July already – really?

July 6, 2012
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So while I have gotten better, I am still coughing and feeling congested.  I ran on Monday on the treadmill – didn’t feel too bad.  I haven’t run outside because I feel that between the heat and my chest being so congested – it might be a recipe for disaster.  Even my husband asked me last night why I am not running in the evenings…..just too hot!

Fourth was nice and quiet for us.  James worked, so Ava and I went to Regal Cinemas Summer Movies and finally saw Hugo  – LOVED IT!!!  Afterwards we went to Menchies and enjoyed our froyo outside – it was a little overcast – so it was nice just to sit and enjoy the day off.  We picked up Desi and ran some errands – went home and made pasta salad and when I looked at the clock – it was four!  The day flew by.  I ended my day by sitting outside and reading more of Karen Marie Moning – The Highlander’s Touch – I never thought of myself as the romance novel reader –but throw in some fantasy stuff and apparently I am!  Nighttime finally came and Desi setoff some fireworks, as did our neighbor across the street.  The kids loved it – me, I was just glad that I could walk into my house and go to bed.  Glad I didn’t go to one of the city sponsored fireworks – traffic is just a nightmare getting out of those things.

Work is being handled one day at a time.  We recently had an independent interviewer come in and talk to us because office morale is so low – but then the company goes and does things that just leaves all of us scratching our heads.  Every day I dream of going back home to New York.  Maybe – one day (sigh).


Bad days, and more bad days

July 2, 2012
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It has been a while since I last wrote. I have been sick almost the entire time. Had to go back to the doctor and do another round of antibiotics. She did mention that I would have my cough for a little bit longer. So in the meantime I have been reading. I finished the Blood Fever Series, which was awesome! Thinking about buying the set – either for my Kindle or a hard copy. Speaking of Kindle – I love mine. I have it in my purse all the time, so whenever I have a few minutes, I can take it out and read it. I sat by the pool yesterday, while Ava swam, and loved the no glare. Started reading the Highlander series, also by Karen Marie Moning, its good, but not like Blood Fever, maybe it will get better. Also read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer – it was okay, don’t know how it became a movie – definitely not something I would have read and said – can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

At work, more bad news. Was passed over for the promotion. Was told that my work and work ethics were not good – I have never heard any other employer in my 20+ years say anything remotely close to what I was told. Just another day in the F state as my friends in NY say.  I don’t even want to get into who actually got the position.

After three weeks of not running due to being sick, I started running again – on the treadmill at lunchtime – it’s too freakin’ hot to run outside. I did miss it.

But now I have to think about what to do – part of me wants so badly to return to NY. I want to earn a descent salary, be respected at work, work in a professional environment, heck I even miss the commute to NY! But then again, we have our house here. Ava has grown up here – this is all she knows. When I think about Stephen and Desiree’s future here – I get sick to my stomach – there is nothing here for them. At least in NY they have a chance for a future. I am not the crying type – but right now, that is exactly what I want to do.

School’s out for summer!!

June 7, 2012
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School year is over…as I drove Ava to school and we got in line for the drop-off, I got a little teary-eyed. I told Ava this was the last day I would be dropping her off on that side of the school, next year as a fifth grader, she gets to go in through the side of the building. Even James was like where did the time go? Yes, I know I felt like that on Saturday with Desi graduating high school, but Ava is our baby, she was our chance of seeing it all happen again – and it happened so fast! Tuesday I was able to attend the award ceremony. Ava was beaming that she made Honor Roll and the Superintendent’s List with her reading. I know some days have been hard for her, but I told her we would work on her weakness during the summer.

So proud of her!

Desiree looking beautiful as always!

It’s been a hectic week so far, but I managed to sneak in – a walk/run 2.12 in 31:06 at lunchtime on Monday and was able to get a quick run after work on Wednesday, 2.69 in 33:37. It was cloudy and every once in a while I would feel a drop of rain – but can’t decide if I rather run through that humidity or the sun…I am just never happy 😉

Beautiful Crazy Weekend

June 5, 2012
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Ava’s ballet recital was wonderful! She performed her routines beautifully and she said she had fun. My parents and my sister, Janett, were able to make it this year and a family friend, Kara, also joined us, we had a nice time watching the dancers. We laughed at how adorable the little ones were and were amazed at the competition girls. I did my usual running back and forth helping Ava get in and out of her costumes (totally forgot to put my pedometer on). And as soon as it was over Ava got her roses, a few pictures and we quickly went back home.

Now it was time for Desi’s graduation. The ceremony was held at Nova University and they asked that the graduates arrive at 5:15, the ceremony started at 7:30….so for more than 2 hours we waited on line. As usual, we watched in amazement as two people in line ahead of us brought in a party of close to 25 people with them, another person had their party of three people grow to more than 10. We were able to get descent seats, but of course we were on the wrong side of the arena, so we weren’t able to see her walk in or out. We did catch glimpses of her and she was beaming all night long. We had planned on going out to dinner but we didn’t leave until after 10:30 and we were all exhausted, so Desi’s graduation feast was the 24-hour drive through at McDonalds. We celebrated Sunday and went to B.J.’s restaurant and had a nice lunch before Stephen had to go to work. I told both Stephen and Desiree that no matter where they are, when Ava graduates I expect them both to be at her ceremony. Stephen said he would even be at her dance recitals. Gotta love my kids.  My parents, Janett, Lizzy, Jayden and Leilani came  to have some cake to celebrate and it was a nice Sunday afternoon, even if my Dad had to put on the soccer game to watch.

I did manage to run on Friday at lunchtime at work, did 2.57 miles in 30:08 and on Sunday did 2.96 in 37:36. I was out the door a little after 8:00 am, but it was getting hotter by the second. I filled my Nathan water bottle that Stephen gave me for Mother’s Day with Powerade and sipped it throughout my run – definitely liked it better than plain ice water. I wore my WISH 13.1 Princess Bondi Band and it didn’t budge the entire time. I think I had it too far back because towards the end the sweat was burning my eyes a bit. Next time, I will lower it a tad.

End of School Year….almost

June 2, 2012
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School is almost over for my daughters. Desiree graduates tomorrow night – we are all very happy for her. But it will be a crazy day for us because Ava also has her ballet recital earlier in the day – so that means running around Broward County.
For me – busy at work and trying to get some exercise in as well. Trying to work with the rain, I walked on Wednesday, doing 2.18 in 34:59 – my legs were hurting (shin splints possibly?), but I wanted to do something. Thursday I did 30 minutes in the gym and I ran 2.30 in 31.28 after work. It is just so hot – I don’t know how people run in the middle of the day – it was 7:15 pm when I left and the sun was setting, but it must have still been in the upper 80s.
I received my FuelBelt that I won from Moms Run This Town – I love it! Can’t wait to use it. Also recently received was my Flora by Gucci Bzzkit, as well as my Dr. Scholls Bzzkit – will do a review write up after this crazy weekend. Going to go to Macy’s (have a few gift cards that need to be used) tonight or tomorrow morning to find an outfit that I can wear to both events, since I won’t have time to change.

Working with the rain

May 25, 2012
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Rain in South Florida – not a surprise.  So, I need to work with it.  Each day I feel a bit better so I continue going to the gym.  On Tuesday and Thursday I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and Wednesday I ran 3.34 miles in 40 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5% incline.  I popped in Breaking Dawn on the DVD player and just ran at an easy pace.

While I am feeling better, I have spread my germs to those I love at home.  They are not happy with me, but it seems wherever I go, people are saying they are sick.

I started reading the Fever Series – I like how it started and am hoping that it doesn’t get too out there that I would not be able to enjoy.  I totally love the vampire, mummy, supernatural things, but am not a fan at all of the extraterrestrial material.  It seems like the author is containing it pretty well.  Just finished putting a hold on the second book at the library.  Also on my to read list is Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer – heard on the radio it was good.  And it seems that I was mistaken about 50 Shades of Grey – it’s not one I had previously read – so that too will be added to my reading list.

Hate being sick

May 22, 2012
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So it has been way too many days – like 12 – since I last did any running.  I still feel a little congested, sore, feverish and tired, but decided I needed to do a little something.  So I decided to walk at lunchtime – I did 2.1 in 35 minutes at 4.5% incline on the treadmill.  Not too bad. 

It has been pretty quiet at home with all the rain, but we did manage to go to Sawgrass Park and took the airboat ride with Stephen’s friend Jenny, who is visiting from New Jersey. We also took her to Bass Pro Shop since they wanted to do some archery, but they don’t rent out the bows. 

At work things seem to be okay right now, just hoping that it works out for me….as I have said before, I believe things happen for a reason…so hoping that things happen in a good way for me. 

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Love kids….not their germs

May 16, 2012
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So, I volunteered two days in one week at Ava’s school and I came away with not only spending quality time with my daughter and some great memories, but also with a cough.  I started running a fever on Wednesday, but mostly at night.  Friday I left work early to try to get some rest, hoping that my body could fight whatever I caught.  But, it did not help – I spent the whole weekend coughing.  James was concerned, he said I sounded as if I was drowning when I was sleeping (in between the coughing fits).

Mother’s day was nice.  Desiree bought me an armband for my iPod and Stephen gave me a Nathan handheld water bottle (warranty included…as he put it – its a pricey water bottle!).  Ava gave me a homemade card and a pair of cream color pumps 🙂  We went to my Mom’s house and she made lechon – it was so good! My father opened a bottle of wine, I only had a little, but I really enjoyed it – James made a point of the name so we can pick it up in the future.

I ended up going to the doctor because by now my ear was hurting….some cough medicine and antibiotics and I am on the road to recovery.  Can’t wait to feel better so I can go out for a run, I really miss it – who would have thought I would enjoy running as much as I am?

From :-( to :-)

May 11, 2012
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Still feeling kind of blah, feverish, congested chest – not fun 😦  It’s afternoon thunderstorms time of the year here – so I haven’t run outside since Sunday.  Monday I jumped on the elliptical and did 30 minutes – thought my knees would be sore – but they aren’t.   I did manage to run on the treadmill on Wednesday – did 3.33 miles in 40 minutes at 2.5 incline.

Things in the office are not great and it’s really bringing me down.  Not like me to let things get to me – but this really bothered me.  Days like this I REALLY miss home – that is New York to those that don’t know me. I like to believe that there is such a thing as karma and that eventually things will catch up to you….I may not see it, but it comforts me to think this.

Onto positive things – I LOVE my children!  They make me laugh and feel loved – I am so lucky to be their mother.

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Run, Fun, Run

May 8, 2012
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Finally was able to go out for a run again, but since James had to work late, it was a quick run around the block – 2.22 miles in 26.39 at 11:58 pace running into the wind!! I got a Congratulations! From Lance Armstrong on my fastest pace yet. When I got home Stephen had gone to Fudruckers and bought a one pound cheeseburger for Ava and I to share (with bacon of course) – it was HUGE. I cut it into four pieces and we had a piece and put the other two pieces away for lunch tomorrow.

Friday, May 4, 2012
Fun Day with Ava – the school was having a carnival type day for the kids and I volunteered to help out in Ava’s class. Had fun and stayed all day. Kids were treated to bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, music and fun games. I always enjoy volunteering at the school – it has great teachers, staff and the other parents are wonderful too. When the last class left at 1:35, I was done for the day. Not really, but I could have gone home and crashed. Instead we went to Target and remarkably I walked out of there without spending any money. I was looking for the Garmin 405 that is on clearance, but they only had the display. I really don’t need it, but at $55, wish I could get it.

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Wanted to wake up early to go for my run, but ended up sleeping in just a tad. By the time I was dressed and ready to go, I did not have enough time to go out and get back in time to take Desi to work. So I headed out at about 9:15, it was about 85 degrees and climbing, it felt like it was 90 degrees. I was able to do 3.99 miles in 51:51 minutes at 12:59 pace. Got another congratulations from Lance on my longest distance. I was surprised at my pace since I did walk a lot more than I had planned on. Quiet Sunday, just spent the day at home.

I did watch Once Upon a Time and can’t wait for next week’s episode!!

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