The MDRA

365 Project: Day 92 A lot of  work–and lots of miles–lie ahead for me as I continue to press toward my fitness and running goals, so one thing I did to encourage, motivate, and help myself in my journey is to become a member of the Minnesota Distance Running Association.  The MDRA is the largest running organization in the upper Midwest, with over 2,300 members. All of my materials came in the mail last week, including my membership card. I’m very excited to be a part of it and plan to take full advantage of the benefits and opportunities available to me in the weeks and months ahead. Whoop,...

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Snow days… times have changed

365 Project: Day 91 Well, we had our first snow day in Minnesota this year on Wednesday, February 29th. I thought for sure my photo of the day would be some beautiful shot of what it looked like outside, and although I did take some pictures of the snow, none of them turned out. Jon and I didn’t make the trek into work, and I didn’t drive Hannah to her classes that day, so it was a rare treat to all be home mid-week for the whole day. I remember when a snowstorm/ snow day meant that you go outside with the kids and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. How times have changed. We didn’t do anything but enjoy it from the inside looking out. What was really fun–and funny–was when Jon and Hannah had a wrestling match in the kitchen when I was making dinner. Oh my goodness… the highlight of my day. How many wrestling matches has Jon had with all four of the kids over the years? They are as many as the STARS! *** It’s been awhile since the last one, and Hannah is much stronger than she used to be.  *** Jon’s signature “super-trap” move with the kids has always been getting the leg trapped, rendering a human almost, but not quite, pinned. *** She looks like she’s having fun, right? Jon said all she had to do was say ‘uncle’ and he’d let her go. She said ‘never’! *** Her leg is still trapped, but as you can see, she’s making a little progress. *** This went on for 20 minutes, and by this time, I was laughing so hard I had to stop making dinner. After a while, Hannah got her leg free long enough to grab hold of the banister, pulled herself up, and walked away unpinned. Yes, that would be called a victory! Until the next snow day… I thank my husband and youngest daughter for taking the time to clean my kitchen floor while I get dinner on the table. Thank...

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Sleeping beauty?

365 Project: Day 90 If you ever doze off for 1 ½ hours in the evening after a really long day… like after waking up at 4 a.m., diving right into work for the day, and then driving across the Cities to run your kids around in the afternoon… just a warning to tuck your camera in a drawer or under a pillow so you don’t get caught looking like this for all the world to see. Criminy, why is it I’ve always imagined myself to look more like a sleeping princess? Wahhhhhhh! Things really are as they appear. My fairy tale dreams have been dashed. Harrumph!  Oh well, at least I wasn’t drooling. Even if I was, I’m a real person who LOVES naps. Not only do I know that God loves when I take care of myself, but I’m pretty sure that He thinks me and my four chins are pretty awesome...

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Ergonomic issues

365 Project: Days 88-89 I went to Target late this afternoon and walked into our bedroom and saw this. Jon was definitely up to something! *** Oh, looky! There he is! He has a corner in our bedroom where he’s always had his desk set up. Jon would rather have his own space in our room than to share the office with me and the girls. He is very neat and orderly,  and well… we’re not as much. 🙂  Plus, he does a lot of work from home, and prefers quiet during those times, and that doesn’t usually happen wherever the rest of the family is. The mission-style desk he had in this spot is pushed up backwards against the wall on the right, and DID look really good there.  *** He’s been brainstorming lately about how to lower his desk because when he works, he likes to recline in his desk chair somewhat, and this has posed some ergonomic issues. So, what he decided to do was completely ditch the old desk, attach braces to the wall, and drop in a slab of desktop from Hannah’s old loft bed desk. He knows what he wants and goes for it. *** He started and finished the project the same day and got everything back in order. The next thing we need to do is get those cords either behind the wall or covered up in some way. Maybe we could paint them the color of the wall. I don’t know. Maybe that’s cheesy. Anyway, here’s what it looked like (at 12:06 p.m.) the next day. Jon even put those foam pipe cover things along the edge for his arms. How much more stylish and ergonomic can you get than that?!...

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