summer marches on . . .

August 15, 2017

I can’t even call this post a weekend update, since it’s mid-day Tuesday already.  Since my last post, Charlottesville happened, and while I’ve really been NOT paying a lot of attention to the news (I believe in Aziz Ansari’s philosophy here), I couldn’t quite turn away this time.  It made me so sad (and angry, and hopeless) to see that our country has gotten to the place where it has.  I have such great memories of time spent in Charlottesville (mostly with my college BFF Vickie who was there all the way through medical school and residency).  I’ve run their half marathon twice (maybe 3 times?) and would love to do it again.  

Anyway, so I’ve been thinking about the town and the people, and our country.  I’m trying to figure out the right ways to stand up against such hate, and welcome ideas (places to donate, actions to take, etc).  I truly hope things get better.  

In our corner, we had a reasonably good family-centric weekend – we were both off and spent most of the time at home or in the neighborhood.  Josh and I did venture out to see Dunkirk (a little too MUCH for me right now, I think).  We were all a little sick (GI . . .fun) so energy levels weren’t amazing.  But I think everyone is better now.

More positive things to focus on:

1) The Atlantic.  I know, also news related.  But Josh and I have decided that a monthly magazine is the most tolerable way to stay reasonably updated without so much in-your-face-headline-sensationalism.  I am really into reading the issues in small pieces throughout the month.

2) THE ECLIPSE!  Have you looked up how it will look near you?  We won’t have a total eclipse in FL (my sister, still in NC, gets a much better view!) but it will be pretty exciting nonetheless.

I am disappointed in my planning-ahead self for NOT ordering glasses (which are now exorbitantly expensive on amazon). Oh well.  We are going to employ some low-tech mirror/paper/etc viewing techniques.  I’m off that day AND it’s A’s first day of school!  What an event.

3) Magnatiles!  These are seriously the most versatile popular toys in our house.  They are pricey but their cost-per-use is probably one of the lowest of any of the toys we own.  I just added a glow-in-the-dark set.  This is literally our house every evening:
4) Museum outings.  We headed to the Frost and finally arrived early enough to park! (TIP: DO NOT GO MID-DAY ON A WEEKEND).  This is what our family would look like if A&C were both quadruplets:

God help us all.
5) Calzones!  I made some using this easy crust recipe (seriously, very easy!) and this sausage-vegetable filling.  They turned out really good!  C loved them.  (A would not taste but that had much more to do with stubborn-ness than calzone quality).

6) The Backpack, which arrived with plenty of time to spare


PODCAST UPDATE:  Episode 1 has been edited and is almost ready for prime time!  We’re hoping to launch as early as next week – stay tuned!


Weekly workout report Aug 7 – 13 
pregnancy week 23

M – Treadmill run 35 min, 2.8 mi.  5 min run / 2 min walk x 5

T – REST – getting over cold

W – Barre3 40 minute workou

R – Treadmill run 42 min.  Ran 10 / walk 2 / Ran 8 / walk 2 / Ran 6 / walk 2 / Ran 4 / walk 2 / Ran 2 / walk 2.  (Paces 5 – 5.5 mph running).  Gotta keep it interesting . . .

F – REST – now with GI issues (it was a very sick week)

S – Treadmill run 44 min.  Ran 20 min @ 5 mph, walked 2 min, ran 20 min @ 5 mph, walked 2 min.

S – REST again.  It was a rough week – what can I say!


  • Reply Andrea March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m in Louisville (so pretty close to the eclipse path, its a big deal around here) and we got glasses at Lowes for $2 each. On sale by the registers.

  • Reply Christine Cortese March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I disagree with both sides in this recent conflict. One thing to consider is how the destruction of Confederate monuments is akin to the Taliban knocking down religious statuary because they disagreed with it. History is going to outlast our insane reactionary moods (all sides suffer from this). But the loss of civil discourse is a nightmare.

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