My kids are still going to sleep super early (I know, I'm that mom, but they are horrors if they go to sleep late!), so at 7:30, you wouldn't see my kids out. Earlier than that, yes! In general, most kids are not playing outside unattended that I have seen, one family around here being the exception. It is sad. I remember going inside only for meals. My kids mostly spend their time in the back, but are in front riding bikes and the like a lot.
NRR: I'm having geocaching frustration. I was informed that my cache is now too close to another cache. It has to be .1 of a mile as the crow flies. Never mind, that it is actually over a quarter mile of separation as the fricking human geocacher walks! I'm begging my case, but I don't know how much traction I'll have as the reviewer I have landed seems to be a hard ass when it comes to the rules.
Not perfect, Just amazing!
RR: skipped it today, not sure why. My mom makes me feel steam-rolled...
NRR: yeah, on that; I dont know. She is a vacuum of dependence, in such subtle and pervasive ways that I feel it leeching my life force out of me. Eww, yuck! Here's an example: she comes with me to pick DD1 up from climbing practice last night. We are standing next to each other in the gym waiting for DD. I turn around to watch some other climbers: she turns around. I turn back around, she turns back around. Its like she doesnt know what to do unless I do it for her. Every meal, every moment, she just kind of ... lingers around until I elicit her needs. She takes NO initiative to help herself to anything, or to play with the kids. She barely talks to me. I swear I dont know WHY she wants to visit. Its like this every time, and then I forget. She's just so. Helpless. And I DONT DO helpless. I'm kind of a B-word when it comes to needy and helpless (and Im NOT talking about helpless in Somalia obviously). 2 1/2 more days, 2 1/2 more days ....
JayGee--that's not our experience here. There are lots of people out, especially in the evening when it cools off (less so if it's still unreasonably hot). My children are supposed to be inside by 7:30 because it's time to get them ready for bed, and I think that's probably the case for most of the kids around here (not that there are many; we are an aging neighborhood), but they're out before that. There are also lots of people out on the trail on bikes, kids in strollers, kids at the playgrounds. The situation might be different in some of the nicer more typical suburban neighborhoods where everyone has SUVs, but I'm pretty sure that those families also go to the mountains and explore plenty of nature on a regular basis. For that matter, even when I was a kid and my family had a pool, we usually didn't swim after dinner. We were in it from pretty much 2-5 every single day, so I'm not sure that seeing an empty pool at 7:30 pm means anything. Also, from a quick check of license plates at Rocky Mountain National Park, I'd guess more than a few Midwestern folks are on vacation between mid-July and mid-August. Anyhow, I think because there are so many parks and trails and open space and decent weather, there are a lot of Colorado folks out and about. But the big neighborhood kid stuff? I didn't have that growing up because there weren't any kids my age nearby and only a few in the neighborhood overall. That's a completely separate thing from being in nature. My sister and I were in our yard a lot, between playing and helping with the very large garden we had.
bec--glad you seem to be on the mend.
sparkle--hang in there for the next 2-1/2 days!
tjsmama--GOOD LUCK this weekend!!!! And don't worry, I will be wearing a wetsuit. I hate cold water and there's no way I would brave cold open water without a wetsuit. It seems like Cherry Creek is one of the few places where it would be warm enough to go without anyhow. on the nanny front (ugh!!!) and I hope you're able to get some sleep in between all the biking this weekend.
RR: maybe 6 miles on the bike and a half-hour of swimming. I rode yesterday, fell over twice and managed to mess with my gearshift enough to make a few gears unusable because I couldn't get the stupid pedal to unclip. After yesterday's second fall, I decided I needed different pedals. I'm 95% sure that this set of pedals are slightly defective because when they were brand-new I couldn't clip in my left foot until I'd released the tension all the way. The right foot was ok, but it's not the foot I lean on when stopping. The online reviews I read suggested the same--most people loved them, a handful had a lot of trouble unclipping no matter what they did (but exchanged them for the same pedal and didn't have anymore trouble). Anyhow, I headed to the bike store to get the gearshift readjusted and to get new pedals. Same brand, one step up (they didn't have these) and now I can unclip!
In good news involving a different bike: the trail-a-bike is functional! Our first attempt at shimming it failed miserably--as in we'd be riding and then it would fall off the shim and onto my wheel. :eyeroll I'd brought my tools but nothing I did would keep it up longer. For attempt number two, we cut some PVC pipe and stuck my seat post into that so it would hold up the connector. Success! Tomorrow/today we will caravan along the Clear Creek trail and have a picnic lunch.
Sparkle - Ugh, Mom visits here are very similar and very difficult.
JG - I think the Dingos have some good points. My kids have been FRIED when they get home from camp at 5ish and it's all they can do to stay awake until I get them fed. And we don't live in a neighborhood that is particularly conducive to playing with neighbor's kids. The houses that have kids are all a little bit far for the little ones to commute between without adults so it becomes a playdate thing, not just a go out and play thing kwim?
Bec - Sheesh! I would never have guessed geocaches were so regulated! And to the Girl Scouts. I recently discovered that Ali G's Daisy troop leader has a rap sheet you wouldn't believe, I assumed there was some sort of screening but I guess not!
Gaye - Happy riding!
Real - Yay for functional bike accessories. I hope the trail-a-bike is a hit.
RR: I've done 50 pushups and 50 squats in the last 24 hours but not enough.
NRR: We've adopted an 18 year old for the summer. She's a great kid, I may have mentioned her before. She used to babysit for the girls when they were littler and a few days ago I saw she'd posted on FB that she was homeless and needed a place to crash so we invited her to move in with us. I don't know the full details of why she had to leave her family's home but it sounds like a typical strong daughter clashing with strong mother with possibly some abuse thrown in. I'm just glad she had the sense to reach out to people who can help her and the girls are thrilled to have her here, as am I.
This week I've been shadowing children's theatre professionals from Seattle Children's Theatre while they do day camps. It's been really interesting to see how they work and what kinds of techniques they use to manage their classes. Some things I'll adopt and some I won't but I've been happy to see that my approach wasn't totally amateurish and the best part is that most (maybe all) of the known annoying behavior problem kids took their classes and my class for next week is almost all kids that I know to be reasonably able to focus. Yay!
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
real, I hope the shim sticks for good! Trail-a-bikes are life-improving, for sure.
sparkle, hang in! I can just see in my mind's eye how those interactions go. I would be poking my own eye by now.
bec, any luck with the geocache?
The muscles are feeling better today, and I am looking forward to a break in the weather. We have a late-night kid birthday party (for our sake), and I am looking forward to socializing with my sisters. Also looking forward to thunderstorms and the cooler weather they will bring.
ETA: I just put David Rakoff's final book on my Kindle. Feeling super excited to read it. I feel like I need to do something to earn it now.
Can I just sneak back in here and say hi?
I am so behind on reading what you all have been up to, but I know if I wait until I am caught up on reading, it will take me until next week to post.
Our vacation was kind of nutty - with nice parts and kind of awful parts - but altogether not bad. Still, I am glad to be home. A highlight was definitely Switzerland and some of the good weather and relaxing days in Germany. The down side was that both of my in-laws ended up in the hospital, thankfully both are improving now. It all led to some soul-searching by me, maybe the understanding that this dream of hiking in Italy is not going to happen with my in-laws, I'll just have to make it happen for us some day. That's ok, it's just taken me a while to accept that their health is declining, and we can't plan anything big with them any more. In fact, visiting them might also not happen so much in the future. That's kind of sad for me, because it was my link to Germany. I need to figure out a way to stay connected and not make it depend on them or that town.
But - glad to be home!! I am busy with work again, motivated to get my office organized (I even moved some boxes - yay, progress!) and feeling energized and confident from attending that conference.
My older DD is back to work, younger DD is attending camp for a week (Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, summer discovery camp, if anyone is interested - it is an incredibly beautiful place!). DS is home, pottering around with legos and enjoying having a yard again.
mom to 3 lovely kids
"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
I, for one, am glad summer is winding down! I can feel that we've all hit the wall. The kids are all bickering and "bored", and I am kind of done negotiating and cajoling and coaching the right outlook on life, and being general cruise director.
We have 3 weeks to go, next week we leave for our big 2 week trip to backpack and then to "camp" I realized this summer that waiting so long for our trip is not the right way to go, b/c by now I'm just tired and ready for the end. At least the end will be an adventure, not more of the same. Problem is, we meet my brother and his family at "camp" and they have several more weeks of summer after that. Le sigh. I Le Sigh a lot
Gaye - your schedule would do me in!
RR: 85 minutes yesterday of bike/run intervals. I was not. motivated. So the work-out was commensurate; a slog that still felt good b/c I actually did it I'm gearing up to head to the gym now for weights...
NRR: one more day. Ive been trying to fill the days with activities, which also makes things harder (see summer, above) b/c I think the kids are also just done. They really want to watch movies all day, which lucky for them they sort of get to do on the car ride (2 per day). Yesterday we drove to a pool in SF, north an hour, just to go to a different pool! (granted, its one of those with a slide and whirlpool and lazy river...) And in my head, to kill extra hours with a nice drive Too bad they bickered the whole way and I had to give them my "ashamed" "disappointed" "you're so fortunate and instead of being grateful you act like this" speech Calgon ....
Woot! Go bec! You should be passing through here right about...now! Well, not here, but over there on I-43. I'm waving! Pretend you see me! Have a great race!
Summer. Sigh. Ramadan is occupying much of ours. Not ready to go yet. Thankfully, I have 2 months left. If our online school dashboard gave us access, I would SO get started now to take more time off after Ramadan, but alas, that is not an option.
Had a nice time at a birthday party last night, but I ate cake and potato chips. Yes, I did. And I feel junky. And it will pass.
RR: Yeah, maybe. So nice and cool, I will probably head out for a walk if nothing else.
sparkle--hope the gym is good.
mommajb--your schedule would wear me out.
MelW--hope you have a great day of party and swimming.
Mel38--glad to have you back and glad your trip had some positives. How are your in-laws doing now?
Plady--the shadowing sounds great, especially in realizing they have many of the high-maintenance kids. I'm also impressed by your taking in an 18 yo. I don't think I could do that, even when my own kids were teens.
RR: none yet, but we biked 13 miles with the trail-a-bike/trailer combo yesterday (10 on bike paths; 3 to the library). And then I ran 6 on the hamster wheel. Hoping to ride to REI today.
Bickering, speaking of which....
More tomorrow when I'm not exhausted, sunburned and have 2 beers in me .
Checking in to see if there are any Bec updates.
Had a fun night last night. The theatre has some fancy new sound equipment and a new hi def projector so my boss and I tested it out with a Harry Potter Blue Ray. It was pretty sweet and a fun place for movie night.
This morning I met up with my neighbors to explore a huge salt flat at low tide. I've wanted to do it ever since we first moved here but never quite got the whole tide schedule/right shoes/time to do it trifecta before. It was pretty cool and just the impetus to get me out there again soon.
Now it's back to work and then off to the lake with the kids later.
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
I can hear my voice echo in this forum today
RR: Kicked my own arse today. I usually do 2 on, 1 off (cardio, weights, off) so I can recover from weights. But Im and Im on a roll, which means I want to complete an even set of days before I leave which means I have to do 4 in a row. Today was day 3 (weights yesterday). I figured Id run slowly to the gym, ride the bike gently, maybe do some HIIT on the treadmill and run home slowly.
So, I ran at a decent clip to the gym (20 minutes), bikes were full, so I did the intervals on the TM (fast run, walk) for 10, then 20 min. intervals on the bike, then 10 more on the TM, and then I figured I could walk home if I couldnt make it, but I ran the 20 home
Basically, I felt GREAT! I mean, tired, but this is the first run that felt like a real run (strong, forceful, decent pace) in years! It's a rolling up and down both directions, and I ran up the hills fine, and down fine, no needling aches or pains. I felt like a runner, and seriously thought "oh my god, I remember you!"
Not that I want to do that again soon
Nic - All that to say, the things I now experience as great pleasures came about because I hit a wall with my body and "had" to do something to deal with it. I meditate every day because I have to, and there was a time this felt like punishment, but ever since it has felt like transcendence! I pulled my achilles, and right after, my hamstring, 5 years ago. I havnt run since. I spent a year doing everything to get my ability back (endless PT, A.R.T., icing, foam rolling, praying! ) and finally when I started to accept and focus on what my body could do, things slowly started coming back. I started lifting, and lifting in a specific way (doing exercises targeted to my ailments) in hopes that if I got strong enough I could run a little again. Today was a direct result. To have a run where I felt so strong, I know its from weights. And its hard to imagine pounding my body the way I used to without the strength I have now. And, being strong feels awesome, in a different way than being a runner felt awesome. BUT, making the transition SUCKED. I hate to say it, but life sometimes gives you what you need, not what you want (which is such a PIA platitude, I know, sorry)
GO BEC GO !!!!!!!!
Well, reporting in from WI to say bec gets nice, cool--if wet--weather for racing today. Go bec! Can't wait to hear!
sparkle, I love the sound of your voice when you feel powerful like that. I think you blew off your steam, so that's good. A la Mom, I mean.
I am feeling like such a lame POS. Man, fasting has me wiped. I did an hour of yoga today, though, and some of the ECEs (not squats, but subbed wall sits and goddess pose). It's the combination of fasting and being in too close quarters with the kids, I think, without a break from each other. I'd say it's slowly killing me, but maybe not slowly. Anyway, we're about a third in now. I should be hitting my stride.
Jo, I don't know how you do it. for a good day!
Yay, Sparkle, you are on a roll! Sounds like a great run.
My kids have 3.5 more weeks of summer. I am looking forward to fewer activities during that time - best of all, no travel! My kids have been yearning for some unstructured playtime. I have been yearning for some P&Q.
RR: Ran 6 miles yesterday. It was supposed to be a rain run, but I dilly-dallied too long and paid the price by running in the post-rain humidity.
mom to 3 lovely kids
sparkle - what you described is EXACTLY where I want to be. Where did you get your lifting routine? I really, really need to start lifting.
RM - wow! That's really early to go back to school!
jooj - cut yourself a little slack. You're fasting 17 hours a day without even water!
Plady - the salt flat sounds fun
RR - walked last night and happily saw more outdoor activity in my neighborhood .
NRR - The conference swim meet was long, and hot, but our team won the championship! DS swam really well and DD2 cut 2 seconds off her best freestyle time. DD1 was bummed that she wasn't chosen to swim. Tonight is the end-of-season banquet and another summer swim season in the bag. I sure will miss it, honestly. DS and DD1 are heading to church camp on Wednesday for 4 days. After that, DH is hosting his annual model railroader meet the following weekend. Must stop the busyness!
Oh my gosh, we saw the most awesome model railroad "museum" a couple of weeks ago. I will have to try to upload some pics...
This is just a little detail of a house that would "burn" and the little firetruck has a siren. This model was probably 20 yards long and 3 yards deep! It was very neat and fun to look at. Can you see the ski slope and lift in the background? I can just imagine what fun the people have thinking up new ideas and making them come to life. Although, when I think about it, the actual trains are secondary to the whole landscape!
mom to 3 lovely kids
jaygee~Congrats on the championship!
sparkle~That power post was just.darn.inspiring. I feel like I should log off and go lift some weights immediately. Of course that would require my actually owning weights. Ahh, details.
plady~That salt flat sounds fun! And for the fancy theater gear!!
mel~I used to think I hated rain runs. Now I'm pretty sure I hate humid runs even more.
summer~I don't know how much longer my kids have, and I refuse to calculate it. La, la, la. That's me with my fingers in my ears, ignoring that this all must come to an end. Maybe it's because I also go back to school (work) right before they do, but I'm happily ensconced in the lazy days of summer. Well, not so lazy. But fun, hot, somewhat unstructured, and busy in ways that I choose to make it so. In fact, I actually made a "to do" list today--because important things like make doctor's appointments are falling by the wayside--and I added "catch up with the Dingoes" to the list. I've been casually following along on my phone here and there, but I wanted some time to sit down and really attend to the group.
rr~A coworker asked me to run a fall half with him. This after I decided to take a year off of racing two years ago. Yeah, I guess I need to get back out there. I agreed, and we've tentatively selected the Baltimore Half on October 12th. We'd both prefer something else so I should probably start looking. This whole thing means that I've officially started training. I'm using Hal Higdon's intermediate program. 3 miles today, plus my ECEs: 100 squats, 1 min wall sit, 60 push ups, 30 tricep dips, 3 1-min planks.
Mama to three crazy, wonderful kiddos: dd1--12/2002, dd2--3/2005, and ds--3/2006
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