there’s no place like home for the holidays

When I arrived back home in Chicago on Thursday morning, my dog greeted me by immediately shoving his nose down my boots.  I have no idea why he thought my feet smell so good that he needed to sniff out my boots, but I guess that’s a good way for a dog to welcome you home.  He also jumped up and danced with me for a little bit.  Awww welcome home to me!!

Christmas 2010 (1)This is why you always carry a camera with you.

Another fun fact:  I used to waitress at Egg Harbor Cafe, which is a breakfast/lunch place with multiple locations around Chicago.  The food is delicious and has made me a bit of a breakfast snob.  Anyway, I loved all the people I worked with, and many of them are still there, so I sent them one of my fabulous Christmas card/letter combos.  I met a couple of my friends for lunch there today, and I was greeted by one of the managers (who wasn’t there when I was there!) by him saying, “Wait…I know you…you’re the girl in the picture!  You’ve been a busy girl!”  He turned and pointed to the wall, and sure enough, there was my Christmas card!  I haven’t worked there for over a year and a half, but I always have the best welcoming whenever I go back to say hi and eat some delicious food.  Hands down my favorite job ever.  Definitely tradition to go back whenever I’m in Chicago.

image Christmas Eve movie!!

Another Nurse on the Run family tradition takes place on Christmas Eve.  Growing up, my immediate family wasn’t really close to the rest of our family, so it was always just us for holidays such as Christmas.  In order to keep three young kids from going totally nuts on Christmas Eve while waiting for Santa to come, my parents would take us out for Chinese food and then out to a movie.  We’ve done this for as long as I can imagine, and although  my 30 year old brother and my twin sister and I (we’re 26!) are no longer nutso over Santa (nor are we Jewish…), we still carry on this tradition.  We checked out a new Chinese place (mango shrimp…YUM!) and then headed to see Little Fockers.  Yes, it only got 1.5 stars, and yes, it was fabulous.  I apparently like bad movies…no worries there. 

And yes, we have snow on the ground.  Not quite like last year’s Pennsylvania blizzard, but we’re going to have a White Christmas in Chicago.  :)

Annnnnnd the snow today meant an awesome Christmas Eve snow run!!  I headed out for eight miles on one of my favorite routes.  Having grown up in Chicago, I know that running when it’s snowing means that it is warm outside!  It can be too cold to snow, so when it’s snowing, it makes for some toasty runs.  I love running when it’s snowing, especially when few other people are out so it’s quiet…just you and the pretty snow.

Thursday, December 24
8.05 miles in 1:01:32, avg pace of 7:38

I run fast when I’m at home…especially when I have snowflakes on my eyelashes  :)

Do you have Christmas Eve traditions?  Do they involve Chinese food??

Thanksgiving 2010


Sooo my last post was a little bit sad…because I am sad that I’m not going to see my family this Thanksgiving!  However, I have an amazing number of things to be thankful for this year, so I’m not really as sad as I sound.  I promise.  I realize that many Thanksgiving posts go unread because people are celebrating with friends and family (as they should be!), but here’s what I’m thankful for this year:

  1. I have a new job!!  Anyone who has been around the blog long enough knows how absolutely miserable I was this time last year…and then it got worse.  Although I’m still on orientation at my new job, I haven’t cried yet…which is sad that that’s one of my criteria for judging a job, but it’s true.  It’s still too early to form opinions about this job, but not everyone wants to leave, so two thumbs up for that.
  2. I live in NYC!!  This is about eight million times better than where I lived in Pennsylvania.  I’ve met amazing people and had the opportunity to take part in many events even in my short time here.  Plus, Sharon and I are going to have a great movie and pie night on Friday!
  3. I can run.  A lot.  I ended up taking two months off from running this year due to injury, and I’ve been running well and running a lot.  I feel blessed to be able to do something that I love so much…and it do it pretty fast.
  4. My family.  Best ever.  Still.
  5. Friends.  Both old and new.  I am unbelievably lucky to have met so many people here and stay in touch with great friends in other places.
  6. Beer.  It makes for a good run!
  7. All of you.  I truly see my blog readers as friends, which gets confusing when I refer to people as “my friend in South Dakota.”  I’ve shared so much with all of you, met some of you, and definitely count you as people close to me.  Thanks for reading!
  8. I get to take care of people.  I may complain about missing my family, but my patients are missing their family too, not to mention the fact that they’ve experienced something I would never wish upon anyone.  I am privileged to be a part of these people’s lives during one of the hardest times.  Shaving a man’s face or giving a woman a nice hair wash makes all the difference.


I shared this last year, but I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving so I’m going to share it again.  Not to mention it kind of makes me want to dance.

Happy Thanksgiving!!  Eat some pie for me.  :)   What are you thankful for??


My run on Tuesday was quite fabulous…I wasn’t feeling it, but once I got out there, everything melted away and I just had a good time.  I headed over to the west side and had a windy long run…snot rockets may have been involved.  (I’m thankful for them too!)  Not too many people were out, so it was a peaceful run where I really appreciated being out there.  I love running.

Tuesday, November 24
12.3 miles in 1:34:36, avg pace of 7:41

Love it.  Off to work!

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