Swimming -0 yards/Not even ONE attempt to go swimming this month. Not very proud of that....
Biking -0 miles. So unimpressive.
Running - 49.5 miles
Total Hours: 9 (2nd lowest this year - worst was April (4 hours))
Highlights i.e. What I've Been Up To ALL November long:
Run Pretty Far Trunk Show at Seven Hills Running Shop - Got to meet and talk to some really awesome ladies, got to buy some awesome merchandise (hello, trail scarf and beautiful long sleeve tee), and had a lot of fun!
Trip to the Coast with the BF - We took a nice weekend trip out to the coast. I got to wander around on the beach, poke at jellyfish and all sorts of other sea things, relax a lot, and spend quality time with the BF.
|The BF and I being ridiculous (his idea, by the way)|
|I ruin all of her photos.|
|I don' know. I'm a dork.|
|When I was younger, I looked nothing like my mom.|
Now, there's a bit of resemblance there.
My sister was leaving for home the day of my dress appointment at the bridal salon, so we visited another dress shop downtown so she could voice her opinion loud and clear. We also took the opportunity to be silly.
My last day home, I had an appointment at the one true bridal boutique in my hometown. It was a double appointment for me and my best friend as she is getting married next year too. We both live out of state, but we both happened to be home during the same time. They were kind enough to open an hour early just for us and our unique situation, AND because it's Montana, the saleslady was a 4-H mom who I knew growing up which honestly made the experience even better. She was great.
I was up first. With my best friend and her sister helping me choose dresses, I grabbed several that seemed close to what I wanted, a few that were totally not what I thought I wanted, and a few in-betweens. I was just not getting that feeling. One of the dresses I put on was a bit over-the-top, but it was pretty. I had the sales-lady put a few veils on while I was in that dress, but it still didn't feel "right". My best friend, knowing me all too well, told me that the dress didn't feel right because it didn't fit my vision for my wedding. She was right. She went back and grabbed another dress off the rack for me to try on, and bingo, it was exactly perfect.
|This one is one of the absolutely-not dresses.|
Running the local Turkey Trot with my future SIL - She wanted to get into running soon after we first met, but she had three kiddos soon after. Now, she is finally able to try running again. I ran to the race (1.5 miles from my house) and waited for her to show up. She was aiming for sub-43 minutes. As the race started, I realized I had to go to the bathroom. However, the course wound around a little shopping complex so there were no course port-o-potties, and because it was Thanksgiving, none of the stores were open. I spent the miles checking my watch and frantically looking for a bathroom with an ever-increasing sense of urgency. Too much pre-race hydration. Finally, at mile 2.5, I spotted a bathroom. Sweet relief! After that, I caught back up with my future SIL and urged her to push hard to the finish. Our pace was about 14 minutes per mile for most of the race, but I got her to get it down to a 10 min/mile pace for the last quarter mile or so.
The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walters
Right shoulder - super tight from December races. So much so that it alternately feels on fire and makes me kind of nauseous. I've been taking Ibuprofen and icing it, but it's being a jerk. Stupid trapezoid.
Current Wish List:
Gym Membership - I need to sign up for a new gym membership. I need to visit the nearby 24 hour fitness, but I think it will serve my needs. Costco sells a 2-year membership for $370, but it's difficult for me to part with that much money at once even knowing that it would only cover about 9 months if I bought a month-by-month membership.
Pink Lemonade Nuun (hot) - It's my go-to winter drink, especially when I'm sick (I'm not!) or just don't want to drink plain water.
Recipe Discovery of the Month:
These dairy-free rolls - My future MIL has developed a dairy intolerance, so we cut back on cheese, butter, milk, etc. for Thanksgiving. This made Thanksgiving a lot healthier. I had a few issues with the dough because I can't read directions and dumped all the flour in at once. The dough had a few issues rising - I didn't proof my yeast BEFORE mixing, but I did proof the dough in the microwave once I realized it was struggling. SO, chewier than I would have liked, but had I followed directions, these would have been perfect.
The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather (It's just really fun to sing in the car)
AND this version of Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas
Christmas!! It's my favorite time of year. Sparkling lights, holiday parties, I can listen to Christmas music without feeling weird about it, people (mostly) are in a better mood, and it's the time of year when excessive baking is TOTALLY ok.
Also, knitting and crafting. Cold weather and the holidays make me feel crafty.
Wedding Planning Progress - We're waiting to hear back from my church on available dates. I hope to be able to send out invitations (home-made, of course) by the end of the year. :-/
How was your November? Any different Thanksgiving recipes you tried out?
Have you read the Wheel of Time series? I can't believe I waited this long to start reading it.
What are you excited for in December?