First Day of 2012

Welcome to 2012!

Last night, Craig and I welcomed in the new year with a fairly low-key event—minus some fire on someone’s hair!


Andy, our host for the evening, invited us over for an Alaskan-themed dinner.


We had all sorts of Alaskan foods:


I’m not a big fish person, but I do love halibut.



Fun fact: caribou and reindeer are the same animal

caribou = wild

reindeer = domesticated

This was ground caribou meat mixed with breadcrumbs, seasonings, and herbs and then placed on a mushroom. Very delicious.


Our contribution: Ptarmigan that Craig shot this fall.

He made a cream and butter sauce with tarragon and saffron (which is crazy expensive). It was good and not gamey at all.


Moose Meat

Very good as well!


Home-grown beets


And local beers of many sort.


After dinner we watched the movie Cowboys and Aliens and then got ready to ring in the New Year with a toast.


Everyone getting ready!


After our toast, we proceeded outside for some fireworks.


When arriving home at 2 a.m., we saw this moose having a late-night snack on the bushes.


I definitely ate my fair share of food last night, so I made sure to get my butt to the gym for a workout this morning. Since I usually take Sundays off, I kept it on the easy side.

0.5 mile walk

1 mile run

0.5 mile walk

15 minutes elliptical

I wanted to run at least one mile because I want to see how long I can continue with the streak of running every day.

I know there are a lot of factors that can derail a run: sickness, weather (specifically ice), but I’m going to do my best to run at least one mile every day. We shall see how long it lasts!


Yesterday (Saturday) morning, I ran 7 miles outside in 1:06 (slow!).

It was COLD at 1* F. 😕


Hope your first day of the new year was a good one!


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