Santa was good to me this year. Not just with presents (and I should mention here that the insane pile of presents you see behind us was at my mother-in-law's. Jeff has 3 sisters and a total of 10 nieces/nephews plus the 5 of us and assorted spouses and "chosen" family, all of whom were there), but with presence.
My oldest son, who moved out in September, is staying with us for a few days. Between the holiday and N's sprained ankle, I haven't spent half of my days in St. Louis at volleyball practice. My brother and niece are home from Wisconsin until Wednesday. We had three family Christmas gatherings so far with one more tomorrow. Sometimes the holiday shuffle is exhausting, but this year I've just been able to enjoy the chance to spend time with the people I love.
Of course, Santa delivered some awesome stuff too. The highlights for me were finally getting (well, ordering) a Garmin, some cold-weather bike gloves so I don't have to risk frostbite when hitting the trails this winter, a shock-proof/water-proof camera so I can get the shot next time Jim and I get hung up on a tree in the river, climbing gear for the adventure camp that next year I am most definitely attending (schedule conflict this year), and the perfect pair of riding boots.
Most of my clothing choice (tights/shorts, base layer, tech shirt, long-sleeved jersey, vest) was right on, but despite having shoe covers with me in the car, I opted not to wear them. My toes were really cold and sore by the end of our hour and a half on the trails. Definitely need to start wearing the shoe covers and doubling up on socks. The new gloves would have come in pretty handy, too, but they're just a bit too small and need to be exchanged.
Regardless of the frozen toes and fingers, the ride was pretty great. The trails were in good shape, the frosty morning was beautiful, the dead deer was finally gone, and I only fell once (riding uphill over a good-sized log). One of these days I'm going to go out there and just ride switchbacks and other spots that give me trouble, but for today it was wonderful just to be outside. Well worth a couple yawns later in the day.
|Jim: "Yes, I know you have a blog, but I have places to be..."|
|Supposed to show how pretty the icy branches were glistening in the sun, which I totally failed to capture.|
Anybody have a great holiday memory or fantastic gift from this year to share? (You know, share as in tell us about, not share share. Although, feel free to share. :D)