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What a stressful couple of days here at our house.
Kid #1 is sick. Super, super sick. In fact, she is coughing so bad she threw up on Saturday. Not fun. She’s slowly but surely coming around, but still gets coughing fits. Yesterday she had a movie day and was super lethargic, whereas today I’m kind of forcing her to play… Probably not the best move but the kid needs to get off the couch!

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Kid #2 is sick as well, but only stuffy. Which, in theory, isn’t an issue, but he is still nursing. Poor little guy gets super frustrated because eating is a challenge for him. That doesn’t affect his energy level in the least – he is crawling, climbing, terrorizing and trying to walk, babbling and ‘singing’ his way throughout the house.

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Last week my family came to visit, which was a blast. My little brother and our parents were here, and it was the fastest, yet BEST 6 days of my life. I would give anything to have them back here again!! I know for sure the kids were spoiled beyond capacity Winking smile 

Running is going relatively well, and of course I am my biggest enemy. My biggest vice right now is that I’m being a brat and I don’t want to run with the double stroller… So I wait until my husband gets off of work – which is a bad move because by then I have the time to make up excuses, “Its dark/cold/raining”, “I’ve had a long day and don’t feel like it”, etc.

The only long run I have botched up on is the 10 miler this past weekend. Just as I was heading out, my daughter threw up, and I felt a bit guilty leaving my husband at home with a puking kid and cranky baby. I initially set out to do 10, but I was distracted by trails [surprise, surprise…] and once I was on them I zoned out and got lost. Whoops. Around mile 4ish, I lost my footing and trudged through a HUGE puddle – all the while the sun was going down and the temperature was dropping. We’ve also had coyote sightings and I wasn’t sure if the bears were still hibernating (??) so I totally freaked myself out and decided to try and take a shortcut home. No bueno. That’s when I got lost, but I finally found a road-ish looking exit and found my way home. I ended up with 6ish miles, but the character building is definitely a factor here. Had I not stepped in the puddle I would have done 10, but by the time I turned onto the main road, I couldn’t feel my toes, and my motivation was shot so I booked it back to the house. Though the schedule calls for 6 this weekend, I’m going to attempt the 10 miler again, because I can’t stand not having done it… Luckily I am training with an amazing group, and accountability is key. We run at all kinds of paces, but knowing that we’re rooting each other on helps quite a bit.

Life is also taking an interesting turn in that I’m now FRG leader for my husband’s battery. FRG stands for Family Readiness Group, and my ‘job’ is technically to look out for the families of the soldiers. This group comes in handy when the guys are deployed, and since we’re here at home it’s a bit less stressful, but this is also my first go at this position, so I have no idea what I’m doing. I also started freelancing again, and you would *think* that working at home would mean I get to work whenever and however much I want – NOT the case!!

Anyway, there is a baby wailing upstairs because I didn’t go to him immediately so I must bid you adieu. I promise to post more. As much as running is my therapy and safe haven, writing is as well, and I hate that I keep neglecting it.

Staff Duty Ramblings, Again!

workout :: tbd. sometimes just winging it is the best option.

I forget which number this is. One day I’ll go through them all and find out. Anyway, here’s my usual daily nonsense in the day of single parenting. Husband has his 24 hour shift, so we’re flying solo. This also means no running [*SIGH*] but I can finagle workouts here at home, so not all hope is lost.

Without further ado.

- By 10 am I had four loads of laundry washed/folded/put away. While our Army/runner/potty training toddler/newborn household demands laundry be done daily, I don’t always get a chance to fold it and put it away. Luckily I tackled the loads before they had a chance to band together and smother me.

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- We did nails.

- I started a list of daily cleaning routines I want to do. I find that on any given day I will wake up and decide the house is beyond recognition of humane living conditions and I’ll immediately get into a pissy mood and clean everything in sight. This means a less than ideal day for everyone involved, and my husband usually gets roped into deep cleaning something when he’d rather be watching golf. So, instead I’m going to try and figure out a way to do a separate room every day so that it doesn’t pile up on me/us.

- confession :: I have yet to send out Thank You cards for gifts received for my child’s birth EIGHT weeks ago. I really, really, really, really suck at getting those out on time.

- TMI/proud mom moment :: K has used the potty two days in a row without an accident. She’ll even go to the potty to ‘toot’, which I think is pretty hilarious. I’m still hesitant to take the plunge and remove the diaper for both nap/night time, but we’re getting there.

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- Ate lunch.

- While K was napping I opted to have a little photo shoot with Spud, then I sat down to clean out my computer and years-old photos that didn’t belong. I wanted to work out, but this has been bugging me for weeks and my lunch was sitting heavy [this happens a lot. the lunch bit]. I figured I could always work out later – pop in a DVD for K and go from there. Treats all around.

- One particular child of mine did not enjoy his play mat today.

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- The thermostat reached the 80s, which meant the house was a solid 76 the whole day. Not very many clothes were on.

- When its summer/hot, I tend to lost my appetite. Usually I wouldn’t pay this any mind, but I’m breastfeeding and this means I’m starving nearly 24/7. I don’t want to cook, so instead I made another huge salad. I’ll spare you the picture because once you’ve seen one of my salads, you’ve seen them all: greens, mushrooms, slivered almonds, hard boiled egg, raisin, etc.

Do you lose your appetite in the heat?

What’s your fail safe activity when “single parenting”?

Running & a Flashback

Yes, blog posts two days in a row! Watch out, world!

Did the usual housewife stuff around here this morning. Our vacuum cleaner is making odd noises, like a squeaking kind of thing… I guess that is what will happen when you use it at least three times a week about three years?? I really don’t feel like buying a new one, maybe I’ll just pretend to not hear the squeak from here on out. I am also the worst at ‘diagnosing’ anything on machines, so until it starts smoking I am not worried.

Once the house was caught up, we loaded up for a run, which ironically took about 45 minutes. Getting a busy toddler changed and ready to strap into a stroller is harder than it sounds – even if it is for a 2 mile run. Anyway, we ran, and I didn’t notice that the tires were getting a little flat on the stroller, so I ran with way more effort than I should have. Some of us, however, had a far more relaxing time.

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I was curious to see where my running was last year and imagine my surprise when I found this entry:

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How cool is that!? I’ve officially been in Washington for a year. I do know that this particular run was at my sister in law’s house, and that we didn’t move into our house on post until the 6th of March. Anyway, I think that’s pretty darned exciting – lots has happened in this past year. Maybe if I scrounge up some time I’ll do a recap Smile