It’s a Whole New World.

25 04 2012

Tuesday I was up at 5 to get my workout done before I had to get the kids up and going, then get myself showered and out the door by 7am for a meeting.

It was mid getting kids up when it hit me, I am no longer a stay at home mom that works some.  I am now a full time working mom.  I fully understood that when I said:

‘Sorry this bread is so stale (for the peanut butter sandwiches for lunch), but this is the only kind we have left without mold.’

‘I can either be at the start of your track meet OR get groceries today, not both.’

‘How about bacon and gluten free donuts for breakfast?’

‘Go downstairs and check the unfolded laundry baskets for some pants.  Nothing?  Just wear a pair that don’t look dirty.’

I am having to majorly adjust my expectations for my parenting and my workouts.  I hope that things will settle down (You know when race season starts and I have a race to time almost every weekend.)  Crap.  At least I really, really love my job!

Breathe in . . .Breathe out . . .

19 04 2012

Yesterday was one of those days.  It began at 5:30 am and I turned off the work computer at 11:30pm.  There was a lot in between.  I am in the swing of tri season and figuring all the new job responsibilities out as I go.  In the midst of that I am trying to be a part of my family first, which isn’t always easy.   There are days I am so busy I am not sure it’s humanly possible to fit it all in.   But somehow one day at a time it’s getting done, well most of it.  : )

I’ve traveled a lot since my last post.  To Costa Rica, (well I posted once since then but not about the trip) to Mississippi, to New Orleans and on a run from SW VA to DC.   This was all within a month of each other so you can imagine the state of my house, my checkbook and my inbox.  Yet the trips were all amazing and I learned so much on each one.  I hope I will have (make) the time to sit down and blog about each one but I think I can surmise what I learned most in one thought.

I am blessed.  I am a part of an incredible team.  I love my work team and my tri team but the team I cherish above all else is our family team.  Even when the kids are fighting or Paul is working late or, or, or.  We are a team and we work together so much.   Whether I am traveling for work and the kids (and Paul) are having to pick up the slack at home, or sitting in a torrential  thunderstorm in our camper, or exploring the streets of New Orleans, or running a mile together in a fight against cancer.  I am so lucky, proud and blessed to be a part of my team.

Get out and RUN

26 03 2012

This morning at 3am eastern time the staff of REV3, the staff of the Ulman Cancer Fund and some other crazy folks took off on a journey across the US.  Over the next 21 days they will run the entire US, Oceanside California to Maryland.  They are running the raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund, an organization that supports young adults with cancer.    I have had the pleasure of working with the Ulman fun timing their race, the Half Full tri for the last two years.  It is truly an amazing organization that I am proud to support.

You can track the journey of the group here:

Today, and maybe every day for the next 21 days take a minute and run.  Run because you can.  Run for those that you love that have been affected by cancer.  Just run.


11 Things (finally)

11 03 2012

I’m way behind on this post.  I was tagged several times.  I started this post a while ago, and yet I just didn’t get it done.  To those that tagged me I apologize for my delay.  I am answering the questions of my friend Donna at Beating Limitations.  

The Rules

1)    Post these rules.
2)    Post 11 random things about yourself.
3)    Answer the questions set for you in the post of those who tagged you.
4)    Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5)    Go to their blog (or email them or tweet them) and tell the people you tagged that you’ve tagged them.
6)    No stuff in the tagging section about “you are tagged if you are reading this.” You legitimately have to tag 11 people

11 Random Things About Me:

1.  I was in the Army for 6 weeks.  When I was 19 I was a little ‘lost’ and didn’t know if college was for me.  I signed up for the Army.  After signing up I told my parents, I think they were relieved I would be moving out : )  After 4 weeks my leg started giving out and the doctors informed me that I had congenital hip dysplasia.  (yes, like the dogs get!)  I was medically released and left on graduation day.  It was a short stint but I sure learned a lot about myself during those 6 weeks.

2.  I gave up negative self talk for Lent.  A wonderful friend who happens to be my coach pointed out that this has become a problem for me so I am giving it up for Lent and hopefully forever.

3.  I am a PK.  My mom went back to school after we were all done with college and studied long and hard to become a pastor.  My husband is also a PK.  Although he has been a PK his whole life and I didn’t become a PK until I was 36 I think I lived up to the stereotype much more.

4.  I am a horrible housekeeper and that’s ok.  Our house is horribly messy and honestly 95% of the time it doesn’t really bother me.  I’d rather spend time doing stuff I love than mop the floor.

5.  It took me 7 years to graduate from college.  Although I consider myself very smart I have never been a good student.  College was very hard for me and it took me 3 years of playing around before I believed in myself enough to really apply myself.

6.  I LOVE to read.  I will read a book all day and night until I finish if I get into it.  If I don’t love it I will often just stop reading it.  I am so very grateful that both my children inherited my love of reading.

7.  I’ve been to a nude beach.  I was tagged by a couple of people and this was one of the questions from somebody.  So yes, I have been to a nude beach and yes, I got naked, and yes, I loved it.  Thankfully it was on a small island where I will never ever see those people again but I would do it again in a heartbeat!

8.  Even though I detest Ironman as a company I still love my big bold tattoo.  It represents all the hard work and helps me mark 10 years of marriage to my best friend.  Even though I will never race an Ironman brand race again I will cherish my tattoo forever.

9.  I have a bit of a TV addiction.  I don’t watch daytime shows or anything but I love my nights spent wasting away infront of the TV.  My favorite shows are Once Upon a Time, Glee, Modern Family and House.  Most of these (except House) I watch with my daughter since my husband doesn’t like TV.

10.  I had never had stitches before I had my hysterectomy last year.  Somehow I made it though childhood and adolescence without ever needing stitches.  Neither of my kids have had stitches either.   I guess we are just lucky!

11.  I have an inherited sense of wanderlust.  My grandfather loves to travel (he’s 90!), my parents love to travel and I just love go and do and see as much as I can!  I plan on taking my kids everywhere I possibly can and exposing them to as much of the world as I can afford to.

Answers to Donna’s Questions:

1. When was the last time you went to McDonalds and what did you order?  I can only eat apples and ice cream at McDonalds since everything else has gluten in it.  I am sure it was ice cream if I was ordering one of those two : )

2. When it comes to food, are you a sweet or savoury lover?  Yes.  I go back and forth depending on the day.  Some days I can eat an entire bag of chips, some days I can’t resist the candy at the grocery check out.

3. Coffee or tea?  I can not start my day without coffee.   I drink way too much but I love the stuff.

4. What is your favourite “go to” “easy to make from scratch” meal?  I love a great gluten free mac and cheese.

5. What did you study at university and does it relate to your current job?  I got a degree in History with a minor in PolySci.  This has absolutely nothing to do with timing triathlons.
6. What is one race (sporting event) that you want to do in your life – a bucket list race, so to speak?  I honestly don’t have one right now.  I used to want to go to Kona but have lost my love for all things WTC so I’m still coming up with this!
7. Can you explain to me why Lululemon is considered controversial? I thought it was just a brand of (mostly yoga) clothing.  I have absolutely no idea!!  I have a Lululemon jacket that is amazing, but honestly didn’t even know the company was controversial!
8. What is your most favourite travel memory?  St. Martin with my hubby for our 10th wedding anniversary.  See number 7 above.

9. Airport security – a necessary evil, or just plain evil?  I will go with necessary evil.  I wish people were kind and could be nice and get along and we didn’t need things like airport security but alas, we do.
10. Do internet and personal privacy matters ever worry you?  I think they probably should but I don’t really think much about it.
11. Would you rather have time or money?   Time.


Because I am way behind and this has been around all the blogs I am not tagging folks.  Everyone I asked had already done it.  I am a rule breaker (see # 6 in the rules).

Growing Young

21 02 2012

So, since I sold the minivan a great deal of my time the last two weeks has been spent looking for a new car.  There are way too many options out there.   What I did know is that I was done with this:

PS – no duct tape, but man that van was well used on the inside!

After lots and lots of research we decided on the Subaru Impreza Hatchback.  It’s so not a minivan.  Best feature:  36 mpg highway!  Second best feature:  All Wheel Drive!!  We pick up our beauty this weekend and I’m down right giddy!

I was reading some of the reviews today (yes, we have already decided but since the car is 2 hours away I can’t go stare at it so I stalk it online) and learned that the target audience for the Impreza is the just our of college crowd.  They called it “my first grown up car that’s not really grown up.”   So, I’m take that as a sign that I am young at heart and can’t wait to park in all the compact parking spots!

I Accidentally Sold Our Minivan

14 02 2012

How do you accidently sell a car?
You start talking with your spouse about *maybe* buying a more fuel efficient car. (I spent over $100 in gas LAST WEEK!)
Next you say do yourself maybe I should listed on craigslist and see what happens.
Then of course someone immediately wants to buy it.
Finally you have to break it to your spouse that you’re getting a new car.  Oh yeah, now.
Oh yeah but first you actually have to find the right new car.  This is much more difficult than I would have imagined.

Stretching the Leash

7 01 2012

With all of my son’s struggles with school this year we decided he really needed some success right now.  For the last two years he has begged to join the ski team at our local ski resort.  Because it is a big commimtment, both finanial and time, we resisted.  This year we bit the bullet and let him join.

The fees and cost of skis hurt, but what has come out of ski team has been beautiful.  E is up at the crack of dawn so excited to get to practice.  His coaches say he is working hard and making great improvements. His big goal is to move up to the race team, my big goal for him is that he continues to find joy and success all season.   Today at ski practice I realized we have found more success than just skiing down the hill.

I was reading a wonderful blog post 25 Rules s for Mothers of Sons  and the last one really spoke to me.  Be his home.  I haven’t had a lot of chances to let E roam free.  We have never lived in a neighborhood where he can just go out and roam free.  Hard to be his home when he never leaves!  When we arrived for E`s first ski team practice he asked if he could go for a run on his own before practice.   ON HIS OWN!!  ACK!

Watching my 9 year old go up on the lift by himself and waiting while he skied down on his own almost killed me.  We both survived.  Now I let him take a few runs each time before practice and sit in the lodge and smile.   I am his homebase and he can go out on the mountain and explore.  I love the new freedom for him and a even love the new freedom for me!

I know as he gets older he will venture further from home , but for now a few miles on the ski slopes of far enough!

REV3 Run Across America

6 01 2012

As if I needed another reason to brag about the company I work for . . . .

Our charity partner, The Ulman Cancer Fund found themselves in need of $100,000 to fund their patient navigation program.  Please, please take a look at the Ulman website.  They do amazing things for young adults with cancer.  I have worked with the staff of the Ulman fund for the last two years timing their race (Half Full Tri) and all I can say is WOW.

The staff at REV3 decided they wanted to raise money and awareness for Ulman.  Why go small when you can run for 15 miles a day for 21 days?   10 members of the REV3 staff will be running ACROSS the whole COUNTRY!!

I can’t join them for 21 days, but Paul and I will be ATLEAST finishing the run from the ‘Burg to MD with them.  I also plan to run each and every day that they are running.  21 days.  Want to run too?  Check out the map above (if you click on the map it will take you to the site!) and find some days to come run along or be a relief runner.  Can’t travel?   Run virtually!  We will be challenging tri and running groups to log their miles to compete for prizes.  Can’t run (or even if you can!!!) – DONATE!

Looking Forward . . .

1 01 2012

It’s a new year so of course it’s time for one of those nostalgic looking back or inspiring gung ho full speed ahead posts.

Looking back 2011 has been a hard year.  Struggles (but victories too) with schooling for E, surgery for me, illness after illness after illness for me, tons of travel – you name it, it got in the way of me training.  And yet.  I am blessed that I have an amazing family that supported me and dealt with all the bumps in the road with me.  I think we begin 2012 as a stronger, closer family.

Now we move onto the looking forward part.  As always I am seeking balance this year.  I want to find the time to be a great mom, maintain a wonderful relationship with my husband, support and enjoy my many wonderful friends and family and train for a few races all while I double (or even triple) my work load.   EEK!

The beauty is that I love my work, my family supports me in doing said work and I work with a fabulous group of people that I also count as my second family.  I’m so excited to help grow the timing side of the REV3 family.   If all goes well 2012 will have us running around like crazy timing races almost every weekend!

Off for a run – I have a little half marathon coming up!

Dyslexia – finally!

16 12 2011

For the last three or four years I have told anyone that would listen (and plenty that didn’t listen) that my son was struggling with learning.  You can read my previous posts here:  Some People are Idiots and Step one:  Parent Meeting.  We have finally entered a new chapter, an actual professional has done real tests and *gasp* they support what I have been saying all along, my son is dyslexic.

After our fiasco with school testing and lack of interest (on the school’s part, not the teachers) in helping our son we decided it was time to look elsewhere.  Our pediatrician’s office has an educational counseling center so that was our first stop.  Turns out it was one of the best calls I have made in this process.  The psychologist there looked at E’s previous testing, his school work and observed him in the classroom and found tests that she felt needed to be done.

For oral intelligence my son is in the 93rd percentile.  For his visual or written testing he was down in the 50th percentile.  He can read on a 4th grade level, but missed almost every small connecting word (if the an. . . )  When those same words he read in a paragraph were by themselves he was only at 30%. Here’s where it gets good, for letter blends (keeping in mind my son is in 4th grade) he was in the 14th percentile.  He completely bombed the visual perception tests.  ALL.  CLASSIC. DYSLEXIA!!!

I don’t mean to sound happy that my son is dyslexic.  I know that school will always be harder for him.  Because he is “too smart” to qualify for an IEP through the school I will have to work with the school and his teachers every year.  And yet, I am so relieved.  I’m not just a crazy over reacting mom.  I do know my son.

Best of all I got some concrete ideas of what to do next.  Don’t make him suffer through spelling, it won’t help.  Don’t make him continue to try to write when it is such a hindrance to his expressing himself.  Use the technology that is available.  Our number one goal right now is to make it so E is not frustrated in school and is able to express himself fully.  (Not in that wishy washy way, I mean he can’t express himself on the level that he is able to think right now because his writing is limiting him.)

So now we begin a new chapter of working with the school.  Thankfully E’s teacher this year is super supportive and quite possible more importantly  she recognizes how smart E is.  I think for so many years teachers have just thought he was lazy or just average that they were able to dismiss his inability to spell and write because he was passing end of year tests.

On to the next chapter!