Showing posts from October, 2014


Allan and Alex tripped over eachother playing basketball and Alex hit his head on the concrete. He has a concussion and is supposed to relax for a few days. 
Poor kiddo! It is so hard for him to not watch TV or read.


My nephew Jameson shot this funny looking bird.


I finished!  It was my worst time ever but that didn't surprise me.  I've done four different training plans and this was the lightest on the mileage.  I suffered.  It was humbling.  But I did it.

The Marines were amazing. The course was beautiful.  The weather was perfect.  I had a great getaway weekend with my mom and she was at the finish line and took pictures.  I missed her because it was so crowded and I was in a funk but it's cool knowing she was there.

And since it took me 5:52:52 I paid under $19/hour to run it.  The winner in my division paid over $38/hour!


My mom and I have to get up at 4 tomorrow morning to fly to DC then hit the race expo, nap, pasta dinner and then get up early on Sunday to run.  Add in the post race coma and return trip home on Monday and we are in for a whirlwind of a trip.  Cross your fingers that I don't get stuck at work late tonight.  I rarely sleep well the night before a race so I count on the night before the night before to log some extra ZZZs.

I am so excited for this race, I know it's the opportunity of a lifetime!

Yes Yes

I guarantee Jim and Arlene did not have this in mind when they bought us the Gel Pro kitchen mat.  


We spent the day touring Hartford including a free hour long guided tour of the Capitol and a library pass sponsored tour of the old state house. Oh! And a delicious lunch at Agave grill. We even took the commuter bus to see how that feels.


The whole family is camping in a real tent tonight with the cub scouts.  
After last weekend's tent debacle I'm a little nervous.  David threw up on Alex in the tent in the living room. I hope it doesn't smell.

Last Day/Five Years

It's bittersweet!  LEGO is a great company and our family will miss the perks for sure. Off to a new adventure starting 11/3 and until then he's got a to do list a mile long. 

I'm Really Tired

Allan told me last night Tom was waiting to be tucked in and he yelled, "Dad! c'mon I'm really tired!"


Happy Birthday Nugget

Teal Pumpkin Project

Oh look Tom didn't know he was doing a kind gesture to kids with allergies.  I will have to make sure we have some safe treats.  

Tom Silva?

What do you do when you're five and home sick? Watch This Old House of course.
Like father, like son. But usually they watch together. He independently put it on after Allan went to work.


Allan loves acetone.  He has a big metal bottle of it that I'm pretty sure has been hand carried trhough more than one move.  He loves to recommend acetone and a wire brush for cleaning anything. Including stinky boys as a joke.  
Tom wanted to paint his pumpkin green. I had some paint that I used last year to make minion pumpkins so I mixed yellow and blue and let him paint the thing right on the front step.  I remember that paint cleaning up easily. Apparently the surface type is a huge factor.  
Allan told me the green drips on the step wouldn't come off easily or even at all. I assured him the hose would take care of it.  
Sigh. Figure 1 is after a serious hosing.  I had to resort to acetone and the wire brush. And worse I had to suffer through a major marital I'm right and you're wrong.  And I will have subtle green drips to remind me of it as long as we live in this house. 
Figure 1 Figure 2


We had to retire our 2006 iMac yesteday. It served us well but started dying a few weeks ago and we opted to shut it down so we can transfer the data before it bites the dust completely. Of course Allan has the original box.  

A Girl

Alex danced with a girl at the school dance last night and I promised to be mature about it and not tease him. It will not be easy!   
I asked him to tell me her name.  Silence.  I asked him to tell me if it's the same girl he was interested in last year and he said he didn't want to answer that question. I'm going with yes.

Three Weeks

I was half hoping Allan would be told to surrender his laptop and get his personal effects when he submitted his resignation yesterday because he could use a break right now but, alas, he wasn't and now we have a countdown to his last day.