Monthly Archives: December 2013

Farewell to Another Year

I snapped this in my backyard after a jet zoomed by. Note the prism!

I snapped this in my backyard after a jet zoomed by. Note the prism effect!

Happy trails to 2013! Stay safe!!

Long-Time Logger

My new running log

My new running log

Today is more than just Monday, December 30. More than just two days before the end of one year and the beginning of another.

In addition, today is the start of a new running log. My 36th one, to be exact. Hold your applause, please!

I’m finishing up this year’s log still.

I’m still finishing up this year’s log, too (it’s actually a planner with lots of my photos).

I’m not very organized with most things, but I do tend to be a tad obsessive when it comes to logging my mileage. My first “official” record book dates back to 1979 and was an old spiral notebook from my University of Illinois days. Since then my logs have run the gamut from notebooks to ones I desktop-published and printed to ones I’ve gotten free from “Runner’s World” to ones I’ve bought.

An obvious favorite

An obvious favorite

The log I’ve preferred is “The Complete Runner’s Day-by-Day Log and Calendar.” The first one was compiled by running guru Jim Fixx and published in 1979. As you can see from the photo, I’ve been a bit sporadic with my collection, but to me it’s really the best running log. Especially because it begins the week on a Monday, which is the way I think of my jogging/walking weeks (Monday through Sunday). Some logs are Sunday through Saturday, which seems so odd to me, probably because big races are on Sundays (like the upcoming Aramco Half Marathon).

I asked for the log for Christmas (I’ve loved the Blurb planner that I made for 2013, but without a spiral, it’s impossible to write neatly in, and that really bugs me). My older son, Jake, bought it for me. When I asked him to write me words of wisdom and sign it, this is what he penned:

Always love a quote from Toy Story (2)!

Always love a quote from “Toy Story” (2)!

Hopefully, those wise words will spur me on in 2014!

Air-Filled Delight

One of our neighborhood’s decorations

One of our neighbor’s decorations

This is probably the closest we’ll get to snow in the Houston area, which is fine by me. Cute and not too cold!

Christmas Presents

Just initials for me!

Just initials for me!

The Mister gave us monogrammed bath towels for Christmas.

Is he trying to tell us something?!?

C.J. is a Red Sox fan; Jake prefers the Yankees.

C.J. is a Red Sox fan; Jake prefers the Yankees.

Methinks the boys preferred their Major League Baseball throws a little bit more!

One-Word Wednesday

Note the red, white, and blue trees.

It’s a great message.

Lights!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

Fallen and Festive

I wouldn’t want to rake this.

I wouldn’t want to rake this.

Those pretty bald cypress trees are littering the ground now with their needles.

These first two pics were snapped along my weekday jogging/walking path.

These first two pics were snapped along my weekday jogging/walking path.

It makes for a reddish-brown blanket in the grass and on the sidewalk.

This one needs a few more decorations.

This one needs a few more decorations.

Last Sunday I saw this unusual bald cypress in our neighboring master-planned community. I guess, falling needles and all, pine trees and ornaments just go together!

The Answer Is . . . .

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

The sleepless nights can end, my friends! Here are my new wheels: A 2014 Honda CR-V EX.

Yes, I’ve downsized from the Honda Pilot . . . a lot. It’s going to take some getting used to.

I haven’t driven a small car for about 20 years, not since I traded my much-loved Honda Civic hatchback for the first of my two Mercury Villager minivans. It is nice being able to just slide right into the seat instead of having to hoist myself up.

It’s a nice shade of red with a gray, cloth interior.

It’s a nice shade of red with a gray, cloth interior.

I chose the CR-V, because I wanted better gas mileage and a less-expensive car, as well as the Bluetooth phone and music controls. I love being able to play my iTunes playlist through the speakers! I save money (no more Sirius XM radio), plus it’s all the songs I prefer all the time. Win win!

Here’s to many years of, hopefully, safe driving and wonderful tunes!