tjsmama--how awesome on the USAT nationals! Is that from the Highlands Ranch one?
1jooj--7 miles! WTG!
Nic--Kudos to you for the windy hill intervals. I agree about the extra mileage credit (and more if pushing a stroller). Are you enjoying being super clean today?
JayGee--Glad to hear that your exercise hasn't hurt your knee and I hope that you are finally finally finally going to get some answers.
Plady--Sorry about the bully trouble and your DD.
bec--nice tri workout yesterday!
Shanti-- for health in your house. As for the rest of it, I think you're smart to reprioritize and make life a bit easier.
Geo--good luck on the paper submission. They'd be rather foolish to ignore it on the basis of "too much press" when it's still good science, wouldn't they?
Taxes: our trick is that we always put down 0 in the deductions box. The downside is that supposedly we're losing out on money that we could be investing rather than loaning to the government for a year, but with savings accounts paying less than 1% interest, I can't get all upset about it. I prefer getting the refund anyhow. Granted, I wouldn't resent how much we pay in taxes under any circumstances--they pay for part of our local G&T ed, keep our national parks open, interstate highways maintained, etc etc--but it really helps to see a refund coming our way in terms of mindset too.
That said, we haven't so much as started. I'll add that to this month's to-do list.
NRR: It's going to be a week, but it's probably going to be ok. Examples include: the rats are back (bad!). I thought I saw one yesterday while on the phone with the garage about our car's service engine light. Sure enough, I saw it running in and out of the bush later. But the pest control people were able to come this morning (good!), so hopefully that will nip it in the bud. The car is fixed and it wasn't as bad as it could have been. R's cast came off today (good) but there's a spot on one of the bones that hasn't fully regrown so she needs to wear a splint anytime she's running around for the next three weeks (ugh). Had a paper accepted to a regional conference (good, though I've never not been accepted so I'm not sure it's an accomplishment), but now I have to write the paper before March 30 (much less good). DH leaves on a business trip Fri/Sat (double ugh). Maybe his business trips attract the rats? I swear he was going on one when we saw them last summer. And there's the issue of the woman at church that will likely be addressed in some fashion on Wednesday. But good: tomorrow is a half-day of school and it's supposed to be sunny; I think I can fit my other 6-miler in on Saturday while R is at a birthday party; DH will be back Sunday; I finally came up with some ideas for the homily I'm giving at church in mid-March. Our pastor likes to take a break from sermonizing on occasion and I volunteered, foolishly thinking this would be a good idea. I'd done a couple of homilies at Morning Prayer in college and enjoyed those. Though, come to think of it, I'm sure I didn't have time to do those either. Apparently I never learn.
Hmmm. Apparently I need to work on the "no drama" personal goal for this week.