Sunday, December 23, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

After a hectic work week, travel to Atlanta for business and finalizing a summary judgment motion for filing Monday, the Christmas season hadn't quite sunk in. Work ended Friday, and although we had decorated our Christmas tree earlier in the week, there weren't any presents underneath it. So armed with a glass of Cabernet and with the sounds of Josh Groban's newest Christmas CD, I started to wrap...and wrap...and wrap. Finally, around midnight I gave up and headed to bed for a few hours of sleep before Saturday morning cycling. The presents had filled the space beneath the tree and I was beginning to eagerly anticipate the next day's trip to Philadelphia to spend Christmas with my family.

Two hours on the bike Saturday morning went by faster than I expected, although I could feel the effects of a busy work week and a few too many glasses of holiday cheer lingering in my legs. We spent most of the two hours in the big chain ring and in aero position. Two of my favorites! Yea right. Soon I was back home, finishing up the wrapping and loading up for the trip up 95.

95 was its usual mess. Our 4 1/2 hour drive took us two hours extra and by the time we arrived our nerves were frazzled. But it was well worth the wait! We arrived to the cheers of two very excited nieces, my sister and her husband and my parents. Kate can hardly contain herself as she looks with excitement at all of the presents under the tree. I'm sure the extra sugar from the daily dose of cookies and candy adds to it. [I need to find a way to harness that energy and save it for long rides and runs.] We've opened a few token presents, caught up with each others latest and greatest, taken a long walk, curled up in front of the fire, and even made a few gluten-free sugar cookies.

Yes, its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!