scandalizing your grandma

This past week we were in Arizona visiting Paul’s family. His grandma has a condo, so we flew down and met up with his parents and aunt and uncle there. It was really nice to see everyone because they live pretty far away and most of them hadn’t met Kiddo yet.

Overall, the trip was great; however, by the end of the trip I was ready to get back to my normal schedule (i.e. Kiddo must sleep in his own room). I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal to go back to sharing a room with him, but by the end of the trip I was starting to feel like I needed a vacation to recover from my vacation. It also didn’t help that he seemed to be teething (although, we have yet to see evidence of that). Oh, well…such is life with kids I guess.

Anywho…we spent the week catching up with family and doing a few excursions around town. I also got 3 runs in, which were awesome! The weather was perfect for running; mid 60s and sunny most days. The first day I ran the main loop of the condo park, which ended up being 3 miles. I decided to do the same route on my second run and 2 miles on my third day. I was pretty happy with that. On vacations in the past I would have skipped running altogether, but now it seems like that’s one of the best parts of vacation. It’s the only time I’m completely alone. Such is life with kids :)

The funny thing about running in the condo park were the reactions I received. I’m used to getting friendly nods of encouragement from other runners and walkers around my neighborhood. The condo park is more of a retirement community (there’s a minimum age requirement to live there), so my running was a bit of a strange event for most of the people there.

Being that I’m younger than all of the residents there by at least half the average age, I received a few stares as I ran along. What I found hilarious was the complete opposite reactions I received from the men vs. the women there. The men were very friendly (nodding and waving as I ran past), while the women would stick their noses up in the air and turn away from me, acting as if they had no idea I was there (but being really obvious about it). The only time I got a different reaction from men was when they were with their wives. Obviously, they couldn’t be checking out the “hot dish” running by with their wives around.

Not that I would say I’m anywhere near Gisele Bündchen level of attractiveness, I have been known to turn a head here or there (sorry to toot my own horn). That was a while ago, though, so it was nice to have a reminder…even if it was from someone who could be friends with my grandpa. I could be wrong, but I think that’s what happens when you have a baby – you’re willing to take whatever compliment from whoever is willing to give it :)

How about you? Have you ever received any strange reactions while running?

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urge to purge

This is the current state of our living room. It’s been this way since we got back on the 1st. I don’t know about anyone else, but there’s something about the holidays that make me want to get rid of EVERYTHING! The same thing happened last year at this time. Back then I thought it was simply because we had just been in Thailand and we were backpacking, so I had just experienced living minimally. Lately, Paul and I have talked about selling the house and living in a van for a while because we’re so sick of having so much stuff. We realize that’s pretty silly, and not very feasible with a 3-month-old and a cat. Not to mention, using cloth diapers would be a pain without the convenience of our washer and dryer.

Anyway, I’m sick of all the stuff. Apparently, owning your own home means that Christmas becomes more about the stuff and less about the giving. So, in order to regain my sanity, I have made two decisions. First, in 2012 we will not give or receive any gifts unless they are consumable. It’s not that I have a problem with gift giving, it’s the pointless nature of the stuff that’s being given. One of my favorite gifts this year were homemade Cake Pops (which never made it back home because we ate them so fast). I’m much happier with baked goods or homemade gifts because I know they serve a purpose. Even if it’s just to satisfy a sweet tooth.

OK, on to decision number two. I am working my way through the house and purging. I’m getting rid of the stuff. We have a closet in our basement that has become our “garage sale” closet. It’s basically a dumping ground for anything we don’t use. My original intention was to save these things until we decide to move and then have a garage sale. Right now I’m not sure when we’ll be moving again and I think I’ve built up enough stuff for a decent garage sale. So, I’m starting my spring cleaning. I’m going through the house, room by room, and purging of all the things that aren’t necessary. I’m also going to fix a few things up so they serve a more usable purpose.

I’m starting this week with the living room. We have a nice desk that was left to my family when my great-grandfather passed away. The desk and our dining set are two items that I accumulated when we moved into our house because my parents didn’t have the space for them. Unfortunately, we don’t have a dining room, so the table and chairs are stuck in the basement, and the desk is in serious need of some reorganization. So, that’s where I’m beginning. My goal is clean out the desk and actually use it as a desk. I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like to, and hopefully if I create a workspace (that doesn’t face the TV), I’ll be able to write more.

I feel pretty good about getting things organized and getting rid of things we don’t need. So far I’ve found 28 mechanical pencils, 11 Sharpies (including 3 brown ones. Who uses brown Sharpies?), senior pictures, a map of Bangkok, tons of post-it notes, passport pictures, a ruler, a tennis ball, duct tape, and a graphing calculator (I can’t remember the last time I took a math class). I also found back issues of Runner’s World from April last year (which happens to be when I stopped running while pregnant).

Anyway, I’ll let you know how the organization/purging turns out. But for now, Kiddo is demanding my attention, and I need to get ready for a run (it’s 58º – in January!)

holiday running

I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season! I managed to get two runs in this week. We’re visiting family, so I had extra people to keep an eye on Kiddo while I went for a run. Normally I like to plan out my route before I leave the house, but I was actually looking forward to running without having a plan. Both runs only ended up being about 2 miles long, but they were enjoyable. It wasn’t really cold enough for it, but I got new running clothes, so I thought I’d try them out.

Kiddo got to experience his first real snow before we left home. He was an excellent traveler and slept most of the 4 hour ride. I sat in the back seat with him and I think that helped. We also brought the cat along with us, so we pretty much exploded into my parents house when we got there.

Paul and I actually had a chance to go out alone while my parents and sisters watched Kiddo. After getting lost downtown, we finally found an amazing Indian restaurant. Paul received a new camera lens for Christmas and wanted to take some pictures at night, so we walked around an area that I knew would be perfect. Anybody know where we went?

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good ending to a pretty good year!