Thursday, November 20, 2008

Been a while

Haven't had a whole lot to post about lately hence the lengthy absence. It's weird because in the past I used to have thoughts all the time about things to put on my blog, but lately that just doesn't happen. Maybe it's because I'm not training for a race and have nothing interesting to say. I guess when life consists of getting up at 4:45am, working out, rushing home to get ready for work, getting the kids to the bus stop by 7am, working from 8-4:30 (really 7:30-5:00 if you count the commute) Monday through Friday, coming home to get dinner ready, help the kids with homework, and then be in bed by 8:30pm (me and the kids), there's really not a whole lot of exciting things to blog about. Grant it, I do get help from Milan with the before and after work activities at the house, except he leaves for work at 6:40am and Wednesday evenings he's been running after work. But fortunately, he hasn't had many out of town trips lately so I'm not complaining.

Weekends are great, but too short, and there are so many other things I'd rather do than sit in front of the computer to type about my boring life. I'm just glad I still have time to read everyone else's FUN blogs! It's a good thing I can access Blogger from work so that I can stay up to date, or try to. It's also a good thing that I can't access Facebook! I'm really not complaining at all that things are calm for the moment. It's a super nice change compared to everything I had going on this summer. It's also great getting a pay check now! Too bad I have to start paying back those school loans come February.

We'll be staying here in Little Rock for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it doesn't look like we'll be having any visitors from up north either. The kids are bumbed that we're not going to PA for Christmas. They're dying to see snow. They'd also like to visit with their grandparents and cousins, and they'd especially like to see their grandparents' little pug, Ellie. I'm still being bugged on a daily basis about getting a dog and I'm still holding to "no, not right now". My excuse about not having a fence and being at work all day has been trashed. Our next door neighbor just got a Doberman puppy and she's crate training it because she works full-time and doesn't have a fence either.

As far as the kids' activities, Luka is starting upward basketball tomorrow night. He's never played basketball so we'll see how that goes. Nada just finished rehearsing for her Family Night piano performance and is now in the process of practicing for her Christmas recital. She's doing great and I couldn't be more proud of her. She also had straight A's on her report card recently, which has pretty much earned her several unplanned shopping trips. She also realizes that her awesome grades keep her mom off her back about getting involved in more "athletic" activities. The girl just has no desire to play a sport. I'm hoping by 7th grade (in two years) she will decide to play volleyball and love it as much as I did in junior high.

Milan is getting ready for his first half marathon 3 weeks from this Saturday in Memphis. I was going to run it with him, but realized the other day that the 1/2 was already sold out. When I called Milan to let him know he asked me if I was going to run the WHOLE marathon. Um, NO!!! I guess he thinks I'm really a superwoman and can just go and crank out a marathon without preparing for it. The two of us ran together a few weeks ago on a Saturday morning. Seriously, had he not been with me I would have cut that run a lot shorter. He was surprised when we finished that I don't talk when I run. I explained I didn't talk because I felt like crap! We were both surprised (and disappointed) at what our average pace turned out to be. We surely thought we were running about a minute faster. We decided it was all the wind that slowed us down. So, the kids and I will be out on the course cheering him on during his race. I'm really looking forward to it since I'm the one usually on the other side of the fence. It will be a nice change.

I've had fleeting thoughts about plans for 2009, but since I'm still so unsure and unmotivated about racing I'll hold off on that post.

Good luck to everyone at IM AZ this weekend! And don't forget to watch IM Louisville on Versus this Sunday!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween!

The kids had a great time trick or treating. I am amazed at how long they walk on this day without any complaints. They picked up way too much candy. I am thinking of creative ways to get rid of it without them noticing, but not sure how successful I'll be.

I stayed home to pass out candy so I missed out on the extra exercise. I'd say the best trick-or-treaters were the tiny ones, like under 3. Too cute! One little guy walked up to the door (I was sitting on the one step we have in front of the door) and he said, "This is a good house. No steps!"