2) My holiday present to myself is to ignore Sparkpeople until after the New Year. Not so much because I'm eating crazy amounts of sweets or food, but because deconstructing holiday food to its ingredients to enter is a serious pain. But...
3) I have finally started running again. I took several weeks off, but started moving again on Monday. I found a 10K race in mid-February that fits into my schedule, and it means I have something I have to train for which will keep me more motivated.
4) Life has been crazy. Between travelling with J for Thanksgiving and then home to WI, finishing at Klutz and starting a show, house sitting for a friend in San Bruno, dealing with holiday shopping and stuff, and wanting to still see my boyfriend - I have spent only three nights in my own bed since Thanksgiving. This is insane. But as everyone is going off to their versions of the holiday I thought I'd share mine.
-- I am always working on a show in Dec, either in rehearsal or finishing performances. So travelling home hasn't been easily possible - especially given that the Midwest weather can wreck havoc with careful plans. (This is why I usually go home in early Dec or Jan.) While I have received many invitations from friends it feels odd to me to intrude on someone else's family at this time of year. So I spend Christmas alone at home. And it's wonderful. In a world that is often too busy with too many things going on, a day (or days this year - whee) that I can spend selfishly alone is the best gift ever. I get a chance to actually cook for a change, to watch videos (last year I marathoned season 1 of Dr. Who), and do whatever I want, whenever I want. Much as I am going to miss J ,who is driving home to CO for the holidays, I am kind of relieved that I have no reason to be anywhere but home for ten days. The rituals I have now are going to a midnight service on the 24th where a high school friend of mind leads the choir, and calling home the morning of the 25th. That's it. And that's wonderful.