Lisa, I've been thinking of you and your family. I hope that everyone can find equilibrium in the coming months. I know it can be a long haul. When's grandbaby? :
Grandbaby is due this month, I hope they call us right when it happens!! What a joy that will be!!
So, for those of us doing Advent stuff, what did you do with/for your kids today? We're making brownies tonight, after dinner. I vow before my Dingo sisters that I will not eat a single morsel . I'm within 2 lbs. of my goal weight. The holidays will not get the best of me!
Good to see you again, RM. Sorry your knee is still bothering you. Did you register for the Mini this year?
I was thinking of you this morning actually on the no sugar eating, and wondering how you do it. I was thinking I shoudl really look into doing that to. I think it would help me with my weight and my insulin resistance. I have started by just being aware of where sugar is and my emotional eating problems. Gotta start somewhere right?!
Also, how is your leg with the compartment syndrome and the ankle swelling? right after you posted that you went out for a 5.75 mile run and I was shocked (in a good way). Hope you are mended.
RM, you stay in my thoughts. I hope your dsd is coming along and your knee does to. Keep up the strength training.
Thanks for thinking of me!! Things have been going better than I thought, but she is playing dh and it bugs the CRAP out of me. That's why my stomach is in knots today.
Are you still lifting? I have found the site bodyrock.tv and LOVE it! The cardio is great and then I lift weights on my own afterwards for a full work out. IT's fun, and it's fun to think of looking like her (even though I won't ever!).
Love you ladies,
got to get to homework with the kids and SD is coming home soon.
On good news, our washer that has been broken for the second time in 3 years (the HE one that supposed to be great), is going to be fixed on Friday since the part came early today. Two weeks with no washer and six people in the house is no fun! Can't believe I'm so excited to do laundry. Funny, that it is such a nice thing to be able to clean your clothes and towels when you want.
HBM~how are you sweetie? Been thinking of you lately!
RM, I know that playing of which you speak...and that rock, too. I find that I do RR every 3-4 hours or so when I am in need. Hang in, mama (and soon to be gmama!).
Nemesis, I do that too. I almost gave in this afternoon because the sky is gray and I was already cold and a million other reasons...and when I overcome them and run, even if it's only 2 miles, I am always so happy I managed to. I hope you do manage to get that run.
OK, so let's drink this tea and then get the animals fed and watered again...
Do I have a firm grasp on how popular this group actually is? We'll probably go way early and then putter around town if the place is deserted. If it were just me, I'd be happy to camp out all day, but I don't want the kids to burn out before the concert even starts.
I'm loving all this homeschool info! We'll be doing some version of homeschool while we're in Mexico so these thoughts are perfectly timed!
Okay, I'm making real progress on the Christmas light sign I'm making for our yard so I'd better go finish before my gets permanently stuck to my seat.
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
RM ~ I'm pretty sure I don't have compartment syndrome. It just doesn't fit the profile. I don't run huge miles, the pain stays after I'm done running, and it's more of a deep ache than the really painful tightness that I've read about. Plus, Tricare is giving me a REALLY hard time about covering the compartment testing. For now, I'm taking my slow, easy miles and enjoying. I ran 6.15 this morning with walk breaks at every mile. Average pace = 11:24, but pain free! Maybe I'll take up ultra running !
Today's Advent activity ~ putting up the window clings that I found in the decoration box .
I got my 5 in on the hamster wheel. It was pretty boring, but not too awfully terrible. It helped that somebody had turned on Comedy Central on the tv, so I got to watch the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. MUCH better than the usual CNBC...
And then I went to get DS out of the childwatch, only to find that he had peed his pants, even though the workers said (and I believe them) that they had asked him several times if he needed to go. Sigh. This is the third time he's peed his pants at the childwatch, and he's never done it anywhere else. I don't get it.
He DID end up being cooperative for photos, though, at least. I was worried. I seriously thought we were doomed...he had been crying, whiney, clingy the whole trip there and even as we went into the studio. We've been going to this same photographer for two years now, though, and there's a reason...she's good. She produced a train, and like magic, he was super happy and cooperative. They turned out really well. Anyone not on FB who wants to take a look should be able to see them through this link.
And last, but not least, our flights are booked to go to Ohio for Christmas. Finally. We leave two weeks from today. I can't believe it's that soon. And that I'm going to have to do 3 double digit runs, including a 20 miler while I'm there. Double .
Gaye, single mama to Tyler (5/06) and Baxter the labradoodle
Wait...I signed up to DO an Ironman??? I thought I was signing up to go SEE Ironman!
1jooj--pneumonia? Will the goat be okay? I'm sorry; that must be really stressful.
All is well here, although I'm totally wiped out. I ended up leaving the house way early for They Might Be Giants. We left around 2:00 and weren't back home until 8:00 tonight. We were totally the first ones there--so dorky. But we got to lurk around as John, John, and Marty (and a fourth guy who did the button-pushing dial-spinning tech stuff) unloaded all of their own stuff, set up the stage, chatted with the staff about clearing more space, and discussed politics. Then they did a little sound check before heading out for dinner. It was really neat, and I loved how down-to-earth they were, just wandering around Borders with their gear and setting everything up themselves.
The show itself was kind of lame; they sang like six songs (only three the kids knew) and that was it. My kids thought it was great, though, and danced like crazy. The band asked anyone who wanted autographs to line up nicely and said they would stay until everything anyone wanted signed was signed, and we shouldn't feel like we needed to buy something new to have it signed. Lots of people brought lots of random stuff. We had two old CDs that we got signed. When they saw me trying to sneak in a picture with my kids, they had the kids come around the table to stand with them, despite my protests that I didn't want to hold up the line. The guys were just really great in a lot of ways, although I wished they'd played more.
So that was our exciting evening. Tomorrow will be super-hectic--conference with DD's teacher, which means my mom has to come to babysit, but she has a hair appointment that might go late. My brother and sister-in-law want to put their baby down for a nap here so they can jet off to meet with a client (both are lawyers), so I had to ask if they could be here a little early and stay long enough to get DD off the bus if my mom isn't here in time. Will the bus driver let DD go with some random guy or girl whom DD seems to recognize? Hope so.
And this is why DH and I never go out. Because it seems like it's always just a huge big deal to work out the logistics.
In the afternoon, I have to get DD to ballet, possibly with my niece? That would mean installing her carseat in my car at some point. I also volunteered at some point to make cookies for my church's holiday fair, which is on Saturday. We're attending a birthday party Friday afternoon, and I work Friday nights, so at some point tomorrow supplies need to be bought and cookies baked.
Luckily our Advent activity for tomorrow is movie night. Totally DH's department. Everyone will be lucky if I stay awake for it.
Maybe I'll just go to bed now. I'm going to need a good night sleep and a good run tomorrow to get through the rest of the day.
Coming up for air, been working like a dog and had no time to run. Hopefully tomorrow.
Mr D and I ran our Turkey day 5Ks in 29:16 though so that's cool, no wonder it was so tiring hauling my sorry butt around that course LOL.
I will return to my normal, or I should say "normal" self because I truly am actually a wierdo haha in a week or so when my work marathon finishes.
Have a great rest of the week ladies! I miss communing with you guys, hopefully I can jump on tomorrow after my run, i don't have to work until the evening.
Mama to 3 daughters, expecting #4
jo - healthy for your goat. I hope he's ok.
I tried a few times to get DH into the garlic thing, too, and he always complained about it making him really queasy. I feel really bad now because I thought he was just being dramatic since he doesn't really like garlic. I didn't know that was a possible side effect.
rr: 7 miles, 6 of which were really slow and 1 where I tried out my HMP for Sunday's race. That 1 mile made me feel like . Saw an elaborate sign (with color pics!) on a lamppost offering a $200 reward for a missing goldfish. I hope I'm the one who finds it - I sure could use the $$.
Jo ~ how's Mr. Goat feeling?
I must be crazy, but our Advent activity for today is going to the IU Women's Basketball game . The elementary school DS and DD1 attend gave free tickets to all the students and they both PLEADED to go. So I relented. All I know is that DD2 will absolutely need a nap if she's going to make it through even 1/2 of the game tonight. Go Big Red!!!!
I have a nice, long swim planned for this morning, and then I'll be baking a gingerbread cake with lemon glaze and a pumpkin cheesecake for tomorrow's teacher appreciation luncheon.
gaye, I think manyt kids pull their tricks at gym child care. They can get away with it because they are there for a short while as is the staff. Nobody is invested enough to make it great or worry too much about anything. Just my experience here... As to runs while visiting I try to look at it as built in child care and a chance to work off all the food my mom sets out that I can't resist.
cfg, if the picture is detailed enough you might be able to produce a substitute for the goldfish and get the $$.
8.35 miles out in the dark alone this morning but I do seem to be slowing down averaging an 8:52 pace. Perhaps the treadmill is good for something?
There is a ten mile race on new years I am interested in but I can't get the cranky middle-aged man I married to commit to plans or no plans or anything so that I can move forward.
If DS makes it through the rest of the week without any more fit throwing, we'll be making cookies on the weekend. I hope he can pull it off. Today I asked him if he thought that Santa could see his behavior at school as well as home. He thought for a little while and concluded he was unlikely to get any presents this year. I let it at that, he can think about his behavior independently and does not need me to lecture on it. But seriously, this year would be an good example of a kid that deserves coal in his stocking.
Pouring rain this morning. I've got a meeting with a client around midday and hoping to be back and able to ride for an hour this afternoon.
gaye, I think manyt kids pull their tricks at gym child care. They can get away with it because they are there for a short while as is the staff. Nobody is invested enough to make it great or worry too much about anything. Just my experience here... As to runs while visiting I try to look at it as built in child care and a chance to work off all the food my mom sets out that I can't resist. .
Advent calendar mamas --- there's a nice list of things to do here.
We home school and I've been surprised at how much I love it. I am not the most organized mom out there, so I was worried how that would affect us. It turns out, it's fun!
The homeschooling forum here is a huge resource. I would check it out if you're interested or thinking about homeschooling. There's a lot of different types of hsing and people over there, so it's a good glimpse into the possibilities.
I love it. We get to hang out and have a whole different schedule. We can go on field trips any time we want, or spur of the moment run out to learn about something specific. We can spend as much time as we want learning about something, instead of having to move on based on "class times". My DH has been really happy with it, since we are not constantly too busy to do things as a family. Activities don't all have to be crammed into after-school hours- his time off, too.
I didn't intend to hs until it was nearing time to send my DD to kindergarten. It just didn't feel right. So we looked into other options and I met some local homeschoolers. I have a group of families I know that home school and that has made a huge difference for us- having support and experience to draw on. The only drawback has been that we are not religious and almost everyone in our area that home schools does it for religious reasons. But really, that hasn't been a huge issue.
Dh is kind of being a about the HS thing. Work to do on that one.
This brought tears to my eyes:
Didn't get my run in this morning No excuse. Just didn't want to get out of bed. Work is still crazy....back I go.
Got a run in this morning, but barely. too crazy to go into but dh was tired this a.m. (out late playing warhammer, ) and got up and mixed up our whole schedule that we've tried to work out since dd is going to school an hour earlier than ds. argh. But I still got it in and it was a fun run by the end. my gps thingie is messing up though. oh well!
I am trying to make today a short day and just set up for Sunday, but we'll see how it goes. I did set up that I would pick the kids up which helps me to be disciplined about not messing around. Take care mamas!
Kerc, I love that link.... and the link to more links. There were some great ideas. My boys' faces fell today when they saw that it was reading the story of the birth of Jesus. I need to make sure I put plenty of fun stuff in the calendar and not just my "should" list and my "to-do" list.
did I kill the homeschool topic with tmi?
okay, push me out the door someone. if i can't go run on an absolutely gorgeous, cold, wintry, sunny day like this then i don't belong here. push, push, push.
RR: 3.1 on the treadmill this morning, plus physical therapy. More strength training, which is making me kind of sore.
The work Christmas party is tonight, and I'm stashing my kids at a colleague's house with a student babysitting, and dragging dh to the party. I'm sure it's basically bait on toast with the usual chit-chat, but it seems like a good thing to go.
kerc ~ thanks for that link! I've got a ton of ideas right now, but I might be running out as we get closer to Christmas. I'm interspersing all the activity days with chocolate days, here and there. I think they'd be a little disappointed if they didn't get any chocolate!
I went to the Y this morning and swam 3000m ! And boy am I hungry !
Bec-how are you feeling? I usually take a teaspoon and stick it on the counter-crush a big clove of garlic into it and then pour some honey on it-down it goes-yum. I do this whenever I am feeling not so good-or if anyone in the house is sick-so I don't get whatever it is! No one else will do it with me.
I got a 4 mile run in this morning-it was unseasonably warm out today.
Advent calendar-yesterday we planned out our cookie baking for our neighbors-K picked out all of the cookies we are going to bake and wrote them down and we put them up on our bulletin board in the kitchen
Today we will bake biscotti for dh's coworkers.
I have had a frustrating day:
1) I cannot find my menorah anywhere. How can a menorah disappear? I guess in the move at some point a box went astray? Grrrr.... I know if I go buy another one, the original will appear magically.
2) I cannot find skirts for dd2 anywhere. She is super skinny, but long in the torso and a normal height. Ergo, all skirts in her size are too short. And the ones that are long enough are huge around the waist. The cinch-waist kind just look ridiculous because the waist is so cinched it poofs out, kwim? As she is still in school for the moment, I need skirts (they have a uniform shirt) because otherwise I'd just buy cotton dresses/leggings. yeesh.
3) Ds apparently threw a major tantrum at preschool. Not like him, usually it heralds an illness. Uh oh.
4) NO RUN YET. Mama needs a run, but I can't go now because ds is home and dh isn't, and no jogging stroller.
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)