Tuesday, July 28, 2020

New things that I've learned, and started using!

Today, I learned how to delete comments on facebook posts. 

And... I learned how to change the sharing settings to hide certain friends from seeing them.

This is much better for my mental state.  I COULD respond to the "You've got to be kidding me" with the "well, you are the POSTER CHILD for selfishness."

But you know, no. 

So, instead, I deleted the comment.

And then I changed the sharing so that she can no longer see it.

Peace out.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Recent thoughts about things

It's tomato season!  We are finally getting tomatoes as add-ons in our boxes (one of them).  So, bring on the tomato-mozzarella-basil salad. 

I miss my Sunday potlucks.  Some weeks, we'd have 3 versions of that salad.

My baby turned 8 this week!

The kids have been working out with Mike.  Today, Nick wasn't feeling the leg day.  He skipped yesterday too.  Daniel did leg day like a champ today.

Mike is feeling stronger but isn't losing weight.  "I'm eating more."  Yes, that's what you do when you lift weights.  You are supposed to.  Even the pros do that.  Eat up!

I may have PMS.  My kid and work are pissing me off today.

Our anniversary is next week, whee!  What to do.  😂
Work. Eat at Home. Maybe sunset walk on the beach?

COVID is a bummer.  Today, I read about a dude in Ohio who in April, posted how "I'm NOT buying a mask, I've managed this long without one!"  In June, on quarantine due to testing + for COVID.  July 2, having difficulty breathing.  July 4, dead.  He was 37.  What a shame, but if his death gets others to wear a mask...

I bought some kids masks (4) and adult (2) from a local place with local art.  They look great BUT the adult masks are too large for me and the teen, and naturally the kid masks are too small. So the 8yo has 4 masks and hubby has 2.  Plan B, try to look for adjustable ear loop fabric masks.

WHAT is going to happen with schools in the fall? Nobody knows.

I'm tired of takeout.

I started running again after 1.5 weeks off.  Taking it slow.  I like not having something to train for.  I've switched to long dog walks on Saturday with the hubby and/or kids.  Fun.  We are 4 months into COVID with no end in sight.  Need a new plan, clearly I can't just RUN off the stress, that was killing my Achilles.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Half way into COVID-19 summer (almost)

Yeah, I think school starts in 6 weeks?  7 weeks?  Almost half way through summer.  How are we managing?  Schedules.

Kid 1: has to exercise every day, and read.  I also want him to do some other stuff, like programming on line, writing, or projects.  But for now, he has been reading for an hour to six a day, so that's good enough.  He's doing a weight training workout with my husband 4x a week and joining the dog walks on other days.

Afternoons are for Fortnite.

Kid 2: same.  He has been mostly doing Cosmic Kids Yoga every morning, and joining me for walks in the afternoon or doing the evening dog walk. Sometimes he'll do calisthenics instead. 

For school stuff: reading every day (30 min), then another school thing every day (Dreambox, Lexia, writing, math pages) every day.  He also does legos.  Afternoon: TV or video games.

This way husband and I each get a good solid 4-6 hours of work in the afternoon, and a couple of broken hours in the morning.  We each try to interact with the kids in the morning when they are off electronics - games, snuggles, talking, whatever.

Weekly fun:
- Tuesday we have started "beach morning". In the early morning, 8:30-ish, beach is empty except for this large group of older folk walking.  I take kid #2 and we can plop down with our towel and bucket and play.  We take a bag of toys and a towel.  We play for about an hour and a half.  Husband joins us later and we swap. I leave around 10 to shower and start work, husband stays until 10:30.

- Takeout on Wednesday.

- Weekend longer dog walks.

These regularly scheduled things help break up the monotony of the work / no camp week.

Friday, July 3, 2020

The beaches are closed

The beaches are closed for 3 days due to COVID.  The idea is to keep the tourists away, as Los Angeles and Ventura have also closed their beaches.  This is why we can't have nice things.

Anyway, the bars are closed again for 3 weeks.  The restaurants are back to outdoor dining only, for at least 3 weeks.  I'm glad we went to the beach on Tuesday morning.  Staying home this weekend.

Beaches are still open for recreation - swimming, walking, running, surfing, kayaking.  Just no sitting.

Stay safe people.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Today, the boys are fighting during their non-electronics time.  Nick decided to play Uno, so we played while Mike was in a conf call.  Daniel saved his +2 for Nick.  Nick freaked out, started crying and yelling, and stormed out.  Daniel and I finished the game.

Nick came back.  Lather, rinse, repeat. 

So Nick went out back and I locked the back door.  Daniel is still crying because he wants to play with someone, but now I have a conf call too and even the dog won't play with him.  Whatever.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Vacation, Summer Camp, and Fitness

SO much has changed since my last post!!  Not really.


There was a brief half-week where we considered bailing for the summer and going to visit family in Upstate NY.  You see, we both know several people who travel all summer long.  They go visit family in other countries, and work from there.

Thanks to COVID, we now know that we can basically work from anywhere with an internet connection.  For the last few years, I've dreamed of making a long summer away a reality.  My husband mentioned the possibility.  His family has a couple of camps on a lake in upstate NY.  Now, because of COVID and elderly grandparents, we'd have to go long enough to actually quarantine for 2 weeks after we get there.  And same on the way back.  But we started talking about it.  Fly?  It's definitely faster, but you don't know if the planes are packed (all that recycled air) and it's 3 flights in each direction.  Drive?  It's 5 days, nobody wants that (but we could take the dog!) - especially in a Matrix.  Maybe we could rent a minivan or buy a used one?

We talked it over with the kids, slept on it a few nights, talked it over some more...didn't ever get to the point of bringing it up with the NY family.  We decided, unsurprisingly, to stay home.  It just feels like it is too soon to be gallivanting about cross country, staying in hotels, etc.  However, we did agree that we should bring the topic up with the family as a possibility for NEXT summer, if things are calmer.

Thus, our next vacation is next weekend + 2 days.  A staycation.  I have many many friends who do all these fun things on the weekends (or weekdays).  I'm jealous.  I started stalking their IG feeds and writing stuff down.  You see, working FT during the week means we use weekends for household chores and not much else.  I know others manage to "do things", but we don't.  We've penciled in some family kayaking, a couple of hikes, a visit to the local creek to take a dip (there's still water!), some takeout.  I made a list of things I like to do on vacation (water play, walks, hikes, meals out, followed by an afternoon of relaxing, games, and reading).  So, there you are.


Week 1 of summer camp is coming up, and it's cooking.  Each kid has to learn how to make a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Little kid: scrambled eggs and bacon, grilled cheese and salad, beef stew in the crockpot, cupcakes
Big kid: scrambled eggs, quesadillas and raw veggies, instant pot pasta and kale chips, lace cookies

Week 2 coincides with our stay-cation, so we will prob make that "adventure week".

We are also starting a family "book club" to keep big kid reading.  We are starting Ready Player One and will have 3 weeks to finish it.


Vacationing in upstate NY with family (cousins!) at a lake would have taken care of a lot (we would have still been working).  Alas, it's not to be.  Our kids complain, but they do get used to the new world order pretty quickly.  Case in point: they are now used to: helping with dishes 2x a day, folding their own laundry, cleaning every 2 weeks.  They are starting to get used to the daily exercise.  Today big kid asked to do the dog walk instead of the family mile.  Fine with me.  We've got exercise schedules worked out for everyone, and I expect after a week it will just be habit.

Little kid: running, walking, yoga, biking, video game exercise. 
Big kid: weight training with Dad - LIIFT4, running, walking, and hopefully biking.

I hear the gyms are opening up soon (this week) but I think we are going to pass for awhile longer.

Running has been hard.  Most of my brain recognizes that I am intentionally running slowly on weekends to build a good base and keep my heart rate in zone 2-3.  Of course, the running watch thinks I'm out of shape.  I know this is better for me in the long run.  It's more enjoyable.  I can function for the rest of the day, am not exhausted, sore, or headachy.    Constantly running at tempo or above cannot be good for me.  But devil Marcia looks at a 13:30 long run pace and cringes.

Still have to figure out the birthday thing.  Ordered a big gluten free carrot cake.  Planned to invite friends over for a "physically distanced" slice of cake and glass of wine.  Bring a mask, stay 6' from each other in the back yard, come by any time...then I realized that my birthday is on Thursday, and people will be working (I'm taking a vacation day).  So, I guess ... come by for a slice of cake whenever you can?  Or...after 6 pm?  I dunno.  Husband has to figure it out and since I already told 2 friends we were doing something...he cannot bail on me.  Also, I ordered a big cake.