Thursday, January 31, 2008
I had such grand plans for getting organized in the new year, it hasn't exactly happened yet and the steps we have taken aren't as well maintained as I've liked. I guess we add that to the February list.
The exercise program is rocking. I am loving the tri training class despite the hard work and excruciatingly early hour for swimming. I graduated from the "learning to love the water" lane this morning which felt like a huge accomplishment--even moreso when I realized that not only could I keep up with them, I could pass many of them.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
According to my heart rate monitor I burned over 2000 calories--no wonder I've been a bottomless pit today! There is serious girl power in the class. While there are men in the class I didn't speak to a single one. The other women though, they'd give shouts of encouragement as they lapped me on the track. What a wonderfully positive place to be! There are older folks, heavier folks and just generally fun folks in the class and I am sure that will get me through. Thanks especially to Es for being so darned supportive and talking me down in my moments of what the hell have I gotten myself into!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Having said that the class was actually, dare I say, fun. The people were very nice. Its nice to have someone to run the workout so all I have to think about is executing. I am sure they will get harder but this morning was a good chance to literally and figuratively get my feet wet.
Today I officially feel better, its been a week in coming but I finally feel like I might get through the day without a nap. Bending over to pick something up doesn't make my head feel like it will explode. There was no whining this morning about getting up and ready for school (although there was a temper tantrum over one taking the socks of the other). Obviously we are making progress.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Hopefully tomorrow we'll all be ready to enter the normal world again. I guess I'll find out what I'm made of, my tri training class starts tomorrow--in the pool at 5:15 AM. That in itself isn't so bad, its the getting up prior to 5AM which, as far as I am concerned, still qualifies as night time.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I am allergic to cats and a dog is so much work. Hmmm, maybe a bunny. Gman's response was if YOU are going to be responsible for it, knock yourself out. So I started looking this fall. Contacted local rabbit adoption places as well as the humane society. The local rabbit rescue wanted a lot of information, home visits and only hosts adoption day once a month. Around the holidays Abby came home with a note from a teacher at her school--her brother had a bunny he needed to get rid of. I managed to put her off through the holidays.
Last night we finally agreed that things were as normal as they are going to get and went to meet Thumper. He's very sweet and soft. It'll be a good chore for the girls and a good incentive to get other things done so they can hang with him. So we loaded up the bunny, food, cage, extra bedding and litter and brought Thumper home.
Somehow, I imagine that you'll be hearing more about Thumper in the future.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
We got seated relatively quickly, after that there was nothing quick about the experience. It took at fifteen minutes for someone to take our order, close to half an hour to get salads--really, we know you make them ahead, how much time could it really take? Mine was about as forgettable as they come. We watched others get served (and others look disgruntled) around us. Finally a manager came over and apologized. In her nicest voice Es asked to make sure something would be done to compensate us--it had been well over an hour since we arrived at this point. She also promised more bread (it was 8:30 and we were HUNGRY) Finally dinner came, mine was okay but not great, the others said theirs was soggy and appeared to have been sitting around for a long, long time. Our waiter was nearly non-existent, occasionally he'd come by and fill a water glass or bring out a new soda but not often and never a word of apology from his mouth. We couldn't even get the bill paid when we finally finished after 9 PM--Gman had to go to the maitre d' to get him to track down our waiter to take our check. Needless to say, his tip was not large.
If the idea of restaurant week is to lure diners to your restaurant with a good deal your food and your service should give the impression that you'd like them to come back. For us, it is bye-bye for B. Smith. Gman and I have a reservation for dinner in Baltimore during restaurant week and I certainly hope the experience is better than this one!
The bright spot of the evening was definitely meeting DCLawyer and getting to know him a bit. He's cute and personable, the good Midwestern farm boy I would have expected with a bit of city smarts.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yesterday his no water drinking, eating crap ways got the best of him and he couldn't go, if you catch my drift. I am sure if you check him out later, he'll tell you all about it in excruciating detail. So last night we had at least our 100th conversation about how he needs to drink more water. Yes, I am happy he drinks a glass in the morning before he leaves and another one later but really, he needs more than that. Really, even MY acupuncturist says HE needs to drink more water. This morning the above picture shows up so apparently, he at least added one more glass. I went to spin class this morning, I am on water bottle #4.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I felt great, I had done it and according to my heart rate monitor burned 1300 calories this morning. By the time I got home and into the shower I wanted nothing more than a nap. So much for my grand organizational plans. I did get a few things done today. Most importantly Gman got all of the curtain rods and blinds up that have been sitting around for a few weeks. I did finally succumb to the bed for an hour after a trip to Lowe's and Costco because really, after a trip to Costco with three kids and the husband--you. deserve. a. nap.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I've been training more, getting ready to start the tri training class. I know from watching Esmerelda last year that it is going to seriously kick my butt. Hopefully I am ready for it, I know they will push me--that's what I am paying them for :) I am up to running for 20 continuous minutes which seems pretty incredible since a couple of months ago I was praying for a 2 minute interval to be over.
I have invested a bunch of cashola in the past couple of weeks--fins, heart rate monitor, platform for the front wheel of my bike. I am sure there is more to come. I am loving the heart rate monitor, seeing when I need to work harder and when I might need to take it a little easier. Most of all I love the calorie count it gives me for the work I've done!
Of course the hardest part is fitting it all in, especially this time of year. I can pull myself out of bed at 5AM a couple of days a week for spin class or cycling but I can't do it every morning. Some mornings I've been able to roust the girls a bit early and hit the gym after dropping them off and still make it to work before 9. Occasionally I can squeeze in a lunchtime workout but its hard and I always feel kind of grungy all afternoon even though I've showered. So here's to hoping that the class and its 3 hours of workouts a week will help me get myself schedule for the other 3 I need to do!
We had a minor victory for Boobah tonight. She is on her third session of skating lessons in the last year or so. The first time she passed from Tot 1 to Tot 2. She spent most of Tot 2 laying about on the ice and frustrating the crap out of me. Last week she returned to the ice and I was impressed with her determination to get up and keep trying. This week it all paid off! With slightly smaller skates she managed to spend the entire class on her feet rather than her backside. Yippee Boobah. She was so incredibly proud, her first real athletic accomplishment!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Last week when I was in Ohio for the holidays I caught an old episode on ESPN Classic and was frightened that I could remember watching it and knew who would win but I watched it anyway. Sunday night when the new edition of the show premiered I couldn't help but be pulled back into a different time and place. The women gladiators seemed a bit less, how shall we say, silicone, this time but were as over the top as always especially with the addition of Hellga.
An added bonus is a show, for a change, that Scott and I both enjoyed. With Hulk Hogan adding to the faux athletic event atmosphere it is bad entertainment at its best. The new twists, like having some events take place over a pool of water also make a good update of a classic. I love rooting for the underdog and I guess that's what we'll be doing for the next few weeks.
Monday, January 7, 2008
"I got nothin'!"
It was all could do not to laugh hysterically.
Sorry I've been absent, job, exercise, un-decorating, trying to organize, and recovering from the sinus ick have been priorities this week. Hopefully things will calm down--yeah, right, I know.
Hope 2008 has started well for all!