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8-minute mile? And not in a car either!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

DD came home today and told me that for softball she needs to be able to run a mile in under eight minutes. emoticon

For all you runners out there, you're probably thinking okay. And? Well, I'm not a runner (at least not right now) and my daughter hated soccer because of...yes, you guessed it...the running! And she needs to be able to run a mile in eight minutes??

Okay, so we'll start practicing. I'm not sure when softball tryouts are, but now is as good a time to start as any! The road we live on has an easy to measure mile. I told her we could walk the ~1/8th of a mile to the one end and then start jogging. As soon as one of us needed to stop, we would. Then we could start jogging again. Eventually we will be able to run/jog the whole mile. Once we're at that point, then we can start cutting down the time.

I told DD that we would start 8:00am. She couldn't understand why we had to start sooooooo early in the morning! Early? HA! emoticon emoticon I'll try to get her up in the morning and see how her motivation is. If we wait until too late, it will be too hot and it will be much harder to run. If she doesn't want to go outside in the morning (beautiful time and beautiful place to exercise!) she can start on the treadmill upstairs. Not quite as beautiful! LOL! emoticon

I am hoping that she decides she wants to run outside. It will be a good reason for me to run as well. I'll keep you updated!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/26/2010 7:22AM

    I'm baffled as to why you need to be able to run a mile in 8 minutes for softball. Surely there isn't any long distance running involved in the sport? I thought it was more short bursts of energy over short distances (between bases & running after the ball)? It sounds more like the bleedin' Army(!)
Best of luck with your training. I hope it all goes to plan.

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MGRIFFITH32 7/25/2010 8:12PM

    Keep us posted!

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MOM2ACAT 7/25/2010 6:57PM

    Wishing you both the best!
I don't jog, but lately it's been taking me 10 minutes just to WALK a half a mile, so I think if you can run a mile in just 8 minutes that would be awesome!

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GEEMAWEST 7/25/2010 12:21PM

    You are an awesome mom!!

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CARLANNIE 7/25/2010 9:59AM

    So - it just happens to be 7:59 a.m. right now. Is she up?

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BKNOCK 7/25/2010 7:08AM

    Wow, that would be awesome
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ELYMWX 7/25/2010 12:33AM

    Good luck to you both!
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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Oh...and giraffes!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Went to the zoo with the kids yesterday. First stop...African Exhibit! It was a new exhibit and we wanted to be sure to see it first.

There was a boat you could ride (for $1 per passenger) that would take you on a mini-African safari. Very mini - maybe 3 minutes. But, you did get to see the Mango Bay monkeys and you can only see them from the boat.

DD "loving" her life vest (after all, the water was up to 2' deep in places! LOL!!)

Mango Bay monkey (no charge for you to see them!)

Then to the giraffes! Loved the giraffes. Did you know that giraffes are really tall? And have humongously long tongues! So cool!

Then to the lions. It was warm and they were apparently really tired. I offered to let the boy go scratch the lion's tummy...after all, that's what she looked like she wanted! LOL!

Lots of other animals but I think the kids liked feeding the goats best. They were so cute! Oh...the goats were too. emoticon

It was a blast!

Afterward, we met my mom for lunch and then headed to a local park. All in all, a very nice day.

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NEWNAC304 7/24/2010 12:06PM

    Glad you had a good day. I love zoos!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/24/2010 8:23AM

    Did you know giraffes' tongues are blue? I know this from first-hand experience when the giraffe at the zoo tried to lick me!
We were in the pen, as the female had just given birth. We were told not to make any noise so we didn't frighten the little one, but when the giraffe came for me I screamed as I ducked for cover, lol. Yes, I got thrown out.
It sounds like you all had a blast. I do love the zoo, but it's very expensive over here, so I haven't been for years.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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CARLANNIE 7/24/2010 8:17AM

    I'm certainly glad you didn't charge us to see the Mango Bay monkey - thanks! I feel very special now.

Love the pics of your kids - sounds like you had a great day. Stay cool this weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BKNOCK 7/24/2010 6:51AM

    Nice pictures! None of you? I am glad that you had a good time!

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JABCLUB 7/24/2010 12:13AM

    I loved going to the zoo with my kids when they were little! I can definitely remember the giraffe tongues -- very long! Glad you had a good day!

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Five sweet, blissful hours spent in solitude!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Well, solitude from the kids and responsibilities anyway. LOL!

Started the day by sleeping in almost to 8:00! Woo hoo! Left for the gym and got my workout in before doing anything else. Ate breakfast, gathered all the stuff I needed, cut the loaf of bread and wrapped the slices and then headed out for MY day.

I started by running errands (bank, post office, turning in aluminum cans) and then headed to Kohl's. Found a great pair of capris on the clearance rack for $8. Then off to Target. Yellow shirt and a 3/4 sleeve black sweater (one on clearance one on sale). Then lunch. Then ShopKo. Another sweater for only $8! I managed to make the day last for a little over 5 hours and I only got one phone call! Woo Hoo!!

After dinner, we went to pick up the boys' gear for football...helmet and pads. He got LOTS of attention because of his sling. Practices don't start for another three weeks, so he will miss at least one week of practice. He'll still be there, just not be able to do anything. After six weeks, we'll get the collarbone re-x-ray'd (is that a word?) to see if it's healed. At that time, he may get to practice. Will have to make the call on playing an actual game though. Don't want to rebreak it!

On that note, DD is staring me down. Waiting for her turn on the PC. If looks could kill....

Talk to you all later!

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STEELKICKIN 7/22/2010 11:33AM

    Glad you found the sweaters and the peace of mind for a little while! Also, I'm glad to hear the little one is doing better!

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CARLANNIE 7/22/2010 8:49AM

    What's that? No reading???

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NEWNAC304 7/22/2010 8:06AM

    Sounds like a great day! I'm getting used to my husband being gone and now I actually look forwad to a couple of evenings of me time!

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BKNOCK 7/22/2010 6:26AM

    Sounds like a great day! I am glad that you got to escape a bit!

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GEEMAWEST 7/22/2010 12:27AM

    I'm so glad that you got some "you" time. I prefer to go out and about by myself, too. Sometimes it's the only time I get without someone saying "G-ma, G-ma, G-ma, G-ma, G-ma, G-ma" well, you get my point. Enjoy the rest of you staycation!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/22/2010 12:07AM

    Thank goodness I have my own computer now I remember having to share and not nostalgically LOL!!!!

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MUSIC66 7/21/2010 11:05PM

    hope your sons shoulder heals up well.

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/21/2010 11:04PM


Glad you had a day for you and when GD goes back to school I will only have her 1 day, then my days will be for me. Love to find bargains and that is how I shop and I love khols. I went there and found so many good buts and had about $400.00 for $125.00 that's my way of shopping. So glad your son will be in sports and hope his collarbone heals real good. Stay true to your routine exercise and healthy eating and continue on you goals.

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I can tell the boy is feeling better.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

There are signs.

One - he has taken a lot fewer pills today than he has in the previous two days

Two - he had a friend over all day and they were able to find things to do

Three - no nap for him today

Four - he is insisting on doing things for himself, even things he shouldn't do yet

Five - he's fighting with his sister

Yep, that last one is the one that tells me the most! They are swiping each other for stupid things. Yelling at each other over dumb stuff. You know...being siblings! Tomorrow is my day to take time for myself, no plans (other than what I plan), no responsibilities, no kids. I WILL assign a ton of chores to each of them if they call me with their bickering! LOL! And I've told them that too. We'll see how tomorrow goes!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/24/2010 8:28AM

    Glad to hear the lad's on the mend. I told you he would bounce back - it's the nature of kids. I'm glad you're getting some time for yourself too. Enjoy your "day off".

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STEELKICKIN 7/21/2010 10:09PM

    I am so happy that he is doing better! Fighting with the sister is a dead giveaway. However....

You're going to assign a ton of chores for the poor boy to do?? LOL! Poor kid better hurry up and get better quicker!

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NEWNAC304 7/21/2010 8:15AM

    Yep, he's definitely on the mend! I hope you enjoy your day of peace and quiet tomorrow. Have fun!

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BKNOCK 7/21/2010 6:27AM

    That is great that he is feeling better and that you are going to still take a day alone! What are you going to do?

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I want to play too! :(

Monday, July 19, 2010

Water parks are for kids, right? Well, maybe. But I wanna play too! emoticon

As most of you know, I am on a stay-cation and had plans to take the kids to the water park three to five days during my time off. Partly because it would be fun for them and partly because I would get to be warm and read my book. But really, I wanted to go play on the rides too! I like going down the slides and getting wet and screaming like a little girl! LOL! I like soaking up the sun and hustling across the cement cos my feet are burning. I don't like waiting in lines for the rides so much. But, waiting in line with my kids meant that I got to talk to them. We were making memories, having fun and screaming "Olaaaaaaaafffffff!!!" all the way down the ride. (Not sure why "Olaf," but that's what we were told to yell by DS! LOL!)

Since DS can't go, I can't go. It would be very, very wrong to go without him. Right? LOL!! Just kidding! I know that I can't go. But I can still miss it. And, no, I'm not telling him that I miss it. He's in that state of mind that he would take it personally. Like I was blaming him for not being able to go. Of course I'm not, but you know how it is when you're in pain and/or on pain meds! Very emotional!

The good news is that I got some auctions started for DH and got some cleaning done and did my dishes...twice! And I'll be heading to bed at a decent hour. So the vacation is not a total wash. Plus, we still plan to go to the zoo on Thursday. Might get there in time to feed the giraffes. Might not too.

Spark ya later!

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SHOSHANADP 7/20/2010 11:21PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you are going to miss the waterpark, but it sounds like you will still have a chance to spend time with your kids. I know it's not as fun as water but it still is something.

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CMRAND54 7/20/2010 9:57PM

    The water park would have been fun! But just staying home can be fun, too.

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RWETHAIRYET 7/20/2010 8:36PM

    Well, I'm a little scared of water, myself unless it's in a tub and full of bubbles...but I think it's okay to be a little bummed about going.
Housework during staycation??? You should be ashamed, haha!!

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CARLANNIE 7/20/2010 12:07PM

    Shoot - so sorry to learn about your son's injury! Since it looks like high 90's all week, maybe you can rig up a mister for above your lounge chair and can sun yourself, read, and get cool and refreshed at the same time. Or, you could go with me to the quilt shop - that's a blast and a half!

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NEWNAC304 7/20/2010 10:49AM

    Sorry that you and your son are suffering. I hope he's feeling better soon and that you enjoy the zoo.

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KERRYMONIQUE 7/20/2010 9:12AM

    I love water parks!!! Of course you can want to go... even if you know you can't. I actually like water parks waaayyyyyy better than rollercoaster parks. You're always so hot and sticky waiting in line, might as well jump into a pool of water at the end of the ride!!!

You have any girlfriends that you could take with you?? Make it an all adult, girl's day out?

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BKNOCK 7/20/2010 8:45AM

    What a bummer but you are such a good Mom! Poor kid! I hope that he is feeling a bit better and that you guys enjoy the zoo!

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SWEETPEA0214 7/20/2010 7:34AM

    Really - who's to say you can't go alone? All anyone would think is you are a mom who's kids ditched her and you're riding the rides alone LOL. Come on - live on the wild side a little!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 7/19/2010 11:43PM

    I like water parks too. lol, we got a vip pass for three entertainment parks on the goldcoast when we went for a week in May. Crispian and I went together to wet 'n wild.... the grand parents were looking after the twins!! yeehaw!! Got to be a kid again.

Which ZOO do you go to?


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