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As good as 12/31 is going to get....

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Since my mom passed away two years ago on this date, 12/31 has become somewhat of a melancholy day for me. Don't get me wrong -- I know my mom is in a MUCH better place, but being human I can't help but miss her. She did so much for me -- all of which I appreciate that much more.

So I was really happy last month when I saw a 5K race that was going to be on 12/31/2013! Nice to have a different focus today!

And the training over the past month paid off -- a PB of 28:17! Running conditions for a winter race were just about perfect -- 43F, sunny, no wind!

DW and I are staying in this evening -- our best friends aren't able to be with us this year, first time in 5 years. I made a healthy lasagna on Sunday (ground turkey and LOTS of veggies), so at least we will eat well. Just did not see any venues for a NYE celebration that excited us, and besides, we partied a good deal while in Jamaica, so we're both OK with a quiet evening.

Well, SP friends, here's to you for a happy and prosperous 2014!

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IUHRYTR 1/18/2014 8:47PM

    Condolences and congratulations, Patrick. I relate to the sadness of the season -- Mom passed on Dec. 21st a few years ago. Hoping you keep happy memories of the time you had with her in mind often. -- Lou

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SUPERDAD55 1/2/2014 10:40PM

    I know how you feel, my grandmother passed away on Christmas afternoon when I was a teenager. I knew that she was in contant pain and was suffering in the last few years, so this was a good passing. We celebrate her life every year and laugh at all the funny memories we have of her. She was the one that INSISTED that all the grandboys be taught how to cook. She taught us all the importance of fresh home grown food. My dad can not cook on the stove, he can burn water, but he is a Pit Master. GO FIGURE? Everytime I try a new recipe, I can feel her near me. My wife and I was lucky enough to get some of her cook ware and use it to this day. Everything taste better when made in her pots. My DW loves to use the spices she grew from cuttings from her garden. Just remember your mom sees all that you have accomplished and is celebrating with you. Be proud of the man your mom raised.
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GETSTRONGRRR 12/31/2013 7:07PM

    Sounds like a good way to bring in 2014! Congrats on the PR

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MOBYCARP 12/31/2013 6:46PM

    Congrats on the personal best 5K! I'm glad you had fun, and I'm seeing a pattern on blogs of people staying home. Me, too. I'll go to be around 9, get up probably before 6, and enjoy the quiet on New Year's morning.



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HDHAWK 12/31/2013 5:26PM

    Congrats on your race! Have a Happy New Year! We're staying in too.

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TEAROSE22 12/31/2013 5:04PM

    Anniversaries of passing concurrent with a holiday brings a constant reminder. You are healing, and that is wonderful.
Happy New year NAND blessings to you.

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PICKIE98 12/31/2013 5:00PM

    Two years away from the pains of this earth: A wonderful start to eternity pain-free, happy, enjoying the rewards she earned throughout out her lifetime!
Being right with you as you go through life, sharing your milestones, watching the kids grow, watching you live your life.
You sound like you have a wonderful family, get to relax now and then.

I bet Mom is proud that you can even MAKE lasagna!! Most guys cannot even boil water! Celebrate your gifts, recognize who taught them to you and know that you are right no schedule in your life!

Happy New Year and Healthy life!

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CHUBRUB3 12/31/2013 4:00PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Hugs!
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