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Balancin1 This is such a difficult time.

I must be weird, but I hate to be covered! DS loves heavy covers though. And DH sleeps wrapped entirely in a quilt that he calls his "personal blanket system" (PBS for short !) He even brings it on trips!

I ran 30 minutes, then swam 30 minutes this morning. My children have driven me to the brink of insanity. Ugh.
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chelsea
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And DH sleeps wrapped entirely in a quilt that he calls his "personal blanket system" (PBS for short !) He even brings it on trips!

laughup

I'm snorting here. Thanks for the good laugh, my ab muscles needed it.
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I must be weird, but I hate to be covered! DS loves heavy covers though. And DH sleeps wrapped entirely in a quilt that he calls his "personal blanket system" (PBS for short !) He even brings it on trips!.
my husband calls that burrito-ing when i do it. it drives him batty - perhaps i need to get my own blanket.
post #605 of 667
I have to be covered up too and the blanket cannot be tucked in at the bottom. Also I usually have to have the blanket over the back of my head ( I sleep on my side).

The federdecke is feather duvet/cover. I have been playing around speaking German with my kids the last few days. They think it is hilarious! I need to have someone to talk to. There is a regularly scheduled German table (stammtisch) at a coffee shop in Atlanta but I've never gone.

I got my run in today. It took me 20 minutes to get into it and by that time I was almost done! Better luck tomorrow!
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laughup

I'm snorting here. Thanks for the good laugh, my ab muscles needed it.
The best part is that I bought him a fleece blanket from Lands' End for his birthday last year and had PBS monogrammed on it !
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The best part is that I bought him a fleece blanket from Lands' End for his birthday last year and had PBS monogrammed on it !
OMG!
post #608 of 667
Plady~Snap that Burley up! That's a fantastic price, especially if it's a double and more especially if it's in good shape! I think I paid around $600 for my double Chariot, cycling kit, and jogging kit, and that was WITH the 20% off during the REI sale. : Worth every penny, but still, ouch!


As for the blankets, count me in the crowd that *needs* to have covers at all times, duvet pulled up to my chin. Honestly, that's one of the reasons we didn't cosleep. I just could not sleep without my covers and couldn't figure out a way to make it safe with them.


rr~Track this morning. (Yes, my babysitter showed up ) It was a tough workout, she's really been kicking our butts the past few weeks. We ran 1600 hard, 400 recovery, 3x800 strong with 200 recoveries. Holy crap were those 800s hard after the mile. But, I ran a 7:22 mile! Who knew it was possible for me to run that fast???

Got my bike fit today, too. For free! By the PT for the USA Cycling Team. Who is leaving for Beijing on Friday! It was great. He did a pretty major adjustment to my saddle, and even gave me a few pointers/things to work on. What a great guy. I used to work with him, but didn't know him all that well, so for him to go out of his way to squeeze me into his super-busy schedule right before leaving for the Olympics, and to do it for free, was just amazing. I'm going to try to go out for a long ride in the morning and test out the adjustments and see what I think. Hopefully it helps!

Must. Swim. Soon. I usually swim on Wed. morning after track but did the bike fitting instead this morning. Maybe I can manage to fit it in after my bike ride tomorrow. We'll see...
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gaye~Have I mentioned how jealous I am of your track workouts?? That's next for me after this marathon. I'm too scared to add speedwork right now but I'd love to see some improvement.
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Thread Starter 
I just got back from a c25k run (I'm repeating week 4 again this week) and just wanted to let Balancin1 know that it was dedicated to her, her mom, and R. It was natural to think of B1 since she is the last person I ran with.
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B1

Thanks for all your kind words and thoughts, Dingos. I ran this AM, not far, but it was good just to do a little running. Then I had a rotten day at work, and ds puked on his field trip to a baseball game, and then I got home and dh demanded a haircut...so we went outside (I cut his hair) and got started (imagine me in my dirty old cargo shorts and dh in his underwear, sitting on a lawn chair)...and in drives a minivan, with dh's boss, his wife, and a family of Icelanders. So dh ran in a panic as this family unloads from the minivan. Awesome. Exactly the laugh I needed at the end of a crapola day. We put the haircut on hold (I had started) and gave them a tour, and sent them with eggs and finished up the haircut, laughing about dh flashing his man parts at total strangers. He could have used a PBS.
post #612 of 667
Balancin1 - Many, many hugs, mama. And even more for R. I tried to call you today but missed you. I'll send an email, too. I second "Badger's Parting Gifts" and in your conversations I'd try hard to be honest but simplistic. It's hard to know how much to try to prepare a child, and how much to let them be blissfully ignorant. Of course R. knows that's she's been sick and in hospital a long time, so it might be better to at least introduce the idea that sometimes sick people don't get better. I am glad you have the opportunity for hospice, though - having the focus of care be on caring and comfort and family support can make a big difference in how things go at the end.

Funny all the talk on sleeping bags, etc. When I was younger I used to love to sleep with my mom and for her to rest her leg on top of my legs. I loved the feeling of that heavy weight and always slept better that way. (I coslept some until I was old - 12 at least!) Now, I fall asleep at night spooned, preferably with dh's leg over one of mine, too. I can now sleep just about anywhere, in just about any position (compliments of a medical training and my crazy job - it's a survival skill) but I much prefer as much of my dh touching me as possible.

RR - I did a track work out today, too. The Team in Training coach sends out an email with the speedwork plan each week and I try to do it on my own since I can't get to the track to run with them (it's over an hour away.) I ran a mile warm up, then 2 laps of 100s (fast for 100, recover for 100) 2 laps of 200s (fast for 200s, recover for 200) 4 laps of 400s (fast for 400, recover for 400) then 2 more laps of 200s, 2 more laps of 100s and a mile cooldown. Due to scheduling issues, the only time I had to go was from 11-12 today and it was freaking hot! I managed to do them all, though, and was pretty quick for me.

I registered all 3 of my younger kids for school today. Catherine's registration (high school) was poorly organized and I stood in line for 2 hours to basically hand over her physical and write a check. I had poor Caroline with me (I had no idea it would take so long - when Chris was in high school it used to take like 20 minutes) She was a good sport, but was getting so antsy the last 20 minutes or so. That's a really long time for a 5 year old to stand in line with nothing fun to do. The younger kids' registration was not so bad. This year, I'll have the three younger kids in 3 separate schools, and I hope I can keep track of who needs to be where. I have one in high school, one in junior high, and one in elementary - all with different start and end times.

After everyone was registered and I had my run, we went hiking to the state park next to Starved Rock (where the ridiculously hot dingo meet up 2006 took place.) We had such a good time. Do you ever have a family time with your kids, and you just hope that this day is how your kids remember their childhoods? We hiked down to a waterfall with a pool underneath it and spent a couple hours walking in the water, standing under the water fall, and Justin spent over an hour trying to lure a fish into a plastic cup with a pretzel (which actually worked several times, but the darn things would jump out if he picked the cup up out of the water!) We were filthy and soaking wet, but oh, so much fun!

Tonight, we had supper and then made ice cream in the ball-thing I brought camping with us. Bedtime will be shortly, which we all need. I didn't get one household thing done today, but I don't feel guilty! (Well, much anyway.)
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drjen~That sounds like SUCH a great time. I can't wait until DS is old enough to have fun doing stuff like that.


I just had in to report a momentous happening in my household...

DS ate vegetables for dinner! And not just pseudo-veggies either, no, he ate peas and carrots (and ok, corn, too)! He rejected the green beans, but still...this is the kid who has been a total chip off the ol' meat and potatoes block that is his father. WOOT! :

And I've totally jinxed it by posting about it here and on my blog.
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chelsea -
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Chelsea

I've been thinking about you all day, mama! I don't have any advice about R, but just wanted to let you know you all were in my thoughts and prayers.

We just flew in from Ohio, visiting the ILs (DH and DD for a week, me just for 3 days ) and it was a good trip, but I'm glad to be home :

I had a good 4 mile run on Monday, then some hip pain on Tues, so I mostly walked, and then a quick 2 mi walk/run today....

Am I the only oddball here who likes to be partially covered? I love my down comforter (except in Phoenix in the summer), but with one arm and one leg strategically uncovered

DD likes to sleep totally bare, but requires constant effleurage (sp?)-like massage to fall asleep. "Rub my back!" "Rub my arms!" "Rub my fingers!" "RUUUUUB IIIITTTT!!!" every nite....
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(I cut his hair) and got started (imagine me in my dirty old cargo shorts and dh in his underwear, sitting on a lawn chair)
Um, did I steal your life or did you steal mine? That is exactly the scene when it's haircut day here. Does your dh take showers and forget to bring a towel and go streaking dripping through the house too?
post #617 of 667
adding races . . .

8/9 the 28th Annual 5 Bars 10K Beer Run.
background info . . .
  • the course record is 7.5+ hours
  • a 6.2 mile race, stopping for beer at each of 5 bars
  • running faster than 7 minutes per mile is prohibited
8/17 Half Wit Half Marathon, Reading PA you must read the waiver. i love these races.

10/18 Women's 5K Classic, Allentown PA - I'm doing the 5 miler.
post #618 of 667
Chelsea, many dingo hugs for you and R. I wish I could come out and take you for a long run.

Loooooooooong day playing theoretical physicist. Some progress, lots of I'm working across the street from the beach, and I don't think I saw the ocean today. I got there before dawn, and left at dusk.

Since I'm a "senior" member of the group, I "get" to write the proposal for the next summer school in two years. Oh joy. I hate that kind of writing.

Anyways, my kids are having the time of their lives. DD loves the sand crabs (any campers surprised?) and she's gotten a little too confident in the waves after just a couple of days. DS is living up the best sand box he's ever seen. Both kids are soaking up the attention of two doting grandparents and about 10 other pseudograndparents, plus wall to wall cousins.

RR: Another thread here is about getting up to 100 pushups. I tried the "pretest." (I could do 12.) I'm now certain that my shoulder problems this spring were from trying to do planks in the push up position. I guess I really need to find another way to strengthen my core and arms.

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Originally Posted by Plady View Post
Um, did I steal your life or did you steal mine? That is exactly the scene when it's haircut day here. Does your dh take showers and forget to bring a towel and go streaking dripping through the house too?
Both DH and I do that. : I'm the only one that cleans up after myself, though.

DHs haircuts are also in his undies while sitting on the back step. We do it at dawn before the neighbors are awake.
post #619 of 667
dh cuts his own hair (clippers - setting #1, easy peasy) in the basement, in front of a barbie vanity. : now that i think of it, he is usually in his underwear.
post #620 of 667
What's up with the middle of the night postings gals?

I like when ds's legs rest over mine while sleeping, but not dh...he's too heavy and I feel trapped and then I get all panicky. I haven't been able to run the last two days and today isn't looking to great either. I do have my dr's appt. this morning.
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