Sunday, May 30, 2010

Training update

Thought you might like an update on Team Northwest. In just two months we have logged over 270 miles! That's despite my injury and Jeff's travelling. Well done!! I'm especially thankful that my calf is feeling better and I am finally able to get back to some normal training. Today Norm and I ran together, which was wonderful.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

I had a lovely Mother's Day despite feeling under the weather.

First of all, my thoughtful children sent me flowers and ice cream. Definitely the way to my heart. Norm carried on a family tradition that he started when the kids were small: he bought flowers and vegetable plants and planted them in our containers on the deck. Mother's Day just wouldn't be the same without this sweet act of service.

Then, Norm took me on his run. I got to watch him run away from me while I strolled. I had to convince him to even let me do that much. My calf was fine during this leisurely walk and it felt good to be out. I was jealous of Norm, though, but also quite proud of him. He's doing so well. I can't wait until my training can resume. We've never run together before and I'm looking forward to it.

I had such a nice talk with both Kate and Jeff. We are so blessed to have these two intelligent, interesting people in our lives. It isn't easy to have them live far away although they both have opened up new places to us. We so enjoyed visiting Kate in Missouri and Jeff in Montana. We've liked seeing more of Idaho and we look forward to seeing Pennsylvania. I can't help hoping that someday when they both settle down we will be nearer to each other.

In the meantime...I have heard that baby boomers who are now empty nesters have resorted to scheduling their dogs' time now that they no longer can schedule their children's time.

Doggie soccer? Canine play practice? What do you think girls?

P.S.: Home sick today. Allergic reaction to something plus a sinus infection AGAIN!!! Boo!! State testing starts Wednesday.

Friday, May 7, 2010

In the rearview mirror

Our road rally/birthday party was a huge success!! Everyone enjoyed the challenge and no one got lost.

It was so fun to plan this celebration to share with the people who have meant so much to us throughout our combined 100 years of life. We laughed hearing every one's tales from the road and the dinner was fantastic. I'm one of the few lunatics I know who serves a full dinner to 25 people using never before tried recipes!! I knew I couldn't go wrong with Cuisine's celebration menu. I made everything on it and all the dishes were wonderful: pulled pork tacos, home made refried beans, spicy cheese fondue, Mexican pasta salad, and sunrise punch. Fantastic!! In addition, Norm's best man at our wedding sent an incredible edible fruit bouquet.

Kate was such a dear helping us to clean and cook and then heading out as the driver on one of the teams. Norm's mom was on Kate's team and they did great. It was fun to catch up with his nieces too. One is even going into teaching. I did not offer comments on that career choice since she didn't ask and I didn't want to be discouraging. : )
It was so hard to see Kate go home though.

These flowers are from my wonderful husband, and no, they are not for my birthday but are for "Teacher Appreciation Week". I sure picked a good one 28 years ago!!