Welcome to the May 2013 Dingo thread.
New visitors to the Dingo Thread may ask, "but, what is a Dingo?"
Dingoes are mamas (defined loosely, when needed) who run, walk, cycle, tri, and participate in whatever sport they need to sustain their awesome mama selves in lives that are definitely dynamic. Sometimes, a Dingo is injured, or life takes a turn, and she has to take a break from her chosen sport. Whether active or aspiring, Dingoes support one another in spirit. When two Dingoes are in the same place at the same time, something incredibly special happens. This is called a Dingo Meetup. They are relatively rare, and so we try to record them with photographic evidence.
Are you a Dingo? You just might be, if:
You sometimes perform acts of brilliance in order to squeeze a workout into a busy week.
You're never ashamed of coming in at the back of the pack, even if you're used to coming in faster.
You have found yourself sincerely respecting and admiring moms in all forms, observing how they're doing it for love, and growing from their experiences as well as your own
You won't know until you try, and all comers are welcome.
Thanks to Jo for the perky opening/mission statement!
Edited by tjsmama - 4/1/13 at 10:59pm & stolen borrowed one month later by Mel38
mom to 3 lovely kids
mel38 - Lowcountry Splash, June 1, 2013
Nickarolaberry - Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, June 2, 2013
Dmitrizmom - Grinnell Games Half Marathon, June 8, 2013
mel38 - Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #2, June 16, 2013
tjsmama - Loveland Lake to Lake Olympic Tri, June 22, 2013
Dmitrizmom - Iowa Games Triathlon, July 14, 2013
bec - Door County Triathlon - Half Ironman, July 21, 2013
JayGee - GeoComfort TriGreen Triathlon, August 11, 2013
tjsmama - Rattlesnake Triathlon Crazy Back-to-Back (Olympic distance Saturday, Sprint distance Sunday) on August 17-18, 2013
1jooj - Fox Cities Half, Sept 22, 2013
tjsmama - New York Marathon, November 3, 2013
Nickarolaberry - Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, January 12, 2014
September 24, 2012 Annual Griffin Memorial 5k - where ever you may be that day, whether organized or solo, whether running, walking, cycling, meandering or otherwise, please hold Griffin Patrick (and all those born silently or too soon) in your hearts.
mom to 3 lovely kids
Gaye - so sorry to hear of your loss. The photo you posted on FB from your wedding is so sweet.
Plady - poor kitty, so sorry. I hope your family ceremony was nice.
JG! So sorry about that traumatic dentist visit. Loftmama is right - he's probably dealt with worse. It's such an anxiety-producing procedure.
Hello to all my Dingo friends! I've been missing you guys!
Gaye, Bec, Lofty and Jen - I am missing race results for all of you... sorry I will go back through the April thread, but if you happen to be here and can re-type your times, I would be much obliged.
Interesting math ideas! I am loving this discussion and
mom to 3 lovely kids
Can you add DD1 and me to the race list - St. Louis Girls on the Run 5K, May 11 .
Hi everyone! Had the awesome experience of an enormous owl flying right toward me during the pre-dawn hours. Felt very.... meaningful...Majestic. Hope it's taking care of the skunk problem.
It's not really May, is it?
I got discharged from PT on Tuesday. I have strict instructions on strength and flexibility training. I did just 2/3 of my 3x/week routine during DS's 1 hour soccer practice the other day. Working this in will be tough. But I have to.
Since we finished the couch and moved it back to its sunny window, I've struggled to get a good picture of it. But, it's done!
The hardest part was exactly what we thought it was going to be, which was using the tacking strip on the back sides and on the arm fronts.
We may still spend $60+ on new foam for the cushions, but I sewed the cover in a way that it should be no problem to just replace.
All told, it was about $250 for the fabric, replacement foam & cotton, and a staple gun.
And more importantly, I have my insomnia couch back!
Hi all. Subbing for May.
Gaye, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma, may she rest in peace.
Interesting math discussion. I have to admit, as a math phobic (albeit statistics savvy) I checked out as soon as I saw the conversation.
Mel, you can take down Vermont City. Not doing it.
I am however, contemplating a triathlon. Whew, I said it. Mixed feelings...terrified of swimming in open water (although I am a very good swimmer, although not fast) and biking amongst others. Also there's the investment required (no bike, no usable swimsuit, etc.). There are a couple sprints in my area in the summer after my half...I don't know, we'll see.
Coming down to the wire with my AP class. Stress in there abounds. Hormones + (underground) prom crazies + AP = wacky students and exhausted teacher.
Running is going ok but very choppy lately. Some really great runs and some awful ones. Could be the pollen, or the sudden uptick in temps (which I love but is hard to adjust to so quickly) and my perennial stomach instability. Sigh. Hoping for a sub-2 half in the beginning of June but who knows...
Ok, trying to get dinner ready and kids out of my personal space.
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)
Mel - Can you add to the list for me: May 11 - Pieathlon (doing it as a team with some friends) www.pieathlon.com, May 19 - Gladiator Assault Challenge (http://www.gladiatorassaultchallenge.com/IOWASEVEN), June 8 - Grinnell Games Half Marathon (http://www.grinnellgames.com/run.html), July 14 - Iowa Games Triathlon (http://www.iowagames.org/Sports/SummerGames/Triathlon.aspx). Thanks!
Geo - love the couch!
Gaye - thoughts and prayers to your family
Shanti - thinking about you lately and sending hugs
Nick - I did my first tri last summer and am hooked. I did a sprint distance in open water (ok, a lake) and it was fun. Seriously considering putting a longer one on my list for this year and aiming for an iron man before my 45th bday in '18.
Finished up my spring semester yesterday, need to get cracking on my 8 week courses stuff that starts in 18 days.
I've been doing a weekend boot camp - 2 hours on Saturday mornings to prep for the Gladiator. This is the last weekend, but I'm dreading it... something about snow on the 2nd and 3rd of freaking MAY. Really don't want to be both cold and wet. Can handle either one or the other. LOL. We do about 6-7 miles with a decent elevation change thru the woods on animal paths... hard work, but fun.
My family: me , dh , ds (11), dd1 (9), and dd2 (3).
Tout va s'arranger à la fin. Si elle ne fonctionne pas; ce n'est pas la fin.
Subbing, will hopefully pop back in later tonight with personals, race results, and a run report (with real, yay!)! In the meantime, off to work my call ($$$$)...
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!
Have a great race, CO Dingoes!
Mel38, can you put me down for the Fox Cities Half, Sept 22?
Geo, the couch looks super. I am impressed!
Think I am just going out for a long walk this morning, once I get myself moving. I ended up with a little bit of swimming and a little biking on top of yesterday's LR. Weather looks to be perfect for the beach again today, so that is most likely where I will end up. Vitamin D, you know. There's still a book on my Kindle...
1jooj--have a great walk (and read?).
DM--yeah, I'm over the snow. We had our 8th snowstorm in as many weeks on May 1.
Nic--Sierra Trading Post has some decent swimsuits at decent prices. That's where I've gotten my practice ones. I'm also contemplating one, but there's the open water thing and it's the same weekend as a duathlon. Let's see...the duathlon is located maybe 15 minutes away and there's no swimming and it's cheaper, whereas the triathlon is further away, involves swimming and is more expensive...hmmm. Good luck with the crazed AP students!
Hello to everyone else!
RR: ran a fabulous 10 miler with tjsmama this morning. It flew by, as in, by the end my legs were feeling kind of tired but I wasn't exactly sure why that was. Mentally it did not feel like 10. Also, I got to deliver her Secret Sprinter reveal package in person, which was very fun. Beautiful day, great weather, and J was awesome in the stroller. She slept through the last 3-4 miles, I think, after having a snack. Then we had coffee and lunch too.
Prayer & good thoughts request: there's a really bright third-grader at our school named Griffin who has epilepsy. It went from mostly under control to completely out of control. Last April he had a left orbital frontal resection. He recovered fine but it didn't help the seizures. So today he had surgery to remove a great deal of his left hemisphere and cut the connection between the two sides. His parents posted that he's out and it went as well as it could go. If you could keep him and his family in your thoughts it would be much appreciated. The surgery will leave him permanently disabled on one side. They think there's a good chance he'll learn to walk again, though he will always have a limp and possibly need a brace. He also need therapy to learn to speak again, among other things. It's a really difficult situation for everyone. If you want to know more, search for the Facebook group Eagle Lion. Thanks!
mel38~1:41:58 for the Cherry Creek Sneak. Also, I haven't signed up yet, but you can put me down for the Bolder Boulder on May 27.
Real and I had quite a lovely 10 mile run, as 10 mile runs go. It really did go by quickly, it's amazing what a difference having some company makes! My legs were tired and sore, but the weather was beautiful, the conversation was great, and the coffee and lunch after were quite lovely. And I got a special delivery Secret Sprinter package. (I used the creamer in my coffee tonight and ...AND I'm wearing my new socks )
I am working my call shift tonight, which I'm actually pretty ok with. I mean, I never really WANT to work, but DS is at a sleepover (making life easier), and I can use the $$$ (and time and a half for 12 hours is a good bit of $$$), so it's all good.
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!
Insomnia couch - it's where I move when I can't sleep.
Kindle ~ any free or nearly free kindle book recommendations to keep a voracious 10 year old reader satisfied for 10 days, including two trans-Atlantic flights?
I met with the city engineer and the assist city manager about sidewalks and other Safe Routes to School issues. It's good to know where the allies are (in the city manager's office) and where they aren't (on the city council). I've got some marching orders, but the city engineer might just get a 1 block sidewalk section installed that's on an uphill, narrow, and into the sun stretch. 250 kids could potentially come through that block on foot to school. Boooyah.
Monday, I meet with the district's intervention services director with my agenda on that front. DD wants to go to the state STEM school next year in search of peers. DH and I think we'd be giving up too much in the way of music, art, gym, and language -- that is, the stuff that makes us human. I'm going to ask the intervention services director to stack her classes with peers. (Amongst other agenda items that more broadly serve the 2e kids in the district).
No run today. I'm cleaning up a creek with 200 cub scouts. Help.
Thanks for the fresh thread Mel!
Geo - The couch looks fantastic! I'm so impressed with your skills and turn around time. Good luck with the scouts! 200 kids is like our entire high school.
Real - Sending some thoughts toward Griffin, what a rough road he's on.
Nic - I've gotten some good deals on suits at swimoutlet.com too. They have had a cheap grab bag option that I've used with success a number of times. You just choose a size and basic style and they send a random color/pattern. And you save some $ by not having to choose.
MelW- Thinking of your dd with all this gorgeous weather we're having, hoping she's able to enjoy it somehow without consequence.
JayGee - Wow, that must have been quite a scene at the dentist. They probably should have given dd more/different gas and you some too.
Thank you all for the condolences, Lofty, yes, it was Ninj.
The play has been going well although our audiences have been smaller than I'd like. I generally don't get nervous before a performance but on Thursday during my big solo I got a few lines in and then completely forgot every lyric. I sort of made it up for what seemed like forever but couldn't even remember the tune (and Sondheim here is no help at all). Finally I found a line to grab onto which happened to be only one line away from where I'd first gotten lost and so I finished the song and possibly some people didn't realize what a train wreck it had been. However, holy stage fright batman! Last night before that scene I felt like I was going to throw up I was so nervous. Just the thought of such a brain fart happening again was practically crippling. But then I got out there and the audience was so responsive and awesome that everything went beautifully and it was the best version yet. Whew! That was probably a good lesson about getting complacent right? Oy.
An interesting side effect of all this is that I have just lost a bunch of weight over the past three weeks. I'm now tipping into the 130's for the first time since maybe high school. I love it, it feels great but I also know that if it's due to the insane schedule I've been on I can't expect it to last. I hope though that I can keep it steady with diet and exercise. I was amazed at how much easier push-ups are when you're down 7 pounds. Huge difference.
RR: someday it will happen.
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
I have been reading along, but just too to deal:
Geo - your productivity on all fronts inspires and makes me feel like a loser both Congrats on the couch
Gaye - sorry to hear about your grandma's passing
Nic - do the triathlon, I will live vicariously!! (its all about me of course) Good luck with the end-of-semester
Kerc - i dont have that problem w/ my first born, but others (perfectionism, fear of failure...) I hope you find something that works
Lofty - so cool about the eagle. one of these days I'll light out [in my non-existent/fantasy pick-up truck] for east Texas for a visit ....
mamajb - congrats to your son!
JG - sad for your dd (the fear, confusion), and dont worry about the dentist! Im sure they know it can happen
Plady - sorry about kitty Is Dh Saul yet?
RR: nothing for weeks and weeks
NR: slogging through the final projects of the semester; 2 20 page papers. Just. Dont. Care. Anymore. Im done with classes, papers are due Tues/Wed. respectively. hormone/mood stuff has been a steep learning curve (involving the most debilitating and scary depression I have ever experienced - or want to - same for anxiety, and panic attacks. Ive never had any of these in my life. The past few months have been chock full; 5 panic attacks) .... ok, I'll tell the sort of funny story. I called 911 with the first one. It happened in the middle of the night, right out of sleep, Dh at work, and I thought I was having a heart attack. After I got an ambulance on the way (and started to realize I probably dont need one), I called dh. He managed to get his patients covered for 30 minutes to come. By then, I was in the back of the ambulance getting my vitals checked when he approached and the paramedics saw him and said "hey! we know you!". Um yeah. Mortified. Tragedy plus time = comedy. I might be almost there ....
Here's the formation she was on
And here she is:
NRR: ds3 (8yo) had a friend over after school, first time this kid has been here and within 15 minutes I'm sending him to the hospital for emergency surgery on his leg. Literally two jumps on our trampoline, his leg gets ripped open something nasty (I'm talking bone visible). He had to stay on the hospital until this afternoon. My dear child feels horrible that this happened and is traumatized by the event and the view of the leg.
Gaye - so sorry about your gma
Plady - sorry about your kitty.
Sparkle - wow!!!
Bec - super amazed at your accomplishments!!! Hope your trip home was safe.
I have a question for y'all...
I'm a newbie regarding jogging, started a month ago, never been a jogger since they would force us to run in high school and I've always been overweight and very self-conscious...
Anyway, like I said I started a month ago and I love it! I only jog for 10 mins (without stopping, which is good for me) but I wonder if y'all have any advice...? I have an alright cardio since I ride my bike to work 4 days a week (35 mins at a time) but what makes me stop is that burning feeling in my calves... I read that sprinting makes you loose your belly pretty fast, what do you think? I did sprint today and my throat was on fire... You think I should stick to normal jogging or give sprinting a try? Any tips? Also I have crappy 10$ Wal-Mart shoes, any particular brands that are affordable (50-60$) but good?
Sorry to pop in like that, but I think I really need advise...
French Canadian living in the Big Easy. Happy mama to Jaxson Lee born on 9/16/12 and loving wife to Denis Lee since 11/03/11
Lovesand all that good stuff
Jess, where do I start? okay ditto Jo. That is Some.Rock! The hormone roller coaster - and the papers. I don't know how you manage at all. And when you wrote, "someday I'm going to light out ... in my head, I said, "for the territory ahead. Because Aunt Sally's going to sivilize me and I can't stand it. I been there before." Were you thinking that when you wrote it? One of my all-time favorite lines. We say that around here all the time. So, you light out whenever you want. No sivilation here.
Plady, still sad about Ninj. Thrilled dh passed the bar. Now what? Yay for the Play! I'm so glad you got back on that horse. Sounds like the second night was great!! AND... yay for the weight loss. Now if you can figure out how to maintain it, let me know!
RR & TJsmama, love your run report. So happy you got to meet up and share the Secret Sprinter reveal in person! Too cool.
I think there was more...
RR: Got in a run this morning. This strange cool weather begs for a run. But I'm so frustrated to only be maintaining my weight. I really wanted to lose at least 10 more pounds this year and maintain NEXT year. So, I know it's a head game for me and I just haven't figured out how to play it yet at my age, with my energy, in my space/place, etc. I'm all ears for tricks. Dh & I were just wondering at what ages our boys will be able to hike a big trail with us (AT, PT or Santiago) and I thought 13 & 16 or 14 & 17. Then I added up my age and that will make me 50. So I BETTER get my act together. I will NOT be an OLD LADY to my kids. Not. Not. Not. My favorite exercise these days is lifting weights. It just feels better afterward than yoga or running but I am no good with accountability. So... thinking about my new, approaching 50, headgame.
Geo, there was just a thread about this on the homeschool forum. Amazon and Audible and Whispersync are running a promotion to get you to use Whispersync. If you download the book through Whispersync (I think) it's free. You can switch from audio to non-audio and go back and forth. There were lots of classic kids books. Some are free and some are .99. You can buy these and just not listen to it if you would rather read and vice versa.
Books for free on the Kindle. (Did you say Kindle)
And here deals for .99
Let me know if you do this because I really want to try it but I just subscribed to Audible for $7.95 per month but I like the idea of switch back and forth better bc ds1 prefers reading and ds2 prefers listening. Hope it works. Where are you heading?
Congrats on the couch.
Sparkle, that's an impressive climb! Big hugs to you. I've been thinking of you often.
Geo, great couch work!
Plady, congrats to our DH on the bar and to you on the play. The blank moment in stage sounds like the stuff of nightmares.
RM, sorry about the trampoline trauma. Sorry the stress slowed your run, too.
RR- Bootcamp last night was crossfit inspired. The trainer has been doing some crossfit and incorporating it into our workouts. I loathe box jumps. Today I stripped and painted my back door frame and door today that's been beaten up by winter storms. It was a post-push-up arm burner.
NRR- My husband is back from his week away and making major adjustments in our office for his arthritis. We're now equipped with voice recognition software and more excitingly a standing work station. I need a step stool to use it truly ergonomically (he's 10ish inches taller), but I still like it.
As Plady mentioned, we're having a heat wave! Nora is doing okay with some limits on outside time and de-pollination baths. We're still making weekly visits to the Chinese medicine doctor, and he tweaked her herbs and cupping regimen again today. We're working on some dietary stuff too (hot/cold) and way ahead of where we were last year at this time. Since late January she's had ventolin twice and Benadryl once. Last year we went through four bottles of Benadryl and several inhalers in the same time period.
"Guess what? It's a magical world. And when I sing, my songs are in it."
Madly in love with my 7 and 4 year old daughters
Lofty, my boys are 11 years apart. I wonder how their perceptions of me will vary. I am older but no longer pregnant all the time!
I want to say more but exhausted little people are feisty not sleepy! I must go help them.
Thanks for the list, Lofty.
Welcome, Jaxy. For what you describe, while you work on finding better shoes, find a softer surface to run on. Even the street's asphault is actually softer than a sidewalk's cement. Better would be to find a track (zzzzzz) or run along some grass or dirt. Be sure to stretch and warm up. So if I were you, I'd do
10 min walk
Stretch break with long (30sec) stretches on those calves 2-3 times.
Jog 5 min
Walk 2 min, stretch if necessary at the end of the walk break, and then repeat the jog-walk cycle 3 times.
This will increase you running time, and hopefully help your calves.
Brilliant idea: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-wruble/lets-move-mothers-day_b_3142759.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents