Friday, April 26, 2013
It has been nearly a year and a half since my mom passed away, so the focus has been on my dad and how he is doing being alone after 60 years of being with the same person. Last year was his year to adjust develop new routines, mourn, etc. When I was there in December of last year, he seems pretty resolute that in 2013 he would get serious about looking into one of the local retirement communities (he lives just south of Tucson, so there are no shortages of them!).
Well, here we are nearly to May, and not a peep on the subject. Normally I would not be overly concerned, but two recent conversations have us concerned:
- last Saturday, my brother talked to him (normal Saturday call), and in the midst of that call asked about plans for my youngest daughter to go visit him. My dad drew a blank at first, then told my brother he thought it was my older daughter coming to see him, but was not sure when.
- Wednesday evening, I called him (normal Wednesday evening call). Usual pleasantries. (Note: I was unaware about the Saturday call.) Then I asked him about his "company" coming this Saturday. Initially, he drew a blank! Then, like the Saturday call with my brother, he thought it was my older daughter coming, but he could not even remember her name!
My youngest daughter had not planned to rent a car while she was there, as she had a big enough bill to deal with on the hotel, so we decided we'd pick up the hotel bill while she was there and allow her to get a rental car (she is 23, so she gets hit with the "under 25 rental car premium!). Since going to the airport is not part of my dad's routine, we are concerned he might forget to even go, or if he did do that, who he was even picking up!).
But now my brother and I are much more concerned. We're going to let my daughter do some recon work for us while she is there to determine what the next steps should be, but I know in my mind we need to start encouraging him a lot more on the retirement community. Hopefully this does come to "forcing" him to go, but clearly there are some mental concerns that we need to address soon.
Love going to Tucson, but the next visit may not be too pleasant...
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I went back and looked at my time from a year ago in the Ronald McDonald of Delaware "Run for the House" 5K -- I've made some strides!
Last year: 33:20 / 10:43 per mile pace
This year: 28:33 / 9:11 per mile pace
In that time, I've learned the importance of great running shoes, good training, good pre-race nutrition, and having a race plan!
All of these will be important in my upcoming 10K in July. One more 5K to run in (race TBD) before I tackle the "BIG" race.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Ran in the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware "Run for the house" 5K this morning. This was the first 5K I ever ran in a year ago, so now it has become a tradition! Anyway, happy to report I ran a PB of 28:33! I believe that was at least 5 minutes fast than a year ago, so great progress, and of course, for a great cause!
I'll be looking for a another 5K race to run in late May or early June, then comes what will be one of the biggest challenges of my racing life (which is just a little over a year old!) -- a 10K race in July - my first EVER!!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I had just gotten off of a conference call yesterday afternoon when my wife broke the sad news to me about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. While not the same size and scope as the 9/11 tragedy, a lot of those same feelings from nearly 12 years ago came rushing back. Sadness, anger, and fear all came right to mind.
I'm a BIG Boston Red Sox fan, and now being an avid runner, this incident hit closer to home. It will be a few years before I am ready for a marathon, but clearly Boston will be in the picture when that time comes. And thankfully, the Marathon will go on, albeit with lots of new security procedures starting in 2014.
What is truly sad are that the person or persons responsible for this. That they think this is "right" -- killing and injuring innocent people. That they have the kind of time and apparently the resources to carry out such a bad thing. That their life / lives are so unfulfilled with good things that this is where gone to. It makes no sense to me....
Monday, April 08, 2013
I was so excited to get outside yesterday and do yard work (it was sunny and in the 60's -- PREFECT yard work kind of day!), that I forgot to wear a hat! A year ago, there was hair on my head (granted, not too much!), now there is none! And the sun was VERY strong yesterday, so the head is a little warm this morning!
A good lesson learned before the sun gets even stronger....
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