Sunday, October 14, 2012
Well, it's been two full months since we started renovating our kitchen, hiring a neighbor to do most of the work. It is about 95% completed and almost paid for. The neighbor is just being extremely slow about finishing the last couple items. I really like the new dishwasher and the new stove. The cabinets are a much lighter color and the overall affect is lighter and warmer at the same time. Very much like the color scheme. I also like that there is no particle board like we had, all plywood and better quality materials. The matt (not glossy) tile floor is attractive, the new counters are bigger and look good. The back splash tile is my favorite part.
There were several weeks when we didn't have water in the kitchen and it was difficult to cook and clean, but we are weeks past that. So the renovation is not interfering with my maintenance efforts at this point at all. Good.
The new cabinets look great except two cabinets won't stay closed. One hides two garbage cans and I really want that one to stay closed. The corner cabinet has a two-part door concealing a lazy susan. He needs to move the hinge because it impedes the lowest shelf of the turn table. He said it's no problem to fix, but hasn't yet. He is going to install magnets for the two cabinet doors that won't stay closed. He hasn't reinstalled the curtain rods yet either.
The new white porcelain sink is much deeper than the one I had before. I like the size, but had forgotten how porcelain stains and even my bleaching cleanser doesn't leave looking sparkling white. Maybe there is a trick?
Overall, I expect to be pleased with the kitchen when finished. Not sure my hubby and the neighbor will ever speak again after this ordeal though!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
This morning I showed up to run. I was there promptly at 6am, with my new Amphipod hand-held strapped water bottle. Last week twice I dropped a bottle from my fuel belt, so I think I've solved that problem. I was dressed in my favorite running skirt. Okay, it's my only running skirt, but it's cute and the matching tank top is flattering, too. I had on my Balega running socks. Last week I bought three pair of cheaper seamless non-cotton socks, but they stretch during a run, and don't hug my feet like I like. Guess I've just been spoiled by the good ones. And talk about good ones, I had on my Moving Comfort Vixen black sports bra and Brooks GTS 12 running shoes. I had along some Gu Chews just in case, but thought we probably weren't going far enough today to try them out.
Yep. I showed up to run. But I was advised by my pace group mates not to run this week. My lower back (strained it Thursday lifting granddaughter) still hurts a bit when I stand up or sit down or twist or pick up something heavy. It's not hurting to walk now. So I walked for a little over an hour while they ran and then we all drank coffee together as usual. Next week we're schedule to go 13 miles, so I want to be ready.
Then my nephew called and wanted to walk, so I walked 2.84 miles more around the lake with him, his sister, and her dog. We are having gorgeous weather with lower humidity, no chance of rain, and at least a few degrees cooler than it has been. I enjoyed the reclining crescent moon at 6am and then the flocks of birds around the lake.
I like my two gym runs a week. Hope my back is ready by Tuesday. We'll see. For a gym run I don't have to get up incredibly early since Gwen can go to the nursery and I don't have to worry with sunscreen when working out indoors. But then my Saturday outdoor runs are extra special because I get a dose of nature. Today's walks were good, but I can't wait to run again!!
Friday, October 12, 2012
I have really been enjoying my Saturday group runs. I'm not in this picture, but it shows the setting for our comradery after running. Here are three people (full disclosure: all 3 of these people are faster than I) that run with our Galloway group:
It is 5.5 weeks until my half marathon, which is 13.1 miles. I've run 11 miles twice. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to run tomorrow as I strained my back yesterday. (Darn. Darn. Darn. Picked up the grandkid wrong.) I have had more challenges than I wanted recently. My skinned knee from the bicycle fall Sunday before last is not an issue. The digestive pain I had Saturday evening is totally gone. Now this back issue.
I'm thinking determination. I'm determined not to do anything stupid, but not to pass up a chance to train if I'm healthy enough. Yep, I've said it before. Celebrate any day you are healthy enough to run!!!
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Gwen and I have had a great morning with a long walk, Little Tikes basketball, chase, playing with the dog, and a lot of dancing. There was also drawing, megablocks, puzzles, singing with motions (Wheels on the Bus, Happy and You Know It, etc.), and of course a bunch of stories. I don't have to take Gwen to the gym nursery in order for me to have an active morning. Today Gwen loved peas, grapes, banana, and yogurt. I don't have to have junk food around the house in order to feed my grandkids well.
Gwen just turned 2 a couple weeks ago. She's 3 and half years younger than Natalie. Seeing her mastering puzzles and building with megablocks brings back memories of three and half years ago. I was working 3 days and keeping Natalie 3 days a week. I was also losing a lot of weight and changing the way I live for good.
I told my daughter that Natalie helped me change my lifestyle in two ways. 1. She'd say, "Run, OldMom, Run!" and want me to chase her, which I did over and over. And 2. She loved to eat anything off my plate, so she helped me learn to eat less. Occasionally she'll still eat a veggie off my plate that she wouldn't eat from her own. Now I'll go get Natalie from kindergarten in an hour and a half. Then we'll all play.
Keeping 2 small grandkids 6 days a week is not stress free. However, they add a great deal to my life and can help me live healthy. And, perhaps even more important, they give me a reason to want to live a long and healthy life!
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