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Thanks for that, Geo! It really makes me a little sick thinking that they are, as an organization, targeting middle schoolers coming out of their school! I will contact the principal. That is a good point. He is a really good principal who really cares about the kids (he cries at pretty much every orientation meeting with incoming parents), so maybe he can keep an eye out for this.
I heard about the not being intact last night, and the whole thing is so heartbreaking. I get overwhelmed thinking about my own kids.
RR: Does good intentions count? I really wanted to get out for 7 sometime this weekend. I guess it can still happen. But, I have to overcome the inertia of sitting on my chair. It's rainy and blah outside.
Congrats, Gaye on having an good 20 miler. After all of the tough runs you've put in recently the universe "owed" you a good one!
RR- Bootcamp friday was insane, mostly because I had to carry through on a warning that any physical violence from the youngest (who was having a tough evening) would result in leaving. My oldest pointed out that it was unfair to make us all leave because of little sister's kicking, so I called my husband to pick up the little one. We were doing circuit training stations, so I took the outside station of "continuous stairs" for far too many sets in a row. Yesterday was a short 5k run to stretch out some of the soreness before my night shift and today is decidedly lazy rest day post-nights. Tomorrow is a solo parenting and all day work meeting day, so running will have to wait for Tuesday next.
NRR- I've chosen new lino for our laundry room and bathroom, and have fingers crossed that we'll start getting some of the repair from the flood done this week. I feel like my head is spinning from the past few weeks- lice, super-sick kid, flood plus all of the usual work, home, homeschooling.
So, the thunderstorms off and on all day have really put the nail in the coffin of my long run. And I really don't have the heart to do it on the treadmill. I should be able to get it in tomorrow, so I won't be too far off.
I have not run since last Wednesday. Between dh's schedule, my getting a headcold, and dd1's bat mitzvah today, I just could not make it happen. I am exhausted. I haven't slept well in two nights, what with pre-party anxiety and a stuffed up nose. Gah.
But, the weekend was lovely and the bat mitzvah today was really amazing. We don't do big shindigs here; we have a nice party with a catered simple buffet lunch (pasta with two kinds of sauces, some salads, salmon, fruit and dessert). Dd1 gave two speeches -- a 'dvar Torah' (commentary on her Torah portion, which is the first of the Torah and corresponds with the creation story) and a 'thank you' speech; we also had three rabbis give short talks, and I gave a short speech. Dh surprised me and gave an impromptu speech which was lovely and he also thanked me from the podium and gave all the credit for the party to me. Which was pretty out of character and meant a lot. Dd1 looked beautiful and felt beautiful, my kids were all dressed appropriately (although dd2's dress which I bought in August was already a tad too short! and ds' pants were falling off despite the belt), my outfit came together fine and I didn't run my stockings (always a worry). So that was good. My very dear friend from when we lived in Maryland came for the whole weekend and that was awesome; she brought one of her daughters with her and the kids had a great time.
So that's behind us now, which is both gratifying and depressing at the same time. Kind of like a marathon I guess.
Anyway hoping to get back to more 'normal' and get back to some decent running. I am just so tired and feeling already the effects of increased darkness and cold...
Nic, I'm glad the bat mitzvah went smoothly. It sounds like a lovely, memorable event.
RR- After a morning of rainstorms I convinced the kids to go for a bike ride to get tea and play at the park. Short but sweet. I'm planning some strength training after bedtime tonight.
NRR- For mysterious reasons, the kids have been kind, co-operative and fun with me and with each other all day (I can safely say this without jinxing, I hope, since we're 40 minutes from bedtime). The week has been hard after the goodbye visit to step-MIL, but with lots of love and talking they seem to have settled down today. They had a breakfast restaurant "date" with their dad and a quick trip to play Lego at grandma's house this morning, then played, biked to the park and played happily at home all afternoon. My oldest daughter and I listened to bluegrass and prepped apples for the dehydrator for almost an hour while my youngest played happily upstairs *without creating massive messes*. I was pretty convinced she was drawing on the walls with permanent marker or something to not be jealous of big sis getting 1:1 mum time, but she was just engaged in a game with some imaginary monsters and a boy named Hank. I will take the good days when they are offered, thankyouverymuch. My husband is out of town and I have the evening to myself to drink tea and fold laundry and prep next week's classes (what a thrilling life!)
Real still thinking of you and the new reality in that community. I hope that they catch the person who did this soon, and that you and all the people there can start to rebuild a sense of safety. It's just very sad and disturbing.
Real. I can only imagine how very scared I would be if this was in my own neighborhood. It's unnerving enough that it happened at all. And yet, I did let my 6th grader walk on her own to and from school.
Thanks for posting the pic. I totally needed to see that. Moving makes me a crabby, crabby mama!
So so sorry! I like the idea of free range kids, but where I currently live, I could see something like this happen. This summer alone, two adults were shot on my block; one killed. Last Halloween, four blocks from me, a 10 year old was shot. We live in a poor area, all renters, huge turnover, huge language barriers, lots of gang violence. I can't count all the stuff I've had stolen from me: everything from diaper bags and strollers to my car (multiple times). So while I walked three blocks to school by myself at my eldest child's age (in an affluent, home owner, suburban neighborhood), my kids can't go outside at all without adult supervision. I'm so glad that we're moving to the kind of neighborhood where free range parenting will be a possibility, but whenever I read her stuff, the amount of privilege with which she writes... Anyhow.
Truly, when I think about it, and consider the risks, the route, etc. I do think I'm being safe. I do think, this is the right thing to do, and the right way to do it. It's just hard not to feed into the panic and horror. I guess it is hitting me hard because we are only JUST starting to allow the kids a little more freedom.
Revolting - Before DH and I were married, we lived in a very bad part of Roger's Park in Chicago. I had to walk 2 blocks to the El station to ride downtown, and it was definitely scary after dark! We broke our lease and moved to the suburbs when we got a bullet through the window of the room that I was studying in. It was stopped by the window frame, or it could have easily hit me (it was that close).
RR: Well, I did get out there! I missed Sunday, but went out today and got my 7 in. It was a glorious fall day, and I was able to do the run in sub 12:00 pace (read: lightning fast for me). It was interrupted by a couple of phone calls, but was really a nice run. Solid. I feel confident for the 15k coming up in early November!
NRR: One of the phone calls that I got on my run was from my boss. She was asking me if I was interested in a seasonal stock manager position for the store! I would be responsible for getting shipment out, the store looking good, making sure it was recovered properly, etc. A raise, keys to the store, more responsibility, and really a huge professional compliment. Anyway, I'm really excited about it.
I feel like I spend more time with the trainer that does the tri class than I do my family! I felt good after the run, so decided to go to the extra boot camp type thing that she teaches on Monday evening. It was a killer strength workout. Then, up at 5am for Tuesday boot camp (she makes sure to do different stuff at each class, so no one muscle group is over worked). This is me, finding ways to get it all in, while working and alone all week with the kids (DH is traveling for work).
I hardly think you're cramming. But you are well prepared for cramming. Years of academic training under your belt.
Dog walk this morning, 3 miles with speedy running partner at 1, xc training group at 545.
And I woke up wishing I could go.right.then. and run five miles. What?
Fueling up for my afternoon: salami + cheese and crackers, leftover roasted veggies and leftover but not roasted brussll sprouts. Here's hoping two hours takes care of it.