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post #121 of 312
Geo - that sounds miserable. Flu in summer? Weird. Hope you're feeling better soon.

towson - I can't tell you how many times I've eaten "the perimeter" of a cake!

NRR - Today is DH's first furlough day of 11. It's nice having him home, but the 20% pay cut sucks. The swim coaches announced the names of the kids competing in the conference meet next Saturday. DS and DD2 were both chosen. DD1 was not greensad.gif. Her agegroup (9-10) is SO deep this year with girls who swim year round and girls who turn 11 this summer and just make the cutoff of June 1. Luckily, she wasn't too disappointed, I don't think. I just wish all my kids would have been selected.

I got cortisone injections into the L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1 facet joints on Wednesday. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get relief, so we'll see. The doctor said no exercise at all for 48 hours, but I plan to get right back to my squat/plank/pushup routine and walking tomorrow smile.gif.
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post #122 of 312
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Geo - that sounds miserable. Flu in summer? Weird. Hope you're feeling better soon.

I ventured out today to deal with 10000 errands I haven't done in the last few days.  I'm not better, but Bored Beyond Belief.  Half the people I talked to have had this crud in the last month.  My energy for anything beyond surfing the net is now gone.

 

JayGee, here's hoping the shots help.

 

The family comes home tonight. 

 

Townson, ooooh, what are you doing?  We're adding a mud/laundry room and making the kitchen big enough to use.  The estimate is 10 weeks, with just 2-3 weeks of them working inside the house. 

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Townson, ooooh, what are you doing?  We're adding a mud/laundry room and making the kitchen big enough to use.  The estimate is 10 weeks, with just 2-3 weeks of them working inside the house. 

We started off with a master suite addition but somehow ended up gutting and reconfiguring the existing bedrooms, moving the entrance to the house from one room to another, converting a side porch to a three-season room, and painting every.last.inch of the house--including kitchen cabinets. They're finishing the side porch project now and have a few touch-up/punch list items to take care of inside. You're going to love the additions to your house. We added an entry way (think mini mudroom), and I couldn't believe how much it reduced the chaos of that initial time when the kids walk through the door after school. Just having a designated space to drop stuff made me so much happier. I'll be eager to read your updates!

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We started off with a master suite addition but somehow ended up gutting and reconfiguring the existing bedrooms, moving the entrance to the house from one room to another, converting a side porch to a three-season room, and painting every.last.inch of the house--including kitchen cabinets. They're finishing the side porch project now and have a few touch-up/punch list items to take care of inside. You're going to love the additions to your house. We added an entry way (think mini mudroom), and I couldn't believe how much it reduced the chaos of that initial time when the kids walk through the door after school. Just having a designated space to drop stuff made me so much happier. I'll be eager to read your updates!

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We had 2 bathrooms remodeled; took maybe a month, and I was so DONE with workmen in my house lol.gif
post #125 of 312
Ran 14 today with 13.7 on the TM and the rest upside to help a newbie runner friend learn to run longer than 2 minutes at a time. She did 5 minutes by the time I had to turn around and I am so proud of her!! She signed up to run a half marathon in October for world vision (supply water to people in Africa). Her farthest run was a 5k where she walked it.

NRR: not much this week, bible study here, number 3 of 4. Trying to gear myself up for the start of school craziness. Will be driving kids to and from school a minimum of 4 times a day for which I am GRATEFUL to be able to do and wouldn't want it any other way, but it will lead to the need for detailed scheduling to fit everything in.
post #126 of 312
Geo, feel better soon.

JayGee, fingers crossed for good relief from the steroid injections.

Towson, I hope the perimeter was delicious!

RR- 50 squats/1:30 plank/20 push-ups x2 this morning, followed by hip yoga routine. This afternoon 500m pool swim (plus lots of dragging the 4 year old around the wave pool) and a few sprints around the BMX track chasing the littlest.

NRR- I may be jinxing myself, but both kids have "slept in" two days in a row. Yesterday until 7 and today until after 8. Both nights he youngest slept 11 1/2 hours, which happens occasionally, but rarely after a later night like last night. I love getting up and having tea and doing yoga before they're up. After years of 5-6 am mornings, I'm beyond thrilled.

Also my HR rep the college called to apologize for the contract confusion yesterday. Someone with the same first initial and same last name (one letter different spelling) got a permanent contract. At least they recognized their mistake...
post #127 of 312
Trying to breathe. Bah do I hate sleepovers! Why are others kids so annoying. And then they stay up all night so any direction I give them today (please dont shoot bottles and cans from the top step of the wooden stairs so that they all clatter to the bottom) makes DS start bawling. The friend wont eat any food I make (fresh homemade strawberry pancakes with home-made whipped cream!!). On top of that I was up half the night managing them (making sure they turned lights out at midnight as agreed, up at 6 with them to make said undesirable pancakes. Also up b/c dd2 came into bed with us and proceeded to kick me in the head half the night).

Meanwhile, where is Dh? What contribution has he made to the sleepover happening, to managing the kids? I made the trampoline park happen (where dh brought his ipad to watch the Tour), I policed kids there and the rest of the night, making sure the boys were including the 5 year old sister, I woke early for them, and now Dh is on a bike ride and I am taking them to the pool ... that is, if the friend will lower himself to borrow a suit from DS. He says "I dont want to borrow" "Why?" "I just dont" (just like "I dont like strawberries. No fruits or vegetables except bananas" "would you like a banana?" "no" Sigh)

RR: With all that, I did park them in front of a movie this morning while I went to the gym for 90 minute weight circuit, after pancake and while DH slept.... At least there's that

NRR: to top it all off, Dh and I planned a date night tonight, which I thought would be a great decompressor from the sleepover (planned prior to the sleepover, but then planned the S.O. in part because it is overdue, and I would then get a break the following night - good timing), and the babysitter just called and canceled!!! Are you kidding greensad.gif
post #128 of 312
Mommjb, I was running yesterday and I was in a total mental breakdown and trying to run it off and all I could think of was "Desperately Seeking Dingos." What a nice job ds1 did on those tests!!! thumb.gif

Real, glad you got some clothes on for that bike ride. Of course, in Austin, biking in a swimsuit (even thong) would be nothing. lol.gif Tris are def a lot of fun! Great camaraderie!

Bec, How's your mom? You geocache, too? lol.gif That is continually on my to-do list but I just keep postponing it. Can I send my kids to your house? loveeyes.gif

Shanti, one of the things I love about being a Dingo is that the convo doesn't rely on one person's contribution. Lately I've been reading more than posting and it's just so nice to know the conversation goes on. So glad you checked in! :flowers

Sparkle, my run the other day was like this soapbox.gif in my head as i gave AF a major talking to. It turned into a really great run. One counselor friend (psychologist specializing in sex) and I talked at length about the implications of perimenopause + small children + midlife relationship issues. It's a "new" problem and there really aren't any books out on it yet. Those are 3 different areas of survival and virtually no one's tackled the combination of all 3. Btw, ugh on all that sleepover work and no date! We have a no-sleepover rule at home (long story) so it's a huge treat when my kids have cousins or friends come visit. Anyway, my highly social 9yo has invited a friend from down the beach over tonight and he is over the moon. He's got everything planned down to where they'll sleep, what they'll eat, etc. (I think he's my kid and then I'm, like, "noooo...") Didn't like "Gone Girl." Oh well. Moving on...

Towson, way to do those push-ups! bow.gif Love reading about the updates. When I get home, I hope to finish the school room / laundry room renovation.

Plady, yes, thanks for defining ECE. I was making up all kinds of words in my head and none seemed right.

JG, thinking of you re: furlough and pain/cortisone. Wish I could swing a real dingo visit with you. hug.gif

RM, 4 x day!?!? Wow! Hope you manage a great schedule!

MelW, growth spurts maybe? I love it when mine sleep in, too, and it always seems to coincide with some serious growing.

RR: Had awesome swim yesterday and great run the day before. Today so far nothing but may swim again tonight. DH has been boating us out farther and farther into the lake so my swims have grown from 300 yards to 500 yards and are so much easier. I really need to go out and back now but I'm such a wimp.
post #129 of 312
Lofty - I so envy your whole summer of books, lake swims, runs, cocktails. Seriously, can I book a room for next summer please lol.gif And so what you're saying wrt to the trifecta we're in is that there is a need for the two of us to collaborate on a book about it?! I will commute to your house when you return; anything excuse to get out of here lol.gifbag.gif

JG - healing goodvibes.gif to your striving spirit and body! Have you tried weights? I know they are a big hurdle to overcome (getting into a routine with something you arent even that interested in in the first place) but I think they could really benefit you in terms of structural support (i.e. if your back is being weakened or compromised by inflammation or degeneration, it seems like strengthening the muscles all around that would help support those joints - counter to running greensad.gif ) Maybe get a trainer (I imagine this might be a hurdle for your dh?) for a short intro, like maybe 6 sessions, and explain what's going on and they can set you up with a routine. Ask around for recs for a trainer, or just start watching them work at the Y and see which one seems to be doing good stuff with their client... ?

Plady - I get that way too, where I fall off the wagon in anticipation of a busy stretch in my life disappointed.gif So dumb, and yet, I think, well, if its all going to hell in two weeks, then ... Sigh. Set small goals for each day maybe. 30 min. jog and your ECE stuff?

Geo - I hope you are on the mend. So sorry that it sucked your me time away greensad.gif Hope the family reunion is joyful though

NRR: Ok, I found a sitter, which is actually a bigger deal than it sounds. We were already down to our last option, and then I remembered a friend whose youngest DD is away at camp with my oldest DD (they are in the same class), but who happens to have TWO more older DD's; one 15, one 19! Im a freakin genius sometimes. The 19 year old - super responsible and mature - is coming joy.gif
post #130 of 312
sparkle - yay for sitters! I hope you and DH have a good night tonight. I hate sleepovers too, which is why we almost never do them. You are totally right about the strength (DH has been telling me to lift for years!) and I'm sure a few sessions with a trainer would help a ton. Maybe when school starts again in, gulp, a month.

mommajb - huge congrats you your DS on those AP scores!!!! Is he looking at colleges yet?

lofty - I agree with sparkle, your lake swimming, math chatting, book reading, cocktail drinking summer would be PERFECT for a Dingo meetup orngbiggrin.gif. I liked Girl Gone in the middle, but hated the last part. Right now I'm on a huge children's fiction jag (Stargirl, One and Only Ivan, The Thing About Luck are currently in my pile). I consider it "homework" for working in the library next fall orngbiggrin.gif!

MelW - glad they apologized for the mixup, but still a bummer.

NRR - both DDs are swimming at a friend's pool. DS is mowing the lawn. DH is playing soccer. I am enjoying sweet, sweet silence. And some baked zucchini harvested just yesterday from my garden.
post #131 of 312
Humid. Dang it's humid.

I want to go swim in a pool.
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Sparkle - nod.gif on other people's kids.  I really want to like my kids' friends but so few of them have any manners it's really disheartening.  The other day a little girl came over who has had Ali G over many times (her mother always tells me that it's easier for her to have Ali than not) and so I wanted to be especially accommodating to repay the mom right?  So I ask her what she'd like for lunch.  She says egg salad, so I make some, very standard American recipe (minced onion, green pepper, apple, sweet relish and mayo) and she tells me it's disgusting and she doesn't like egg salad.  I reminded her she was the one who said she wanted it in the first place and she was going to have 5 bites before she left the table. eyesroll.gifangry.gif  At least after that they had the sense to not come pester me for snacks.  But still.  And I want to know what my kids think of that behavior but I also don't want to poison the friendship by letting on how gross I think the behavior is (my mom always made sure I knew just how much she didn't like my friends and it sucked).  I guess I should rest easy since people tend to tell me my kids are very polite, not something I say in return all that often.  SO anyway, I hear you.  And yeah, where does dh get off thinking he doesn't get to play a role there?  Especially with boys???

 

Kerc - Hope you found a pool.  An inexplicably unhumid one.  Um, arid, an arid one.

 

Lofty - Count me in for Lofty camp.

 

Sorry for the short personals, I'm just rushing to the next thing.  Hoping for more time tomorrow!

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I don't mind hosting playdates. I hate overnights because my oldest needs so much sleep and I'm always worried she'll turn into a monster. My youngest hasn't been invited to sleep over anyplace yet. I won't let her for some time either. On food and playdates:  I tend to think ahead and serve my kids stuff they don't normally have (but like)  -- pretzels for snacks, apple slices (well they do have those). Most kids, IME, will turn down a whole apple, but cut it into a thin slice and they will gobble. Breakfast, again I do pretty plain jane. But my kids' friends are good eaters.

 

 

 

Today was like 77F and yet it felt like moving in pea soup. And very very still air so even worse.

No pool. LOL there are no outdoor pools here. Well there's the country club. Be we aren't members.

 

 

Geo: hope you are feeling better. Sorry to hear you got sick on your time alone.

 

I'm in for Lofty camp. Can we swing it so that we steal Lofty away for a few days in the same(ish) locale next summer?  Like rent a VRBO just a lake over for a few days?  Just a thought.

post #134 of 312
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Sparkle - nod.gif on other people's kids.  ...  I guess I should rest easy since people tend to tell me my kids are very polite, not something I say in return all that often.  

 

There are about 3 I can think of offhand whom I can tolerate. In fact, dd and I had a little tantrum/download together today. Fortunately, the things that irk me are a problem for my kids, too. And since my kids are not in school, it is family/friends-like-family who are usually playdating. Still, there are a few we do what we can to minimize/avoid. This can lead to uncomfortable situations. Just last night, dd turned down an invite because she knew the chemistry between herself and another invitee would have been too difficult. She cried when we got home because she really loves her friend, but she knew that it would have been misery.

 

Fasting is going OK. Weird though. Last summer the days were minutely shorter than this year, but they must have been intensely hotter, because fasting has been easier so far. Of course, we are in our own little home, and I think that is huge. Also, the kids and I, being on our own, are filling up the calendar with invites. This was not my intention, but it is nice to get the breaks from cooking. Last year, there were virtually no invitations. Anyway, I am doing a lot of reading, working on my overall attitude (maybe making progress?), and definitely getting some handle on food relationship stuff. Maybe. But I need to rejigger my sleep routine. My days are crazy-unproductive.

post #135 of 312

Hi mamas.

 

Mel, lol.gif on the x-training issues. 

 

Lofty, you rock.

 

Sparkle, wild.gif agree on other people's kids. For the most part now my dd1's friends are quite lovely and polite and mainly keep to themselves. Dd2's friends as well, although there aren't very many of them nearby for playdates. The ones she likes to have sleep over are adorable.

 

The army of 7/8 year old boys ds hangs with? Gah, not so much. A couple of them are ok, but chutzpahdik doesn't begin to cover it sometimes. One is particularly manipulative and sneaky which makes me nuts (example: today at synagogue, one of ds' friends tried to give him a bunch of Lego to keep. I said no and made him give them back. This other friend, sneaky boy, I heard whispering to ds how he should hide them in his pocket and tell me later he 'found' them there. irked.gif I stepped in and said "in our family we tell the truth and now we are going home.")

 

Jo, I am glad your fasting is going well. We have a 26 hour fast this Tuesday (starts Monday at twilight, ends Tuesday night at dark) -- no food or drink. I am not a good faster, in fact I get quite ill and it is always a question whether I will. (Unfortunately I get ill with almost no warning of feeling bad; one minute I'm ok and the next I am vomiting continuously and can't stop, on the floor sick). There are two such fasts on our religious calendar (plus 5 'minor' fasts -- dawn to dark) and already I'm stressing out. Last year I fasted totally until mid day, then drank water...I got sick but not as badly, and not til later. I don't know.

 

Which leads me to another Jo mention, relationship with food. I don't know what is going on with me lately. I'm gaining weight, mainly around my middle. I don't think I'm eating differently, I am running more or less the same amount, swimming also once a week, and started doing crunches/squats when I remember. Same diet (vegan, gluten free). I am frustrated and my stomach is also almost constantly in a total uproar, really unpredictable and giving me fits like I had before I was diagnosed with Celiac. I saw my midwife yesterday for my annual and she ordered thyroid tests (including the antibody panel, not just the standard) and blood sugar fasting test (although I am really not at any risk for Type 2 diabetes at all). I am at my wit's end, feeling sluggish and nervous about running, and bloated and really yucky. greensad.gif Partly it's a vanity/body image thing and partly it's ...why am I going down this digestive-aggravation-weight rabbit hole again?!

 

Ugh.

 

RR: 2 miles of walking today, just back and forth to synagogue. 6 yesterday which I enjoyed more than I have in a while because it wasn't as humid. the humidity is back and my long run tomorrow will be late because dh has a triathlon in the a.m. Bleh.

post #136 of 312
I'm lucky that my DD1 has mostly very lovely friends who come over: polite, kind, and mostly include her little sister. We've had occasional picky eaters, but generally polite enough about it, and one very good friend who almost always brings her own food. Overall I feel pretty lucky. We have managed to dodge hosting sleepovers and all bit one attendance, so far.

DD2 has a few neighbourhood kids that she plays with, and they're quite easy to have over, too. There's a bit of an awkward dynamic with one family because I let my kids play outside and bike around the block without supervision, and they seem a bit passively-aggressively annoyed by it. Despite being laissez-faire in that regard, I'm very controlling about sun and pollen exposure and what she eats. I'm sure they think I'm a bit crazy to let my kid bike around the block but refuse to let her run in the sprinkler without full body coverage.

Speaking of which, I wondered if jo or anyone else might have a suggestion for a summer full body covering outfit for DD for hot weather days. Her "uniform" is usually sun shirt, cotton leggings, sun hat and gloves, but she's been wanting to wear dresses lately and too hot with the sun shirt and leggings layered under the sundress. She's size 4-5, if that matters.

Sparkle, I hope you had a wonderful evening out to decompress from the sleepover.

Nic, good luck with your stomach, fasting or not.

I'm in for camp Lofty (though likely student-poor next summer, so sign please waitlist me for 2015).

I taught prenatal today, and have a 12 hour hospital day tomorrow. Monday/Tuesday my project is to pressure wash the house and paint the trim. Then a couple more night shifts and a few days away to celebrate my grandma's 100th birthday!!!
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MelW, I actually find that in real heat and humidity, I am cooler in tech fabrics than cotton. Linen might be as good, but I don't like how sweaty/chafey I get in cotton/linen. I wear tech fabric tights under a running dress but these don't have sleeves. I actually wrote the company and asked them to consider making a tech shrug or something for shoulders in a tech fabric. I'd suggest trying a lightweight pair of tech leggings instead of the cotton ones, to see if that helps. In cooler weather, I sometimes wear a long-sleeve T, and I want to look for something like a LS tech shirt if I can't find the perfect shrug (I have design ideas but find nothing similar and can't sew).

 

But, there's hot and there's hot. Are we talking 28C? 30? I usually do OK up to 30, but I don't really play like a little girl.

 

Does she get rashy from the heat as well, or is it just a comfort issue? These guys have a boatneck dress. Maybe a friend who sews is the solution.

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Thanks for the thoughts on my mom.  She is out of the hospital.  Not much to report.  Most of the tests showed that there was nothing wrong.  There is scarring on her lungs (mom didn't say how much, and I suspect she would downplay it), but she reports that they aren't sure what it would be from (umm, 50 years of smoking maybe?), and she has a minimal amount of fluid around her heart.  Apparently, the cardiologist really wasn't concerned about that.  So, she will get a pulminoligy screening to see what the next step is. 

 

Yesterday, I had tri class.  It was one of the best workouts I've had lately.  Started with a .8 mile swim in about half an hour, followed by a 6 mile run.  I am over the moon with how the run went.  I stuck to my 5 minute run, 1 minute walk.  Somehow, I managed to do it at around an 11:36 pace.  I have no idea where that came from, but it felt really good and strong.  Seriously, on top of the world doesn't do it justice.  I've needed one of those glorious runs, and this was it!  Of course, then I had a series of bike tire issues, but that is all resolved!

 

Sorry on the no personals, but I do want to say, that Lofty Camp sounds divine!!!!

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MelW, I actually find that in real heat and humidity, I am cooler in tech fabrics than cotton. Linen might be as good, but I don't like how sweaty/chafey I get in cotton/linen. I wear tech fabric tights under a running dress but these don't have sleeves. I actually wrote the company and asked them to consider making a tech shrug or something for shoulders in a tech fabric. I'd suggest trying a lightweight pair of tech leggings instead of the cotton ones, to see if that helps. In cooler weather, I sometimes wear a long-sleeve T, and I want to look for something like a LS tech shirt if I can't find the perfect shrug (I have design ideas but find nothing similar and can't sew).

 

Cotton poplin is my go-to. I'm envisioning lightweight cotton pants (like adult PJ pants).

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tjsmama--I'm seriously considering the Rattlesnake Tri and it's all. your. fault. I realized I could rent a wetsuit, and that would make it do-able. I'll just do the sprint since it will be my first open-water experience. Hope Florida and the people therein are treating you ok.

lol.gif Just remember when you smoke me that I will have just done an oly the day before. winky.gif


wave.gif to everyone. I've been trying to keep up but not doing a very good job, seeing as how it's been almost entirely iphone internet only down here. Our vacation is coming to a close, and I'm ready. I'm going to need a vacation from the vacation, but that's not going to happen. We still have one more day at Disney tomorrow before we head home Tuesday morning. XH/wife/stepbro left today, and it's so nice and quiet now. It was fine with them here. A little awkward occasionally, but fine. Wife is actually very nice, and what kind of cracks me up is that we are a LOT alike in many, many ways. And the ways that we are different are ways that I never really thought would be attractive to XH, but whatevs. shrug.gif She is welcome to him. orngtongue.gif I only had to bite my tongue a few times. SMIL asked yesterday how I was doing with the whole situation, and I was able to answer honestly that it was fine. I had a moment where I was feeling bad over the sleeping arrangements (they have three guest bedrooms, but one is an office...DS and I are in the room that has a queen bed, and the other room has a twin with a trundle...so XH ended up sleeping in the office on an air mattress), but then I reminded myself that they horned in on OUR vacation, so if he has to sleep on an air mattress, oh well...not my problem! Stepbrother is pretty high energy, doesn't sleep, and doesn't eat, so that was fun. DS did pretty well, but he is so tired at this point that his behavior is very hit or miss. We had a looooooong day at the Magic Kingdom on Thursday (9 am to 10:30pm!), went to the beach for a few hours on Friday, and then did another full day at Sea World yesterday (9a to 10p). Sea World was kind of challenging with the entire group, especially since FIL was tired and grumpy, but it was fun. Thank goodness for a down day and pool time today. If SMIL finishes up her internet stuff so we can go join FIL and DS at the pool... (although it is allowing me to check in with you lovely ladies!)

rr~Miles upon miles of walking around theme parks? Maybe a run tonight. Of course, I said that on Friday, too, but my feet hurt and I'm just plain tired. Sigh.
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