Archive for March, 2010

Am I crazy!

Yes.  Yes I am.  But on to my post….

I started running again a few years ago.  I don’t exactly remember why, but my BFF, my cousin and I all decided we were going to sign up for a 5k.  I think we were looking for a quick calorie burn.  We didn’t train much (read that as – we didn’t train at all) and almost died!  Since then we have done quite a bit a running between us.  My cousin even stared training for a marathon.  She got a few 1/2 marathons into it when she realized her body wasn’t meant to run marathons, and she now sticks to shorter runs.  My BFF has done several 10ks and even a mini triathlon.  I went a bit slower and I’ve done several more 5ks and even a couple of 10ks.

I have a few different friends who are runners, and some that are almost runners (like me).  The talk right now between several of us is a 1/2 marathon.  My friend Melissa is a great runner.  She has done a couple of 1/2 marathons already, and she has been encouraging  me to sign up for one in May.  I’m seriously thinking about it.  Thinking about it enough that I’ve kind of started training for it just in case!  I haven’t signed up yet though.  I’m sure part of me is hoping it will be full when I’m finally ready.

So this weekend, I ran 7 miles!  Without stopping!  And while I’m really very proud of myself, part of me is scared to death.  It was really hard, and a 1/2 marathon is 13.1.  How will I ever run 6 more?  It worked out this week that I was able to get a couple mid-week runs in and go for a long run this weekend, but our life is not consistently encouraging and supportive of me having time to run.  We are going camping next weekend, and I’ve already tried to map quest the area to see if there are any roads that would let me do a run without getting lost, ran over or attacked by wild animals.

The race I’m looking at is May 1st.  If I can stay on track, there is a chance I could be ready.  (Ready does not mean in contention to win, get a good time, or even run the whole thing)  We’ll see how the next few weeks play out and I’ll keep you posted!


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Missy Moo gets a new doo!

Missy Moo got a cutie of a hair cut last weekend! It is really stinkin’ cute! The lady started out cutting really fast; I think she was afraid she wouldn’t hold still for long. She quickly understood what a good girl MM is. She ended up sitting there, stone still, for over 20 minutes while she cute the layers in the back perfectly and then took a razor to her neck. She was a super star! And now… she likes to tell people, “I got a hair cut… and I look toot!”

This is the before while we waited our turn.  She was looking pretty scraggly and rag-a-muffin.


After 🙂

She looks so sweet, and the cut works great with her straight hair.  I just love it!

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Ballet waiting games

Doodle just loves going to her ballet class every Tuesday. Unfortunately, Missy Moo and I have to kill an hour every Tuesday.

This week J actually had Baseball practice at the same time, so it was just MM and I.  She quickly hooked up with another little girl who was waiting for her sister and they played.

They drew pictures on the floor in notebooks and shared their toys.  Missy Moo loved her camera, and was a good girl and shared her Leapster.

She is such a good girl!  Side note – she also dressed herself!

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Lately the articles I read on Simple mom have really been touching me. Things I need to work on, things I really agree with. I just read her post on routines with your family.

I’m a total planner and love when everything goes as planned. Unfortunately, it never goes exactly as planned so I often resist making a strict routine for fear of failure. Of course I have a lose plan to our days. Work and school kind of make us. But it is funny, every summer when the kids and I are off, I tell myself I’m going to make a “schedule” to help us get the most out of our days at home together. Then by the first week of August, I realize that summer is just about over and I never did it.

I loved several of Simple Mom’s ideas, specifically of MITs (Most Important Tasks). I always look back at my day and think about what I got done and then measure whether the day was productive or not. I think if I had 3 things I just HAD to get done, that would be a better measurement. And since I LOVE a good list, this might work well for me.

I also agree with her that cutting back on TV will give you unbelievable amounts of time. I haven’t really watched TV since reality television became vogue. It just don’t care for it. I use that time in the evening to catch up on work, read my blogs that I stalk follow, update my own blogs, read novels, etc. Now I don’t know wh0 the current bachelor is, but I get the gist of the show just by reading Facebook updates! And Facebook has actually become my version of the news. I hear about all the big stories there, sprinkled with my friends’ opinions about them. Much more entertaining than the nightly news!

My schedule seems to ebb and flow (as I’m sure everyone’s does). There are weeks that are particularly rough at work and I’m not able to exercise as often I want, and other weeks where I can plan on getting a run in several times. I have found the more I put them on the calendar the more often they actually happen. I also think it would be beneficial to all of us if I honored a “quiet time / nap time” more. Missy Moo usually gets her nap a few times a week, but the other two are often on the go and playing and learning from dawn till dusk and I know Doodle especially could use the down time. O-kay, I could use the quiet as well!

So maybe this summer, I’ll do it. J is going to do swim team this year, so we will definitely need a little bit of a plan. Maybe I’ll get a rough schedule together so we have the time to do all the things we want to do, not just he have to dos. How about you. Do you have a daily schedule? Do you wish you did?

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Legos anyone?

I found this idea while I was randomly surfing blogs one day. I found it here, and showed it to the Hubby. He thought it was fun and the wheels started turning. Next thing I knew, he brought home a coffee table that a friend was getting rid of, broke out the glass and wood from the center sections, primed and painted it black, and was shopping for sheets of Lego brick. The kids absolutely LOVE it, and every kid that comes over walks right over to it and starts to play and build and create. I would like to get it out of my family room eventually, but for now – it works.

I’m linking to the Shabby Nest.

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falling off the wagon

Last week was a rough one. I can’t put my finger on what made it busier or worse than any other week, but I was in a funk. (I probably wasn’t very fun to be around either.) So on Tuesday…. I caved. I ate 5 girl scout cookies. Then …. I got it back together!   Then…. Saturday….. I had a scoop of ice cream. (I told the hubby it was his fault for buying the Ben and Jerry’s). I’m trying to climb back on the no sugar bus, but I feel like I’m letting myself slip when I was being SOOO good. I had some M&Ms at book club on Sunday too – but only a couple!

I don’t think I’m craving it quite as much as I was in the beginning. I think I’m just eating out of habit, stress and boredom. In fact, that is why I want to keep going – to see if it was just a hormonal week and that I really have gained some control.

I think I need a new plan. Maybe an end date to the complete ban with a modified version for the future? Truthfully, I’m surprised I did as well as I did for 2 weeks. Actually shocked. I’m thinking strict no sugar until next Tuesday, so I can say it was 4 weeks – then something like no dessert mid week? Or only dessert after dinners? What do you think?

I’ve got to tell you that I did buy a scale last week. Unfortunately I hadn’t weighed myself since December, so I’m not sure where I started at. Since then I’ve lost about 5-7 pounds. (depends WHEN I weigh myself) I think that is pretty good. I also pretty sure most of that happened in the last few weeks during my sugar ban. I don’t really need to lose more weight, but it would be great to not gain it all back in 3 days too.  So, help me – send me some guidance.

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Book Club

I was recently invited to join a book club.  These ladies had already met a couple of times when I was asked to join.  I was really excited to read some new books and talk about them with other gals.

They had chosen The Time Traveler’s Wife to read for this meeting.  I have to say, it wasn’t my kind of book.  I’m not sure what exactly didn’t work for me, but I didn’t love it.  I think the plausibility of the time travel, the crappy life he had because of the time travel, the incomprehensible time line that effected cause and effect – all frustrated me.  If he keeps going back and forth, what really happened first?  It took me an uncharacteristically long time to get through and really didn’t enjoy it.

Some of the ladies really liked it.  They were able to find the love story in it – but I think they were digging.  I am interested in seeing the movie now.  (I wanted to wait until after the book club met, so I wouldn’t confuse the two)  I’m hoping that the movie helps me see a love story. Maybe they will take out the really weird parts for me!

I’m excited to start our next selection.  We decided to read The Soloist.  This book was recently made into  a movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Fox and I’ve heard it is fabulous.  (I’ll let you know)  We came upon this selection while looking on our local library’s website.  They offer something called  “book club in a bag”.  In essence you get 10 copies of a single title to read and discuss.  Isn’t that brilliant!?  Nobody has to go out and buy the book or track it down through their friends via Facebook, like I did.  If you have a book club – check out your local library for this resource.

Anyhow – Time Traveler’s Wife ….mmmmm 2 stars??  Did you read it?  What did you think?

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