Wednesday, February 24, 2010

5k Countdown - 14 weeks to go

In an effort to rid myself of the extra pounds put on this winter, hibernating with a plenty of comfort food, I am committed to working them off by training for a 5k run taking place on June 5th. Yes, it's the morning of my oldest's high school graduation ceremony, but if I train properly, I won't even break a sweat. Right?

My first foray into this new regime was a 2 mile walk. I brought my 12 year old with me. We slogged through unshoveled sidewalks, avoiding puddles and little green goose "deposits".  He didn't see much sense in just walking. Where's the fun in that? But it was a great way for us to catch up and share some laughs, just the two of us. Before we new it, we were home. It was cold, but it felt good. And, although it was just about dinner time, it was still light out. Another plus.

Today the forecast is calling for a couple inches of lake effect snow. This might be a little tougher than I thought.

I ought to keep my pool pass laced into my shoes for motivation.

If you have any other ideas, I'm all ears!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

More Snow? Blame the Rodent

How is it that I was posting more frequently when I had no DSL connection...? To say that I'm busy is about as pointless as announcing that humans breathe air.

But, the day is about half over and about half of the items on my to-do list have been scratched off. It's going to be a good day. I can just tell. And, since I have not added any additional items to my list as the day wears on, I figure I'm ahead of the game. Hence the blog break before the flurry of the afternoon soccer games, finishing chores in between and prepping for dinner.

The day started out exceedingly well. Only two grocery stores to hit and everything I needed appeared to be in stock.

Then I got to the line, or should I say that the line got to me - all the way back in the refrigerated section.

"What gives?" I asked myself.

The woman in line ahead of me, leaning wearily over a cart stuffed to the brim, turned and said, "Didn't ya hear? Big snowstorm. Tomorrow night."

Reflectively, I looked at my  watch and countered, "But it's February! My crocuses are trying to push through!"

She shrugged her shoulders and resumed leaning.

I leaned to my left and grabbed another gallon of milk, cursing a ground hog I had never even met.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Weekend? What Weekend?

Friday at last! As much as I want to join in the "TGIF!" chorus, the words stick in my throat when I check my calendar.

Tonight, much-looked-forward-to party with dear friends. Saturday, two concurrent indoor soccer games, followed immediately by two concurrent pre-Turnabout dance photo shoots, followed by dinner out with my folks, siblings, spouses, etc. Sunday, ah, a welcomed breather, lots of time for the usual - weekly menu planning, grocery shopping and laundry.

Not to worry. I'm sure Monday will be here before I know it! I can look forward to closing my office door behind me, diving into my work with a hot cup of coffee in hand.

Wait a minute. What's this? The kids have Monday off...? Never mind. : \

Monday, February 8, 2010 last!

I don't know how it happened, but I know better than to question a good thing when it happens.

I was deep in thought, perusing the grocery store shelves when my 16 year old called with the news.

"Mom, I think the DSL is up!"

"Don't tease me."

"No, I'm serious. The Internet indicator on the modem isn't flashing red anymore. It's steady green."

I made it through the check-out lane in record time and returned home to see my laptop propped open on the kitchen table and humming happily.


While I'm looking forward to reclaiming a sense of normality, I do not want to loose my grip on the treasures I found during our recent down time. I vow to keep books, puzzles and coloring high on my priority list while I still have a "Little Love" to do them with. And, before my oldest resumes his fast and furious Facebooking (sorry, Mr. Webster), I'll be sure tape his report card and recently-received college acceptance letters directly in his line of sight.  Just because...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Unplugged - Part II

OK, it's been 10 days since our phone company erroneously cancelled our DSL service and it's taken them exactly that long to inform me that having it restored, without a land line phone, is just not possible in our area.

Yes, they had me swearing like a sailor, but I'm not one to hold grudges. Until "plan B" (anything but dial-up, please!) is implemented, I'll continue to log trips to our local library and/or Borders to connect as needed. In the meantime, I am getting re-acquainted with the things that I had gotten in the habit of giving up just stay plugged into the world wide web. Watching cartoons and working on puzzles with my younger guys, reading the newspaper front to back, cleaning my house -- you know, the little things. I even made 4 loaves of bread. From scratch!

I'm seeing pronounced changes in my older sons as well. They're getting to bed on time because doing their homework is not superseded by chatting online with friends (if you can call posting status on Facebook "chatting"). Just two weeks ago, they considered having phone conversations with their friends old-fashioned. Now that they know it's "de riguer", they don't give it a second thought.

I'm not sure how much longer we'll have to rough it. As long as I can still access my calendar and find maps at gas stations, I think I might just have to get used to this new unplugged lifestyle.  I'm even thinking of dusting off my old Smith-Corona, just in case...