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post #521 of 554
Jo, I have fantasized attending a writer's retreat most of my life. In fact, creating a writers retreat here in the woods is also a dream of mine. I want to build a half-dozen or so tiny houses and create wide walking/running/biking paths throughout the propert, while maintaining a robust garden and a good-sized chicken coop. I would like to maintain the log cabin as a "mess hall" type building with caretaker's quarters above it. There! That's it! My dream for this place.

That said, please come visit me. As a family or as a Dingo-mom only gathering. No kids or partners. Just Dingos who run, bike, yoga, etc. The treehouse deck can double as a animal-viewing platform with wine or coffee in hand. If you come, bring a forgiving spirit for it's humble-ness & a medicine kit for bites, etc.

In the evenings, we can sit around the woodstove and knit while Jo reads to us from her work-in-progress.

Tjsmama, yeah on the nanny. And yeah on the marathon, you crazy dingo!!

Mommjb, congrats on passing. May it be a turning point for peace and contentment ad you deal with all that is in front of you.

DrJen, you are my dream doctor. Will you move to Hemphill, Tx? No? Well, I still tried to conjure you as I dealt with 3 spider bites on my son's torso last week. He is fine. But it was scary.

Plady, tell your mom hello. Sending you peace and contentment as you experience her time with you.

We are in a rather serious drought. In my knowledge, our artesian well has never dried and it has stopped. We are rationing our own water. We live in one of the lushest parts of Tx so I'm definitely worried and seeking rain barrels in hope we will get some soon. This is why the insects are invading our house. The pins is very, very low. We should probably fish some bass out now. All the animals around are coming to it at night and you can hear the cool sounds in the dark. We've hung an outdoor camera on a tree to see what drinks from it.

As usual, my only FM is lots of yoga and hand-weights. No running yet.

Must go assist dh in adding the final rail Yo the treehouse platform. We are expecting friends to come stay next week and I want it to be safe. This will be my 3rd friend to visit in a year & a half (including JenLove). I am so excited!
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post #522 of 554
Jo- a retreat sounds lovely! And I'm not even a writer!

I have been saving my change for a ladies surf camp in Oregon. It might happen next year, if I'm lucky. They have weekend camps that are reasonably priced, but the real issue is being so close to my family and not visiting. I just can't make it work between having a getaway and bringing the kids and seeing my family. It is just too much to balance and I don't want to give up on the idea altogether.
My tenative plan is to just not tell anyone but my DH.

FM- two miles of brisk walking with the dog this morning. I'm shooting for some strength work this evening and dare I plan for a run on Monday? My leg was feeling much better this AM on my walk, so maybe.
post #523 of 554
sparkle, thanks for throwing out a safety net for my losery-ness. I PMed you.

Lofty, your retreat sounds delicious. The drought worries me.

Checking tasks off the list. 6 done already for the day (yes, phone calls to people count as tasks if you hate talking on the phone as much as I do and I know some of you here feel me). Now, some lunch, quick barn check, wash up and head off to a party that's sure to be fun.
post #524 of 554
Nemesis, a woman's surf camp is also I'm my list. I've bookmarked a few but I don't think I have the one in Oregon. Link?

Jo, ITA. Phone calls are def a list checkmark.
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The swim instructor wants dd2 for the team but doesn't think dd1 is ready.
This happened to us this year with dance. DD1 really wanted to try out for Company dance. DD2 (the more natural athlete and more coordinated in general) wanted to also. I was a little concerned that one would make it and the other wouldn't, so talked to the teacher on the sly before it became an issue. She said that DD1 really isn't ready, and that DD2 definitely is. I decided that we were busy enough for this year with our regular classes (they are both in 2 dance classes each), that we would skip company this year. I also broke the news to DD1 saying that her teacher thinks she needs a bit more experience. I left out that she thought DD2 would be fine (no need to go down that road). I told her that if she wanted to be ready for Company next year, that she needed to really practice her dances at home (something she doesn't really do), and needs to memorize the steps and the rhythms. I have noticed a difference in her this year, so far, in regards to practicing. both DDs are in the same dance classes (this isn't a problem, as there really hasn't been any competitiveness between them), and they are practicing together. I'm hoping that this gives her the confidence she needs for next year, because I'm going to have a hard time holding DD2 back.

It would be easier if they had wildly divergent passions. But, they are all really into the same things (I've tried to encourage other things, but without much luck.). I guess this is the down side of them all being so close and wanting to be with each other all the time! DD1 has dealt with DD2 passing her level in swim lessons with a lot of poise, and seemingly no jealousy. I just want to continue to be sensitive to her. Especially knowing that the dance thing is something she really wanted!

Lofty - I am not a writer, but I would totally come to a writer's retreat that you hosted! That would be like heaven on earth!
post #526 of 554
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Jo, I have fantasized attending a writer's retreat most of my life. In fact, creating a writers retreat here in the woods is also a dream of mine. I want to build a half-dozen or so tiny houses and create wide walking/running/biking paths throughout the propert, while maintaining a robust garden and a good-sized chicken coop. I would like to maintain the log cabin as a "mess hall" type building with caretaker's quarters above it. There! That's it! My dream for this place.
I'm coming. Just tell me when. I think your dream sounds incredible and I have no doubt that you would be the perfect camp mother. I'm sorry to hear about your drought, that's pretty scary. I was just visiting a master gardener friend's garden yesterday a she was talking about how she lost most everything she planted this year because of one thing or another and it kind of freaked me out to think about how unprepared I'd be to farm for myself if needed.

I hear you all on the party food, not a battle I get excited enough about to enter but I was feeling very bah humbug today at a double baby shower I went to. I love the ladies who are having babies and I think it is important to support expecting mothers regardless of how many times they've been there before. However, there was something sort of alarming about the shower of gifts. Both of these women have other children and both of them know tons of moms with slightly older children who are always willing to hand off used clothes. But they got so much new clothing between them it was unbelievable. I don't know exactly why it made me so uncomfortable to tell the truth, it just seemed really wasteful. And the nicest part of the party (supposedly we were going to collectively design a quilt for each woman and someone had gone to a lot of effort to collect and cut quilt squares in dozens of different patterns to use) got totally blown over for the prezzie-frenzy. Oh well, so I was the Shower Scrooge who brought gift cards to the bookstore.

Now I'm here, not doing anything I *should* be doing but I love you ladies and just needed to soak in the dingo vibe for a bit.

Mommajb - Congratulations and Belated Happy Birthday!


post #527 of 554
Loft- I was looking at this one: http://www.oregonsurfadventures.com/index.html

I am not committed yet, but I thought it looked good and reasonably priced for the weekend classes. I had hoped to find even a 3-day camp, but I haven't found anything that doesn't require a group reservation.

Oh, this one looked good, too! http://www.nwwomenssurfcamps.com/
post #528 of 554
And now, all about me.

Today has been so long and trying! Ugh. I spent hours at the museum sewing feathers onto prayer flags, of which there are thousands. I can't even imagine what this artist was thinking. This isn't an installation, this is having volunteers make art for you.

Anyway. Then I visited my bff who is having a hard time. I am having a hard time supporting her, she isn't even showing interest in my attempts. But I love her and I want her to feel better and make time for herself.
Then shopping, grocery shopping, liquor store, gas station, etc, etc.. it just took forever and was awful and I was pissy at DH for being unable to help with anything around the house.
Uff Da.
I am having italian sausage stew with red wine (hence the liquor store) and garlic sausage. I hope it's good!

/all about me
post #529 of 554
Hooray for Halloween! It was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid, and I'm rediscovering the excitement now that my kids are involved. Last night they supervised as DH and I carved pumpkins. I had forgotten that distinctive pumpkin-guts smell. I roasted the seeds, and they are delicious!

This morning we have church; the kids were encouraged to wear their costumes and there will be a parade through the sanctuary, then Halloween games during Sunday school time. I'm trying to figure out what to do to fill the afternoon hours.

Tonight, of course, I have to cut more fruit for DS' party tomorrow. I really shouldn't complain, as the parties are so reasonable about food. DD's party included a juice box (pure fruit juice requested), two moms bringing fruit, and the room mom providing cupcakes. The room mom's son is sensitive to food dyes, so the cupcakes didn't have any red-whatever or yellow-whatever in them.

For DS' party tomorrow parents have been requested to bring fruit, tiny juice boxes, crackers and cheese, and one sweet treat. I just wish I wasn't the mom bringing the fruit.

No running this weekend, but yesterday I spent four hours piling leaves into my car and driving them to the dump. My back and thighs are so sore! That must mean my muscles did some work, right?
post #530 of 554

Race report

I mostly lurk, but wanted to report that I did the MCM 10K this morning, and close to my target time. I wanted to get in under 60 minutes, but I discovered at the very start that would be impossible, because the first mile was sooooo dang slow. Very crowded and lots of people just walking; we were all tripping over each other and trying to stay out of other people's way. My first mile time was 13 minutes (ugh), but I stepped it up, and finished somewhere around 1:02:?? . I'll log on in a day or so and find out my official time.

Gorgeous way to start Halloween!
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I mostly lurk, but wanted to report that I did the MCM 10K this morning, and close to my target time. I wanted to get in under 60 minutes, but I discovered at the very start that would be impossible, because the first mile was sooooo dang slow. Very crowded and lots of people just walking; we were all tripping over each other and trying to stay out of other people's way. My first mile time was 13 minutes (ugh), but I stepped it up, and finished somewhere around 1:02:?? . I'll log on in a day or so and find out my official time.

Gorgeous way to start Halloween!

Congratulations on your great race!

So we've had a busy couple of days. Yesterday we went to the pumpkin festival which was really a good old fashioned county fair type thing. The kids ate snow cones, played carnival games, went on pony rides, we saw a mini-circus (impressive juggling and freaky young girl contortionist and all) and picked out a giant pumpkin to bring home. The kids were thrilled and a good time was had by all. Of course on the way home they all totally decompensated but when we got home, they took brief naps and then we carved the pumpkin.

Today I had a 15 mile long run. It was the most fun I've ever had on a long run. First of all, I had my new fuel belt with me and the difference between that and what I had before is HUGE. I don't even really notice this and it was great to have what I needed with me. I made sure to hydrate properly, take a gu at the right time, etc. And I felt much better.

Best thing...I ran right into a road race in the middle of my run. There's a race called Bill's Beer Run 5 Miler that is held every year on Casey Key, which is stretch of sandbar with very fancy houses. On one end is a nice public beach. It's a costume run. So there I am, going one way down the road and I start to see cones and signs "Race in Progress." Then all of a sudden I see FAST MEN RUNNERS blowing by me on the other side (it's an out and back course). I started to panic a little because what if I get in the middle of elite males trying to win a race?! Holy moly. Meanwhile I am chugging down the 'back' part of the race (which was my 'out' part of the long run ) and the rest of the pack coming toward me was like this giant herd. I kept hearing people say "She's on the way back already?!" and I kept yelling "NO I'M JUST DOING MY LONG RUN!" Then as I got closer to the finish area (which was my turnaround) there were people cheering for me. I kept saying "I'm not in the race!" and they said, "That's okay, we cheer for all runners!"

So I get to the turnaround (which was also the end of the race) and the race director made me go down the chute because there was traffic coming up the other way (narrow road). I was like, "I am NOT in this race!" and he said, "that's okay, have a beer anyway." Well I didn't have a beer but I did grab a water bottle and a banana. The spread was awesome...I am DEFINITELY running that race next year. Heh.

So I turn around and am on my way back, and on the way am just clapping and cheering for runners going by me on their way to the finish. It was especially nice doing that for the last runners/walkers, some of whom were really struggling. I think many of these people thought I was a nutcase, whooping and hollering for them, but what the heck? Not many back-of-the-packers get many cheers, so it was my good deed for the day. And the costumes were hilarious. I can barely keep it together sweat-wise running in the bare minimum of running shirt, running skirt, etc...there was a christmas tree (lady wearing a giant green tutu with tinsel on it), several tinkerbells (incluidng men) complete with tutus and wings, some beer bottles, a bottle of mustard, some pirates, a few witches, a box of wheaties, a salt and pepper team (connected at the waist), etc. I could barely run for laughing.

Then I ran through the water station which was manned ('womaned?') by the girls' and boys' cross country teams from the local high school. They were cheering for me and one of the girls ran with me for about a mile when I told them I was out for 15 (at that point I was hitting the 10 mile point and starting to get a little tired). It was a hoot.

Last 5 miles were pretty anticlimactic but after taking a blackberry gu (2x caffeine) at mile 11 I felt MUCH better. I also stopped at CVS at mile 14.5 and bought a large chocolate milk and chugged it as soon as I got to my driveway. That made me a much happier (and nicer) person after the run. I am going to make that a necessity.

I then dropped the kids off at choir practice, proceeded to Denny's and ate a grand slam (2 pancakes, hashbrowns, 2 eggs, and fruit) with gusto...by myself at the counter. I think I scared the golf guys next to me. I was starving.

That might be the longest long-run report ever but it was very entertaining I hope.

After running 15 I begin to suspect that I might be able to actually finish a marathon.
post #532 of 554
Sweetpea, . Awesome way to celebrate Halloween!

Nicka, love that report. Having lived in your area for 4 years, I can picture almost to a tee how your run looked. What a hoot! I used to love the Mama Guava Stumble and was just reminiscing abou that yesterday with an old friend. Do you know if they still have that in Tampa? And while I'm reminescing, is that awesome, huge, old used bookstore still in St Pete? Hope your day is wonderful!

Plady, how's that mama visit going?
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post #533 of 554
Nic - What an awesome weekend. What an awesome run!
post #534 of 554
Great LR, nick!

Smartwool socks are 20% off at our Dick's right now...

Since ToT was 3 days ago, we're hanging out, warming up after 50F + wind soccer game, and I'm headed to another walk to school meeting in a bit. Must squeeze in more runs...
post #535 of 554
Hi all,

Crazy times here, but wanted to say hello and also to excitedly report that I went on my first ToTing venture this evening! Yes. i'd never been before (we don't tend to do these sorts of things in the UK). We had fun, especially with DS dressed up as a little cow

This morning we ran a 10k.. DrJen, would you mind adding it to results? It was the Camp Ellis Pumpkin 10k - DH and I took turns pushing the stroller until mile 3 and then DH just pushed it! We finished in 49:22 I was a bit of a wimp and stopped at least 3 times as I thought my weird asthma breathing was coming back

Nic, nice long run!

Back with personals...

Zub
post #536 of 554
Dang, Alex, that's smokin' fast!!!

Great race, sweeetpea!

Love the long run report, nic!

I had a fantastic dinner with Mel38 last night. She is just as sweet as sweet can be!

I dragged myself out of bed this morning to go meet up with the local trail runners group. I really wanted to sleep in, but it was well worth it. Holy crap, though, this trail running thing is HARD. I forgot my inhaler, too, which apparently is not as small a problem for trail running as it is for road running. Most of the uphill was hiking, but the flats/downhills were worth it, and it was beautiful. I met some really nice people, too, which was cool. Kind of embarrassing that the fast people ran 10 miles in not much longer than it took me to run 5, but oh well.

Now I need to get some homework done. I'm going to go skiing tomorrow, just a few runs, but that means I have to get up way earlier than I would prefer, and then the new nanny is coming over in the afternoon...
post #537 of 554
Nick--yay for a new fuel belt and an awesome 15-miler/impromptu non-race.

Most of my FM was thwarted by Halloween activities and such this weekend. Yesterday I wanted to head out on my bike, but by the time DH got to the grocery store and back, I had about 45 minutes before they needed to head off to a Halloween thing. (ETA: I did ride, but only did 6 miles.) Today I wanted to run 7 miles, but by the time we got back from church, had lunch, got the diapers out on the line, nursed J eleventy-billion times, I had less than an hour and only managed a paltry 3.5 miles before we needed to head over to my sister's for dinner and to see my parents (we did dinner early so we could be back in time for trick or treating). I think it means I need to run 4 days/week if I want to keep mileage up to 15 miles/week this next month. It's been so hard to get out for more than an hour lately.
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Plady, how's that mama visit going?
She's not here yet. As far as I can tell she left Ashland yesterday and should be on the far side of the ferry by nowish. I expect she'll spend the night off-island and then come over in the morning.

I'm all . Did Sunday school this morning for the first time, had a big crazy rehearsal, trick or treating done, sooo tired. I'm getting in pjs even though dd is yet to be dropped off home after she hit the haunted house post tot.

post #539 of 554
Plady ~ good luck with the mama visit ! I know it can be stressful.

tjsmama ~ your trail run sounds magnificent. I dream of trail running in Colorado someday....

Nic ~ your LR sounds like it was so much fun! Great job .

loftmama ~ your description of the writers retreat makes me wish I could be there NOW!

I need to make time for FM in my life again. It's been a full week since I last ran, I missed both power pump classes last week (tornado warning on Tuesday, barfing kid on Thursday). Even my Monday and Wednesday mornings, previously reserved for working out, have been filled with things like the GYN (this morning ), and volunteering at the school library. With DH gone all week, I just can't seem to make exercise the priority it needs to be. Sigh...

That said, we got a call this weekend that our new house will be DONE 8 days ahead of schedule on December 7. I'm driving out with the kids on December 9 to close that Friday and we're moving the following weekend after the semester ends. Less than 7 weeks to go !!! And then it's back to my favorite YMCA, my first (and best) triathlon training group, and the best spin classes I've ever taken! I am SO ready!
post #540 of 554
Good morning Dingoes!

Trick or treating was fun last night; dd1's best buddy came and ToT'd with us and her mom came along. It was nice to have adult company. All the kids fell apart at almost exactly the same time (about an hour in) so we tromped home.

Dh got the decorating bug at ...oh, about 3 pm yesterday. He decided to do pumpkin carving artwork. Being a surgeon and artistic, he really made two awesome pumpkins. Aggravating that he can just up and do it but kind of neat too. Then he went and got dry ice, rigged our walky talkies so we could do scary laughing outside, etc. The kids loved it.

I am considering joining our local track club. It's only $20 and I might even be able to go to a couple workouts a week....what I really want to do it for is the long runs. Have to ponder on it since it means driving out to the long runs, but it might be worth it.

Okay, Monday..here we go...
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