Here we are again, back around to the holidays!  We had a great Thanksgiving weekend, with dinner at my brother’s place.  Great food (thanks Brenda!) and lots of good times.

The rest of the weekend was relaxed, with lots of time spent working on homework (finance final, last individual case study, team project) and some household chores.  I also got most of my holiday shopping complete.  I’ve got another round of cyber-shopping to go for some friends and I’ll be 100%

I finally got around to getting the A/C units out of the windows.  I don’t know why it takes me so long to get around to this chore each year.  I suppose its because I hate to think about the coming winter season.

Fran spent Saturday and Sunday decorating the house for the season.  She does a fantastic job of decorating

, and it really fires up my holiday spirit.

As for workouts, I managed to get in a 5.25 mile run and upper body weight workout on Friday, and a 2:00 MTB ride on Sunday at Stephens State Park.  I’m really digging the riding at Stephens.  It’s not too terribly technical, so I’m not walking around stuff, has enough climbing to make me really feel the workout, and always ends with about 15 minutes of gnarly descents, fast flowing twisty flats and a great bomb-run with three good jumps.

I’m really going to try to get to all my workouts this week.  My work schedule seems to be relatively light, so I should have the energy to complete the evening sets (we’ll see how long that lasts).  Friday afternoon is our team’s holiday party.  That should be fun.

Mantra of the week:  Breathe in, Breathe out.  Nothing is permanent.