Christmas Caches, Groceries, and Getting Outdoors

It was a beautiful Sunday. I know it’s too much to hope that the worst part of winter is over, so I made sure to enjoy the sun and the slightly warmer temperature today by getting out and doing things in the outdoors. After solving another puzzle cache at home, we went out to do some geocaching, grabbing several in the Countdown to Christmas series.

The plan was to get the caches, go to the gym,  then go get stuff ready for gaming. Unfortunately, our game was cancelled for the day, so we changed things up a bit. Since we had to go grocery shopping anyway, we went to town to do that before heading back to Wamego. Instead of going to the gym, I used the daylight to do a zombie mission at the rec center track.

I made it around the track twice, walking for forty five minutes. I decided to go ahead and do the zombie chases even though I was walking the longer duration. It wasn’t bad at all. I did four chases and even jogged a little bit longer on one of them. They weren’t as hard as they’ve been in the past, so at some point, I’ll have to legitimately lengthen all of the jogging sections. The fact that I can jog even a little bit is pretty crazy, but I’m loving it!

Jon made us soup and sandwiches for dinner, and I watched The Polar Express to solve another puzzle cache. I also worked on a writing project for my mom. My writing brain doesn’t want to work tonight, so I’ll have to finish that tomorrow. I’m going to finish off the night with a shower and some reading before bed. It wasn’t an overly strenuous day, but I want to be fresh for another Monday. I’m hoping this coming week isn’t as harsh as last week was.

A.

 

Holiday Party 2013 and Saturday Recovery

Last night was our work holiday party, and I’ve spent today recovering. It was a lot of fun. I let loose and decompressed after a stressful week, so I needed today to rest and recuperate.

When the work day ended, I took Jon to the game store. I’ve dragged him with me to parties in the past, but I let him out of it this year. I knew I’d want to dance and socialize, and I didn’t want him to be bored and awkward, so I flew solo for the evening. My first stop was to get ready at my friend and co-worker’s house. My outfit wasn’t overly dressy, but it was different from what I’d worn during the day, and I actually put on some light makeup.

We had a couple glasses of wine before heading to the Hilton Garden Inn for pre-party cocktails. We mingled and visited with people while we waited for them to open the doors to the party room. Everyone was given two free drink tickets, so I had another glass of wine. When they finally opened the doors, we grabbed a table with all the report coordinators a friend from the business office. They started the lines for dinner shortly after that, and our table was in the second group called.

Delicious!
Delicious!

Speeches and a company update from our president followed dinner, and those were followed by more drinking and some dancing. I don’t drink often, but I definitely enjoyed some wine and beer last night. It was made easy by the bottles of wine they put on our tables. I’m also not a smoker, but I used to be, and when I drink I still have a tendency to join my fellow smokers for a cigarette. Luckily, I don’t seem to develop an addiction, and it will likely be several months before I smoke again, but when taken in the context for a party, I love me a cigarette. I didn’t think it was that cold outside, and the view from the hotel was very festive.

Going to walk through these lights next weekend.
Going to walk through these lights next weekend.

True to my plan, I spent much of the night dancing, taking rest and water breaks as needed, but definitely holding my own on the “shake a tailfeather” front. It was so much fun! I love dancing, I just never get a chance to do it. This year, the music was good, and though there wasn’t a huge group of people on the dance floor, the group that was there was a good one.

Jon got a ride to the party as it was closing up. The festivities ended close to midnight, and after making sure my friends got home okay, we made the drive to Wamego. The weather had forecasted some nasty weather, but it never hit us, so our drive home was easy going. I fell asleep shortly after we got home and slept in this morning.

When I finally did get up, I showered and had some Gatorade and a Luna ┬ábar for breakfast. As I’d expected, I was sore, so I spent most of the day chilling in my chair and working on knitting projects and solving mystery cache puzzles. However, the sunny skies outside eventually got the best of me, and Jon and I went out for an early evening walk before the sun went down. Because I was still hurting, I considered this a little bit of active recovery to get my muscles and joints moving. We walked several blocks, including a trek downtown where we stopped and had an early dinner at Barleycorns.

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Grilled turkey panini and baja chicken soup

On the way back home, we stopped to get drinks and snacks for the evening, then came home to rest some more. It was a pretty leisurely stroll, and I think the only reason I was hurting when I got home was because I’d been hurting anyway. That dancing, man…my hips and lower back are probably going to need another day to right themselves again.

I talked to my mom tonight and got some information for a little writing project I’m going to do for her. I’ve been playing some cheesy Christmas movies, but I’ve been hanging out on the internet for the most part. I’m going to lay down early tonight and get some reading time in before calling it a day. I hope the weather is good tomorrow. I want to find some caches and hit the gym before gaming, and the plan is to go grocery shopping tomorrow night as well.

Now, it’s time to pop some more ibuprofen. Cheers!

A.