Friday Free-For-All – 12/01/17

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Thanks for all your kind thoughts about Harley. She was truly a special pup, and will be missed.

We are officially under contract on our house! Things are far from certain, and the situation is still fairly complex, but we are absolutely delighted to have taken a concrete step in the right direction. Next comes all the inspection BS, hiring a lawyer, making sure financing is good etc. If all goes well, we will close in mid-January. Keep your fingers crossed!

My sister in law Emily comes home from Prague tomorrow! She is bringing her boyfriend, Jirka, and they will be home for almost the entire month of December, which the whole family is excited about. Tomorrow is also my father in law’s birthday, AND we’re seeing a show, so it’s big doings around here!

Christmas music season is in full swing for me. I know some people (like Ben) can’t stomach it until basically the week of Christmas, but I’m obsessed. We have a local radio station that plays Christmas music non-stop from Thanksgiving until Christmas, and you can bet I’ve been tuned in constantly.

I have a new snack obsession. Plain Greek yogurt with Honey Nut Chex. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it’s delicious. You get a nice crunch and sweetness from the Chex, almost like granola. But I’m not a super huge fan of granola, whereas I could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, you’re getting a good mix of protein and carbs. Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll thank me later 😉

How do you feel about Christmas music?

Holiday Running Playlist

If you know me at all, you know it’s no secret that I’m unabashedly obsessed with Christmas music.  Each year, I scour the internets for the best new Christmas songs, and ask my friends for recommendations.  Each year, I painstakingly craft an epic Christmas playlist to embody my feelings about that year’s Christmas season.  And I listen to holiday music pretty much exclusively from Black Friday through New Year’s Day.  My iTunes account contains approximately 12 hours worth of Christmas and holiday tunes.  And still I want more…

This year, I thought it would be fun to combine my love of making running playlists with my love of making Christmas playlists.  Thus, my holiday running playlist was born.  I think it’s a decent mix of classic and modern, old and new.  I hope you like it!

Christmas in the Sand – Colbie Caillait

Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus – The Killers

All I Want for Christmas (Is You) – Mariah Carey

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Bette Midler

Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen

Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry

The Man With the Bag – Vonda Shepard

Lady Gaga – Christmas Tree

Michael Buble – Let it Snow

Barenaked Ladies feat. Sarah Maclachlan – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

What’s your favorite holiday/Christmas song?

Have you ever tried running with Christmas music?