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Oy, Mommajb grouphug.gif and namaste.gif. Hope things get better for you soon.

 

Shanti, I'll play. My favorite color is...wait for it....pink. pinktongue.gif I also like celery green and turquoise. Happy colors, basically. Oddly though, in my bedroom decor I prefer chocolate brown with other colors as accents. Hmm.

 

Anyway.

 

Kerc, love those valentines. You have a great kid. That lady can be put in the room with the yeller from soccer practice hereabouts and they can duke it out. eyesroll.gif Some people.

 

I don't think the AP Euro gig is going to work out. It's the last period of the day, which makes it until 4:38, then I would have an hour's commute home in traffic. No deal. I want to be home for my kids in the afternoons and although I might be okay with a half hour to an hour of them being picked up/watched, I'm not cool with up to 2-3 hours, depending on traffic. Sigh. Back to the drawing board.

 

After a klutzy (but enjoyable) Zumba workout yesterday, I made it out for 6 intense miles today. Good times.

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bawling.gif Sometimes life can be so ... insistent. You know how the beauty of it can make your heart hurt, and other times the pain of it makes you feel like wailing.

My friend just witnessed an auto-pedestrian accident in which the pedestrian was thrown ~50 feet. Friend did CPR until the ambulance arrived but the person was already dead. Friend is a doc - this was her drive to work. Nice way to start the day greensad.gif

Mamajb - goodvibes.gif I would let you use my washer and dryer too! greensad.gif Hang tough mama
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Ugh Sparkle, that's a lot, even two (three?) degrees of separation away.  I'm impressed with your friend, I hope she feels okay that she did all she could and more than most would be willing or able to do. hug.gif

 

Mommajb - I wish I could lend you laundry services too.  goodvibes.gif That you don't get sick too!

 

Nic - Sorry to hear the hs thing isn't going to fit in but something will come, you're open to possibilities and I'm sure you'll attract something good soon.

 

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JenLove, what kind of adoption are you looking at (newborn, older, international, domestic?)? Congrats on the decision and good luck with the process!

 

kerc, Leah sounds terrific. I can imagine feeling a bit badly for not doing homemade cards, but not to the point of emailing the other parent. Yikes! How did you respond?

 

jo, I love your daughter's special valentine for the girl who was left out. My oldest drew a special spiderman valentine for a boy in her class with autism. When I asked her why he didn't get one of the linoprints like everyone else she told me that he loves spiderman more than anything and she wanted to give him something he would really like. love.gif

 

mommajb, healing vibes headed your way. And wishing you the good kind of run for a break!

 

Shanti, healing to your family, too. You must be exhausted!

 

sparkle, I'm intrigued by the celebration-free thing. I'd rather have lots of celebrations, but declare the school candy and junk-free. Find non-junk ways to celebrate. And I'm so sorry about your friend and the accident. Big hugs.

 

We do the DIY valentines every year, because I'm opposed to paying for them and I like the crafting/drawing/gluing time. But if they don't want to do the craft, I found links to some cool downloadable valentines that at least aren't supporting Disney Inc. with my $$. I love the love bug jar that can be decorated with stickers or drawings.

 

Colour: All shades of blues, and greens. Sometimes I shake things up in the wardrobe department with some bluey-purples or black.

 

Last night we had the best night sleep in over a week- one wake up around midnight to join me in bed and no yelling. And this morning I have a sweet, happy child (still hair-twirling, but less than yesterday). We seem to be at least part way out of the vicious cycle of bad mood-no sleep- overtired- bad mood....

 

My husband is supposed to be coming home tomorrow, but is in a snowstorm and the highways are bad. Send any safe travel and storm ending vibes his way.

 

ETA: The Affairs of Living blog is a great resource for a variety of allergen-free recipes, and anti-candida diet recipes (assuming a lot of these are Whole 30 compliant: she was a vegetarian/vegan but added meat and eggs in recent years). I like her attitude with dietary restriction and the way she maintains a focus on what she can eat instead of what she's avoiding.

 

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Quick pop-in to say no found the body on a Sunday.

 

Favorite colors...it's probably easier to say what I don't like...oranges, pink...I DK... I do like blues and reds... I like rich colors.

 

About to head out on a run with my friend.  Always fun with her.

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Jewel tones, purple, royal blue, red etc.

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I don't wear yellow, pink, or pale colors.
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JayGee--hope that brings you much closer to finally solving the pain issues.

Valentines: there were no homemade valentines in R's class of 22. And I think we might have been the only ones who only gave a valentine rather than a valentine + pencils/stickers/erasers/jewelry/candy/stuffed dog. (Yes, one kid gave a valentine and a stuffed dog. Not just a tiny stuffed dog, but a beanie baby-sized stuff dog.) I comforted myself with the thought that I made all the cupcakes for the party.

I hit up Target's clearance section yesterday to grab stuff to send with next year's cards. eyesroll.gif

mommajb--hope you get a break. That's way to much to deal with.

Shanti--here's hoping for a kid-free day so you can work--

Nic--that is a long time to spend commuting. Sorry it didn't work out.

sparkle--ugh. When I think about it, it terrifies me how it only takes a split second to completely change someone's life, yk?

1jooj--your daughter's valentines sound so nice.

RR: Tues/Wed/Thur, all outside with the jogger. There's still a ton of snow out there but my usual loop is ok. After that it's hit or miss, so Tuesday's run ended up being part obstacle course. I finally decided on a marathon training plan too, which is good seeing as the marathon is 16 weeks from last Sunday. I'd been debating between one designed for hilly marathons (which this will be) and Hal Higdon's intermediate training plan (the first one with less mileage). Higdon's won out, though I'm jumping in on week three because his are 18 week plans. None of them is quite perfect, but I'll use that as a license to modify at will.

NRR: Is it still February? And did tjsmama really fly to Mexico without me? Some people.... lol.gif R is out of school tomorrow and Monday, so I think I'm going to brave the zoo tomorrow. A friend invited me to a hot tub party on Saturday. I think I'm going to go. I could probably use some time to relax with other moms. (The only thing holding me back is that there's a concert of Indian classical music that same evening, and it would be a good chance to network.)
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NRR: Is it still February? And did tjsmama really fly to Mexico without me? Some people.... lol.gif


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thumbsup.gif Real, I only added the choc to the valentines because dd was distressed about a previous thing in school where she had written, drawn and colored all the bits of an assignment herself, and when they presented in class, the rest of the kids had all sorts of interesting, full-color cutouts and printouts from stuff that their parents (read: nannies) had clearly done for them. She cried over it. So the choc in this case was insurance for dd's fragile self-esteem. bag.gif And her valentines were not much to look at overall, but the messages were original and heartfelt, and I was proud of her effort in making them. Once she learns to spell, she'll be a strong written communicator. winky.gif

 

Ds and friend had a good, relatively productive afternoon of work on their project. I think ds has another 1-2 hours to complete the assignment, and I'd say his friend has double that. This assignment, and the assumption the kids would succeed at anything in the classroom, was a total joke. Not funny, though.

 

Now they are off to pick out a DVD and get pizza for their dinner.

 

RR: Nope. Dust storm city. Holed up inside all day, looks like it may go on through tomorrow, and then we get to clean up after it. The sand is piling up everywhere. At least there's some fresh sand coming in over all the cat poo in the back garden.

 

Also, it's really warm out there.

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RR: Nope. Dust storm city. Holed up inside all day, looks like it may go on through tomorrow, and then we get to clean up after it. The sand is piling up everywhere. At least there's some fresh sand coming in over all the cat poo in the back garden.

 

Also, it's really warm out there.


(nerd alert) -- I just lectured on deserts in my Environmental Geo class. Would you post a pic on Facebook if you can take one with your phone?  I keep talking with my students about how people live in deserts (they view desert as piles and piles of sand, with no buildings anyplace. Duh: Vegas is a desert and people build all kinds of stuff there).

 

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sparkle--ugh. When I think about it, it terrifies me how it only takes a split second to completely change someone's life, yk?

Yeah, that's just it. The heartbreak for people whose lives just changed in an instant, and how close any of us is all the time. This sadness is exacerbated by the fact that I have been hearing so many sad stories lately, ones that I wont even repeat b/c they are so morbid and sad, but short story is that a good friend is a nurse in the pediatric emergency dpt. and its been a sad month.
Did I mention that Dh got hit by a car the week after I did? Um, yeah, We're still waiting to get the mini-van back from the body shop so we can take his car into the body shop.
What marathon are you looking to do?

Nic - That is a bummer about the job but something will come up. At least they know your parameters so can call if something else comes up. WTG on the Zumba. I dont think I could ever coordinate to do that, I mean physically lol.gif

MelW - I hope you have a relaxing (relatively wink1.gif ) weekend w/ Dh, and that your house continues to get healthier and robust. I've been wanting to say, you are always so detailed and thoughtful in your posts that I frequently want to copy and paste everything you say bag.giflol.gif

Jo - Barefoot! Who'd a thunk it. Way to go on the project w/ DS. I must say, I find "helping" kids with school projects to be like pulling them through quick-sand; painful. At least you're almost there, and it sounds like he is getting the gist of the process

Geo - clap.gif Inspirational parenting mama.

Kerc - I cant believe that mom jaw.gif I wouldnt be able to keep quiet. Poor lady, so sad.

BBM - Im curious, what is your experience w/ anxiety? I have plenty with depression, but lately am experiencing a lot of anxiety. It's coming out as non-specific fear and foreboding. It sucks, have you found anything that works? Therapy? (I really dont want to start that again, even though I like mine a lot)

JG - So, when do you meet with the ortho? I think my brother has had all that, but Im going to check. His started out of no where, and oddly, he can still run - the drop sort of stops while he's running, but when he walks, its not good. I'm so looking forward to your recovery mama

NRR: I wish I could say that I will not be talking about my pathetic self but faint.gif oh, whoa is me. I am so done with feeling nauseus/head-achey/body-achey/tired/anxious guilty.gifhammer.gif Ah well. Maybe next week...
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Mommajb:  hugs to you!  Hoping for nonsick kids + a working washing machine for you.

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mommajb ~ oh dear grouphug.gif Let the Dingoes surround you with love and wishes for an end to the sickness. 

 

sparkle ~ I just got the referral to the ortho this morning, so they'll probably call for an appointment sometime next week.  I requested the same surgeon who just did my DH's microfracture surgery.  He was very pleased with him.

 

jooj ~ dust storm!?  Yikes!  Is it starting to heat up there again?

 

The valentines we made were just squares of red construction paper with 4 smaller white squares glued on 2x2.  We stamped L,V,E onto the smaller squares and glued on one hershey kiss to make the letter O, so the whole thing spelled LOVE kind of like the LOVE statue in Philadelphia.  I thought they were pretty cute, and very easy.  All three kids mostly made their own, although I did help DD2 finish up the last couple when she got tired.

 

RR ~ Pilates this morning.  Felt very strong, for some reason.  Day 6 of Whole30 and I honestly feel great!

 

NRR ~ we're picking up the kids from school and driving to French Lick, Indiana for the night at the fancy-schmancy hotel there, then up to Bloomington for the day tomorrow and home late tomorrow night.  I can't tell you how excited I am to get back to Bloomington, even if it's just going to be for an afternoon.  Mostly, I can't wait for an elk burger from BUBS eat.gif!

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MelW - I hope you have a relaxing (relatively wink1.gif ) weekend w/ Dh, and that your house continues to get healthier and robust. I've been wanting to say, you are always so detailed and thoughtful in your posts that I frequently want to copy and paste everything you say bag.giflol.gif

NRR: I wish I could say that I will not be talking about my pathetic self but faint.gif oh, whoa is me. I am so done with feeling nauseus/head-achey/body-achey/tired/anxious guilty.gifhammer.gif Ah well. Maybe next week...


love.gif Awww, thanks!  I hope you feel better soon, too!!! (and I don't just get him for a weekend, but the entire reading week. I better be careful with my hip winky.gif)

 

mommajb, I hope you're doing better soon, too!

 

JayGee, the valentines sound cute. Have a great trip!

 

jo, congrats on the project play date success.

 

RR: I was hoping for a longer stronger run, but my cough had other ideas. Yet another 5k run/walk today. Bootcamp is cancelled tonight because of the Taiwanese lantern festival at the community centre. I just remembered this now after typing "bootcamp tonight!". Oh well....

 

NRR: Strange playdate yesterday for DD. She's been trying to have this friend from school over since the beginning of the year, but girl usually walks home with her big brother, and I've never met her parents. We sent a note home inviting the friend to play with no answer. This week the girl gives her phone number to DD, so I called and invited her over. Having never met me, mom is comfortable letting me do pick up at our school, play at our house, and didn't want my address ("just call me when she's ready to come home and I'll get it then"). When I did call for pick up she was busy and sent a friend instead, who stayed in her car in the driveway the whole time while I helped the girl get her coat and bag and sent her out. The friend invited DD for a sleepover tonight, and I was glad to have the excuse of her dad coming home. Ummm.... I have never, ever seen your parents. There is no way.  Not to mention that we haven't started down the slippery slope of sleepovers yet, and I'm happy to dodge it for a bit longer. I'm not as protective as some of the other parents I know (one mom always has park or coffee shop playdates or otherwise gets to know parents very well before drop-off playdates are allowed), but I want to at least see or meet the parents before I let my six year old spend the afternoon there. And I want to know where they live, if only so I could tell the police in an emergency!!! 

 

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NRR: Is it still February? And did tjsmama really fly to Mexico without me? Some people.... lol.gif

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Quick drive-by post just because I couldn't read the above and not post. orngbiggrin.gif

We are having a fantastic time so far. I am SO relaxed. We are eating too much, drinking too much, not applying sunscreen quite thoroughly enough, and overall having a blast. Today entirely consisted of laying by the pool, drinking, and reading. Ahhh. Tomorrow, we're going snorkeling (with open bar on the boat, of course) and perhaps nightclubbing, if we last that long in our old age. It really is SO very nice. XH IMed me (the hotel has free wifi, but I don't have any phone access) to tell me that he forgot to tell me that the later flight wasn't available when he booked his and DS's flights to Ohio for today, so he had to take DS out of school early (which we know how I feel about that). My response? Well, I would be irritated, but we just came up from the pool where they had 2 for 1 happy hour... orngtongue.gif

rr~YES! I ran this morning! It was hot, humid, and kind of miserable, but nonetheless, 3 miles in the bag. Had to burn off at least one of the beverages I consumed today...
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We are eating too much, drinking too much, not applying sunscreen quite thoroughly enough, and overall having a blast. Today entirely consisted of laying by the pool, drinking, and reading. Ahhh. Tomorrow, we're going snorkeling (with open bar on the boat, of course) and perhaps nightclubbing, if we last that long in our old age. 

 

It's been 20 years since my one and only winter-blues-beater tropical vacation and though I mostly like winter, this year I'm really digging the idea of some sun and beach. This post has fuelled the desire. Perhaps 2013 will be the year.

 

In the meantime ... took my girls downhill skiing today. Beautiful sunny day in the mountains at the local ski hill, hovering around the freezing point. Almost had the place to ourselves. XC skiing tomorrow. Managed a 10k barefoot run on the road near the ski hill at lunch. Got a tired kid. Time to go do the bedtime readaloud.

 

Miranda

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Chocolates from my secret sprinter! Thanks!joy.gif

I'm waking up before my 8 miler with my RP this morning. My parents are here for the three day weekend, so we need to find something to do so they're not sitting around being cold. DD often ends up with about 2-3 hours of school stuff stacked up on the weekends, but she got almost all of it done during the week so that she could have more time with her grandparents. I'm so proud of her!

My mom brought a molted elephant seal pelt. In my geeky family, it was the coolest thing a grandma could bring.

On valentines, I was impressed at the number that were hand made this year, maybe 1/3 to a half. Unfortunately the standard is to have something stuck to them, so if it's not candy, it has to be something.

Mel, I'm slowly allowing DD to go with parents I don't know well. However, it's always for things quite limited and controlled. Never a sleep over! DD's friend had a sleepover b- day and her mom was shocked that the two kids that the mom didn't know just showed up on the doorstep. No parent even came to the door to meet them!

Summer camp: Yes, of course there are other camps. There are hundreds. This one was unique and served a particularly difficult-to-serve aspect of DD and offered her a perfect social environment. Because the same kids go each year from 4-8th grade, there's also a significant continuity there. I'm now going to have to find camps that will likely draw that kind of population, but there won't be that three week continuity or the 4 year continuity. Hmmm, camp at kerc's is an interesting idea....
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Thank you Secret Sprinter! I heartbeat.gif the chocolate, coffee, and kind bars. You got just the right stuff. And I really needed the pick me up today. 

 

Dear Secret Sprintee, you don't know me but your present is coming, I promise. First thing this week. hide.gif

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