This was supposed to be my snowstorm, hunker down, enjoy my house, maybe do some baking weekend and then, life happened.
First of all, I slept too late on Saturday so I got out for my run later than I would have liked because I wanted to run at least 6 miles. But I decided I'd better take the "me" time and boy am I glad I did as it pretty much ended up being the last me time of the weekend. I chose to run hills. I know, crazy, right? But with being on the treadmill so much I just feel I need the variation that hills provide. So, I took off and an hour and nine minutes later I'd run 6.43 miles for an average pace of 10:56. I was super happy with that, especially since the course was so hilly. Besides, I actually had one mile (the only flat stretch on the course) that I ran in 9:53. Woot!
After my run, my agenda for the day had four things: find stocking stuffers for Little Helen and a gift for my manicurist (who I've been going to every two weeks for well over 10 years); do a BJ's run; grocery shop; clean at least the upper level of our house. First, Mr. Helen held me up with I can't even remember what now, it was that inconsequential. He left to go shopping on his own so I hurried to get ready and just as I was ready to leave, the phone rang and it was a call I needed to take. That set me back another 45 minutes. By the time I left, it was almost noon. Sigh.
Suffice it to say, that I spent the next several hours battling crowds, traffic and getting annoyed. And, I only found the gift and did the BJ's run, leaving the grocery and cleaning to be added into Sunday's chores. I finally sat down after 6 that night and said, "I give!"
Sunday morning, when I woke up feeling behind. So much to do, so little time. Right away, I made a list:
Bake and frost cookies
Make Chex Mix
Make Spaghetti Sauce
Make BBQ Beef
Normally I do quite a bit of baking at Christmas but really haven't felt like it this year, so I asked Mr. Helen and Little Helen what they really wanted and they both chose the frosted cut-out cookies. Mr. Helen asked for Chex Mix too and Little Helen asked me to make my toffee or fudge. I'm really grateful they didn't want more as I literally ran out of time this year!
What I accomplished:
About half the house got cleaned: important bits like bathrooms and floors
Sauce and Beef done so that's a couple of meals for the week
Wrapping Finished! This felt very triumphant for some reason
The cookies and Chex Mix:
cooling on the counter