This Week Part 2 (Christmas)

Hi all! So in yesterday’s post I covered Mon-Weds of last week and now I want to fill you in on the rest of the week.

Thursday (12/22)

Thursday was a pretty low key and relaxed day after getting home from our trip to Huntington Beach, so I’ll keep this day’s recap short and sweet.

I decided to start a Winter Break Run Streak for the two weeks I’m on vacation (I’m a middle school teacher). I was bummed when I realized I missed out on the Runner’s World Run Streak from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve and decided to start my own mini run streak to stay motivated over the holidays…expect more on this in a blog post coming later this week.

And this is what happens when you’re starving after a run and have an empty fridge…

Sauteed onion, corn, eggplant, and chickpeas over brown rice.

…thankfully everything is made better with BBQ sauce and our basil plant lent a little color to this bland looking bowl! The rest of my day can be summed up with this picture:

Hanging on the couch with my furchild.

Friday (12/23)

Adrian doesn’t work on Fridays so we started the morning slow and by the time we headed over to our local coffee shop for breakfast it was already raining (and would continue to rain steadily for the next 12 hours or so). After breakfast, we bought little Christmas gifts to give to our local post office workers. Just to explain…our town is so small that we don’t have any home mail delivery and all use PO Boxes to get mail, so the 3 women that work in our local office do so so much for us, especially with all the packages we got around the holidays (see below!).

This is what happens when you go out of town for 3 days the week of Christmas!

Then we headed over to the Zinke Wines Tasting Room since we realized we never picked up our fall shipment back in October. We live in the middle of the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Wine Country and became wine club members of Zinke about a month after moving to Los Olivos. We split a tasting and enjoyed hanging out inside as it continued to pour outside.

I loved the fat Christmas tree at Zinke’s!

After coming home, having lunch, and hanging out for a bit we headed out again to pick up our olive oil and vinegar shipment from Global Gardens (the only other local club we joined when we moved to Los Olivos). By then, I realized the rain wasn’t about to let up, so I braved the storm for a quick 2 miles to keep the run streak alive.

Thankfully, my jacket kept everything from the waist up dry, but my pants and shoes were soaked! We ended the night with dinner at the Wine Merchant Cafe and then coming home and watching The Santa Clause on TV. I forgot how much I loved that movie growing up…pretty sure I saw it in theaters?

Saturday (12/24 – Christmas Eve)

On Saturday, I went for a short run and then we hit the grocery store before heading down to my parents’ for Christmas Eve. My cousin was hosting a potluck-style Christmas dinner, so I had to grab a few items to make the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas from the Oh She Glow’s Cookbook to make and bring it the following day.

Once at my parents we snacked on Sriracha cauliflower and veggies with peanut sauce (my mom is awesome) along with a few other things before taking the dogs out for a romp.

We ran out of room for gifts around the tree – oops!
Adrian and Randy with our beloved furballs.

Winston (…and Adrian to be honest!) was happy to find some running water in Medea Creek.

Made even better by finding a log to swim around with.

After drying off the pups, we sat down to a fantastic meal starting with butternut squash soup, before moving on to the main course of Purely Elizabeth’s Vegan Pumpkin and Lentil Lasagna (again: my mom is awesome) with salad and bread on the side.

Then, we all settled onto the couch to watch Christmas Vacation and then play a couple of laughter-inducing rounds of the board game Name 5 before heading off to bed.

Christmas Vacation might just be the best Christmas movie.

Sunday (12/25 – Christmas Day)

Finally, the main event of the week was here! We woke up around 8am on Christmas morning and gathered around to empty stockings and open presents. I am so grateful for the wonderful gifts I received this year – highlights being a Nathan Intensity Hydration Backpack from my parents, a salt lamp (I’ve wanted one for months) from Adrian, and a telescope from my mother-in-law.

After a few hours we were all ready for breakfast! I made eggs, while my mom put break apart cinnamon rolls in the oven, and my stepdad made veggie sausages. Then, it was time to give my hydration vest a test drive with a 6 mile run in the trails behind my parents’ house.

It was still really muddy in parts due to Friday’s rainstorm.
But the views made mud-covered legs more than worth it.
I absolutely LOVE my hydration pack and was happy to wear my last year’s InkNBurn ugly sweater top again!

It was one of those perfect runs where, even though it wasn’t particularly fast, I loved every second of it and couldn’t stop smiling the whole way! Getting some “Merry Christmas” texts from my best friends in a group text at the turnaround point made it even better 🙂

Then, it was time to shower, assemble and bake the enchiladas, and head over to my cousin’s house. It was so nice to see a bunch of family members I hadn’t seen in months and I enjoyed myself so much catching up at dinner and during the white elephant gift exchange afterwards that I didn’t think to get out my phone and take pictures once – oops! Thankfully, my dad’s girlfriend, Sandy, was thoughtful enough to get a picture when we first arrived.

My dad, me, and my brother – thanks Sandy!

It was a wonderful holiday week and I am so happy and appreciate of all the family and friends that made the holiday so special. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and/or is having a Happy Hanukkah celebration!

If you celebrate, what did you do for the holidays?

Anyone interested in a Nathan Backpack review?





  1. Gillian @ That's G

    December 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

    You are amazing! Wish you had dragged me on that run with you/slash made me do the run streak with you! My running mojo disappeared…

    1. Angela

      December 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Aww man, I would have loved to have your company if I’d have thought of it! I’m trying to get my mojo back after months of only running 1-2 times/week!

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