I hope everyone is staying warm and safe! We are completely housebound and that is fine by me at this point. Every road and highway in the county and the four counties south of us is closed. Basically ER's are the only thing open but I don't know how anyone could get to a hospital in this weather! Yesterday we had about four feet of snow fall/blow in and it didn't stop all night and it is heavier today. In a little while I need to head out with ds and dig out the path to our house and the car. Apparently there are abandoned cars all over the roads that are just getting buried in the drifts. Even the snow plows have been pulled off the road for the past 18 hours and there is no sign of them being allowed back on any time soon! Fortunately we have a gas fireplace in our new house so even if the power goes out we can stay warm. I don't miss the woodstove one bit!
No need to plan workouts in this weather. The other morning while it was still nice out I shovelled snow for half an hour and then snowshoed for 45 minutes. Yesterday I probably spent two hours shovelling and will do at least that much again today.
The holidays were really good in some ways, really hard in others. I am glad that season is over. I am back on track with eating - no sugar, lots of vegetables and fruit, lots of protein. Grain (except for the very rare bit of rice) causes me nothing but grief so it is easy to stay clear of it. I have been making a lot of juice lately and surprised by how delicious the green juices are. Too much fruit is too sweet - it takes time but apparently resetting tastebuds really is possible! After all these years, I finally got back to my goal/original weight without much effort this fall and now the challenge seems to be to hold steady here and not lose any more. One small perk in the midst of all this grief and upheaval.
Hope everyone else is safe and warm, too!
No run here. Just not. 18° and numb toes after only a mile. To use Geo's word: "Wimps!"
I don't remember if I asked this a while back or not, but does anyone here have experience or can recommend someone with experience in custom knitting a sweater? My dh has a sweater I'd like to get replicated, as close as to the yarn, color, texture, size, etc. I've been googling and there are people who do that, but it's a bit overwhelming so if you have recs, I'd love them. Thanks!!
Hi Shanti! So good to see you here and on FB! Your whole vibe is very joyful these days.
Lofty - Have you checked with all the knottiest dingoes?
JayGee - I can't wait to hear about your solo trip! You deserve it!
RM - Now, I don't approve of DC but I guess when times are tough the tough need diet coke
Thinking of all you ice bound Dingoes.
So I finally persuaded dh that we really could and should make a February vacation trip to Mexico. I was angling for about 9 days but he countered that he'd only agree to go if we stayed at least 2 weeks. So 16 days it is due to flight times and ticket prices. I'm excited to go, hoping against hope that the weather is normal and not freakishly cold (anyone kwim?) but I haven't exactly cleared it with work. Now, it's not insanely busy and I am only part time but still I'm feeling a little sheepish. But I just didn't have the cohones to get the okay from dh only to have work frown on it or vice versa (vice versa would have been worse actually). And now to figure out all the other details....
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
Plady, I hope you get two blissful and excellent weeks. And that work doesn't mind.
Shanti, yes! So happy to see you around!
RM, thanks. My dh likes to get me DC as an act of love, too. I am doing a Whole 30 now, though, so I am hoping he notices I am drinking Perrier, not DC, should he decide to be nice.
JayGee, so glad you got some books to read!
I am actually kind of procrastinating on the last application. Wtf is that? I don't know...I have to revise a craft essay, customize another SOP, and the sample I have is within limits and about as polished as I am willing. I don't know why I just don't feel like it's in me. Anyway, I still have some time.
I ran today. I am still stressed out by our little mini-crisis (which is less small with each passing day, ahem) and I wasted some time on that this morning, and also dh kept me up late with so I didn't get out early, but the weather is cool and I didn't think, just ran. Felt great, and I am hoping for more of those over the next 2-3 months until it's all hot again.
Plady - 16 days in Mexico sounds heavenly! Enjoy!
jooj - glad you were able to run today.
lofty - I second the suggestion of checking in with some of the knitting-Dnigoes. Monikita comes to mind.
RR - walked for 45 minutes at the Y yesterday and plan to go again this morning. This afternoon we are going sledding since the temperatures will be in the low 30s finally.
Tomorrow, I'm off to NH! Of course, there is more snow/freezing rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning, so we'll see how things go with the flights.
I'm laughing at the diet coke as act of love. I've never been a cola drinker, but I know so many people who have this little "secret". My former office-mates had a diet pepsi lunch date and I always felt like a bit of an outsider as I sipped my tea instead.
Shanti, it's great to hear from you. Stay warm and safe in the storm!
Plady, 16 days in Mexico sounds terrific! Good luck convincing work ;)
jo, hooray for running!
RR- A 30 minute swim on the lunch break. It was a spontaneous swim date and I just told my husband to bring swim suit, goggles and towel instead of sending him hunting for eye makeup remover and hair conditioner. I managed to get *most* of the mascara off in the shower, and am now back at work with hair pulled up and my new "smoky, sultry eyes" look.
NRR- My youngest started at a new daycare today for one day a week. I realized that our work/kid schedules were just too insane to cope with only 10 hours of totally kid-free time a week. I already feel less stressed, and she seems pretty happy with a new outlet.
@Geofizz can you point me in the direction of evidence about grade skips? In my school investigations for the move I think my eldest will end up back in "regular" public school. I think she's a good candidate for a single grade skip, but want to be prepared. I chatted briefly with her current teacher today and he is happy to support the skip- she's a young grade 3 (Nov 1 b-day with a Dec 31 cut-off) in a mixed 3-5 class and currently working easily at a grade 4-6 level in all subjects (with the possible exception of PE...). The Canadian context is a bit different but in general grade skips are less common now than in the past so there may be resistance to the idea.
"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
The blizzard finally ended so maybe now I can get back to snowshoeing for my exercise. The shovelling wasn't quite as bad today, thank goodness. Yesterday half my car was buried. Maybe the schools will open again tomorrow and life can begin to return to normal. The kids have been off for three weeks now and while we are still doing great together, it is time to get back into a more productive routine. Weird how I am parenting on my own now and I don't get nearly as overwhelmed by housework and kid stuff or need as much alone time as I did when I wasn't parenting on my own. Kind of makes you wonder…….
Plady - Mexico is one of my dream destinations. It may never happen but I feel happy just thinking about people going there! I hope it is great
loftmama - you can PM me if you like about the sweater. I would be happy to help if I can!
They are saying this is the worst storm to hit this area in 35 years. Over 48 hours when they wouldn't even let the snow plows on the roads! The grocery store shelves, post office, gas stations, everything are pretty empty until tomorrow when delivery trucks can get through again. I was so glad to be safely home and just knit, hang out with my kids, cook and venture out every few hours to shovel. Maybe a couple more days of snow would have allowed for some reading time too
RR: did a difficult work out from Zuzana Light's originals; 5 rounds took my 25 minutes and I thought about just doing 4 but then my fat gut in the way was a great reminder to push it harder. Shower earned.
NRR: roads are still super crazy, temps today just creeping up toward freezing makes clearing the ice and snow difficult. School is cancelled for the fifth day tomorrow due to roads and bus stops and sidewalks are covered with several feet of snow from plows and shovels. Only place for kids to stand is in the street, which is ice covered and narrow due to the snow/ice.
Some parents want their kids to go to school for various reasons but I'm pleased that the schools are thinking of the kids safety first. Within minutes of the school cancellation phone call it started snowing again, huge flakes and of course some accumulation due to the fact it's still freezing out, lol. Here's hoping that we can get to the orthodontist appointment I rescheduled to tomorrow from Wednesday due to the weather. :)
I also have a Saturday haircut rescheduled as well, we will see!
How are our other snow bound ladies doing ?
Paige: been watching you on FB and so excited for you and what you are accomplishing this week!!
Anyone hear of FlyLady? If you haven't, she's got a website and she breaks down cleaning into easy to accomplish ways. I pulled out my old "control journal" from Years! ago and have been working on that this week. I could get lots more done if I was more organized with my time and what needed done. So I'm trying her methods again. I also purchased a years worth of clean eating meals with it all laid out for me with grocery lists and recipes and plugging that into my book. My kids have been complaining about having "meat" at every meal. I have no idea what started that or why they are saying that but it means I need to change things up a bit (which I already knew). I can look at meals all day and night and pin a million to pinterest, but wasnt' putting it into action. $37 was worth it to me for some help.
Shanti~my hubby and I get along great, and he is a great person and dad, although I feel the same way you explained when he is not here. It is so weird and I don't understand why it happens, but I get so much more done in far less time, and the kids do things the first time I ask, etc. bed times are a breeze too, which is crazy! Happy that you are content and with your lovely kids.
Which is to say, we are packing to leave on a road trip in the morning with much to do, and she. will. not. move. And the trip is for her!! I dont want to pull that schrew-mom line out, but man, its on the tip of my tongue.
Speaking of taffy in the head: um, the IRB office at my university .... Good thing Im less than motivated to actually do this study
Roller coaster of a couple of days. I didn't want to say anything here, but a good friend/colleague of mine's son went missing in the Boston area the other day (dad's a famous journalist, and his son is 16; I was at his bris). It's been wrenching. He was, by the grace of God, found safely this evening in Times Square. I'm sure the family has a whole difficult time awaiting them as they deal with the fallout, but he is safe and whole.
Anyway, ramping up to midterms time here, so I'm swamped with writing tests, doing reviews, then having to write the narrative semester reports on each student, grade said tests, etc. Bah.
RR: This week has mostly been about cross training (alas, not *that* kind...too bad). Swam on Monday and Wednesday, biked on Tuesday (on the spinner). Because I've had to work out in the evening, my stomach really can't tolerate running that time of day too much. I did manage to get in a shortish run this afternoon/evening (5.3 miles) but the sidewalks were pretty icy still. It was a bit of a steeplechase kind of run. I have new running shoes (winterized version of my regular ones, they have a gore-tex upper and more 'tread' on the sole) which are really cushy but gave me a toe blister because they aren't broken in I guess.
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)
RM - I'm going to have to use some Zuzana magic in Mexico I think, well that and I can run. Now that she's not at bodyrock, where is she? ANd yup, although I haven't gotten in deep with FlyLady I do swing by for inspiration now and then. Not that this is a FL thing but I just skated my kitchen floor clean.
Nic - Glad friend's son was found. I like the image of you steeple chasing over snow banks and icy patches.
Sparkle - I'm not sure exactly what shrew line you're thinking of but I bet I'd already have said it.
MelW - I love a lunch swim date! How perfect!
Jo - Hope things make a turn for the better with your less-mini mini crisis.
Lofty - My toes would be complaining at 18 degrees in running shoes too.
So breaking the vacation news at work went well. My boss actually thought I was going to say we were moving back permanently so when she realized I was coming back after only 16 days she nearly cried with relief (seriously, I saw the tears, I couldn't believe it). So phew on that. And then the guy I work under was calm cool and collected about it. I'm sure he isn't thrilled but he spent a month in Thailand over the summer which I covered so I guess he figures it's reasonable too. PHEW!
Meanwhile I continue to try and ignore the cold that's still trying to happen. My throat is getting progressively more sore by the day and I can't seem to sleep through the night without little blue helpers ever since we switched mattresses <SIGH> and since I'm paranoid about getting hooked on those I have been thinking of Real a lot in the week dark hours. Last night I got up at 4:15, puttered around until 5:15 and then fell back to sleep on the couch for a few minutes. But I skipped boxing to try and rest a bit. My theory is that working out will accelerate whichever direction my health is going, getting sick or getting better. I think I'm still getting sick so trying to err on the quiet side. We'll see.
I also have finally written down the rule I need to remember at holiday times. The muffin top continues to expand even after the holiday chow down is over. For at least a week or more after that final cookie has been snarfled I can see the spread happening in my gut. I suppose it's only fair since the fitness appears to linger on for a week or two after the workouts end too, but I still don't like it. And, on Saturday I'm hosting 12 ladies for hearty appetizers and dessert. And drinks. Will I eat and drink in moderation? Tune in to find out!
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
JayGee--have a good trip and hope the weather improves while you're there.
Shanti--good to hear from you and hope you stay warm. Also, I think households are generally easier to manage when there's only one adult in charge, yk? Sounds like you're finding some peace in the new situation.
Plady--how nice of you to think of me in the wee hours of the morning! At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of it when mentioned in the same sentence as little blue helpers but I'm guessing it's in a good way. Seriously though, sorry to hear the new mattress is disrupting stuff.
J started preschool of a sort this week. It's an arts-based program that meets 2 hours 2 days a week and she's been really wanting something that looks like school. This seemed like a good compromise with something that's not academic but meets her desire for 'school.' I'm guessing this means I need to figure out what we're doing next year for her too, though maybe she can just stay in this program for the next year and a half?
R went back to school on Wednesday and it's starting to feel normal around here again. Mostly. Some weird health stuff seems to be going on. Then again, I need to take all those wonderful steps to find a job in a new field, so maybe stress is having a greater impact than I've been willing to admit.
Real, I am sure the stress has been eating at you, maybe more than you realized. Here's to some normal ahead!
Plady, have a great time in Mexico!
Getting dd a haircut. Crazy kid wants bangs.
Biked up and down thw Corniche today. Perfect weather for it. Overcast and cool enough that even the tourists are in sweaters. Now, if the idiots would just learn to walk on the sidewalk and leave the bike path clear...
Wrote my last SOP, now working on the critical paper and enjoying it, even as I struggle. I really hope this school thing comes together. We are definitely all approaching our use-by date here. I guess I could always just start a job search and see if I get any nibbles...
Totally agree about HBM! Wowza! Go Dingo!
Giant sigh of relief. Lest anyone think it was a baby scare (G!d forbid), it was worse: banking. Which is no joke here (think debtor's prison, which it would not have come to, but still). Problem resolved minutes ago, and maybe the numbness and tingling in my neck will resolve over the next couple of days. Heh.
I should have gone out for a run this morning but I was overwhelmed and paralyzed at the same time. A run would have been the thing, but sometimes I fail. So at least I cooked some good food for the family and did some laundry.
Hi Shanti & BBM :-)
Gah, Jo, I am so relieved for you. Yes, a run is sometimes just the thing needed to loosen the web of anxiety that paradoxically won't allow us to run.
I did 10 mile run with the same group from back in December. It was hard, especially the last few miles. But done and that's good.
mom to 3 lovely kids
Checking in to give Paige a big shoutout! Such a huge few days for her!
Shanti - So good to see you! And sounding so well!
I've been running, lifting and watching what I eat. I've started tracking everything that goes in my mouth. It has been difficult to get in the amount of calories that I should be taking in. Weird. Only minimal movement in the weight department, but we shall see what happens over the course of the month. If nothing much has happened by February, I am going to the doctor for an explanation. I'm tired of the extra weight. I feel like it holds me back physically and emotionally. I'm just done with it. When I am doing everything right, and there still is no movement, it makes me think something else is going on.
Much more to say, but I want everyone to know that I think of you often, and while I am in touch with most of you on Facebook, I also miss my MDC time!
Not perfect, Just amazing!
Bec, you work so hard. You are beautiful inside and out and I know it must be frustrating to have this feeling oppressive to you. I agree with you...likely to be something else going on.
I see the GI doc tomorrow.
RR: 10.2 miles today. OUTSIDE!!! Woot. It was windy and rainy but didn't get uncomfortably cold til the end.
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)
bec--glad to see you!
Nic--yay for a nice long outside run! How is the snow there?
Since I'm guessing this is a FB thing and I'm not on FB, did Paige run the Dopey or something? Congrats in any case!
I've been following the RunDisney twitter feed and I would love to do a Disney race. Disneyland first, as the time change is a lot more forgiving for us than Florida would be. Maybe the Dopey challenge ten years from now? Bucket list....
Two weeks of marathon training done. The rest of real life resumes this week, with violin lessons and school board meetings and me making good on revising the resume and checking in with my chair about any last minute class openings just in case.
Nic - Thank you for the kind words. That is it, exactly. I feel like my weight does not reflect my efforts nor my lifestyle. It is frustrating. Honestly, I wouldn't care what the scale said, if my pants fit better.
Watching Paige and her Disney journey has made me think that I would love to do a Disney marathon (the thought going on a roller coaster in the middle of the race is epic). Real - She ran the Dopey in celebration of her 40th birthday.
Finally, my exciting news is that I am going to be going to Kansas City in late April (in between half marathons) to get my running coach certification!!!! I want to start coaching beginners after that!
Not perfect, Just amazing!
Word to the wise: using Dr. Google too much may be hazardous to your emotional and mental health.
I'm a bit of a wreck. Struggling so with just wanting to be a 'normal person' and not the pathetic, 'nebach' (Yiddish word for which there is no really good translation except pathetic unfortunate) with all the intestinal and dietary issues like some caricature character from a sitcom. Is that gluten free? Is that dairy free? blah blah blah
Also a night of bad dreams in which everyone I care about in my life basically told me they don't love me because I don't do things for them. (Of course, my experience with conditional love growing up and now...well...anyway. Sorry. Again, nebach.)
RR: None yet today. Hoping for a swim later this evening.
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)
Nic - I love you and so do we all. I am sorry you are struggling so much these days. FWIW I can't believe how many of my health, pain and digestive issues have magically lessened or cleared up in the last four months. I am still celiac and have some food allergies and sensitivities but I am so much healthier and more physically comfortable. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it? Especially when all of that stuff flares back up whenever I have contact with a certain individual. You will get there one day, when the time is right and you are ready and you will feel and be so much healthier. PLEASE go gently with yourself until that time comes. There is no judgement that the time is not here yet, just lots of love and hope that it will come soon and you will have the support to find your way.
Shanti, I suppose there probably aren't aloe vera plants in Canada. It's the only plant I actually took to college and have traveled with. I just cut open a stem and smoosh the juice all over my burn. I do this until the burn disappears and it always disappears. Once as a waitress, I was serving fajitas and the hot pad had a hole in it and left a bad burn on my hand. I didn't have my plant and it's the one big scar I have from lots of burns. Now you can buy straight Aloe Vera in a tube, I think, so I travel with that, too. Pm-ed you.
RR, aka Forward Motion: Walked 3 miles today. Didn't have the mojo to run but didn't want to do nothing. Sometimes I will just walk and then start my run but today it was all walk. It was actually a really good walk, too, in yucky weather.
Oh, Shanti, so happy to hear you are feeling so much better, physically and mentally.
@Mel, Iowa Acceleration Scale is a must for a grade skip. This requires achievement (preferably an individually administered nationally normed test -Woodcock Johnson or WIAT) and IQ before you can even start. The IAS does not, in my opinion, put enough focus on secondary skills that already tend to develop out of sync. I'd pay extra attention to her writing development and stamina as well as her organization (physical and mental) relative to peers. HTH. I have a blog, too. ;) PM or email if you need more specifics.
I was in Austin for 4 days. 50F temperature swings either way has me reeling. It was a good meeting, but in some ways we felt like captives - 6:45 am to 9:30 pm 3 days in a row. :zzz I got small amounts of exercise, but the hotel's fitness room had the heat set to 72F and no air moving. Hello abs and arms. No way am I getting on that treadmill.
bec--thanks for the update about Paige. That sounds lovely. As I was telling a friend (who has a friend who lives in Florida and did Dopey this year too), maybe in 10 years. I'd be turning 50, so maybe it would be a lot more workable on the kids and money front. I will have a decent income in 10 years, right?). I hope to run in Disneyland sometime in the next 5 years. Yay for getting your coaching certification this spring!
Geo--yeah on the 50-degree swings, and ick on such long meetings.
I find myself bouncing back and forth between optimistic and wanting to hide in a corner under a blanket. Some of that may be some dietary stuff (turns out that my body is just not tolerating the yogurt I won at the race, even with dairy digestive supplements and all) but a lot is the usual difficulties of an unknown future. A crystal ball would be nice.
Home at last!!!! I had such a great time in NH! My Dad is doing so well, actually he is even better than before the fall because they were able to figure out his thyroid medication (so he's not falling asleep constantly) and his diuretic for congestive heart failure (so he can talk without constant coughing). The only lingering issue is double vision which is improving. I worked with him on all kinds of eye exercises that force him to focus on things near, far and in between. My Mom appreciated the company and the help. I didn't let her wash a single dish while I was there! My brother came up with his son from RI for two days and my sister lives there already. The three of us (brother, sister and I) went out for a beer on Saturday night and it was awesome! I don't think we've all been together like that, without kids or spouses since maybe college... So nice to catch up with them both. Plus, just being in NH is balm for my Illinois-weary soul!
Of course, it wasn't all rainbows and sunshine. My Mom is a terrible driver and her constant braking and swerving makes me nauseous every time we get in the car! And my sister's son is a major handful with some real behavioral issues. But overall, I am SO glad I went! DH and the kids did great, in spite of snow days last Thursday and Friday. Everyone was back to school yesterday after a whopping 23 day break. Unfortunately, the kindergarten hallways flooded when pipes burst over the break, so library is cancelled for the week so one of the classes can use the library as their classroom. I was looking forward to getting back, honestly.
And I read 2 more books, including A Thousand Splendid Suns which I LOVED!
Shanti - your happiness is palpable in your posts!
Nic - Dingoes are wrapping you in love.
Bec - I think a visit to the doctor about your lack of progress would be an important next step. You work SO hard. You should be getting much more in the way of results.
And speaking of working hard, I'm off to the Y this morning to work off 25 days worth of bad eating.