Wednesday, the company let us out early (at 3pm), so I went home, changed, fired up the iPod, and took a 6 mile walk, in order to squeeze some exercise in before dark. That evening I met a friend of mine at the gym and got some MORE exercise. I did my 30 minute interval program on the treadmill (alternating 1 minute of walking and 1 1/2 minutes of running for 30 minutes). Unfortunately, I think breathing in all that cold A/C in the gym caused me to develop a nasty cold Wednesday night. I was very congested that night and didn't sleep well. Fortunatley, after that the cold seems to have mostly died off. I'm down to just a few sniffles and a slight cough now.
I went down to my parent's house on Thursday to join them and my brother, for Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, things went well. No bickering or fighting between me and the bro. The meal came out pretty well. Turkey was a bit dry, but still good. Unfortunately we didn't have any dinner rolls because the oven managed to die mid-way through cooking the turkey. I'm looking into the oven and asking my dad, in a suspicious way, "Dad, why is the oven sparking?". The heating element inside the oven seemed to have developed a hole in it and was sending a shower of sparks flying out all over the oven as the turkey cooked. Not good. And their oven managed to die only a couple of days after their dishwaser died! Everything breaks down at once. Of course, my dad, being the incredibly efficient person he is, has already fixed the oven and ordered a new dishwasher! Fortunately, despite the 'fireworks', the turkey cooked fine (perhaps a bit overcooked). Dinner proceeded and was good. I ate way too much food (shooting the diet all to hell for a day). Oh well. I have my weight under control. I can easily work that little extra weight off. That doesn't bother me.
Friday, I returned to work. I work for a credit card company, so I expected that 'Black Friday' would be a completely insane day. It turned out to be exactly the opposite. It was one of the most dead days ever at work. Half of the company was out and they ended up letting us out a little bit early. I went out and braved the stores during my lunch break to pick up a few things. Turns out that the parking lots were packed but the stores were almost empty, oddly enough. I went through the several stores and picked up most of what I was looking for. I couldn't find a few things though. I went back to work after that and when they let us off early, I headed from work to another couple of stores to pick up the items I couldn't find at lunch. I found them at the second group of stores without any problem. Once again, the parking lots were packed but the lines were surprisingly empty. Odd.
Saturday, the cat dragged me out of bed early (8am). I got A LOT done that day. I put up my Christmas lights around the house, did some lawn work, ran some errands, did the laundry, put together the fake tree (and chased the cat away from it several times), took all the ornaments out of their boxes (I have a lot of Hallmark ornaments), watched the FSU/Gators game (what a horrible game), ate dinner, and watched some stuff on the Tivo.
Sunday, I slept in a bit later (930am), got up, ate breakfast (ALWAYS eat breakfast in the morning! Never, never, never, skip breakfast if you want to lose fat!), and did some stuff around the house. Then, I decided to get some exercise and I set out to make my longest walk yet. I fired up the iPod and sent out and made a walk of over 7 miles. That took a couple of hours. Unfortunately, due to the location of my house, it's difficult to make a long walk without walking most of the way along the street. This means that the noise of the wind and the cars going by largely drowns out the sound in the iPod. This makes it largely useless. :( I then came home, showered, went out for lunch, came home, read the newspaper (which I bought on my long walk), and then went for my weekly Sunday dinner with the family. I visited with the family for the rest of the evening, came home and went to bed.
There you have it, a long, busy, tiring weekend... Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.