Black Friday is Better Than Black Monday

For those that don’t know their history….Black Monday was October 19th, 1987.  That was my birthday, by the way.  The biggest stock market crash in history since the Great Depression.  Yeah.  Imagine having THAT for a birthday!

Alas, Black Friday has a much better connotation than Black Monday does.  It’s all about sales and shopping.  I did not go shopping per se (unless Walgreen’s and the grocery count)…but did buy a few things for Christmas online and got some wicked deals in the process!

I slept in today, which was really nice.  I tossed and turned a lot after 7am, but I managed to mostly sleep until 9.  It felt great.  After getting out of bed and brushing my teeth, I made a cup of espresso and watched a couple episodes of CSI:NY before anyone else came downstairs. 

After breakfast, D and I ran a few errands – including getting me fitted for the right size road bike!  I took one for a spin, and can’t believe how much they’ve changed since I last rode one.  The gear shifting is incredibly easier, and the bikes are so light, it’s ridiculous.  Now that we know what size frame I need, it’ll make it much easier to find a good used one somewhere (I hope).  The bike I rode today was $1200, and that’s just ridiculous!  I have to actually DO a triathlon, survive, and decide I want to do another one before I’d be willing to spend any significant money on a bike.  Besides…I’m still obsessed with my need to get over open water swimming!

After the bike store and the grocery store, we went home.  I made my very own pumpkin spice soy latte, packed up for the gym, took M to his friends house, and then went to the Y.  I did an hour of cardio (20 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes spinning, and 20 running), and then did my upper body weight lifting routine, which took about 40 minutes.  I did some research last night and today, and put together upper body and lower body workouts that I’ll do until the end of the year on rotating days.  All told, my monitor said I torched 640 calories, so I can’t complain!  I think I could have used heavier weights for the chest fly, but we’ll see….I guess it’ll depend on how sore I am tomorrow.

I got home just before 4, took a shower, and have been pretty much online Christmas shopping since.  D took A driving – and went to pick M up from his friends house.  Dinner was a scattered combination of offerings.  I had leftover Sante Fe Spaghetti Squash from the other night , A had some as well, but on taco shells, D and M had leftover steak sandwiches, and R had a quesadilla.  D and M have been playing video games for the last hour or so, and pretty soon I’ll have to kick them off and reclaim the living room!

Other than taking R to swim lessons and going for a run, I don’t really have any plans for tomorrow.  I imagine that will mean much cooking and knitting…and maybe getting to the yoga class I didn’t get to today.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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