Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Back to the Grind

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Christmas with family, friends, food, love and relaxation.

Why do the best times seem to just fly by?

After a lovely few days in Florida I am back in NYC and at work. Boo. The holidays were definitely too short, I am already counting down the time to returning to Florida in 4 weeks: ING Miami Marathon + Birthday celebration (!!!)

With the odd day that Christmas was falling on it was awkward to plan out my trip down to my parents. I made the executive decision to not take off anything additional to the Monday/Tuesday we had because a) this is a really busy time of year for us at work and b) I have been out a good amount this fall between vacations/Sandy and have a good amount of time off coming in January as well (side note: I am just realizing how pretty awesome my life has been and lucky I have been to be able to do so much. Blessed for sure). 

I headed down to the on Friday after work and was SO happy when I got there. After quite the adventurous trip I was happy to just be able to relax. Pretty much was all sleep, run and relax. My one sister spent the holiday with her boyfriend and his family and the other didn’t come until Christmas Eve so it was nice to have my parents ALL TO MYSELF for a couple of days! A very unusual feat when you grow up with siblings to have your parent’s undivided attention!

I was sad to leave yesterday and the didn’t arrive home until about 1am – it didn’t really strike me that I was traveling on Christmas until my connecting flight was getting delayed and I thought I might spend Christmas evening in the airport! But we had celebrated our Christmas on Christmas Eve which was really great of my family. Nice gathering and good times. 

So here I am back to the grind and already had a super productive morning thank you to so many people taking an extended vacation and being pretty quiet around the office. The commute was eerily uneventful but a three day week is fine by me! 

Oh and finding out you are getting a sweet bonus helps soften the blow of being back in the office as well.  Merry Christmas to me!

Here is a little bit of my quick Florida journey!

Chocolate chip cookie peanut butter cups. Divine.
Apricot Pear Crostata
Apple pie. With a festive touch.
Eggplant Parm. Oh I want more RIGHT NOW.

Champagne <3

Post 20 miler status. Let's not talk about the Giants though. Ugh.

Who doesn't want to wake up to this?

Or end your nights looking out at this?

Christmas, Florida style.

Love this view.

Such a lovely little town.

Puppy play time!


  1. I'm always so jealous of those who have parents in warm areas!! I'm spending my holidays in rainy Washington State (it's gorgeous in the summer but winter, not so much). Looks like you had a great holiday :)

    1. My parents are threatening to come back to NJ for Christmas next year. Us children in turn are threatening to fly to Florida. We shall see who wins :)
      I feel blessed to get the winter escape! It was just what the doctor ordered.

  2. Oh my goodness, those chocolate muffin treats look so delicious! Great posts girl!

    1. They were amazing! It was a chocolate chip cookie, filled with peanut butter and topped with chocolate chips (that melted) cooked in mini muffin tins for the muffin shape. If you are going to have some "cheats" I say make them really good!