Saturday, April 18, 2015

Facebook Flog

Don't ask what I am doing as I am not really sure. I decided today to tank Facebook.
It sounds even queer to mention it, make a post about it or breath any life into it but like a tumor FB has grown into a living breathing thing.
I have recently unfriended a ton, then blocked people that I want to punch in the face and now I am criticizing my own posts. Like no one cares and are you just looking for "what a good mom" likes.
I don't post for that reason. I more post for the chance to share funny, cool and neat things we do in our family but the 48 likes make me feel otherwise. Does that sound stupid?
Well there I go again. Who cares if you think it is stupid, I think it is stupid.
So I am unplugging for now. Detoxing. I am not sure what I will do to survive. I may have to blog like a crazy person to get it all out.
There must be something else to do besides read your posts and say what a load of bullshit.
It is vacation week and I can find tons of stuff to do like finish this book that I have renewed 2 times and had to restart because I already forgot what happened up to my bookmark.
BASEMENT!! Think trash day on Thursday.
Hike, run, playground, aquarium, picnic.
It is like giving up anything else. Relace it with a healthier choice until you don't need it anymore.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Morse Pond Spaghetti supper and Art show

I have always loved these. The kids are so proud and so am I. 
The part I really loved was all the 3D art. There were tons of people I think there were made from paper or tape and painted, big figures too, some 2-3 feet tall and ceramic pieces. They did some incredible work.

Of course no night is complete without some time on the playground and Dairy Queen. Great Night.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yawn, stretch, drag ass

I am feeling tired lately. I am not one to make excuses but I am trying to figure out why.
The obvious reasons I keep explaining away, like Nah, that isn't a big deal but really maybe these are exactly it.
I love this dog and I feel a certain responsibility to keep her exercised so I am walking her a minimum 1-2 times a day for a little over a mile. On my days off I have taken her on a few hikes that were about 3 miles.  I just added that to my regular movement without much thought but it seems like I am daily posting something on my Map app.
I also added 12 hours of OT this week. In my head that doesn't seem like a bunch but it is I guess.
I love Yoga class but I feel it in different parts of my body for a day or 2 after. No plan to eliminate this. My mind is in love with it.
Oh and I accepted my friend's 30 day AB Challenge.  This is just the first 6 days.
Okay so now I see it. I am a normal human being and tired.
Take a nap, freshen up the food and forgive yourself this needed break in a break neck schedule.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Skyline Trail Blue Hills with my new Partner

 This is actually the second time I have done this trail. This time it is with a new partner. I was not sure how she would do. I am aware of some old injuries and just not sure what she has done in the past but for 2 months I know she was living in a kennel. One thing I did forget was as you start this trail behind the State Police barracks it is a straight climb up rocks. Like I am out of breathe and thinking I will leave my jacket here and get it when I leave. Ha! The photo above is her at the first out crop where you can see for miles especially on a day like today.
See any struggling? Yeah me neither. I soon just unhooked her from the 20ft leash as people were pretty sparse after this spot and the terrain was actually making the leash more of a problem for both her and I.

 It was amazing to me that we saw so many different trails all in one day. We started out dry with leaves but soon found this after we came down the first hill. Snow and ice which soon turned to melted rivers, mud and puddles which she did fine with. You will see some photos below where she just walks through a river. Screw the rocks or bridges. I mean it's 50, isn't that Summer?

This marker was actually at the end of the trail we hiked at this Tower. I am sure there was one at the beginning which I missed. After a selfie, a snack and some water he headed over the bridge and back to complete the circle to the car. 

 She will do anything, including sit pretty for a picture if I bribe her with cookies. She truly did deserve more than she got. She ran, frolicked and listened well when I told her to "leave it" about anything including other dogs or people and waited when I needed to put her back on her leach. We did that when we approached people or dogs as much as possible.

 This (sorry it is blurry but it was a tough hike) is the last hill down. I was trying to show just one part of this trail that she cooked through like nothing. This is when I tried to put her back on the leach as we were approaching the road. Um, what leash? When I stopped about a mile ago to take off a layer I must have left it behind. Crap!
Well being our first big hike I had a pack with tons of extra stuff including an extra leash just to be safe. I estimate it was about 3 miles including the getting lost and taking the green dot trail by accident and we hard hikes for about 1hour and 45 minutes. I saw no limp, no whining and no bad behavior. We had an awesome time. Only thing I got after that was snores.
Funny but about a month ago I joined a few women's hiking groups to get out and not be alone. I haven't been able to get to any as I work Saturday's and the other is always Friday at 4pm. Now I am thinking I can't bring my dog on their hikes so I guess I am kind of out.
Well at least there is Yoga.

5, Count 'em 5 years

A few days ago it started to ramble about in my head that we were coming up to the 5 year anniversary of the day he left, on Easter. Packed his shit while I went to his Mother's house all dressed up with a fake smile and celebrated with a 3 and 6 year old.
I can't even wrap my head around reading that. I mean I lived it but it feels like 1 million years ago and not even me. That would have gone down entirely differently with the current Jennifer.
I, at first, was thinking about all the changes and the differences and the jokes that have been tossed around just to survive it. Yesterday I had a totally different blog post I was going to write.
Today I feel like it's been 5 years. It fell on an Easter again. It's time to close the circle for good. Be done and pack it up.
Moving right along.....

Saturday, April 4, 2015


As I think about it way back I remember almost getting to this point about 6 years ago when I started running. Like I needed it and would make sure it was at the top of my list but I did not have the support I needed to keep it there. The kids were small and the time not always there. It sadly got lost in the hurricane of my life.
Today it seems strange almost how important it is. I have a running plan that needs to be tended to and I sort of enjoy finding the time and routes needed to get these training runs done. The weather is coming around too. Tomorrow I have a few extra free hours and I am hiking. Weirdo excited about that, don't ask. I also will be plotting my 5 mile run for Monday. Where oh where will that take me?
Add a dog to this mix and now I have at least 1 if not 2 mile walks around the bog a day just for her. That is just not an option. Like I can't skip feeding the kids or walking the dog.
Yoga is still here too. It's only been 3 classes but I love it. I am doing things I wouldn't have tried and am sort of glad it is dark in the room because I just listen to her voice and focus on doing the pose and feeling my muscles. Last week she showed us a modified head stand and I tried it. I would have passed in the past but I really wanted to see what I could do. I even laughed at myself when that headstand turned into a somersault after I lost my balance. 2 seconds in that pose was better than not ever trying it. We tried it twice just so I could understand how the hell I was supposed to get my knees on my elbows?!?! Don't ask again, too hard to explain but totally cool.
It is also kind of incredible to feel my body changing. It's slow like the rotation of the planets but every once in a while I will notice something like the quick 1.5 mile run outside the PD, I just cut over 1 minute off the time since the last time I ran it. Like I feel ribs with only skin over them. Oh and I think I need new pants again although I am starving all the time. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

National Seashore Field Trip

And this ^^^^ was just the parking lot view!!!
Monday Olivia shipped off to the national Seashore for the 5th grade rite of passage trip that I have heard so much about. I, myself lived in Worcester and missed this trip. She states with the whole I think I have strep throat the night before but she headed off with her bags packed the next morning. Dropping her at the curb was so not a good Mama experience. 
The good news is Wednesday I packed my lunch and rode the empty bus up to Wellfleet for the return ride home. I got to see the house and it was awesome. We loaded up on the bus and headed to the White Cedar Swamp for an hour hike. 
Beautiful! The boardwalk was still pretty snow and ice covered in places that the sun just didn't reach. I really would love to come back when it all thaws out. I learned what Wintergreen looks like and saw berries that are only found here and in Canada because they were brought down by the glacier. I'm pretty excited to know this stuff now.

I missed this muffin very much and this is how she rode home while the rest chatted like crazy. First question she asked was about Lilly and said how much she missed her. She also held my hand through the whole hike even though I tried to give her her space to be cool with her friends.
When we got home she came for a walk with me to the cranberry bogs
to stretch Lilly's legs and pointed out the plants that told us we were near fresh water.
Love this girl.

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44

05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05

6/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26

6/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05

7/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52

08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31

08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30

10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10

05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17

05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50

08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37

10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00

09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31

10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20

8/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29

5/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
6/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
8/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
9/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23

12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03