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Originally Posted by Nemesis View Post
Jo- I did! I actually had a fb message composed for you in thanks, but I probably closed it halfway through due to some kid-emergency. The chocolate is wonderful and thank you so much! I would love to read Independence Days by Sharon Astyk, but in the mean time her blog is tiding me over.

RM- can you tell me what workouts you liked from bodyrock.tv? I had done one or two a long time ago, and then checked tonight and the website is all different. I've missed much! I can't find out what I want, which is a basic whole-body workout.

I just did about 15 minutes of hard strength work. Pushups, squats, lunges, and lifting weights. I don't really mind doing it, but I always put it off so much! (Maybe because running at least gets me away from the house, but weight lifting doesn't? )
want to pm me your email and I'll send the excel spreadsheet I made of my favs?

plady~let me know if the gymboss is worth it, been eyeing those for a long time...
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Nemesis--stay warm!

RM--wow indeed!

sparkle--glad you have a mellow dog.

1jooj--those are Very Big Questions. Hope you find answers or peace with the outcome.

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urgh. And that is why we own four carseats -- one for each child x 2 vehicles. It is too much mental energy for me. Granted we only ever had one bucket and one base.
Yeah, we have a carseat for R in both cars, and two bases. And we have two convertibles up in the garage rafters--but neither was going to do me much good up there (and, for that matter, might be expired anyhow. We'd been using R's old baby bucket until an article reminded me to check the expiration date..and it was expired. So we've been using my sister's baby bucket for the last few months instead).

In theory, we could install both convertible carseats in the car and then we wouldn't have a problem. However, DH is so tall that when he backs the seat up to drive, it pushes the carseat up and back, and we're not sure it will fit in the middle with R's carseat next to it like the bucket does. Basically, we need a bigger car. We need to look at an Outback, but it hasn't happened since I suggested it back in July. Happily, I have tiny children so the bucket seat lasts quite a while.

FM: headed out after dinner for a quick 3 in the 35mph winds with gusts we've been enjoying here.
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Good evening!

Plady--I quit the hundreds awhile ago, too. I found that I was dreading those push-ups so much that it was throwing off my entire evening. I was staying up far too late, simply procrastinating push-ups. Crazy. I need to do something about my arms, but I don't think push-ups is it for me.

eksmom--What a relief that the counseling session went so well! I hope that these meetings continue to be productive.

Realrellim--Argh, I'm sorry about the carseat panic. I've been there, too. I'm glad the timing worked out okay, but what a huge pain to have a chunk of your day eaten like that.

Runningmommy--Wow, that is a whole lot on your plate. I hope you find time somewhere in there to regroup and relax!

Nemesis--I'm bad about anything except running, too. These days I drop DS off at preschool and run from there, so I don't have a chance to get involved in other stuff or find a way to skip it. Maybe I should keep weights in my car? I think I already may be pushing the weirdness running from and stretching in the school parking lot. I hope the teachers and kids aren't looking out the windows much.

Things are skimming along here. Today the weather was in the seventies, which is weird for late October in Massachusetts. It was fantastic for running, though, and for raking leaves. I did six miles of running and about three hours of raking, which made it a successful day on the workout front.

Not so successful was today's interaction with DS, who is 4.5. He is not a morning person and is not good with time limits, either. So most mornings he dawdles around, not getting ready, and when we have to leave (I'm trying really hard to reduce my use of the phrase "RIGHT NOW!"), he falls apart. How to fix this, when it doesn't matter how much time and warning I give him? This morning he wanted more food before we walked his sister to the bus. No, we had to leave "RIGHT NOW." I promised him more food in between putting DD on the bus and driving him to school--a gap of about ten minutes, at best. He ate, refused to brush his teeth, ran away when I called to him, refused to put on his shoes, kept unclipping his seat belt every time I fastened it, etc. We just barely screeched into the school parking lot as his teachers were finishing unloading kids from cars. Being late for things is one of my major buttons, which he is gleefully and constantly pushing.

I actually used the phrase "you need to keep your seat belt clipped because I'm getting very angry and I'm afraid I might hurt you if you keep undoing it." And life is like this EVERY SINGLE morning. And, often, later in the day as well.

Tonight I locked myself in the bathroom and read the first chapter of "The Explosive Child" as he lay in the hallway outside kicking the door. This was after he missed dinner with the family because he was coloring (a battle we didn't fight) and refused to get a napkin for himself when he finally did decide to eat dinner. That battle lasted half an hour, until he finally got a napkin and ate, then freaked out because DD got half an hour more video game time than he did. Did we warn him that this would be the natural consequence for him choosing not to eat with us, then wasting time fighting over getting a napkin? Yes, yes we did. Multiple times.

Please tell me he will outgrow this, because it's a crappy way to interact, especially first thing every morning.

Thanks for letting me rant. When I type it out, it almost seems amusing.
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La4--ugh. Maybe it will get better next year when he has a reason to get ready (assuming he enjoys kindergarten?)?

In crazy news: I was browsing our local news and discovered a tornado touched down in Peotone, Ill. I grew up there, spent four summers working for the local newspaper, and my grandmother and a cousin still live there. I'm assuming everyone is ok since my aunt would have called if they weren't, but wow. Peotone is a dinky little cowtown about an hour south of Chicago, so it rarely shows up in the news.

Hope everyone else in the Midwest is doing ok tonight.
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LaLa~ I think some of it is age-related. I've got an almost 4.5 year old too, and fight the daily "right now" battle with her. I keep having to remind myself that she really doesn't understand "right now" and if she wants to keep coloring (tumbling, playing in the water, etc.) it will make DS and DD late for the bus. I also hate being late, so it pushes my buttons horribly too . No advice, just commisseration .

Real ~ the weather was NUTS in the midwest yesterday. I think a tornado touched down east of Indianapolis too. Now it's cool and clear. Sorry about the carseat situation. I've been there too....

RM ~ have you decided to rent your house? I guess your second showing went about as well as ours did . We've been someone's "second choice" so many times I've lost count. We are moving December 17, whether our house sells or not. The idea of two mortgages makes me ill though.

Jo ~ a as you wrestle with life's big questions.

The kids have off from school tomorrow and Friday this week for Fall Break, so we're heading to Illinois for the weekend tomorrow. I can't wait to see our house!!! Apparently, they're putting up the exterior brick this week . I'm taking all three kids to the St. Louis zoo on Friday and the whole family is going to the City Museum in St. Louis on Saturday for DS's 9th birthday. No FM today ~ it's my library volunteer morning !
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RM, that sounds like too much. I hope you don't hold yourself to too high a standard when it's a "get through it" kind of day. Good luck with the house. That's a lot to even think about for me!

Real, how strange that must be to think about the town being hit. I hope they're OK and that there was no major major damage. We had outrageous wind all day, but nothing really scary. It was awe-inspiring, to be sure. I do have one door--half-door actually--that got driven so hard into its frame (on the barn) that I can't get it open. Luckily, it's the top half, so the animals can still go in and out, and I can just duck under.

Nemesis, SO glad you got the book back. And that's a few calories I won't have to wrestle with. And I hope that Marquette trip happens someday.

PMS. Swollen, bloated, actually feeling a little ill. I think I need to take a non-running day to let my feet rest. They hurt a little in the joints and heels. But still want to do something. Maybe bike or elliptical this AM. My favorites are both out of order in the cardio room. But surely I will manage.

JayGee, we're off, too. Have fun at the new house! I think I will throw my kids in the Y pool at some point and try to wear them out. I have a couple dear friends looking out for my sanity, so there will be some dinners/play dates too.

Plady, I dreamed last night I took a theater job for an offer of $80K (stop laughing)...and for some reason, had to ride a camel to get there. But, what does it mean?

And WRT the Very Big Questions...I'm in a holding pattern. No, I can't just drop everything and take the kids out of school. Just yet. But it is worth consideration and maybe even drafting a plan. Something to do over the winter, I suppose. At least I am feeling mindful about my life. This is somewhat new. Nick, I think we could stay up all night talking.

Mel...are we almost there? What do we need to achieve order status?

Great day and great run to you ladies!
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eksmom, I am so happy for you that it was a good session. I imagine the therapist did enjoy talking to someone that could communicate clearly.

RM, you are always so busy. I don't think my schedule looks quite so full and I find it overwhelming.

Mel, you have me thinking about crazy out there colors but if you don't hear differently grey it is.

La4, I hope ds gets easier and soon. Is there any way to minimize his distractions in the morning or to motivate him out the door (not that I am suggesting donuts in the car if he gets there in a timely fashion).

I don't even want to think about what it would be like to try and sell our house. I get so impatient once I have made a decision. At least that is a trouble for another day.

Weights this morning and it wasn't so bad. I might get back into this groove now that I am getting up in the mornings again.

Linus has story hour today and now that I have a laptop I can handle swim team BOD business while he is otherwise engaged.
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Jo, right there with you. I get where you are, I'm there too.

La, what about a timer with a ding or a buzz? Each task in the morning is given a certain amount of time and when it dings/buzzes, he must move on? Is he susceptible to rewards? The natural consequence of success when you meet the landmarks and expectations in the a.m. or dinner or whatever is that you get a fun thing -- extra computer game time, extra reading time from Mommy, etc.

That works for us ... sometimes.

I have a dawdler, it's my oldest dd. She's just a daydreamer, and there isn't much to be done about it except let her experience the natural consequences of dawdling. This is becoming a problem for her in school; even in the Montessori setting, she is expected to finish things within a certain amount of time or she falls increasingly behind. I don't know how to help her with this because she is incredibly resistant to suggestion in this area. She has a vibrant and intense inner world and imagination and frankly is not all that interested in other stuff sometimes.

FM: 7 miles this a.m. It was hot again, in the 80's and humid. Blech. Plus I saw a very large animal sprint across the street right in front of me and I nearly wet my shorts I was so startled. I have no idea what it was still. Are there deer in florida? I don't even know. If not I shudder to think what it was.
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Ugh, not a lot of sleep last night. First, I stayed up late to watch the second installment of The Girl with ... (the first one being the girl with the dragon tattoo) Last night's was the girl who played with fire. These are the swedish film versions of the Stieg Larson books, and since dh doesnt "like to read movies", I take the time when he's at work to watch foreign films. Anyway, I noticed that the second one was coming out yesterday on netflix "watch instantly", so ....
And then this morning I woke at 5:45, figured I'd use the time to meditate, and then the kids came in Really!?
Tonight is a Dan Zanes concert We are sort of Dan Zanes heads around here. This will be our third show; one here, one in Baltimore while we were living in DE, now another here Too bad dh and I will be asleep while everyone else is dancing (he got home from work at 12:30, and just left at 6:30...)

ok, off to make lunches and start the commute (wow, that was all about me )
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snow day here folks. No snow whatsoever in my yard. Plus the school website says there is school, yet it's really canceled. It is a 100% professional job they're doing. Really: we're in the midst of a monster storm. If this same storm happened over the ocean they would call it a hurricane. However we're on the edge of Lake Superior, in the middle of the continent. Rain at my house because it was above freezing all night, 2 miles away snow (higher elevation + away from "warm" lake superior).

La: Here's what worked for us. Your mileage may vary. It isn't super organized since I need to get to class early today.

First we streamlined Erin's morning routine: pick out clothes the night before, offer two choices for breakfast, and let her know there's no time for playing until she is in her coat and on the front porch, ready to go. (since she's 7 that means reading the morning newspaper -- she can do it if she's ready to go, at 4 it meant holding toys). We had a checklist. I was constantly asking Erin to find her checklist and let the checklist dictate the morning. (the checklist was a piece of paper sandwiched between two plexiglass sheets that I duct taped together. dry erase marker to check off) Erin's jobs at 4:

  1. get up
  2. potty
  3. get dressed
  4. breakfast
  5. teeth
  6. coat/shoes

Secondly we removed all distractions from the areas she needs to be in. We lay her clothes out in the hallway outside the bathroom door. Her room was too distracting.

We keep all our "get out the door" stuff in one box near the door. coat + snowpants on the hook, boots below, backpack, lunchbox, mittens and hat all go in the box.

I hate the box because I hate having a laundry basket in my living room.

I get myself ready before I ask my kids to get ready. Technically they *can* get themselves dressed and out the door, but they need some support to get it done in 20 minutes or less.

Natural consequences are tricky if you have an older sib who needs to be at the bus. But when Erin was the big sis trying to get to preschool I let her be late to preschool. Turns out she missed some things at school she didn't want to. If she forgot her jacket, then she would go back in for it.

My husband and my Erin need a few laying in bed time to wake up. I get up, get dressed, go in wake up Erin, go down, turn on coffee and go back and get Erin (this time expecting her to get out of bed).

I have a toothbrush in the kitchen for her (the bathroom is just steps away, but honestly it is too much).

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Nemesis, totally hear you!


RR: 5.32 in 40:40 for 7:38 pace. I was pushing it today for some friends of mine that are going through some things (we all are at some point) but anyway dedicated this run to them. Thinking of them through the miles.

Now off to shower.


I forgot to add my new job to the list of craziness. I'm going to manage the new coffee shop my church is opening at our gym!! No pay increase that I am aware of and job title, which are both fine with me, just more responsibility, which I want (??)maybe, I think, sort of??.....

Okay , must get shower in!
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Morning mamas,

I ran yesterday, 5.2 including the big long hill and it was fine. I felt a little achy in my knee but hopefully that will go away as I strengthen up, right? At the end I dug around in the back of my car and found a towel, a pair of clean undies and my daughter's one shirt that is big enough for me to wear under something so I spent a few minutes in the whirlpool. It felt wonderful at the time but I paid later when everything that had gotten inflamed totally seized up on me.
Oh well, so much for soothing heat, I'd even taken a brief cold shower before I got in hoping that that would make it all okay.

La4 - It gets better. now that I think about it I recall 4-6 (more or less) being really intense and difficult. I don't know that I had any great ideas, it just finally got better.

RM - Hmmm, more responsibility, no pay increase? Sounds a little like recipe for bitter coffee server. for all you've got going on right now!
I'll keep you posted on the gymboss, I justified it by not having anything remotely like a Garmin in my life.

Midwesterners - Your weather made our news and I was all that none of you were in the path of anything scary and dangerous. Of course when I called my dad in Madison he was all blase about it.

JayGee - Those are our two favorite things to do in SL! Will you post pix of your house?

Real - for your family! And super ugh about the car seat run around.

Eks - So glad you felt heard!

Nick - I think there are deer everywhere, but it was probably Sasquatch anyway

Okay, gotta cruise to everyone!
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Just a quickie before I head out to pick up DS. Thanks for the advice and commiseration! Last night while I was down in the laundry room painting my nails with all of the other lights off, DS fell asleep in the hallway upstairs on the floor. Argh. At least he didn't spend much time kicking and screaming.

This morning I woke him ten minutes earlier than usual. I don't even try to have him get himself dressed in the mornings; it's simply more than he can handle. I dress him while he's half-asleep, trying to wake up. I also announced that I was making him a piece of toast, instead of asking what he wanted to eat.

The gas station up the road is going to hate us, because this is the second time this week we've stopped in there on the way to school to use the bathroom. DS refuses to go at home before we leave, but once in the car we sometimes have an emergency situation; several times we've had to get out of the preschool car line so he can go. Stopping at the gas station is acceptable, though.

So we managed this morning without any fights. I just have to micromanage him in a way that I've never had to for DD. I can say to her "go get dressed" or "brush your teeth and hair" and know that it will be done. Different kids, different expectations, right?

Weather was awesome this morning--seventy degrees and drizzly. A mile into my run it turned into an absolute downpour. I did some speedwork on the way back to my car. It didn't stop me from getting absolutely drenched, and I decided to bail on doing more running.

Now I'm off to pick up DS and drive an hour to meet my mom and my grandmother for lunch. I love seeing my mom, but my grandmother is growing more and more forgetful and it's rather stressful to try to hold a conversation with her. Luckily she adores DS and would be happy just watching him (misbehave) for an hour. My grandmother has always approved of kids with a little spirit. She says while I sit off to the sides looking like .
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Eks, I'm so glad you had a productive session.



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urgh. And that is why we own four carseats -- one for each child x 2 vehicles. It is too much mental energy for me. Granted we only ever had one bucket and one base.
Carseats: we're now in a carpool involving 4 families, 3 of which have kids in boosters. This means that we have 3 seats in the Suburban for driving days, another in my car, and have provided 2 to the other families to make sure they have enough since they were grumbling about having to buy more. That pissed me off a bit, since the carpool is saving them each 6-7 trips to the school a week. I feel a bit guilty about owning 6 seats for one child, but I also don't want Ellie having to carry her seat back and forth to the classroom every day, it worries me to have them dropped, banged, etc.

We once left DD1 at about a year old with my inlaws. It was 8pm, we were going to a movie and they swore they weren't going anywhere. We forgot to leave the seat just in case.....and they decided to pack the kids up in the car and go pick up a pizza. A PIZZA! A food that can be delivered to any address, any time of day or night. They could have also sent one of them and the other stayed home with the kids. Nooooo. Instead, they put my baby in the backseat with my 7 year old and told him to keep her in her carseat. That was 11 years ago and they haven't been alone with my kids since.

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Not so successful was today's interaction with DS, who is 4.5. He is not a morning person and is not good with time limits, either. So most mornings he dawdles around, not getting ready, and when we have to leave (I'm trying really hard to reduce my use of the phrase "RIGHT NOW!"), he falls apart. How to fix this, when it doesn't matter how much time and warning I give him? This morning he wanted more food before we walked his sister to the bus. No, we had to leave "RIGHT NOW." I promised him more food in between putting DD on the bus and driving him to school--a gap of about ten minutes, at best. He ate, refused to brush his teeth, ran away when I called to him, refused to put on his shoes, kept unclipping his seat belt every time I fastened it, etc. We just barely screeched into the school parking lot as his teachers were finishing unloading kids from cars. Being late for things is one of my major buttons, which he is gleefully and constantly pushing.

I actually used the phrase "you need to keep your seat belt clipped because I'm getting very angry and I'm afraid I might hurt you if you keep undoing it." And life is like this EVERY SINGLE morning. And, often, later in the day as well.

Tonight I locked myself in the bathroom and read the first chapter of "The Explosive Child" as he lay in the hallway outside kicking the door. This was after he missed dinner with the family because he was coloring (a battle we didn't fight) and refused to get a napkin for himself when he finally did decide to eat dinner. That battle lasted half an hour, until he finally got a napkin and ate, then freaked out because DD got half an hour more video game time than he did. Did we warn him that this would be the natural consequence for him choosing not to eat with us, then wasting time fighting over getting a napkin? Yes, yes we did. Multiple times.

Please tell me he will outgrow this, because it's a crappy way to interact, especially first thing every morning.

Thanks for letting me rant. When I type it out, it almost seems amusing.
My 12 yo is the dawdler in our family. We've struggled with this for as long as I can remember- I give her a one-step instruction (go get your practice clothes on), 10 minutes later walk to her room to find her sitting on the floor of her room flipping through a book. It became a cycle- I'd give her a step to do, she'd get distracted, I'd lose my temper, she'd get either angry or tearful, repeat. Once she got to the meltdown point it would really color her entire day, and mine. What really helped for us was acknowledging that she's just not a kid that can get ready for anything quickly and that, even now, she needs close supervision or she's going to end up at school without her teeth brushed. She gets up half an hour earlier than any of her friends. I also end up doing far more for her than I feel like I should when we are on a specific time deadline- I fill her water bottles for her soccer bag, I make her lunch (even though her brother made his own at this age), I remind her daily to brush her teeth.

Someday I'm hoping that I can say "get ready for soccer" and it would just happen. Maybe college?

We, too had a storm over the last few days. Snow in the mountains (including the day DH had to drive DD over the pass to a game 3 hours away , high winds, tons of rain, power outages. It's direct effect on me was the fact that storms blow babies out. I woke up at 4 am to a phone call from a dad. I was both their doula and the student for their birth. The phone call started out with "Hi M, this is G. J seems to be in labor. She's contracting every 2.5 minutes, they are 80-100 seconds long, her water broke about 3 hours ago"....and he went on, reading from the list he had prepared. At the same time, I heard one giant bellow in the background from mom. I cut him off, said "that sounds great, I'm on my way" and was out of the house in a record setting 6 minutes. Damn good thing I did, as 20 minutes later I walked in, she looked at me and said "I think I need to push now" from the toilet. I did my best to slow her down a bit, moved her from the toilet to the bed, put her in side lying as it tends to take longer to push that way. And still, even though it was her first vaginal birth, my preceptor walked in to baby's head already out.

I then had to run to pick up some Vit K from another midwife, and while on that errand got a call from another client that her water had broken. Spent the day playing the "do you need me yet" game, managed to go to spinning class, work a full shift in DD2's class, take DD1 to practice, then to a hs game where she was the ball girl. Left from there at 8pm, baby born at 10:42. Spent that entire birth listening to the wind howl and lighting candles to make sure we had a light source in case the power went out.

It seems to not be raining right now, the plan is to start the preparation for a placenta encapsulation then go out for 5. Stay away, rain!
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Originally Posted by memiles
It became a cycle- I'd give her a step to do, she'd get distracted, I'd lose my temper, she'd get either angry or tearful, repeat. Once she got to the meltdown point it would really color her entire day, and mine. What really helped for us was acknowledging that she's just not a kid that can get ready for anything quickly and that, even now, she needs close supervision or she's going to end up at school without her teeth brushed.
On all of it. Anger, meltdown, all of it. My own child #1 is that child. Bright side: Child #2 doesn't need the prep/supervision. But Erin really does. And my husband is/was the same way. When Erik (dh) is needing to be someplace first thing in the morning he has learned to lay out all his stuff so that he's not late (which he learned from his dad).

Leah and I: we can wing it most days and get it all done. I'm glad I'm not the freak of the family....
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kerc, thanks for the laugh (the freak comment) !!
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Hey Ladies, Love reading along. I hope all of you in the Midwest are okay. I've been reading about all those storms and it sounds awful. We are experiencing nasty, sticky, windy, super-super-super dry weather. I feel like everything is coated in dust. When my dog runs, there is a tunnel of dust that lingers in his wake. Blech. The rain keeps almost making it too us but stopping before my little town. It's dry as bones.

My oldest (10yo) is the dawdler. He just does.not.transition.well at all. Never has. This is partly why we go so few places. It's not worth the hassle. I am always looking forward to the time he can stay home alone. He is all home-body and I am all go-girl. The only thing that has worked with us if I make him come downstairs dressed before he does anything. Then he is ready for an hour or so. He hates it and this doesn't happen very often. When it does, it is so peaceful.

FM: Testing for my next belt level of TKD soon, so I'm practicing for that right now and trying to not pull that muscle in my groin. I am slowly working it but it is a v-e-r-y s-l-o-w process. I have friends who are training for Reiki and I am wondering if I should try that. Also, my TKD instructor has offered to work the muscle but I am just not sure how comfortable I can be with this very, very tall, former football star, world TKD champion massaging that particular intimate area. I feel the need for a professional in a professional setting if I have to go that route, iykwim. Not sure massage is the ticket anyway. In the meantime, the yoga classes are going well and I am doing lots of pigeon to work it out. Still hope to run one day...

I *think* after a year and a half, I may finally be creating a niche for me here. I am beginning to feel rooted and connected. At yoga, someone delivered me home-grown pinto beans delivered from her friend's farm in Minnesota, and another lady told me my bulk order of rice is in, I just felt it. Part of a group, at last. Belonging.

Eksmom, you are in my heart, on my mind and in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so glad you he validated you. This is movement in a positive direction.

Plady, I, too, wish I could see your play. Sigh. I will be there one day. I will I will I will.

Geo, are all the votes in?

Jooj, thinking of you, too, as you explore spiritual issues. Call or text me anything anytime!!!!

Love reading all your running reports and feeling a vicarious part of your running lives.

post #478 of 554
Hi dingos! I might be hanging around a bit again...

I probably won't get a run in today, but I will get 3.2 miles of walking. I guess that counts for something! Oh, and today is a lifting for biceps day. There is my RR.

Regarding morning dawdling, our problem is kind of funny... We have our mornings down to a science time wise, except.. DD started changing her bowel habits so she doesn't have to poop at school. So now she is pooping after breakfast, and we may have to set our alarms earlier to compensate!

We walked to school this morning in the snow! It was so much fun. I didn't think I was ready for this weather yet, but I guess I am!
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I'm really tired. Luckily I fly to Atlanta tomorrow for a conference....

(Mamabeth, you're in Atlanta, right? If you wanna go for a run or grab coffee I'm at Ye Olde Religion Conference downtown somewhere Thursday night to Monday afternoon... drop me a PM!) (Or any other GA dingos!)

The benefits of a later afternoon flight: I had to cancel classes, and thus have time to pack and run and edit my conference paper a bit. I love/hate conferences - I really enjoy the social stuff but get exhausted by everything that there is to do. And I miss the kiddos something fierce.

... must go tie up loose ends; I'm reading personals and and as appropriate.
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All about me because I'm so that I can't keep up with anyone but myself right now.

2/4 four hour classes done for the week. At least no more assignments, but two tests. Just trying to hang in till the weekend since DS is going to Ohio with XH, so I can hopefully get a lot of stuff done while he's gone.

Interviewed a good nanny candidate this afternoon, and I liked her. Elementary ed degree, but no jobs to be found. Seems to understand what the job does (and does not) involve and that I want a commitment until I'm out of school. I'm interviewing someone tomorrow whose life situation seems to be a better fit, but I really liked this one, so I guess we'll see...

rr~Went for a run after class with a friend, but she started having some knee pain a mile and a half out, so we walked it back. Not exactly what I was planning, but at least it's forward motion, right?
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