Has anyone seen my Christmas spirit?


I’ve determined (ok, perhaps my body determined) that I can no longer deny the existence of the cold that has been trying to take hold since last week. I am now officially snuffly & coughy & generally cloudy headed & feeling icky and I will most likely whine about these things for a few days while I continue to drown myself in vitamin C. I am sure the 2 day burst of super warm, dry air over the weekend did not actually help the situation (WTF with the 80 degrees and less than 20% humidity?!). Of course, now we are plunging into another cold snap with possible rain so – yay?!

Anyhow, I pretty much crashed after the decorating frenzy on Friday and my tree currently contains about 12 ornaments. The boxes are still out and opened all around it and I have yet to find proper inspiration to finish it up. Not that the cats care as you can see above – they have already staked out their favorite new spots.

I may be the only person on a diet after Thanksgiving. Well, diet is a strong word – let’s just say I am making sure to eat my proper share of fruits and veggies every day and I’m avoiding all desserts until I can get in for my 6 months cholesterol checkup blood test. I was due in last week, but who wants to fast and deal with something like that the week of Thanksgiving? I could go this week, but well, I don’t feeeeeel welll (whine whine)…and I kind of want to at least have 7-10 days of a healthy diet in my system just to be safe. So I have not yet begun my next stage in holiday mania – the cookie baking explosion. I think that might have to wait until the second weekend of December.

Alex has made his dad and I apoplectic again over his grades and his overall attitude towards school. He has a head bang inducing 1.83 GPA right now which means that if he DID want to play a winter sport, he couldn’t. Kinda sad when you can’t even maintain the low 2.0 it requires to play sports!  Two of his teachers have contacted me about it now. One says she spoke with him and his response to her was that he “just didn’t want to do the work”. Lovely. Where in the heck does he get this idea that he doesn’t have to even try? We don’t understand and all we can do at this point is remove EVERYTHING fun from him. We’ve demanded a 3.0 GPA in order to return his Xbox and internet access and a 3.5 in order to get his driver’s permit (he’s eligible in Feb). I’m sure that means we are in for a not so jolly time with him over the next couple of months but…oh well!! He has got to get over this “I can do the bare minimum to get by” crap.

I tried to run on Sunday which was most likely not the best idea but I just HAD to try! The results were that I can barely manage 20 minutes and that I most likely need to just not attempt it again until I truly feel better. Which I hope is this weekend because I cannot stand not moving! (more whining, yes!)

My company holiday party is this Saturday and I have almost no interest in going! Free food (and it’s good) and I just can’t muster up enthusiasm. (whine whine).

It’s day two back at work after Thanksgiving and I have not made one move to decorate this place. And I normally go just as crazy here as I do at home. So far? Bah! (whine whine).

Maybe I can blame it on the calendar. After all, it IS still November. I mean, it sure seemed awesome to have Thanksgiving so early at the time. But…maybe it’s throwing me off?

Or maybe it’s just this damn cold (whine whine).


Race week!


This is a massive race weekend for us. Alex and I are both running in the 5k on Saturday and he (and all of our Leg UP teammates) is doing the triathlon. It’s a little different because it is swim/bike/run/swim/bike/run – yep, 6 laps. The TOTAL distance is still the same as a classic sprint triathlon that they normally do, but sliced in smaller chunks. So, imagine me, on Sunday, trying to take photos of everyone as they scamper all over the damn place!! I swear I am going to be more worn out taking photos than I will after my own run on Saturday. Of course, it isn’t a RACE for me in the classic sense unless you count that I will be racing myself. I’m hoping to at LEAST beat my own best time of 33mins. Alex wants to run it in 20 mins. Yeah, slightly different goals there 🙂

And now to the complaint portion:

So TODAY I went out with Eve & Renee before work to run sprints. It was a great workout actually. I didn’t feel nearly as wiped out after it as I feared, BUT, I also didn’t have a spring in my step when I got to work, right? So, what do I find there? Well, the elevator is not working for a 2nd day in a row which is fine since I pretty much never take it AND I tend to get to the basement and just stay there until I leave for the day. But today, the bathrooms in the basement – ALL OF THEM – were out of service while some emergency repairs were being done. So we had to go UP stairs. TWO floors. Every time. No elevator. It just figures this happens on the day I did a sprint workout, right?!!

Can you believe I did a sprint workout and LIKED IT?

Can you believe I am RUNNING a 5k this weekend?

Yeah, I’m pretty sure hell is a bit warmer this week 🙂

Back to the complaint box


I took a break since I was on a vacation of sorts and this is my first week back to a normal schedule.

Vacation with the August moms was awesome – returning home? Not so much.

So here’s complaint #1 – why is it that a rather large slice of the male population does not take injury or illness all that seriously? In this category of males I now firmly lump Sports Boy, Music Man and Sports Boy’s father. All three of them brushed off the potential seriousness of SB’s obvious concussion symptoms after the 10/6 football game he played. I had the distinct pleasure of dealing with this all when I returned home on the 10th. Three solid days and no one thought it might be a good idea to take him to a doctor. SIGH…………..

Complaint #2 – why do things like the above only happen when there is also a cell phone issue? Such as SB losing the battery to his phone when he dropped it the night of the football game? So that there was no easy way for him to contact me and vice versa? As one of the moms put it – may we all have Cell Phone Serenity NOW!

Complaint #3 – sidewalk hogs. This morning I was out running. I was staying on the sidewalk because it was still partially dark as the sun wasn’t completely up and it was foggy. The sidewalk was nice and wide. Coming in the other direction were three women, one of them with a dog on a leash. They were strolling towards me. Lots of time to see each other approaching. Since they were talking 3 abreast (+ dog), the were taking up the whole sidewalk. Which meant that in order to pass I either had to swing out onto the grass or out into the street. If you don’t run, you may not know that you try to get into a rhythmic stride and that the surface you are running on can impact that. One of the times that my hip started aching was after I took a mis-step avoiding a low hanging branch. But again, these ladies were STROLLING – there was plenty of time for just ONE of them to step back or forward to string out their group and make room for me to pass on the sidewalk. Three seconds maybe when they would no longer be shoulder to shoulder. Do you think that any of them made a move like that? Hell no. At the very last minute the one closest to me squeezed in against her dog and her friend so that I could barely brush by, one foot up on the grass berm. I’m sorry, but REALLY? Are you that wrapped up in yourself that you can’t move over to let someone pass? I know we are advised to give people breaks, don’t assume they are being mean on purpose. Maybe they are having a bad day, or just aren’t paying attention blah blah blah.

Or maybe, as yet another wise August Mom put it, some people are simply raised by wolves.


The Complaint Box is open!


Here are my entries – funny how I initially thought I didn’t have any – hahahahahaha!!

  1. It would be so much easier to enjoy each moment in a day if my head didn’t hurt. I am really tired of being so sensitive to every single little twist in the wind and change in the weather that causes these things. Mind you, as busy as I am trying to complete all of my month end entries in just 2 work days, and as much as this headache is making that task extra special crappy, I *am* immensely grateful that this struck me today vs, oh…later this week!
  2. Restaurants that wont take reservations on the weekend!! What is up with that? You do all this research to choose the right place for your group, all the review websites say that YES, you take reservations, yet none of them have a “not on the weekends” qualifier. And why not? Why, on the busiest nights of the week, do you choose to force your guests to wait? “Oh, but we have a lovely wine bar where you can wait!” says the cheery hostess who answers the phone. I’m sure you do honey. A wine bar with $10 glasses of mediocre wine I am sure. And how early would a party of 10 have to arrive before they were seated on Sat? “Oh, just a hour!”  Much like the restaurants with broken websites, my reaction is: NEXT!
  3. People who cannot clean up the microwave after their food has splattered. Yes, this is a workplace related complaint – I am quite certain there will be one every week because, as I’ve mentioned before, there are some less than respectful & considerate folks in the basement. Which I know is probably true of every office place. But honestly, that very large dried up blob of now hardened & crusted cheese? How could you NOT see that when you took your food out and how could you just leave it there?

OK, that is all I have the time for today – The Complaint Box is open – what do you need to get off your chest in order to enjoy more of YOUR moments this week?

Complaints, I have a few


  • Unfinished or poorly designed or broken websites. Really, it’s 2011 and if your online storefront is not your #1 priority then you are doing it wrong. I’m planning the upcoming August Moms gathering here next weekend and I spent yesterday surfing around restaurant websites and nothing irritated me more than trying to open a menu page and finding….nothing!  NEXT!
  • Facebook changes – no, I am not one of the multitudes screaming bloody murder about them. I adjust and adapt and block new things as needed, BUT, since a lot of people ARE bugged beyond belief about it, some of them are packing it in and moving to Google + – which means I have to maintain two accounts because I now have friends who I WANT to stay connected to who love/hate one or the other and refuse to dance with one or the other. ARGH! I blame Facebook since they were there first and if they hadn’t been so stupid with rolling out their updates which drove people away then I could just live the simple life in one place. I mean, why can’t Facebook just please all of the people all of the time eh? That’s not so hard, is it? ;->>
  • People who copy/paste those Facebook statuses daring you NOT to copy/paste the same one into yours. You know the ones, right? They insinuate that if you DON”T act like a lemming and show your support for the cause that EVERYONE MUST SUPPORT then puppies and babies will die (or something similarly dire) and then you will be the PARIAH OF THE UNIVERSE (or at least the social media world). Well, me = pariah because I REFUSE. I can come up with my own statuses thank you very much and no, I don’t need to declare my hatred for cancer because, well, why in the bloody hell would you think I SUPPORT it?
  • People who don’t respond to emails – personal or professional. So rude.
  • Children (like both of mine were/are) who think reading and doing homework is akin to a daily root canal. GAWD! I just don’t get it and I absolutely hate it that I have to pester and nag and cajole and then STILL see those farking red boxes where assignment grades should be! Do I really need to haggle through 3 more years of this?

All right, that should make it easier for me to get through the week – what’s bugging you?