Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Few Things

Here are some things I've been doing and thinking about lately. Not very interesting (or positive, really, because that's just how I've been feeling lately), but here you go anyway:

I am training for another half marathon. I have been struggling with finding the motivation and a good schedule to run. Spiff has been working early in the mornings most of the year, so I have had to resign myself to running at the gym in the evenings. This is double hard for me since I'm not really a treadmill runner, and it is hard for me to exercise in the evenings. But I'm grateful to have a membership at the gym to give me a place to run. And I ran with a group of girls on Saturday at the park, and I felt like a piece of my soul that had been missing from my life was handed back to me. I guess I really do need this, and that will be my motivation.

Gunner is going through a new phase. He is finally making the transition from two naps to one, and it's a tough one. He has really been struggling with sleep in general. I think it's a combination of teething, coming down with a cold, and sleep deprivation, but it's causing some very poor behavior from an extremely grumpy child. I can't figure out what to do to help him.

Also, it is high school instrumental festival time again. I have accompanied for some students in this event for the past few years, and I have enjoyed working with the kids and their super duper nice teacher. However, I'm feeling a bit tired of it this year. I'm just not excited about doing it. I'm not excited about the music itself, which tends to be difficult for me to play, unpleasant to listen to, and difficult to put together with the kids. Plus, this is the schedule I just received for the kids' performances on festival day:
Anyone else notice the LARGE break before the last two students? I have a baby and just can't be available all day like this! And it happens every year. Grumble grumble.
I have committed to doing it this year and can't back out, but I think I'm done with this event for a while.

On the plus side, I just read a gloriously good book. It was the kind of book that is so good that I read it really slowly, just so it would take me longer to finish it. It was also so good that now I'm really sad it's over and just want to read it all over again.

I also made a really yummy dinner yesterday and shared it with some friends. Gunner enjoyed destroying my kitchen while I cooked all day, and I got the benefit of doing some service and enjoying good food.

And my sister-in-law, Mhana (for those who read her blog), is coming to visit us in a month! I can't wait!

Now I guess it's time for me to go clean up my kitchen and think about which book to read next.


Britta said...

How can you talk up a book like that and not tell me what it is so I can read it too? What did you read?

Maggie said...

I'm so glad you liked the book. I had the reverse. The book was so good I read it rather quickly.

Janelle Dobson said...

What book did you read? I need something good to get me through these (hopefully) last few weeks of winter. Isn't it fun to make a nice dinner? Brings my heart joy...although the clean-up doesn't.

David and Lauren said...

I too demand to know the name of this wonderful book!

Mindy said...

The book:
The Brothers K by David James Duncan

It does have some language in it, but it's so very good. Enjoy!

Justin and JoLyn said...

Hello friend. I always get migraine headaches after really stressful days. Yesterday was festival for my piano students--and Bam--migraine today. Yea! It's over for both of us. What are you reading!!

Justin and JoLyn said...

Opps. Just saw your comment where you posted the book. Thanks!