…time away from the computer, away from routine, away from the chaos. Instead, focusing on making memories with family. Including the most fun cookie baking party ever last Friday afternoon, with two-year-old niece Isabel in charge of pushing the peanut butter cups into the chocolate chip cookie “pushes.” She also did a damn fine job as hostess of the first ever Christmas Eve-eve dance party in my dad’s living room. #needed

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…Christmas Eve fitdates at the barre, which wound up being the most fun way to kick off Christmas Eve for me personally. Seeing clients get SO excited at the thought of getting their last ‘shake’ at the barre in before a reprieve spent with family and friends soaking in the holidays — such fun for me. Especially since my sister-in-law was there, the newest barre n9ne addict to join the b9 family. 😉 And it gave me a chance to focus on something other than the chaos about to unfold back at the Sutera Manor, thanks to our annual Christmas Eve party with Scott’s entire extended family. It wound up being a blast…but still, the calm before the storm at the barre — more than welcome!  #needed

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…moments spent with Scott, the love of my life, my best friend ever, and the man who holds my heart safe and sound each and every day. We enjoyed every last second of our time together, both as host/hostess but also as guests in my sister’s home as she and M played hosts for Christmas Day (which involved an incredibly tasty brunch, I must say). And then? We came home to a quiet, chill night in on Christmas night, which may have involved an entire bottle of wine — but not just any bottle of wine, a bottle we scored from one of our wine clubs — a very special blend of Cabernet and Syrah, it was unfreakinbelievably tasty. And the perfect way to close out the holiday. ❤ #needed

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….and moments of routine, re-embraced. While I loved every last second of the holidays, a return to normalcy was welcomed with open arms. It involved a fitdate at the barre with two fit besties (my sis and Steph, fellow b9 instructor), followed by the most delicious lunch ever (see below) and a rundate with the hubs. Which turned out to be one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time. It started out cold, with me b*tching about the weather and how much I didn’t want to be running, and with a severe case of shin splints. But wound up being one of those freeing, cleansing, awesome runs. Where my legs just moved effortlessly by the end, almost as if I had somehow managed to grow wings (which would be weird, glad that didn’t happen…). A return to our #teamsutera running ways — something I’ve missed lately. That and killer runner’s high, like whoa. #needed

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13 thoughts on “#needed

  1. I know what you mean about craving the normalcy after the holidays. Though I like not going to work, I really do thrive on routine.

    Scott looks like someone. I’ve been trying to figure it out for a day or two. An actor, maybe? Is there someone that people always say he looks like? I can’t figure it out!

  2. Yes! Very much needed – all of this. I did much of the same – took a break from work and blogging and social media and let myself just be. And yes, now I feel more refreshed to embrace the routine and everything around me. We all need that break, don’t we? It sounds like you had such a wonderful and love-filled holiday.

    • That break is SO needed — and something I honestly plan to do more of in 2013. it may mean less readers, page views, etc., but that’s not why I blog, at least not anymore, you know?

      SO glad you also had a disconnected and reconnecting holiday with your family. The best.

  3. Great holiday photos and take on the holiday season. Can’t wait to read up on #teamsutera adventures/miles in 2013. Careful out there running now never know where there may be ice 🙂

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