I just got this awesome email from my step-dad and it has got me really really excited for christmas...
I don't know about you but decorating the Christmas tree with all my family sounds so awesome!! How do you decorate for Christmas?
 
 
I've been constructing my Christmas playlist for this year and was thinking it would be fun to find out 
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I think mine has to be Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You. So goooooooddd!!

In an unrelated note I was just sitting doing some work this evening when a pretty heavy hail storm started outside my window, this was the only good photo I captured of my housemate. 
 
 
I've had a couple of big deadlines for class recently and don't want to bore you with them so here are some of the things I've been doing in an attempt not to die of boredom...
1. How to waste time when writing an essay? Pretend to be in a rap band from the 90's.
2. Not sure how to transport your bird around at Christmas? Duct tape his cage shut and hope no one asks too many questions...
3. Don't want to starting doing work at all? Go out to the countryside and pretend your bag is Simba from the Lion King (also known as 3 days hiking with your life on your back for fun!).
4. Want to feel a bit more Christmas spirit and cheer? Cut up your housemates gossip magazines and paperchain your room in the evenings. (And yes I hang my towel over my bike to dry it!!)

I think though it might be time to write the work I've been putting off!!


Any one else have some work avoiding techniques? Or even better ways to motivate yourself to work?
 
 
So I thought I would treat you to a photo of the bike back on two wheels!! I know that just made your day soo much better. 
Now I'm just wondering have any of your starting decorating for christmas, well we all know Skinny Runner has!! Since I live in a rented house while I'm at uni we only get 2 weeks of December together but that doesn't seem quite like long enough for me, maybe I'm addicted to Christmas?  I think decorating will start next weekend, but in the mean time I've started to make the paper chains out of old magazines. A little bit of recycling right there as well
(Here's last years paper chain effort in the kitchen)

Finally I went on an amazing run last night, it was my second one in as many days and on both runs I managed to get negative splits.

Run 1 - 2.87 km
first half - 10.04 mins
second half - 9.21 mins
pace - 6.45 min/km

Run 2 - 2.98 km
first half - 10.08 mins
second half - 9.05 mins
pace - 6.26  min/km 

After logging it on MapMyRun I calculated my pace. Does anyone else use MapMyRun?

What would you rate your last workout on a scale of 1-10? I would rate mine both as 8's, they felt pretty awesome to me.

When do you start decorating for Christmas, how about when you were at University? Did you start decorating earlier then?