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Of Cat Butts And Mall Crowds

on December 29, 2013

Well hello there! Long time, no blog. Did ya miss me? OK, I missed you, but let’s not make a big deal about it.



Get comfy – we’re going on a week-long journey.

When last we left off with the tale of Courtney, it was Friday and she had just faced the music yet again. No, wait…I don’t want to talk in the third person.

On that day, the 20th, the Christmas fun really began. Julie and Dan came down that night and what was even more exciting was that they were there before I even got home from work! Yay! We were doing our Friendsmas last weekend since we didn’t think we’d see them for Christmas itself. We had such fun that weekend just hanging out, no plans whatsoever.



We couldn’t wait, so we ended up opening our gifts to each other on Friday night. I got an awesome race medal display and a Blerch shirt (which I never took a picture of – bad, bad blogger). Tara got a Vera Bradley purse and some Doctor Who earrings. One says “Timey Wimey” and the other says “Wibbly Wobbly” – so cute!



We got Julie a bunch of jewelry making supplies that she had asked for to make her awesome Jewels by Jules. For Dan, we got him a Doctor Who mug, Nightmare Before Christmas Hallmark ornament and a fun DC Comics periodic table of superheroes t-shirt. I think we all did really well for each other!

After they left on Sunday morning, Tara and I just wanted to relax so we binge watched Orange Is The New Black on Netflix in between a few household things. We really liked it and got into it so much that we finished watching it on Monday after work. Now we can’t wait for season 2!

I consciously made the choice to not work out AT ALL over the last week. I needed a reset of sorts. I know you should move 30 minutes a day or whatever, blah blah blah. NO! I just wanted to do nothing. I wanted to spend time with my family and friends, away from the computer so much and enjoy it to it’s fullest. Sure, I could have still gotten workouts in, even just short ones, but my mind was tired, my body was tired and I was feeling “over it”.  I’ve got a new plan in place (which still needs some tweaks, so it will probably start next week) and will be back in the gym tomorrow morning. I may just do cardio and yoga this week while I continue the strength tweaking and learn my new maneuvers, but at least I’ll still be doing something. I believe I will also be using my introductory class at the obstacle gym next Saturday morning. Good stuff in the works!

After I got out of work on Christmas Eve (at 1:00) and Tara had finished her baking bonanza (can you say Oreo fudge!!!), we drove up to Julie and Dan’s house to stay there for the night. We randomly made this plan while they were here last weekend. They’re sort of a “home base” for us when we go up to MA, whether it’s to see them or other family. They always have a guest room for us so it’s easiest to stay with them the majority of the time.



This is where the cat butts come in. See, whenever Tara and Julie use FaceTime with each other, it somehow started that Tara would always flip the camera and show Julie one of our cat’s butts to shock her. Then they started sending pictures back and forth via email. Well, we just so happened to find some cat butt magnets on Amazon (seriously, who thinks up these things) so we HAD to get them. We ended up getting to Julie and Dan’s that day before they got home from Dan’s uncle’s funeral (sadly) and had literally 1 minute to throw the magnets all over their house for them to find because they pulled in the driveway right as we were unlocking the front door to go in! It was hysterical watching them find them all over the house – on the front door, dishwasher, fridge, coffee maker, etc. We crack ourselves up! They ended up taking two of them and stuffing one in a pair of socks in our overnight bag and we still haven’t found the other one!



We crashed there Christmas Eve, enjoyed some apps for dinner together and then Tara and I watched while they opened their gifts to each other. We all got up on Christmas day and then went to our respective family celebrations – they went to Dan’s aunt’s house and we went to my aunt’s house (only about 15 minutes away).

Tara and I had a great time seeing my family, as we always do. It’s always just the two of us, my grandparents, my aunt, uncle, cousin and her boyfriend. This time though, her boyfriend was with his family for the day so we had a smaller crowd. We hung out and relaxed, ate a nice dinner with ham, turkey and sides and then opened presents. I got some really awesome, thoughtful gifts and so did Tara. My parents got me the Camelbak day pack that I had on my wish list for hiking, my cousin gave me awesome Jaybird Bluebuds X wireless headphones for the gym and both Tara and I each got the most awesome, soft toasty warm blankets. There were some gift cards as well which are always appreciated! We then had some dessert and just hung out and chatted for a bit. Such a nice, low-key time. The funniest thing is that Tara got more Vera Bradley items from my parents and my cousin. What the strangest part is, though, is that all 3 people got her the same pattern (Portabello Road), but not a single item was repeated and none of them talked to each other about what they were getting. It was a Christmas miracle!

After we left my aunt’s house, we headed back to Julie and Dan’s and arrived back just before they did. We hung out and talked about how our days went and what we got and then got ourselves some Chinese food for dinner to watch the farewell to Matt Smith special and the Doctor Who Christmas special (his final episode – boo hoo!). We had such a fun time and I really wish I didn’t have to work the next morning. We ended up leaving right after the special ended at 10:30 and got home just before midnight. It was so worth it though.

Nothing exciting on Thursday and Friday except work, but then yesterday we were out and about for a loooong day. We went to the Wrentham Outlets to pick up a wallet to go with Tara’s new purses and wanted to check out their end of year clearance sales. We ended up getting some pretty good scores and didn’t spend a whole lot because I had received some generous gift cards from some of the reps I work with so we used those. I also got some very exciting new workout gear, in addition to a couple of things I got the last time we went there.

Reebok was having an awesome sale yesterday that if you bought one pair of shoes, you got another pair for $19.99. I wasn’t paying attention and went in to really just get a pair of lifting shoes and was hoping to get some Crossfit Nanos. They had the Nano 2.0 on clearance for $74.95 (marked down from $110 or something like that) so I was like, yes please! When I went up the pay for them, that’s when they told me about the sale, so I decided to go grab a pair of trail running shoes too so I could use them for either trails (which might help with my impact injuries) or for my obstacle course races! I don’t know what else I ended up getting marked down, but I only ended up paying $85 for both pairs (which is $10 less than it should have been) so I was psyched. That may have been my deal of the day. I also got a nice warm jacket-type shirt from Under Armour to go with the “ninja” style shirt I got the last time (below).


Thumbholes and fold over mittens? Yes please!


After we left the outlets, we headed to Tara’s aunt’s house to do gift exchanges with them. They gave us some really fun things and then we just hung out for a bit. I also met their new chameleon, Dino.


That’s my “look how brave I am, but he’s getting kind of close, GET HIM OFF ME” face.


After we left there, we headed to our local mall to check out the clearance at Old Navy and Bath & Body Works. We specifically went there because we wanted to get some new PJ pants ($6 a piece!!) and wanted to stock up on our anti-bacterial things from B&BW which were $1 each. Old Navy was a madhouse. We set our timer to see how long we would be in the line that snaked around the store and it took us 25 minutes to check out – from the time we stepped into line to the time we finished checking out. It was ridiculous. They had like 6 or 7 registers, but only had 3 people ringing people up. It was insane. We had to wait in a longish line at B&BW too, but luckily we were only in that line for maybe 10 minutes.

After that, I FINALLY got to go to the movies to see Anchorman 2. I’m not sure it was as funny as the first, but I was still busting a gut at several parts of the movie. It moved kind of slow in the middle, but finished up with an epic battle scene that was hysterical! And I don’t know how they kept so many cameos in the movie a secret! Or maybe they weren’t a secret and I just don’t stay on top of things. Who knows.

And now you’re caught up. I know, I’m so fascinating to read. Sorry for the lack of pictures…like I said, bad, bad blogger. I should be back in the swing of things now and I know you’ll be holding your breath until my next post because I’m the most awesome blogger you’ve ever read. Wait…why are you laughing? Stop laughing!



Until next time, friends…


Delilah is watching you.





23 responses to “Of Cat Butts And Mall Crowds

  1. TartanJogger says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun- and well done on scoring such great bargains!

  2. DragonLady says:

    LOL @ the cat butts!!

    I went into Old Navy Friday, and then turned around and walked back out. It was like Walmart crazy! 😉

    • beach3519 says:

      It really was! There was stuff all over the floors, racks tipped over, people getting pushy with each other. I was a little scared. I can only imagine what it was like when the store first opened in the morning!

  3. Bree says:

    I love your race medal display! That’s so awesome!
    And I too was rather bummed that Matt Smith is done and gone. He was my first Doctor and I definitely have a thing for the “hipster Doctor.” But I have high hopes for Peter Capaldi, even if that means the Doctor is finally growing up. Seems like he’ll be doing some facing of the music as well.

    • beach3519 says:

      Thanks – I think they picked the perfect one for me!

      And yeah, he was my first Doctor as well and what made me go back and watch from #9. I have this sadness every time he regenerates (I think 10 was the worst emotionally with “I don’t want to go”) but then I get used to the new person and fall in love all over again!

  4. Yankee Girl says:

    The Reebok deal is unreal! Lucky you! I should go check out New Balance to see if they have crazy deals going on.

  5. The medal display is awesome! And I’m laughing at the cat butt story! Hilarious!

  6. I just made fudge for the first time and Oreo fudge sounds amazing.

  7. Sounds like a pretty awesome week! Well, minus Smith leaving 😦 Those were some amazing deals you scored!

  8. 52milespermonth says:

    So I definitely have the cat butt magnets. They are a real hit. And by bit I mean people are disgusted that I have cat butts on my fridge!

  9. Desiree says:

    LOL love the cat butts and sounds like you guys had a very awesome week! Love that Ninja pullover! That looks pretty sweet!

    I didn’t think I’d be as sad as I am about Matt Smith leaving but I am. I guess we all get apprehensive at the start of something new!

    How are your plans shaping out for the new year? I really need to start wrapping my head around some goals to work towards!

    • beach3519 says:

      I know, it’s so fun! I haven’t even gotten to wear it yet because it’s been too icy to run outside. Bums me out!

      My plans are pretty good so far. I’m starting a week later than I wanted, but back in the swing of things as of today with some walking this morning and yoga before dinner tonight. I’m gonna get some lessons on my new strength plan on Wednesday, so that’s why I’m pushing that until next week. This week I’m just gonna focus on cardio and yoga and bring the strength back in next week.

      I don’t know how your brain works, but mine always like having things laid out for me to look at the “whole picture”. I don’t know if you have access to Excel, but there is a free weekly meal planner template that you can download and tweak to your heart’s content. I used the basic template and just added one column for workouts so I have everything right in front of me and then I plan out my upcoming week. My ultimate plan is cardio (running or stair thingy) on Sun/Tues/Thurs and then strength or obstacle class on Mon/Wed/Sat with Friday being my full-on rest day. My only two actual written goals at this point are finish the Tough Mudder in late May and finish a half marathon (which I just signed up for yesterday, in September)…so basically everything is being aimed at them right now. You should definitely think up some goals – I always find it helps once I can think of exactly what I’m looking for!

      • Yea, I think I definitely am going to start actually planning each week out, Especially now that I want to add so much more to my exercise “plate” so to speak. So mapping it out is half the battle I suppose! Can you shoot me that link to that excel spreadsheet?

        I’m also going to be on the lookout for a chalkboard and write out our meals for the coming week that way Chris and I have a game plan in place instead of just written on a piece of paper and there is no question about what we are having on what day! (I didn’t actually mention those things in my blog post, but I should! Maybe for the New Years Day post if I can muster one tomorrow!)

  10. I love your new medal display! It’s awesome. 🙂

    Oreo fudge? Oh. My. Goodness!!!

    I saw a cat’s butt book when we were at the bookstore on Book Night. I hadn’t read your post yet, or I could have sent you a picture!

    • beach3519 says:

      Thanks! I think they picked the perfect one!

      And OMG doesn’t even begin to cover that fudge! It’s too funny you saw a book about it. I never knew there was such an obsession with cat butts in the world outside of our little foursome. It’s almost a little disturbing! AHAHA!

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