Apparently The Jesus Lizard show Jon went to was a real hoot. Here's David Yow giving these people what they came for... Like them or not, he still puts on a good show after all these years (from what I'm told).
Cold enough for hats but not too cold for ice cream. Just the right temperature!!
When I got home, I wrapped all the gifts for our out-of-town family and friends so I can mail them tomorrow. I'm such a procrastinator sometimes! This is one of those years when I'm really excited for a few people to open their gifts. They're homemade and I know the recipients are going to absolutely love them! I wish I could be there to see them open the boxes.
This book is an old gift The Dude got from a dear old family friend. It's special because it's personalized just for him.
My brother and his family sent Croc this ukulele for his birthday! He was strumming it with a very far off look in his face.
We loved the book Wonder so much that The Dude is now reading Auggie & Me! I promised him I'd take him to see the movie though I might be too late to see it in the theaters. I wish more authors would write books like this one that have a really great message for kids, AND make it funny and entertaining enough to hold their attention.
Yesterday I mentioned what my new fitness goal is now that I've given myself a couple weeks off from working out and running: I want to run a sub 2-hour half marathon. I've signed up for the Rock N Roll San Francisco Half Marathon in April - hopefully with diligent training I can reach this goal in only 15 weeks.
Here's the schedule for the rest of this week (I always do a Monday to Sunday training week so I can do my long runs on either Saturday or Sunday):
Wednesday - 5 miles at slow pace (10:10 - 10:40 per mile)
Thursday - 3 slow miles and 3 x 20-second sprints with 2-minute slow run breaks in between
Friday - 5 miles at slow pace
Saturday or Sunday - 7 miles at steady pace (9:30 - 10:00)
Just typing out a schedule makes me feel better! When I don't run I get cranky and irritable, so I bet the whole family will appreciate mom getting back to what brings me calm and peace :)
And now, some Smatterings:
Proving it's the season of giving
When people do really kind things like this, it just makes my heart grow three sizes...
Filmmaker Casey Neistat and friends decided to transform an abandoned Milwaukee shopping mall into a winter paradise for a group of about a hundred kids from the local Boys and Girls Club. It took them almost a month to create this amazing wonderland vibe which you can see on Casey's YouTube channel.
Nature takes back forgotten places
If you don't know who Seph Lawless is, then you should immediately start following him on Twitter or Instagram. He's a photographer (from my home state!) who captures beautiful - and sometimes haunting - images of abandoned structures. I first found out about him when I saw a photo of an old Ohio shopping mall that had been abandoned and it looked exactly like the one I went to as a kid. I remember the shopping mall being THE center of excitement in town. We'd beg our parents for $5-10 to get a Happy Meal or Chick-Fil-A or Sbarra calzone, and then use the rest to see a movie or buy a little trinket. It's sad to see how humans went in and bulldozed a ton of beautiful places to build these amusement parks or shopping malls that are now crumbling and forgotten.
Saying goodbye to Scooby Doo's Daphne
I was sad to read that Heather North, the voice of Daphne on Scooby Doo, passed away at 71 years old. Scooby Doo was THE cartoon I watched every day after school as I enjoyed my Little Debbie snack. I started reading more about the cartoon and uncovered a few interesting things about it that I never knew:
That's all I've got for today! It looks like a wrapping paper factory threw up in our house. But I remind myself that I am fortunate and blessed to have gifts under the tree and for my loved ones while many do not. Perspective.
Tell me. What was the cartoon or show you loved to watch as a kid? I was a big fan of Leave it to Beaver (wow I'm dating myself here) and Brady Bunch.
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