Monday, August 31, 2009
I haven't blogged since Tuesday because I haven't really been down to the computer much. I'm avoiding stairs. After my 5k run last Sunday, my ankle decided it wasn't healed and started hurting again. Back in May when I had the bursitis drained (which I didn't feel was the problem - I'm just saying?), my doctor made me an appointment to see a specialist, but the earliest appointment was in September (does that make it seem like the doctor is worth waiting for or not?? - he is good, but extremely busy).
Well, for some bizarre reason (maybe because I just said to someone - "I haven't had any back trouble in about five years" - will I ever learn?) on Wednesday night I moved just right to completely put me out-of-whack. I can't tell you what I did, but within a 15 minute window while putting the kids to bed I ended up in more pain than I've had in a long time. A theory held by some of you is that I've been overcompensating to protect my ankle while exercising that I moved just right to hurt something that was on the verge of causing problems.
Thursday was a rough day. I laid in bed most of the day on ice. I told someone that I was coming up with new curse words because it hurt so bad. Thursday night a friend of mine had her husband call (he just happens to be a doctor) and he gave me the right combination of meds that allowed me to sleep that night and start to get relief from the pain. I'm a poor medicine taker, but I stuck with this combination for relief and it has helped - anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxers, and pain killers.
I am doing much better now. Not 100%, but better. I attempted church and shepherding group yesterday and I survived, with the help of some 'friends' (if you know what I mean). Of course, my ankle is feeling relief from a combination of no exercising and drugs.
I know, I know, I'm a mess! But I'm healing - and my appointment with the orthopedic specialist is coming soon.
Can you believe tomorrow is September? (I'm excited, Fall is my favorite time of year, but to go along with the title - it is my worst season for allergies).
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The kids have been in school for nine school days. I try to alter their lunches and keep them from getting bored. I also try to make sure they have enough items so they aren't hungry. There is always a granola bar or something similar at the bottom, just in case they need something extra on a certain day.
As I was getting things ready this morning, it occurred to me that Daegan (my biggest eater by a long shot) always eats everything in his box. I know he isn't handing things out or throwing things away because he said he isn't and because he brings the empty bags home.
So, what does a pint-size, giant-appetite kindergartner eat?
A PB&J sandwich, a yogurt (if you put it in the freezer it is thawed and ready by the time lunch comes around), two oreos, a pack of fruit snacks, chips, pretzels and the 'extra' granola bar is always missing too.
I don't even want to think about feeding him as a teenager.
Monday, August 24, 2009
What was I doing? Organizing toys!
I went through every toy box in the various bedrooms and tried to combine different themed toys into different boxes. I put matchbox cars in one, all lego and kinex in another, superheroes in one and other characters in another, G.I.Joe guys in one and green army guys in another. I also threw away every toy that was slightly broken (which is why I had to do this while the older kids were in school and finish before they got home).
I came across two interesting facts about our toys that I don't know if I find amusing or disturbing. I had to make the biggest box our "gun box" which totaled 43 guns, and that doesn't include all the ninja stars, swords and other weapons I threw in. Also, and this just disturbed my OCD, in the Lego box I found about 15 Lego bodies (and I know we have more), only three had heads - maybe the vacuum is to blame for this one?
In case you were wondering I did not make it to 6AM aerobics this morning, maybe tomorrow?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I'm a numbers person. I know, that may make me a geek, but I like lists and numbers. I keep track of random things, just because. I keep track of my running online. It really helps to look back at what I've done, what my time was and certain conditions (sleep quality, ankle troubles, etc.). I know - geek! I'm also extremely competitive, so this helps me look at what I've done and desire to do better.
Blogging about it also helps me push to do better.
So, tonight I ran/walked a 5k. Here are some numbers that some of you runners could probably laugh at, but for me, they are a huge improvement.
I have run a 13 1/2 minute mile, but my first mile has been around 14:25 consistently. Tonight I didn't want to push too hard because I was going for a 5k, but my first mile was 14:05. When I ran the other 5k (on July 15) my time was 54:50. Tonight my time was 49:05 (almost a 6 minute improvement). I probably could have pushed harder, but I wanted to improve next Sunday night and not get frustrated if I had a slower time - silly, I know!
This is all exciting to me. I was a lot more focused on the goal when I could put on my iPod headphones and not hear all the kids questions/problems.
I still desire to find a good pair of runnings shoes, but I don't know if that really helps your time or just your comfort?
..wonder what the chances are I'll get up for 6AM aerobics...hmmm...?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Here is what some of my Shuffle looks like (no particular order, just a select few alphabetized):
- Black Dog, Led Zeppelin
- Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, KT Tunstall
- Cannonball, The Breeders
- Crush with Eyeliner, R.E.M.
- End of the Line, Traveling Wilburys
- Daughter, Pearl Jam
- Good Feeling, Violent Femmes
- Hella Good, No Doubt
- Hey Joe, Jimi Hendrix
- If Today Was Your Last Day, Nickelback
- Just Like Me, Sarah McLachlan
- Piece of My Heart, Janis Joplin
- Rehab, Amy Winehouse
- Roam, The B-52's
- Selling the Drama, Live
- Sleight of Hand, Pearl Jam
- Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics
- What's Up?, 4 Non-Blondes
- Yellow, Coldplay
- Yellow Ledbetter, Pearl Jam
I tried to keep it to more upbeat songs for running/exercising. There are a lot more songs on my playlist, but this is a small sample for me to look back on when I'm complaining about my kids music during the teenage years. :)
What would be/are some of your playlist songs?
The house that Jason has been working on this week is 55 minutes away. To make that much driving worth it, he has been working very long days and then has had a long drive home. Therefore, every night this week (even my birthday on Monday, but I'm not complaining...am I?) he has worked until about 8:00. Some nights he even missed seeing the kids, which I hated, but school nights can't be messed with.
Anyway, today we had a very lazy Saturday. This is something I'm not always good at, but I think I did a very good job today. I didn't do my Wal-Mart run this morning (which means I'll get to do it Monday with two kids) and I didn't do a few of the other errands I 'needed' to do. I drank coffee in bed and hung out with Jason until noon, made lunch, played with my new iPod shuffle (a b-day gift from Jason's brother and sister-in-law), took a nap and then Jason and I went out around 4:30.
We went to Target, The Chop House (which was good, but not really worth the money spent - I just really wanted a filet mignon and a good baked potato and that is what we came up with), and then we went browsing at Best Buy. We are exciting people, I know. It was just so nice to be with my hubby without a kid needing something...ya, know?
Ahhh, date night!!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
He does not have strep, but he does have a cold. He can go to school as long as he doesn't get fever. So here on Day 6 of school, he has already missed his chance to get a perfect attendance for the year.
Seriously, how do people do that?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Today was Day 1 with David. He is 10 weeks old and was actually a lot of fun - a very sweet baby (hopefully, he'll stay that way). You really do forget how much a baby eats, sleeps and poops when you are two years away from it. He napped, he ate, he layed on the floor and smiled at Capps' goofy games and then he needed to nap again. The boys loved on him a lot and Capps is claiming David as his true best friend! Capps is counting down the days until David comes back on Tuesday.
This is my way to get a 'baby fix' weekly without being kept awake at night with baby woes. Maybe it will work?
Capps and Mac and I enjoyed our 'Pretzel Date' and then some time at the mall playground with cousins and friends and a little bit of shopping. I also decided to tackle a project that I didn't dare do while everyone was home.
We have a closet downstairs that is our storage/junk closet. We get a lot of hand-me-downs, which I love and will never complain about, but we have gotten a lot of things lately that are still a little too big for the kids. I just keep setting things in the closet and hope to get to it later - out of sight, out of mind. Plus, as the kids grow out of things I'm always just throwing a few things here and there.
I pulled everything out of the closet (yesterday and today), went through boxes and sorted into size/sex/season, goodwill pile and a pile of things to sell at a consignment sale that starts Sunday, (which means I had to tag all of those items for the sale).
Here is my closet now (you should have seen it before).I really love to organize and I'm so happy (is that sick?) to have everything labeled and easy to find.
Can you guess what kind of diapers we use?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
On Facebook, there is something called Flair. It is a bulletin board of pins, aka Flair. What is it for? Absolutely nothing. Just another way to waste time when you should be cleaning the house.
I've been sent two different ones over the past month that really made me laugh and I wanted to share:
One of them said:
"I have CDO, it is just like OCD, but the letters are in the right order....like they should be"
and my favorite:
"I don't skinny dip, I chunky dunk"
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
36 more hours!!!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I had fun listening to the kids remember certain parts of each adventure. They got very animated and excited at all this remembering and it helped me realize how important these memories are to make (not matter how much work they are for me sometimes).
This summer we've had a lot of picnics and not a lot of fast food, due to not a lot of work to go around for trim carpenters. Today I decided to treat the kids to McDonald's - and get Happy Meals!! We haven't gotten Happy Meals for a few years, we usually take our own drinks and get the least amount of food as possible. The kids were very estatic and very appreciative for the Happy Meal news. I called a new friend to join us and she and I got to visit while the kids played on the playground.
It was another summer memory to store away.
The kids get to meet their teachers next Tuesday and then school starts Thursday.