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Mel38 - bawling.gif Just awful.. Im so sorry. I hope you can be a support too

Plady - we had the exact thing here, and I washed my hands a lot and wiped all the doorknobs and other frequently used things (handles, toothpaste, ???) with baby wipes, and no one else got it shrug.gif. I hope yours passes quickly!

Jo - your rosetta stone plan has me intrigued. I'm fantasizing about getting me and my kids on that plan and then making them watch a plethora of french children's movies (they have them on netflix!) while I am on this french movie marathon myself lol.gif Have you done it before?

Bec - welcome back

RR: hour bike intervals, 20 minute run intervals
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Mel38, bawling.gif I'm so sorry to hear that. How devastating! I know you're not asking, but having watched my sil experience the death of her son, I know a couple helpful things like: don't ask what you can do, just offer to do one specific thing. Having to think of an answer is hard. Making food that can just go straight into the freezer is better than asking what to bring. I know there's more and you're not asking but for now, I'm just so, so, so sorry.

Plady, be well. So sorry to hear about the sickies. I hope you get off the island soon and have a wonderful birthday weekend, my friend!

JG, how nice that your kiddos are already in the throes of busy-ness with school out. That sounds like great structure for their days but tiring for you, maybe?

Jo, Is it French Rosetta? We had Spanish and Greek but we were bored with the Spanish and the Greek probably would've been good if the computer hadn't crashed w/o a backup. I'm undecided about whether to go with another Rosetta Stone/Greek or just go with an online academy like this one - Lukeion. So just wondering how your kids like it after a month or so...

Sparkle, how fun to watch the shows in French. I like to do that with Spanish. Btw, there is a movie in French that is one of my kids favorite movies ever. It's very quirky, so to speak, or just probably flat-out weird. lol.gif It's called A Town Called Panic or Panique au Village I keep thinking I might buy it as a birthday present they love it so much. Be prepared for odd, though. And if you come across any other movies like that, let me know!

RR: None yet. We have arrived. It's cold and drizzly low 40s upper 60s, no exercise yet (although the boys are in the water) just tons of vacuuming, dusting and yard work. Dh got a pretty good gash in his leg today with a chainsaw trying to cut some super hard cherry wood for his uncle. It's bad and I think it needs stitches but he says who cares if it scars so I cleaned it carefully with peroxide and then alcohol and then put about 6 butterfly bandages on it - didn't nearly cover it all but he is convinced he'll live. I hope so.

NRR: After lots of whining yesterday when I gave them the remainder of their schoolwork, I told the kids they have to do one page of math and 1 page of spelling before they even come down the stairs. I hope this makes them postpone coming downstairs and buys me some quiet time with coffee. I put with enough protesting during the year and I'm just not going to tolerate it during the summer. Hmmmph. Oh and no lunch till they've practiced their instruments. I just don't want the discussion. At all. I just want peace. Then I'll be nice. mischievous.gif
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Lofty - that's the exact movie I had in mind lol.gif
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I'm going to have to track that movie down!

 

Mel38 - I'm so sorry!  Just reading that made my legs go all numb and tingly, my panic response.  Lofty's point is a good one.  They probably can't believe they have to keep on breathing let alone make a choice.

 

I'm going a little stir crazy in the house.  We've had nothing but gorgeous clear warm days since the first day of plague and I'm afraid that it's going to rain just in time for them to both be better.  I'm guessing that unless dh had some sort of miracle settlement today I'll be here again tomorrow. crap.gif

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Lofty - that's the exact movie I had in mind lol.gif
No way. You're kidding. lol.gif
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I'm going a little stir crazy in the house.  We've had nothing but gorgeous clear warm days since the first day of plague and I'm afraid that it's going to rain just in time for them to both be better.  I'm guessing that unless dh had some sort of miracle settlement today I'll be here again tomorrow. crap.gif

Oh yes. I can feel your pain. (I'm kind of the opposite -- we've had nothing but rain since I stopped teaching for the summer and biking is out of the question in the deep fog we've been having). I hope everyone's on the mend soon. Ditto Sparkle's suggestion of turning into one of those moms who wipe every last thing down.  I'm so not a disposable wipe kinda person, but I reserve a small place in my life for them when puking is involved.

 

yikes2.gif on the chainsaw injury. Although our neighbor just took down two smaller elms. Smaller elms that died of Dutch elm, so not all smaller. Anyhow. He told me I could have the wood, but the tree service had already left and had cut them into sections that are about 5 inches too long for the firebox. I told him I wasn't interested because I'm afraid of chainsaws. Would I use one if necessary? Yes, absolutely. But to save 40 dollars on firewood? (And to have to split said firewood next year?) Nope.

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mel38~What a tragedy. I hope everyone involved is finding the strength to carry on. I can't (and don't want to) imagine what that must be like.

 

lofty~When I'm on a road trip, I consider Subway the epitome of health food because you can add veggies. Plus, it balances the french fries, Starburst, and chocolate-covered anything that seems to find it's way into my vehicle. Road-trip exercise? biglaugh.gifnono02.gif

 

NRR~My Master's is in school administration. I sometimes worry it might be a waste of time because working with students is my favorite part of my job. I know a graduate degree won't hurt my resume, but gosh darn it's taking forever, and I might never use it.

 

NRR2~Now I want to watch kooky foreign films!

 

RR~5 miles yesterday in new shoes--I know you all can appreciate that! Heading out for 3 in the pouring rain (in my old shoes, of course) with dh. Should be interesting because he's a couch spud. ETA: We haven't left yet; dh is frantically searching for the "perfect water bottle" to take with him. I told him he should just open his mouth to the skies. There's plenty of water out there, iykwim.

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Oh man, that is why I am scared of chainsaws, too!

 

Sparkle and Lofty - I really like your listening-based approach to language learning! I bet if you watched a movie a day, you would see a huge jump in comprehension. I am so putting that movie on my must-see list. I love weird movies smile.gif

 

Towson, I hope your DH found that ever-elusive perfect water bottle.

 

Speaking of rain, we are supposed to be in the midst of a tropical storm. It rained some last night and a few showers here and there... but otherwise, it has been quite a let-down for the kids. They were hoping for dramatic winds and rain, but this is more like a dreary humid day.

 

Thank you for the specific suggestions re: the family. It does help me quite a lot, actually. I read his obituary to the kids this morning just so we could talk about all the neat things he did, what a fun and well-rounded person he was, and what a nice family they all are. For me, it is helping me remember that everyone is special, everyone is temporary.

 

RR: None yesterday, but I will run today. Definitely.

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Hi ladies.

Mel- oh. My. Goodness. My heart is broken for the loss of your friend's son. I am so sorry.

Jo-I have has Rosetta Stone Spanish for YEARS (so embarrassing) and never finished it. It's my New Years goal AGAIN this year. I'd love some accountability from you ladies to keep up with it, no matter what languages you are doing.

Youngest son was invited to a neighbors for a sleep over and even though I wasn't ready and don't know the parents too well (but well enough to trust them), we said okay. By noon of the sleep over date (yesterday) ds3 said he wasn't ready - PHEW!! So neighbor kid slept here instead and I still couldn't sleep well. Worry much? Thank goodness I'm already on anxiety meds! All is well now. Made pancakes from scratch so I can control the ingredients and kids scarfed down several of them, them scrubbed counters and washed dishes so I can enjoy my coffee.

RR: ran 4.5 yesterday and felt like more pain "during" the run with the taped foot than normally without it. Very curious to hear what podiatrist says on Monday. So far I have not gotten my foot wet at all trying to preserve the integrity of the taping as long as possible to get accurate results.

Plady- was it you that was suggesting that my body might need a change in activity? If I could count slothiness as an activity I would be all into change LOL!! After the fall marathon, my plan is to give weights a go next year. I have P90X and Jaime Eason's plan that I'd like to go all in for. It will be interesting with All the people that ask me if I'm still running.

Anyone good with nails? I've had artificial nails since I turned 40 with no problems. Around Mother's Day my dad gave me money for my previous January birthday. So I decided to get a new set of nails but the removal wasn't easy (those suckers are really on there!!). So I had some damage but the new nails went on fine. Here we are weeks later and I have a nail doing this underneath. . Should I go to the salon and see what they say? Thanks.
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lofty, Lukeion looks amazing but intense. 8-12 hours a week is a lot! My context, however, is a seven year old who is working through Rosetta stone at about 15 minutes/day.

 

RM, I have no idea about the nail... I hope the podiatrist is helpful.

 

towson, I hope the quest for the perfect water bottle was a success.

 

Plady, sending sunshine and healing vibes your way. Hopefully both at the same time :)

 

Mel, I'm so sorry for your loss and your friend's loss. How awful bawling.gif

 

Going to check out Panique au Village...

 

RR: A 45ish minute run yesterday ended by a trip on a root. I have a bruised palm and a few scrapes on one knee, but was more scared than hurt. Bootcamp tonight.

 

kinda RR: I'm feeling so pressed for time to exercise lately. I usually get Tuesday/Thursday mornings to run when the kids are both in school/preschool, but it's also my prep time for school and I feel the competing desire for longer runs and not being a totally sucky instructor. I would do early mornings, but my youngest almost always wakes up if I get up. My other option would be evenings after kids are in bed, but my motivation to run at 8ish isn't great. Late afternoon/early evening could be a possibility, but hubby's health usually has him half-passed out at that time and not super functional for dinner prep/kid wrangling. I think I mostly have a case of end-of-semesteritis. Two more weeks...

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MelW, could you do half and half? Run long one day and short or none the other day? Or maybe to short sprints the other day and do a long prep? Long prep beginning of the week with short sprints? And long run, no prep the other day? Haha, I don't know. But hang in there. 2 more weeks...

Kerc, I'd pass on the chainsaw. Uncle does a pretty good job of guilting dh into doing whatever he wants even against my husband's better judgement sometimes. This wood was MUCH too hard and dh spent all day getting chain sharpened ($) then buying new sharper chaing ($$) then buying spark plug ($) then gashed leg. All bc uncle had this "free" wood to be chopped. rolleyes.gif A massive tree also fell on property and now they are having a go at it about how to clear it. Guess who wants the free wood? I'd say pay a pro who has all the right tools, properly sharpened and maintained.

Rainy weather. I guess I shouldn't be a wuss and go out in the rain. I'm feeling very blobby. The boys want to go fishing in it, so if they can go out in it... Tomorrow, we may be going on a hike with the local birding festival going on. Guys aren't too excited so I'm trying to find ways to bargain with them. Like 2 days off from school...? (Heheh, they probably don't even know it's the weekend.)

Indoor kid rain activity: build forts. build whole villages with forts. Live in forts. Bring books and flashlights in for reading. Maybe even watch a movie in the fort? headscratch.gif

Runningmommy, No idea. I'm a not-pretty-nail person. I just can't stand the way they feel when I type, play piano, wash dishes, etc. Not that don't look nice on others. smile.gif
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Mel: glad you are ok after the root trip. That schedule is tough, especially if you don't want to overburden your DH at a time of day that isn't good for him. I much prefer mornings - what are the consequences of the youngest waking up? Is there any chance that climbing in bed with your DH would be an option, or is mom's presence required? My DS had a period when I absolutely could not be gone in the mornings or he would cry inconsolably.

 

RM: Is it the spot on the top right that looks almost like an air pocket under the nail? If it's not too much trouble, I would probably at least check with the nail salon. If it looks like it is separating a bit, I would be concerned about moisture leading to other problems down the road.

 

So I have managed to make bread and soup today, but no RR so far. Bleh. I know I need it. DH is here and could watch the kids. Why am I not already gone?

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MelW - I just PM'd you....
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Argh, why I am not getting notifications on this thread? I started it for cripes' sake. eyesroll.gif

 

Plady, do you have a brother whose names begins with a D and ends with a k? If you do, I have a 'weird small world' story for you...

 

A lot going on here, most of which I cannot elaborate on now but I would really appreciate good vibes, prayers for my family and I, and so on.  (I am not in danger nor is it related to issues I've discussed in the past on that note...)

 

RR: I surprisingly have had a good running week, although I doubt that I'll get much of a long run in this weekend since it's pouring, and Sunday is the day I do a triathlon relay with dh and dd1 -- but I'm only running 1 mile. Then I have to go to a piano recital, etc. so unless I can get out later in the day a long run looks unlikely.

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Plady, sending sunshine and healing vibes your way. Hopefully both at the same time :)

 

Thank you! It totally worked!  Kids are better and the sun is out!  And I got myself a new kitty at the shelter today.  She's a sweetie pie. 

 

 

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Kerc, I'd pass on the chainsaw. Uncle does a pretty good job of guilting dh into doing whatever he wants even against my husband's better judgement sometimes. This wood was MUCH too hard and dh spent all day getting chain sharpened ($) then buying new sharper chaing ($$) then buying spark plug ($) then gashed leg. All bc uncle had this "free" wood to be chopped. rolleyes.gifA massive tree also fell on property and now they are having a go at it about how to clear it. Guess who wants the free wood? I'd say pay a pro who has all the right tools, properly sharpened and maintained.
 

Wow, I'm surprised your dh fell for the old "free" wood scam.  I thought his scamdar was pretty tuned.  Also, if not stitches, maybe super glue? (Crazy glue?) Or for B, duct tape. mischievous.gif  Hope his gash is already healing right.

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Plady, do you have a brother whose names begins with a D and ends with a k? If you do, I have a 'weird small world' story for you...

 

 

Oooh!  oooh!  I do/did have a brother that fit that description!  He has now changed his name and more or less disowned me so I'm totally into the weird small world story! And, if it's any consolation I'm not getting notifications either, even though I have Immediately checked.  Good vibes coming to you and yours.

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Nic, sending lots of love your way.

Mel, I hope you got your run in. The youngest is happy to hang out with dad if she wakes up early, but if she hears me up she's awake for the day and we deal with grumpy consequences all afternoon. This also happens when I work day shifts at the hospital, though it's now 50/50 whether she wakes early. I suspect that in a few months or a year it will be a non-issue.

Plady, that's a lovely cat! I'm glad you have healthy kids and sunshine.

RR- Tough bootcamp cross-fit style tonight. A good start to a busy weekend.

NRR- Tomorrow has a b-day party, an arts festival and fiddle performance and a night shift on the agenda. Sunday is sleep, kid's festival hosted by the church and dinner with a childhood best friend and her 11 month old who I still haven't met.
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I am not getting notifications either but I rarely do because I check it on my phone and that feature is not included on the mobile site. I'd complain if it wasn't such a good deal as in free if you want. (though it is also inconvenient)

Mel, my heart breaks for the family.
Lofty, I hope the cut heals w/o more ordeal.

My parents are gone, left Tuesday. My husband is gone, left Thursday. My patience is gone, left this afternoon. My sanity has been missing for years. Also, I am mildly addicted to juicing, green juices specifically. Who has these problems? I clearly have issues and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Plady, the white cat is beautiful.

My schedule is full even in summer. The good news is that all three girls are on afternoon swim team together this summer and ds1 created his own summer job tutoring and found a couple clients -he will at least have his own pocket money. If the one girl was smart enough she would realize she doesn't have to pay him to spend time with her. whistling.gif

I wish I could do better but I am reading to keep up and I care so much about all of you it feels silly. blowkiss.gif
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My parents are gone, left Tuesday. My husband is gone, left Thursday. My patience is gone, left this afternoon. My sanity has been missing for years. Also, I am mildly addicted to juicing, green juices specifically. Who has these problems? I clearly have issues and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Tip of the iceberg lettuce?

Sounds like it's been a trial, mommajb, but I love your wording.

My baby girl is in Paris with my parents, and I'm anxiously awaiting daily reports on the trip. The first day seemed dedicated to hanging out in the park behind Notre Dame and going to a service inside celebrating the 800th year of the cathedral. DD, in researching the trip, fell in love with the descriptions of some playgrounds around the city, so they're doing playgrounds in addition to the standard fair.
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Geo - I love that your daughter is doing playgrounds as part of the European trip. 

 

Plady - I love your new kitty!  She's beautiful.

 

Nic - Fingers crossed on that long run.

 

Mommajb - As always, I love your descriptions of everyday life.  I think my sanity and your sanity are on a beach somewhere sipping sangrias.

 

I'm off in a minute to my first open water swim.  I have forgotten how humbling stuffing myself into a wet suit is.  Oy! 

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My parents are gone, left Tuesday. My husband is gone, left Thursday. My patience is gone, left this afternoon. My sanity has been missing for years.

 

LOL! My husband comes back today. YES!  I don't have toddlers any more. But man oh man, we miss him. I think largely because we've moved into this flux state where we don't have too much daycare (none once school is out) and our three babysitters moved. My kids are OK by themselves for an hour (most of the time), but my next door neighbors are overseas and the brady bunch family across the street is breaking up, leaving me uncomfortable with the supervision there (middle schoolers playing with a fire in the firepit last evening).

 

 

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My baby girl is in Paris with my parents, and I'm anxiously awaiting daily reports on the trip. The first day seemed dedicated to hanging out in the park behind Notre Dame and going to a service inside celebrating the 800th year of the cathedral. DD, in researching the trip, fell in love with the descriptions of some playgrounds around the city, so they're doing playgrounds in addition to the standard fair.

Awesome!  Sounds so amazing and fun.

 

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I'm off in a minute to my first open water swim.  I have forgotten how humbling stuffing myself into a wet suit is.  Oy! 

Always. No matter how fit you are. Have fun! Sounds fantastically cold (only because here it is too cold for swimming with wetsuit in an inland lake).

 

Operation replace sewer and water mains commences on Monday. The work trailer is parked out front, the utility marking crew came this week. The crew leader came back yesterday to check in and told me we would loose both front garden boxes, not just the one. Of course I had transplanted all my garlic from the one box to the other (and now will be transplanting garlic again, for the third time).

 

 

I rode my bike two days ago and the very skinny parts of my hip flexor muscles are still sore. Suggestions are welcome. What I read online is that I should either stand when climbing a hill or use a lower gear. My bike doesn't really have a lower gear. So there. But in the meantime, I need new running shoes like nobody's business. See aforementioned note about lack of childcare.

 

Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation for the kids. It totally wore me out. Mostly because one kid did not get enough sleep the night before and we had invited (kid) friends over

for pizza and a movie. I can tell you that it was super fun to invite other kids over for take out pizza and watching a movie. More fun that it was just to watch with Mama. But more fun for me would have been same friends inviting both my kids over to watch a movie and me going out for a beer with the child-free friend who rarely calls me who was brain-dead at work and looking for something to do at 3pm on friday.  We aren't a super tv/movie filled family, but my kids had so.much.fun. I was a little worried that Erin's friend wasn't going to show since the family has flaked before and said friend has never invited Erin over to her house.But ... it all worked out.

 

Speaking of friends. Amazing dream that Lofty and I rented a cabin ("camp") near where she is now and hung out for a week. Manifest a trip to see Dingos soon.  I'm considering a trip to Denver in late October. But now that I think of it, homemade juices near the beach sound pretty freaking awesome Mommajb. Or a trip to near where Plady is. Or maybe just anyplace.  The reality is that likely the only one of y'all I might see is Geofizz -- who happens to live semi-close to my inlaws. A day trip for sure.  But we're still hashing out how to take two kids, hit 20 stops and still maintain sanity.

 

Ok back to paper editing, I think I hear stirring from the next room.Must get this done.

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