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plady - will you be driving through on your way home? enjoy the sunshine down there
If only! Today it's 57* and raining! We aren't driving though, we ended up just flying. Any good jobs on your horizon?

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La4 ~ your story cracked me up, especially since my own mother was homemaker extraordinaire too! How in heaven's name did she do it???? Not only was the house immaculate, dinner on the table, and on time everywhere, but she somehow found time to sew us fancy dresses, knit sweaters for our dollies, bake tiny cookies for tea parties, and keep a full garden weeded and gorgeous. My day doesn't have nearly that many hours... And at 70 years old, she's still doing it while watching her 2 yo grandson 5 days a week while my sister is working. Perhaps if I actually turned off the computer....
Yeah La4 I sometimes want to be that supermom too. I'm sure the computer has something to do with my inability be that productive but if I go there I have to decide how important supermomming is to me .

Memiles - How exciting!!! I can't wait to see the progression!

Jo - Wow! Does the universe provide or what? That's great!

Lofty- I wish you were here too!

JenLove- I was doing that Shiva Rae stuff the other day and dh and I were cracking up because we couldn't even imagine doing one of her crazy hip/shoulder openers where she's all pretzled up.

p'seed - Sorry about your rib! That sounds exhausting but it's good to have you here regardless.

So after being completely out of it all yesterday afternoon and last night I'm feeling better today although still a little woozy. Dh thinks it's the altitude but doesn't that usually hit you right away? Anyway, I don't know, I'm taking it easy though. We took Alison to school this morning and she was completely at ease going into class with her teacher. Then we checked out the second grade for Chiara (there were no kids at that school today because it's raining and some kids aren't back from vacation yet so they called off the day - ah Mexico) and it looks like it will be just right for a little midyear switcheroo. So she'll start that on Monday. And then what I'll do is a mystery. I'm hoping that my malaise is all about low-grade flu and cold rain I'm not equipped to dress for and leave it at that.

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And then what I'll do is a mystery. I'm hoping that my malaise is all about low-grade flu and cold rain I'm not equipped to dress for and leave it at that.
Um....Plady. Is there something you're not telling us...

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JayGee... Plady.... (it looks like she is gasping)

I need to stop my addiction to food porn. It makes me hungry to troll cooking blogs looking for I don't know what.

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Um....Plady. Is there something you're not telling us...
curious minds want to know
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lofty~Are you a nakey footer now????

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Oh, you guys. I have been craving junk food so. badly. And I bought some junk at the store this morning, and now I'm a mess! I'm bloated and exhausted and STILL HUNGRY!

What's the matter with me? Why do I do that? Ahhhg.

We're having friends over for dinner tonight, so I still have tons of cleaning to do and lots of cooking! Damnit.

I have been having a hard time sleeping lately and I think that's what put me over the edge. I just lose my willpower when I'm tired.
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oh nemesis I hear ya. my willpower goes out the f-ing WINDOW when I'm tired. sorry mama. on a happier note, glad the water shoes work! didn't you get keens? I'm eyeing a pair bc the tevas didn't work, the ankle was too tight. But I think I might save up for some VFF treks now that they have the chick version.

kids are having a relatively peaceful snow day! outside interspersed with movies and play. dh is making lasagna noodles for dinner and I remembered to buy wine. AND I got a good hour on the treadmill, so six miles-ish! I was dreading it but so far it's been a very nice day.

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plady, I have to admit my mind went there too
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lofty~Are you a nakey footer now????
Love it! and yes. we are nakey footers around here.

plady, while it's fun to let our minds wander, ita with your dh. I remember that altitude adjustment. It was always harder for me than for my dh, too. I remember almost passing out from the lack of oxygen to my brain, not pg. But... well... it's fun to wonder...

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You guys are too funny! No, it would have to some sort of immaculate conception and came today anyway.

No, I'm just wondering what to do here. I don't have to clean the house or do laundry because the maid's there and that makes me feel all antsy because I don't want to get in her way but there's only so many places I can go to avoid her. And then I feel sort of useless, I need a project or something. I suppose I should just lap up all the time to get tons of exercise right? In fact, I should get registered for the Whidbey Half! I keep forgetting to do it and they're going to run out of room!

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Hollysmom - it looks like there is zero refund for the $250 once I register for the support group which seems a bit dodgy to me - they only make exceptions for medical emergencies, etc. Why would you keep someone coming to a support group who did not want to be there? It seems like that would not be in the best interest of the group.

JayGee - thanks for the description! Just hearing it is making me feel the burn.

CathToria - Awesome job on your swimming and best of luck with the TRI! So inspiring - doing one of these is one of my big fitness goals.

3.6 miles on the TM today, preceded by a Pilates video. It's so nice to start seeing results from the work in the last six weeks or so. I am definitely getting my core strength back and my lower back is thanking me. Sunday I am supposed to do a six-miler with my half marathon group!

On a personal note - DD has now started refusing expressed BM bottles from DH - two nights in a row. She has taken many in the past, and took a couple last week from the babysitter. We have a strong nursing relationship but I would like her to be able to take a EBM bottle so we'll see how this develops. She is going to the babysitter on Monday morning.

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mamabeth- I did get the Keens. They are working out really well. My feet are toasty warm still, even with just socks and the water shoes.
I've ordered a pair of VFF flows, but they are backordered until April. Pfft.
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I just deleted a whole post. Ugh.

I am running a 5K on Valentines, my first back from recurring shin splints. Would it be unreasonable to try and train for a 10K in May?

Advice and input would be greatly appreciated..

I don't want to push too much, since I'm kind of just getting back into running. But I also really need concrete goals and time limits to stay motivated. And I really want to keep up the consistent training!
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OK, my MOM actually brought up barefoot running to me. I was impressed because it showed she is starting to accept that running is an acceptable activity for the human body. I think I will look for Born to Run, read it and share it with her. I have to say, now that I am cranking up my mileage and my toenails are turning black again, that barefoot footfall is intriguing me, too. I think I might save up my pennies and see about some VFFs for springtime path runs.

Being back in the office is weird but good. Of course they had a major pigout today--NOT in my honor, but rather the GB Packers--and I had some pita chips and hummus (hello, carbohydrates) but was able to more or less back away slowly. Food restrictions are helpful in these situations.

Then I squeaked in 25min on an elliptical. I have an AM appt with a coach tomorrow at the Y, and hope to do a longer workout when I am through having my fat pinched.

p'seed, it did sound broken...but what a freak injury. I hope you heal fast.

Lofty, you must read Goat Song. As both a livestock lover and an English major.

JenLove, it is a wonderful, joyful life. Go for it!
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p'seed~ So sorry about the rib. I feel your pain. That pulled rib muscle I had back in the fall took FOREVER to heal and it was just annoying. It really didn't stop me running, at least, but the one time I tried to swim with it was a complete disaster. for quick healing!

The appraiser just left, and I'm a little nervous because it was SO quick. I know he probably really knows what he's doing and stuff, but he was here less than 10 minutes, I think. I really hope he didn't miss anything, because if this comes in less than I think it should, I'm out a big chunk of change.

DS is driving me nuts, but thankfully just left with his father for a few hours. I have the joy of having him all.weekend.long since XH decided that he wanted to go up to the mountains this weekend. I know I shouldn't complain, since I just had a week off from him and I have another four days off next week, but he's been SO high-energy lately.

rr~Went to the Y for spin/pilates class. It was a good one, and I was tired.

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Um....Plady. Is there something you're not telling us...
Totally skimming as it has been a busy couple of days, until this JUMPED out at me!

Anyway, we got a ton of snow today, so I spent much of it snow throwing mine and some of my neighbor's drives. I also got to zumba, only to find that she had all new dances, and they were like on speed or something! Loved it, but it's going to take a couple of weeks to get used to the steps!

I was hoping to run long tomorrow, but the weather is supposed to be particularly cold, so I am settling to do 4 on the the hamster wheel at the gym with RP (hopefully with no asthma attack this time). Maybe I'll do some hills!

Oh, and we have a surgery date for Emily. She has had fluid in her ears for several months, and it is really impacting her hearing, and it isn't resolving on its own. So, on the 21st, she'll get tubes in. I really hope this resolves the issue for her. The ENT said she had significant hearing loss right now. The good news is that they are certain that permanent damage hasn't been done, but, it could head that way if the fluid doesn't resolve in some way soon.

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bec, plady said no, we are all crazy.

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posting just to be accountable. after my walk on monday i've. done. nothing. that resembles exercise.

i think i need to try videos again, because with someone else telling me "come on, one more, push harder" --well, it helps. and i really need to get back into a core work routine.

Jo—goat song, eh? is it goats on your farm? we have a small herd of nubians.

can i also say that last time i looked at the thread it was, i think 9 pages--and now it is double. reading with dingos is a kind of speed training in itself.

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kanga, we have sheep and goats. My goats are Boer, Nubians and a Toggenburg. I am most in love with the Nubians. The author of Goat Song has Nubians. Do you milk them? I hope to milk this spring. Seriously, such a gorgeous read.

On a sad note, our old barn cat, who was a lovely old guy with chronic pain and issues from a really bad injury, passed overnight. Poor guy. It was definitely his time, but still sad to see him go. We will miss him. And I am not sure what I am going to do about his body.

Plady, yes! to the Universe. The real blessing has been seeing so many people who seem truly happy to see my face around. I feel incredibly appreciated. My boss told me it was nice to hear my laugh again.

Now I am about ready to shush my kids so I can write. Tomorrow looks a little crazy. I have an 830 appt at the Y, dd has a bday party at 1 and I haven't picked up a gift, and a friend wants dh to fix his snow thrower.
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That Goat Song book sounds intriguing but also the kind of thing that could make one want goats?

Have y'all seen Memiles' tattoo pix on FB? It's looking cool!

I just got an email from our housesitter that our septic pump has died. How much does that suck? I can't believe it happened while we aren't there, I can't think of anything I'd less want to deal with as a housesitter you know? How do I make it up to her?

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reading with dingos is a kind of speed training in itself.
I was thinking the same thing! So much activity here! I love it, but so tough to keep up. I'm def not "passing the talk test!" It's tough for me to just find time to come report my workouts.

Yesterday I went to our apt fitness center to run on the tm ( outside!!). Someone else was using it, so got on the elliptical for 10 min, then 20 min on the tm. The first 20 min I felt like I was flying! The last 10 min were not bad, just not as good as the beginning. I know it's only been a week or two since I've been back to running, but it feels so good!

Today I repeated my strength routine from Wed.

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Ladies, it is 18 degrees outside, and while I am NOT going to wog in that, I AM going to get myself up off this couch and go to the gym. I am. Right? Even though that means changing clothes? Yes. Here I go, watch me go.

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Ladies, it is 18 degrees outside, and while I am NOT going to wog in that, I AM going to get myself up off this couch and go to the gym. I am. Right? Even though that means changing clothes? Yes. Here I go, watch me go.
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All I see of eksmom is at the gym.

Rest day for me.

I've been dealing with a really nasty task at work. It took me a month to write a report after doing an awful site visit, get a consensus from my committee, and present it to our exec committee. The whole thing has been wiping me out. I feel so free to be done with it and have it (mostly) on someone else's plate. However, the people who are going to end up looking really bad in the report know I wrote it. It's scathing, really carefully written, and hopefully bullet proof. Give me strength.

I'm willing to bet I totally break out tomorrow. I always do after stress stuff like that.
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eks - how was the gym?

Ugh. Why is it that DH handling dinglet bedtime always results in tears? Must go handle...

rr: 4 easy on the TM. So glad it's finally the weekend and I can run outside again.

Also biked (pulling DD2 in the trailer - man she's heavy!) about 5.5 miles to the park and back. There's nothing that makes me feel as lazy and out of shape as riding a bike a few miles. My quads are SO sore already.
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Jeepers, running mamas, I can barely keep up when I'm away from the computer for longer than a few hours!

Jo, so sad about your ol' cat Hope you get some writing in, though.

Yes you are eksmon!!! Right?!

okay, very self-indulgent whine... and almost all of you have gone through this, but I go back to work properly next week and I feel so depressed about it. I'm on the brink of tears even when happy and I just do not want to go. I know everyone says it gets easier, that it won't be as bad as it seems, but, really, it feels just dreadful right now. There is zero possibility of me staying home, so i'm going like it or not. But I'm also receiving a lot of pressure to chair a critical committee immediately on my return. And that includes leading an all faculty meeting in two weeks. I have said that I don't want to do it, that this would be very difficult, but I'm feeling very pressurized, nonetheless. I am NOT someone who relishes leadership, and I'm a complete wimp when it comes to saying 'no'.

AND AND, I'm being very pressurized to be department chair next chair. It's almost taken as given by the entire college that I'll take over from the current chair, and my most favourite colleague has just retired so I am on my own in terms of support and help.

Im so lucky in many ways - and I am very appreciative. Yet, you know, I don't want to go, I don't want to work on work, and I feel resentful when people ask me to do things as I see it as more time away from DS. We are so lucky that we've found a new wonderful nanny (I share one with my physical therapist!) but today ds went for a few hours to our current nanny's (at PT's house) and he cried a lot. He so rarely cries so I am heartbroken by this and also feel utterly dismal that I am sending him to someone when he really wants his mama.

OKay, whine over.. though look out for more this weekend as i work on syllabi

Lots of good exercise today. 10k row this morning, and FINALLY I got to the gym this late afternoon for group power. I warmed up with 2.5 miles on the elliptical.

Loving the new dingos!

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AND AND, I'm being very pressurized to be department chair next chair. It's almost taken as given by the entire college that I'll take over from the current chair, and my most favourite colleague has just retired so I am on my own in terms of support and help.
Well, running is good training for you. Start running from that. Now.

Chair breaks people in my department. I do not envy you.

When would that be? Taking over dept chair with a baby sounds like a poor plan. Even if you have a major teaching load reduction, it's a huge job that would have to potential to take over. Any chance of ducking it for a few more years?
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I wish, Geo. And, honestly, I hope that I get an extra year to avoid it. I have no idea why people want to chair academic departments. it's a nightmare (except for the significant bump in pay - which you keep - as well as course reduction). We have a tiny, tiny department. Current chair is raging narcissist and he's been chair for close to 15 years. Yes, seriously. My fav colleague has just retired and that leaves me and chair as tenured faculty. Nightmare. New dean wants currnent chair out, as do I as he has driven our department into the ground, but, honestly, I'm not being modest when I say I am not a leader. I would really find this difficult to do, and I don't know why everyone thinks I would be so great. It doesn't help that I am fairly young (33) and look about 18 and the chair, right now, is sexist and a bully. I am easily intimidated... so I don't want it, believe me. The dean is at least human (thank goodness) and he's very aware that a new baby will take my attention away from the department.

Also, chairing the current chair will be its special kind of misery.

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Wait, you're not tenured? How is that even part of the discussion, then? That would be a serious conflict, and might even impede your tenure case.

Chairing the committee (for a national organization) while pre-tenure is bad enough for me as it is because of the time it takes away from writing. I'm hoping my report is air tight and can be seen as a significant service to the community and might cancel the fact that it will cost me a paper between now and October, when my case goes up for vote.
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sorry, geo, did I mistype? I AM tenured.. just young to be a tenured associate professor. My chair still views me as young, out of college little girl.

Yikes, i must have missed your last post (cross posted) and I hope it all goes well. Those jobs are so unenviable.

Thanks for your support.. I'm going to go to bed and pretend that I have another few more months off!!

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Kayalana--she'll probably be fine at the babysitter's tomorrow, at least if she isn't as stubborn as my DD turned out to be. (I have yet to meet her match, though DH is a close second.)

bec--so sorry about Emily's ears, though I hope that helps!

1jooj--sorry about your barn cat.

zubeldia--that's so hard. Though, I agree with Geo. That's a lot to deal with and still have a LO under the age of 1. I found R's second six months to be harder than the first, and my class load was heavier than normal...not a good mix!

Thanks so much for the good thoughts Dingos! I'm in a better frame of mind today. It helps that I really don't think I have GD (with clothes and shoes on, at 6-1/2 months pregnant, I weigh all of 117 lbs, the baby is measuring small on u/s, and my uterus is also measuring small). I'm pretty sure I'd pass the 3-hr if I did take it--though I'm not going to because it's just so awful. Controlling my blood sugar shouldn't be that hard, under the circumstances though.

Also, my blood pressure monitor arrived yesterday and my BP still looks ok, so that was a nice relief. (It was in the 130s at my last couple of appointments and obviously, that's not cool with my history, but I think it had more to do with traffic/holiday stress because than anything else. When they've taken it later in the appointment and when I've done it myself it's in the 105-120 range.)

Now we just need to get DD healthy again. She's had the flu and been running a fever since Tuesday morning. Today I had her in for her annual physical and we discovered she's developed an ear infection too. I'm hoping the meds will knock that out and she'll finally start getting better and that I'll be able to have daycare again next week! (tjsmama--thanks for your offer, btw. Once she's fever-free my sister wants to babysit, but obviously, we've not wanted to pass this along to anyone. Maybe we can get together sometime before the baby comes though. That would be fun when things settle down here.)

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