Tuesday, June 11, 2013
On Sunday, June 9, 2013, Anthony and I ran the NJ Sharing Network 3rd Annual 5K. NJ Sharing Network is integral in the orchestration of tissue and organ donation. I was not aware that a 5K is run to memorialize those who have died and donated organs and honor those who are living donors and those who have received organs and are still with us today. I received a letter from NJ Sharing Network a few months ago and decided to run.
Anthony asked if he could run with me. Anthony immensely enjoys running although this was his first 5K. He ran the first two miles with minimal walking and then primarily walked the last mile. He repeatedly encouraged me to run ahead so I could get a medal (he's so sweet and thoughtful), but I said "no, we are walking and running together" (besides the fact that he is 5). He is a fantastic running buddy. We finished in 45:17.
He also wanted to participate in the 5K walk so we did that as well and finished in 1:40:00. It was a very enjoyable day.
We're going to be running in another 5K/1 mile fun run on the 4th of July. Anthony and Nathan are excited because they receive medals for running and being younger than 14 years of age :)
Friday, April 26, 2013
This morning, I decided that I am going to lose weight, get in shape, and feel better about myself once and for all. After I brought the boys to school, I walked more than 3 and 1/2 miles around town. Never before have I appreciated all of the little nooks and crannies that my town has to offer. I absolutely love the foot bridge and want to run down and up it on the other side every time that I approach; there's a neat stream beneath it as well. All around town, neighbors are remodeling their homes, planting flowers, reseeding their lawns, and simply waving and smiling when encountering one another. Along my walk, I stopped at Dunkin' Donuts for a veggie egg white flat bread sandwich and burned it off as I walked. The boys and I are going to lunch and the park with some friends after school and I'm looking forward to that. Here's to new beginnings!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Three more overnights and I will go back to working second shifts at a hospital at which I had previously worked. I'm looking forward to sleeping every night, spending quality time with my family, exercising during the day(light) with energy to do so, and finally taking care of myself so that I can be the best version of me for my family.
David and I enjoyed a wonderful time at my sister's wedding on Saturday. I was very happy that David decided to come and he looked very handsome. He's been taking better care of himself (no soda, but has been drinking a lot of water; better eating habits; drinking protein shakes; walking on a regular basis; buying clothes that fit him better (he was "swimming" in his other clothes)) and I've decided that I really need to do the same.
I miss running. I neglect myself to the point that I don't get new running shoes because I use my money for taking care of my family (i.e. school expenses for the boys, new clothes for them, Christmas presents, day trips, food, car/insurance, etc.). That may be a noble thing but I use all of my extra money to get us out of debt and ensure that the boys are well cared for when I should be taking care of myself as well and simply spending quality time with them. I think I've tried to compensate because I feel like I am always so tired to spend quality time with the boys (i.e. I'm too exhausted to play, build train tracks, put on a movie, etc.).
The boys and I were the front car in a three car motor vehicle accident on Wednesday. The boys are fine and my back is a bit sore. The third car's driver hit the lady's car behind ours and then pushed her into us, not once, but twice (he hit the gas pedal twice). My car is fine as well, although the insurance adjuster has to evaluate it. It made me put a lot into perspective too. David came to pick me up from the hospital (I had my back examined) and we went to Target for my medications.
I'm still not sure what's going on with our marriage, but I'm leaving it in God's hands. When I was listening to the pastor's words at my sister's wedding on Saturday, I realized that I have not allowed David to be the leader of our household and to make mistakes. I think I do this because it's difficult for me to not have control and also because sometimes I feel like David is not leading our household.
I still need to see that he is trustworthy, but I do love him and I feel like the past few days have been much brighter and more positive than the past four months.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Recently, I've been reconsidering what career field I wish to pursue for the remainder of my working years. Following college graduation, I was an assistant manager at PETCO and enjoyed merchandising, conducting store operations, hiring and leading my team to work together and grow, and having the opportunity to move up in my company. However, I changed my mind and returned to the field that I had wished to pursue since I was 10 years old: veterinary medicine.
I had received an email in response to my application for an assistant store manager position at Road Runner Sports. The store is within 5 minutes of my home and entails working day time hours. My sister-in-law works there and loves her job; she said that the team is awesome. I would love to return to a day time schedule, sleep at night, and spend more time with my family.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
We're in the process of potty training Nathan. He turned 3 last month and has been letting me know when his diaper is soiled. His pre-K teacher had suggested potty training and I thought that he might be ready, but he's been throwing tantrums every time I try to put on underpants, sit him on or stand him near the potty, etc.
I'm going to purchase some Pull-Ups to see if perhaps he's agreeable to wearing those; Anthony's day school director had recommended not buying Pull-Ups since they're so similar to diapers and are more expensive. I did purchase a small potty that sits on the floor yesterday; Nathan chose it himself. It has a frog face on the back and Nathan can press a button on a module on the side so that a story is read to him about Frog using the potty. It also includes a book through which Nathan can look.
David seems to be extremely frustrated with this whole process. This morning, I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher and hand washed any dishes that would not fit in the dishwasher (all of which are David's "jobs" since we agreed on that; I wash, dry, fold, and put away all of our laundry). I also stripped the sheets off the beds and sofa bed, vacuumed the living room and sofa, washed, dried, and folded laundry (and am in the process of doing more). In the middle of it all, I've been trying to get the boys breakfast, change Nathan, make sure Nathan sits on the potty, etc. David's been sitting on his chair, watching TV, and putzing around with his cell phone since he woke up a couple of hours ago.
I'm just so frustrated. He says he wants a divorce and I know that a marriage does not usually fail because of just one spouse. Everyone (David's mom, sisters, my parents and sisters, our friends, etc.) says that I didn't do anything wrong, but it's still hard when someone tells you that he never loved you, married you because he got you pregnant, you drag him down and make him miserable, even if those words aren't true. I've been seeing a counselor to work through all of these issues, but it's still hard. David shows no affection, but we've gone out to dinner and a movie, talk more to one another now than we had, don't argue, laugh around one another. I'm so confused.
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