Thursday, September 29, 2011

My toddler won't nap so...

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It was a beautiful fall day today, I had the afternoon off from work, and Fedex just delivered a birthday gift I gave myself, a set of 70 Unison soft pastels in landscape colors. Heaven! All I have to do is get the boy down for a nice long nap and I can sit on my front porch swing and paint. Is 1pm too early for a beer?

Nighty-nights little one! 10 minutes later I hear some toddler bellowing, "Maaaa MAAAAAAAAA!" No. No no no!!!! I can hear my toddler jumping and down in his crib and by the sound of things, he is not going to sleep anytime soon. Ugh.

He napped pretty well in the Burley bike trailer we bought from a guy on Craigslist the other day. If I can get it rigged up, mommie can go for a ride in the sun and wee one can snooze afterall.

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Genius! Within 5 minutes of setting out on the Centennial Trail, the toddler was out and mommie had her peace.

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The Spokane River is perfect this time of year!

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We got about 8 miles out before he woke up. We had a little break by the river, and then I managed to get him back in the trailer for the return trip home. He wasn't super happy about it so we took another little break at Krispy Kremes for ice cream (you can smell the doughnuts around the mile 9 marker).

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The return trip home was great after that!

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16 miles on a mtn bike towing a trailer on a sunny day. Precious time with my son. Can we do this again tomorrow?

I stopped just before the Maringo trail head to take a photo of the river I have been trying to capture. I wanted to wade into this calm section so I could get a water level view. So in I went, I had tri shorts on and trail running shoes and before I knew it, I was up to my chest in cold Spokane River water and I was nowhere near the middle of the river where I envisioned the photo being taken.

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Then it occurred to me, get a boat, genius. Ugh.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Goodbye Pool

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At the 50 meter pool
There is sunshine
And lane lines
And lap swimmers who---


Kick, pull, flip, and glide


And lifeguards watching from up high


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And a toddler that waddles
And a pair of goggles


And water that bubbles
And big kids getting into trouble


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And sparkling blue water and a big sky


And space for freestyle, backstroke, breast, and fly...


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Goodbye pool

Goodbye sun

Goodbye outdoor swimming fun

Goodbye kicking, pulling,
flipping and gliding
Goodbye lifeguards
Goodbye depression that has been hiding

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Goodbye toddler that waddles

And goodbye goggles

Goodbye bubbles
And kids in trouble

Goodbye sparkling blue water
Goodbye big sky

And goodbye free, breast, back and fly

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Goodbye lane lines
Goodbye tan lines

Goodbye swimmers everywhere.
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Inspired by the children's book, "Goodnight Moon" and the season end at Witter Pool in Spokane, WA.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Denver-Breck-Phx

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Bill and I decided it was time to stop being such losers and to get out and see some friends and family. We booked 3 one way tickets and were off to Denver to visit with Bill's old buddies, friends he has had since jr. high. The guys are all 40+ now, with kids, and of course, VERY lovely wives. Bill got a surprise phone call the first day of vacation: an offer for a job he had been hoping for (and had interviewed for months earlier).

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It had been a looooonnnnnggg haul to this job offer, so we were really happy it came through, however, we were on day 1 of a 8 day trip and we had lots of arrangements to make since mommy already works and we have a wee one. So the trip was not without its distractions. Regardless, our hosts were wonderful and we headed out to their condo in Brekenridge with their wee one for a long weekend.

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Brekenridge is a great ski town and I'm not just saying that because I was giddy from the elevation (9600 feet) and the great CO beer. Our hosts had borrowed a Burley bike trailer for us to use and we hit the bike paths in the sun. Wonderful!

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The guys after "racing" each other up a hill. Ouch.

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Liam looking a little spacey, the elevation affected all of us.

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The next day we hit Vail which is even cuter than Breckenridge. I would definitely return to both towns again. We walked around the Vail "village" and enjoyed watching the kiddos explore. A day earlier, little miss Madeline had a hold of Liam's hand and would not let go. They toddled around holding hands for quite a while but once Liam got away, he never let that happen again, much to the dismay of the mommies.

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Beer and dudes.

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Wee one in a tube!

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After a great time in Denver, we headed off for Phoenix to visit family. Liam and I felt a cold coming on and in the 107 degree weather, we battled the flu for the rest of the trip. Luckily, the grandparents have a pool so we were able to enjoy that and spend lots of time with them.

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I ended up on antibiotics when I got home for an additional infection I contracted and I had to figure out a new work schedule and childcare for Liam. All in one week. But we survived that week and Bill's first week at work. We found great childcare to come to our home and we're both healthy and happy and glad for the trip and we miss friends and family already. 

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Travel is rough with a toddler but always worth it.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Centennial Trail miles 23-19

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The weather finally cooled off here for a few days so Marshall dog got to join me on today's Centennial Trail run. I checked weather.com before we left, it said 71 and cloudy with a chance of rain around 10 pm. My husband drove us downtown and dropped us off at the northwest end of Riverfront park for our starting point.

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These clouds don't look too foreboding, do they?

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We ran through the park quickly and I could have spent all day taking photos here.

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The first mile went by quick enough, 8:38 pace with a little people dodging. Gonzaga University is across a little bridge from downtown.

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OK, the clouds officially look foreboding. The thunder and lightening aren't helping either.

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Mile 2 went by a little faster at 8:10 pace, perhaps I was feeling nervous about the loud booming coming from the sky.

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Mile 3 is here in 7:57 pace, what are you supposed to do in case of a thunder storm?

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Mile 4 went by in 7:40 pace, the rain is coming down harder by the second, and I didn't stop to take any more photos except this one. Just as I put the camera away, my husband pulled up in the car, apparently he had been tracking me. I would have gotten in the car sooner if I had known he was there, but there's nothing like a little storm to get the legs turning over. By the time we got home, it was 53 degrees, it was a great storm.

Run totals: 3.86 miles total: 31:22, 8:07 pace, HR: 144, asc: 435 desc: 417.