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Dingos Dashing Through the Snow ~ December Running Mamas Thread - Page 2post #21 of 59712/2/10 at 1:19pmpost #22 of 59712/2/10 at 1:44pm
We haven't found a house yet. We went to look at one yesterday and the seller took it off the market when talking to the agent. Doh! We are looking at another tomorrow. Farmhouse, old barn, 15 acres, pond.... I haven't seen the inside via pictures so I'm anxious. Thanks for asking... it's a roller coaster.
I didn't get to Zumba, and V didn't even get to Wiggles and Giggles. We stayed home listening to music, reading about Latkes and cooking a good supper together. I needed that so much.
Will be back later for personals.
<3post #23 of 59712/2/10 at 6:38pm
Nick, I was singing the Adam Sandler song while getting dressed this AM. And I got home from work this afternoon to find dd and ds spinning the Dredel. Dd's friend's dad came in and discussed the holiday with the class and sent everyone home with a dredel and instructions. Happy Chanukah!
Squeezed in a short, weird combo this AM before work. TMs were booked so I biked 8min to warm up and then did the elliptical for another 40min. My meeting tomorrow has been canceled, so I can write blog articles and get some lifting in and maybe also some whirlpool time tomorrow.
We had our every-other-week dinner with the former neighbor tonight, and I made pizza. We just love his visits.
Working on booking a flight, I think...post #24 of 59712/2/10 at 6:51pmThread Starter
Where to, Jo?
Fun night here with gymnastics tricks on the air mattress and bad Christmas TV (Santa Claus is Coming to Town). We tried to bake pumpkin muffins, but I forgot to put in baking powder. Oops! DH called to say that our new house is DONE!!! He stopped by today and they were just finishing hanging the inside doors. I can't believe I haven't seen it since they poured the foundation back in September.
No workout again today, other than moving some boxes. Tomorrow's not looking good either ~ I'm chaperoning DS's field trip to the grocery store where they will buy food for the local food pantry with money they raised last month. Mama REALLY needs a run, but when?????post #25 of 59712/2/10 at 6:53pm
Jo, oh gosh that Adam Sandler song is hysterical.
If you want a couple other good songs, Matisyahu has a nice new one out: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/matisyahus-miracle-on-ice The video is odd, I must say. But the song is great.
Another one, my personal favorite right now -- Yeshiva University's a cappella group The Maccabeats (which is itself a name related to Chanukah, but they sing year round) -- a takeoff on "Dynamite" it's really fun -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU
My kids have been rockin' out to these all day. I played them for my students too; some of them have never heard of Chanukah, Jews, or a cappella music. I'm quite honestly not quite sure which of those elements of ignorance appalls me the most.
Quotes of the day: 1) "So what do you DO on Christmas morning?" (uhhh...wake up?)
2) "Are Jews, like, you know, failed Christians?"
3) "Is Chanukah when you eat those things -- you know -- lotus?" (would that be latkes?)
4) "Well seriously why don't you just have a tree too? It's a lot bigger than that candle thing."
Sigh.post #26 of 59712/2/10 at 7:23pmThread Starterpost #27 of 59712/2/10 at 7:43pmO.M.G., nic. I mean, come on. I grew up about as sheltered as it comes (the big divide in my hometown was between the catholics and the protestants! Jews? Muslims? What are those? ), but I can't imagine anything like that ever coming out of my mouth. Or for that matter, out of any of the friends that I grew up with. Sheesh. I guess, on the bright side, it's good that they're asking questions? Maybe?
I should really be finishing up my last care plan of the semester right now, but I just can't make myself do it. I think it's going to have to be forced tomorrow night. I got the stuff that MUST be done for tomorrow done, but I'm just tired and can't focus enough to do anything else right now. Oh well.
Yesterday was a nightmare of clinginess/crankiness/meltdowns from DS. Sigh. And he's been in my bed every night this week. Which is all well and good until he starts bouncing around on me around 6. Of course, he fell asleep in the car this afternoon while we were out running errands, which resulted in him JUST falling asleep, even though I put him to bed an hour and a half ago. Double sigh.
And I feel like a slug since I totally bagged my run this morning. I don't think I posted here yesterday, so I didn't get to tell you guys about my track workout. Which involved 4 800's. Ok, not so bad. 200 recoveries in between. Fine. With 15 walking lunges on each leg during each 200. So, that would be 60 lunges per leg. When I have not lunged in months. O.M.G. OWWWWWW. My butt and thighs are SO freaking sore today! It's ridiculous. Result = could not motivate myself to go out for my planned 4-6 mile run, even though I know it would have loosened me up.
Oh, and FYI. Freaking Gap Outlet. I went in to look for a holiday sweater for DS and came out with four things for myself.post #28 of 59712/2/10 at 8:11pm
Here's the cool part of it though: Nic teaches students who get to ask her those questions and get real answers. So apologies for the ignorant, but honestly when my friends' mom came into class and showed us what the festival of lights was all about, I remember it. And frankly: since Christmas is so dang commercial I totally "get" why the heck they would think you might still have a tree.
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O.M.G., nic. I mean, come on. I grew up about as sheltered as it comes (the big divide in my hometown was between the catholics and the protestants! Jews? Muslims? What are those? ), but I can't imagine anything like that ever coming out of my mouth. Or for that matter, out of any of the friends that I grew up with. Sheesh. I guess, on the bright side, it's good that they're asking questions? Maybe?post #29 of 59712/2/10 at 8:13pm
I think I updated the race list to here. Please check it and make sure it's right if you asked for anything recently. Nick, the Sarasota half was already on the list, and I think the first race is actually a 4M not a 5M if I found the right one?
Nickarolaberry - I can't believe some of those comments. All the middle school kids I know would have some better sense. Need that face/palm smiley.
JayGee - Sending you a virtual hug about your mammogram. Hopefully, the biopsy will be benign - and if not, this is why we do screening mammograms - to catch things early! That's so exciting about your house - I can't imagine having a house no one else has had the chance to mess up yet!
I'm having a crazy week, so I'm trying to be creative on getting workouts in. I ran yesterday morning and did body blaster class in the evening. Nothing today, but I'm scheming for how to fit something in tomorrow.post #30 of 59712/3/10 at 3:56ampost #31 of 59712/3/10 at 4:47amDr Jen please add me to the Indy Mini. Thnx
Nic-glad the kids can ask you questions openly without feeling bad and get correct answers. Thank you for clarifying these things for those children about your religion. We know how important religion is. Many kids can't or don't get this information from their parents who in turn may not have been educated in these matters themselves.
RR: woke up tired & sneezing trying do decide on my run today. No time Sat or Sun so this would be it for the week.post #32 of 59712/3/10 at 5:21am
Oh my gosh, mamas, please don't get the impression that I am contemptuous or dismissive of the students' questions! (and by the way not all the comments came from kids...there are some adults too who really don't know). I take every question seriously and I answer it the best I can because I know that I'm the one reliable source of first hand information they've got at the moment.
I just figured I'd vent my bafflement at the depth and breadth of ignorance that, to be honest, I was not prepared for. But I am not in any way saying I think they're dumb or something! I'm thrilled they're asking questions to tell the truth. We have a leadership seminar with the 7th graders and yesterday I used the story of Chanukah -- and a cappella music -- as a vehicle for explaining teamwork, leadership, doing what is necessary even when it's uncomfortable, etc. They were a little taken aback but very receptive (for the most part).
I got in my extra 3 last night on the treadmill at the Y while the girls had swim lessons. Made it into a speed session so I could get it done on time and also because I was bored. So thumbs up on that.
Please, please everyone...pray for the huge fire in northern Israel to be subdued quickly. 40 people are dead, tens of thousands evacuated, and thousands of acres destroyed. I have family and close friends all over the north....very scary. On the 'up' side, Israel's neighbors (usually not willing to deal with Israel at all) are sending help. Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, etc. have sent fire fighters and fire fighting planes. That in itself is a miracle.post #33 of 59712/3/10 at 5:55am
Quote:Originally Posted by Nickarolaberry
Please, please everyone...pray for the huge fire in northern Israel to be subdued quickly. 40 people are dead, tens of thousands evacuated, and thousands of acres destroyed. I have family and close friends all over the north....very scary. On the 'up' side, Israel's neighbors (usually not willing to deal with Israel at all) are sending help. Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, etc. have sent fire fighters and fire fighting planes. That in itself is a miracle.
Hoping that the fire ignites ongoing cooperation.
Stay well, mamas. There's plenty of stress and not enough rest going around these days, I think, and let's try to stay healthy--not just cardiovascular-wise, but sniffle-wise.
Looks like ABQ is in my near future. Working on finding inexpensive flights...which may not exist, but I think I am going regardless. A week in the high desert with a dear friend and her family, and I will return home (G!d willing) with many days of winter break to spend time with my own children--refreshed and recharged. Of course kids are heartbroken I would go anywhere without them, but I am so burned out in every way that I need this trip.
OK. Trying to decide whether to go in to the office at all today. Thinking probably not.
post #34 of 59712/3/10 at 6:05am
Praying, re: the fire.
Nic, thanks for the links. I'll make good use when we do I and II Maccabees next week in Old Testament (not my choice of course title) (having covered Lutheran-Jewish relations this week, which, ugh, but it's necessary.) I did have a student say she didn't know what anti-Semitism was, so that felt like a productive thing to cover...
RR: 4 good miles on the treadmill this morning. I'm heading to work late after the Sears guy comes to check my washer and verify which part is broken (which we already know because the non-Sears guy came days ago and diagnosed in 10 minutes) so he can then put the order in for the part. I'm in danger of becoming buried in dirty laundry. And my house is a disaster. So here's to hoping we're last on his list and I get a morning at home to clean a bit, sigh...post #35 of 59712/3/10 at 6:07am
Nic ~ I'm glad you are teaching about your holiday - even if the questions make you go "Oh My!" I love learning about rituals, and I wish I could go to many of your houses during your celebrations.
Yes, Jo - where are you going? :) Remember if you need a farm hand -- think of me!
JG ~ I've been thinking of you! Any showings for your house?
V is jumping up and down, grabbing her backside, saying "poop!" I guess that's my call of my duty!post #36 of 59712/3/10 at 6:49amQuote:
Yeah. I get: "Mo-o-o-o-o-o-om! I'm done pooping!" shouted from the bathroom throughout the house.
Jo, Yes! You do need some you-time! I hope you can find some reasonable flights.
On Hanukkah, DD2's piano teacher is Jewish, and I asked her a few questions yesterday. Her kids, who are great, love to come out and play during the lesson, and they tell me about whatever they are doing and celebrating, too. I think it's neat to hear about all the cool traditions and music, and frankly, they know a whole lot more about traditions than my own children do about theirs. ((embarrassed smiley!))
I have tons of work today and tomorrow so that I can be done for company on Sunday. I want to have the whole day free since I'm making bread, and that demands my full attention. So maybe I'll squeeze in my C25k with the dog this morning if I can make some progress on work.post #37 of 59712/3/10 at 6:57amI grew up with a Menorah, dredel, Chanukah AND Christmas (until my parents divorced anyway), and all my friends did too, and I thought everyone did I thought I was sooo prepared for the world having grown up in such a diverse place .... until I moved to the Midwest and realized how sheltered I'd been
It is wonderful they have you Nic
Jo - it better not be between the 20-27th .... Ill be in your neck of the woods then (well, far away, but closer than I am now .... South Dakota - WOOT - thank you very much dh )post #38 of 59712/3/10 at 7:09am
Good morning! Happy Hanukkah, Nic! I hope you're having a peaceful and relaxing holiday, and I think it's great your students can turn to you as a resource to answer all of their questions. In our church my kids learn about different religious traditions, and last year DD was enthralled by Hanukkah. She was ready to jettison Christmas completely, but we had to veto that idea. We are lucky to have friends who are Jewish who invited us over for dinner one night and talked about lighting the menorah and some of their traditions. It was really neat for all of us.
I'm finally at the end of my sinus infection antibiotics, so I plan to get back on the roads next week. I'm hoping I can stay healthy and keep running for the rest of the wintertime.
In other craziness, we're doing our Advent Activity Calendar in an attempt to make December into more than just a countdown to mindless consumerism. So far it's going well. We've made paper snowflakes and last night we attended a festival of trees, with about a hundred trees decorated in themes by businesses and families and schools. They gave my kids a scavenger hunt paper when we walked in the door, and so we were able to spend an hour and a half wandering around, scrutinizing and admiring the trees. Today we're choosing an ornament or two from our local Holiday Helpers tree, so we'll have the opportunity to talk about being fortunate and how we can help make the holiday season better for others. Well, this is my vision, anyway. It is more likely my kids will end up in a big screaming fight over which ornaments to choose, which takes a bit away from the warm fuzzy of helping others.
This weekend we're seeing The Nutcracker. It's the big production, in Boston at a real theater, and DD, who is six and takes ballet classes, is just beside herself with excitement. I hope the kids end up liking it. I know they are a bit young, but DH and I were so eager to go, I guess we're pushing it a bit. I miss live theater!
Okay, we've got a playdate arriving in an hour, so I'd best shower and pick up the house a bit. Have a great weekend!post #39 of 59712/3/10 at 7:13am
I have to say that while I learned about the Jewish religion in my Catholic grade school I never met a Jewish person until college.
We do have a Hanuka family fun night though! We are huge Arthur fans here and in Arthur's perfect Christmas you learn about Hanukkah from Francine. My girls learn more about other religions that I ever did. The word ignorant seems so harsh but that's just me. I was raised by immigrant parents who were limited in what they could expose us to but did their best to provide us with a good like. I am grateful to have more resources to provide me girls with even more.post #40 of 59712/3/10 at 7:27am
Lala, we LOVE the Nutcracker. We took Gabriella when she was about 6 or so and she was absolutely entranced. Have a great time...I wish we had a good production here. We took the kids one year to the New York Ballet (is that the name of the big one which performs in Lincoln Center in Manhattan?) and it brought back such memories...my parents used to take me every year. The monster growing tree still took my breath away.
The funny thing is, I really love all the Christmas decorations outside, etc. and the lights, the music (to a point...I do get quite enough of Rudolph when in stores) and the excitement and joy associated with the season. We need it, it's so dark this time of year.
I bought an electric menorah to put in the window and put it up (we do the candles ones inside) and realized that a huge bush blocks the view of our window. (look at that, I found the smileys). So you can't even see it really.
My dd1 apparently is having major test taking anxiety issues (they are doing 'practice' tests for the big standardized one they have every year for the state...which I DETEST...but don't get me started on that). She does not qualify (nor should she) for accommodations based on learning issues, and instead of decreasing as she practices, her anxiety just gets worse. I don't know how to help her. Ideas? She is not a linear thinker at all, and the answers that are supposed to be 'right' don't always make sense to her (mainly on the verbal section...which she, by the way, reads at an 8th grade level though she is in 4th grade -- however the results of the test state she is below grade level b/c she doesn't agree with the 'right' answer). Sigh.
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