Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fear of Pain

Brushing Abby's hair everyday has taught me a little bit about fear.  While brushing her hair doesn't always feel good I know that it doesn't hurt as much as she cries.  When I ask her if it actually hurts or if she is scared of it hurting she usually responds that she is scared.  I think of all the painful things I am scared of, mostly growing pains.  I wonder why in most cases my fear largely out weighs the actual pain.  I am very scared of going down rocks on a bike.  I'm very scared of falling.  It would hurt.  But really the fear far exceeds the actual pain I would feel. 
I think that the only really justified fear I have is of the dentist.  No amount of fear is adequate to the pain a dentist can and usually does inflict. Even a bad dental hygenist could easily get me through a fast Sunday.  And for some reason all the drugs in the world can't dull the pain that a dentist can inflict.  What's worse is that even though every hygenist and dentist I have had in the last 8 years has said that I have incredible tooth hygiene it doesn't make up for the super crappy teeth genes that I inherited.  That means unavoidable cavities.  Inevitable dentist inflicted pain.  Sends shivers through me everytime.  The next time we go camping Adam is going to tell me dentist stories instead of ghost stories. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Yummy recipes I made last week...

I made a few really yummy recipes last week. I just wanted to share.  I made this Italian Supreme Calzone and I used her pizza crust.  It was sooooooooo yummy.  Since Adam didn't get to eat it with us for dinner  I am going to make it again this week.  That good.  I made this super yummy Chicken Cordon Bleu.  I used chicken stock instead of wine fyi. 

I made these and other yummy dinners.  My husband, bless his heart, still managed to spit one out on his dinner plate in the middle of dinner because he thought he had a bone in the shredded boneless, skinless chicken breast...Atleast I didn't find it in the microwave later that night...And to his credit he did finish eating it. Not the 'boney' part though.  No bone or hard part was found in the inspected partly masticated food that he had to spit out.  Yes I said husband and not son. *I did not post the recipe that he spit out*.

I know, I know you are thinking I am so patient to continue cooking for my family after this and other occurences.  I know he is so lucky to have a wife that cooks for him and tries hard to save him money and make a tasty atleast edible dinner.  All this while answering the phone, perfoming wonderous acts of motherhood like catching a falling toddler, turning the TV/computer to a less than blaring volume, responding to the shrieks of "MOOOOOOMMMMM Joshy STINKS get him AWAY FROM ME!!!" or "MOOOOOOOMMMMM I PEEEEED IN MY ROOM! COME CLEAN IT UP!" or "WAAAA WAAA WAAA" (interpeted "Mooommmm Abby took all my toys away and put them where I can't reach them just to watch me cry!").  Yes, yes I know there is so much more to what we mommy's do.  No wonder I consistently forget an ingredient.  Sometimes, sometimes I get hard on myself for "not being able to follow a recipe".  But then I remember that I am not just following a recipe.  I am following a recipe, a toddler, a preschooler, and a husband plus whatever the phone is ringing about.  All this while trying to keep the house from exploding. 
And oh yeah, there is a timeline, or rather a deadline.  At my house if dinner is served later than 6:30 something inexplicably bad happens.  Everything, EVERYTHING takes atleast an hour and a half LONGER than it should.  The kids can't go to sleep but they're tired, which means they get destructive.   It is a truly horrid way to spend my evening and I don't think they are too fond of it either.  I guess what I am trying to say is I am a good cook.  And I know really yummy recipes.  But they aren't always perfect.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


So this last week I ran out of my 'running' socks.  They are really my favorite socks.  I have champion socks from Target.  Not any more expensive than regular socks but what a difference!  I changed socks because of an article in runner's world.  They said that the least expensive change that made the biggest impact for a runner, the one splurge that was worth it was socks.  So I tried it.  And I liked it.  Well anyway I ran out of my running socks and so I slapped on my old cotton Hanes socks.  Ouchie!  My feet blistered after just a few miles.  Full on blistered.  It was one of the most painful runs I have had in a long time and my feet let me know about it.  Athletic socks are great.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day

Flower's Adam got me

Joshy helps make heart-shaped rice krispy treats
Chocolate covered rice krispy treats....mmmmmm
Heart shaped completely home-made ravioli

Needless to say we had a delicious and beautiful day.


These are pictures from our first sledding trip.  It lasted maybe 30 minutes but it was a blast.  Abby had fun.  Josh cried the entire time and especially when any downhill or cross country riding occured.   The second time we went this hill was all ice and extremely fast/fun.  Abby cried when she went down.  Josh cried if we put him close to the sled.  But Adam and I had a blast.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Weather Advisory

I live in the land of perpetual winter weather advisory/warning.  Pictures to follow.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oh Yeah the Milk Thing

So yesterday was Josh's 15 mo check up. I decided to take him to a different doctor in the practice that I have been going to.  Anyway this doctor suggested that I should start Josh on dairy products!  Slowly, but surely cheese is going to come back into my diet!!! YAY!!!  Josh has gotten a little bit taller. Not much but some.  Unfortunately even with all of his outrageous pigging out he has not gained an ounce. Literally.  The good news is that he did not lose anything either.  I would have included a cute picture of Joshy but the one immunization (dTaPp) gave him a huge welt on his arm and is making him a bit cranky.

Abby is funny

This morning Abby was telling me about her crazy dream.  It was a wild one, and they usually are.  Then at the end she said:
 "And then I was un-sleeping"
"You mean awake right?"
"No unsleeping" 
"You're awake right now right?"
"No I'm unsleeping"


So I've been reading some books about exercise lately.  Can you tell?  One thing that I just learned that you all probably know already is how to tell if you are training too hard and avoiding training medium hard. 

The book that I read suggested that if you can tell that you are training too hard if you have sleep interruptions (fatigue and/or insomnia), injury or a high RHR.  They suggested taking your RHR every morning and if it more than 5 points above normal that your body has too much stress.  I had no idea.

Training medium hard is where your 'easy' workouts are too hard and your hard workouts are too easy.  I think that I fall into this trap a lot.  I never feel like taking an easy day which makes it hard to have a really hard day.  Thus I train mostly in this medium hard category.

On a side note Josh just fell into the shower. Gotta go.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog's Day

Did somebody forget to threaten Punxsutawney Phil?  I do not want six more weeks of winter! You can see his prediction here.

Dualathon or Triathlon? Both?

So I've been reading and dabbling here and there about triathlon's and dualathon's.  There is this dualathon in June and this triathlon in August.  The races and gear are expensive which is currently the most prohibitive thing about them.  I still want to try and do them.  I will probably have to pick one or the other to do though.  A dualathon would be atleast $100's cheaper. But I really want to do the triathlon. Decisions, decisions... Next year though I know what I want for my birthday and Christmas...

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's always better to go

I have a head cold.  My nose is runny, my throat is sore and my sinuses feel like they are in a pressure cooker.  I was contemplating wether or not I should go workout.  Whenever I have these symptoms I ask myself the same question.  Is it better to workout?  I found this report that supported what I suspected.  I usually feel better when I workout with a cold, but other than that there is little difference.  There is the added benefit that I don't feel like I have to get back on the horse.  No sluggish body or initial push to get myself over the Hump of Inactivity.