Day 3 Black and white 

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Your life, No people, no explanation 


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Dear Body

Dear Body

First of all, thanks for hanging in there and doing all I ask.  I know it has been a lot, with all the waking up early, staying up late and my insistence on working out (it’s for our own good).  It has been a stressful few months and before that, we weren’t exactly taking it easy.  There were tons of camping trips where I hauled pounds of canvas up and down and slept on subpar support.

Overall you are doing fine, actually well above average.  You can lift, you can run, you can go up and down stairs and sit on the floor with no trouble.  I give you mental hugs everytime I am able to do things that I know many people of my size/gender/age can’t.

I suppose we have reached some sort of a limit because Sunday the germs got us.  Kudos for still doing what we ask this week, even if it is a bit slower and through a fog of congestion.  Today though you sent a very clear message when I was doing an absolutely normal side plank something went wrong with my right shoulder.  Are you telling me we need to slow down?  Take a break?  I’m not sure how I feel about that…  We have stuff to do!

Given your great record up to this point, I’ll let this one slide and we will take it easy and maybe even ice it or something.  I did take some advil but I still get pains from you when I move it around for normal things like installing some coat hooks so the kids have a place for their jackets that isn’t the floor.

We are in this together for the long haul.  This will be a minor break to beat the germs and let the shoulder stop hurting and we will get going again soon.

Much love


Day 1 of 7

Black and white challenge; no people. 

13th day in a row

Not quite halfway through the month but in my planning world I basically didn’t even consider the day after the election.  The time between Aug 30 and Nov 7 was detailed and dedicated and Nov 8 on was “unplanned”.  That isn’t exactly fair, I did hear my parents say they were coming to visit for Thanksgiving and I did agree to a driving plan for Christmas but the fact that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK somehow dawned today since I slipped through a 3 month time fold.

I’m glad to have this week to catch up and possibly get ahead.  The campaign is getting wrapped tonight so this is the last meeting for that project.  It might happen that the next project starts shortly so I’m not going to resign myself to a life of leisure quite yet.  Tomorrow I plan on talking to my kid’s teachers and getting details on things I can write grant applications for.  If the community at large doesn’t care to take care of kids I’m going to make sure that my 3 get every advantage possible.

Hero’s run toward the problem right?


And since posts are better with pictures, here is a picture of the world famous largest boot.  It is impressively big.img_4569

Back from the get-away

We are back 🙂

The kids are fine, the adult in charge of the kids is fine, the house is even fine.  I call this a success.  We filled in the balance of the afternoon with snuggles.


My only complaints about the weekend are because we are entirely spoiled.  The restaurant we choose had a fairly small menu and Lars had a good dish but mine was super bland and not what was on the menu.  The breakfast was similar – I cook breakfast foods well enough to know that these were not fresh, they were ok but nothing to rave about.  So because we cook too well we are too fussy about the food out in the world.  The house was a cool old Victorian with tons of original woodwork and furnishings.  It was authentic enough I didn’t want to plug anything extra in and made note of the fire exits just in case. We met another very nice couple and learned a bit of the history of the house.  Technically nothing I didn’t guess but the owners were not there and they actually know more details.

We had an odd amount of time this morning so we ended up stopping for Thor Ragnarock and I very much enjoyed it.  The theater was a ‘bistro’ so you could order lunch or snacks and there were seats with tables like a first-class airline so it was a very good experience.  The movie itself was well done, you can’t help but be inspired by hero movies – heroes are the ones running toward the danger, that is what they do.

Overall a very nice getaway.  It is a little town about an hour away and we choose it nearly at random because we just wanted something interesting and unknown to us and that it was.  We discovered that they have some really awesome playgrounds and also a great 20mile bike trail so we will probably be back in the spring so the guys training for their 150-mile ride can do a practice round.  We also didn’t get to tour what the town was originally famous for – the pottery – but we did go to the shoe museum and saw two very familiar pairs of boots; one my grandfather wore in WWII as a paratrooper and the other my parents wore as 70’s era mountain climbers.

I hope it won’t be years before we do something like this again but it was a special way to celebrate our 13th anniversary.