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I think I might have my first mommy-friend.  It is early to tell for certain, but I think it might work out.

It is a little sad, as my kids are 4 and 6, but I have never had a mommy-friend.  I have always been a loner, preferring to spend my non-working time enjoying the kids or maintaining the household, instead of finding someone to hang out with.  Before we moved, I would take the kids to play with their cousins, but my sisters don’t really count for me.  I joined the PTA last year when my oldest started kindergarten in an attempt to meet other parents.  Let’s just stick with it didn’t go well and I’m glad we moved.

And I complicate things by being rather introverted.  After running into the same father picking up his first-grader from after-school care and then immediately again at preschool before we drove to houses within 1/4 mile of each other, I finally introduced myself to ease the awkwardness.  Our first-graders are in different classes, but they sit together on the bus, at lunch and during after-school care.  Our preschoolers are in the same class and sleep on cots next to each other.  They became hard to avoid.

So after months of further awkward “Hi” and “Have a nice day” and the kids begging me to go play with them on the weekend, I finally gave him my phone number to “pass along to the wife.”  Because randomly handing my number to another person, forget about a guy, was giving me enough anxiety without worrying about the other wife or my husband taking it the wrong way.  I had seen the wife a few times in passing at preschool but not introduced myself because she was always talking to someone else.

When she called, she was just as nervous as I was.  Good news for me, she also does not know a lot of people in town and had heard plenty about my kids from her own.  One of her concerns she expressed to her husband was if I was normal.  Was I trying to engage and involve her in something?  Did I expect that she would be my social chauffeur?  Happy to say, I came across as normal to her husband.  Also “tiny.”  I’m not sure how I feel about that one yet.  I debated it with my husband and he concurred with tiny.  Maybe I should start working on my upper body a bit more.

A pretty cool bonus is that she is also a budding runner.  I have never run with anyone before (save for races) and would happy to pick up a friend for a run or 2 during the week.

Prom 2011

The last close friends I had.  I am on the left in blue and about 15 lbs heavier than now.

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So I am still sick.  My left ear has been filled with fluid for over a week at this point.  My facial sinuses are starting to feel some relief though.  Unfortunately, I did not make either of my anticipated runs this weekend. 

I woke up early as planned on Saturday to start the lentil soup for Easter.  I felt terrible after a rough night and grudgingly conceded that I would not be going out during the free window I had.  So I rested for a couple of hours until I got up to shower and continue cooking.  I did well cooking and handling (tolerating) all the family in my house for the day.  The meal was done perfectly at 1 PM and everyone was happy.  A bonus of the ear fluid was that I could make it clear I could not hear well.  My mother is a terrible gossip and gave up the one-sided conversation when I waasn’t answering her.  Of course, then she went and cornered my father and stepmother.  Their problem, not mine.

Saturday night, I went to bed with the good intentions of getting up to try the 3 miles on Sunday.  I again had a rough night and felt tired when I got up.  But I got ready for the day, ate breakfast, did some laundry and dishes, intending to get done what needed to get done.  Then I got real tired.  I layed down on the couch and it was over.  My husband took the kids to the store and out to lunch, I slept for 5 hours.  I took it easy getting going again after they came home.  I was pretty hungry by dinner time and felt better by reading time, 8 PM.  I really enjoy the time we spend reading together before the kids go to bed. 

I set 2 alarms last night.  One for running and one for not running.  I ended up not running.  I decided that maybe since I crashed Sunday and I actually to work Monday, I should not use up all my energy before I get there.  It just wouldn’t do to have my 4 year old and parrot run the shop if I pass out, exhausted.

Which brings me to my new concern.  I can feel that I am slowly getting better, emphasis on slowly, but when should I just do it?  Tomorrow?  I’d like to.  Again, I am going to try to get up.  I remember reading in Runner’s World that you can safely break for 5 days without detriment to your training.  I have been off and on for 3 weeks at this point, with nothing since last Sunday.  Also, we had to move furniture on Saturday to set up the tables and I was really struggling with the couch.  The overall weakness I feel is not encouraging.  What if I can’t make my goals for the race in June?  I need to reset my training again, but how far back should I go?  I can say to my mind that I have not had my mental running boost for some time and I am just being negative.

So, stay positive, you can get back up.  I think I have reached a commitment point where that first step out is the hard one.  My face doesn’t hurt today and I did not have as much crap in my lungs this morning.  I have been sounding really yummy in the morning lately.  Since I run against traffic, I don’t really need my left ear, not much comes from that direction.  And I haven’t passed out today, so I probably slept it off yesterday.  And my Facebook profile only shows 8 miles for April, I have to change that.

Some parting words of recently aquired wisdom, muffin tins are good for more than just muffins.  I froze the leftover lentil soup and then bagged up the disks this morning for pre-portioned ready-to-go soup!

Frozen Lentil Soup in muffin tins gets bagged up!

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