Thursday, May 29, 2008
I am shooting for a finish, period. The race comes 9 weeks after I started running for fitness and weight loss. I entered this race for motivation to continue with my fitness plan, not to seriously compete. I informed the race coordinator when I signed up that my only goal was to finish, and I didn't care about my time. I've had slugs and snails passing me during my "long" runs in the last two weeks...but the point is not speed, it's fitness. I don't even know how many miles I run during any of my workouts--at this point I am using time as a guide and slowly increasing the length of time that I run as the weeks go by.
So...when the race comes and goes, I will probably post pictures, as Tom is going to bring both of our girls to cheer me on, and then we will all enjoy a pancake breakfast afterwards. (Another warning: the post-race pictures WILL be horrid. I have seen the mirror after my running workouts, and let me tell you, the results are rarely pretty!) But I will not be posting my time--not even if it is a good one. To think about the time would make me nervous or cocky, and I don't want either--I just want motivation to stick with the training.
I found a great training program for beginners in the May, 2008 issues of Runner's World magazine. I am adhering to this program fairly well. I run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I cross-train by doing an at-home strength training routine, it lasts about 38 minutes. Sunday is a day of rest for the body as well as the spirit. All of my weekday workouts are completed early in the morning before Tom goes to work; he takes care of the girls if they wake up before I'm finished.
So far, I have only missed two workouts, and they were both strength-training workouts. I missed the workouts due to traveling on Memorial Day weekend, but I did take my running shoes with me and was able to complete my scheduled Saturday run. I have yet to miss a running workout before the race, and I don't plan to, either.
I send thanks to all of my friends and family for their well-wishes and encouragement about my training. Please feel free to ask about the race afterwards, too--I just won't be sharing my time for personal reasons. :-)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I will have pictures of our Cincinnati trip and Tom's family posted soon; for now, here are some pictures of my girls.
PS Ava is 7 months old today! :-)
This photo looks so much like a picture of my Grandma C. reading to my sister and some of my cousins when they were very young. (I wasn't born yet at the time of the photo.) I will have to see if I can scan the photo and post it sometime. It is a very sweet picture.
Ava's first time in the highchair, 5-18-08. She loves it!
Up until now she has been in a bouncy seat during our meals. We enjoy
having family dinners with the four of us. Since she has not yet started solids,
we give Ava an empty sippy cup with handles and a "big people spoon"
to practice "eating" with during the meal.
Like mother, like daughter; like baby sister, like dolly.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Ava is enjoying the high chair, now that Mommy decided it was time to move Liesl out of it for good. We've experimented with Liesl in the booster seat for several months, and while it is good for her to eat at the table, it is twice as much work for me...now I really have to be on the ball with both girls during weekday breakfasts and lunches. Dinners are easier when Tom is here: at least then big people are not outnumbered by tiny people.
Ava is doing just fine being exclusively breastfed for now, so we're in no rush to start solids. Maybe in month or two, but we'll take it as it comes. In the meantime, the high chair is a convenient place to keep an eye on Ava while I work in the kitchen. However, she's been so cute playing with toys and "talking" to me that I find myself sitting and talking and interacting with her instead of doing the dishes or cooking. (No wonder we're having grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for dinner tonight. Again. Still, these are special times, there will plenty of opportunity for more elaborate suppers in the all-too-near future.)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Below you will find a video showing what Tom bought me for Mother's Day. Other mothers get flowers, chocolates, and jewelry for Mother's Day. Me....I get a Mother's Day card that plays the Chicken Dance. However, before you laugh at me and shake your head in pity at Tom, who you might think would be in the doghouse, let me explain: Years ago, Tom asked me to marry him, and said he would follow through on one, iron-clad, not-up-for-negotiation condition: That I do the Chicken Dance with him at our wedding. I have a photo from our wedding reception, I'll have to scan it and post it. (
She can be quite serious at times.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
If only I had switched the camera to "video" fast enough. She was talking on the phone--er, remote--to "Opa," telling him that Ava was sleeping (not true,) that she was being a good girl (debatable,) and that we were having chocolate cake for lunch (over my dead body.)
This is why I harass Tom to call his parents while the girls are awake...she "talks to Opa" all day long. On various play phones, real phones, and now random household electronics.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sign Smith Signing Avatars
Naturally I'd love to purchase the software, it looks like a fun way to add comments to my blog. However, with it's $3,000 price tag, I think it's going to be a while before I'm ready to make my blog THAT cool. :-)
The introduction in the blog banner is indeed being signed in grammatically correct American Sign Language (ASL) by the avatar. What's really amazing is that the avatar shows complex facial expressions that are also grammatically correct. That is so important--what most hearing people don't realize is that facial expression in ASL has a huge impact on the meaning and tone of what you are signing.