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Sunday was all about taking a mental health day

Monday, September 29, 2014

The weather for Sunday was unseasonably warm. The high temps were in the mid-July range. My husband mentioned we could drive down the Cape (Cape Cod) and go to one of the National Seashore beaches.

Now I love the beach. I'm a little weird in that I prefer going on overcast days that are chilly. The perfect beach attire for those days would be jeans rolled up a bit for walking in the water and a sweater. But I'll take the beach on a traditional "beach day" too. Beggars can't be choosers and all of that. My husband was willing to make the drive. The kid got to use his boogie board, and it only cost the fuel to get there, which in a hybrid doesn't cost a lot.

We saw seals and some crazy birds I haven't yet identified. The kid managed to bring about 8 pounds of the beach with him in his bathing suit. Very little if any exaggeration there. I had to cute some of the netting to get the sand out. It's about an inch deep n the trash can. Thank goodness we rinsed him off before we headed home. Assorted pictures of the day.

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GHK1962 9/30/2014 9:26AM

    Sounds like you had a great day ... and ... it also looks like you all had the beach to yourselves! Woooohoooo!

(And I looked at your page .... there is a NaNo team!!! Ohhh ... I gotta join for sure.)

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/29/2014 10:11PM

    Sounds and looks like a really lovely day. Lucky you.

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Check list for my 5k's

Friday, September 26, 2014

Not so much a check list. I'm just trying to gage where I've timed in the 3 5k's I've run so I can make a realistic goal for the zombie run next month.

The first one ever, was post injury and honestly, I am very proud of my time on that one. It also happens to be the best one to date. 37:14. I was the 95th female and the 167th overall.

I don't have a photo of me for the 2nd 5k, but it was the kid's first 5k and there was a lot of me walking backwards trying to spur him on. He was so worried I'd beat his time, that he literally tugged my hand back. My time is not an accurate one to what I could've done if he hadn't been with me. I like that people thought I was just being nice and staying with my kid though. Truth be told, when he sprinted, he could do it for longer. This is the kid.

His time was 45:59 and mine was 46:00. Still I was the 76th female and the 133rd overall this time. The kid was the 57th male and 132nd overall.

The most recent one... It was hot and sunny. I wore black. And a mask. There were no water stops. Not real water stops in any case. Fortunately, a home on the route had cups of water. I told them they were all my favorite people.

My time on this race was an unimpressive 40:51 and 216th place (don't have the female ranks).

So I suppose with the one coming up, assuming I keep training and don't kill my knees again, I think trying to beat my best time is the goal. Which means I really want to try to get something 37:00 minutes.

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JANET552 9/27/2014 8:09AM

    I think your times are awesome -- just running the 5Ks is great, in and of itself. Take care in your preparation -- and have fun!!

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GHK1962 9/26/2014 5:46PM

    I saw the blog title and had to take a look and read. I've just started running the past year ... and have become a 5K junkie haha.

Anyway .... NICE 1st 5k for you and your time. :)

Even NICER 2nd 5K with the kid - High-5!

As for the 3rd - the 40:51 is NOT unimpressive. 1) It was hot. 2) It was your 3rd 5K! (Remember the first one where you just wanted to finish and didn't want to come in last? I actually don't know if you felt that way ... but I think most do on their first one.) And 3) You ran ... and that is what matters yes?

Now ... on the zombie run ... I am debating doing that where I am at ... and whether to be a zombie or a runner .... but it sounds fun indeed. I say run for time...but remember the fun and enjoy :-)

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(This last emoticon ... most will say it's a vampire way...its a zombie vampire ... lookit ... his arms are gone!)

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What a difference in my mood

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The issue with the orthodontist/surgeon was more of a weight on my mood that I think I realized. I knew I was incredibly frustrated, but I didn't see how much that frustration pulled me down until some of it lifted.

Quick background for those unfamiliar - I've needed jaw surgery for a while and I have all sorts of reasons or excuses why (at one point I didn't have insurance and that really is a valid reason, the rest are really excuses because I'm terrified about the prospect of surgery).

In March, I had my most recent adjustment with the braces. I went back to the orthodontist about 5-6 weeks later for new x-rays, mold of my teeth, etc so the surgeon could see if I was ready for surgery. He felt I was close, but not quite there and the 2 doctors were going to speak about what needed to be done. The surgeon said he could do surgery in the summer if I had time issues, but it would be far more involved and the recovery time would be longer as well. It would have been both upper and lower jaw rather than just the lower jaw. I said if I'm that close, let's just wait. And wait I have. I have 5 pages of phone logs of me calling the two offices back and forth.

Last week I more of less through a hissy fit in the orthodontist's office. I honestly think for a lot of reasons, he is the problem. But he is paid up front and I can't really switch. That means the only thing I can change in the equation, is the surgeon even though I really liked him and felt as comfortable as I think I could. I said I was done and since they couldn't seem to communicate, then refer me to another surgeon. The orthodontist started to back peddle which to me is more "proof" the issue is on his end.

O: But he's the best.
Me: Doesn't do me any good if I never have surgery.
O: There is no one else in the area I could recommend.
Me: Fine, I travel to get here. I live in X, work in Y. Anyone out that way?

He got me the contact info and when I got back to work, I called the surgeon and explained the whole thing. I said I wouldn't do anything until Wednesday. If they talked before then, great. If not, I move on. Wednesday morning I called the new surgeon and left a message. No return call. Great. Totally blew my mood. Everything I have no control in got bigger in my eyes and I was done. Just done. Don't want to play anymore. DONE.

And then, the phone rang at about 5:45. A miracle! The orthodontist and the surgeon spoke and came up with a plan! I go to the orthodontist today for the first adjustment in many months! And I am happy. It's like a huge weight has been lifted and I can't believe how it has changed my perspective. So, so happy.

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BRAINBENTT 9/25/2014 10:26AM

    prayers your way for speedy recovery

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JCLJR4547 9/25/2014 10:13AM

  hope things go well for you.

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Hearts and Hands Walk for Autism

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This past Saturday, the kid and I did a walk-a-thon for a local group called Community Autism Resources. It was the 11th annual Hearts and Hands Walk for Autism. It's a great agency that does all sorts of things to help families with someone in the Autism spectrum. I mean, truly a family program. They have events for grandparents, siblings, of course the parents and the children who have autism as well. They have lending libraries, family friendly events, advocates, help when dealing with schools. They just are a wonderful group.

I wasn't sure when I started to do the walk. I don't always get the t-shirt. Sometimes in error, sometimes because I only raised enough money to get 1 incentive and I let my son get it. But I stumbled across two things. First, was a photo my youngest taken 6 years ago to the day at the Hearts and Hands Walk. The other, was a t-shirt that I was putting away. It was for the 2003 walk. I guess I was part of the first one since that was 11 years ago.

Anyway, I'm attaching 2 photos of the kid. One from yesterday and the other from 6 years ago.

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Life is good

Sunday, September 07, 2014

It has been a good, oddly calm feeling weekend for the most part, which I really needed. Work really has sucked of late. Short version is there have been a lot of things that are , if not illegal, certainly immoral. Nothing like putting people at risk for dying or anything grand like that, but things that a normal company, the HR department would've cracked down on someone for, so Fridays take on a new level of relief.

Saturday, the city my husband and I work in, had a celebration for 100 years since it became a city. Had been the town of Attleborough, changed to the City of Attleboro on September 6, 1914. There was a parade and a ton of other events going on, ending with a fireworks show. We just did the parade and had some birthday cake.

See, the 9 year old invented a holiday called celebration day and this was the first year we're celebrating it. The tradition is to put a kitchen chair in the living room with a sheet covering it. Then we all sit around in on mats (or in this case folded blankets) and he hands out gifts. His oldest brother got a piece of butterscotch and a butterscotch lollipop (were past of this parade candy he caught in the morning), I got handmade jewelry (picture to follow) made from paper and 2 rocks he picked up when we were camping last weekend in Vermont. The headpiece was representing the sun and the bracelet the moon. My husband got Raisinettes. He bought those with his own money. My husband isn't a big junk food guy, but those, he likes.

Today has been filled with doing the grocery shopping, dishes and laundry, but for some reason, has just felt calm and not stressful.

It's football (American) day now. The husband is watching "our" team. We'll make dinner after the game. I'm just going to keep going with the flow and try not to stress about work tomorrow.

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JANET552 9/9/2014 8:08AM

    I hope you were successful with not stressing on Sunday about work on Monday. Sorry work is not good. We spend so much of our lives at work that it's hard when it isn't good for our souls.

Your son sounds wonderful!! I think his idea was very creative and loving. Fabulous gifts!!

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