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That Last Deep Breath: Georgia Christmas 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy in-between week! I can’t wait to share with you our trip to Georgia to see my family for Christmas number 2! It didn’t go 100% to plan, but what in life does? Still, a fabulous, delicious, trip.

Last week, I was a bit off. More than just a bit off, actually. To the point that, by the end of the week, I needed to retreat, honestly. I’m still trying to get to the bottom of my malaise, actually, but I just couldn’t… engage with social media, with the blog, with expectations. This post is actually the first time that I have sat down to write anything other than comments replies since last Wednesday. I just had nothing. So I decided to honor those feelings, and I went largely radio silent for a few days. I’ve got a few more updates for you, but today, I want to focus on the gift of this weekend and Alex’s and my trip to Georgia for Christmas with my family!


Thursday was a bit of a go-go-go because I woke up, took Ridley to boarding, headed to the gym to train 3.5 hours of clients and then left to go straight home to finish packing, take the car to the repair shop, and jet to the airport, where we arrived 50 minutes before our flight and somehow managed to get lunch and eat before we got on the plane.


Mom picked us up at the airport, and we drove out and met Dad at a fantastic Italian restaurant that they recently discovered. The food was DELICIOUS, the wine so good that we got another bottle, and even though my stomach started kicking in, it was a fabulous meal that I couldn’t stop eating. And yes, I ate this entire pot of mussels. Which probably wasn’t the best decision with questionable stomach, but YOLO.

The night’s excitement didn’t stop there, however… apparently I’m not allowed to ride in cars at night, because a huge doe decided to get involved with our car, and let’s just say, between my car and our van, I now know the sound of bumper dragging on the ground. We were safe (the doe didn’t make it), but Mom and Dad are now going to have their own insurance discussions. (No other cars were harmed this weekend, thought)

And we needed some pie to soothe our nerves when we got home. Pie #1 of the weekend, taken care of. 


I woke up feeling ok and ready to run, or, at least to slog. The weather was perfect, and it was time to get out there. Alex and I ran a few miles together (he is still bringing himself back from a weird calf injury that has been plaguing him for nearly 2 months), and then I branched off for a few of my own. The miles were slow, but steady, and I finished the run feeling like myself again (as I posted on Facebook). My excitement was a bit premature, but I felt solid for a few hours!

My bro joined us that afternoon, and not long after we went to see Rogue One and follow it up with dinner! I thought the movie was solid, I thought they did a beautiful job of the tie ins and continuity, but I wasn’t blown away. I just didn’t connect with this one in the same way. But that said, I didn’t connect with Empire Strikes Back originally, and now it is one of my favorites. Popcorn, peanut M&Ms, and fountain Coke Zero made the celebration real (though I paid for those later too!)

We went back to Silver Moon, a fun, no frills (seriously, they don’t have the restaurant name on the sign!) but packed to the gills restaurant that we went to a year and a half ago. Delicious food (as always) but I took half of mine home and had it the next day for lunch (due to my stomach acting up). Then it was time to go back home and lay in front of the fire with my legs up and a heating pad on my stomach. But at least I was lying in front of a fire with my family!

Saturday – Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was our Christmas! I got in a run, a chat with my mom, a walk with Alex, some football watching, some Scotch tasting….

social time with old family friends and nibbles that turned into dinner number 1 (ps, that beef was amazing).

Then it was time for dinner number 2!

I made pork tenderloin with onions and apples (roasted in the pan with the pork). We ate plenty at the social gathering, so I just finished things off with croissants Mom had picked up from a local bakery and a salad. 

Then we exchanged presents by the fire! My brother bequeathed us with his old PS4 (which we are SO excited about–we are going to try to get rid of cable!), and Ridley got a new bed for her crate! I gave my mom a cook book and a healthy eating and living book, my dad tequila sipping glasses, and my brother a gift car to Uber Eats. Afterwards, we/they got to digging into pie. I “helped” Alex and mostly ate Reddi-whip. 

Sunday- Christmas Day

Christmas morning was totally different this year! I had planned to run, but I forgot the time for the sunrise, and without my headlamp, let’s just say I wasn’t getting far! So instead, we fixed breakfast and hung out for a bit before my brother drove us into Atlanta to the airport. 

I have to say, I was TOTALLY impressed with the outfits that I saw at the airport. People COMMITTED to the day! 

Something I wasn’t impressed with? 


Otherwise, the day went quite smoothly. We didn’t have time to go to the grocery store (we had to pick up Ridley!) but we got in quick workouts and had an easy early dinner of our favorite Trader Joe’s Alsace tart before exchanging gifts.

I also won a pretty awesome new toy from A Sweat Life 😀

I gave Alex rocks cocktail glasses, ProCompression socks (both for running and for work!) and us both Road ID shoe tags to keep us safe (not that I’ll be running much, but I figure it will last, lol). He splurged and got us tickets to Phantom of the Opera! I knew that we were going, but he kept quiet how he searched for good seats and his plans for us to go to a nice dinner beforehand. 

Then, I Suzicorned and snuggled with my puppy.

This Week

I feel like this last trip of the year, this last gathering with our family, this last round of celebrations of the holiday season, and our retreat from social media and the pressures of life… this was our last deep breath before the start of so many new ventures and adventures.

This week between Christmas and New Years is such a wonky one–do you ever really grow out of the childhood understanding that you have this week off? And yet… you work and you need things done! And some businesses understand that, while others don’t!

I am meeting with and having phone interviews with various people throughout the week on topics regarding running/coaching/blogging, then meeting with friends or having phone dates, I am going to try to get in for an emergency appointment , and Wednesday…. Baseline ultrasound and shots start!

Oh, and Alex goes back on service an attending physician. And we don’t have the car because it is in the shop. Which means it is just me to keep the pupster entertained this week. 

Because the historic “week off” should have you doing #allthethings, right?

But at least we have now gotten to see all of our family, share presents material and immaterial. No matter how weird 2016 has been, I am glad that it is drawing to an end with the most important people. 

Suz's 2016 is drawing to an end with her life's most important elements #holidays #family Click To Tweet

Also, I am writing this in unicorn onesie. #Suzicorn with a side of Baileys. With a Ridley in my lap. 

I’m not sure if I will be back everyday this week, but don’t count me out–plus, you know that I won’t miss Running Coaches Corner!

How were your holidays?

What are your thoughts on this “in-between” week?

Many thanks to Katie for Marvelous Monday!

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Sometimes you just need a break and that’s okay. It happens to so many of us this time of year. So glad you had a good time with the family. My family didn’t make it out so I was on my own this year.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Seafood Chili {GF, Low Cal, Paleo}My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sorry that your family didn’t make it out, but I hope you get to see them soon!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Pipers Run

    Sorry to hear you hit a deer. We had a very different Christmas this year with my husband working. I think it affected me more then the girls, haha. This in between week is what I’ve been looking forward to for a month or two. Do nothing, do everything, see family, eat whenever, no schedule for us….just wake up and see what the day brings. Oh, and get ready for family NYE party at our house!
    Anna @ Pipers Run recently posted…T’was The Friday Before ChristmasMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is amazing how resilient the kids are, and we aren’t! It will be “good” for you… I hope.

      December 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Yikes- sorry to hear about the deer. Glad you took some time off and got to spend it with family and relax. I, myself and feeling the need for a break this week. It’s been far too hectic for too long and I know that the new year is only going to be busier.
    Annmarie recently posted…Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash to the Rescue!My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You have had an insane year–the new studio, everything else that you have accomplished. I hope that YOU are taking some much needed time!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    The holidays can be a weird time emotionally. I hope you are having a better day today. Despite the deer mishap, looks like you had a lovely time with your family and have lots to be joyful for. 🙂
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Best of Meatless Monday 2016My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 6:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So much to be joyous for! I hope you are having an amazing Aruba trip!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    It sounds like you just needed some time away from it all, and that totally makes sense! Glad you got to spend time with your family and enjoy the holidays!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Workouts and Christmas WeekendMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was precisely what was needed! Happy holidays for all!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    oh no, glad you are okay! the DOE… a DEER… a female deer collision. Not good.
    but glad you are feeling back to your old self. But you are right. NEWness is around the corner. Let’s soak up what we go left now. Family and wonky semi slow week, yes?
    lindsay Cotter recently posted…3 Ingredient Fruit Hand Pies {Gluten Free}My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 6:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You just made me snort out loud. That was amazing. And yes, let’s soak up the peace before the crazy!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Jamie @ The Mom Gene

    I’m so glad you chose to take a deep breath and step away from social media. It clears the head. Here are my thoughts on the in between week: I love routine and this week has none which slightly panics me and Charlie isn’t getting any of his therapies so he’ll be antsy BUT we will all be together so I’m planning road trips to aquariums and the science center so we can “go on adventures”. It might be terrible but it might also. E awesome…such is life. Praying big time for you this week.
    Jamie @ The Mom Gene recently posted…15 Winter Activities for Kids (An Insanity Prevention Plan)My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Best of luck to you this week on surviving and helping Charlie cope! I have a few close friends who have special needs children and the lack of routine can be jarring. But I bet you are a champ at it. They are in the best hands!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Sounds like you had a successful holiday with your fam! Hope your belly is behaving now. xxoo
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    December 26, 2016 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is toeing the line. We shall see.

      December 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    ”Twas a weekend filled with people I love and also not feeling fab, much like you. I ate 20 million cookies and lotsa apps this weekend and I’m so feeling it. Stupid, but tasty.
    This week is a week to do all the things before I go back to school. So, not super restful, but ya do what ya gotta do.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Five Friday Favorites 12/23/16My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you have some productive appointments, and find some extra cookies to nibble in between!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply kat

    I’m glad that you took a bit of a break. It seems like the holidays and Christmas came just at the right time for you 🙂 I may or may not have finished off a Reddi Whip can by myself this Christmas. It’s a secret talent I try not to share too often.
    kat recently posted…Vegan Italian Meatball SoupMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 7:53 am
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      December 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I love that picture of you and Alex. Your face is the quintessential Suz!

    I hope you are feeling better, both physically and mentally. Give yourself a break. Oh, wait, I just wrote about that this week…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Finding Joy in the JourneyMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 7:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Shit eating grin 😀

      December 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Susie’s car and our van weren’t the only family cars to have an adventure… Audi also participated– shortly before the deer episode!
    As you may know, we now live way out in the hinterlands of lake country. Small, old, southern, rural areas always have what’s called a “fillin’ station.” It’s a place to buy gas for yer boat, yer car or yer pickup, getch yer beer, worms and yer favorit chaw.
    On my way to the airport to pick up Susie and Alex, I stopped for gas at “Veasey”–our local lovely establishment. As I pulled out of their driveway, I heard this amazing, metallic glatter, so I stopped and got out only to find that I had pulled the old gas pump right out out of the ground!
    It was in small sheets of metal, a few broken light bulbs and a twisted hose. No gas was escaping, but what a mess! And it’s the only source of car gas for about 10 miles.
    Santa had an early sleigh-ride-by to put some coal in our cars’ stockings.
    Other than that, it was wonderful to have the five us of together to celebrate Christmas! Sometimes, we just have to keep our senses of humor, or have a glass of wine to get to the best part of the holidays–our family all together in one room!
    Happy Holidays to all of you!
    Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    December 26, 2016 at 8:16 am
    • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

      um…that should be clatter not glatter–it’s whatever noise Santa made on the rooftop

      December 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm
      • Reply suzlyfe

        You mean ga-thump?

        December 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Please don’t get into trouble down in Mexico…

      December 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        I already got into trouble just parking the van at the airport international long term parking!!

        At the stop light, turning into into the parking structure, I bumped into a guy driving a Rav4, like yours.

        He jumped out of the car, and came around telling me to call the police,,,,,while he tried to find a scratch on his car……then he looked at mine.
        I told him that I was very sorry, but I’d been hit by a deer and I was just really unnerved. He looked at his car (which may have had a scratch, but he couldn’t find it) and mine which was held together by duct tape, then told me that I’d had a bad car-week and best of luck for the new year!
        ……and he got the hell out of dodge!

        December 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          You need to be wrapped in bubble wrap…

          December 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    It sounds like you had a good holiday weekend with your family! Take the downtime you need this week – blogging and all of us aren’t going anywhere. Ryan and I are taking the week off – breaks are still good even when not in school.
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    December 26, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can we also get snacks and nap time?

      December 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Emily

    It looks like a really restful week; take that down time Susie; I think a lot of people are this week especially because of Christmas and New Year’s. <3
    Emily recently posted…Fudgy Figgy Chocolate French Toast (Holiday Breakfast Series)My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 9:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is the perfect time to do so!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Blunders and Absurdities Blog

    I took this week as vacation for the exact reason you explained! Also, I like to be out of the office at the same time as lots of my co-workers so I don’t miss too much 🙂 …I should probably chill out a bit, but of course on the flip side my friends/family are more available during this time, too. Glad you had a nice trip – sounded like a lot of fun!!

    December 26, 2016 at 9:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But that is the perfect reason to take this time off–to spend it with friends and family!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Right now, I’d give anything for a cozy hole dug into a bed of leaves and dirt in the middle of a forest filled with tall trees. I’d fall backwards into it, shut my eyes and come out when I damn well feel like it.
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 10:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or when the creepy crawlies got to you 😀

      December 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I kind of felt the need for a break this week too. I settled on taking today off and getting some stuff ready for the week… but then I missed it and am now checking in on everyone! haha!
    Hope you have a good week of peace before the chaos begins!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 11:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, darling! I hope you are feeling well as well xoxo

      December 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Oh my gosh, I’m sorry to hear about the run in with the doe and your car. Glad you are all okay!! Also sorry to hear your stomach was not giving you an easy time. BOO stomach – this is Christmas!! But I am glad you gave yourself distance from social media and just let yourself be with family. And now that you are back – and have inevitable *reality* creeping back in (boo) – I hope you can still manage to find time to retreat, #suzicorn the crap out of your evenings, and enjoy some stillness. Merry Christmas m’love.
    Cora recently posted…Remembering What is Important and a Merry Christmas EveMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 11:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If that is what Cora demands, that is what Cora will get 😀 Right now, I am spending the evenings snuggling under a cozy blanket with chocolates, my puppy, and Alex 😀

      December 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    ah sorry about the deer love! and that sucks when your snack gets stuck in the vending machine lol. Love that pic of you and alex too!!
    Alyssa recently posted…Christmas 2016My Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And it was Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop! Why does that always happen?

      December 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Merry Christmas. Holiday weeks get me all messed up. On my run today I couldn’t recall if it was Saturday or another day. I finally figured it out 8 miles later, haha!
    Sarah recently posted…The Present Of Being In The PresentMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, but if you got 8 miles in, does it really matter what day it was?

      December 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    That sounds so perfect. Minus the deer thing. That is so traumatic! At least you had pie and scotch to comfort you. What’s the Italian restaurant???

    Enjoy your non-week off between New Years. I’m on the same struggle bus.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Make Money While Following Your PassionMy Profile

    December 26, 2016 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A restaurant out by the lake–you would never have heard of it, but let me know if you ever go to the Ritz Lodge–I’ll find out the name for you! Get the mussels! Have fun in Colorado!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply melissa williams

    I LOVE the “in between” week! This was a great post and your holiday sounds so great! (except for the deer). No travel hang ups, either? Thats always a great thing over the holidays. Unicorn onesie, baileys and snuggly dog? Um,that sounds pretty perfect.
    melissa williams recently posted…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!My Profile

    December 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was just what I needed! ANd no travel hang ups was just the icing on teh cake!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply San

    The time with family sounds lovely. I definitely missed that this year…
    BUT, I totally agree that the time between Christmas and New Year’s should be mandatory time off. It’s just not right that you have to work when your mind is busy trying to wrap up the year.

    I am curious to see what 2017 has in store though… for you and for me and everybody.
    San recently posted…Vacation Recap – the last few daysMy Profile

    December 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to 2017! And when can we institute that end of year pause?

      December 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Sometimes a break is just what you need!

    I am so glad you were feeling better for Christmas and got to spend time with your loved ones! <3
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…A Very Southern In Law Christmas – 2016My Profile

    December 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am too, Thanks, Kristy!

      December 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I’m so sorry to hear about the deer. :[! I’m glad you’re okay though. Unplugging definitely makes a huge difference–I went off the grid for the past 2 days and came back a few hours ago–twas definitely a much-needed break too!

    That’s so awesome that you won that Ninja! <3 They're magical! <3!

    I'm glad you got to spend time with your family!

    January 1, 2017 at 12:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What should i make first with the Ninja?

      January 3, 2017 at 5:32 pm

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