Friday, November 29, 2013
I was glad I cooked yesterday for daughter and grandkids:
And hubby, too:
Now the pictures won't load, so I'll come back and edit them in. I took all the pictures, so there aren't any of me.
The best part of my Thanksgiving was when I remember a Thanksgiving back around 1989 or 1990 when I made everything from scratch, even yeast rolls, dressing, pickles, as well as all the traditional turkey, casseroles, congealed salad, and pies. I worked and worked. Shortly before we sat down to eat my daughter, around 8 years old, did or said something and I flew off the handle. I remember feeling like I had ruined days of work by losing my temper. The best part was my daughter said she remembers nothing but happy, happy Thanksgivings. Now, that is a gift!
This year my granddaughter had asked me if I was going to cook a feast. At the time I wasn't planning on it and she was disappointed. (The plan at that point was for her to eat at her other grandmother's.) As I was setting all the food on the table, two little girls came up to the table and were trying to grab some food before sitting down. I told them it wasn't a feast if I couldn't get it all spread out on the table before we started eating. Natalie definitely wanted a feast so she was then willing to wait!
Again, my picture isn't loading. Oh, well.
I actually did really well nutrition-wise while I was cooking and cleaning up, remembering years in the past when I stuffed myself with stuffing and other stuff while I cleaned!! Bad memory. Unfortunately, when it was all over and everyone was gone I briefly took leave of my senses and for some weird reason overate. Scale was up this morning. The good thing is I feel really motivated to get it back. The leftovers aren't even calling my name. I had Old Fashioned oatmeal with blackberries this morning and tea. It was satisfying and yummy! Daughter and I aren't doing the early morning shopping, but do plan to shop a bit later on today. Fun!
Tomorrow morning at 8am I run a 5K with my niece and nephew. I have been running long and slow, training for the half marathons. We'll see how I do. If I'm slow it is okay. I consider it the beginning of my 5K training season. The Senior Games are first weekend in March and that is when my goal is to qualify for the national games. We'll see.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My daughter had plans to go elsewhere for Thanksgiving dinner. However, the dinner changed into a brunch because of work schedules of some of the people involved. So then my daughter and grandkids had no plans for a turkey dinner. What could I do? Well, I guess there are lots of things I could do, but I decided to make the turkey dinner. It will be a small gathering. My niece is cooking for her in-laws so my sister and a lot of family are going there.
In the past I've written about cooking BIG and eating moderately. This year it will be more cooking moderately and, I hope, eating moderately, too!
I'm thankful I can do it!!!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Ladybugs at the start of the half marathon:
Ladybugs at the end of the half marathon:
The rest of the story is in ONEKIDSMOM's blog. She's done a great job of capturing the experience so I won't repeat it:
Monday, November 25, 2013
Here is a picture I promised of me finishing the Women's Half Marathon. I don't know why I didn't wait one second so that ONEKIDSMOM and I could have had a finishing picture together again this year. Regret that! Oh, well. I am just too goal oriented!! (shaking my head)
Sunday, November 24, 2013
*My ride showed up, almost on time, and got us to the expo in plenty of time to pick up our packets.
*Didn't have to sleep on the floor. Someone I don't know didn't show up and I got the bed meant for her.
*Two cats visited me in the middle of the night and sometimes I might have been annoyed or sleepily frightened, but I wasn't. They were so sweet.
*I slept as well as I've ever slept the night before a race.
*We got up at 4:45am in order to be on time for a 7am race.
*I stayed with 4 strangers and 1 acquaintance (plus cats) and they made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Very, very nice people. Smart and funny, too.
*The young people I thought might be noisy and up late took the race very seriously and went to bed early. (They ran under 2 hours.)
*I found ONEKIDSMOM and her cousin without problem.
*It was a cloudy 69 degree day -- not pretty, but a great running day. At least it was a pretty blue sky day for Barb the day before.
So not one of the things I'd worried about (not having a ride, not getting to packet pick up in time, not being able to sleep, feeling unwelcomed in a stranger's house, and not being able to find Barb) came true.
*Team Ladybugs looked great. I kept the wings and antenna on the entire race, and I had not been sure that would be possible.
*I felt good and strong throughout the event.
*My camera was too big to carry and I didn't even have a car to go put it back into, so I didn't get any pictures. However, lots of people did take pictures and I'm sure I'll get some to post later. (My wallpaper shows the Ladybug costume I wore today.)
*I didn't get to spend much time with Barb before or after the race since I was dependent on others for transportation.
*We finished strong, passing 147 people in the last 4 miles.
*Barb and I did end the race in an upright position, smile on our face, and knowing that we will run again.
*We got our beautiful finishers medals. Mine has already taken its place of honor in the center of the medal rack.
*Barb pointed out that I now am qualified to join the Half Fanatics. I glanced at the website. I could go in at the Neptune level since I finished 2 half marathons in 16 days or less. (15 days actually) Not sure I need that membership, but it's nice to have the option.
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