Life Lately + Birthday Recap

Man, life lately has kind of seemed like a whirlwind. Dane and I got into bed last night and couldn’t figure out why our legs felt so heavy and sore. I don’t think we sat down once the past 3 days! I said it before and I’ll say it again – it hasn’t felt like the holidays around here. For better or for worse, we’ve been going through the motions, but I’m not as gung-ho as I usually am when it comes to festivities, decor, shopping, etc. I got my shopping done before December began, wrapped and shipped it, slapped up the tree, banged out a few rounds of cookies and wham bam – done. Checked the box. I feel like a Scrooge about it, so tell me I’m not alone here?!
Friday night we had a Christmas themed party where Dane and I went as the memorable “Dick In The Box” skit from Saturday Night Live. We got lots of laughs and enjoyed a great night with friends who have become like family.
 We overindulged at the party, so we got up early Saturday and hit the gym, where just 6 days after choking at the marathon, I clocked a 5k PR. So much of running is mental and it felt really good to see a positive result from myself, which was so needed to keep myself motivated.
After the gym, we ran a boat load of errands. Returns, house things, holiday things, the grocery store…every type of errand you might imagine. We got home just in time to rearrange a couple more things at the house, shower and get dressed for Shinola’s Christmas party in downtown Waikiki. Shinola is a lifestyle brand out of Detroit, best known for their leather watches and goods. Dane has one of their watches and LOVES it! I would highly recommend them. Not sponsored whatsoever, just genuinely love the brand 😉 Afterward, we went to go see Collateral Beauty with Will Smith – oh man, I can’t say enough good things about this film. Do yourselves a favor and go see it this holiday season!
Sunday was Dane’s birthday and we started the day by waking up at the crack of dawn to go watch the sunrise on the other side of the island. Our original plan was to do a sunrise hike, except the amount of rain we’ve had recently flooded out the trail and it was just a recipe for disaster. We settled for some powdery sand and watched the sun light up the turquoise water.
After the beach we came home, washed the dogs, clipped their nails, cleaned their ears and made sure the guys outside fixing up our fence for the Houdini Dogs was all set. Once we did all that, we came inside and chowed down on some homemade cinnamon rolls – hey, it’s only your birthday once a year right? #eatup After, we totally tornado-ed our house. Unpacked, sorted, organized, and cleaned. It feels SO GOOD that our house is finally taking shape. Last night, our good friends came over for dinner, because Dane was dying to test out his birthday present from me – a new grill!
We sang to the birthday boy with a special ice cream cake, chatted and laughed until our stomachs hurt. Dane said that so far 32 is off to a great start!
I promise, a bigger house tour is coming soon! It just takes me dusting off the ole DSLR 😉
How was your weekend? What are you doing for the holidays? Tell me everything!

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