Here's a bit of catch up from our holidays.
I was once again totally spoiled by my gifts this year. Among other things, Mr. Helen got me Angel shower gel and lotion.
Some less expensive Asics shoes that I will use for walking and workouts other than running.
And these super cute galoshes, which I have been wanting for a long, long time. I've already gotten to wear them since when everyone else was getting the big snowstorm last week, we had pouring rain.
Little Helen and husband gave me this gorgeous Le Crueset Tea Kettle and matching dishtowels so I can get a new color scheme going in the kitchen! She actually will enjoy this a lot as she only drinks good tea.
I also received some new running things - this hat and gloves by a company called Trail Heads. The hat is reflective so that's good for my early morning winter runs, and the gloves are the warmest gloves I've ever owned. If you have trouble keeping your hands warm, consider these gloves. I wore them on a 20 degree day for a 3 mile run and about 1/2 mile from my house I took them off because my hands were sweating!
They also completely shocked me by giving me a new Garmin! They got me the Garmin 235 which I am loving. My old Garmin had gotten to the point where I had to charge it every two days, and just the day before Christmas another piece of the strap broke.
This Garmin does the usual Forerunner stuff - GPS tracks your runs, but also has features that I've been enjoying outside of running.. Depending on the options chosen, it acts as a watch, counts your steps, calories burned, you can see text messages/alerts, check the weather, etc. If you download the app to your phone, you can see all the data, plus a map of your run, if you run outside. It will also track runs done indoors, although the one time I tried that it didn't pick up my cadence well. Maybe I did something wrong. These are all shots from mine one day last week. I don't know if I'll keep wearing all day like I have been but I'm having fun with it for now!
We got our first ever fake tree this year. Mr. Helen has been wanting to try that for a couple years now, and I found an unlit one at Target for 50% off and decided to buy it. We wanted unlit because we like to put both white and colored lights on our tree. Then I got a great deal on LED lights on Black Friday - only $4.88 for a string of 150 at Home Depot. It was the only thing I went out for that day. I think it turned out pretty, even though it took a bit to get used to it not being a real tree.
Little Helen brought me these two gorgeous ornaments from a Christmas market she went to while on a business trip to Chicago. They're from Germany and are handpainted. They looked just gorgeous on the tree.
We also did outside decorations and were lucky enough to get one quick snowstorm to show them off. Of course it had melted within 24 hours but I was happy to get this picture!
There was an Ugly Sweater gathering at my job. This is the first year we've done that and it was fun. I'm sort of in the middle and have on the white sweatshirt with the big Christmas Tree (it lit up) and on my left as you look at this photo is the winner. She took a regular winter sweater and pinned Christmas Tree decorations to it. Hilarious!
I managed to find time to make a couple kinds of cookies this year. I did the family cut out sugar cookie and made one of the mittens a Hanukkah mitten for my son-in-law. I also made Sandies because they're MY favorite. Then I made Mud Puddles for the Ugly Sweater thing at work, and I finished off by making Mini Pecan Pies to have a bite of something sweet after our Christmas dinner.
Everyone had their fill and on December 27th when Mr. Helen went back to work, all the leftover cookies went with him!