Friday, December 2, 2011

Five for Friday

Yay!  It's Friday!  Here's my Friday Five...

1)  December is here already!  I can't believe it!  We've watched Rudolph and the kids have written their Christmas lists (which are updated daily).  A fun tradition we started last year was the countdown to Christmas with these stockings:
Every night in December we hide one stocking with little silly gifts in it and the kids have to search to find it.  After they find it we hang the stocking on a ribbon above the doorway (see the little clothespins to hang them on the ribbon? Cute, right?).  My sister made these for me as a gift 2 years ago after she did the same thing in her house.  They are so cute and the kids get so excited!

2) On the running front (this is supposed to be a running blog, right?) I'm making some progress with this injury (plantar fasciitis - for those new to the blog).  I've been running with walking intervals mixed in and this seems to work.  I can run pain free this way because my foot is good and warmed up if I walk 1/2 mile before I start running.  I'm still working on keeping my foot stretched out AFTER the run, but it's getting easier to do this.  I'm optimistic even though the progress has been much slower than I anticipated.

3)  What I'm reading now:
This is a really deep and insightful book about the triumph of the human spirit total guilty pleasure reading.  This is the 18th (!) book in the series and I've read them all.  They are silly, and at this point, pretty predictable, but I enjoy them and it's fun to turn off the brain every once in a while....

4)  What did you do with your leftover turkey this year?  I used mine to make this chili from Jenna at Eat Live Run (great site, lots of good recipes):

Creamy White Chicken Chili
So good and total comfort food.  I doubled the recipe and we ate it one night and I froze another batch for later.
I also made this pot pie recipe that I got from an episode of the Oprah show by Cristina Ferrare (sniff...I miss you Oprah!)...

Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread crust
So good!

5)  Here's a little motivation for Friday and everyone racing this weekend.  I originally saw this when XLMIC posted it on her blog, and I love it.  Great reminder that even if you fall to pick yourself up and keep pushing on.



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15 comments:

Aimee L said...

Hi lady!!! We are so on the same wavelength...it seems every time I post my FF post, it's RIGHT after yours!! :)

hiker mom said...

I love the stocking idea. So cute! That video is so amazing! What an athlete and such great strength and drive! She is awesome.

Elle said...

Oh good, I am not the only Stephanie Plum/Ranger/Joe Morelli addict around.

I like to cook the turkey carcass in the slow cooker to make broth and thenuse it and the meat in a Mulligatawny Soup recipe I got from Hungry Girl. mmmm.

Jessica Washburn said...

That's too funny you did the mice canes last year. :) I am loving Christmas crafts with Sophia right now...too fun and she's growing up so fast. I made turkey chili too, my 9 year old loved it and he never loves chili...he couldn't get enough. Those pot pies look yummy too. Have a great weekend. Good luck w/ your foot and hope it keeps progressing even if it's slow. :) Jessica

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Suz and Allan said...

Happy Friday to you Kathy! Sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you will see some fast improvement!

jillconyers said...

So happy to hear the progress continues with your PF.

The video brought tears to my eyes. A friend of my son's is a mega cross country runner. She will probably go to the olympics in the future. Anyway, she was running a race and ready to break records across the country until she fell right before the finish line. It was heart breaking but her attitude was inspiring.

As the Christmas tree stands lit in our living room I'm still shocked that it's already Dec!

Jamie said...

I'm sorry you are recovering from an injury, me too! I think I have had peroneal tendonitis and I am slowly building up my mileage again. The most I have run consecutively recently is 3.15 miles. It's hard to believe that a month and a half ago I ran a half marathon and can barely do 3.15 now. But, I don't want to keep getting injured!

Laura said...

Just found your blog-- sorry that you're injured! I've been coming back from shin stress this summer and am trying very hard to take it slow...it's so hard! I LOVE the christmas stocking idea... we only have a 2 year old, but I"m on the lookout for Cmas traditions.

Courtney said...

Awesome that both of the recipes you tried where good, I made a pot pie tonight that didnt cut it.

Love the stocking idea, that is cute!

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

That stocking idea is ADORABLE.

And the video... still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it (even though I already know, by now, how it ends).

Courtney said...

i'm glad i'm not the only one who can't quit reading these books!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Look at you...your family is lucky to have you! You cook yummy meals and have these great memory making ideas! So cool. Hope your PF continues to get better so you can be running a lot more. I can't see the picture of the book so I don't know what your read is. It isn't showing for some reason.

RoseRunner said...

holy heck -- first, how did she get up so fast? Second, why didn't she or anyone else look freaking amazed when she WON! that video is amazing.

Good luck with the plantar fascia. Let me know if any tricks work -- my mom battles with it, and for xmas I was going to get her some socks that claim to help, and a roller ball thing

Claire' Healthy Home said...

Hopped over from Blog Hop at Livin' the Fit Life. Thanks for the book idea. I too love to read and not think! lol Have a great day,Claire

Kat said...

omg. Just catching up or re-reading not sure. That video! Wow. Tears. Thanks so much for sharing that.

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