Monday, May 31, 2010


Yeah that's me eating dessert again. I think we were eating banana cake with strawberries filling and chocolate ganache. I took Sunny down with me this time. It wasn't hard ;) I did use my running outfit for running, rather than eating dessert. I'm hoping that trend continues but I don't know... there are a lot of good desserts out there and I have a drawer full of running clothes. Who knows what I will use those clothes for?

Liam getting some sun which has been rare around here lately. It's killing me to be stuck in the house all the time.  The community pool opened on Saturday and I took Liam swimming outside even though it was cloudy and 65 degrees. He loved it! I know it's time to take him out of the water when he stops moving. Babycicle! ;)

I haven't been blogging because I am trying to keep my stress levels lower by eliminating obligations. So far, it's not working. We stayed home this weekend to work on the house, we're still trying to get it ready to go on the market. Right now, the goal is to put it up for sale by July. It's doubtful that I will destress until we've found a new place to live but I'm going to try. Perhaps some dessert while I consider my options?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I just ate some chocolate ice cream with raspberries and fudge sauce which was awesome but what was really bad was I ate it while wearing a running outfit and I didn't even go running. Pathetic. I hate this time of year in western Oregon. We have had enough sunny days that you start to think summer is right around the corner and just when you think you have survived the rainy season, the freaking rain comes back.

Oh, and it gets even worse. I ate the same thing for dessert last night and I stained my one and only Ironman finisher's t-shirt with chocolate ice cream. Bill tried to rinse it out for me but I think it's done.

It's fun to be pathetic sometimes. I've been wearing the same running outfit since 3pm this afternoon. The baby woke up before I got out the door for a run and then it started down pouring. I would have forced myself onto the treadmill but I spent time with baby and vacuumed instead.

I miss running but I know I won't get back to competitive running until after my next attempts at pregnancy. I plan to keep 10 extra pounds on so I can hopefully get pregnant again and I know I just won't be running fast with that extra weight.  Maybe I'll get over it and commit to running again but the risk of injury also concerns me.

I can swim with the extra chub just fine though so no excuses there. It's getting to be about time for another timed 500. Hopefully I won't get BBQ sauce on my swimsuit and ruin that too.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Liam's hair after the dog licked him in the car. The dog makes an interesting baby sitter. I didn't blog last week because my brain was paining me. Not literally, just you know, fried egg brain.

Bill was out of town last week so I had the baby by myself and in addition to work and Tribabe business, I was organizing a fund raiser. It was stupid nuts. I learned my lesson. I mean it this time, I have to stop overextending myself.

The fund raiser was a success and I think people had fun at the event. The money raised will go toward research on the effects of healthy lifestyles on aging. I felt good about whatever effort I could put toward the event but it was a wake-up call that I need to slooow down. Slow down. Slower.

Peas please? Real time update, my feet are cold and Cassie just laid down on top of them. Good kitty. Slowwwww down.

After the swim fund raiser we went to a party at a friend's place and didn't get home until after 8pm so after a really busy week, I took no time off on Saturday. There was an open water swimming race that I was thinking of doing on Sunday but I finally wised up and sat on my butt. I don't know if I even left the house on Sunday. I think I rode the bike trainer for an hour and that was my big exercise for the weekend.

With that, I am over being busy. Baby, baby daddy and I will be taking it easy this week. Hopefully I will have time to blog about it. Cheers!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


A theme for this week's blog topics. My tank is so empty right now, I don't know why I'm trying to blog. Guilt? That won't make an interesting topic. Uhhhhhhh hhh hhhhhhhhhh.

I got nothing. I'll try again tomorrow. Banana split anyone? 7 months of sleep deprivation have taken a small toll.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Banana splits

I might not ever lose these last 4 pounds now that Liam is eating food. Today I fed him part of a banana and kept the other part for a banana split that I'm about to eat. mmmMMM! Regarding the most important news on the planet: the baby has been sleeping better the past few days, only waking up once or twice a night. Today he took his longest nap ever, almost 3 hours. Sweet relief. Let's hope this is the beginning of a good thing, but let's not get too excited, we've been here before.

Liam is eating some finger foods and we added lunch to his day, I think this is what is helping with the sleep at night. Got to keep this boy fueled up.

I'm working on a fund raiser this weekend, a swimming event, and that has kept me distracted but excited. I'm not swimming this year because we have less volunteer support than last year and I have baby Liam to contend with. He's going to help too.

Last weekend we went to a triathlon on Saturday as Tribabe, we had awesome weather and crap sales. People do not want to pay full price for anything right now so at the next event, I'm putting up extra large sale signs. Clearance signs! I need to clear out inventory from last year. The changing economy has been quite an education.

Anyway! Had martinis last week with the girls and then had another girl's night where we went to see the documentary Babies. I've had to diversify my girl's night out options. Having fun! But tired. Still tired.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Before the week is over, I need to cover last week! We celebrated Bill's 40th birthday with friends on Saturday. Bill rode 40 miles on his bike then played disc golf with his man friends before joining us for his party.

We had great music and awesome friends and the weather was splendid so we were able to hang outside until the sun went down.

Bill wore his birthday present from my mom, a sun visor with fake hair sewed into it. People seriously thought that was his hair and that he was going through his mid life crisis. It was fun and I think a memorable birthday for him.

This week, Danielle Anthony photography asked if Liam would be a model for a training session with some other photographers. She was teaching lighting techniques and we will get some of the best shots for our photo album.

Liam did really well posing and smiling at the ladies. He was in his element, getting attention from ladies is where it's at! I will share photos as soon as we get them.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Where the hell is Easy St?

I parked behind a car at work today that had a bumper sticker that said, "Where the hell is Easy St?" and that summed up just how I have been feeling since we got back from Maui. Last night I was up with baby at 12:30am, 2:30 am, 5am, and 6:30 am. Teething. I hate that word.

Liam's morning hair. I had a revelation or two during our trip and we're working toward some changes around here. Bill and I have been splitting baby duty during the night, and we were both so exhausted that we weren't talking or getting along with each other. So now I am on night duty Sun-Thur by myself. Bill has the weekends and I get to sleep in on Wed for an extra hour or two. We are already getting along better and now we are alternating tiredness rather than sharing it.

Lack of sleep is keeping me from working out like I want to, but I think I will be able to get back at it again after a few weeks of adjustment. Five to seven hours of broken sleep a night doesn't allow for the energy stores needed to triathlon train. I'll get back it. I just need a nap really bad.

I have a bunch of stuff on my mind right now and too many projects up in the air. Every weekend is planned in May and there is no down time in the foreseeable future. Perhaps I need some directions to Easy St.?

Monday, May 03, 2010

Kaanapali Klassic 1.2 mile rough water swim

I read about this race online while I was searching for master's swimming groups on Maui. I was hoping to drop in on an open water (ocean) swim while we were on vacation which I was inspired to do by the Hawaii girl's blogs I follow (Bree Wee and Sun Safety Barbie). Plus I needed a goal that didn't involve running since I'm still not up to speed, so to speak, after having baby.

Trying not to look intimidated? I read about the race 4 weeks before we left so I didn't have long to prepare but I did enough long swimming to keep myself from panicking about the race. The race was casual but well supported with paddle boarders and jet skis to guide the swimmers. There was a buoy not far out from shore and then an immediate right turn which caused the typical back up. I held back since I didn't want to return to open water swimming with a kick to the face.

We swam around a point and they warned about swimming too far in because of the coral reef. I stayed as wide out as the paddle boarder would let me. It seemed like I was surrounded by little girls, because I was swimming with little girls! Obviously the locals have no problem putting their kids in the ocean for a swim which is fabulous! I hope Liam has those types of opportunities in Oregon.

I'm the pink cap without a kick. The water was pretty clear so I saw plenty of coral and some fish while we were out there. I remember thinking, "I wish I could swim faster" which sounds less than profound but man! I have to work on my turnover and kicking. At one point the current was tossing us around and I could see by the coral that I wasn't making a lot of progress. I tried to find some feet to draft off of but everyone seemed to be going all over the place so I never found good feet to follow.

Before I felt like dieing I saw the final buoy which meant it was time to turn in to the finish. I tried to kick in hard but apparently you don't get instant speed just by willing yourself to go faster. I came out of the water and saw a woman ahead of me with ripped up muscles. I was proud of myself for finishing, flabby post baby belly and all, right behind her. Which left me 3rd in my division, she was 2nd. I don't quite have the competitive thing back yet.

Post race the "Hula Grill" hosted breakfast and awards. The Flecks from Oregon do alright swimming with the locals. Well, a 10 year old boy beat Bill. We might have to come back next year so Bill can beat him. ;) Erika's time: 0:35:43  Bill's time 0:29:48.

Don't eat doughnuts and drink pop if you don't like how your photos look

Liam's 1st swim the ocean at Ulua Beach. Why are we going home tomorrow? I'm sure it's raining in Oregon and I have nothing but work and more work to do when I get there. Wah.

Posing at the Grand Wailea before our spa appointment. Amazing spa there and totally reasonable prices. Bill saw a famous comedian there, I saw a bunch of random ladies, some of them nude, none famous.

Bill body boarding at Big Beach. Say that 5 times fast. This is where we practiced ocean swimming before the race. It was rougher here (not shown in this photo) than it was at the race so it was good practice.
Another fabulous state park here on Maui, this one near the airport of all places. We had a picnic lunch here after we visited the Iao Needle.

This morning (Sunday) we did the swimming race which I will write about on another post. After the race we drove around West Maui, another winding and breathtaking drive. Tonight we went to the beach to get in some last minute snorkeling and I got stung by a jelly fish as soon as I entered the water. Got my lip, my neck, and my left shoulder.  I guess the trip is over. :(

This blog title is courtesy of a conversation with my husband who says that he looks fat in all of the photos. :)