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My real life is a lot like THS (True Hollywood Story) except there's no fame, fortune, or drug addiction. Instead, I'm happily married, have two children, and a dog who's prone to barfing at 3 am. I love them all, but I also have to run away from them every day. I always run back, though.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

O Christmas Tree and the 12 Miles of Sunday

Yesterday, Jerry, Scooter and I did put up our Christmas tree. Although, really, Scooter was barely any help at all; here he is trying to help Jerry fluff up the tree's branches (we have an artificial tree), and his little paws are no good at all with this task.Jerry and I have a tree "process" where our tasks are divided, and so far each year, it has worked out well: He assembles the tree and strings the lights, and I apply the ornaments. When the tree comes down, we apply the same method, just in reverse.
Here's Scooter, below, sitting in front of the finished tree. I know it's a little early for a tree to go up, and we've never put it up before Thanksgiving before, but like I said yesterday, we only have about 3 weeks to enjoy it at home before we leave for a 2 week Christmas vacation, so we wanted it up early this year.
Here's Scooter sitting in front of his stocking hoping that Santa will fill it with rawhide and rubber toys. He's being a "good dog" just like his stocking claims he is.
And here's Scooter chillin' in his new bed with Dirt Shrew by the Christmas tree. I don't know what it is, but there's something about having a tree up that makes the place feel so cozy.
This morning, I met Wendy up in Boca to run a 12 miler, and it went well. The air is still cool and crisp, so it felt nice to run. We did our 12 miler in 2:03:37 for an average of 10:18/mile, and really we had plenty of miles where we consistently logged a 9:45 pace, but once you add in a few walk breaks and a bathroom break, our overall pace was slowed. But still, it was a good training run.

We're both planning on running the Palm Beach Half on Dec 7th, so this was our last training run together until then. I have the Turkey Trot on Thursday, PB Half on the 7th, and that's gonna conclude my 2008 race calendar -- hard to believe it's getting to so close to the end of the year!

28 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I've always noticed the same thing - putting up a tree makes the house feel more cozy.

We need a new tree this year. Last year after it fell over (causing most of our glass ornaments to shatter to a million pieces) I declared that was *IT* with that particular tree. We've had it forever - time for a new one!

Mrs. K said...

hey we just put up our tree also last night- the house is still a mess.

Neese said...

it certainly is beautifully festive in your home right now! where are ya'll going on vacation? good job on the 12!

AnthonyP said...

Cool....you are so ahead of us. We are going to get our tree on Saturday.

Steve Stenzel said...

Cute tree!! And Scooter strikes such great poses!! Workin' the camera!!

Erin said...

I have been withholding putting ours up until next weekend. I have decided I am buying a new one; prelit baby! I can't put up another 10 strings of lights this year. My only worry, will the prelit have enough lights for my overly glowing tree standards?

teacherwoman said...

Hey, I think I might put up my tree today. And put lights on the little evergreen tree in my front yard! That should be a great sunday afternoon project!

robtherunner said...

I imagine if we had an artificial tree my wife would have it up by now as well. We usually have a Thanksgiving rule that no Christmas stuff goes up until then. However, we have already been watching Christmas movies.

Carolina John said...

that's a cute tree! it does make the holiday season hit home, doesn't it?

Marcy said...

Awwwwhhhh yeah!! Thanks Jess! YOu made me feel so much better. I thought I was the only early one LOL. I put ours up a couple days ago (No decorations yet though)

Looks NICE!!

D10 said...

I can't believe you got Scotter to pose for all the pictures! What a good dog.

Jess said...

Your tree looks great and Scotter looks so happy sitting there.

NIce job on the 12 miler and good luck on your upcoming races!

J~Mom said...

It's not putting the tree up early that bothers me as much as the fact that you have presents wrapped already!! You are on the ball girl!!! Hopefully we will be right there with you next weekend!

*aron* said...

YAYYY such a pretty tree :) i cannot wait to put ours up! have to wait until next weekend though. i always get mine so early they are dead by the time christmas rolls around :)

great job on the 12!!

Marlene said...

Looks great! As you know, ours was up LAST weekend.

Nice job on the run. You have such a packed fall race schedule!

Shoe Running said...

OOOooo! The turkey trot sounds like fun :) I love themed runs!

Scooter is so cute with the tree. He seems really happy it is up :) My cat always used to climb up the Christmas tree as high as she could. Sometimes she got stuck :)

X-Country2 said...

I love Christmas! Your dog is way cute. :o)

Nicole said...

Scooter looks like he helped out a lot! The tree looks great.

MN Mom said...

The pictures are great. Well except the last one looks like Scooter has a real rat in bed with him.

Kevin said...

Tree looks great. I doubt we will get ours up this year since we will be on our cruise just before Christmas. At least the ship should be all decorated

Wes said...

Scooter told me he's asking for steak this year :-)

sunshine said...

I absolutely love how Scooter is claiming success over a beautifully assembled tree! :)

SLB said...

Say it ain't so, your trees up already!

Can I get Easter eggs anywhere yet?

Ted said...

Hope Scooter doesn't think the tree is a place to relieve himself as if it was a fire hydrant. Wow - you sure put it up early.

Beautiful looking Christmas Tree and great job on the 12.

Good Luck on your upcoming races.

Viv said...

The decorations look wonderful. I love how Scooter posed perfectly this year. I think last year we got some butthole pics of Scooter in front of the tree.

Man, you can totally tell how svelte Jerry is looking. Great job, Jerry!

Christie said...

Oh, that was a good run. I'm sure you'll do great in the half.

Lily on the Road said...

You're making me feel all Christmasie....plus it is really snowing hard here!

I just love the pictures with Scooter! He is just sooooo cute!


Hey, wordver is "snappen", LOL...

Laurel said...

I think I've fallen in love with Scooter.