kerc~I have so been there with a dh escalating an event that's about to wind down. Read the room, dude. And maintain your role as the adult.
lofty~ I love reading about the impact swimming is having on you. So awesome.
gaye~Great job with the running lately. What do you think changed? Is it the increased mileage?
jo~Your pictures from the trip were great! I so wish we could have managed a meet-up. I was actually just outside of DC on Saturday but was at a wedding for the day/night. It was beautiful weather, though, and I thought about you being so close.
jaygee~Boy does your post take me back to my early days of teaching 6th graders. I don't know what you've tried, but the typical attention-getters are a quieter tone of voice (ex. whisper "if you can hear clap once, if you can hear me clap twice..."), hand signals (ex. hands up=mouths closed), chants (All set? You bet!; 1,2,3 eyes me. 1,2 eye on you.) Here's a link to some more: http://tips.atozteacherstuff.com/143/attention-getters/
nrr~I've been struggling with the return to work/back-to-school grind and feeling really worn down. I even went an entire week without any form of exercise. Then, it occurred to me "Geez, I've really been coughing a lot. And, hmmmm, maybe this run down feeling is more extreme than normal return-to-work stuff. Maybe I should go to the doctor..."So, I went to the doctor today. Pneumonia! No wonder I've felt like crap!
rr~Since I had left work early to go the doctor (and get my pneumonia diagnosis), I decided to take advantage of the free afternoon and go for a run. That's what we do, right? 3.5 miles. Sure it was hard to breathe, but mentally I feel much better.