Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sugar Honey Iced Tea

I totally screwed up and missed the registration deadline for the Danskin triathlon. Nice. I have been beating myself up since I discovered this yesterday. I really wanted to kick off this new tri-adventure with that race. It is totally girl power. The motto is "the woman that starts the race is not the same woman that finishes the race." My friend Dawn was going to do it with me- her 1st. It was such a powerful experience for me in 2003. I did it with my sister. I was not prepared for it. I kicked butt in the swim. I threw up during the bike ride. I walked most of the run. It sucked. I still loved it. It was such a beginner friendly- most of us are just doing our own thing- only a few people actually want to win- a lot of us just proud to finish- type of event. I am seriously bummed.

Time to move on. I am going to sign up for the Wildbear in the next week: Really. It is in August. Then I am going to either do another in central ME in Sept, or maybe, if Dawn wants to, do the Danskin in NJ in Sept. Maybe I will see what's happening in CT, too. Save some money on lodging and stay with my family.

Gotta move on. While I am wallowing can I just say: it's raining AGAIN.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


I don't know anything about this blogging thing. When Rob first introduced me to it all I would drive him to the brink of insanity by repeating the word... "Bllloooogg." He really liked that. Some things just never get old.

I have been reading several blogs for the past few months. I look to them to keep me focused. I have been thinking for awhile about gettin' me one. Since I just got my hands on a more reliable computer I decided that today is the day.

It's a little hard to find a logical place to start... but Grace seems like as good a place as any other.

My family says grace together before most evening meals. It is short and sweet and the kids look forward to it. It starts off so similarly to the grace that I grew up with. We all hold hands and it goes a little something like this:

Dear Lord,
Thank you for this food we are about to eat.
Thank you for the happy smiling faces around the table.
Please watch over everyone that we know and love.
And help us to be better people every day.

Then one of the kids blesses the person sitting next to them and that person blesses the person next to them until we have completed the circle. Then we all bless the damn dog.

I like it. It changes a little bit based on what challenges or successes we may be having on a given day, but these are the bones. I especially like the part about being better everyday. Right now I am working primarily on being a better Mom. Then the list goes on: a better wife (is this possible? I am pretty damn good as it is), a better homemaker (little wiggle room for improvement here *sarcasm*), a better daughter, a better daughter-in-law, a better sister, a better sister-in-law, a better aunt, a better friend, a better church-goer, a better eater, a better exerciser, a better tri-athlete, a better gardener, a better cook...

That is my quest. It is Rob's quest, too. Frankly, I am not sure he'll EVER be a better Mom. Poor guy. Anyway, I'll use this blog to check in with myself about how I'm doing. Initially, there will be a lot of fitness and diet stuff as I have some pretty tangible goals. There will likely be a lot of kid stuff, too. What can I say? My family is the center of my world.