Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween with a 2 year old

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There's this thing about 2 year olds, they are incredibly entertaining and charming while being nightmarish and mind numbing all at the same time. Example: I bought the DVD "Rio" for Liam a few weeks ago and he will watch nothing else. He will point at the TV, all hours of the day, and say "PB! Birdies! Watch! On!"

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Halloween presented a problem for me, I had to make a costume for someone who only wants to wear his "Cars" jammies. Inspired by Liam's new obsession with birdies, I bought a glue gun and a feather boa and hoped for the best. "Rio" features a pair of blue macaws and several obnoxious songs that are constantly looping in my head so I had no trouble envisioning a costume while singing "Everybody loves samba, the music is wild and free..."

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For his costume, I made a blue fleece hat and glued felt circles on for the eyes. At one point, hot glue got on my finger while I was gluing the eyes on and I whipped my hand around while my skin burned off, losing the felt eye in the process. We searched everywhere for it but didn't find it until bed time when I noticed it was stuck to the side of the dog.

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I made the birdie tail out of felt, pipe cleaners, and feathers. I made a belt out of felt and a buckle I had around and then did my best to convince Liam to put it on by dancing around in it myself.

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Liam at Kindermusik class with the other toddlers on 10/31/11.


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After Kindermusik, we had a quick dinner and then took Liam around the neighborhood to trick or treat. He  picked it up amazingly fast, funny how that is. He kept saying, "More punkins!" as we went from house to house. When we got home, he had to show us all of the treats, one at a time, and then show us again. He didn't eat any of them, if he remembers tomorrow, we'll let him have one. He likes a little "Chalk-it". So does mommy and daddy bird.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

You Suck at Using the Internet

Most people suck at using any type of technology. Even people who consider themselves trendsetters use their smartphones like glorified Facebook browsers. Take a look at this list to see if you suck at using the internet:
  1. Your computer is no longer a storage device. Your apps and files should be available regardless of the equipment you are using (virus threats, multiple computers, hardware failures, etc) so get yourself a Dropbox account (or similar internet based backup system) and keep your files centralized and backed up via the internet. If you have privacy concerns, uh, they should have covered that in your special agent training there Special Agent Oso.
  2. Google your name + location and see what you find. You should have an internet presence including a Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn profile. I just Googled a guy who bid on doing some remodeling work at our house and it looks like remodeling might be a side gig for him since he currently shows a full time job selling insurance on his LinkedIn profile. Not hired dude.
  3. Don't waste your time on the same stupid crap when you are on the internet. It's like walking into a gorgeous library with every resource available and ignoring it all to sit in the same corner and read the same magazine. Try social bookmarking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, or Delicious. I use StumbleUpon to discover new things and Springpad to organize sites I want to visit again. I'm building an amazing compilation of recipes that will insure I never lose those last 5 pounds.
  4. I can be an interface snob so I use smugmug for my photos. You can share your photos on a free site like flickr so you don't have to email them all to me. Please? 
  5. Gmail: setup a gmail account that you use for internet shopping and other account setups so the email address you love doesn't get 50 messages every night from retailers.
  6. Unsubscribe from mailing lists once a month. There should be a link at the bottom of every message you get that allows you to unsubscribe. I do this for my husband when he is out of town, oops honey! I don't know why you aren't getting Bike Nashbar ads anymore...
I would love to hear more tips on using the internet, let me know if you have any other great resources.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Centennial Trail Miles 14-10

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The Maringo trail head is the place I go to get through stress and problems. I bring it all to the trail and leave it all behind. It's cheaper than therapy, better for you than drugs, and makes the legs and soul strong. I wish everyone had this gift, to understand what I need to do to keep myself together, it's the most valuable thing I own.

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Ahhhh. Peace.

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This mile marker is where I end most of the tempo runs I do, little out and backs ending at 13. This is where the damn dog decided to stop short just as I decided to surge for a good mile split. I strained my ankle just before Bloomsday earlier this year. He had been such a good training partner up until then.

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This is where daddy and Liam go to throw rocks into the river. I goaded Bill into swimming across the river here, he kept stopping and yelling about how cold the water was. Duh! Keep swimming!!!

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12 is at the top of a little hill. The easier that hill feels, the better my attitude gets. Bill has won many a sprint point here. You can see we have a "loving" relationship.

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There they are! My training partner and husband, running the other direction. Probably wise, I'm trying to meditate while running sub 8:15 pace.

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The usual turn around. I like to try to negative split my runs, I want work toward 8:30, 8:15, 8:00, and 7:45 as an "easy" run. Right now that will give me a high HR, so I'm hoping to get my HR and pace down as the weather cools off.

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I can't wait for the fall colors to get here! It's like running in a painting. I don't get people who run on treadmills at the gym. Get outside, it will change your life.

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We didn't get on the river this summer, next year! Something to look forward to.

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10 miles to the Idaho border, let's keep going! There's a Krispy Kreme doughnuts shop not far from here, we can get some sugar and do this!

Run: 4 miles, 32:46 total, avg pace: 8:11, HR 147, asc: 543, desc: 494

Centennial Trail Miles 19-14

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Hmmm. This run isn't going to go as planned... Upriver Drive had been closed for weeks while they installed new pipes or something under the road. Things had been closed for a while and I needed to move on with my running so, off I went.

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Milepost 18 is somewhere over on the right, next to the area where people should not be running around at. This area is close to our house and I run here all of the time, sometimes running faster, usually slower, but running around here either way, which is really what inspired me to get out and run the entire length of the trail.

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Popular rock climbing area next to bike downhill course, this area is a little like a mini X Games training ground, or that's how it seems to someone who does triathlons because moving forward, and not laterally, is the only possibility for someone so uncoordinated.

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Bad photo, taken as the sun was getting ready to set. I used to run mile 17-16 at race pace as part of a 5 mile run to get ready for Bloomsday. Lots of pain, lots of growth left on this stretch of trail.

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Now this photo worked out better. That rope hanging from the tree on the right is used to jump into the river. I probably wouldn't swim here, its directly down river from a paper mill and Kaiser Aluminum. I could see swimming in a wetsuit, ear plugs, and nose plugs but even then it's probably not worth it.

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Bill and Liam were waiting for me here, throwing rocks into the river, so I called it a day and ran the next 2 miles later on. I ended up getting really sick after this run which is why given the option, I try say yes to running, in case the option isn't available the next day.

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This section of the trail is on Upriver Drive, a road that has way too much traffic given that its windy and follows the river. Drunk drivers end up in the river multiple times a year here. There are not enough bridges over the river so people end up on Upriver instead.

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Here is the view you will get at the intersection with Argonne Rd.

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Finally! Off the main road and headed to Maringo Drive, the trailhead we use the most. I am there most days of the week with Liam, who loves running around in the woods and in the fields there. This area feels like home to us so I enjoyed the rest of my runs on the trail on my way to the border with Idaho.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Liam is 2!

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Liam's Grandma Olson has been trying to teach him to say "2" and hold 2 fingers up when someone asks "How old are you?" Liam loves the number 2, he counts 1-2 all of the time, but he will never say 1-2-3. He always stops at 2 and then skips to 7!

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So now when Gammies says, "How old are you?" Liam promptly says, "Three!" and smiles and runs off. He refuses to say two. Wish us luck keeping up with this kid, he is full steam ahead on everything, even his sense of humor.

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When people meet Liam, they are most likely to say, "He's sooooo cute!" Which is nice, except for the surprise in their voices. Let's try to hide the shock a little better folks, Bill and I didn't think we were Shrek and Fiona embarking on a brood of little ogres! Jeez!

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Liam's personality is so much more important and endearing than his sweet little face and cheeks. I am referring to his little tush by the way, which I pat so much he now chases me around saying "Butt!" while he tries to spank me. Ooops.

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Liam is outdoorsy, before he could talk he would point at his snowsuit to let us know he wanted to go outside, in the 25 degree weather.

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He loves cars! Here he is, setting up a caravan during a camping trip in northern Idaho, summer 2001.

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Liam's "siblings" get lots of love and attention. He likes to help feed them and snuggle. One of his favorite words is "Help!" He likes to help mommy make breakfast, do the dishes, laundry, and even sweep. Helping is lots of fun, mommy encourages this and hope it continues for the next 16 years.

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Liam spent the summer of 2011 at the pool.  He likes the "Big Pool" where mommy and daddy lap swim, we're hoping its a lifelong love for him.

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He really is a water baby, don't give him the hose, he will chase you with it.

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Liam loves his cousins, and he has a lot of them too! He calls them "Cuz" and they are the only little girls he will let hug him. I'm sure that will change.

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Liam loves spicy and flavorful foods. His favorites: spaghetti, chili, and anything Pop Pops (grandpa) cooks.

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Seriously, this kid really is cute. He said his first sentence a few weeks ago, "I got it!" in reference to something in his nose.

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Mommy is relentless with the outfits and photos.

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Mommy and Liam like to go out together with the jogging stroller. We are on the Centennial Trail in Spokane almost everyday. Liam loves to "Run!" which means he runs while mommy pushes the stroller behind him. He will go half a mile or more before mommy tries to persuade him back in the stroller. If we are sitting still, he will literally run circles around me. He loves to run!

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Liam also loves trails and will wander along without a thought of where mommy is. We'll cautiously encourage this love.

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He also loves the Spokane River and would like to stop and throw rocks anywhere there are rocks and water.

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Liam's 2nd birthday party where we had a spooky scavenger hunt and too much cake!

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If you're wondering if Liam will get an ogre sibling... time will tell. This child is our love and joy and we would be happy to have another, but if that doesn't happen, we're quite content to chase this one around for as long as he will let us. Given that he told me "Don't!" when I tried to follow him into the play area yesterday, the chasing won't go on long enough. We love you little boy. Please let mommy and daddy chase you for a very long time.