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Week in Review New Year

It was a much quieter week than the Christmas week. THANK GOODNESS. We still had family things on the Monday and Tuesday but the rest of the week was completely chill. Here’s how it went down, and we owe this post to my friend Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feets for hosting yet again this week’s Week in Review. *applause* *boob flash*

I was able to start off the week with a solid 10 mile run with Lora, and we finished up just before it started to snow. After coming home and showering, and while I was getting ready and prepping for Andrew’s family to come over, my sister Tracey texted me saying that they’d be passing our house on the highway behind where we live. I couldn’t invite them in so I told her to honk and I’d wave the brightly-patterned patio cushion above the fence while they drove by.

I just lost all my readers.

Okay so whoever is still with me, we had a great time that night with Andrew’s family. Drank dranks, ate too much food, as usual. Excellent. Then the very next morning I started ripping down all the Christmas decorations and dismantling the tree. I guess I got distracted during the clean-up because all of a sudden smoke started coming off the leather kitchen chair I had left in front of the fireplace, the one I used to stand on to reach the lights up high. I nearly burned the house down, and it wouldn’t be the first time.

After Ethan saved our lives by yelling “THE CHAIR IS ON FIRE!” we got ready to go bowling with my extended family. I ended up with a DNS because I got caught on the phone with one of Jake’s doctors. Although when I did manage one shot, I got a strike. YASSS. Pure luck. I suck at bowling.

I got up at 5:45 to drive Jake to work on most days of the week so I’d just come home and run right after that. Wednesday was a quiet day but Thursday stayed pretty busy from the second I got up. After I dropped Jake off, I ran, and then got groceries, then brought Kylah to basketball, drove out to Langley to pick Katie up from her cousin’s, got back into Abbotsford in time to drop Katie and Freddy off at Jason’s (his wedding rehearsal was that night) and then after that it quieted down and I really just spent the rest of the day resting. I read my book, we got pizza for dinner, and Ethan’s cousin slept over and they went to bed at a decent hour.

I got my hair cut on Friday morning. I hadn’t had a professional hair cut since September 2015! She took a couple of inches off the length and then gave me some long side bangs, which I love.

The rest of the day was a bit of a struggle fest. I think the stress from the holidays finally started leaking out, probably because I had just published a post on how well we managed everything. Murphy’s Law, right? Sometimes we just have to ride out the waves and collect ourselves once we’ve been spit out onto the beach. I spent the day alone with Callum, which I made into something special. He and I are a good little team.

The kid hasn’t been outside in days because the weather has been so bad, but it was sunny that day so I bundled him up and let him dictate where he wanted to take us. First we went to the park, then Starbucks for a cake pop and some chocolate milk, then the pet store to visit the kittens, and then back home to play playdough, read books and snuggle. After I put him to bed at 7 I hopped on the treadmill and sweated out some stress (I’m so thankful for running!) and then I climbed into a hot lavender bath. SO RELAXING. Then I crawled into bed beside my little man and went to sleep.

The next day, Saturday, I woke up at 5:45 to drive Jake to work and then came home to run outside. It was so icy so I walked a lot but I was listening to an incredible podcast and didn’t mind at all the extra time it took me to get back home. I showered, got Callum ready, we ate breakfast (green smoothies and banana toast) and headed out again. This time it was snowing but we still went to the park, visited the kitties, picked up my MacBook (I got it serviced) and then headed to the dairy farm to visit the cows. Callum loves that place.

Callum fell asleep in the van so I parked outside Starbucks and used their free wifi to do some writing. It’s a pretty vulnerable post, but I’ll share it when the time is right. I think it will be a helpful one for me, and maybe someone out there as well.

Now I’m typing this in real time. It’s Saturday night, New Years Eve, at 8:55 pm. I’m alone, with Callum fast asleep in our bed upstairs. I have a decaf coffee and Bailey’s beside me and I had every intention of working on my book (I spent about an hour on it today, which felt great!) but I’m so tired that I may just pack it in early. The year 2016 already knows what I’m thankful for, and the year 2017 senses my hopeful optimism, so there’s no need for me to get all up in their grills at midnight. A gentle nudge tomorrow morning on the soft blanket of sparkling snow will do just fine.

Okay so I did end up going to bed at 9:30, snuggling beside Callum in bed with me, and then we both woke up at midnight for a second to the sound of fireworks, but once I pulled him into me, he settled down and we fell back asleep.

On New Years Day Sunday morning I got up early and headed out into the freshly fallen snow for a 5 mile run. It was so serene and just what I needed. Later on in the day, I layered Callum up with his snow stuff, picked up Katie from Jason’s and took the two of them to the park to romp around in the snow.

They had a lot of fun and Callum nearly fell asleep on the couch beside me in front of the fire, but I kept him awake so that he’d have an early bedtime.

What did you guys do to ring in the new year? 

Did you stay awake until midnight?

What changes are you hoping for this year? 

Have you ever stood in line to get into a favourite restaurant? 




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  • meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) January 2, 2017, 12:42 pm

    I hate waiting in line but I totally do it for certain favorite restaurants of mine if I can’t make a reservation! you always make me laugh btw, you didn’t lose me at the beginning of your post, I was laughing out loud lol. yay for haircuts! it always feels so nice after a good hair cut.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 4:28 pm

      I feel like a new woman. I put my hair in a ponytail and it actually swings around in a cute little rhythm rather than just hanging there like road kill.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run January 2, 2017, 12:47 pm

    Your hair looks awesome! I love it. 🙂 We went out for sushi with our friends on NYE and then came home early. The whole no sleep thing meant there was no way I was staying up until midnight! I hope to be less angry in the new year.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 4:27 pm

      Your last sentence made me laugh hard. Thanks for the hair compliment. I need to send you over some flowy shoulderless tops to try on!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 2, 2017, 12:56 pm

    I love the new haircut and all the mommy Callum time. I bet he loved it too.
    I made it until about 10 p.m. on NYE. I watched Howard Stern’s Private Parts with a glass of wine and then called it a night. 🙂

    Boob flash back ‘atcha.

    Also I can’t wait to read the vulnerable post.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 4:26 pm

      What’s Howard Stern’s private parts? I’m texting you as soon as I get my phone back from Callum!!!

      Yeah, that post is a gooder. I have two super deep ones lined up. I need to space the serious ones out a little though. I’ll have to come up with something about poo. Shouldn’t be too hard.

  • Una January 2, 2017, 1:21 pm

    I used to wait in line to get into my favourite breakfast place when I was in university. $5 got you coffee or tea, toast, hashbrowns, 2 eggs, choice of ham, sausage, bacon or ground beef, and fruit. It was the perfect hangover breakfast for broke university students.

    I’m hoping for a lot of changes this year. For myself, and for my marriage. More than hoping, I’m determined to initiate those changes, rather than fall into my usual pattern of just talking about stuff and not doing anything about it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 4:24 pm

      That’s a wicked deal for some decent food. Nice.

      I think we can all relate to falling into that trap of saying stuff we want to change and then not doing it. I can’t really think of anything I’ve ever been successful at changing. HA HA! Oh, except my daily veggie habits! That’s right! Okay so why was I successful at that? Lemme think… I think it has something to do with, and this is going to sound super hippie dippy, but something shifted inside of me, and I couldn’t go back. It’s almost, ALMOST like all of a sudden, a switch turned on inside my brain and I didn’t even have to work that hard at making sure I ate veggies every day. It became something that just was. Just IS. I sound high. But seriously, that’s the best way I can explain it. I think we have to get to a point with ourselves where we just get fucking sick of the bullshit, we do a 180 and never look back. New habits are easy to make if it’s something we are plugged into. People say that they want to eat veggies every day, and then they don’t, and they don’t because they’re lying; they don’t really want to eat veggies every day. They WANT to want to, but they don’t truly want to… until they get that shift. Then, boom.

      The shift is grace, and it’s quite often just given to us. Sometimes we deserve it, and sometimes we don’t. But when it happens, it’s up to us to run with it.


      • Una January 2, 2017, 10:34 pm

        I am in serious need of some grace right now.

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 3, 2017, 5:57 am

          I haven’t texted you back–I just realized this. It’s been a bit… busy over here. It’s settled down somewhat now, so I’ll shoot you over some love once I know that I won’t be waking you up. Although it’s an hour later over there, but still, it’s not even 7am your time yet. XO

          • Una January 4, 2017, 7:12 pm

            Dude, I totally get the busy-ness. It’s all good. We will connect soon.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 2, 2017, 4:10 pm

    I hate waiting in line for stuff. I feel like I try to plan around when places will be busy just to avoid it. Love the new haircut! And playing in the snow looks like fun!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 4:33 pm

      I can’t even imagine waiting around in line without my phone. What did we ever do while we were waiting before smart phones? I recall carrying around a book. I always had a book in my purse (my dad always brought a book everywhere, to church, to Christmas dinner, lol, everywhere!). Books are probably healthier, but not nearly as entertaining as social media.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 2, 2017, 4:56 pm

    You do know me right? We spent NYE at home, had dinner and passed out by 9. I woke up to the fireworks but fell back asleep. I got up at 6:30 and enjoyed a peaceful run around the ‘hood. That’s my kind of new years. Not much for crowds.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 6:24 pm

      That sounds absolutely wonderful. Dreamy.

  • Jamie@TheMomGene January 2, 2017, 5:17 pm

    I think you shuttle your kids around as much as I do…can that be considered a mental/emotional workout? Here’s how I rang in the new year: my husband went to a Widespread Panic concert and I ate ice cream on the couch and watched When Harry Met Sally in honor of Carrie Fisher (I think I made the right choice).

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 6:23 pm

      Awe, that sounds like the perfect night to me. Shuttling kids around gives me incredibly strong jaw muscles from clenching my teeth, and never-ending bum zits from sitting in leggings on leather all day long. Wow, that’s hot.

  • Gretchen January 3, 2017, 4:26 am

    I didn’t stay awake until midnight, but I for some reason woke up at 11:57 so I stayed awake for 3 minutes, gave Dan a kiss and went back to bed. We so crazy.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 3, 2017, 5:55 am

      Isn’t it so strange how we all magically woke up right at that time? Spppppooooooookyyyyyy

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 3, 2017, 5:41 am

    Your haircut looks so great! I fell asleep on the sofa but woke up at 11:58 when the fireworks started and Ollie panicked. So Ryan and I had our midnight kiss and then spent the start of the mew year convincing our Labraheeler that it wasn’t the end of the world.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 3, 2017, 5:54 am

      Ohhhh yes that’s right… dogs get really upset with that stuff! Poor Ollie! Callum got super scared when he heard fireworks on Halloween and ever since then, once in a while if he hears a loud noise, he will panic that it’s fireworks. 🙁

  • Ana January 3, 2017, 12:23 pm

    Your haircut looks great! Thanks for the boob flash ( * ! * ) << Those are fake books obv, cause the nipples are too high.

    I stayed up and did the countdown, but it felt a little anti-climatic…. I started drinking at 9:00 and was so sleepy by 10.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 3, 2017, 4:56 pm

      My boob flash would look like this . .

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe January 3, 2017, 12:24 pm

    I’m considering shaving my head. I feel like it would just be easier. THoughts?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 3, 2017, 4:54 pm

      Meghan has a shaved head and it’s sexy as hell. I’d love to shave my head. I think it would be such a holy experience. Transforming. But I’ve got this flat bit on the back of my head like my dad does and it looks so deformed that it would actually rob me of the whole “shaved head look” because people wouldn’t see my face (which is what I’d be going for in regards to the whole holy experience) because they’d be so caught up in how flat my head is in the back. If I tilt my face down and look at my toes, I could balance a 10-story building on top of my head and run a marathon carrying it around with me.

  • Mackenzie January 4, 2017, 2:14 pm

    LOVED this recap! You had me laughing at loud at several points. I love your haircut too! It looks like a truly wonderful holiday! Your kiddos are the cutest <3 I hope you and your family have a blessed 2017!!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 4, 2017, 4:12 pm

      I’m so glad I made you laugh! I already forget what I wrote so now I want to go back and re-read it so I can laugh too. I love laughing and I have no shame laughing at my own stuff.

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