What thoughts are you having on this Thursday?
#Nerd what? It’s a #nerdlution; you know what a #nerdlution is right? Well, teachers like to make up words and thanks to Franki over at A Year of Reading for inspiring her tweeps and getting so many to join the #Nerdlution community.
Basically #Nerdlution is a resolution for, well, dare I say it,
nerds teachers! (Even though you don’t have to be a teacher to join!) It runs for 50 days from December 2nd thru January 20th. During this time fellow members have been making resolutions that revolve around reading, writing, running/fitness, and whatever!
After thinking about it, I realized that I already read, I already write, and I already run so why would I not join? I’m a bit reluctant to post my #Nerdlutions because I do not like failure, and basically it is easier to say that I didn’t try than to say that I failed! Boo! There are already so many #Nerdlution members on Twitter for support and inspiration that I decided that I’m going to go for it.
With that being the case, here are my #Nerdlutions:
- Run at least 3 times a week – a 3 mile run, a 4 mile run, and a 5 mile run (fingers crossed that my foot is on board with this goal!)
- Strength training 2 times a week
- Core training 2 times a week
- Read daily
- Two blog posts a week
Well, there it is! I will be participating in daily reading and some sort of daily exercise. Since I consider myself a “reflective writer” I will be brainstorming, journaling, or jotting down ideas in Evernote when I am not posting to my blog.
Please join the #Nerdlution on Twitter. You can post your tweets there and follow my tweets and others of the #Nerdlution community.
Well, we are at it again. Another family race is now complete. That is two races in one week and I am beat! Today’s race was just a 4 mile, but it was sooooo hilly. Yes, it kicked.my.butt!
Here’s a quick recap:
The Runners – Matt, Amy, & Maddie
The Distance – 4 hilly miles in “Spring Valley”
The Elevation – Did I mention it was hilly? I mean very hilly!
The Stats for Matt – Ummm…yes, he had an awesome race! I am so proud of his time and his splits.
The Stat’s for Amy – I must have cut a few corners because my milage came up 3.96 miles!
The Weather – We thought it was a bit chilly at first, but actually it was a perfect day for a run.
Our next race is scheduled for December 21st. It’s a 10k (6.2 miles) and I ran it last year; and yes, it is very, very, hilly too. Not sure why we do this?!?!?!
Another Thanksgiving, another Turkey Trot!
Slowly getting back into a running routine.
The weather was beyond cold and windy,
I didn’t want to trot; I wanted to stay in my cozy bed.
Excuses, excuses, excuses, they weren’t being accepted,
So off we went.
Matt, Amy, & Maddie bundled up and ready to run, ready to race!
Trot we did, regret we did not.
It was a great race; it is a great family tradition!
*Ha, ha…they have my age group wrong – really, really wrong! I came in 14th out of 256 runners for my age group, 40-44.
You gotta love the milestones of life!
It seems like my Facebook Newsfeed is filled with them. As I scroll through the feed, I enjoy photos of proud families sharing those precious moments of their little ones, causing me to reminisce back to the days when I lived those precious milestone moments too.
Lately those milestone moments have consisted of a series of “lasts” for us. And, while it saddens me to realize we are reaching a significant turning point in my daughter’s life, I know that these “lasts” are going to open the door to many “firsts”.
So here we go…here’s a look at some of those milestone moments in our life:
A night to remember as my two favorite teenagers are ready to attend their last homecoming dance.
An oh-so-bitter-sweet ending to the last XC District meet. Maddie finished 2nd for her team with her best time of the season of a 21:47. What a way to run!
And the proud parents at the finish line…yes, I cried!
Enjoy those milestone moments because they do grow up way too fast!
Yes, it is time for a Rockin’ Mom update!
As I sit here typing away I can’t help but to think of one of my original posts, That Was Then and This Is Now. This is what I would add to it today:
That was then…
deciding which daycare would be best for our new baby girl.
This is now…
traveling, traveling, traveling and making big life decisions.
Deciding which college is best for our grown up, beautiful, young lady.
I can hardly believe it, but my one and only daughter will be off to college next year. You know what that means, this summer sent us on the college tour path. I am so proud of how my daughter scheduled all of the schools that we visited. We have now visited six colleges and it has been fun, interesting, overwhelming, and informative to say the least.
We have visited colleges in Elizabethtown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock and ended with IUP. Each campus has been unique and offered something to make it special, stand out, or perhaps even unattractive. Ironically, the campus that Maddie thought she would enjoy the most we both ended up disliking…and when I say disliking, I mean disliking!
On a positive note, we fell in love with the city of Pittsburgh! This is kind of tough for us because we are *huge* fans of the Baltimore Ravens, and you see the Pittsburg Steelers are the arch rival to the Baltimore Ravens. We were, however, able to turn our heads the other way when we drove past Heinz Field.
It’s difficult to believe that next year at this time I will probably be typing a post on getting ready for college. The time sure does pass quickly. I can only wonder what life has in store for us over the next several months.
While on vacation I *finally* finished The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. (Ummm, yes, I began it in April, I think!) The book started off slow and didn’t grab me, so truthfully it was placed off to the side. However, once again Picoult has delivered a heart-wrenching and thought provoking novel with twists and turns. This book has several themes running through it along with historical information about the Holocaust. I found the book to be intense when reading about the Holocaust and I just couldn’t put it down. Throughout the story, it left me with many moments sadness and times of joy…a roller coaster of emotions indeed! So yes, I highly recommend The Storyteller.
Next on the list is These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf. Now if you’re not familiar with the author Heather Gudenkauf, you should read her books, especially if you like Jodi Picoult. Both authors have similar writing styles. I have also read The Weight of Silence by Gudenkauf. I just started These Things Hidden but it has instantly pulled me in. I’ll let you know my final thoughts and reactions when I’m finished.
The last thing I would like to tell you about is The Free Library of Philadelphia. If you live in Pennsylvania and you have a public library access card through your local library, you can sign up to get a library card for The Free Library of Philadelphia. I love using the Free Library of Philadelphia because I love to read e-books on my Kindle Fire. The Free Library of Philadelphia allows you to download your e-books, for free of course, and you can have them on your e-reader for *three* weeks. I can also get e-books at my local library, but I can only keep them for two weeks and they do not have as large of a selection as The Free Library of Philadelphia. Check it out and check out my Goodreads widget on the sidebar of my blog for other suggested readings.
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