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05-01-2009 08:35 AM
babybugmama http://www.mothering.com/discussions...7#post13687437
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05-01-2009 02:35 AM
Realrellim Poppy--hope you feel better soon.

Did speedwork today, 5 with a 3-mile tempo at 9:09, on hills. I'm glad it's done at any rate.

I'm missing my mojo to get anything else done. I'm hoping an extra cup of coffee might aid my motivation tomorrow.
04-30-2009 11:53 PM
poppywise
ugh...i have some sort of digestive issue today. it's only coming out one end right now but it's not pleasant and i have no other symptoms (fever, aches, etc)

we all ate the same meal last night: crockpot veggie lasagne and nobody else has this ...problem.

so i missed my run today, unfortunately. hope i can rehydrate and head out tomorrow.

in other news, in case i failed to mention it officially, the t-shirt order was placed on monday. i'll keep you posted on when they are due to ship to me.

mandy - you're going to be so ready for your big race

jo - so busy with the lambing! sounds like an exciting time on the farm
04-30-2009 11:40 PM
1jooj CFG, thank you. You have to have known how seriously much I needed that run!

Just finished dinner. :yawning: And I am having rumbly guts. I am afraid I am going to be getting up in the middle of the night. Weird.

Balancin1, Thanks! I am keeping your infos on tap for next time we head down.

Night, mamas!:
04-30-2009 11:09 PM
Nickarolaberry
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You rock, I just got off the phone with them. They are refunding the shipping! I order kids' stuff from them pretty often so I don't feel too bad about asking for it, and they were nice - their customer service has always been really good.

Thank you!!
Cool, I'm glad it worked! :

I am doing first an 'online yard sale' with our local community email group. I've had some bites, but nothing great. I can't believe I'm having trouble selling Hannas, etc.! Whod'uve thunk?! :

Went and 'checked in' for my 10K this weekend...makes it real! Okay, it's kind of funny: first of all the instructions for attaching the disposible chip are...I kid you not...TWO PAGES LONG.

Then, the line for check in was out the door. If you pre-registered, but didn't yet know the bib number (which was never emailed/indicated on the confirmation), you had to stand in a VERY LONG LINE to check your bib number on the computer. Then stand in line to get said bib number, then another line to get t-shirt, then wend your way through the expo maze (one direction only... had to go through to get out). Complete with scary perfume-sample people (only hawking charities, running gear, and gu) accosting one every five steps.

If you didn't pre-register, you could walk right to the front.

Anyway, I'm checked in, the proud owner of a disposible chip I can't figure out how to attach despite Japanese two page directions, and a gigantic cotton race t-shirt that only came in XL.
04-30-2009 09:05 PM
kerc
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So, how do you go about pricing stuff for a yard sale? Some of the stuff is el-cheapo, but other stuff (furniture, etc.) is better. How do you know? Yard sales aren't plentiful in my area but we are on a main road so it is a plus. Planning for mid-June.
I'm agreed with the price it so people will buy it, but if you're not 100% sure you want to sell, make it pricier.

I've held garage sales in various parts of the country -- haggling over prices is not universal.

I recently went through my daughter's closet, pulled out some clothes. I knew I could get At least 50 bucks for them at a yard sale if A) they ALL sold and B) it would require me to price them individually. Subtracting my time I decided to list them on our local parenting list: Two large ziplocks of girls 2-3 T $30. I had three calls within an hour. When I had more time than money I would rather price it and shoot for that 50-60 bucks. In my area you have to have an ad in the paper for a sale to be successful. Either that means coordinating with someone else OR it means I lose 25 bucks off the proceeds to run the ad. Right now I'm selling what I can via craigslist/moms' group and stuffing anything else I might want to sell into the attic. Hey it insulates the house right?:
04-30-2009 08:58 PM
grnmtnmama rode another 1.5 today on the singlespeed. rode with a woman who i really admire, she's super fast and fit (xterra tris are her thing) and we had a great time. I love the fact that I can hold my own on my hardtail singlespeed against a super fit woman on a geared, full-suspension bike. it made me really happy. also that i motored up some hills that i had trouble with in the past. feeling very motivated.

and the jeans that I bought at xmas time are totally falling off of me now. my newest, prettiest bra is on the smallest clasp setting and is actually becoming a little too generous for my reduced boobage.

Nic - i'd price things according to your desire to keep them/carry them back inside the house. IME furniture usually goes fast, especially when priced well.

i was just thinking that i'd like a spa afternoon and pedicure. it's so not my sort of thing, but it is relaxing and soothing. there's got to be a resort around here offering a good deal right about now...
04-30-2009 08:46 PM
cornflake girl plady - No worries. I still have the instructions from the first time I attempted this. I'm wondering, though...do yours say to only use plain ol' white sugar and no evap. cane juice? All I have on hand right now is ECJ.

kerc - I think you should go for it! Sure, it won't be fun to give up your summers, but how amazing would it be to go to work everyday feeling passionate and excited about it?

rr: 10.10 miles for JO. I really didn't want to run today so I logged on here this a.m. for motivation. Jo's post motivated me to get out there, and I even threw in 5 miles @ GMP (so I'd be finished sooner). I sent you and your babies lots of warm fuzzies while I was running. Hope they made it!
04-30-2009 06:28 PM
eksmom
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Originally Posted by Nickarolaberry View Post
So, how do you go about pricing stuff for a yard sale? Some of the stuff is el-cheapo, but other stuff (furniture, etc.) is better. How do you know? Yard sales aren't plentiful in my area but we are on a main road so it is a plus. Planning for mid-June.
I wouldn't call myself a yard sale expert, but the one time I had one, I priced stuff at what I thought was low/a good deal/what I was willing to accept and nearly every single customer wanted to bargain with me ("hey, this is 50 cents, would you take a quarter?"). So I would say price high enough to leave yourself room for negotiation.

So... now that I have been doing all this off-topic posting, I would like to say that I did a "don't think, just run" run yesterday. April has been a tough month for getting runs in due to holidays, work insanity, DS's birthday, and illness... but I'm not giving up. I ran a mile, walked a bit, and ran another mile, which is a C25K workout but I'm not sure what week. I thought of you all throughout the run and it helped to keep me going. I'll try to go again tomorrow, but I have an evening rehearsal so it may have to wait until Saturday.
04-30-2009 06:20 PM
eksmom
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Sometimes if you call them on the phone and tell them what happened they will credit you for the shipping. Code is APR28 and the PIN 00005725.

I have done that successfully before.
You rock, I just got off the phone with them. They are refunding the shipping! I order kids' stuff from them pretty often so I don't feel too bad about asking for it, and they were nice - their customer service has always been really good.

Thank you!!
04-30-2009 06:15 PM
Nickarolaberry
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I've got TONS of stuff to do the rest of the day and ZERO ambition to do it. We got back later than anticipated from the zoo, and now here I sit on the laptop. I need to shower, pick up the dog from daycare, figure out what dessert to make for dinner with a friend tomorrow and grocery shop accordingly, work on my financial statement since we go to the mediator on Monday, and look for leather sandals for DS to wear to SIL's wedding.

Okay serial posting, here.

1) I didn't know dogs had daycare. Cool.
2) I got ds nice leather (SmartFit) fishermans sandals at Payless for around $18 I think. Dark brown. Also saw similar at Target.

3) There is a sale right now at REI and among sale items are kids' keens for $35 and under (usually $45+).

Yes, I'm wasting time trolling the internet putting things in shopping carts I can't afford and won't buy. : :
04-30-2009 06:06 PM
HomeBirthMommy Nic-could you email that code to me please? It's gapaige at gmail dot com
Thanks!

Nevermind-Just saw your post!
04-30-2009 06:05 PM
Nickarolaberry
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I just scheduled a bikini wax and pedicure for next Saturday, right before we leave. I'm SO excited for the pedicure. I used to get them all the time, but it's seemed like a bit of a waste since I started running. Must have pretty toenails for the wedding, though!
One awesome thing about living in the NY metro area that I will miss is the cheapness of pedicure/waxing. I can get a pedicure here for $10 and a bikini wax for $15. Elsewhere it seems to be double.

So, how do you go about pricing stuff for a yard sale? Some of the stuff is el-cheapo, but other stuff (furniture, etc.) is better. How do you know? Yard sales aren't plentiful in my area but we are on a main road so it is a plus. Planning for mid-June.
04-30-2009 05:50 PM
tjsmama for all the dingos under stress right now. Nick, I can totally relate to the stress thing = losing weight. That's what got me down 4-5 sizes last year, from a 14 to a 6 (4 in some things!). There IS a bright side to stress.

We had a nice morning running 4.25 with a friend + strollers and then going to the zoo. I like running with this friend b/c her 4 month old often needs re-situated/adjusted/checked in on so I get a little rest break without feeling guilty about it. :

I've got TONS of stuff to do the rest of the day and ZERO ambition to do it. We got back later than anticipated from the zoo, and now here I sit on the laptop. I need to shower, pick up the dog from daycare, figure out what dessert to make for dinner with a friend tomorrow and grocery shop accordingly, work on my financial statement since we go to the mediator on Monday, and look for leather sandals for DS to wear to SIL's wedding. Oh yeah, and I get to spend 3.5 hours (!) on Saturday at a parenting after divorce class. Yeah, that should be fun.

I just scheduled a bikini wax and pedicure for next Saturday, right before we leave. I'm SO excited for the pedicure. I used to get them all the time, but it's seemed like a bit of a waste since I started running. Must have pretty toenails for the wedding, though!
04-30-2009 05:43 PM
Nickarolaberry
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Ugh, I ordered last night b/c yesterday was supposed to be the last day, and now I see they've extended it - and I couldn't find a free shipping code anywhere. Bummer.
Sometimes if you call them on the phone and tell them what happened they will credit you for the shipping. Code is APR28 and the PIN 00005725.

I have done that successfully before.
04-30-2009 05:35 PM
eksmom
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Anyone need a free shipping coupon for Lands End? Today's the last day of 30% of swimwear and free ship. They have rash guards on sale. My mom bought my kids a couple to avoid sunscreen issues.
Ugh, I ordered last night b/c yesterday was supposed to be the last day, and now I see they've extended it - and I couldn't find a free shipping code anywhere. Bummer.
04-30-2009 05:31 PM
Nickarolaberry Oy, Bec, bummer.

JayGee, that's so cool! Dh applied for two other Georgia jobs today...one in St. Mary's and one in...Brunswick? Maybe? Can't remember. The St. Mary's one is close enough to Jacksonville to be in shooting distance of at least a kosher butcher and possibly schools (although I'll be jobless, so homeschooling still possible).

Who knows...it's all so nebulous right now.

House is on the market, officially. Approved for a short sale, I hope.

I got into a skirt today that I haven't been able to wear in...a while! .

Stress + lots of running = new (smaller) size.

I guess there are some benefits to stress. I am going tonight to the race expo to check in for my 10K (It's also the LI Marathon/Half Marathon, so big expo) and am NOT BRINGING THE CREDIT CARD. I do, however, need a new hat, so am taking $25 of my monthly 'blow' money (we're doing Dave Ramsey) to splurge. The inner terry rim of my (10 year old) Nike running hat is disintegrating and getting pieces in my eyes when I start to sweat. YUCK. Time for a new one.

Anyone need a free shipping coupon for Lands End? Today's the last day of 30% of swimwear and free ship. They have rash guards on sale. My mom bought my kids a couple to avoid sunscreen issues.
04-30-2009 03:41 PM
bec Can I gripe for a moment? I feel like I've been doing that a lot! I seem to be having bad homeowners water karma today. We have a sunken patio in the back that has spotty sump pump action when it rains. If things aren't perfect, the back patio can back up, causing the downstairs to flood. It was starting to back up, and needed some encouragement to drain. While I was waiting for it to drain, I started doing the dishes that needed doing before I leave this afternoon. As I was running the garbage disposal, the U pipe going from the disposal to the drain popped off, soaking the cabinet underneath. It was messy and needed immediate attention. Thankfully, it was easy to fix. While I feel accomplished that I was able to deal with it on my own (definitely in DH's realm of household duties, not mine!), I wanted to be packing and relaxing (I had delusions of a nap this morning) before going! I'm glad I got caught up with the laundry yesrterday. I'm not doing it today! Goodness only knows what would happen!
04-30-2009 03:26 PM
Geofizz
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Sorry Wendy. Hope it works out for the best. I have not had good experiences (in my also male-dominated field) with crying in front of co-workers, but sometimes I think that they just have to deal with it; it's part of life.
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I agree. It does happen sometimes. I would like to think it's just as valid as the more typically male emotional outbursts that happen in a male-dominated workplace.

I hope that embarrassed feeling fades away soon.

P.S. And sometimes tears DO get you somewhere.
Yeah. Last time it got me a spot in daycare.

I can rant all day about being female (+young +with kids) in a college with 13% women. I had a male faculty member near and dear to kerc's heart inform me that women who cry in his office are immature. I told him I tend to take tears as a sign of extraordinary stress.

DH has never had a permanent position in this area. He's done well on contract work, working >85% time since we moved here, though that has suddenly dried to nothing.

What I find most appalling is that I was supposed to just know that I could ask a dean for a position for my husband. I'd been led to believe (maybe purposefully or accidentally) that since he's not an academic without a PhD, I have no place in asking for employment help.

Stress levels are stabilizing, but still very high. I got a nice compliment from someone in my field today that helped.

OK, back to work.
04-30-2009 02:57 PM
kerc
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A little pissed at myself, a little pissed at the system, a little embarrassed by my behavior, and little release. Crying in front of the right people might get DH a job on campus, though, so that would solve a bazzillion problems. Maybe it was worth it.
And why the h*ll it takes crying to get your faculty spouses jobs on a major university campus, when said spouse has a good work background and is semi-flexible about what kind of work, well that's one of those questions as to why there aren't more women scientist faculty members.

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Yup, it's possible. As are any number of other places. Hopefully wherever I go there will be dingoes somewhere in the vicinity.
We're everywhere you can get the internets......I was semi-hesitant to move to the northern climate of northern minnesota, and I found that although I do miss the warmth of the summers, it's only for a week. One can always ADD clothes, there are only so many you can take off.



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Um, yeah, so I just bought a two-pack of Costco sized Nutella today. Thanks a lot, guys.


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Major taper here. I ran a lap around the soccer field at practice today.

I have one sudden, major breakdown a year. Today was the day. It totally took me by surprise. The witnesses to this one were assoc deans. :
Did the taper bring on the meltdown? That always happened to me in college -- like somehow all the stress I was burning off doing the training would still be there when the training wasn't.



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Sorry I am MIA and too busy to get personal, Dingos. This, too, shall pass. Maybe I will run tomorrow...
How are the lambs?


Cold rain here. I didn't run yesterday as planned, instead I moved dirt about 10 feet from where it had been delivered into the new raised beds in my front yard. I got about 1/3 of the dumptruckful moved.

I'm pondering participating in a study group for preservice midwives. Some are training to be professional midwives, one isn't planning on becoming actively practicing until 10-15 years from now. Background: in high school I thought I would be a midwife. Although I didn't really want my practice to be exclusively birthing women.I just wanted to do health care for normal people, but was turned off by the horror stories I heard of women in medical school. I also (stupidly) thought, my god if I become a doc I'd be 30 before I was even working. Instead I got my phd in geology, my heart's not in the research and I was 33 before I finished anyhow. So....I'm considering doing a weekly 2 hour study session. But I don't know if I can give up my free summer......
04-30-2009 02:53 PM
Mommabelle Slowly working myself into the better mental place and out of the rut!
Homeschool is going great today. In fact ds said he was worried if we did too much work today, that we wouldn't have enough to do tomorrow!

Running at 3 o'clock today.

Nick..I know just what you mean about running is just "being time". I'm also starting to appreciate swimming, because I concentrate so much that it's almost like 30-60 min of zero thoughts other than breathing!

Geo, MB...I have been on a silent mental feminist rant the last few weeks. (some people piss me off) In my mind I am using a special compound word for some men..(the initials are MF) I have started to store up a pocketfull of comments for the next time I hear or experience any garbage.
04-30-2009 02:39 PM
Mel38
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No shame in a meltdown;
I agree. It does happen sometimes. I would like to think it's just as valid as the more typically male emotional outbursts that happen in a male-dominated workplace.

I hope that embarrassed feeling fades away soon.

P.S. And sometimes tears DO get you somewhere.
04-30-2009 02:32 PM
eksmom Geo, I must've missed the news about your DH's job... I hope he finds something soon! No shame in a meltdown; sometimes you just have to let it out no matter the circumstances.
04-30-2009 01:59 PM
Runningmommy totally off topic here but question: why is a kitchen measuring spoon of 1 teaspoon, less liquid than a teaspoon in one of those spoon/tubes that you measure medicine for the little ones in?

Yes, it's the silly things that occupy my mind.
04-30-2009 01:57 PM
JayGee
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NIC~Indy????

Jaygee~Indy today??
No, we're going up tomorrow . We're taking the kids to the children's museum in the morning, then over to the expo after lunch. Then we'll take my parents to the airport hotel where they are spending tomorrow night, then back to Bloomington. Phew...

Nick ~ all three of those possibilities sound great to me! We live an hour south of Indy. I went to college in Maine, just south of Bangor. And my DH is from Savannah ! Ask me anything .
04-30-2009 01:35 PM
mamabeth Sorry Wendy. Hope it works out for the best. I have not had good experiences (in my also male-dominated field) with crying in front of co-workers, but sometimes I think that they just have to deal with it; it's part of life.

Happy Taper everybody! I hope you all have an awesome race. will be virtually cheering you on.

I am back at work and very tired, wishing for some good Italian espresso. I did run my loop this morning and took a few minutes off, weirdly enough! I gained a few pounds in Italy but apparently some of it was muscle. We did hike a TON.

Mandy, this wouldn't be the dolomites, although I'm sure that would be AWESOME, it's the Cinque Terre which were these crazy little trails by the coast. Kind of the foothills of the dolomites. If I go back, I'm totally renting a bike (they were closed bc it's the rainier season).

must get some more done, it's good to be back but I am being hit with real life now and it is unwelcome.
04-30-2009 12:25 PM
Geofizz
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Geo - Do you feel cleansed?
A little pissed at myself, a little pissed at the system, a little embarrassed by my behavior, and little release. Crying in front of the right people might get DH a job on campus, though, so that would solve a bazzillion problems. Maybe it was worth it.
04-30-2009 12:19 PM
Plady
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plady - the scoby arrived safely today...thank you! Hope you feel better soon.
Robin! I keep meaning to apologize for not including the care and feeding instructions that Jo started me off with. Do you need them? I think the important fact is that it has been raised on sugar, not honey. But let me know if you want the full deal and I'll PM you.

Indy racers - Have a great time! I know you all will, I'm all envious that you'll get to hang out. I can't wait for the west coast version in July, I'm all jittery for you guys now!

Nick - : that the right placement works out for you. I can imagine the stress you must be feeling.

Jo - Hang in there mama, I'll run for you today. I'm only doing 3 though, is that okay?

Ah nutella, dd1 used to call it "chocolate chocolate" when she was little and it was our standard bribe for her to take any medicine that she didn't want to take otherwise. Happily it is something I find totally resistible but she and dh are nuts for it.

Geo - Do you feel cleansed?

So whatever is going on with my boob hasn't gotten any worse but it's still there being tender and sort of red. I'll keep on with the supplements but like I promised Jo, I have to run today so hopefully it won't be too bad getting jostled and squished.
04-30-2009 11:49 AM
towsonmama
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And looking for the *perfect* marathon training plan. Can't decide b/t Galloway and Higdon.
I used Higdon and really liked it.
04-30-2009 10:49 AM
Mel38
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Originally Posted by eksmom View Post
You could see if your local grocery stores have this - our Kroger has it and it is really yummy.

ETA: here's the manufacturer website w/ a "find a store near you" link.
I've never tried it! Sounds great. My kids are so strange - none of them like peanut butter. I could live on the stuff! Mix in some chocolate, and I'm in heaven!! :

Ooh, here's another thing that I tried at the Cooper River Bridge 10k expo - I wish they had been giving away jars of it instead of tiny samples. It was yummy! Oh, but I only liked the chocolate flavored one, not the regular. The regular peanut butter flavor was a tad on the sweet side. Anyway, they are supposed to carry it at Earth Fare, but I forgot to check for it the last time I was there.
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