1jooj--a belated happy birthday to you!
JayGee--I'll try to find the training plan.
tjsmama--ITA about the meeting at peak traffic time. And the fact that it's nowhere near public transportation, because I'd take light rail in a minute if it weren't a TWO HOUR commute down according to RTD. Grrrr. Good to know J won't be the only little one there. I'm leaving R at my sister's 'cause she'd rather be playing with her cousin though.
bec--congrats on the Olympic tri! Woot!
Nick--online definitely loses the chemistry. Discussions can help, as can sending messages as long as you don't send too many. However, that component is generally lacking and probably is the biggest issue with online learning. I keep thinking it might help to try Skyping with students or meeting face to face one during the semester or something, but I haven't actually tried that due to how difficult it would be to manage schedules when I'm part-time. Are you using Blackboard? If so, just know that it is a pita as a system and that it's extremely finicky about web browsers. Stupid finicky really.
RM--glad to hear the meds are helping your son. Awesome!
kerc--yay for a lost tooth for your youngest. R finally has a loose tooth--her first. She's had it for a week. I hope it comes out soon.
Plady--that sounds like a hard situation all around, both with the nits and the gender identity. Ugh.
DrJen--that's an awesome 5K time. Nice!
sparkle--that's a long ways to come in 5 months.
Good luck to all the kids heading back to school. We have back to school night Thurs night and then school starts Monday.
RR: lots of movement in the mountains, including finally riding 20 miles with a 4-mile run brick in there, a 2-mile hike followed by a 9-mile run (total elev gain around 1000 feet), and then two more runs and one more ride.
NRR: I'm so not ready to be back to reality. I still don't have my syllabus ready, mostly because I forgot to grab the textbook before we went up and we don't have internet when we're there. On the plus side, I made some (perhaps ambitious) plans regarding what I want to do this fall in terms of writing and conference presentations and such. I discovered that two of the professional societies to which I belong are having a joint national meeting in 2012, and I'd really like to go. That means writing a paper proposal this fall so that hopefully it can get accepted and I'll have a valid reason for spending the $$. And then all the negative talk starts up, much like bec's only career-related. I do the same about exercise, but usually I'm able to slam those voices out of my head. It doesn't help that I'm now two years out from graduation and 2-1/2 from the defense and I've submitted exactly *nothing* for publication. Argh. Stuff is getting written, edited and submitted this fall if it kills me. And it might.