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post #81 of 305
Great idea, Shanti!

Gray is 13 and Dane is 9 but turns 10 next month.

I am here, reading along, needing more exercise than I am getting. My one swim for the week was it. Next week, I hope to put my house in order, my life in order, my exercise in order, and my diet in order. Hmm, that sounds ambitious. Leaving the sanctuary of my mom's house today to head back to the cabin where I am meeting my good friend and her boys who moved away last year. Trying to remember that this time next year, this will be a whole year behind me and think about how I might want to look back at it and where I want to be.
post #82 of 305
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 Oh well, it's culture, so it can't hurt.

This is my attitude toward kids at the theatre.  It seems like the more the better.

 

I've been missing the dingos since the internet was off for 5 days this week island-wide!  Well, county wide really. Phones too, what an interesting experiement.

 

Anyway, no time to catch up now - just enough to report dd1 is 12 and Ali G is 6.

post #83 of 305
RR - ran 3 this morning

And DS and I are running the Thanksgiving 5K on Thanksgiving Day!
post #84 of 305
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I just had such a moving, powerful parenting experience:

DD1 was testing for a new belt in Kung Fu. This requires demonstrating several moves in front of a panel of black belts (literally, like the movie Flashdance), and then the form that corresponds with the level (orange belt). After the test, the panel consults in private and then comes out of a room and you stand in front of them again while they review your test, orally, one at a time.
In her review, each black belt made an observation about her that was so spot on, and everything that I work on with her, and everything that I want for her as a parent, that I started crying a little. To have this place where these people 'get' her, where they see her, and are helping me help her move forward, and where this practice (Kung Fu) is the perfect metaphor for life and she gets to develop and exercise these ways of being in the world that are exactly what I work so hard to help her with (and usually feel so alone in doing and exhausted by and worried about).
So Im thanking the universe for Kung Fun today, and climbing (because everything they said is also what she needs to do in climbing), which I hope she ultimately will do in life
post #85 of 305

Sparkle, that's so cool. Congrats to your dd.

 

I forgot all the personals. Kind of a difficult afternoon. I was yelled at walking home from synagogue by some nasty woman who screamed at me, as I walked by with my kids, "Get rid of the wig you stupid Jew! It's 2013 for crissakes!" :angry  :(

 

(I wear a wig to cover my hair sometimes, usually on Shabbat or on other 'dressy' occasions. It's easier than finding a matching hat, and frankly, when I wear it, I have the hair I've always wanted and I never have a bad hair day.)

 

Since moving to the supposedly enlightened, Northeast, I've had people honk at me while walking with my kids to synagogue (my son wears a yarmulke in public, so it's pretty obvious what we are), yell "HEY JEWS!" out their car windows, etc. when we lived in a supposedly more 'redneck' area of Florida? -- I had people who had never met a Jew, made weird assumptions, did funny things or said odd things, but never outright hatred or bigotry. That we got only in enlightened Massachusetts.

 

Yeah.

 

Anyway. I joined MDC in 2001 when dd1 was but a year old (if that), and joined the dingoes -- hmmm, I don't remember. Sometime after that? :o I think, after dd2 was born (2003) and before ds (2005). So, yeah, dd1 is 13; dd2 is 10, and ds is 8.

 

I'm an 'old timer' I think. 

 

RR: none today. Half marathon tomorrow (starts at noon, and very hilly, so not really anticipating a PR).

post #86 of 305
Nic, that's horrible! How did your kids react? Are they doing okay? Big hugs to allow you! Good luck with your half tomorrow, too.

sparkle, what an awesome experience for you and for your DD. it's so terrific when someone "gets" a kid (or adult, too, for that matter...)

I hope you're feeling better soon, kerc, and that your dinner party is a success despite the cold.

Today was a lesson from my husband in asking for and getting help. Our house has been a bit of a mess for a while now- the basic vacuuming/bathrooms/minimal dusting gets done, but the deeper cleaning is not happening. He invited his mum over for a "cleaning party", put on music, negotiated a minor bribe for the kids and we cleaned windows, sills and blinds, washed walls, fridge, stove and cabinets and while we didn't get to the whole house it's the cleanest it's been in years. I would have tried and failed to continue to do it all myself instead.

12 hour day at the hospital tomorrow- my first shift in a month! Fingers crossed for some babies.
post #87 of 305

Nic, I'm really sorry that went down. We were just sitting with friends yesterday, reminiscing about the post-9/11 bad old days. Pretty mind-boggling stuff, how stupid people can be. :Hug

 

My ds, Noah, is 12, and dd, Meryem, will be 10 next month. I joined MDC back when ds was little, and I joined the Dingoes sometime after dd was born and I was sick of my way-over-200-pound body. With the help of the Dingoes, I have worked my body into health, and have been supported through so many other changes, too.

 

RR: Rough weekend for exercise, but this morning I took an hour to walk, and decided to run most of the "back" of an out-and-back. A little warm, since it was late for my morning (after 9) and already 80F. Tomorrow, I will get out earlier and, I hope, run more. There is a newly opened stretch of beach, and it's long. I want to park shoes there and run the length barefoot.

 

I've reined in the eating habits since arriving in AUH, and am slowly losing the weight I'd put on since May. I have to figure out how to stop the cycle of ups and downs, but for now I have to keep working on the down. It's shifting, which is great. Focusing on the writing has been a great help.

 

Speaking of the writing, I am editing the heck out of a writing sample. The ending even surprised me, so I hope that's good. Should be plowing through applications by the end of the month, and may even decide to add applications if I get through these in one piece. The hardest part is getting the sample together. By comparison, the online forms and processes are a cake walk.

post #88 of 305

Nick :grouphug So sorry for the fact that you and your kids experienced that. It's just shocking - the ignorance and flat-out rudeness, but also how angry?! What is wrong with someone who would say something like that? But enough... from reading your FB post and the responses, I know that these things do still happen, and I guess our job is to raise kids who also find that shocking. Very sad about it though.

 

Jo, I forgot what you are applying for!

 

Mel, what a fantastic idea, a cleaning party! I love it! Back during the year in Germany, the co-op preschool I took DS to scheduled a thorough cleaning twice a year. All the parents came, and there were detailed lists of what to clean including all the windows and frames, removing everything from every cabinet and washing them all, inside and out. I remember wishing I could do something like that in my own home. Not sure my home has ever been as clean as that.

 

Plady, I have to say - your description of several days without internet or phones as interesting really made me smile! I don't know anyone around here who wouldn't be fuming, cursing, suing somebody...

 

Sparkle, I'm glad that those instructors *get* your DD! Sounds wonderful.

 

RR: A nice 6 miles in the morning yesterday with my running group. I got to be on the bridge right as a huge container ship drove through, so I could see it from above - cool! Then a bit later, I saw a hawk catch a small, furry animal only 4 or 5 feet away from me!

 

Work day this morning, then I promised to take the 2 younger kids to the local fair. I am not a fair person, but DD made plans to meet a friend. Our fair is kind of lame, barely any animals, mostly yucky food and crazy rides. The weather should be good, though, and I need to get away from my desk for a bit.

post #89 of 305

Nic - I continue to be shocked and shaken for the show of outright bigotry you were shown.  It was unprovoked and vicious.  And says nothing about you, for all that you were the target.  It speaks volumes of the hate and rage that woman must live with every day.  You continue to travel through life with grace and compassion. 

 

RR: Hahahaha!  I am hoping to feel better enough to run sometime next week.  I'm getting very tired of this cold!

 

Sparkle - I have had a few teachers really get Katie.  It never fails to move me to tears when it does.

post #90 of 305
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Plady, I have to say - your description of several days without internet or phones as interesting really made me smile! I don't know anyone around here who wouldn't be fuming, cursing, suing somebody...

 

:lol Well, interesting might have been a bit euphemistic.  And I had access to internet at work though I didn't have much time to surf recreationally.  And I giggle because just this morning dh said he's investigating the circumstances around the equipment failure with an eye towards a class-action suit. :eyesroll.  

 

Nic - I'm so sorry about that lady.  I shudder to think where she must be coming from.

 

Sparkle - that Kung Fu class sounds wonderful, how great to hear your words come out of someone else's mouth.  Sometimes I think that is the only way our kids hear us.

 

:hug Lofty, I'm glad some light is filtering back in.

 

Happy Birthday Geo!

post #91 of 305

Half Marathon Report:

 

In short -- hilly, cold, rainy/hail, and did I mention - HILLY?! I posted a longer race report on FB but suffice to say, finishing this race was a victory. My motto was Just. Keep. Running. So, I did. I chugged up the hills by putting my head down, sucking in my butt and stomach, and chanting to myself Just. Keep. Running. It started raining. It started hailing. The wind blew. The roads got slick (and those downhills with the slick roads were a helluva lot scarier than the uphills, that's for sure). They ran out of water (small race). There were no police or volunteers on the last 10K stretch despite most of it being on a major busy thoroughfare, and I almost got clipped by a giant escalade SUV going too fast in the rain who missed me by inches.

 

My friend ran back to mile 12 and ran me in, which was awesome of him. He's a super nice guy (and VERY FAST, and the husband of a dear friend of mine -- she's very lucky.).

 

I hurt in a way I don't usually after a half. I am kind of nauseated. My stomach bothered me most of the race but luckily I was able to deal because there were no portapotties. I am wearing fleece sweatpants, an undershirt, long sleeve t, and a sweater over that after a long, hot shower. My head hurts. 

 

But, I did it. :energy

post #92 of 305
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Nic - WOOT broc1.gif You did it. What an accomplishment in true Dingo style .. and a metaphor for your current situation perhaps redface.gif

Plady - On DD1: yeah, too bad when I asked her later what each one said (I wanted to write it down), she couldnt remember eyesroll.gif Le sigh

Yard, work, and an hour walk with a dear friend who just had a baby. Wow, a newborn. Gets my grandma juices flowing lol.gifbag.gif
post #93 of 305
Hooray for perseverance Nic!! Congratulations!
post #94 of 305
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 Gets my grandma juices flowing lol.gifbag.gif

Shut UP!  notreadynotreadynotreadynotready

:lol

post #95 of 305
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Trying to remember that this time next year, this will be a whole year behind me and think about how I might want to look back at it and where I want to be.
That is exactly what I need to be doing. Thanks for posting it.

sparkle--I think the IRB process is long everywhere. That's what I've heard at any rate.

RM--all sound like fun options. Good luck choosing!

JayGee--well, that would be the case with the superintendent that the conservative board appointed in DougCo after taking over. It's entirely possible that we may move from an incredible superintendent to a bad one. Having watched this all play out in DougCo a few years ago is what makes it scary.

MelW--sounds like a fun concert.

bec & kerc--get better!

sparkle--the story about Kung Fu is really cool.

Nic--I'm so very sorry. FWIW, the Northeast likes to think that it's not as racist as other areas but I've seen the same if not more suspicion of everyone who wasn't descended from someone on the Mayflower. I've heard some pretty nasty stories about anti-Semitism in the Hudson Valley areas of NY recently too. greensad.gif But congrats on the half-mary!!

1jooj--yay for a writing sample! That is definitely the hardest part.

Mel38--I think I would be really freaked out if hawk grabbed something that close to me! They're huge birds!

Kids: J is 3-1/2 and R turns 9 next month. I peeked into the Dingos in 2006 when I wanted advice about breastfeeding and running a marathon, but I couldn't keep up. I came back in late 2008 or beginning of 2009 after defending my dissertation, largely thanks to a reminder from kerc whom I'd met on another board. smile.gif

RR: a perfect run along Lake Granby as we were closing up the trailer today.
post #96 of 305

Wow, Nic. You didn't bag it! Way to go, Mama!

 

sparkle, I got to hold a two-day-old this weekend. I consider the itch scratched. :rotflmao

 

Sample is written and has gone through about 4 edits so far. One more read-through and proofing this week. Then it's just a matter of rolling through the spreadsheets and checking off submitted materials. Oh, and rewriting the statement of purpose five different ways. Heh. It's fun when I have nothing else to do. :laughBut I do feel better having the story to this point. I'm ahead of deadlines.

 

RR: I did make it out this morning, but I walked on the beach instead of running. My feet are not used to barefooting anymore, but the sand felt good. Hoping to get a run again on Wednesday, since tomorrow we have Arabic lessons across town in the morning. If I can get up early and get back in time, then I will also squeeze in a run tomorrow. If not, maybe kids and I will hit the beach again in the afternoon. I need some yoga, but have been writing every evening instead.

post #97 of 305

Here!

 

RR: none yet as I've been super busy and still working on getting these allergies in check.  My RP is a respiratory therapist and has allergies and asthma.  She told me that I could safely double my allergy medicine short term to get a hold on the allergies.  Tried it for the first time today and I feel tons better.  CRAZY!  Wondering if I should make an appointment to see the NP about it all?

 

NRR: bought a car, the one dh told me to get, which is fine.  I was hoping to pick what "I" wanted, but he is paying for it.  :)

 

Pharmacist recommended Sudafed int he day (I have been taking one 4-6 hour dose per day), which has helped, but at night it's horrible when I am not taking it.  I am super stuffed up, can't breath, throat scratchy, lips dry.  So in the morning it feels like I'm starting all over again.  Suggestions please?
 

Thanks!

post #98 of 305
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Pharmacist recommended Sudafed int he day (I have been taking one 4-6 hour dose per day), which has helped, but at night it's horrible when I am not taking it.  I am super stuffed up, can't breath, throat scratchy, lips dry.  So in the morning it feels like I'm starting all over again.  Suggestions please?
 

What's your humidity level in your room? Also more water drinking?  It's tough because breath through your mouth when your stuffy so you end up wit a sore throat where there wasn't one before.

 

 

Crazy monday here.

post #99 of 305

ker~exactly with the mouth breathing causing the throat issues etc.  I don't know how to tell the humidity?  Spot on about needing to drink more water.  It's been mostly diet coke (which helps the throat immensely and I love it) and coffee.  Will concentrate on more water, thanks!

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ker~exactly with the mouth breathing causing the throat issues etc.  I don't know how to tell the humidity?  Spot on about needing to drink more water.  It's been mostly diet coke (which helps the throat immensely and I love it) and coffee.  Will concentrate on more water, thanks!


Does your skin feel dry too?  Is your hair staticy?  Do you have carpet? When you walk in socks does static build up and shock you?

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