Penelope--I'm so sorry about DH's job. I don't know what I'd do about that situation, since I tend to freak out about money and security even when there's no valid reason to do so.
Nic--Hooray for Massachusetts! I hope you'll like the Amherst area. I'm across the state, which is not so far away when your state is Massachusetts.
sparkle--Sorry about the climbing competition. It's tough to see our kids in an unfair situation like that.
Jo--Hooray on your new home! It sounds like a lovely welcome from your DH, and I hope you settle in quickly. I can't wait to hear all of the details!
ND--Ah, my five-year-old often doesn't truly understand the consequences of his actions until he is right in the midst of them. He's a master of shrieking tantrums, too. I'm hoping he will grow out of this nonsense.
Hello, everyone! I'm back to running again. Yesterday I wimped out in the cold and rain and did five miles on the treadmill at 9-minute-mile pace. The treadmill is tough in some ways, but I do like it for pushing myself a bit in a measurable way. Today I braved the chill and rain to do my 12-miler outside. It gets easier by the week, although my legs are sore tonight. Tomorrow I'm skipping running in order to have breakfast with my mom, so I wanted to get in a nice tiring run while I could.
In non-running news, I had the most lovely weekend away! A high-school friend of mine got married, and since she's 33 and has been working in a glamorous job in LA since graduation from college and probably has piles of money, she was able to throw an excellent party. The important part for me, though, was that this was the first time in seven years (!) that DH and I have been away without the kids. Hooray!
You know that game where you plan out your perfect day? I lived mine on Saturday. After arriving at the hotel around midnight Friday night, DH and I got some enjoyment out of our hotel room, then went to sleep in a huge cushy bed BY OURSELVES. On Saturday I slept as late as I wanted which, sadly, was 9:00. Then I took a scalding hot shower with tons of water pressure. I brought my book down to the hotel lobby, curled up on a comfy couch, and drank an excellent cup of coffee while reading for two hours straight. My only interruptions were a chat with the bride and the groom, and some eavesdropping on the other wedding guests milling around and passing through.
A little after noontime I woke DH who, unlike me, has not at all lost the knack for sleeping all day, and we went out for lunch. After which I took a nap back at the hotel room before waking up to take another awesome shower and get dressed all fancy for the wedding. At the wedding I sat with a couple of other high-school friends whom I haven't seen in years, and thoroughly enjoyed the conversation, the venue, and the music. We drank some wine and did some dancing and I gawked at the famous person there (the woman who plays Alex Eames on Law and Order: Criminal Intent).
It really does take so little these days to make me happy. And I was so, so happy this weekend.
Now, back to reality. Boo.