FIRST: BLP LIVE is happening!
AHHHHHHH! On Friday, I finally managed to reserve the venue for the retreat! Registration link will be up by tomorrow (or maybe even before that depending on how quickly I can get the site I use for that to cooperate).
I am learning so much about what goes into planning an event (HINT: a lot!). Thankfully, I am not doing this on my own – a terrific event coordinator reached out after one of my newsletter pleas and she has been incredibly helpful.
Doing an event on my own feels riskier than anything else I’ve attempted before. But I just decided it would be worth it and fun. Once I thought of it, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. So, here we go!! Details and registration link can be found here.
SECOND: It has been a great weekend.
I had a great run (bit of a breakthrough really). I finished Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. We took an epic family trip to the library. A came with me to Trader Joe’s AND went on a walk/run with me!!!
Josh took the other two to the park — he is working on teaching G to ride a bike.
Last night Josh and I went out on a date night and saw Creed III which was fun (had some flaws but entertaining – we both gave it 7.5/10). We also went to a German-themed sports bar and ate a giant pretzel. A went to a sleepover.
All 3 kids + Josh are now playing Mario Kart but I have to share this prior analog creation:
THIRD: WORKOUT REPORT
M: Run with friends, 6.2 mi (6 mi + strides). Ave pace 9:37/mi, 67F 95%
T: 5 miles adjacent to the beach – most of it with Laura! Ave 11:08/mi, 71F 87%. (I hadn’t mentioned this previously as she prefers to be discrete about when/where she is traveling! She came down to record some episodes and do some future pod-related planning!) + 20 min strength – my own circuit made up of deadlifts, split squats, sumo squats, shoulder presses, biceps/triceps, etc.
R: 6.4 mi including 2 x 20s strides at end, 9:53/mi, 69F 78%
F: 5 mi @ 9:43/mi, 62F 83% + 20 min Becs Gentry strength for runners
S: 12 mi long – was prescribed 6 easy then 6 moderate. Easy miles between 10:06 – 10:26; the moderate were 8:57, 8:36, 8:26, 8:27, 8:41, 8:33. I was really happy with this — wasn’t feeling it until the very end. 66F / 90% at the start but it was low 70s by the end.
S: 3 mi easy mid-day in the HEAT (85F / 56%), 10:25/mi
TOTAL MILES: 37.6
TOTAL STRENGTH: 2 x 20 min (one full body / one strength for runners)
From what I understand the best shopping bags to use for the environment are the ones you already have. You might be better off just continuing to use the paper bags as much as you can – depending on what type of reusable bag you get they can have a much higher carbon footprint and be harder to dispose of. https://stanfordmag.org/contents/paper-plastic-or-reusable
Congrats on finalizing the retreat and the great run! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Very interesting! I have to say you can get quite a few uses out of the paper 🙂 I just throw them back in the trunk after I empty them.
How big a group will you have for BLPL?
Max is 30! Similar to BLPA 🙂 It may end up being smaller of course – but I think this is the max I’d want to keep the intimate feel!
Ooh that’s a very cool diorama. I love how creative A is. We use reusable bags, just the recycled plastic supermarket ones, but I think there’s a case for paper. They can be composted if they get wet etc.
We had a good but pretty weekend here – ran some errands which in our village means running into everyone you know, ukulele lessons, a big Aldi shop. And then we met some friends at the leisure centre for open swim on Sunday. Our normal lessons are cancelled due to pool repairs taking ages, so we’ve been trying to swim a bit more often. For some reason, it never occurred to me that a swim play date is actually really good? No one needs to host, it’s time limited etc.
And then I threw money at an annoying problem, we had a giant hand me down box of Lego and instructions, and my friend helped me find a preteen to sort them for cash.
We use these. They are fabric, not plastic and with a reinforced bottom. We have had ours for years. https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Grocery-Shopping-Bags-Pack/dp/B06XNLWB3B/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1R66AZFX7BC6J&keywords=hard-sided+reusable+shopping+tote&qid=1678725193&sprefix=hard-sided+reusbale+shopping+tote%2Caps%2C60&sr=8-6
I loved Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow!
A’s miniature house is so cool! This reminds me of a paper cutout artist who also worked as a kids’ art teacher and taught my daughter and some friends over Zoom during the COVID early days. A might be interested to check out her stuff for inspiration: https://www.mariapalkon.com/miniatures
OMG those tiny houses . . she’s going to be SO excited to see those