Literary Lessons + Low Lunges

December 24, 2008

Hi guys! I had to save blogging for after our trip to the gym because it closed at noon and we had to get our money’s worth of my mom’s punch pass.

I slept gloriously in my childhood bedroom. My mom has the fluffiest down comforter on the bed and my dad keeps the heat way down low so it’s as cozy as it gets on the inside and frigid on the outside. I swear that’s the key to a great night’s sleep – but only if someone turns on the heat before you have to get up!

As a former children’s librarian with a masters in library science and teacher of children’s literature with an MFA, my mom loves all things literary. I asked her for an interesting oatmeal bowl and she produced this nice Beatrix Potter bowl



Complete with a Mary Poppins spoon!


I made a simple batch of oats to get us going around 8:30 with a gym trip planned around 10:30


My mom only had quick oats, so the flavors were different today. But the toppings rounded out the bowl. My bowl was appx. 1/3 cup oats, milk, water with 1/3 of a huge banana topped with crumbled oatmeal cookie, butterscotch chips, toffee pieces and some very dry old Smucker’s Natural PB.


+ some coffee. I feel like I am more addicted to the ritual than the caffeine these days.


After we digested, the husband and I went to the gym to get a good workout under our belts. My mom’s gym is a very simple small town gym, but has the necessities: ellipticals (ancient ones!), treadmills, weights + weight machines. I did 50 minutes on the ET followed by about 15 of free weights, which I lifted while climbing an aerobics step to keep my heart rate elevated. Tomorrow I’ve got a run planned and then hope to hit the gym again on Friday before we leave for the beach.

Once home, I rounded up the group for some stretching, disguised by Hatha yoga :) The boys were cooperative and willing to join in. My sister’s Matt had just gone running so we all ended our workouts with a little meditation. (But boy did the room smell!!)


Now we’re all showering and getting ready to have some Christmas Eve chili that my mom’s been cooking all morning. Karen + Andrew are expected later this afternoon. We might venture out of the  house or go for a walk. I’ll probably be back late afternoon.

Happy Christmas!

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1 Madison December 24, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Aw sounds like such fun family time!! and i loove children’s literature!!


2 Maureen December 24, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I’m so proud that your being so active over the holidays! I find it so hard in the chaos of shopping and seeing family. Shovelling snow definitely helps!


3 Jennifer December 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I was super-active this morning too! 6-7 miles on the treadmill. Woohoo! Gotta burn off that little bit too much of chocolate consumption last night!

Lucky you can run outside tomorrow. It is NASTY here in NY… oh well, better to stay inside and watch flicks and nap.


4 Bria December 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Those butterscotch chips look so tasty in your oatmeal! I will have to try that sometime.

Great job getting your workout in! Merry Christmas :)


5 Shelby December 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Cute oatmeal bowl! I used to love that book.


6 Sara December 24, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Oh I love your Mary Poppins spoon! You’re oatmeal looks so good, I’m going to have to try out your idea of adding butterscotch chips. Yum.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


7 April Nguyen December 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

I have a mug that has Peter Rabbit on it! My favorite. Love your blog. Happy holidays!


8 Moran December 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I love the Mary Poppins spoon! That is too cute!
Happy Christmas Eve!


9 Fitness Surfer December 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I thought about tossing in some butterscotch into the oatmeal the last few days, but figured Iā€™d save it for after I reach my fitness goals =) Maybe Christmas morning. My grandma has those bowls but hers is a miniature tea set the kids use for tea parties.

Enjoy the Festivities!


10 K December 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I love the Marry Poppins spoon! One of my favorite movies!



11 VeggieGirl December 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Fabulous oats, yoga, etc….. YOU KNOW THE DRILL!! šŸ˜€

Merry Christmas!!!


12 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Family yoga – love it!


13 Lisa December 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

No offense, but the Mary Poppins spoon is a little creepy. It’s like she’s … watching.


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