Monday, March 30, 2009

This weekend I ran 8 miles on the treadmill. Although I hated most of my 85 minutes, I got it done. Since we had 12 inches of snow on Friday night (yes!! 12 inches!) It wasn't really very doable to run outside on Sunday. If you wanted to know, you will burn at least 1194 calories if you run 8 miles on a treadmill.

Also this weekend:

  • 2 soccer games and 1 basketball game cancelled

  • 12 inches of snow blown and shoveled off the driveway

  • 4 loaves of bread baked

  • elegant salmon dinner served to 4 couples as part of a donation

  • church attended (if you have a chance to hear Harvest of Sorrows ever, do it!)

  • payroll completed

  • Daddy Daycare watched with the kiddos

  • Bio Freeze applied to quads, and a VERY sound night of sleep!

How was your weekend?

good news for some Saucony lovers

Monday, March 23, 2009

I don't think I have a stress fracture (hurrah!). I was a good girl and didn't run all last week, and tried an easy 2 mile run on Saturday night. Not much pain, a little soreness, but I was able to complete. The real test was Sunday. Although I was supposed to do a long run with my girls Sunday morning, I still felt too sore in my hip to go. By Sunday evening I was feeling pretty good, and another (very experienced runner) gal and I went to try the softness on the treadmill for 3 miles. Once again, I completed it! Hooray! She said it was an unlikely place for a stress fracture, and probably just a muscle injury.

I don't have much soreness today at all, but am still resting. I will tackle a 4.5 miler tomorrow at lunch and report back...seems like my body was just trying to tell me something. REST!

For a few days there I was a little worried about what would happen on April 26th after all of this effort I have put in.
Hoping for a long run (7 miles) with the girls this upcoming Sunday.
ps, those above are my shoes, Saucony, and I LOVE them. I love them so much that I buy them over and over again, in every color, and often times 2 pairs at a time. Saucony should make me their spokesperson and send me pairs of shoes to try out...I'd even advertise for them on this here little blog...just saying!

not that way mom

Conversation with Carson (almost 9 years old) last night after he had a shower and was in the living room reading with me:

Carson: (walking in and unbuttoning his pj shirt)
Mom: "Why are you unbuttoning your shirt?
Carson: (smiling) "Because I am hot."
Mom: "Oh" (smiling)
Carson: (big grin) "Not THAT way, mom. I'm too warm."
Mom: "Oh, OK." (bigger grin)

Later as we are done reading and heading to bedrooms and Carson is buttoning up his pj's...

Mom: "Oh, you're done being hot?"
Carson: (smiling) "ma-ahm, it wasn't like that."

Later as I tucked him into bed and stole a good night kiss and noticed he had taken his shirt completely off...

Mom: "I see you took your shirt off, were you hot in your bed too?"
Carson: (grinning) "Ha Ha, mom."

I laugh to myself every time I think of this little exchange! My little boy is growing up. I didn't even know he knew what "that kind" of hot meant!

spring break

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our spring break was wonderful. From the few quality days we spent at home with our kids to the few days we spent in Kansas City at the NCAA basketball tournament with Carson and a friend, we couldn't ask for more!

A few things I have been thinking of:

  • there is no replacement for staying at a nice hotel and eating at nice restaurants for teaching children things like elevator etiquette, how to put your fork on your plate to let the server know you are finished with your meal, and what you do with your napkin when you get up to use the restroom during dinner

  • time spent alone with one child without the other around is so valuable. The dynamics are so different and concentration on that one child seems so much easier when you aren't the mediator

  • refinancing your home (and the required appraisal) is a great way to get around to all of those projects you have been putting off, like re-painting the exterior trim that was damaged in the hail storm 2 years ago, and raking up the leaves that have gathered under the bushes for the past few years

  • it is really hard to not be outside working in the yard when it is 75 plus degrees in March in Kansas.

  • 7 and 8 year old kids are really easy to bribe with money when you need things like raking leaves done

Thanks for reading! Hope your spring break is/will be as good as ours was!

What the Fuck Wednesday (on Thursday)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Two of my favorite things, moustaches AND tattoos.
What the FUCK?
Image from here, which by the way, has some interesting stuff.

stressed femur(s)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

these are femurs
I think my left one has a stress fracture
I tried to run tonight and had to turn back
we are off tomorrow to kansas city to watch basketball
it seems that rest is in order
I will make an appointment with the doctor for next week
what if I can't run in April...
has all this training been in vain?
please, no?
please, please no
I don't regularly cry, but I feel one coming on


Monday, March 16, 2009

On Saturday, Cara and I ran in the St. Patty's Day 10K race in Manhattan, KS. It was a beautiful day and the green beer after the race was even better! Above is not the finish line for our race, nor was it our time. We did it in 1:07. Which is not quite the 10 minute mile I wanted to do, but whatever.
We have been without children in our house since Friday morning. It feels strangely quiet, but relaxing. I will be lonely tonight, and anxious for them to be home sometime tomorrow. My brave, brave mother drove with them to Houston to visit my brother for a few days. Since the children are gone, I have successfully:
  • run a road race
  • painted my fingernails
  • made bread from here...awesome!
  • wheelbarrow-ed compost to the veggie gardens and tore apart the old, rotten compost pile
  • worked out and put off dinner until 8pm most nights
  • had a 5:30pm committee meeting

Aaah, the joys of spring break! Later this week we are off to Kansas City to watch the first round of the NCAA tournament being hosted there. Carson is over the moon about it! Pics to come!

sex on the beach

Thursday, March 12, 2009

...and no not that kind!

I just finished listening to On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. Boy was it good. Really good. At some times, it was uncomfortable to listen to, but I digress. My favorite line from the whole story was this:

"This is how the entire course of a life can be changed by doing nothing."

Now, sit and chew on that for a while...

What the Fuck Wednesday

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

image from here

For You, Julie!
Now, before everyone gets all "ooh, that is so inappropriate" on me, this is actually a video capture from Scott Redford's work that showed at the Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane in 2007. So there. It's "art."
Plus also, clowns make me say WTF too.
The show is called Bricks are Heavy and concerns itself with (weighty) issues like the Queer v. Gay issues and AIDS.


Monday, March 9, 2009


If you didn't notice, I was out of town all last week for work. However, this past weekend was really productive:



We finally got the kids' bathroom floor tiled. Remember back here when I was looking for more tile to match what I already had? Well, I finally saved up my money and had it shipped. Since we didn't have a basketball tournament this weekend, I scheduled my cousin to come help me (we do those things for each other) and we got it done!

If you look closely, the grout is actually grey (Silver Shadow!). All of the things in the room are silver, and I loved the look of the grey with the tile. Hopefully it won't get stained and look terrible as quickly as lighter grout would. All that is left is to seal it up an put the toilet back in place.

Hip Hip hooray! I'm off to rest my bruised knees and sore ass!