Today marks the last day of NaBloPoMo, but to be honest, at times, I completely forgot I was participating. My daily post has become such a part of my everyday routine, that I never felt like it was a chore to have to post. I only ran out of things to say a few times. Maybe only once. Guess I am becoming quite the chatter box. What would the written expression version of a chatterbox be?
My other goal for the month of November was my 30 Day Shred Challenge, which started out strong and fizzled towards the middle of the month. Overall I did the routines fairly consistently with an average of about every other day. Not bad. I had hoped for some amazing results, but I mostly noticed that my endurance improved. I sure sweat a lot and felt great each time I finished a workout, but I can't say that my challenge resulted in a smoking hot "shredded" bod. Oh well. I won't toss Jillian aside, I still think her workouts are hardcore. I just don't think the results are as drastic as she makes them out to be.
I can't believe tomorrow is the first day of December! In a mere 19 days, I will be home in CT with my family! ::BIG smiles::
Since tomorrow is December first that means we get to start our advent house! When I was little my mom always made a paper chain with one link for each day in December leading up to Christmas. She would write fun activities on the slips of paper and each day my brother and I would get to remove the link and read what we got to do that day. Sometimes it was some kind of outing like going to the library, or an activity like baking cookies. Sometimes it was something simple like everyone singing a Christmas song together. I always loved doing our special chain, so I continued the tradition with my college roommate. Our activities got a little more involved including trips to the mall for holiday shopping and dinner at our favorite restaurant. The chain was always about having special moments with the ones you love.
When my husband and I got married, I started to do the same advent type thing with him, but I recently got this cool little advent house from my mom. Each day has a door that opens to a small compartment. The perfect size for a little piece of chocolate or a small note. Since my husband is really busy during the week, I didn't want to put in too many activities that required us going out, so I wrote footrub or backrub on a lot of his little notes. He never tires of getting pampered like that. I also included a few that said, relax with a glass of wine/beer or watch a movie together. My favorite (put in for my pleasure) was read magazines in bed. Sometimes he gets a little chocolate too.
I really enjoy doing an activity based (or appreciation based) advent because it means more than just getting a piece of candy. I use the month of December as a chance to show my husband how important he is by doing something nice for him everyday and making time to spend with each other.
Tonight I have to make all his little notes to get ready for tomorrow!