When I'm not running or riding, I don't feel like I really have much to say. I'm not doing anything all that creative with my family, I tend to avoid talking much about school because of confidentiality and all that jazz, and I've spent a lot of time on my butt. Exciting! (If only there was a sarcasm font). But, it's been a week, and there are a couple things I can tell you about.
In return for working two 12-hour days, we got 1/2 day off Friday. It was GORGEOUS out. I had big plans to go home, eat, and hit the local mountain bike trails. To illustrate the dangers of me sitting down, I got home about noon, sat down while my food cooked, started reading, and read until nearly 5:00. Then I had to hit the trails after Jeff and J were home. Perhaps not the best scheduling, but it was a beautiful ride.
|Trail 2...there are 6 different trails here. It's about 10 minutes from my house, so it's a great spot to go ride or run.|
|Batman ride after dark|
We got on the Batman ride first, he started getting nervous in the seat, and by the time it was cranking up the first big hill he was all "I'm scared, I'm scared". Unlike his mother (who has little to no voice still today), he resisted screaming. Instead, when I looked at him after the ride stopped, he was holding his breath. :)
It was a really great day at the park. It wasn't too crowded most of the day, the weather was just beautiful, and there was no fighting or whining.
|Plus, we got to play dead. How much better does it get?|
|This picture doesn't even begin to capture how pretty the drive was.|
|I know I'll be complaining once winter hits, but right now I'm really thankful to live somewhere with seasons. :)|
|These babies, and a bunch more just like them, only taller.|
The good news is that I felt great after the run. The not as good news was that I had to drive to St. Louis because I'd volunteered to help at registration for the grade school club volleyball tryouts. It wasn't bad, and since I was going to be over there anyway, I had brought my mountain bike and intended to ride at Creve Coeur afterwards.
I got finished, and while I wasn't tired, I just wasn't feeling the ride at all. I just wanted to go home and sit and read. But it just felt way too lame to have packed all my bike gear and then go home without riding, so I drove to the park anyway. I ended up riding around 5 miles, and I'm getting a little more confident on the switchbacks and downhills. I still have a long way to go before I'm not riding my brakes, but hopefully I'll get there. While it was a fun ride, I just wasn't into it. I think it was the whole being out there alone thing. Mountain biking is way more fun with other people. I do better when there's a stronger rider to follow...plus, then there's someone to call the paramedics for you. :)
Anyway, since I still wasn't feeling it, I gave myself permission to head back to the car. On the last section, a guy rode up behind me. He wasn't close enough that I felt like I should get over, and he didn't ask to pass, so I stayed ahead of him. Having somebody behind me definitely made me push a little harder than I would have otherwise, so it was nice to have the company, even if it was just for a few minutes. No pictures of the park, sorry, I didn't need to stop, so I didn't want to stop and take pictures. Bad blogger.
|It looks a lot like this, though.|
- I applied for grad school. I've only been out of school for ten years. Sigh. I never thought it would take me this long to go back. I'm both dreading it (not sure how I'm going to manage fitting it into my schedule with N's volleyball stuff) and excited about it (I love school....I like the thought of adding to my skills...more money is always good).
- Club volleyball = 3 x a week practice in St. Louis. Here's what that looks like for an 8-10 (PM!!) practice: Leave at 6:30 so he can be 1/2 hour early to warm up, etc; sit from 7:30-10 (when practices are during daylight I run or ride); 10-11 drive home. Repeat 2 days later.
- Grad school + club volleyball = schedule clusterf***. Here's my dilemma: if I register for a Monday or Wednesday class, I can't get him to practice in St. Louis. If I register for a Tues or Thurs class I miss basically all of his high school volleyball matches when that starts up in February. My husband could maybe take care of the Monday practice, but Wednesday would be a problem. Hmmm
- I put down the wrong birthdate for myself on my grad school application, so it's quite possible that they'll decide I'm not smart enough to go to grad school. :-/