I have been meaning to write for a while, but something else always comes up. Story of every mother and father out there. I can’t believe it is October 9th already – Holidays are right around the corner. Of course one of my favorites is coming up shortly – Halloween!
Ava and I will decorate this weekend. I noticed James took out some decorations – but I have to dig up more. We have a huge blow-up cat that we purchased at Walgreens last year – that definitely needs to go out. Started scoping out the candy aisles – see what kind of fun candy we can give out. I did receive an email about Flipz in a fun size….that can be dangerous for me. I love Flipz, especially white chocolate, so I am pretty sure if I buy it, I will eat it myself.
My friend posted this picture of New York as she walked home – it is absolutely beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, Florida has some spectacular sunsets, but there is something quite beautiful about walking towards the west side and seeing the traffic, the commuters, buildings and then this amethyst sky.
So it’s been two months at my new job and I am finally settling into my routine at the office and my commute to and from. However my workouts have suffered – I barely get out the door to run and forget about cross training. But, I think I found a solution. Yesterday I had a pretty good run! I was committed to the idea all day long – asked hubby to pick up some groceries for me so I wouldn’t have to stop on my way home. Also told him that I wanted to run, so dinner was something that could wait for me. As soon as I got home – said hello to my kids and went and changed right away and went for my run. It felt good to actually fulfill my commitment to myself and it felt good to run AND I was able to push myself a little on the run – something I had been neglecting to do. Goal is to get through this week, run every other night and either walk or do some home exercises on the non running nights.
Received an email Sunday that I was the weekly winner of the Ultimate Safety Package! I have been meaning to order two of them, one for myself during my runs and another for my 19 year old daughter, since she is going out more and more. You just never know when you may need it. Can’t wait to get my package and see what is in it.
Last weekend a local mother’s running group that I joined sometime last year had their first group run. Eleven of us showed up – great turn out for the first run! Our leader was a young mom who is training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. We did a nice slow 2 mile run – everyone at their own pace. While it was short – it was nice to go out and chat with other mothers. We decided to meet every Saturday at 8:30 at the park and one person bringing drinks and snacks.
Today was a little cool and drizzling – but four of us showed up and we started with a C25K program. We are going to pick a local race and do some shirts.
I am going to continue my Sunday long runs, have to work on getting my two short runs during the week – but am enjoying the short run and the company on Saturday morning.
Thanksgiving was a wonderful day here at our house. James cooked and the food was ready by noon. We all sat at the table and enjoyed wonderful food and being together as a family. I can’t remember the last time I had a day that I was able to enjoy without thinking of my to do list. I still managed to hit Walgreens as soon as they opened, Walmart for their 8:00 pm sale and Target at 9:00 pm.
Black Friday took us to JCPenney’s, Dillards, PetSmart and Justice. What I wasn’t able to get at the stores I was able to get online….Amazon, Overstock and Best Buy.
We put up our tree, but since Boo Boo loves climbing the tree, I can only put plastic ornaments up :-( I have some beautiful glass and ceramic ornaments that I have collected through the years – but they aren’t going on my tree.
Healthwise – I gained two – yes, two pounds my first week at my new job – everyone brings in sweets every day…I need to learn how to control myself! Then to top it off – my runs have been horrible – just can’t find my pace. But at least I am out there hitting the pavement.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 – what a great movie! If you are a Twilight fan. Went with Desi and some friends from my old job. We all loved it! We went to the 10:30 am showing on Saturday – nice and empty. There were laughs and tears and we thoroughly enjoyed the movie….can’t wait for the DVD to come out so I can enjoy it at home. After the movie we went out for some Cuban food to celebrate Mary’s birthday – some more friends (they are not Twilight fans) and we had some lechon with rice and beans and sweet plaintains – yummy!!!
So yes, this was a week of food – Sunday morning instead of dying my hair – I went for my run – I was supposed to do 6 miles – but came short at 5.65 miles – I was able to maintain a 12 ish minute pace, which made me happy.
An old high school friend invited me to an arts and crafts show where she was selling hair bows – Ava likes them (every once in a blue moon) so we went – it was so nice to see her after 28 years – she looks the same. I still can’t believe how many people from West New York have moved down to South Florida. We quickly caught up and I found a couple of cute bows and asked her to make some for Ava.
Rest of my Sunday was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping and watching Twilight….pretty good weekend!
What a looonnggg week!
I prepared myself mentally for my new 30 mile commute to work – good news its a holiday! Light traffic!!!
Last week the owner of the company I used to work at passed away, so services were on Monday night and Tuesday night. This was the first time I had been to a Catholic church since we moved down from NJ. The architecture was very modern – made me miss up north and my little church that I grew up in.
The rest of the week wasn’t too bad. A birthday lunch for my boss, an international potluck lunch and a welcome lunch for me – I haven’t eat so much food in so long! I am missing working out at lunch and I was only able to run on Thursday, as on Tuesday, Ava wanted to join me and we ended up walking around the block. I have to find a way to get more exercise into my day….
Looking forward seeing Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 with my friends and a fairly quiet weekend!
Today I started a new job….I went back to work with my old company. I am saddened that it didn’t work out, but I do believe things happen for a reason. I will miss my friends that I made in the past three years – definitely will keep in touch with them! Am going to miss the gym and working out at lunchtime, and the short drive to work. Looking at the positive side of things – now I HAVE to run after work – so that means more pavement time :-)
Lately I find myself struggling more than I care for. At work, at home, working out – seems like things just can’t happen the way I want them to right now. Example – we finally have a few dollars to get new tires for my car, so my husband takes it in and they tell him I have no brakes! UGH! I have paperwork from another place (where I bought my car, where I worked for 3 years!) that tells me that they are good, but he sees the brakes and there goes the few dollars we thought we were going to save. At work, my colleague, and someone who I consider a friend, found a fabulous new job. So now I am struggling with my insecurities. Am I really as bad as they told me? I was speaking to my old boss who disagreed with my new boss’s assessment of my work, but still that doubt is eating at me. My workouts are another area of struggle. I am committed to them, but they just aren’t resulting the way I want them to. Some days at home have become so – UGH! Just frustrated and I want so bad to be happy – but can’t.
Okay – so by now I have just completely lost track of how many weeks I have been sick. I still feel it in my chest. UGH! I hate being sick! But life goes on? Right?
Weekend was nice – but just flew by – like always. Saturday we finally sold our van – it had been sitting in the driveway for months without being used. It was a sad moment for James and I – we had so many vacation memories in that car. Then afterwards, I had lunch with some friends at Longhorns. It was nice to catch up with my friends. I love soup, so I had the shrimp and lobster chowder with a salad. Sunday Ava had a pool party to go to later in the afternoon, so I spent the morning ironing clothes that had been piling up for two weeks. As it started getting closer to party time – it started raining. This would be the second time the rain canceled the party. Fortunately the rain stopped and the party continued. The waterpark was nice and empty – just another party and perhaps two other families. Ava finally decided to try the diving board – well, as I knew she would, she loved it and kept doing it over and over again.
So, I ran Monday, at lunch, on the treadmill. The office has a small gym and with used equipment – I know that the treadmill is not calibrated properly – but I wonder how off my Nike+ is as well – the higher I set the speed – my pace increases, as in now I am going slower– how is that possible? Too funny! I am not looking to set any records, am happy just getting a workout and burning calories.
Am still reading The Highlander series. So far I like all of them except Into the Dreaming….maybe it was just too short. But today Fever Moon comes out and I want to go to Barnes and Noble to check it out. Also started reading Girl Gone – seems interesting….will continue to read while I wait for the next Highlander book to become available from the library.