn’t have too much trouble picking up the basics. After a few hours on the slopes Victor was doing great also. We stuck to the smaller slope for a while. Eventually, we moved on to the bigger slope we had to take the lift up to go down. My first time down the bigger slope I was going so fast. I finally stopped at the bottom and my legs were shaking. It was such a rush. The first time Victor made it down that slope without falling I was waiting at the bottom and someone came flying by me. When I turned around, I realized it was him. I was so proud, but could not stop laughing.

Unfortunately, my camera wouldn’t turn on. We bought a disposable camera on our way up the mountain. 1-hour photo developing seems to have become obsolete. We are now waiting a week to have our pictures developed. I see us buying a new camera in the near future. The camera did get dropped in the snow once. I am hoping it didn’t ruin the film. We will know in a week.

We both are looking forward to going again before the season is over!

First Ever Ski Trip

Victor and I have finalized our plans for an impromptu ski trip. Since neither of us have been skiing before, I believe the decision was a result of watching the X Games non stop the past week.

While sitting around watching the Games the other night Victor said he wanted to go skiing and asked me to look into it. Due to the result of our spontaneous tendencies and impatience, this weekend we will be hitting the slopes.

Because we have absolutely no clue what we are doing, we opted to rent everything and take lessons. The mountain is only an hour and a half from us so we will be leaving early Sunday morning for our adventure. We didn’t book a hotel but agreed if we are really tired after skiing we will rent a room.

I am going to go buy us some dri-tech gear today. If  I have the time I am going to try to knit us some hats. For anything we are forgetting, we will just wing it. (I CANNOT forget sunscreen!)

I am so excited! I love firsts!