This is the first year I didn't participate in Black Friday. I just didn't feel it this year. Instead, I got up at 5am, went to Circuit Class, had a liquid lunch with Heidi & Allison, & drove around giving plates of pie to all my friends who had to work.
I got up early on Saturday to put up our Christmas tree. About half way through, I needed fuel, so I made this recipe for buttermilk pancakes with all the buttermilk I had left in my fridge. These are the best pancakes I've ever made!
I like to watch movies while I put up the tree. I usually watch Christmas movies, but this year I watched Manhattan.
Contrary to her ambivalent expression, Linda's actually really excited about Christmas.
The tree is up! I spent the rest of Saturday cleaning & lounging. That night, we met Mike & Amanda for dinner at Anatolia. John & I have eaten at Anatolia for years, but I've recently discovered their chicken stew & I'm obsessed with it!
I'm running my second half marathon in New Orleans on February 24th. While we still have plenty of time, we're trying to go ahead & get in the habit of running long runs on Sunday. Even though it was 70 degrees on Thanksgiving, when I awoke yesterday, it was 25 degrees. 25 degrees! After days of binge pie & buttermilk pancake eating, the last thing ANYONE wanted was to see me squeezed into 3 layers of spandex. You're welcome.
Me, Jaime & Heidi ran a very cold 4+ miles, then warmed ourselves with coffee & breakfast biscuits at Barista Parlor.
Last night, John & I made Mark Bittman's thai curry stew with turkey & zucchini & watched Bernie on Netflix. So good! Jack Black - yeah!