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MI.am.so.behind. A few random responses:

 

Plady, it looks like you're spamming us with links to various products. When not signed into MDC, multiple words in your posts (mostly items of clothing) are linked to various online sites selling said items of clothing. Log out and have a look- it's pretty remarkable...

 

jo, the musical theater teacher is from here- my oldest did a workshop with her in October and loved it. Our school does six weeks of classes (3 days a week), then has a "compass week" to end the learning cycle, meet with the teacher to plan for the upcoming learning cycle and offers a bunch of workshops for the kids both at the school and in the community. This time she attended an outdoor education workshop that played various nature-inspired tag and hide and seek games, along with wild food identification and eating. The highlight was eating ants. Some parents were totally horrified, my oldest chose not to participate in the ant eating (though happily tried all the other wild edibles) and my youngest was thrilled to try an ant, though not impressed with the sourness.

 

real, I'm giggling about the table of contents sentence. I'm sure it wasn't quite as amusing at the time. My oldest constantly quotes information from "non-fiction" books about fairies and dragons from the library. We have agreed to disagree on the truth of these books- yes they are in the non-fiction section at the library, no mum does not agree that this means they are entirely scientifically factual.

 

mommajb, I am disappointed by how often kids are offered treats in their lives. And frankly, as grown-ups, too- does every mundane occasion (staff meeting, education session, open house, etc. etc.) need to be celebrated with sweets and junk food? My oldest's kindergarten teacher had a huge candy "reward" bag, and I'm very grateful that both our current school and preschool are pretty low on the food as reward/treat/celebration scale. Preschool used to do fruit juice popsicles for birthday until last year when my daughter was on strict allergy patrol and the teacher made her an "ice crystal popscicle" as a replacement treat. All of the other kids were jealous, and now they all celebrate birthdays with "ice crystal popscicles". It's pretty funny to watch a roomful of 3-5 year olds get very excited about ice.

 

My week-ish worth of news:

Husband came home from Ireland last Thursday, and we're adjusting to the new rhythm of him being home (read: less evening computer/MDC time for me, since that would be kind of antisocial)

Taught (mostly observed) my first prenatal class on Saturday, which looks like a fun job.

Worked a night shift at the hospital Sunday

 

Yesterday after I woke up from my morning "nap" we planned to go to make photocopies at the college and then take the kids to the park, but partway into town my car started making a horrible noise. I drove straight to my mechanic, then walked to the park. While waiting to hear we decided to take the bus back to our town to get my husband's car, but had a call that all was well and fixed (gravel got up around the abs system and was easily cleared out- big relief!). The kids were so disappointed that my husband ended up taking them home on the bus while I picked up the car and went home to work to make the copies. This vaguely relates to the sense of place being "the best"- I really want my kids to see and know so much more than our small town offers. I'm glad that they probably know more about edible plants than most city-raised kids, but they rarely get to ride a bus and still think escalators and elevators are thrilling. Not to mention the "smallness" of all of the arts, culture and sporting opportunities here.

 

RR- I've been running! Twice so far this week and I have my running gear at the office with me for a lunch time run today. My legs feel tired after a slow 5k slog, but I'm starting to build a base again and hopefully start to shape up after a pretty inactive winter. My jeans being a bit snug is adding to my motivation.

post #142 of 194
Kerc, bahahaha, I laughed till I had tears in the corners of my eyes! You're right! On so very many counts!! Deep sigh, I need to go visit you. When is your spring break? That's fantasy talking.

Bec, that thing you said about different perspectives, black & white, and your husband described my convo this morning with him. I can't tell you how good it feels to know I'm not crazy for feeling that way. That really calmed me. Thank you.

I am sitting in a coffee shop adjacent to a local university and I just can.not. describe how different I feel just being here, out, in crowds, in this setting. I think I need people more than my dh does. I am just too isolated for my own good. Seriously, this must be what taking an upper feels like; I feel that much better. It helps that they're playing really old Bob Marley & Annie Lenox songs that take me back to college.

I love you ladies.Thanks for listening to my emotional roller coaster complaints.

Oh and Mel, that book, Bone People, still haunts me to this day. Excellent book, although disturbing. I haven't read Last Exit to Brooklyn. Would love to know if you recommend it or not.
post #143 of 194
Reading along, haven't taken time to post lately, sorry, but still been thinking of you all.

I take 5,000 D3 per day and was still on the low side on the fall (which means the time I spend a LOT of time outside)?? So who knows. I also take 4.5g fish oil a day and notice if I miss a few days.

I've officially signed up for the fall marathon! (I might have already posted that?).

RR: 7 mile tempo run today, middle 5 at 7:01. Challenging probably due to skipping lunch yesterday, having a piece of cake, and also skipping my run yesterday to clean and bake said cake. Yet-pushed through it and got it done.

Okay, kids are banned from electronics due to messes they leave out, so they are interrupting me tons. Lol. Bbl
post #144 of 194
Lofty - Bone People; I luxlove.gif -ed that book. I also loved The Imperfectionists (favorite book last year) and this year I loved The Sense of an Ending. And State of Wonder really surprised me - it started cliche, borderline airport lit. (I thought) and by the end was so rich and nuanced. And I totally agree about p.o.v. I was a big Bay Area snob (hello! best food, best culture, best education easy access to wilderness lol.gifdisappointed.gif), but feel like I've learned half of what I know about Life since I left 12 years ago. Imagine what I might have learned if I left sooner wink1.gif

NRR: I have so much work to do, I dont know what Im doing here. I just needed to bond over the Bone People lol.gif
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Lofty - Bone People; I luxlove.gif -ed that book. I also loved The Imperfectionists (favorite book last year) and this year I loved The Sense of an Ending. And State of Wonder really surprised me - it started cliche, borderline airport lit. (I thought) and by the end was so rich and nuanced. And I totally agree about p.o.v. I was a big Bay Area snob (hello! best food, best culture, best education easy access to wilderness lol.gifdisappointed.gif), but feel like I've learned half of what I know about Life since I left 12 years ago. Imagine what I might have learned if I left sooner wink1.gif

NRR: I have so much work to do, I dont know what Im doing here. I just needed to bond over the Bone People lol.gif

I loved The Sense of an Ending, too!

 

The Bone People: yes, Lofty, haunting. So glad to hear how uplifting the coffee shop atmosphere is love.gif

 

MelW: Yay for running!! And yay for an easy car fix, too. Small-ness also makes it possible to walk from the repair shop to the park, but it would be nice to have a nearby bigger city to visit for events or special outings. We like to visit my brother in DC for city things, museums, concerts, the zoo, etc. Are you close to any big(ger) cities?

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Mommajb, I just cross-posted with you. love.gif I love what you said about Plady. I've never met her, but she sounds so amazing. loveeyes.gif

innocent.gif Gosh you guys!  I had the same feeling, and I was still riding high from seeing Lofty and Sparkletruck so recently.  I think Dingo meetups are a Necessity.  It's like a sweet reality check.

 

And I know that lady - the one who can't just listen or not know something amazing in a group?  Sadly the one I know is usually like that one on one too so I've found ways to avoid crossing her path.  The other couple I like to avoid is the one that speaks extra loudly in a baby voice to their kids in public and repeats everything their kids say so that we all get the benefit of their wise little minds. banghead.gif 

 

Bec - I just can't picture my lady with your face. 

Lofty - Um, yeah, I think you might need people more than your dh.  In the same way that the polar bears need the ice cap more than, say, a toucan does.  grouphug.gif 

 

MelW - logout??!!  bigeyes.gif 

 

I'm taking notes on books  to read.  When I'll get the chance to start I have no idea.  But at least I'll have a goal. 

 

RR: Nope.  Yesterday I woke up coughing and snotty so instead of going to boxing I went back to bed!  That never happens but I think it helped.  I've still mostly lost my voice though and sound like Marge Simpson's sisters.. 

 

NRR: I had a nice surprise when I went out to check on chicken life yesterday.  There were three eggs - the first in months! And better still, a dead weasel!  I couldn't tell who had killed it.  It looked lightly mouthed but not gnawed.  Anyway I was very happy to see it dead although I'm sure it's only one of many.  I hung it up in the pen on the off-chance that its friends will be grossed out and go mess with someone else's chickens.

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Lofty - Um, yeah, I think you might need people more than your dh.  In the same way that the polar bears need the ice cap more than, say, a toucan does.   

Where's that laughing so hard I spit my coffee all over my keyboard and my coworker came to find out what was so funny.

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Where's that laughing so hard I spit my coffee all over my keyboard and my coworker came to find out what was so funny.

My next door neighbor, too!  He assumed I was eating popcorn and reading the faculty e-list, which has heated up in all its dysfunctional splendor.

 

I'll be saving lofty's line for sure.

 

I will swim again this afternoon.  My response to 30 minutes of swimming is comparable to the first several 2 hour runs I ever did:  I come home and fall straight to sleep.

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MelW - logout??!!  bigeyes.gif  


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Books: ...and Juno Diaz! Oscar Wao was my favorite that year, and I look forward to This Is How You Leave Her.... I luxlove.gif books
post #150 of 194

love.gif  I love you guys.  I love that I can be totally myself, without worry.

 

With that said, 1500 yards in the pool. 

post #151 of 194
RR: supposed to be 4 miles but I missed Monday's run so I added 2 more for a 6 miler. Right shin bugging me but I just kept blocking it out. Would be great to be able to heal by shear will!!!

NRR: roller skating for 90 minutes with my boys tonight. smile.gif. Woot!

How do you combat middle night hunger?? I am on point with daytime eating, healthy and plenty of good calories (skip one day this week) Also eat right before bed to store up. I try drinking plenty of water and waiting for it to go away but it usually doesn't. So...I eat and am finally able to go back to sleep. Input?
post #152 of 194
Geo- how is your ITB?
post #153 of 194
Geo- how is your ITB?
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How do you combat middle night hunger?? I am on point with daytime eating, healthy and plenty of good calories (skip one day this week) Also eat right before bed to store up. I try drinking plenty of water and waiting for it to go away but it usually doesn't. So...I eat and am finally able to go back to sleep. Input?

When that happens on a regular basis i eat either a handful of almonds or a piece of peanut butter toast before going to bed.

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Geo- how is your ITB?


Noted all the discussion of swimming?

 

I can run 5-10 steps at a time.  Otherwise it pulls me up short.  I'm struggling to get into my doctor at the moment, which is needed for a referral for PT.  I'm doing everything that google tells me to do, and it's just not getting better.

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MelW: Yay for running!! And yay for an easy car fix, too. Small-ness also makes it possible to walk from the repair shop to the park, but it would be nice to have a nearby bigger city to visit for events or special outings. We like to visit my brother in DC for city things, museums, concerts, the zoo, etc. Are you close to any big(ger) cities?

We're about a 3 hour drive to Victoria, or a 1.5 hour drive plus 1.5 hour ferry (plus waits, traffic, etc.) to Vancouver. Though I've done both as day trips, they really deserve an overnight to not be totally exhausted. We make a few trips a year to visit friends/family, for medical appointments and throw in some city things (shopping, museums, etc.) at the same time. One of these days I'm going to arrange a meet-up with Plady in Victoria, especially since I keep hearing about how amazing she is!!!

 

Other small town perks: there have been photos of my oldest daughter in the newspaper twice this month- once in a feature about her school and yesterday a photo of her fiddle group.

 

I'm making notes about books- I've been in a reading lull for a few months, but a friend just sent me Born to Run and Down & Delirious in Mexico City. I think she's secretly plotting to get me hooked for a trip to Mexico with her.

 

RM, I sometimes do a smoothie with protein powder to fight mid-night hunger. It happened a lot when BFing, and occasionally again now as I come off night shifts and haven't eaten enough during the day because of nap-time.

 

Geo, I hope you get your physio referral and some healing soon.

 

And to everyone putting up big mileage right now- you're impressing and inspiring me. I did run yesterday, making it three runs this week. Today is less sore than after the first two, so we'll call it progress. I was also discharged from the chiropractor for my car accident injury yesterday. I can do pushups again and feel like the rock climbing kept my upper body strength decent through the injury.

 

In grad school news, I got acceptance to my second choice program last week (I actually had checked online and knew for a week before that, but the "official" acceptance came last week). My first choice program extended their application deadline to Feb 14th, so I emailed yesterday to ask if they could give me an estimate for acceptance/rejection to help my planning since I have a mid-March deadline to confirm with choice #2. While I fully expected a vague official reply, they got back right away and promised to "expedite" my application and let me know within a week. I'm hoping that this is a good thing, or that they are making all decisions this week already...

 

For those of you with girls, do you have advice for where I could buy durable casual boots online? My oldest has outgrown her favourite boots and is too big for a lot of the kids' companies we have used in the past. She's a 3 in girls, 5 in womens (or 35 European). This means half a size smaller than me, but I don't want to pay $$$ for women's boots if I can avoid it. She's really tough on shoes- her current pair of Pedipeds have been resoled once and reglued another. I found some cool boots on umi, but not in her size. She likes "rocker" styles, for lack of a better word. Another idea was blundstones, which I hesitate because I've tried them on several times over the years and they're all too wide for my foot. Her feet are a bit wider than mine, though. Other places to look? (US only is okay, because I have a po box I can have them shipped to and picked up for me).

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For those of you with girls, do you have advice for where I could buy durable casual boots online?

I found some Clarks Muckers zip up boots for my 11-yo DD who is a ladies size 6. Maybe they have size 5 somewhere online?

post #158 of 194

OK, I've got an appt for 8 am Friday morning.

 

"No appts for 3 weeks."

"You've got to be kidding me.  Can I get a referral for PT over the phone instead?"

"How long has it been hurting?"

"3 months"

"Why did you wait so long to call?"

"You would have told me: Ice, ibuprofen, rest.  I could do that without making a drs appt."
{laughs} "OK, good point.  How's Friday?"

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Yay geo!
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Hi everyone. Reading along, mostly lurking.

 

Back from Florida vacation. It was awesome. The sunshine, the warmth and heat, the ocean...I miss it so. I don't miss the isolation I felt living there far away from friends and community, but we were living on the west coast of Florida and we went to visit Miami Beach this time, with a foray to dear friends' houses in Hollywood for the holiday (Purim). I would move there in a heartbeat. Alas, probably not going to happen. Dh likes the cold. I can't understand it. Sigh. Just another area of fundamental disagreement, there are so many. 

 

Running is good. I'm attempting to ramp up for a marathon training; at least that is my plan. Why is it whenever I commit to a marathon, I get massive anxiety over running? But then I need and like the goal also. I am weird.

 

School: in the process of applying to get ds tested by the district. In the meantime, he seems to be doing a bit better with some interventions suggested by me and things provided by me (squeeze ball, fiddle pencils). The ultimate problem however, remains, and I am at a loss how to handle it. I don't have a whole lot of options so I feel stymied and heartsick that my boy is not getting what he needs and I don't know how to get others to acknowledge or provide it. Bleh.

 

Ok, hungry after a 6 mile speed workout on the mill tonight. 

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