But, ugh, what a nightmare.
We had a good 4th, and now I'm loading books on kindles to ship my family off for a week!
Plady - So scary! I am glad your daughter is all right and that the other girl is going to be fine, but wow!
Our last wave of house guests has left. I'm spending the next half hour enjoying my quiet home ( I need to be reminded sometimes just how quiet my kids really are! ), before bringing them all to the doctor for well child visits (well, one of them probably has an ear infection, but mostly well) and sports physicals. We had a pretty good 4th. No fireworks. Our guests had very small children (18 months and not quite 5) that needed to be in bed before any festivities, and with one of mine being sick, we decided to do other things. We did go to the carnival, had a fire truck ride, made homemade ice cream in ziploc bags and enjoyed being together and free.
RR: We did participate in the Freedom Classic 5k. I ran with my friend who has been doing the C25k. It was her first 5k ever. She did really well on a pretty humid day. Katie managed to get her self a PR and my other kids were manning a water station with their Girl Scout Troop. A good time was had by all. Today (and part of the reason I bagged the fireworks), I was up early and riding my bike at 6am for almost 25 miles. It was a really nice ride, and my coach commented on how far my biking has come. It was nice to get some praise. This is the last heavy week of training before starting taper. So, there is a long (1.5 miles) swim followed by a 3 mile run tomorrow, and a 50 mile bike ride followed by an 8 mile run on Sunday. I believe there will be napping in the afternoons!
Wow, Plady. I am really glad the other little girl is going to be OK, and I hope dd can move through this scary experience without too much fear and anxiety. So glad the other girl is OK, though. That had to be so frightening. And a very good point, Geo, about talking about all the things that "went right" when things went so wrong. I know it helps me to process an experience that way.
Geo, enjoy the week. About now, I am considering putting mine up on Craigslist.
Lofty, I still can't get my head around "FUN to talk about math." Wait...yeah, nope. I picked up workbooks for both kids to do a little morning math (or afternoon, whatever) through Ramadan. We started yesterday, and it's as resistance-free as Rosetta Stone French. Which makes me fear neither will do much good, but whatever. I'm glad v-ball turned out to be fun, too.
I am slowly shifting down the gears over the next couple of days. Fasting starts Tuesday. I bought a planner to write down reminders of daily goals. Also a Rumi daily companion for some meditative reading. Setting up daily checklists of work, after which everyone will be free to watch a movie, read library books, go for walks, whatever. It will be structured, but if I don't provide structure, we'll all lose our minds. Worse than now, I mean.
RR: Today is rest/recovery for me. Tomorrow morning, an early walk. Might throw sprints into it for a little excitement. Also need to just suck it up and start doing my squats, planks and pushups again. Sigh.
In other NRR news, did I mention dh picked out our next apartment? It's virtually next door to the building we were in this year. It's older and less nice I guess, but it has a pool and gym, and is even closer to the beach and bike lane. It also has 3BR + maid's room, which means plenty of bathrooms and also storage. I don't have to sleep beside the luggage this year, so that's nice. I may never feel at home there, but it will be nice not to feel like the stacks of crap are about to collapse on me. And also there is natural light in the kitchen, so I may actually do some cooking.
Jo, I hope that apartment is 'home' for you.
Not much time before Shabbat comes in, but I am very excited -- with 3 out of 9 kids reporting in to me, we have two 4's and one 5 on the AP scores from my class! This is truly awesome. I am so happy for them that their work paid off...now sweating bullets til I hear from the rest of them or until I can get access, which is not until next week for the teachers.
Jo - That apartment sounds like another leap forward in things-you-need and I love that dh is getting it. You want to do squat/plank/push-ups with me? How does 50/1 minute/25 x3 sound as a starting point? I'm running later with dd and I'll tack on the intervals to kick things off.
Nic - Congrats on your kids' tests! Those scores are great! And for dh's job interview.
Geo - Revel on, reveler.
Lofty - The vball sounds like fun. I love playing when there's that perfect combo of ability and for funitude. Sadly I can count the number of games I've enjoyed in the single digits. The conversations sound really inspiring too. How fun to have some new friends.
DD is still feeling wonky from yesterday's trauma but today a friend of ours gave her a trombone that she'd learned on after C noticed the friend's other (100x more expensive) trombone. Now C is happily working on her sad trombone wah wahs. I love it.
as usual. so much to say.so little time.
plady: oh my. I can't even imagine.
geofizz: enjoy your time of solitude.
jo: the apartment sounds fantastic
loftmama: LOL at the description of these conversations.
My "leg" of the journey is this: last weekend away from home. At my dh's college roommate's house. But here's a nice wrinkle: they have a large rv style trailer. That's where we're sleeping. It's like a little guest house. Which is awesome for my girls who are overtaxed and over stimulated. Not perfect in the sense that I have to pee and don't want to go into the house for fear of waking the dogs (and everyone else). But excellent nonetheless.
Yesterday we had a few hours to kill and hit the Cleveland botanical gardens. Now I remember why I was sad when I left Ohio. And what future my yard might hold. I just need to plan it and then call someone and get it done. ASAP. Perennial bed + herb bed + patio + places for raspberries, blueberries and currants. That should be basically free, right?Monday it's back to a normal summer routine at home. Here's hoping the grass magically grew into the places it wasn't before we left home so that the mud is gone.
kerc, I am always peeing, so that probably wouldn't be the greatest solution for me. But quiet is always appreciated!
mommajb, hmmm. Pool contaminated and sick kids, eh?
Plady, you're on. About to head out for a little "barefoot" walk and then do my stuff. Knee pushups for me, I am afraid. If by the end of the month I can do some good real ones, let's say 7, I will feel like such a winner.
JayGee - I feel your pain at the mall. Glad you're in as well! I just threw those numbers out there kind of randomly. I knew I'd been doing a lot of squats and pushups in boxing but didn't really know what a decent interval would be. Turns out 25 is just manageable and the minute of plank is fine. I couldn't do the squats last night though. After my c25k 'run' with dd my hip was getting all jukey and I could feel something clenching the wrong way when I started the squats. Seriously, these bodies should just shut up and do what they're told!
Kerc - That sounds like the kind of project someone could whip out in an afternoon. And yeah, once everyone asleep you don't even need a bush.
Mommajb - 'Contaminated pool' is one of those phrases you don't want to hear after you've been in it. On the lifeguard cert test I just recently took it was referred to as an AFR (accidental fecal release).
Blech on the AFR!!! 'nough said!
Jo - I hope this apartment is fabulous. It seems that each year things get a bit better.
RR: Tri class this morning. Total disaster. It was supposed to be about a 1.5 mile swim, followed by a 3 mile run. Twice across the lake and back. I made it across, but halfway, was feeling very hot, dizzy, nauseous and wheezy. I took the wet suit off once I got across, but just didn't feel any better. Our turn around point was a swimming platform. I hung out there for a while before deciding that I really didn't have anything left in me. One of the coaches that was kayaking around the swimmers to make sure everyone was safe came and took me back to the other side. I've done this distance a bunch, and I wasn't having an open water panic. It just wasn't happening. I came home and even 4 hours later, I'm still feeling very fatigued. Breathing got suddenly easier as soon as I walked into the air conditioning, so I am thinking that allergies played a big role. I'm hoping to rest and recover today, because we have a really big workout tomorrow that I really want to do. It's a bike/run, though, so, breathing will be easier to regulate.
So Reb and I are going to meet on the trail tomorrow morning with all our respective kids. Probably just walk, and *sigh* the kids are just never willing to go as far as we want to, but will be good to get out together a bit. Last hurrah before fasting starts (which is Tuesday) and I have to figure things out with regard to timing.
Hang on, kerc. Almost home. And Wednesday is close.
bec, consider maybe a few days off all in a row? I wonder whether some serious down time might be what the tri doc ordered for you? You know how to pound it out, mama; remember that the rest/recovery days are when our bodies build up what the workouts break down. Be gentle with yourself.
Whoa, this lady is not in shape. Because if I were, I would not be this OMGsore, even after a solid night's sleep AND an NSAID before bed. Anyway, this squat/plank/pushup thing is going to be good for me, I can just feel it! And today's walk will be in regular cushioned shoes, as my calves recover from the joggy bits I did barefoot yesterday. Yowza.
Today and tomorrow before fasting is underway. I am ready for a great Ramadan, G!d willing.
Ramadan mubarak, Jo! I hope the month of fasting is meaningful, not too taxing on your body, and elevating for your spirit.
Feeling pretty low today, mamas. I had a terrible, really horrific dream last night. I can't even type it 'out loud' but it involved me harming one of my children. Which I have never and will never do but I can't shake the weepies from how horrible it was to make myself wake up from it and then think about it. Ugh.
Dh is being a tool. Nothing to see here, ssdd.
Run today was a train wreck. My stomach was just not settled and despite trying very hard to make it settled before I left, within a mile into the run it was already giving me trouble. The humidity was a nightmare, the bugs (those tiny ones) were in every orifice I have above the neck plus working their way under my hat, and my butt pain (which I am thinking is sciatica/piriformis) hurt like a mofo (excuse me) within the second mile also. I've been ignoring that for nearly a year and hoping it would go away but it's not and recently it's getting worse. Guess I'll have to go see someone about that.
I managed to run/walk (a LOT of walk) 10 miles..I figured I might as well get the miles in since I was already out and gross anyway. I could not run more than a mile at a time without my stomach clutching up so it took me 2 hours to get 10 miles...yech. On the up side, I got a lot of thinking done, trying to clarify things in my mind and trying mightily to have compassion with myself despite the crappy run and the choices I've made in life that bring me so much pain. I really need some spirit-time in a warm, beachy kind of place with an ocean to walk by and look at and yoga to do and quiet time to meditate, but I just don't know how to get it.
Hoping for a better day. Happy Sunday mamas.