Wednesday, December 20, 2006


I leave for Hawaii in less than 12 hours.

Am I packed?

Of course not! I'm reading blogs! Sara = unproductive.

Just got back from a nice 5 mile run....39 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and a beautiful sunset. My favorite weather to run in, I think. I can wear shorts, a long sleeve technical tee (my IM finishers one--always fun to wear!) and gloves. Shorts, long sleeves and gloves makes me feel like I can run forever.

I really should pack...but Joe tagged me so I thought I'd leave with this little nugget o' fun. Whoever wants to be tagged is tagged!

When I come back, it's time for a New Year...and that means a POLAR BEAR SWIM! Lake Erie...on New Year's Day! This year with some video. Awwww yeah. You know you are jealous! That's why my "swim" for the GYGO Worldwide Triathlon is 25 yards. :) I'll be lucky if I make it that far at all, and I'll probably be running and, if I'm really brave, dolphin diving. Hey, I'll have a nice tan at least! Last year TriAl took great pleasure in splashing the heck outta me. TriEric and I will be doing our tri together hopefully--and hopefully the roads will be clear so I can bundle up and ride 10 miles or so!

Aloha, and Mele Kalikimaka! :)

Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate. The very thought of egg nog makes me want to yarf. Drinking something called "NOG?" Ew.

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa wraps them, but I hate wrapping presents. Hate it hate it hate it. Kind of like I hate ironing. I mean, really, what's the point? It's just gonna get wrinkled anyway, right? And it's just gonna get torn up. Amen for the almighty gift bags!

Colored lights on tree/house or white? White.
Do you hang mistletoe? Heck yeah!

When do you put your decorations up? NEVER before Thanksgiving...usually the first week of December.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Stuffing. MMMMMMMstuffing. Tasty carby goodness.

Favorite holiday memory as a child? Not being able to sleep, and then dragging my parents out of bed around 6am and just feeling the magic of the morning.

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I figured it out in 4th grade.

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No! That's totally cheating.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Light a fire, put on some fun music, and decorate away. Usually I laugh at the ugly ornaments I made when I was a kid. I joke that my tree is the "reject tree" because we have some seriously fugly ornaments.

Snow! Love it or dread it? IHEART everything about snow and am SAD that I haven't gotten very much so far this year--or last for that matter! Snow days are the best. Only 2 of those in 8 years of teaching though...I'm on the wrong side of town. Sigh....

Can you ice skate? Yep! If I do say so myself I'm pretty good!

Do you remember your favorite gift? Probably my Strawberry Shortcake dolls. They rocked, dude.

What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with family.

What is your favorite holiday dessert? Whatever my Mom makes.

What is your favorite holiday tradition? Probably a cross between making buckeyes (to eat...mmmmmmmm....the best dessert EVAH) and Christmas Eve service with my family.

What tops your tree? A TOTAL throwback ornament that topped my parent's tree in 1973. We still have the original box that says "$0.25" and it is SOOOOO 70s. I love it!

Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Giving.

What is your favorite Christmas song? Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi from the soundtrack of A Charlie Brown Christmas. (I agree, Joe!)

Favorite Christmas movie? Oh boy. This is tough. I'd have to say a TIE between A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation. SO many good lines from that one. "We're gonna have the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny $%*ing Kay!"

What do you leave for Santa? Cookies, buckeyes, and carrots for the reindeer. Don't forget them.


bunnygirl said...

Have a great time in Hawaii, Sara!

walchka said...

You are going to heart Hawaii. Have a great trip! Ahola and mahalo...

Siren said...

Yaaaay! Somebody else who Hearts A Christmas Story!

qcmier said...

Enjoy the trip Aloha!!!

Hermano said...

Buckeyes...... delicious. I'm heading back to Cleve-burg on Saturday (if I can dig out of the 2 feet of snow here in Boulder) and there had BETTER BE SOME BUCKEYES. That and Cleveland Stadium mustard.


Wes said...

Yay! Have a great time and prepare yourself for that full immersion ice bath! LOL. Better you than me...

E-Speed said...

I'm in for the polar bear swim! Not sure about the whole tri though :)

Have fun in Hawaii!

TriSonq said...

Have a great time in the sun. JEALOUS!

Forgive my ignorance (I'm a non-cooking male and I grew up in the South) but what is a "Buckeye", other than the OSU nickname?

Fe-lady said...

You are such an OHIO gal leaving buckeyes for Santa! And I on the other hand, being a deprived Ohio original have NEVER roasted a buckeye to eat! (Will have to meet up with you some year to do a polar bear swim in lake Erie and eat buckeyes!)
Have a great time in "BLUE HAWAII!"

Papa Louie said...

Have a great time in Hawaii!
Happy Holidays!

Lance Notstrong said...

We must have the same sense of humor, I love Christmas Vacation (can't see the lines can you Russ) and A Christmas Story (electric sex glowing in the window), so many good lines.

If you like those, you should check out "Scrooged" with Bill Murray.

Hermano said...

For those asking or confused, a Buckeye is the Ohio state-tree, with hard seeds about the size of a golf ball; the seeds are dark brown (color of dark chocolate) with a dime-sized spot of light brown (color of peanut butter), are extremely poisonous, and hurt like a mother when your brother throws one at your head.

When an Ohioan talks about eating a Buckeye, they mean a type of homemade candy; a ball of peanut-butter dipped in melted dark chocolate with a little spot left showing.

Joe said...

> Amen for the almighty gift bags!

Yikes! You're one of those people? I have lost all respect for you now. ;-)

> What is your favorite Christmas song?
> Christmas Time Is Here by Vince
> Guaraldi from the soundtrack of
> A Charlie Brown Christmas. (I agree, Joe!)

Okay, you gained back my respect.

Lana said...

Have fun in Hawaii!! Merry Christmas!!

BuckeyeRunner said...

Have an aloha of a good time....make sure you tell everyone there that you are kama`aina (local) so you get the good deals! PS. Let me know the logistis for the big polar bear excursion. That sounds like it could be interesting if you do not mind me tagging along.

PS. "Frageeelay...must be Italian"

JenC said...

Enjoy your trip! I can't wait to hear about it when you get back.

Oh, and I will be polar bear swimming with you too!


Habeela said...

Happy holidays and have a great trip!

TriBoomer said...

Maui will be even more beatuiful with you there!

Stay tuned...

Cliff said...


Enjoy your time....I hate nog too..disgusting.

Rae said...

Have a GREAT trip!

TryAthlete said...

Happy Holidays Sara!

Kate said...

Have a great time and take pics u

Run for Chocolate said...

Have a great vacation!

Susan said...

Have a great 2007 Sara! Hope your holiday in Hawaii is wonderful!

Rachel said...

Great holiday self-interview! Hope you're having a fantastic time in Hawaii.

I kind of miss the snow here. And I agree about white lights. Wrapping presents though...I kind of like--kind of like collage; and I like art.