Weird double post
Mommajb - Yeah, I'd be worried about mountain lions and not coyotes too. And I don't think I'd worry about Mountain lions where you are, unless you're running much farther to the east than I think. DH and I happened to catch a glimpse of one once up near Big Sur and it was enormous. It makes me shudder a little when I think about how close it was to us. Like Mel said, we hadn't noticed it but I'm sure it noticed us!
MelW - Do you carry anything to deter an attack? Bears and cougars! Oh My! - Hope that iud is soon history!
Jo - That soup does sound yummy. I haven't done anything along those lines in too long!
JayGee - for continuing improvement.
Sparkle - Yay for fish oil! And thanks for the reminder to take it!
Mel38 - Good luck with your decision about ds. Over the weekend I read Ali G a story about a boy who repeats kindergarten that her teacher had sent home with me. She seemed to really sympathize with the boy in the story. Then she dug out her list of sight words and started studying! These kids are no fools.
RR: I did a little dancing over the weekend with the girls. We do work up a sweat so I'm counting it. Last night I tweaked my knee though and had to ice it. Then while we watched Biggest Loser the girls got all hyper and started running in place and doing push-ups. It was very cute, and I've got to see where I can work in a slot for us to do more together. DD1 wants to workout with me, how can I not make that happen?
Gaye, that's the kind of issue that gets results in working up the chain. If you strike out with the head of HR, call the VP of public relations.
I'm back from a wonderful long weekend in Arizona visiting my BFF! It was her 40th birthday, so it was really a special time to spend with her. Among other things, we ran 6 miles of trail (I probably should not say run so much as hiked vigorously) up a mountain called (interestingly, given the conversation) Cougar Mountain, complete with a statue of a cougar. We had a lively discussion about the possibility of cougars being right there, right then. Thankfully, if there were any lurking mountain lions, they were scared off by my labored, sea level accustomed breathing. It was a really tough "run", but felt good at the same time. The 5000 feet elevation was definitely a change of pace! A few days later, we went down into Phoenix to run the Desert Classic Half Marathon. It was a glorious run. For the second year in a row, we started late (they really need to get more port a potties!). But, it is such a laid back race, and it is chip timed, after all, that our 10 minute late start didn't even raise an eyebrow. We noted, this year, that it really is pretty much a steady uphill, heading out. This made for a definite negative split coming back! I believe we finished in under 3 hours, but results are not up yet. This includes a good 5-10 minutes where we had to make a potty stop (at the one port a potty on the course). Anyway, the weather was perfect, the road was nice, it was at sea level, and I was with my friend. It was so nice running with her again, and I have really needed just a good run. I had 14 miles on my schedule, so we warmed up before hand jogging to and from the car a couple of times with our t-shirts and the like. It was most of a mile before the race started, and walking back to the car after took care of the last little bit. So, 14 miles in the book.
Now, I'm back to snow, cold and trying to survive the last of the oppressive winter in Chicago!
Lofty - I'm so glad you've seen some changes! I wish I was seeing more, I think the girls have been undoing their progress at home as much as possible. And this weekend we all kind of gave up a bit. We had a birthday dinner for Wendy (I can't believe it's been 7 years, and yet that it's been only 7 years) and then dh had a fire department banquet, and then the Superbowl. The girls and I had nothing to do with the superbowl actually having not been invited to go along with dh to watch it but C wanted to try her hand at making a fresh coconut cream pie and we ate the results even though they weren't exactly as expected.
Bec - That sounds like a wonderful weekend! Loved the happy faces on FB too.
I have so been there with the propping to stop a fall. Once with a woman half on and half off the bed, and the doc congratulating me for not letting her fall. Basically, when blood started pouring everywhere as she stood up, I threw her on the bed as well as I could. Not letting people fall usually saves paperwork, but when they bleed that much I have to fill out an incident report anyways. Good luck with the HR department. Red tape is so annoying!
RM, I think your friend is inviting an injury. I hope your ds feels better soon!
bec, your trip sounds wonderful!
NRR (because that's all there is!)- The IUD has been removed and the new one inserted. It wasn't an easy removal, but was managed in the office. It was only minorly uncomfortable. Yesterday also involved a pretty bad cold for my youngest, added trip to the chinese doctor, scrambling for childcare for today. Oh, and a job interview. Pending reference checks, I'm going to be teaching the health unit's prenatal-in-a-day class once a month I have not had the chance to deal with my neck/shoulder given the rest of the busy-ness, but had a video chat consult with my RMT sister with good suggestions for stretching and self-massage. I wish she could reach through the screen and massage me, though.
So, MelW, you're still having good luck with the asthma situation?
Gaye, I cannot believe it took FS so long to get there. We have had packages arrive to my ILs in the High Atlas Mountains faster than that. Wow. I hope he was still in costume, and that the dirham came with him. I really hope people wake up and answer your queries about sending in your license info. That is not small potatoes.
RM, we aren't actually behind, but we are feeling the same pressure because we need to be ahead! I don't want anything hanging over our heads when we return for the summer, and I do NOT want to put off the return because we have exams and stuff. I want to be through everything, absolutely, by end of May. This is where I really like the calendar feature in K12, because I can play around with days off and check to see when the system predicts completion dates.
JayGee, I am just amazed how much relief I am getting from acupuncture. The last time the doc placed needles, they didn't hurt going in in all the spots, and I am getting good range of motion back. The shame is how little coverage there is in most insurance plans. For something so noninvasive and safe and low-cost. Sigh.
So ds is finishing up his paper today. Dd and I did some painting for art, copying Rembrandt sketches . I'd forgotten how much fun I have drawing and painting. Our big goals for the day are to get that paper turned in, and to get ready for our big day in Dubai tomorrow. Snacks, drinks, etc. This cold is kicking my butt, but I think I am almost finished. We walked on the beach yesterday, and will probably again today, to do the cyanotype art we have been waiting to do. As soon as my head and chest clear, I am SO back to daily walking running. I feel like a blob.