Tjsmama, how good you are to your x-ils is incredible, inspiring and inconceivable! I could not, would not, not even on a train...
Also, yes to dingo mama get together next year. I'm looking now at potential places just, you know, in case...
I agree with lofty and others above, Gaye. You deserve a vacation when you get home.
kerc, had to laugh. Cotton poplin makes me hot and gives me sweaty pits.
RRish: I swam today. A tiny bit, but it felt good to move. Also resolved to walk and squeeze a couple running bits in after we break fast tonight. And when I get back, I will do at least some of my ECEs.
Spent a little time soaking up sun today. Fasting tends to pull me toward that place of hiding away in a cave for a month, and I am really trying not to let that happen this year. Vit D does a body good, and the time alone is always important. We broke fast at our "old" mosque last night, and it was just so sweet. I love my friends there, truly.
jo~I think I'd hide in a cave if I had to fast for a month, though something about the meditative result of sacrifice intrigues me. I'm really admiring your approach to this month.
gaye~ Yeah, what everyone else said. You are one strong, amazing, classy woman.
kerc~No pools?!? Seriously?? I can't even wrap my brain around that concept. In the soup bowl that is the mid-Atlantic, we would perish without our pools. The fire dept. even opens the hydrants now and again so the youngins can frolic in the jet blast.
lofty~I'm there. Just tell me when and where.
kids' friends~ You all are making me a little sad about the negative feelings toward kids' friends. Maybe because I don't feel that way toward my kids' friends, so I'm thinking that must mean their parents are annoyed and irritated by my children? I hope not.
nrr~I have poison ivy for the first time in my life. Not fun. We have it all over the back of our yard, and I've weeded out there for years with no issue. Last Saturday I decided to do a major clean up. I was all up in there. Running shorts and sleeveless tank--I trudged right in. I knew I was messing with poison ivy, but I've made it 38 years without a reaction so I thought I was fine. Big mistake. My neighbor, who also happens to be a medical doctor, just saw me and called the pharmacy immediately. It's on my face, arms, legs, feet--you name it. And SO. DANG. ITCHY. I thought I could tough it out, but I'm kind of excited for dh to get home with my steroids. Yet, I'm a little freaked out about the side effects of the 'roids. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
rr~Nada the past two days. We had a big party to get ready for yesterday then had to recover from the party today. I'll run and EC tomorrow. I promise.
I know what you mean. I am prone to getting it too, and badly. Once I used poison-something as on-the-trail TP and became a teaching case. No fun. Enjoy the steroids.
Jo - Count me inspired too. I'd have to hermit myself away or someone else might just take matters into their own hands.
Towson - Don't worry about your kids just because of us cranky moms. I think there is a possibility of other people's kids being perfectly lovely, and to be fair there are some kids that I'm happy to host. I think the rude ones are just so startling and disappointing that they pop to mind first.
Gaye - I hope this last day is somehow restful for you, you more than deserve it!
So I haven't done anything for like a week! Can I call that my vacation? Time flies when you aren't bothering doesn't it? Anyway, this week is going to be busy busy busy so I imagine that I will fit my ECE in since that's how I roll. As for the dog, thanks for asking, she's enjoying one of her final days today I think. Dh and I decided that due to this week being so busy with happy things that it might be the best time for her to 'slip away in her sleep'. I hear little feet time to go.
JG - I so understand. This has really happened to me all my life too. It is to the point that when people make what sounds like an invitation, I have to really clarify that they are actually inviting me. I don't understand it either.
Poison Ivy - I've never had it. Thank goodness!!! I hope you are feeling better, Towson!
So, it looks like I have a cold. Some sort of chest coughing thing. I am taking allergy pills (Allegra) daily and started echinacea. I plan on getting some fresh Vit C pills and some Zinc (all our vitamins are really old). I have to be better for the weekend, so hit me with all your home remedies!!!!
jaygee~ Friend dynamics can be the worst. I tend to overanalyze all potential slights, so know that's my filter on this one. Maybe they expected you to jump in? The fact that they were talking about it right over you makes me think they would have been happy for you join. Otherwise, they're just b!tches--and you probably wouldn't have hung out with them for this long if that's the case. Is it possible B figured you'd be like "Oh, are we doing that today? Great,the kids will be thrilled!" without any more advance notice than last week's comment that it would be some time this week? Do you feel comfortable asking them about the communication breakdown the next time you see them?
lofty~I can't bike or swim (well, I can swim well enough to not sink, but I certainly can't compete in that sport), but I'd be happy to cheer on other tri-ing dingoes! Tell us more about this camp you're sending your boys to. Is that something I could do with my kids too? Dh works so I'd have to come up with something for them for the week. Those cabins look beyond charming.
plady~You poor woman. I can't even imagine this crap on my hooha. The face is bad enough.
ecr~75 push-ups, 3 1-min planks, 2-min wall sit and 100 squats. I totally wasn't feeling it today. Don't think, just squat.
rr~4 miles with a bit of walking. The dog days are here. Of course, if I got my butt out the door before 10 a.m. it would probably be a lot cooler. And I wouldn't be so hungry. Or thirsty.
JayGee, Is there possibly friction between one of either's kids and one of yours? Or is it possible that one of them just can't handle threesies? I have some friends with whom I have to do one-on-ones, or spend a whole visit being hypervigilant to ensure feelings are not hurt. Could be on of those ladies is that sort, and the other is catering to the need? Anyway, I am happy your back is feeling better now, and I like sparkle's ideas about strengthening your core and the supporting muscles. Maybe reduce the load on the bone/cartilage structures by building strength there? There's been recent discussion on Whole9, which you have probably seen, about core stuff. As in, incontinence issues being ignored even though they are likely symptoms of core weakness.
towson, I am sure yours are fine. I am definitely on the Archie Bunker end of the spectrum with regard to my tolerance of kids and "antics." And maybe for that reason, even the toughest kids tend to pull it together for me a lot better than they do for their own moms (expectations? novelty? limits? yelling?). But I spend a lot of time talking with my own kids about what is and is not "cute" or "cool," and especially how being disrespectful is gross and disgusting inside the house or in public. I'd rather have a chronic farter than a Little Napoleon any day. And I do have lots of special needs, both diagnosed and suspected, in my circle of friends and family.
And also I hope the roids work fast. Itching sucks.
OK, so I lost my mojo and didn't get out last night. Argh. But we did run out of TP so I went to the supermarket right before coming home to cook our Iftar, and a fasting visit to a supermarket is always good for laughs. I came home with a pineapple, V8, and brie, for example, and remembered the TP at the last minute. It took me about an hour and a half and cost a lot more than TP usually does.
bec, feel better. Taper madness?
Correct form for this ritual fast is two meals: one to break it and another before the time to begin. I was good about it for about 4 days, and now I am just eating one meal a day. I think it is because I am just eating so much at the evening meal, and the second meal follows by so few hours (less than 7). Even ds, who is growing and one would think would need a lot more food, has trouble getting more than 250 or so calories in at the 3AM meal. Yeah, 3AM. That could have something to do with it I guess.
Yoga this day. Might try another short swim, as that was energizing and relaxing, and we have humid 90s today.
Thanks for the advice! I think this is an actual virus, as opposed to taper madness (where everything just hurts. I have that too! ). I had a chiropracter once tell me to take 1000 mg of vit. C every 2 hours until "bowel tolerance". I think that ended up around 4000mg. Anyway, forcing liquids, will do the lemon thing. May also get honey and do the lemon in tea with honey. And definitely going to bed early. This just cannot happen!
JayGee, Been there. I also seem to not 'get' social niceties sometimes, at least with acquaintance style friends. Other than women in my religious community, I have not been able to make 'real' friends here. The ladies in my running group are nice, and very friendly when I'm there, but it's not like anyone seeks me out for activities. My running partner from last summer does sometimes get in touch...for runs. I have noticed around here that I am definitely the odd one out at baseball/soccer/sports league events when all the moms are hanging around chatting and I'm clearly not included. Not only that, but when I attempt to make friendly conversation, I get the 'up/down' look and a polite smile and what the Regency Romance authors would call the 'cut direct.'
Really no idea what that's about. Maybe I look too different (skirt/baseball hat)? Not skinny and sporty and young enough? Don't drive a new enough van? I don't know. Whatever. My friends IRL tend to be quirky also (though not always in the same ways I hope).
Bec, I hope you feel better!
RR: I did 12 miles on the treadmill yesterday because it was way too hot to run outside by the time I could go out. Today I am really, really sore, way more so than usual. I see the physiatrist tomorrow about the piriformis etc. and hopefully will get a better idea what's going on structurally in my body.