Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tobacco Road Marathon

I just realized that I never posted about the marathon. First let me say that I finished in my goal time (4.5 to 5 hours) and I didn't get hurt.

I was doing very well for the first several miles, ahead of goal time (10 minute miles). I finally decided I needed to slow down at mile 8, when I was 4 minutes ahead. By 13 miles, I was right at 10 minute miles overall. I walked through all the water stops. As the miles went on, it was getting harder to convince myself to start running again. I ran the first 21 miles, further than I've made it so far in the races. I walked early at Disney, 18 miles at Shamrock. Then after 21, I would walk and run part of each mile. At 20 miles, they started to have water every mile. I would then walk anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 mile and then run the rest. At 25 miles, when I started to run again I decided to run the rest of the way.

As I came around a curve at the end, I saw John and my folks waiting for me. They had an adventure! They parked at NetApp and road a bus over to the race site. This was provided by the race. But they ended up walking almost a mile to where the finish line was. Thankfully that morning I texted John where the van was parked. John found it and the chairs in the back end. He grabbed my camera and a chair for mom.

Total time 5:54

I cooled down a bit and we headed home.

Book 14

What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Premenopause by John R Lee, MD, Jesse Hanley, MD and Virginia Hopkins

Great book. Very informative. I feel much better about what's going on and how to "fix" things. But I also notice a marked similarity to other books I've read - whole foods. Could be because my friend Kathy recommended this and other books. But it's a good thing. I think I eat ok, but there is always room for improvement.

But the book is not all about nutrition. It's about the changes your body goes through in your 30's and 40's. What happens, why it happens and how to help the fallout. They keep saying over and over again that if you make changes now during your premenopause years, menopause will be much easier. I'll have to get back to you on that one. But if I can make these years, better. I'm all for it.

Yes - recommended!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Book 13

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

This book was on Matthew's literature list this year. I read it because I don't think I'd ever read anything by Silverstein. I'd heard about The Giving Tree, but never actually read it. I'm also not a huge fan of poetry. But I did enjoy it. And Matthew will have to read it. There are a few poems I wonder if he will "get".

Recommended: yes.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Seven Pounds

Starring Will Smith

What a depressing movie. Of course it was, it was a drama. No Hollywood ending here that's for sure. I kind of knew the story line going in. But it was confusing trying to figure it out. Then it wasn't really clear what was a flashback and what was now. It all finally made sense in the end. But depressing.

I can't recommend it. I like movies that you can sit and enjoy your popcorn. Or romantic movies or comedies. Dramas have never been a favorite of mine. I'm not really sure why we watched it. I watched it with Katie. One s*x scene - not too graphic though. I don't remember language but it was Katie and we're opening those gates.

One good thing - I guess John had said a while back that Will Smith is someone who can actually act. Katie had only seen him in movies like Men in Black. Now she agrees with her dad. He can act.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Book 12

The Wonderful World of Boys by Dr. James Dobson

I bought this book years ago! I finally read it. It is good and before I go further, I do recommend it. It claims to be about boys, but remarkably much of the advice about how to raise them can go either for boys or girls. The photographs in the book are wonderful! It's almost a "coffee table" boo, if you know what I mean. But the photos are all of boys and others but mostly just boys. And mostly younger boys. There are pictures of teens, but not many. There are excerpts throughout the books from Dobson's other books - Dare to Discipline, Strong Willed Child and others. Good book. Easy read.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book 11

Next Door Savior by Max Lucado

Recommended - Yes! It's Max Lucado why wouldn't I recommend it? I can't say that anything in there was ground breaking but it did give me a new way of looking at things. Max took familiar stories about Jesus and either put them in a modern view or took a modern story and drew the parallels. Either way, it was good. I read it during my quiet time and I really should have known after the first day or two that I needed the box of tissues right next to me instead of in the other room.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Funny from this weekend

I was at the Mom Heart conference this weekend so John took Hannah to her first soccer game of the season by himself. The coach came up to him with the snack schedule and asked if he was authorized to sign up. (I already had.)

God is good!

We had a water leak in January/February. I thought I had posted about it but can't find it. Suffice it to say it was bad. one clue before we knew about the leak was the water bill was about 3 times higher than normal. The same weekend we got the bill, we found and fixed the leak. I thought that was the end of it.

This weekend we got the next water bill. Almost 10 times higher! Close to $600!!! John called the city to see if we could get it reduced, at least not pay some of the exorbitant overuse fees. And since that water was going into the ground, we shouldn't have to pay the sewer fees either. I took a picture of the plumber's bill and sent it to John who then sent it to the city.

We still have a high water bill but they reduced it to under $200.

God is good!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mom Heart Conference

It turns out that I knew quite a few women there, but I still went "alone". It was funny, before dinner on Friday night (on our own), Sally told everyone who was there alone to raise their hand and everyone else to make sure they had someone to go to dinner with. I had found one of the people I knew by that time and I just went with her and her friends. Funny thing - they decided to go to a certain mall for dinner and missed the turn, I'm the one that got them there.

Anyway... Conference itself. I spent way too much money on books. I'm a homeschooling mom, what can I say? The talks were good. I have things to apply to my life - making kids a priority over the computer, being gentle with them, maybe even leading a group of women through one of her books. She did mention babies a lot, but what she said applies to moms with all age kids. Just because my oldest is 16 doesn't mean I don't need to make her feel special and to be gentle with her. There was a lot of stuff speakers said that I already knew and so didn't write down.

I bought a book for one friend at church but I think I should have bought one for another lady at church. When Sally (or others) kept saying to simply pass along a book, who can you buy a book for? This lady at church kept coming to mind. But I don't think she'd accept it from me. So then there's the problem of how to get it to her. And then would she read it anyway.

All of my family asked if I'd go again. I said probably. It will depend on when and where.

Shrek Forever After

Sweet movie. In all honesty, it's really "It's a Wonderful Life" rewritten with the Shrek characters. If you like the Shrek movies, you'll like this one. If you don't like Shrek movies, you probaby won't like this one. So recommended, conditionally.