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December 6, 2010

T-18 Days. Holiday *Spirits* Abound.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:11

Right now I’m likely above the skies en route to Charlotte NC where my connector is. Then I travel to Boston, I’ll have a lovely dinner with my family and then travel back to my place at some point. When I left New England snow was predicted for today.  Hopefully nothing materialized because

A) I freaking hate the snow

B) I’m coming from a warm locale

C) I don’t want to get delayed

D) I freaking hate the snow

Anyway the point of all that is I’ll have a race report up when I’m good and ready and rested from the travel.  Instead, today, you get:

Okay so Christmas is still a few weeks away. But I was going to have an ulcer or something from holding onto this picture any longer

The rest of this post is nice and sentimental (some holiday spirits flowing? Celebrating a good weekend perhaps?) so I feel a little like a terrible person for posting the above picture.  Forgive me? hahah

Okay so I’m writing this in advance (like my post on Friday) and I really didn’t want to do ANOTHER running post.  I mean, yes, MM stands for Marathon Maiden.  But honestly: I am (was? this writing for the future stuff is hard and confusing haha) tapering after all.  You really can’t expect much more from me in terms of running stuff.

So on last Wednesday night (the night before I was leaving Providence and actually typing this up) I couldn’t take sitting around.  I was antsy from tapering and couldn’t run over things in my mind.  I tried reading but failed.  I had energy to burn.

Then I remembered that when I came back from Thanksgiving I “borrowed” the fake tree my family owns.  And I figured that it would be a good idea to spend some time setting it up and putting on my ornaments.

So I took the tree out of the garbage bags it was wrapped in, put it in the stand and unfolded it (sorry not pics of this as I only remembered that this would make a good post after the fact hah!). The I opened the box of ornaments and found this:

In case you can't read the writing it says: Merry Christmas for your first apartment

And, for reasons unbeknownst to me because I am not a very openly emotional person, I teared up and got very verklempt.

Okay a little background of my growing up: every year, since my very first year on this earth, my parents have given me an ornament.  The idea is that when I move out (ahem like now) me (and my siblings) will have ~20 ornaments to place on our first trees.  Granted we all have more than 20 (as various family members have given us them as well as buying them on our own) but, in my case, 23 of them are specifically labeled as THE Christmas ornaments.

Inside that package was my 24th

I have a thing for snowmen

Right next to this one is my very first ornament ever

And, of course, the ornament that sets me apart from all

Let's just say the siblings were NOT happy over this one. Especially since my mom gave it to me!

I probably could take a picture of EVERY ornament and have a story or something for each one.  Some good.  Some bad.  Some embarrassing.   But it was quite a good night setting up this guy

It's actually in a cozy corner and not just by itself. I swear! I just had to clear some area to work my magic

I was so proud of this that I pixted (text picture?) it to my mom with a smiley face and got the reply of “Looks great. Nice job decorating”.  Mother approved 🙂

I actually set up the tree while my roomies are out and, as I type this, they haven’t yet returned to see it.  I’m thinking that it makes the apartment nice and home-y.  In fact the setting up tuckered me out so I was able to sit still and read under it 🙂

A little eerie with the lights off, no?




  1. I hope (in fact, I am pretty sure) you are having a fabulous time! Nice tree, and I can’t wait for the update when you get back!

    Comment by Terri — December 6, 2010 @ 12:19

  2. Travel safe! Love the tree and the ornaments. I really can’t wait for the recap!

    Comment by janae — December 6, 2010 @ 12:30

  3. OK, you had me at “Maury Christmas” That’s fricken funny stuff. The tree looks great!! Happy travels and a big congrats on your Marathon accomplishments this weekend – I’ve heard some rumors about your race! 😉

    Comment by jen — December 6, 2010 @ 13:02

  4. The countdown to Christmas is on! My mom put up the tree last night. I was too tired, so I just watched! I love that you have ornaments from each year! Such a good idea! Hope you have a safe trip back!

    Comment by J — December 6, 2010 @ 13:10

  5. Awwwwww. Merry Christmas.

    Comment by Chelsea — December 6, 2010 @ 13:33

  6. Love it, Karyn! Still can’t get over how amazing you were yesterday! 😉 (And how shocking it is that I recognized you from your tiara photo… LOL!!!!!)

    Comment by Lesley @ — December 6, 2010 @ 13:58

  7. Such a lovely tree! 🙂

    I saw the update on fb- Hooray for your race!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 6, 2010 @ 14:34

  8. How did the race go??????

    Comment by Jill — December 6, 2010 @ 14:41

  9. I love the Maury picture! Your tree looks so good 🙂 I love the idea your family had about giving you an ornament every year so you have them to start off your own tree. If I ever have children, which I probably won’t, I’m definately doing that!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — December 6, 2010 @ 15:34

  10. I was hoping there would be a hint about how the marathon went in this post 🙂 Love the tree & ornament tradition…it officially feels like Christmas once the tree is up.

    Comment by Jenny — December 6, 2010 @ 17:11

  11. OK I already cheated and looked up the results and am excited to read about it… BUT my parents did the same ornament thing too! They kept them for a while since I moved around so much during grad school, but now I am getting a box mailed to me.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — December 6, 2010 @ 17:54

  12. I’m so over the snow, too! We have a TON here (lake effect). Hopefully you didn’t get any.
    Haha, oh Maury.
    Love your holiday tradition of getting an ornament, too.

    Comment by emily — December 6, 2010 @ 19:10

  13. BIG CONGRATS on the race!!!! Can’t wait to read a full report – you rocked it!

    Comment by mealsformiles — December 7, 2010 @ 07:32

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