Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A nine-year old's "to do" list

This week is creeping by ever so slowly... I just want Friday to hurry up and get here! (In case I haven't mentioned it a thousand times already, I'm going to Portland this weekend! My first time ever in the northwestern U.S.)

My mom had to have surgery this morning (nothing too serious), and I wanted to go to the hospital to be there after I got the kids off to school. Once Noah got on the bus, I hurried into my running clothes and hopped on the treadmill to get my run done before Eli had to go to the bus stop. I only had two miles on the schedule today.

I had just over 18 minutes left of an episode of Criminal Minds to watch, so I set the treadmill at 6.5 mph and ran steady. It was perfect timing, because as soon as the episode finished, my Garmin beeped that I was at two miles.

I'm doing Hal Higdon's Novice 1 Half Marathon training plan right now, because it's easy (there is no speed work) and I thought it would be a good way to get back my mileage without injury. Whenever I followed his plans before, I'd switch the two-mile runs to three miles, because I always felt like two was just too short to be worth my time. But now I look forward to those two-milers ;) They're over with quickly, so I don't dread them, and they're easy to squeeze in.

Jerry is following the same training plan, and Indy will be his first half-marathon. I'm super impressed that he's stuck with the training plan and has gotten in all of his scheduled runs! He's been running at about a 9:00/mile pace, and I asked him if he's going to aim for sub-2:00 in Indy. He looked confused, and said, "Should I? Is that good? I don't know..." He really doesn't care what his time is. I think it's interesting, because a lot of people (me, for one) try not to care, or say we don't care, but deep down, we hope to run our best. But Jerry truly has no hopes or expectations or anything--he just wants to finish a half-marathon. It's kind of refreshing!

As soon as I was done running, I walked Eli to the bus stop. Then I took a quick shower and headed to the hospital in Ann Arbor. My mom was already in surgery, and my dad was waiting, so we went to the cafeteria to sit and chat while we waited for her to get out of surgery. Once she was in recovery, we got to go see her, and everything went really well.

The whole morning flew by, and I had to make sure to leave in time to be home for the kids when they got home from school. I stopped at Chipotle on the way home--Ann Arbor is the closest Chipotle to my house, so whenever I am up there, I like to get Chipotle for lunch! When I got home and ate, though, I realized I really didn't care for it that much. I don't know if my tastes have changed (I can't remember the last time I ate it) or if it just wasn't good today, but the next time I'm in Ann Arbor, I'll get something different.

I thought this was funny... We don't let the kids play video games during the school week, and Eli thinks I'm the meanest mom in the world because of that. He said, "My life is sooooooo boring!", so I made him write a list of 25 things to do that don't involve video games. He was really mad about it, but he produced a list. It's completely illegible, though:

1) Read
2) Play games
(I can't read the rest, except for number 14, which is "eat", hahaha)

I used to say that I was happy to have two boys, because there is much less drama than with girls--ha! Eli is as dramatic as they come ;)


  1. I am not sure, but I think 15 is Plank Jacks. No way...:-)

  2. Haha! Love the to do list. Looks like a very busy 9 year old. "things to do, people to see" lol

  3. Portland is a runner friendly town. Be sure to do the waterfront loop.

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  5. Item 10, 11, and 12 appear to be beads, dance, and mailbox... is going to the mailbox a thing at your house? LOL! #4 appears to be something to do with math - score! Kids crack me up!

  6. Guessing what's on this list is a fun game!
    The word under maths at #4 looks like it is the same as #18, so that's a clue. Then #15 play tricks and #21 play (same word again - first I thought it was "plan" but "play" makes more sense) though it looks like #3 is play again and #22 games so maybe he was cheating a bit ;)

  7. He CHEATED! There are only 24 things listed, lol! It says 25 but if you look, The Sneaker didn't match up items to the numbers. Make him do it again and legible this time! ;)

  8. To me #17 actually looks like "drama" --- so maybe he's just trying to use his list when he starts drama? :)

  9. I'm just I impressed that it looks like he knows cursive!....that's no longer in our curriculum in Florida...no time with Common Core Standards....so sad.

  10. #13 looks like it says "video games". Too funny!


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