I am not a fan of New Year's Eve. I actually really despise it. There have been a few really bad New Year's Eves in my life and since then, I have decided that it's just another day. I went for a lovely run with some amazing people and finished the year off with a nice round number (even though I had to end on a half mile exactly to get that number).
The rest of my day was spent a lot like this.
I read 12 books in 2014, so that's pretty awesome! One book a month isn't too bad. My friends who also hate New Year's Eve decided to come over and have a game night.
I mean, look how happy he is to not be out at a bar with 6 gazillion other people.
My very best friend also joined us. She's super stoked on New Year's Eve.
We only ended up playing Cards Against Humanity and then sat around talking. Midnight seemed to roll around really, really slowly. Usually it comes up pretty quickly, like when I am not paying any attention and knitting while binge watching Netflix. But I wanted to go to sleep at 10 that night.
My mom didn't make it until 12.
Everyone left promptly at 12:02 and I was asleep by 12:15. Our neighbors thought it would be fun to shoot off fireworks until 2am, but luckily, I was able to sleep through it. Mostly. My dad had brunch ready for us kids the next morning.
And I spent a lot of time with this little one. My favorite activity to ring in the New Year.
Then, I did my second favorite activity.
It decided to be 60 degrees on the 1st of January, so I took full advantage of it. My run felt fantastic, but laying on my dad's floor for 20 minutes afterward felt even better.
On Saturday, I decided a rest day from running would be a good idea. So, I went hiking with my friends instead.
As it is well known, nature is my happy place. Luckily, I live where the nature is abundant and absolutely gorgeous.
We went about 6 miles and chatted the entire time. It went by way too fast.
The weather has been amazing, once again. After a week of full-on storms and then a week of freezing (literally) cold, it is so nice to have temperatures in the upper 50s-low 60s.
Yesterday, I spent my last day of vacation exactly how I hoped I would.
I never thought I would be getting my runner's tan back in January, but I'm not upset about it.
Today, it was back to the grind. It's always a little nerve-wracking to go back to work after two weeks off, but it was just like riding a bike. I met up with a friend for a beach run after work to de-stress. It was super ugly and I don't know how I handled looking at the view for the entire run.
Where are all the buildings and strip malls?!? I was really offended.
I feel so lucky that I live so close to the ocean and am able to run on the beach.
2015 has been pretty good to me so far. Let's hope it stays that way!
How has your 2015 been so far?