Sunday, June 22, 2014
This is my first blog in June. May and the first part of June are busy times at my School. We hold 7 graduations in three days, and begin Summer Camp. On top of that, we had a major state inspection. We did very well, but it was very stressful on everyone and a lot of work.
This week was the first week of summer camp. The School-Age Director went on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks Wednesday. Let's just say it wasn't organized. So, I am working a lot of hours and hiring summer camp counselors. I do not like working reactively. Fortunately, I received a lot of resumes to fill positions. I have one left to fill, and am interviewing someone tomorrow morning for it.
This week, my husband and I are also giving my son a break and dog sitting. His Boston terrier is quite a bit more hyper than Roxy, and spends a lot of time in a crate while my son is at work. She is three, but still can destroy couches, carpets, etc. We are going to try to wear her out!!
I have a workman's comp audit tomorrow afternoon as well - gonna be a typical Monday!!
My weekend was pretty good, got my walking in, I boated, fished, napped and enjoyed time with friends. I am tracking my food, and managing to stay in my recommended calorie range. I haven't run in 7 weeks. :(
I am looking forward to things calming down at work.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
My older son, Joe, took my hubby to Ocean City, MD Thursday thru Saturday for a Ravens gig. Raven players and cheer leaders show up periodically through the three days. My hubby and son saw the cheerleaders a lot but not the current football players. My older son is the one who had/has anorexia so my hubby paid close attention. My son came back looking better (his face fuller, etc.) My hubby said my son ate everything and didn't display anorexic tendencies (eating the ends off fries only, eating 1/2 portions, etc.) My son always says work is too stressful and he does not get a break.
They came back tonight, at dinner he at first ate ends of fries, and pickle then ate whole thing. He ate 1/2 his wrap then picked at other side. I am going to talk with him in private about my observations. Last year I didn't say anything (books said not too and that didn't work).
Anyway, I was so happy that they both had a great time. Dads have a lot harder time with any problems having to do with boys - this trip was progress!
I got a ton done at work and my house. My veggie garden is officially done.
I added soil and then planted two tomato plants, 8 jalapenos, 4 habaneros, 4 yellow pepper, one pinot noir sweet pepper, one candy apple pepper, and several herbs. It looks beautiful!
My house is all clean, laundry is done - now I J=just have to pop into work tomorrow and tie up a few loose ends.
Thursday night I was feeling so overwhelmed, I am glad to be getting back to my happy place.
So that is my weekend at this point - have a great Sunday!!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This Half Marathon was bittersweet for me. I was supposed to run it last year, and ended up having to defer because I was in California with my son who was deathly ill with anorexia. Two nights before this race, I read all of the blogs I wrote last year. I had a lot of support from my Sparkfriends as I trudged through my son's mental illness. I thanked God that I had access to this site. I also thanked God that I didn't lose my mind...I came close more than once!
Anyway, I reflected on all I had read and my last year as I ran my last practice run before the race Sunday. My son still has eating disorder issues, but is better than last year. I am back to running with a clear mind and am not thinking about it when I run anymore.
The Delaware Marathon/Half Marathon/4 person and 8 person relay team is held on Mother's Day. My other son, Ken, decided to run the Half Marathon with me for my Mother's Day gift. This was Ken's first Half Marathon. He is not really into running - he is into weight lifting and rock climbing. He usually runs about 2 miles, then he says he gets bored and is done. He runs strictly for cardio. He can run a 5K in 23 minutes - I wasn't sure what to expect.
I went to the expo to pick up my bib and swag the day before. It was held outside and it was perfect weather. Here is what I got:
The swag included the orange running hat, the super comfortable orange running shirt, beer glass and light weight green backpack. My hubby bought me the wine in the picture - all the proceeds went to a children's charity. I bought the yellow running shirt - it lists all the Half Marathon runners on the back.
They had a lot of family events and activities at the expo. They also had a 1.2 mile untimed race. I saw a couple families from my school running and took pictures for them. I cheered everybody on as they came in. There were lots of adults running the 1.2 mile race. Made me remember when I ran a mile about 15 years ago before my mother and son ran a 5K. It took all I had to do it and I was so proud of myself when I finished. I knew how the people I cheered on Saturday felt.
We left for Wilmington, DE at 5 AM, got an awesome parking spot then waited. Positive41 was running her first HM with a friend and we got to meet before the race.
They were dressed in Superman outfits, complete with capes!!
Here I am with my son - pre-race:
This race had 3500 participants in total - quite a bit different than the Broad Street Run last week which had 40,000 runners! Yeah, it was so much calmer!!
The Marathoners and Relayers went before we did. At 7:15 we took off out of the gate. We averaged a little under an 11 minute mile. We talked and joked a lot, and my son, for some reason, jumped a lot (to tag high branches, over cones, etc.). I was waiting for him to fall down. Of course, I mentioned my concerns to him - but, he never listens!!
There were a lot more hills than I thought there was going to be. Some were pretty substantial. We never stopped and I was very impressed that my son kept up. In fact, he ran the last 2 miles ahead of me - told me after that his left leg was hurting him really bad so he needed to get it over with!
We ran along the riverfront...
Past the Brandywine Zoo...
Through Little Italy...
And up the last killer half mile hill all the runners worry about (right before the finish line) known as "King Street"...
Here is Ken near the finish line:
And as I came running in, who did I see at the finish line but my husband who came to surprise us!!
Here is my new bling...
This race was extremely well organized. I am glad I trained on hills for this one! Now I just have to work on speeding back up! I think signing up for 10 mile races will straighten it out!!
I am so thankful to have such a wonderful, caring son who wasn't embarrassed to run with his mom!! And, another son who is working on his health.
It was an awesome Mother's Day!!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Not sure how many of you have access to Groupon, but it worked out to be a great resource for Salsa Dancing Lessons. I had a $10. coupon so I ended up paying $29. per person for 8 lessons each! It also included a Dance Social!
So, last night was our first lesson. My husband and another couple that we hang out with were part of 20 participants. I loved the diversity in body types and age. It was so much fun! Lots of laughing, sweating and concentrating! The 45 minutes went to fast! Some students were single and we all kept changing partners which made it so much more fun. I loved the exercise aspect AND my hubby did great!
We went for pizza when we were done. I had eggplant, tomato sauce, hot peppers and crust. It was so yummy!!
We will practice at home and are really looking forward to the next lesson.
It so reminded me of "Along Came Polly"!
Yeah, we were both Ben Stiller!!
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