Nic--loved the segment. On blenders: I have a Blendtec and love it. Ditto to the Dingo who said a Blendtec and Vitamix seem to be essentially the same. You can sometimes find a deal on them at Costco (perhaps at Sam's Club or BJs too?).
tjsmama--sending you energy
sparkle--fear is a necessary part of grad school. Embrace it.
MelW and 1jooj--good luck!
RR: 7 today. Was supposed to be yesterday's long run, but I only managed 1.5 before stopping to watch Downton Abbey and argue with DH for two hours. Then I was so frustrated that I got on the TM sometime after midnight and finished out the 4 planned for today. At least I got to run the 7 outside.
NRR: I think I mentioned my parents are moving closer (from 1 hr 15 min to 5 minutes away!), so I helped clean their new house a bunch last week. On Saturday, we drove down to help pack up stuff and move the big stuff (piano, china cabinet, Dad's incredibly heavy toolboxes [he was a diesel mechanic]). That was mostly ok, except that my parents have never sold a house this quickly and spent most of the week in denial, plus their real estate person told them not to empty out the house for reasons I won't go into. Anyhow, they wanted to move next weekend, except that I'm running a 10K on Sunday morning; DH has to present a couple of things at the congregational meeting (which I'll be missing ) and BIL has to work on Saturday so moving the big stuff would have been impossible. My parents tried to say DH and BIL could just come down Saturday night after BIL got off work, but no, that wasn't a good solution. They were also convinced they'd moved so much already that there wasn't much left. I know my parents and how much stuff they have. I'm pretty sure I packed 20 boxes of kleenx, among other things because they like to be stocked up and take advantage of good sales.
At any rate, after negotiating these things between my parents and my sister & BIL and my husband for the better part of a week, I convinced my parents to rent a truck this weekend. Dad was in a bad mood on Saturday, but he always is when packing, whether for vacation or moving. He was in a much better mood after we emptied the truck on Sunday morning--which we were able to do in just two hours! There's still a bunch of stuff left, but if DH and I go down early on Saturday and my parents rent a smaller U-Haul, we should be able to get it all in the truck that day. They'll drive up on Sunday morning and BIL will start to unload it; we'll join them in the early afternoon to unload the rest. Closing is scheduled for the 31st, so that gives them time to deal with the odds and ends they haven't moved, like the closet full of clothes that my parents aren't wearing and in some cases, haven't worn for two or three decades, but which, for reasons I don't pretend to understand, could not be packed (or donated) quite yet. Closing was originally scheduled for next Monday, but the extra few days will be helpful.
In fun news: I got an iPhone! My old flip phone was on the fritz and I decided it was time. I'm worried about the additional cost because we've never had a data plan and I'm still teaching one class (and was reassigned from a classroom to an online section due to low enrollment), and because it turns out they hired yet another part-time musicology faculty member (son of a current faculty member) but don't seem to have any extra classes where I'm concerned. Is the writing on the wall? Yes. I know what I need to do, but now I need to find the mojo to do it.