Sunday, December 19, 2010

Single momming it

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My husband left last weekend and I've been on my own for 7 days now and I am Tired. Bill left with the Jeep and the dog to drive down to Phoenix to help his dad recover from knee surgery. He stopped in Park City, UT on his way there to see family and managed to get in on a skate ski demo where he got to test skate skis and get free lessons all day long. The next day he took some back roads through northern AZ and saw some amazing sights. I will be traveling by airplane tomorrow with the baby. I hate flying and I will be flying solo with a 14 month old during the week before Christmas. Joy!!!!

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The good news is I will be in Phoenix for four weeks which is awesome, I will get to de-thaw and reboot. And hopefully get some sleep since daddy will be on teething baby duty.

One nice thing about Bill being gone is that Liam took up with my dad for his male attention. There is nothing more sweet and precious than the grandparent relationship. I remember seeing grandparents with their grandchildren out and about in Corvallis during those 3 long years I spent trying to get pregnant and my heart would hang so heavy wondering if I would ever get to see my parents with a grandchild. Now they have 2 grand babies and we live in the same house with them.

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On the triathlon training front: I have been hitting the gym hard the past 3 weeks with one big goal in mind: CHRISTMAS COOKIES! I plan to train hard through the holiday season. We joined the YMCA here in Spokane and it has been fun lifting weights again but I miss my old swim buddies. I have been swimming at night and there has been a few times where I am the last one in the pool which is pretty lonely after swimming with a large group all those years.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Where in the world is Tribabe?

Greetings from Spokane, Washington. We are ankle deep in snow and getting ready to head down south to Phoenix for several weeks to spend time with Bill's family. I have been absent for a while now and is still closed. My explanation for this is simple: priorities.

Back when I was hugely pregnant and incredibly hormonal, I realized that I would not be able to keep up with the course I had set my life on once the baby arrived and I was right! The one thing I didn't realize was how much lack of sleep would affect my life but no first time parent understands that until it happens. I still have bags under my eyes 14 months later!

Bill and I decided we had to make a change in our lifestyle to be near family once the baby arrived so we started looking for houses near my family in Spokane, WA. We found the perfect house and made an offer on it and that is when everything started coming apart. I had scheduled a meeting to quit my job so I could help ready us for the big move when Bill got a call from his job: he was laid off.

We had to make a decision: stay in Corvallis while Bill looked for work or piece together financing and take the leap to Spokane. We took the leap, a big risk, but already so worth it. My parents moved in to the house we bought in Spokane and Bill's parents helped bridge the gap with financing until our house in Corvallis sells. Nothing like being 40 and relying on your parents!

This might sound like we are defeated or sad in some way but that couldn't be further from the truth. We have a great relationship going with my parents who have unlimited access to their grandchild and both Bill and I have time to spend with Liam right now while he looks for work. I have a telecommuting agreement going for my job in Corvallis and get to work from home here in Spokane.

In one year we went from 2 well paying jobs down to 1 part time job. This is one reason why Tribabe is still closed. That and I just need time to spend with my son. The hours I used to spend in my garage chasing the passion I have for are now spent hanging out with Wittle Ittles. That is where my passion lies. That doesn't mean Tribabe is over. I plan to re-open in 2011 in time for the triathlon season with some new stuff but for now, I'm just enjoying the downtime after a long and very stressful year.

I would love to share my life with you all again after taking some downtime. Let me see what I can do about that.

Sunday, August 01, 2010


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It's the first day of August so I will try to use that as a catalyst to get back to blogging. It makes me nervous to even write that. I'll just write about one thing and then it won't seems overwhelming.

I lost my nerve for riding my bike on the road. So many people I know have had some kind of trouble, crashes or problems with drivers, that I just felt like I was tempting fate by riding. When I wasn't a mommy, it wasn't a big of deal to me. Recently, before every ride I would start to feel anxiety build to the point that I would be on the verge of tears before leaving the house. I would think about my napping baby and what would happen and and and then I would force myself to go but it didn't feel right anymore. So I started mountain biking again where I'm 100% less likely to run into a car but 75% more likely to hit the deck. At least the deck is dirt and not chip seal.

I love mtn biking even though I suck at it but ultimately I knew I needed to do something about the anxiety with road riding. I don't want to live my life in fear. So Bill and I looked at a map and we came up with what we think is the safest area for me to bike on the road. It's about 5 miles out of town on a road perfectly named: Tangent. It's flat farming roads where there are little to no cars. It's like biking in Iowa or what I imagine that would be like. Not exciting but you can see a car coming from a mile away.

Anxiety at ease, sort of. Insert witticism about taking tangents in life here. It's been a while since I've blogged!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Finally! Our house is now on the market!

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This Palisch-built home is located in the desirable Willamette Landing neighborhood situated just 3 miles south of downtown Corvallis. Sternwheeler Drive is a quiet street with very little traffic and is just a few blocks from the Willamette River with bike paths to Willamette Park. Amenities of the HOA include front yard landscaping, swimming pools, club house, and exercise room.

This 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home has a double car garage and an open floor layout on the downstairs level. The entryway opens up to the 2nd story providing a grand entrance to visitors. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and opens to the dining room with views of the covered deck and professionally landscaped back yard.

The upstairs features 3 bedrooms including one bedroom over the garage that has beautiful custom cabinetry and a hardwood floor that makes for a wonderful home office.

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Parking Spaces: 2
Year Built: 2002
Subdivision: Willamette Landing
Lot Size: 4,791
Garage Size: 2
Square Footage: 1380
Agent Name: Erika Fleck
Broker: Erika Fleck

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What's this?

What's this? A little boy looking like he wants to crawl?

Off we go! There's no going back now!

A new game has evolved in our house, it's called "Keep it away from Liam!"

Trouble? Who me?

Liam's new favorite toy is Marshall's dog dish. A house full of toys and he wants to use the dirty old dog dish to bang his toys on since it makes the most noise of anything he's found so far. Life is good for the little guy now that he can get around. Except for this:

His 2 front teeth are coming in. But we'll get through it. I just survived 3 consecutive weeks of Bill traveling for business. He gets home tonight and I hope he stays home from more than a day or two this time. Mommy is a little tired and needs some time to herself, preferably while holding a fancy drink and socializing with friends or! Riding her bike in the forest and THEN having a fancy drink with friends. Get home daddy!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Recap of last week: allergies tried to kill me, husband was out of town, baby slightly fussy re: teething, mommy needed a break. So! After loading the Jeep with a ridiculous amount of crap for an over night trip, we eventually made our way to the Oregon coast arriving in the afternoon on Saturday. Bill rented us a cabin at a motel near the beach and we unpacked our piles of baby gear and went to the beach. It was gorgeous, sunny, and perfect for relaxing!

For some reason, I thought I could go from a run as soon as I got there. Genius! My sinuses were clearing, but I still couldn't breath as well as I should. So I ran on the beach until I started coughing and then limped back like an asthmatic hippo. I missed exercising all week soooo bad.

Liam enjoyed the sensation of sand on his hands when we let him get to the edge of the tent and we had a lovely day. We tried to go out for dinner at a highly rated thai restaurant nearby and after waiting well over an hour in an empty restaurant for our food, I had to ask for it to go. 1.5 hours later, we were back in the car with to go containers and ate dinner after Liam went down, around 9pm. Long day!

On Sunday, I went for a shorter run and Bill went for a long run when I got back. We reloaded the car with the massive amounts of gear, ate an amazingly fast and delicious breakfast (seafood omelet) at Wildflower Grill and then hit the outlet mall before heading home. It was a simple but gear intensive weekend. My sinuses are clear for now but just give the grass and pollen a little more time to get back in my system and I'll be choking and wheezing again.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

That's a foot print on my behind

I knew this week was going to be challenging with Bill being out of town on business and me at home with a teething baby (top 2 coming in now) who is trying to decide if he wants to crawl or not. When I got a sore throat Monday night I just hoped I wasn't going to pass it on to Liam. That's all I cared about. Tuesday I felt pretty good so we spent most of the afternoon outside doing yard work and playing in Liam's tent in the back yard. We went to the pool after dinner and wrapped up the day by going for a walk instead of a run just in case I was getting sick. I thought I was doing pretty good for having a cold.

That night I was up most of the night with the worst sore throat I have ever experienced. I couldn't find any cough syrup or other medicine, just a lonely bag of Hall's cough drops that were so old they were stuck to the inside of the bag. Fortunately I've had a solid 6 months of sleep deprivation training so getting through the night wasn't too terrible. First thing in the morning I called the Dr and went to the store for cough syrup and new cough drops. I had to take Liam to daycare on his day off so I could go to the Dr. who surprised me with his diagnosis:

Allergies had kicked by butt! The pollen count is through the roof here and we live in the grass seed capital that puts a choke hold on whatever you have left in your system to breath. Apparently there is a steady stream of suffering people thinking they have strep throat heading to the Dr only to be told to stay indoors and take allergy meds. The only thing that is working for me right now is Benedryl which leaves me stuffed up and with a mild sore throat.  And, totally sleepy. Great for caring for a baby!

We are discussing going to the coast for the weekend so my system can reset. I haven't been able to exercise all week and I'm getting stir crazy and irritable. A good run on the beach will set me straight. I hope it's chilly and foggy there so I can inhale cold ocean air. phfffffff! I'm imagining it now! Breath for me since I still can't.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

1st Father's Day

This is what we've been waking up to lately. A baby, sitting up in his crib, looking like he wants to stand up and climb right on out of there. I happen to know a little something about that type of activity because I climbed out of my crib and broke my arm when I was a baby.

So daddy lowered baby's mattress and we'll keep on lowering it until it's time to sleep this baby on the floor.

Liam slept in until 7:30 am today, the latest he's ever slept. Probably because we had him out late at a party. We haven't quite mastered the whole "stick to a schedule" thing but he's sleeping solid. Bill was thrilled that we got to sleep in on father's day.

Then baby took a nice long nap while daddy watched soccer and mommy worked on projects. Liam and I bought Bill a new laptop case for a gift, Bill's old case weighed 47 pounds and looked like it was straight out of the 80s.

We had dinner at a friend's house this evening and got the baby to bed late again. We'll figure out this parenting thing by next father's day! We took the day off from exercise today and just enjoyed close family time.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mud on my face

After we got back from Phoenix, Bill had to head right back out again for business travel to Vancouver. Liam isn't having an easy time either, he is cutting his top teeth now and is on the verge of crawling so he is frustrated and letting us know about it. This means a lot of low level whining and low level headaches.

Daddy came home and mommy needed a break so I met a friend at the Oak Creek entrance of the McDonald Forest and went for a mountain bike ride in the rain. I don't know what I was thinking, I didn't have gloves (for crashing) or a jacket (for freezing) but I did manage to borrow a jacket from Heather on my way out.

As I was descending into the first switchback and I locked up the brakes, I realized that it had been quite a while (2 years) since I'd ridden a mountain bike and that I never rode on the trails in the rain before. I took every turn and technical section super easy and even walked one steep little pitch. In other words, it was a pathetic show but I didn't crash and the wet tree roots and slick rocks were tempting me toward the ground a few times.

The forest around here has two distinct features: you are either heading up or you are heading down.  It's steep. It started raining really hard by the time I hit the descent so I froze my knees off coming back. And I love Oregon because..?. By the end, I was covered in mud, even my sun glasses had mud on them. Sunglasses? All in a 2 hour break from baby!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cold and rainy

We left Phoenix this morning, it was supposed to be over 100 degrees there today, and you can guess what I'm going to say about the Oregon weather. It's below 60 degrees and raining. Why did we come home?

Liam enjoyed the trip more than anyone, between the warm weather, swimming pools, and attention from grandpa and grandma, he had a great time. I took myself, my baby, and some clothes and toys, that's it. I left all projects, thoughts, and to do lists at home and just focused on the baby. It was so nice, I really needed to do that. Now I have to let the to do lists slowly back in to my life.

Liam's hair is getting wild as it grows out. More entertainment out of this little guy. The more I slow down my life, the more I appreciate and enjoy him. I have to remind myself that the next time I want to commit to something new. Or finally finish something old.

Liam liked being shirtless like his daddy in the warm weather.  Not sure who is goofier? I'm pretty lucky. It was fun to share them with Bill's family and to enjoy their company too.

Friday, June 11, 2010

So warm

Greetings from Arizona! We had to bring the baby back to see his grandparents, he hasn't been here since he was 3 months old and now he's 8 months old! The times flies, except at 3:30 am when Liam is crying, then time seems to drag on forever. He has been sleeping so much better since we've been back from Maui, I think he is finally adjusted to teething.

There are no photos because I forgot the camera cable, but I have the camera so I'll post a bunch on Tuesday when we get back. Have a great weekend! We'll be enjoying the warm weather, between the hours of 6am-8am and 6pm-10pm. Otherwise, we'll be in the air conditioning!

Monday, June 07, 2010

This is the end my friends

The good news: baby pulling himself up on his bookcase to find books. 

 Bad news: baby pulling himself up on his bookcase to find books! 

No more leaving baby to play by himself while we do something really quick. He's mobile. He's rolling, scooting, shimmying, everything except crawling. I'm assuming that's next.

In mommy news: I've gone to the dark side. I got my hair colored today and I'm starting to migrate toward the brunette. I never thought I would say those words! This color wasn't dark enough, I can't wait for next time to add more brown in. Strange goings on around here!

As far as my mental status: I took the weekend off from stress. I did short workouts, no work, and spent the rest of the time with baby. When baby napped, I watched "Gone With the Wind" with Bill who had never seen it before. It was a relaxing escape. Bill cleaned the house and took care of me. I need a little more downtime and I think I can get myself back on track. No to-do lists for a while though.

p.s. I had to add moderation to comments because of some spammers.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Dream the impossible dream! 7:20

I just loaded some photos online from Liam's modeling session a few weeks ago, go check them out! Four different photographers took photos of Liam at Danielle Anthony's studio during a training session on lighting. Super precious and fun.

I had to move out of my office at work this week and help with moving a bunch of other people too, they are remodeling our office again. I will be working from home for the next 4-6 weeks minimum. I plan to go into the office MWF and show my face, otherwise, I will be home. Bill works from home so we will have to split the house somehow so we don't drive each other insane. I have an amazing office at OSU with a wall of windows but I voluntarily gave it up so a full time person can have it. It doesn't make sense for a part time person to have such a sweet office. When I return, I won't have a single window.

My lane mate in swim class sabotaged me today, she told coach I wanted to swim 500 for time before I showed up for class. I was surprised coach called 500 for time until he let it out that someone requested it. Luckily, I seem to be over 500 swim anxiety and I *seem* to be able to bang it out now without freaking out. I swam another huge PR and finished in 7:20 which I was proud of, that's 15 seconds faster than last time. I think if I keep working I should be able to drop some more time without too much trouble. I'm finally starting to swim what I'm capable of, what was I doing before?

What have I been doing anyway? Truthfully, I'm struggling a bit with anxiety due to stress. I'm not getting enough down time and things are piling up on my to do list in unhealthy proportions. So I'm giving myself permission to do that which makes me happy and to not plan for a while. I will get back to this later, I just don't want to dwell on it too much. Sunshine tomorrow will help! We are having record rains here and I'm tired of being drenched.