I am very thankful for you all!
Hurts so good. November 21, 2011
Turkey Trot 2011 is not only still fresh on my mind, but is remembered with every step, sneeze, and breath I take. Walking down a staircase is no longer an easy feat. Having slept a couple nights since the race has helped, but the muscles in my abdomen and quads continue to scream at me. “Whyyyyyyyyyy did you run without training? Never do that again!” However, this has helped to motivate me to go to the gym on a regular basis from now on…mostly on the weekends when life is not crazy (see yesterday’s post) and to not eat a ton of foods that do not do my body good.
I did have an excellent idea at te awards ceremony from the race. There are multiple age groups including ones for younger children. I think that once the weather gets more tolerable, Lulu will be running 5K’s with me. It will serve as a little more dicipline, exercise, and some self-esteem for winning trophies. (Because really, I was shocked and my face was red when my name was called for 2nd place in my age group.)
Anyone else out there competing in fall/winter 5K’s? Anyone getting their kids involved?
AKA How do you do it all?
Not an easy feat.
Here is a breakdown of a typical workday when Lulu has a date with the studio:
Wake up in the mornin’ feelin’ like P. Diddy. (Ha ha!)
Shower, hair, make-up, wake up Lulu.
Get her ready, fix lunches, take her to school, commute 45 minutes to work.
Work hard all day until 5.
Drive one hour to get her, drive 45 more minutes after I get her to the studio.
Spend a couple hours sitting at the studio while she dances, usually writing blog posts or doing NaNoWriMo (in November.)
Drive 45 minutes home, get ready for bed, mak sure the alarms are set, and get ready to do it all again the next day!
So that’s how I “do it all.” There’s still the question of when I go to the grocery store (not too often these days- no time!) When do I go shopping? (Hardly ever.) When do I hang with my friends? (Rare occasions.) When do I write? (The studio, on Sundays, on my lunch break at work, or at night if I’m not too tired after the day is done.)
Anyone else have a super-hectic life as well?
Turkey Trot 11/19/2011: I won a trophy! November 19, 2011
It’s my blog and I’ll brag if I want to! Sparky (the boyfriend) and I ran the Turkey Trot 5K this morning. I did this with NO TRAINING. My first race in two years, ran cold with no training, no couch to 5K, nothing. In fact, I’ve gained 30 pounds in the last year. However, I wound up walking away with a small trophy for 2nd place in my age group. Whoo Hoo!
Oh the things kids say to boost your self esteem. Lulu an I were going to dinner, I was stressed because I had been stuck in traffic on the way home, and had been at work for a solid workday in a new position. We passed a window and out loud I remarked, “Shew, I look tired.”
“Oh momma, don’t worry about it. Tired is the new pretty.”
I love my daughter so much.
Last year for Winter White, LuLu experienced her first ballroom exhibition. She only performed the Rumba with her instructor, to her favorite Taylor Swift hit, Speak Now. Winter White Ball is coming around again. With a year of dance at the studio under her belt, she plans on performing a Rumba routine to Speak Now once again, so that she may compare her progress more than a year later in Latin dance. I’m pretty excited about watching this routine. It will be amazing to see how much she has learned over the year on display.
So I tweeted this @Taylorswift13 because 1. My none year old worships her and wants to do all her ballroom and Latin routines to her music. 2. I’m tired of hearing people complain how she wins “Entertainer of the year” and other awards. How does she? Listen to her music. There is no raunchiness involved, she has little to no scandal surrounding her empire, and her songs are original, written by a young girl. There is no “trying to be someone you’re not” there. I have to say, she’s one of the VERY few artists I will allow my nine year old, very impressionable young girl to listen to. So Taylor Swift, thank you, from all the concerned moms out there, for realizing that the world always isn’t a “sex sells” environment and that young kids are listening and following your example. Its very disappointing when someone that kids look up to sells out and becomes the kids of person you pray your child never becomes (ie the maturing of Miley Cyrus.)
For those of you out there who know us in “real life,” stay tuned…the vids will be posted so you can see the progress. I know you’ll all be impressed!
Oh to be nine again… November 13, 2011
The drama that is encapsuling my home today: there’s a birthday party in the near future and not everyone was invited. This has started world war three amongst a group of girls that the kid hangs with. In the day and age of cell phones and facebook abound, the kids are texting each other like mad trying to resolve the drama before Monday morning when they all have to look at each other in class. Before I get lectured, yes, my child has a cell phone, as do nearly all her other friends. Those that do not have their own use their parents to text their friends. To each their own, you can’t please everyone.
This drama is just so comical to me, because right now this topic is their whole world. How nice it would be to once again have these types of things as your only worries. Oh to be nine again…