Monday, December 29, 2008

New Toys

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! Ours was wonderful. :) We had a lot of fun making delicious food and eating it all, opening presents, and having a little Christmas day jam session with Deana. I got a couple of very cool running related gifts which I have taken out on two runs so far:

North Face Flight Series Swift Hybrid Jacket (super lightweight and very cute)

And a new iPod shuffle!

The snow very rapidly melted starting the day after Christmas and is completely gone now here in the city (still some snow up in the hills). Those last couple days of snow- when it got all dirty and slushy, and then the melting days were ugly but we are rewarded with clear runable sidewalks. Yay! I hadn't run outside since the marathon and it was awesome. Zach and I ran together on Sunday and then I did a solo run this morning.

Here's the stats and then a few final pictures of Christmas and Arctic Blast 2008:

5.0 miles/44:20/8:52 average pace

3.0 miles/25:13/8:24 average pace

Christmas Eve Snowman:

This is always the best part of Christmas morning:

Jam session featured Deana on violin (she played in school too):

Zach on guitar:

And I was on piano (although we actually switched- Zach also played piano and Deana also played guitar). It wasn't good, but man it was fun.

Driving to pick up Deana on Christmas Day (the first time we ventured out in the car):

December 26th slush:

Piles of yuck:


the gazelle said...

Our cats haven't yet forgiven me for picking up the boxes & wrapping paper. They love their "presents."

Emily said...

Awesome gifts!!! I'm so glad the streets are clear now, however I have no excuse to not run.

When I first read "jam session" I immediately assumed Rock Band. What is wrong with me?

Cindy said...

i'm so glad everything has melted away! now if only someone wold come pick up our gigantic pile of recycling and trash...
glad to hear you had a great christmas!nice gifts!

P.O.M. said...

I love the jacket.
Cute pics. Thanks for sharing.

Burger said...

Seeing those photos makes me yearn for snow around the holidays...and then not. ;)

Anonymous said...

Great gifts. The jacket is really cute. I hate how the snow looks when it gets all dirty. But, it sure is pretty when it first falls.

Sarah said...

I was so gone that snow was gone - until I saw your snowman! Why didn't I build one. Crap! Next year. Winter Wonderland 2009?

Back in Sunny phx said...

Hi! Cute jacket - is that the one we saw at REI? Also, love the shuffle...silver? Nice! The pics are cool - thank goodness the snow is finally melting - hopefully you will not be covered in ice now? Good for you to get some training in despite the weather :)

aron said...

yay for new gifts and for running outside! guess that snow isnt so pretty when it melts huh... never thought of that :)

glad you guys had an awesome christmas!

Ewen said...

I love my shuffle! You should upload an mp3 of your violin playing :)

Looks like you had a great Chrissy, and now snow-free for safe running.

TJ said...

Cool gifts. I got DJ a shuffle and she's been rockin ever since.

Amy said...

I can't believe how much snow there is up there! Love your Christmas gifts!!!!!

Kelly said...

Sounds like you had a fun Christmas. Be careful with all that snow and what not up there!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Those iPod Shuffles are awesome. I love using mine at the gym.

The jam session sounds like a ton of fun.

Have a Happy New Year!

Alisa said...

I love that jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was with Emily on assuming Rock Band jam session. I know that's what my hubby really wanted. Your jam session was much cooler and much more authentic!

I can't believe there was still that much snow on the ground. DANG!

Eric said...

Nice toys :-)