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Running back to school with the Dingos: August 2013 - Page 11post #201 of 3178/20/13 at 4:07pmpost #202 of 3178/20/13 at 5:18pm
So, by the time I had a chance to check in here, I find that we are already at page 11. No hope of catching up, so I'll just start here and try to keep up for the rest of the month!
Somehow managing to keep some sort of activity up, but it is blessedly less than before. I am still training for the half marathon with my 9.5 year old, and we did 9.5 miles on Saturday. And, I made it to the boot camp type class early this morning, and a slow run after (slow, because I am watching a friend's children until they start preschool and the 4 year old was biking. I did not quite 2 miles in 35 minutes, which was a different sort of excercise!). I am going to be starting tri class in September again, and am going to start going to the pool again.
Hoping all is well with all my dingo sisters!post #203 of 3178/20/13 at 6:25pmpost #204 of 3178/20/13 at 7:15pm
Sweet Dinglets, MelW! I hope you ladies have a nice visit!
sparkle, still jealously living vicariously through you. Someday, I should like to get back to school--though I am having some wonderings about that at this point.
Meantime, I teach these two. We start officially tomorrow, assuming the lesson links go up. Otherwise, we just crack some books and ease into it. A few admin meetings yet tomorrow and then it breaks loose. Laptops are set up, teachers have touched base. Here we go. Kids finished their summer TKD season, one earning a new stripe and the other a belt, and I think we have enough enthusiasm to enroll in classes "over there."
And so I am off to bed before 10 (first time in days ) and plan to get a couple miles in early before we get started on All That Stuff. Will report back after I finish up.post #205 of 3178/21/13 at 11:02amGenius mom moment: so happy to have found a lap pool to swim with the kids near music lessons, I arrived early, swam an hour and planned 1/2 an hour to eat picnic lunch, change clothes and get to music lessons w/o a towel! Good news: awesome swimming place, friendly people, great big doors open to the outside, non-stinky. Bad news: we're going to 1st day of lessons drenched.
Kerc, I'd love an off-grid cabin! Pix?
Bec, can you help me get stated geocaching?
Jooj, you sound on top of your game. Makes me so happy.post #206 of 3178/21/13 at 11:21amAnyone have a staple dinner meal that doesn take a ton of work? I have several (5-7?) staples that I seem to make week after week, and am getting bored, both of the making and the eating. I do venture out, but it always takes more work/time and so the staples remain the staples:
meatloaf with bean flour & flax seeds), vegetable/salad, roasted sweet potatoes
quiche veggie or with turkey bacon), tomato soup, salad
tofu-veggie stir-fry, peanut sauce
sausage/tomato/red pepper saute over noodles
roast chicken, veggie, quinoa
fish, veggie, etc
I'm picky about fish. I can get other meat locally and sustainably raised, but the fish needs to be a certain kind, raised a certain way, and usually bought on sale at my co-op, which only carries good fish but doesnt have it on sale much (I most often buy meat in their "use today" meat section, where they put things that are about to go, and then I freeze them). The kids arent so keen on bean-centered dishes, although they have been raving about dinners at their friends' house down the street whose mom has cooked some meatless casserole thing from Africa (both kids are adopted from Kenya and the parents are totally Afro-centric, including skyping with the birth mom in Kenya, attending an all black church ... very cool)
Anything your kids love?post #207 of 3178/21/13 at 11:42am
We are halfway through Day 1 of school; it is going fine. Dd is due a rude awakening about putting a little work into her work, but that's a regular occurrence. Ds seems to be ready to take the bull by the horns.
And then I got an email from dh. Looks like a change of plans for our autumn return due to his workload. I don't know details but I may be in US a bit longer than anticipated. Le sigh.
I'll get it all figured out. Meantime, trying to be grateful for more time with loved ones here.post #208 of 3178/21/13 at 12:36pmSparkle, great idea to exchange meal staple ideas. Ours are
2/week - Bison burgers (lettuce wrapped or w/salad on side) with oven-fries, roasted new potatoes or baked potatoes,
1/week- Pasta night, salad
1-2/week - Homemade pizza, salad
1/week- Mexican night (beef/bison, refried beans, etc) w salad
1/week - garlic-roasted chicken with lemon-soaked rice, salad
1/week - Leftovers one night primarily with chicken: cold chicken salad, chicken quesadillas etc
Salads: I have a signature salad but I vary it depending on what's in season
If I need an easy, no-brainier night, I pick up sausage, bison dogs, or boudain.
When it gets cold, I'll switch to soups, make meatloaf, and foods that heat up the kitchen. I generally don't make oven meals in the summer (no a/c) so actually no roasted chicken (lots of sausage) until it cools down.post #209 of 3178/21/13 at 12:57pm
- salad (usually as a side, but if I have leftover meat that is not enough to feed everyone, I will make a big dinner salad.
- taco night (chicken with beans, diced tomatoes, green chillis, taco seasoning in the slow cooker and then shred the chicken)
- hamburgers (either on the outside grill or gridle if it's cold out)
- turkey chilli in the cold season
- BBQ anything (either on the grill, slow cooker or oven)
Lofty - Getting started with geocaching is pretty easy. I would start with http://www.geocaching.com/ and read the FAQ there. Also, I would download the free geocaching ap.
Speaking of! I went caching today and was able to find a cache that I haven't been able to find before! I am so excited to have found the microest of the micro caches Dog Bathroom! We had to walk a bit over 2 miles to get to and from, so am counting that as good!post #210 of 3178/21/13 at 1:13pmMeals:
DH grills burgers and brats or chicken at least once a week, and he makes a ton for leftovers
I pick up my eggs from the farmer on Tuesdays, so I always make a frittata of some kind that night with a side salad
Meatloaf with roasted cauliflower
Chicken fingers made with almond flour
Fried fish, also with almond flour or cornmeal
Spaghetti with meatsauce (noodles for kids, DH likes his over steamed carrots and I like mine over zucchini)
Exhausted from a full day in the library. But loving every minute of it!post #211 of 3178/21/13 at 1:25pmTaking kids out for a first day of school coffee break. Dd is buying.
veg-and-ground beef soup (crushed tomato, onion, carrot, zucchini, cabbage/kale)
Beef stew with carrots and cabbage and potatoes for kids
Salmon patties - canned salmon with almond meal and flax, seasonings and egg, pan-fried
Rotisserie chicken + salad
Firm fish + veg in thai green curry with coconut milk
Same curry with chicken instead
These are probably the quickest and easiest. Did a meat sauce over spaghetti squash yesterday. Kids like that.post #212 of 3178/21/13 at 6:29pmBec, I've been getting geocaching emails for about a year but have yet to try it. Not sure why I feel like I need hand-holding and I'm all nervous about it. Can I get your shredded chicken taco crockpot recipe? I forget that there's an old one around here somewhere and that won't heat up the kitchen the way the oven will.
JG, that is a lot of almond flour. Do you grind it at home? I ground mine this past week and it took a while and was a bit of a mess. Love that you had such a great day in the library! I'm adding Newberry titles to our (already daunting) book list for the year.
Jooj, never thought of throwing meat sauce / tomato sauce over veggies. Since I don't care for pasta, I need to try something like that. Also, I'm prompted to try stew in the crockpot, too. Easy and not heat up the kitchen. Good luck getting back into school. Your dd sounds like my ds1. Curious about what dh's change in plans will mean for you...
RR: RP is still busy working in her classroom. But I did get in a fabulous swim today - feel great about that.
NRR: Had such a rough morning with ds2 who didn't get to see any friends today that we had a super long talk (after the tears stopped flowing) about enrolling in school. I am confident he would love it and probably rock it and I came *this* close to turning the car around from going to music lessons to the school instead. Which would be totally fun. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I would have been miserable homeschooled out in the woods. As it turned out, the swimming pool was fabulous and fun, the new music teacher was incredible and pretty much blown away by him. I kinda thought she was going to suggest he join the orchestra - right away! (which her husband directs) - and then we had the best time lolling around the library for hours. After, he talked about how much he'd miss these days and was okay to keep homeschooling but I have to work harder and do more to arrange play dates. He's right. Good lesson. Good day.post #213 of 3178/21/13 at 7:01pm
Lofty, my kids asked after TKD if I can see about getting them into fall classes if we do end up staying here longer. They have made some friends with classmates, and they do love their instructor. I just recently told ds he needs to make calls himself now (12yo) if he wants to hang out with friends. I will get him there but I am no longer responsible for his schedule. Dd, on the other hand, is always getting other girls' numbers. We had a not-enough-friends freakout recently, too...and then more recently, had a friend kind of suck, which helped ds see some of what he is missing by homeschooling--as in, he is not only missing the good stuff.
Waiting to see what the changed dates may mean. Lobbying to keep Paris in the itinerary, and possibly extend it a little.post #214 of 3178/21/13 at 7:59pmkerc--I"m a little jealous of the state fair. I'd attend ours, except that it's a 3-hour drive. We grew up just a few blocks from a county fairground in Illinois. We went to the county fair here last year, but there were disappointingly few livestock. There was only one barn and it wasn't full. At home there were two barns for dairy cows, one for sheep, one for pigs, one for chickens, etc. And there were all the craft exhibits and I always thought it would be cool to be an adult and enter (I did last year and got 4th). It's one of the few things from home I still get nostalgic for. Hope you have some fun there at least! Maybe enjoy visiting the sheep and alpacas?
sparkle--my fav is pasta (usually penne) with sauce and slices of Italian sausage. One kid eats the sausage, one won't. DH will add veggies and olives. Pizza too, but only when it cools off. We don't have a/c or a swamp cooler, and there's no way I'm going to heat up my kitchen on a 95 degree day! If you have a good grill you could cook it on the grill, but we have an ancient grill. Spaghetti and meatballs is another fav that I thought I would make tonight only we didn't have ground beef or ground turkey.
RR: fell asleep instead of doing the run I'd planned. Woke up long enough to make R's lunch and went back to bed. DH was being a pita again so I think I was more mentally exhausted from dealing with a 6'3" 7-year-old who can't be carried off to his room than anything. I need to go to the gym or get on the treadmill tonight.
I haven't biked enough either which is making me nervous for Sunday. Or rather, I've biked every day so far, for about 40 minutes at a time, but I'm pulling a trailer and sometimes also the trail-a-bike and we're only covering about 5 miles each time. I don't see when I'm going to get out on my road bike before the duathlon either. I'm beginning to realize that I'm really going to need a trainer or to completely retool my exercise schedule if I'm going to put in any decent mileage on the bike next year.
NRR: it was one of those days where I felt like we didn't get anywhere. I'll save you the details, other than the part where I wasted 45 minutes driving to & from the Subaru dealership for parts, one of which was supposed to be on hold for me, only to be told to come back in 5 hours. I believe DH is going to stop by tomorrow instead. It's still out of the way for him, but less so.
One funny story: I biked to school pick-up again today and while I was unhooking the trailer to add the trail-a-bike, R ducked into her classroom to throw away something. She came out with her best friend's lunchbag and went running off to give it back to her (her friend isn't in her class, but a mutual friend from that girl's class was looking for her and figured R would know where she was). She raced around, spotted her, sprinted over there, handed her the bag, and then collapsed on the ground dramatically. Silly nut.post #215 of 3178/22/13 at 6:06amState Fairs- I sewed a turquoise terry cloth strapless dress once and made the news. I hated sewing. (Pause: did I hate everything my mom was excellent at? Possible insight here re: my kids?) Macramed a huge owl once with beads. Loved it, didn't win. Entered lots of food stuffs. Plus cow & pigs. My favorites were definitely the animals. Fast forward- the drought has severely affected state fairs, perhaps. It may have become prohibitively expensive to maintain a child's livestock even in Illinois???post #216 of 3178/22/13 at 7:00amThe county fair in Bloomington, Indiana was awesome! Livestock galore - tents of cows, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, ducks, everything! I loved going to the Monroe County Fair, although we've never made it to a State Fair.
lofty - I should grind my own almond flour. What kind of grinder do you use? I currently just use the Bobs Red Mill.
jooj - so sorry to hear about your delayed return. Although autumn in WI should be nice too .
Real - hope your DH pulls himself out of his 7 yo mood. That's no fun at all.
RR - my hip feels better this morning, so I'm off to the Y for something.post #217 of 3178/22/13 at 7:19am
We went to the state fair here, but only because it was a pretty cool day. Otherwise, it sounds like a horrendous experience. It was enough of an experience to hold us until the next cool August.
3rd grade has started off great as far as I can tell.
6th grade not so much. I've called her advocate. I'm feeling pissed, sad, and powerless.
RR: None. I've cancelled twice to deal with a crying child.post #218 of 3178/22/13 at 7:24amGeo - 6th grade isn't really yanking our chain here either. I keep telling DS it's only been a week and it will surely get more interesting/challenging. We'll see if I'm lying or not... He had a quiz yesterday on "lab rules" which include such gems as "don't eat or drink out of lab beakers". Oy.
P.S. hope the crying stops so the running can commence .post #219 of 3178/22/13 at 7:47amQuote:Originally Posted by JayGee
Geo - 6th grade isn't really yanking our chain here either. I keep telling DS it's only been a week and it will surely get more interesting/challenging. We'll see if I'm lying or not... He had a quiz yesterday on "lab rules" which include such gems as "don't eat or drink out of lab beakers". Oy.
P.S. hope the crying stops so the running can commence .
DD is currently failing 4 classes based on stuff that were out of her control. It was pointed out to her publicly that she's failing. On day 2.
I've now left 2 messages with the advocate. The math teacher sent me an email objecting to DD's IEP. Dude. Not your place. I will bury you.post #220 of 3178/22/13 at 8:06am
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