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We have a rule of 1 kid per year of age invited to your birthday party. I think that rule requires revision after spending more time with DS' friends. dizzy.gif It's events like DS' birthday party that make me realize just how sedate my kids could be. Poor DS tried handing out the goodie bags 20 min early. innocent.gif

Dingos should be inspired: my friend's 10 year old has hydrocephalus and has global delays, years of physical therapy, an episode this summer that landed her in the hospital 3 times, and she completed Girls on the Run today finishing a 5k with her dad. She makes me proud to know her.
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bec, the cleaning game sounds terrific. I might steal something like that. I've had good luck with violin practice and various dice/cards: rolling or pulling cards to correspond with which song to practice, etc.

 

real, nice speedy run! Enjoy your long weekend, and I hope there is a moment (or two) of rest in there for you.

 

plady, good luck with the performances. I hope that final dress rehearsal was the final "hiccups" before a smooth run.

 

gaye, I hope you find your groove again soon! Have a great thanksgiving dinner, regardless of the crowd.

 

Geo, congrats on birthday survival. Funny that even your DS was ready to have things wrap up.

 

JayGee and JenLove, good luck with the hunt for venison :)

 

NRR- Waiting for municipal election results before I go to bed. All of the (bigger) local cities have reported already, but they count by hand in the village. The polls closed three hours ago, so I think it should be soon. I'd feel silly going to bed now, since I've already waiting so long.

 

RR- (kind of): I finished my week of healthy eating yesterday (veggies, some fruit, seafood, nuts & legumes) and think that more carbs make me feel better. It didn't help that I started the week sick, but I didn't do a good job of feeding myself enough and my energy level was lower and my mood more anxious for most of the week. Often helped but not entirely cured by eating fruit. My body likes carbs, and I think my daily diet is generally a good one for me.

 

RR (really)- I'm running tomorrow morning with a group of local mostly women with young children trail running group. They started within the last couple of months, and I'm excited to have some running partners! And because it's local, I can run or ride my bike to the starting point. Now I'll just ignore the 60% chance of snow for the morning and hope...

 

 


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It is late, and I should be in bed, but yet here I am posting... shrug.gif

We had quite the busy day today, starting with spin class at the Y, then grocery shopping, then a trip to the spice store ( I love.gif the spice store!), then mad thanksgiving prep, then throwing the Christmas tree up (and not getting any other decorations up), showering, and finally, girls night out with the mom's from DS's preschool. Phew. I feel semi-accomplished, except that I was supposed to *finish* the Christmas decorating. And maybe get some cleaning done in preparation for tomorrow. Oh well. I did get more of the meal made than originally planned, so that helps, right? The turkey is brining, pumpkin pie is made, green bean casserole ready to go in the oven, and gravy is ready for the drippings to be added. All I have to do (cooking-wise) tomorrow is roast the turkey, make the sweet potato casserole, and make mashed potatoes. Piece of cake, right? orngtongue.gif

After getting home from girls night out at midnight, I decided that perhaps the 7:30 trail run tomorrow may not happen. So the nanny is still going to come over, but 2 hours later, and I guess I'll just run around the neighborhood. It's probably good...if I had gone trail running, I would have wanted to go out to breakfast, and it would have been at least an hour and a half in the car that really should be spent cleaning the house.

rr~Saturday morning spin class for the first time in a loooong time. It was my favorite teacher's class, and she saw me at the Y on Monday when I went in to swim and gave me the eye because it had been so long since she'd seen me, so I figured I should make an appearance. shy.gif It was a great class, workout-wise, but I spent the entire class being disgusted by the woman next to me. She was sweating ridiculous amounts, without a towel under the bike (so just dripping all over the floor). But the worst part was when she would take a drink out of her water bottle, she would squirt it in her mouth (instead of, you know, sucking it out of the bottle like normal people), dripping water all down her face, body, bike, and on the floor. And if the fan behind her was blowing right, it would catch the water and spray it out. Ewwww. Gross. Yuck yuck yuck.

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Geo and kerc, on the writing, I've spoken with parents who are having trouble dealing with all the long-form writing in my kids' school. I get it, it's hard, especially when the kids are having a tough time integrating, to encourage the extra thinking to formulate the communication. Now, as for quantifying, do you mean using more evidence and proof in things like lit studies? Or more constructionist/deconstructionist work in lit and comp? Or just better and more accurate citation?

 

RM, huge hugs to you and yours, mama. Too much hardship and sadness. Hoping for brighter days ahead.

 

Plady, some rest now, maybe? Do you get a break before the next project?

 

Real, amigurumi turkeys sound so awesome. I love all those cute little animals. I gave away my knitting stuff before I came here. Didn't have a ton of it, so not a biggie, but dang. Not buying it here, that's for sure, but that would have been a fun project to work on where scarves and hats and mittens are a not-funny joke.

 

bec, I like the idea of the cleaning game. I admit to being too scattered to do such things, though. Not a bad idea to come up with a suite of "kid management" games, produce and market to the broader audience of scattered moms. You have a product, and I think you have a market.

 

MelW, I heartbeat.gif that you're committed to the DV work. I did some pro bono work for a local place back home during a particularly rough emotional time, and man. That experience will never leave me. My sister's a nurse in a family practice, and it's a daily part of her life, too.

 

JenLove, I swear I cry a little every time I read an update. Both happytears.gif and mecry.gif.

 

Today was just another typical hate-it-here day. Dh's boss invited us to go out fishing with him, and I asked dh to confirm the return time before I got my hopes up. Well, that was too uncomfortable for dh, apparently, so he had me get ready and ride to his boss's house with him this AM, where I learned that he won't return until bedtime, most likely. So I somewhat gracefully bowed out and returned home in tears, where I wallowed in dongo-ness more or less all day and then made the kids noodles for dinner because I could (dh won't eat pasta). I'm starting to lose hope for the farm, but I have to hang in there and hope. And at the same time keep a pragmatic mindset and be willing to consider alternatives.

 

I signed up to make the stuffing for dd's Thanksgiving potluck. It was all that was left when I got there for conferences, so there it is. Did I mention how totally average both of my kids are performing, after being near the top back home? I know it's a transition, but I think there is also a lot of parent-led competitiveness and pushing. Especially considering how many kids in the class are ELL kids. Again, I don't think it's a good fit, especially for ds. He's so totally out of his element, it's painful to witness. guilty.gif And the way he puts on a brave face and soldiers on sometimes makes it worse. He doesn't complain at home, especially to dh, but at school he's quick to tears and often declares that he doesn't belong and no one likes him. bag.gif

 

It's been hot and humid again (90%ish and 90ish) so I have had even more excuse not to run. Tomorrow, I will go to the beach and at least walk, maybe also run. Or something.

 

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Oh, Jo, my heart hurt when I thought of your DS quietly suffering. It really sounds as though you need to be home on your home as soon as possible. I wish we could transport you wherever you need to be through collective will.

 

Jenlove, you sound so busy. I meant to respond the other day when you asked if you could be real. I am always in awe and in envy of how you keep it together with such goodwill as I would be a total mess under such circumstances. You're a strong warrior, dingo.

 

Lisa, so sad to read how much people are going through in your circle. And another heart hurting story about your son. What is wrong with this world?

 

AM: A better day for me yesterday. I even managed a run, though my achilles was acting up, but so good to be out. Only 3.5 miles but after not running for a couple of months I'm grateful that I wasn't as unfit as I feared. I'll try for a row today to give my foot a rest. Also I think that the crazy hormonal shifts are starting to calm down a bit, which hopefully will have a good impact on how close I am to the land of crazy. I've been referred to an RE to have some routine testing done. I have a lupus diagnosis, which is not really impacted me in anyway other than some symptoms years ago, and even then it was ANA lengative lupus, which makes me suspect of the diagnosis, though I had a positive skin biopsy on a lesion. Anyway, I am hoping that it's helpful. The RE himself is meant to be very smart and very good.

 

So hoping that next year is our year for a little one, but we will take some time and I will take a bit of time to get my body back to where it needs to be. I'm not wasting away but I did lose weight because of the hyperemesis and my body feels just a bit blah.  I've been trying to consume as many good nutrients as I can, making good soups and salads, and it is definitely helping.


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Jo, by quantifying across the curriculum, I mean making calculations and using and evaluating quantitative information across most courses in ones college career. So many students whine about writing, but nearly all but the STEM majors (and many of them as well) cower in fear when presented with something quantitative. Few citizens know how to evaluate many of the numbers we're presented with on a daily basis, even when considering something as simple as credit card fees, reading a report on crime rates or basic social issues (this morning's paper includes are particularly awful misunderstanding of statistics in reporting on the link between the economy and a drop in birthrates).
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Mmkay, I kind of thought so, and tried to look at my work in English and German and wondered how I would apply that. I think you'd have ideas in mind, since it's very much a part of your daily bread, but had for me to think back on Shakespeare, Milton, Lessing et al and figure out where I'd begin, dizzy.gif

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Oh, Jo, my heart hurt when I thought of your DS quietly suffering. It really sounds as though you need to be home on your home as soon as possible. I wish we could transport you wherever you need to be through collective will.


AM: A better day for me yesterday. I even managed a run, though my achilles was acting up, but so good to be out. Only 3.5 miles but after not running for a couple of months I'm grateful that I wasn't as unfit as I feared. I'll try for a row today to give my foot a rest. Also I think that the crazy hormonal shifts are starting to calm down a bit, which hopefully will have a good impact on how close I am to the land of crazy. I've been referred to an RE to have some routine testing done. I have a lupus diagnosis, which is not really impacted me in anyway other than some symptoms years ago, and even then it was ANA lengative lupus, which makes me suspect of the diagnosis, though I had a positive skin biopsy on a lesion. Anyway, I am hoping that it's helpful. The RE himself is meant to be very smart and very good.

 

So hoping that next year is our year for a little one, but we will take some time and I will take a bit of time to get my body back to where it needs to be. I'm not wasting away but I did lose weight because of the hyperemesis and my body feels just a bit blah.  I've been trying to consume as many good nutrients as I can, making good soups and salads, and it is definitely helping.

Oh Zub!  Take care of yourself first!  Lupus isn't something to take lightly is it?  I was just the other day talking to a friend who was telling me about the increased risk of serious complications for the pregnant mom with lupus.  Please don't underestimate your own health's importance as you and dh look at possible futures.  hug.gif
 

 



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Having a good mama day here.  We are cleaning today in preparation for Thanksgiving.  Rather than dictate, yell, guilt and bully my kids into helping, I made a game.  I took an old Chutes and Ladders spinner and made a new face for it, dividing it up into different rooms.  Then, I came up with a list of 6 chores for each room.  So, after someone spins to determine what room they will be in, they roll a die to figure out what task they will be doing in that room.  Whoever gets the most tasks done, wins (the prize is, as of yet, undetermined).  The thing is, it is working!  They are cleaning with energy, enthusiasm and good will!  Hurray!

This is brilliant.  I agree with jo, you've got  product and I'm sure there is a market for it. - Nutty schedule at work!  Apparently there is a petition someone at Target started asking for more reasonable lack Friday hours for exactly your reasons. Here's a link.
 

 



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Observation of the day: sometimes 13 year old girls are simply possessed.


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I did run, though, so that's a victory!  Actually, my race in Newport was this weekend, with my dad and DH's aunt.  Saturday night we met up with DH's aunt and uncle for a lovely double date at a great Italian restaurant.  We drank wine and had three hours of conversation and food and marvelous dessert.  These are people I only see once a year at the family parties, so I was a bit nervous about getting together with just them, but we had a fantastic time.

 

I also bought a turkey and a ridiculous amount of other ingredients for Thanksgiving next week.  And I made a calendar with a different Christmas-related activity to accomplish for the first 24 days of December.  Then I raked leaves for four hours, managing to uncover about a fifth of our yard.  Have I mentioned that I feel as though I'm drowning here?  I wonder why.


I'm sorry you're in a rough patch.  The race and the evening out sounds really lovely though.  I love that bridge.  When I was little we had friends in Jamestown and the room they'd give me had a cool little round window that looked out at it.  I have such a great memory of just trying to stay awake longer to look at the lights on the bridge twinkling away.

 

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Real - it does, what a gorgeous photo of both of you and in such a sweet unique moment.  It's really wonderful.

 

Kitteh - Nice job on keeping your sanity during the race.  It's so hard to not give it everything and then regret the impulsiveness later!

 

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Girls - I am keeping my mouth shut about what happens at the 7-10+ age.  I think a lot of it depends on the kid, though.  I know that my 10 year old is definitely having hormonal swings! 

Speaking of hormonal 10 year olds.  Mine just got her first period!  Can you say dizzy.gif faint.gif?  It was quite light but unmistakably not anything else.  I hope I hit the right tone of calm and excited and she didn't sense the undertones of panic.  All I had on hand were super plus OBs, my diva cup and a couple overnight pads so unfortunately she'll have the same first memory I did of having a way to effing large pad to waddle around in all day.  I did get her some better sized ones asap and I also got her some normal OBs.  I hated pads so much, when I finally tried tampons in high school it made my life better immediately.  This makes me so anxious though.  Is that really then end of one little girl?  She's still so little!  Help.

 

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NRR: The play has gone well.  There were a couple of technical difficulties the opening night but the actors did great and last night went even better.  Both nights we had nearly full houses which is really nice since I actually have a small financial stake in ticket sales this year as a little token royalties thing.  If we sell out again today I might make a whole $100!  rolleyes.gif  But regardless of the so-not-for-the-money-ness it is extremely gratifying to hear people laughing at jokes that I wrote delivered by my dd or dh.  And, after today at about 4:00 it will be all over.  ^Tomorrow we'll have a post-mortem on how it all went and then I can get busy with dh on this house project!  I am so thankful that I live in a place with an amazing Community Thanksgiving Dinner!  It is a happy, friendly, free dinner where we can just meet up with friends and have a nice leisurely meal - no prepping, no shopping, no clean up (no leftovers, but that's a small price to pay).  Man I love this island!

 

I'm sorry I'm leaving so many out of personals today, I promise to be more dingo and less dongo soon!
 

 


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I feel like I've been missing in action.  This was a very busy week, capped off by our family Thanksgiving yesterday.  My company all just left :(, so now it's quiet again here.  We had an extra dog, a 2 year old, an infant, and 4 extra adults, so the house was hopping!  And lots of yummy food.  I miss my big kid.  It was so nice to have him for the weekend.

 

Plady - older dd didn't start until she was 12, but she still seemed pretty little to me.  She didn't have a second period for 7 mos after the first, though.  She used tampons almost from the start, but she prefers ones with applicators.  I like that American Girl book on puberty - I think "the Care and Keeping of You" or something like that?  It's written at a very good level, and was pretty reassuring.

 

zub - I'm glad you feel a tiny bit better, even if it's only a tiny bit.  Hopefully the RE will have some insight for you.  There are some minor clotting disorders associated with lupus that you probably need to be tested for if you haven't already - they can increase the risk of miscarriage even if they don't cause any thing else and sometimes this is improved by taking aspirin.  I agree with your plan to give your body a chance to recover, too - it's rough to be pregnant for so long and you need time to recover and prepare.

 

Real - that is a fabulous picture of you and dd!

 

Lisa (RM) - many hugs to you and yours.

 

Geo - I didn't quite understand the first time, but I totally agree after your explanation.  And I wish there was a way to simply explain "absolute" vs "relative" risk to folks with relatively little idea of what numbers mean.

 

RR - sadly, none.  I haven't run in 4 days due to the family gathering.  And this coming week I'm on inpatient medicine all week which will be crazy.  I haven't missed 4 days in a row in 6 months, I think, and I feel really strange.  Hopefully, will get a treadmill run in tonight, and then have to figure out where I'm going to squeeze it in this week.

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So very tired. It was a good day, just very busy. I got a quick 4.5 in this morning with the nanny watching DS, then DS and I cleaned up the house, finished decorating for Christmas, and then finished cooking the turkey feast. Dinner turned out exceptionally well (homemade green bean casserole, for the win!), and it was good company. The only downer was that DS was up way past bedtime and his new friend and he made a HUGE mess in the playroom and did a pretty pitiful job cleaning it up. But, all in all a good day. And mmm....turkey...


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Gaye, glad you fit in a run and had a good turkey dinner.

 

Plady, how is your DD dealing with the period? Yikes!

 

zub, I hope the RE is helpful. Wishing you a gentle recovery time to re-build your strength.

 

jo, wishing you some clarity about your direction soon. And a better schooling option for your DS, even if it is online/homeschooling/hybrid.

 

doctorjen, family thanksgiving sounds nice. And I so admire that this is the first time you've taken 4 days of in 6 months. I only wish I could say the same..

 

NRR- Please send any organization fairies that you have hanging around my way. I start clinical teaching again this week, and have crazy logistics planned to cover the childcare for the 10 hour shifts. There are things to remember like sending the violin to school on Monday morning so that it gets to grandma who is driving to the lesson, and taking dinner and workout clothes with me to work when I leave at 6:45 on Tuesday morning so that I can pick up the kids and take them straight to bootcamp with me and feed them dinner there. Also, there's snow in the forecast for overnight. I have snow suits, extra mitts, hats, etc. etc. all laid out on chairs beside the door.

 

RR- I joined the trail running group for the first time today- and was the only one there. The group leader hurt her back and canceled, and several others also canceled. I went thinking that one or two people might show up, but ended up doing a shorter run by myself. There was compacted icy snow on the bridges, and I had left my cell phone at home, so it didn't seem wise to go too far into the forest alone. Next week, I hope...


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MelW - I like to keep a hand-made calendar page where I will see it a lot, and especially in the morning, which for me means on the door of the kitchen cabinet wherein I keep my vitamins (that I take in the morning). I write everything for everyday on the appropriate square. In your case, I would look at it before bed, and put into the car what I could the NIGHT BEFORE, like work-out clothes. I would put the violin right in front of the front door (so you cant miss it in the morning). Basically, make your morning as idiot-proof as possible, b/c trying to get it all done and remember it all in the morning is too stressful. One thing I always do, for example, is put my kids' lunch boxes in front of the front door immediately after they are packed (if I dont actually toss them in the car...), same goes for homework (in the car the night before) etc. Good luck!!

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MelW ~ I think sparkle has some great ideas for streamlining the day.  I always have the children pick their outfits and lay them out the night before.  Backpacks are lined up by the wall to the door with coats and shoes next to them.  After I make the lunches, I put them right inside the appropriate backback.  Do as much as you can the night before, in coordination with the calendar details for that day.  Good luck!

 

Jo ~ I'm so sorry to hear that DS is so unhappy at school.  I pray you can find some way to make all of this work for everyone in your family.  Right now it only seems like it's "working" for your DH who gets to come home to his family when he's in town.  Thinking of you hug2.gif.

 

Plady ~ Congratulations on pulling off another fabulous theater production!  You're amazing, Mama!  Now take some time for yourself and relax.  How old is your DD? It still seems so far away for my DD, but she's not even 8 yet.  Still.... it might be time for that conversation sooner, rather than later.  I'm embarassed to admit (especially on MDC) that my kids know NOTHING about the reality of menstruation bag.gif

 

DrJen ~ that sounds like a lovely family Thanksgiving!  I love hearing about your family.  It's almost like a glimpse into the future smile.gif.

 

tjsmama ~ congrats on your delicious Thanksgiving meal too.  That was one tasty looking bird on FB!

 

zub ~ I hope the RE can shed some like on what's going on.  Glad you were able to run.  Somehow, even a short run can make everything seem more bearable.

 

Geo ~ what a wonderful accomplishment for your friend's daughter!  I'm all for getting kids comfortable with math at all levels.  Math is everywhere.

 

RR ~ 30 minute walk this morning as soon as the kids left.  My plan is to do this every morning, unless it's pouring.  I'm going to bust out some pushups, squats and lunges before school pickup too.  I'm tired of being a sloth.

 

NRR ~ DS decided at the last minute to play indoor soccer after all.  It might have had something to do with his best friend sitting on him until he agreed to lol.gif.  They had a good game yesterday, and although they lost, the score was a respectable 3-2, rather than their usual 10-0 they've been seeing during the outdoor season.  I spent the morning watching my neighbor's 5 yo DS and 1.5 yo DD.  We played LOTS of Legos!


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Morning organization is easier when my kids aren't throwing monkey wrenches into the mix.  In addition to the above, my kids have a rule:  no breakfast before they're dressed with backpacks packed (getting it done the night before doesn't seem to work for us, plus this includes packing a lunch), and no play before breakfast is eaten.  A timer goes off when it's time to watch faces and brush teeth, with the stuff stored in the downstairs bathroom to prevent going back upstairs, which leads to things being left upstairs and lights left on.  On the way out the door, DD takes compost out and DS takes recycling out on even days, switching on odd. 

 

I also get up about 30 minutes before I really need to.  Getting my coffee and spending a bit of time by myself waking up is really key for me to be able to manage the morning.

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Morning organization is easier when my kids aren't throwing monkey wrenches into the mix.  In addition to the above, my kids have a rule:  no breakfast before they're dressed with backpacks packed (getting it done the night before doesn't seem to work for us, plus this includes packing a lunch), and no play before breakfast is eaten.  A timer goes off when it's time to watch faces and brush teeth, with the stuff stored in the downstairs bathroom to prevent going back upstairs, which leads to things being left upstairs and lights left on.  On the way out the door, DD takes compost out and DS takes recycling out on even days, switching on odd. 

 

I also get up about 30 minutes before I really need to.  Getting my coffee and spending a bit of time by myself waking up is really key for me to be able to manage the morning.



I also get up about 30 minutes early for coffee and Mama-time.  I need to implement your getting dressed rule.  DD1 has been refusing to dress until the last possible second and it drives me crazy!  She'll be hanging out in her nightgown with 5 minutes until the neighbor gets here to pick them up for school. This morning I sent her to her room to dress and found her in there, wearing nothing but underpants and playing with Magnatiles and Squinkies!  ARGH!  Then she lay on the floor, as limp as a sack of potatoes, and asked me to dress her.  Girl, you're 7, you don't need Mama to pull up your pants anymore.  I know it's all a power struggle she's engaging me in, but I'm afraid she won today.

 


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....and that's the kind of event that's led to the rule.  It also allows for outfit revisions as necessary for those wishing it were still summer or wishing they still wore a size 6.

 

When I have to yell in the morning, this is a sign that the routine needs revision.  DS is much better about this stuff than DD, so thankfully I've been trained on the harder-to-parent kid. 

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 On the way out the door, DD takes compost out and DS takes recycling out on even days, switching on odd. 

 

Weren't you the one talking about quantifying across the curriculum? I bet your kids know even/odd already.

 

Successful streamlined morning for me begins the night before.

I love the idea of daily taking the recycling out. That doesn't happen at my house and ends up with me being P.O.ed that no one but me does it. Also like the kids taking the compost out. Considering both ideas.....

 

I missed both running days last week due to craziness at work and tonight is the last group run before the turkey trot thursday. It seems so crazy to taper for a turkey trot. So a 20 minute jog feels too easy. However, I'm going. It will be dark, it might be slippery and I don't want to run today. But I'm going.

 


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Weren't you the one talking about quantifying across the curriculum? I bet your kids know even/odd already.

 

 

 



From a year ago....

 

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Some people keep a literature-rich household, ours is a numbers rich household.

LOL. We split the difference. Turns out both kids are good at math and one is exceptional at reading. But one is better at recognizing math relationships and pointing them out. I bet Leah would recognize that the odds are on one side, evens the other.
 

 


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Growing up we had dog related chores doled out by evens for the oldest, odds for the second, and when my brother got old enough he got days divisible by 3. The issue for some chores is that somebody (I'm not naming names) might do an incomplete or poor job figuring the other person will catch it the next day so some chores have longer time periods here.

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Quickly jumping in here to report a sick kid with swollen glands, but not much else.  She was home today, and will be tomorrow.  As fate or luck (is it bad that I call it luck?) would have it, my friend's daughter (also my daughter's BFF) is also sick (presumably with the same virus as they spend so much time together), so the friend came and spent some time at my house, while her mom ran some errands, and then Katie went over to their house and I went to the gym.  Chest and abs done and 30 minutes on the treadmill!  It was a really good run. 


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Mornings: ours would go more smoothly if DH and R didn't conspire against me. DH insists he must have breakfast and coffee before doing anything. He also insists on agreeing to R's demands to be read to at the breakfast table. It's a recipe for disaster. My contribution is basically nagging the two of them to stop reading and do everything else that needs to be done (and lately, nagging DH out of the shower and out the door). I've tried getting up earlier than necessary, but it pretty much results in J waking up earlier too and then wanting to nurse and one way or another, all that extra time getting eaten up in kid duties.

tjsmama--sounds like you cleaned house on the Skirt Sports sale. I've been toying with buying a shirt (like this) but I'm thinking I might be able to score one cheaper if they do another winter clearance (provided said clearance doesn't take place until we're back from NY, of course). Ooo, just noticed their vests are on sale too, though I hate to shell out $40. I think I need to stop looking at their website now. bag.gif

DrJen--glad you had a few days off and hope you can find a way to squeeze those runs in this week.

kerc--glad you got out there even though you didn't want to. I'll have to channel your spirit for the stupid abs video that I don't want to do tonight.

NRR: I'm thrilled to announce that now J and R are competing in the tantrum business. I'd really hoped R would have outgrown them about the time J grew into them. No such luck. I think it's made worse by the fact that if J starts screaming, R starts fussing too: whining, covering her ears, making a stink about how much noise her sister is making. I keep telling her it's payback for all the times we have to listen to her scream (see Exhibit A, Sunday afternoon's violin practice, when I carried her to her room and dumped her in there--twice--because she was screaming incoherently at the top of her lungs. Did I mention that she's going to be 7 and I am so. done. with the tantrums?). She doesn't seem to see a connection. eyesroll.gif Perhaps I'm going to need something stronger than 5-HTP to get through the next year....

RR: I'm a dongo so far, but really planning to get off my duff and do that exercise video. Really. As soon as the exhaustion that set it from laying with J for 30 minutes only for her to get progressively more awake passes.

One more gripe: We lay down with her at 8; by 8:45 she's more awake than she was originally, and by 9 I quit and send DH in, provided I'm not actually asleep. I remember this crap with R and I'm not at all happy that we're having to repeat it again. Developmental milestones be darned, I cannot spend all day with needy children who won't let me get stuff done, and then spend all night tending to one of those needy children and still not getting stuff done. Laundry, groceries, cooking: these are necessary things! /rant. I'll spend the rest of the week trying to be thankful that I have children to complain about. redface.gif

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Real - hug2.gif Sheesh mama.  Can you find a conference that you absolutely have to go to?  Somewhere far away from home?  You need a break and your dh needs a reality check.

 

JayGee - Yeah, the time between almost 8 and now seems to have gone by so fast!  I did actually get dd the American Girl book "The care and keeping of you" or something like that when she turned 8.  She really liked it and read it over and over again and had me read it with her too.  I think that really helped, and we've talked at length about what having a period means and how it feels etc.  I told her some of my most embarrassing moments which she loved (and hopefully will make her not feel too freaked out should anything go awry for her at some point).  I am hoping though that she, like DrJen's dd, doesn't start cycling regularly for a long time.  She's just in such a sweet period right now and I want it to last as long as possible.

 

Jo - How are you doing mama?  Are you doing any kind of nod to Thanksgiving?  I recall that T-day in Mexico was a nice time to connect with other expats in a sort of mellow way.  I'm so sorry about ds.  That is just heartbreaking.

 

Mornings: We started a rule that nobody can come to breakfast without being fully clothes and with shoes on.  It is actually working too but I've been through all the other mornings you've all described.  I also like to get up early for a little quiet time but when Ali G was still nursing it wasn't worth the risk of waking her up. 

 

Kerc - going to try and channel you too, to at least walk!  I've been a total slug and it's a miracle that I haven't also gained a ton of weight. 

 

Time to make some headway on restoring order from chaos and take my vitamins (thanks Sparkle for the reminder!)


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plady~Yay for your show! Do you get to breathe a little now?

I dongo'ed it up yesterday, taking a nap instead of either a) being productive homework-wise or b) getting a nap in. Oh well, I would like to think I kind of made up for it today. I ended up being up till 2 last night working on this stupid case study for my ethics class that had far more to do with answering questions about med-surg nursing than any type of thinking about ethics. rolleyes.gif And it kept asking the same questions. Sigh. Copy and paste, copy and paste. I hope she grades it pretty easy, because I kind of feel like I sucked it up. And with only 5 grades in the class, I can't afford to lose too many points. There are only 100 total points in the class. Blech.

My clinical partner and I were actually semi-productive at clinical today. Don't get me wrong, we still sat around and goofed off plenty, but we did some decent work on the health literacy curriculum and worked our mad google skillz. orngtongue.gif

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Hey Dingoes.

 

A whole lot of nothing going on here, still. I'm getting the atrophy cramps in my legs due to not running, but just don't have the oomph right now. I'll get back to it, but for now it feels right to wallow and be lame. And I do that well.

 

I worked on a column yesterday, which I'll likely finish up and send off today or tomorrow, leaving me just two more on my contract. That feels good to know. I can't really flake on it, as badly as I'd like to, so knowing I have just two more is a good thing. That leaves the second half of this year nearly no-strings. If I can pick myself up and get productive again, it will be good.

 

I'm just now finishing up the stuffing and will head off to dd's school party. Her teacher is doing up Thanksgiving right. First, they are having a Turkey Trot on the school track. The party is on the soccer pitch, and the kids are doing presentations of poems and songs. I'm sure it will be nice. Transporting hot stuffing in a cab is no fun, but such is life, right?

 

I got an email from the online charter and my kids would qualify, residency-wise, if we decide to go that route. Open enrollment is February, so dh and I have time to discuss. He still doesn't support the idea of not having kids in school, but with access to the Y, plus the structure of the online school while at home, I think it's a viable option. Dh is still waiting to hear back on details re: housing costs, and depending on how this goes, we should be able to afford splitting up next year. I know it sounds cold on its face. But in truth, if he is to succeed at doing what the company needs right now, he should really be on the road all the time. Our neediness is holding him back. And his schedule is like chains on us. We're still trying to negotiate a purchase, and I am pushing for my own needs and wants, as well as the kids, and our long-term future. There is no long term here. I am looking for work in case I need it to get by financially, but it's still so far off that it's hard to apply for immediate openings. Even if things do go our way, I have a few crazy months ahead, getting paperwork taken care of by POA and proxy, all UPS and notaries and such.

 

Dh hijacked our vacation plans and now, instead of Istanbul, it's the Dead Sea. I'm disappointed and hoping I can see Istanbul in spring or summer. Meantime, he has a trip planned before vacation, and in the new year I think he's going to be all over the place. It would be simpler if we were out of his way (and if his travel were just not our business anymore). If we can reconfigure appropriately, he can really rock this job the next year, and the kids and I can rock our lives, too.

 

All that said, I am so thankful for my amazing and resilient kids, for a life filled with virtually boundless opportunity, for supportive friends and family on the other side of the world. For a marriage that is honest and earnest in all its imperfection, for a husband who wants us to be happy, and for the inner strength to keep things in perspective as we chug along.

 

Wishing you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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Jo, are you going to be at the Dead Sea from the Jordanian side? (that's probably a 'duh' but you never know).

 

The Dead Sea is really nifty. See if you can work in a day trip to Petra and the digs there; it should be a fun day field trip. The weather this time of year is the best all year. 

 

Word of caution about going for a dip: DON"T SHAVE. If you have any cuts or abrasions, it will hurt. They will heal like magic but oh boy, you will feel it.

 

Anyway. Hugs though. It stinks to have your plans hijacked. And I'm sending you vibes and prayers that things work out in a positive way for you short and long term.

 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving here. We're going to my brother's, but I'm cooking a lot of stuff as we are kosher and I am gluten free. Have stuffing, pumpkin pie, turkey, mashed potatoes, will travel.

 

RR: Pretty non-descript. Had a decent 10 miler on Sunday and a quick 4 yesterday. Nothing yet today. I need a goal but right now there are so many other things going on in my life that it's hard to focus. Sigh.

 

There's a possibility my writing partner and I have a book proposal on a book I wrote 11 years ago but never saw the light of day...but that is still incredibly relevant. His publisher is interested...so I am looking forward to my temporary teaching gig wrapping up in 2 weeks and giving this some attention, although I won't be making any money. Sigh. I also have to find a way to convert the info on the floppy disk (which is in wordperfect, and on a 3.5 inch floppy) onto a flash drive or cd. Staples and those places don't seem to do it; I am going to have to find a geek squad type place I guess.


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Nic, the book project sounds really exciting. And while it might not bring in any/much cash it will look fabulous on your resume and will put you back in the market for college teaching gigs should you wish to go that route. Thinking of you, mama.

 

Jo, my sister has been to the Dead Sea around this time of year and enjoyed it so much. It was back in her college days but she still talks about it. It sounds as though you have some future plans in places which are respectful of you all, to varying degrees. Hope the trot is fun.

 

Gaye, sounds like you have a busy day planned! I will be using you to motivate myself to do something later in the day.

 

Plady, congratulations!!

 

Real, it seems like you carry so much of the burden in your household. Perhaps a little vacation on your own, or with some dingo sisters. hug2.gif

 

AM: snow day here so DS is off from nursery. DH and I were looking forward to a day on our own as he both have it off, but instead we're all snowed in with no plow insight. Physically feeling so much better, and my hormones are stabilizing, I think. I rowed on Monday and I will try again today. I'm planning on doing the concept 2 rowing challenge which will keep me motivated, but I am just incredibly unfit. In good news my dad's lungs are entirely clear, though he is still weak and sounds very old to me (though he is 86, so I suppose this is inevitable) but he's been given the go ahead to fly out to see us. They'll come right before Christmas so that he has a chance to build up his strength.

 

In house news we should be closing mid-December.... eek, just at the end of the semester and just before my parents come. It's going to be a busy time.


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zub ~ so glad you're feeling a bit better and your Dad is doing well too.  We closed on our house last December and yes, it was just a little crazy!

 

Nic ~ the book sounds like a good opportunity, even if it's not a lucrative one.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!  And how did you make your gluten free pie crust?

 

Jooj ~ continuing support from your Dingo sisters grouphug.gif.  Will your DH's work travel schedule ever slow down?  Is this just a big ramp-up to something that makes it extra crazy, or is this a "forever" schedule?  Your online schooling option sounds like a good one.  Enjoy the school Thanksgiving!

 

Real ~ oy!  I'm pretty much done with the tantruming 7 yo myself.  Yesterday's piano practice was more than I could take, so I handed her off to DH who handles it better than I do (thankfully).  Why, oh why, must everything be so dramatic?!  You need a break, a vacation, a long run, and a massage!

 

tjsmama ~  enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend!  Hope you get a lot done and get some good runs in too.

 

Plady ~ I need to check out that book for DD.  It seems that 8 might be a good age for it.  I didn't start until I was 12, but I think my Mom told me all the details in 4th grade, so at 9 or so.  Meanwhile, DH needs to have a conversation with DS about the impending changes in HIS body.  Do they have a book for that?

 

RR ~ Pilates this morning (if the kids wake up in time).

 

NRR ~ we had a really nice Thanksgiving dinner at our former neighbors house last night.  Today I'm taking the kids to the new Muppet Movie.  They've been loving old Swedish Chef videos on YouTube, so I think they'll like the movie.  It looks really cute (even without Jim Henson's voice).

 

 

 

 


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Jo, your outlook on splitting up doesn't seem cold to me.  It just seems practical and appropriate.  It's not an emotional separation, but I was wondering the same thing as JG, is there any relief in sight for dh if he does make work his focus in the next year or two?  It could get old fast if your unhooking from him makes it that much easier for his company to grind him to dust.

 

JG - I started at 11 but I figured that she'd start sooner if only because we didn't do exclusively organic dairy and meat her whole life.  I don't know anything about boys but dd and I already commiserated about how unfair it is that girls have to bear the brunt of reproductive responsibility. 

 

Zub - Thanks! And so glad your dad is feeling better!  And planning a trip!  That is wonderful news.

 

RR; Pff.  But if it isn't pouring tomorrow I'll do the turkey trot with the family.  I may or may not trot, I think it all depends on who's there are what Ali G is up for.  We haven't had her jog stroller out in years but she's still a bit small to do the whole thing herself (I think, who knows, she's constantly amazing me). 

 

I had a post-mortem meeting with my partner who wrote all the music for the play.  It was a good thing.  Despite the success of the show we had a hard time during production, I'd inadvertently stepped in his space while working with the choreographer and he was still kind of pissed about it and he was also still upset that I was a "zombie" early on in the process.  He thought it had been due to the other play I'd been in which was fair enough but I filled him in on the rest of the story which I should have done at the time but hadn't had an opportunity.  So we've managed to get back to a good place together.  He doesn't want to do another show next year which initially made me feel really sad but now that I've had time to sit with it I think it's the right thing.  I want to edit this play and try to market it.  And I suspect there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it so I want to figure out how to do it right.  I can't do that, and work with dh and take care of kids and write another play too.  But there have to be other people with musicals for large groups of kids out there and I'll certainly want to direct again.  So, it's not as over as everyone thought (hoped) but it's all good.

 

 


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Oh, my ladies. Two months off from track is not a good thing. That was ridiculously hard. I struggled to hold 9 minute pace for 800 intervals, sheesh. And then, of course, we got lunges thrown in to our "recovery" time. I seriously may cry tomorrow if I have to squat down to empty any foley catheter bags at work...I'm already sore!

After that, I decided there was no way I was going to spin class at noon, as much as I would (kind of) like to. So, I am going to take a nap, and then start working on the supplemental app. Today's goal: to have it done, even if I don't get it proofread and polished. I'm giving myself an absolute hard deadline of Sunday to actually submit it (it's due Monday), but I want all the work done today. The thing that is really hard is that most of my friends that I would trust to be a second opinion are also applying (e.g. they're the competition), so I would feel really weird asking them to proofread or even just for their opinions...ya know?

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