Sunday, September 25, 2011

Random Musings and Couch-to-5k Update

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Wow, it's the end of September already! Nothing like a slew of parental visits to really make time go fast. First up was T's Dad GG. He had a great time reading to L.E. And reading. And reading. I'm pretty sure all of her books are memorized now. Next up was twio weeks with my parents. They cleaned my house from top to bottom, including our cars. They also had a great time reading to L.E. Her vocabulary has absolutely exploded during these visits! She can name countless animals and foods. We're working on other things like transportation and parts of the house but as far as I'm concerned, her knowing "fish" as both an animal and food is just fine by me.
I got off track with running during the visits. I went 4 full days this week without a run and I thought it would have been way worse when I got back into it. Surprisingly, I didn't pass out on the side of the jogging trail like I thought i would! I'm doing surprisingly well. I can do the week 4 program just fine: 5-minute warmup walk; 3-minute run; 90-second walk; 5-minute run; 2-minute walk; REPEAT; 5-minute cooldown. It's about 2-1/2 miles total. I've lost 7 lbs. I know, right?
I love this time of year because it's the start of football season. Unfortunately, it's hard to take an 18-month-old out to watch a game because it's usually during her naptime. Also, she's not content to just sit and watch giant TVs anymore. A lot's changed between this year and last. Last year, my 6-month-old baby girl would doze contentedly during the games. Now, she has to run around everywhere. Plus, you get a lot of dirty looks when you're THAT family. It's not like we take her to dive bars; we aim for the restaurants that happen to have a lot of TVs and preferably show the Steelers at full volume. But I'm actually OK with staying home on Sundays. My new thing is shower-free Sundays. Let the natural oils replenish! (Actually, I'm just feeling really lazy today.)
This is also the time of year when I get really ambitious and attempt to be crafty. I'm working on a book of photos from L.E.'s recent photo shoot. I also want to do something fun and creative for Halloween. I'm sure I won't do either but it's nice to have goals.
Tomorrow, L.E. has her 18-month hip checkup. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terrified. We ran into Dr. P. at the new kids' museum in town. He was in good spirits and acknowledged that we'd be seeing him soon. He said she looks good but really, why wouldn't he say that when she's wrestling for control of a fake airplane with his daughter?
I want her to be OK. But I'm mentally preparing myself for all of the changes that would take place should she need surgery and casts. It breaks my heart to think of my active little toddler being sidelined for a few weeks. She loves to run and jump! But I'm hoping for the best. I got my Healthy Hips 4 Life bracelet on to help with the good vibes. Plus I know our family and friends are all pulling for us.
Kind of a boring post but in a way, I'm playing catch-up with myself. I've neglected myself lately; I desperately need a haircut and I wouldn't say no to a mani/pedi. My fall wardrobe is sorely lacking in the long-sleeves department. (Guess I shouldn't have purged winter stuff in the middle of summer.) I'm still not drinking as much as I used to, despite my parents being here for two weeks. That may contribute to the weightloss, too. I need some new jeans.
Oh, and I haven't had chicken wings in what seems like months. Guess what's for dinner tonight?

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