15 June 2012

Fun Five


Dinner last night was at Fenton's (did you see the movie Up? well, Carl and Russell's fave ice cream place is a local spot...Pixar is very close by). Sundaes all around...I took a 'pass' knowing that at least one kid would not be able to finish. Three people had vanilla ice cream. Three people had whipped cream. Two people had marshmallow topping and two had chocolate fudge. One person had peppermint ice cream, and one person ate all 4 maraschino cherries. I was the cherry-eater. Yeah, dessert for dinner. Sometimes you just have to say, "What the heck?"


After eating sundae remnants, I met up with RoseRunner and did hill repeats. Ha. We ran up a hill and then repeated...once. So up the hill two times. Doing something twice = repeat.

this one...it's my favorite

Next week, we're shooting for a three-peat. You know what that means? Yep...three times.


I climbed with Tarzan again this week. And we got in trouble. Well, actually he got in trouble. He was doing dangerous things, and the gym manager ran over and spanked him...verbally. It was pretty freaky. He was 'speed' climbing, and I could not keep up with him on belay. There was way too much slack in the rope. If he'd fallen, he could very well have cracked his head open...for real. Meanwhile, my instructor-turned-friend was over to the side beating on her chest and silently doing Tarzan yells to the point where I was stifling laughter so hard it hurt.


My longest workout in months occurred on Wednesday. Two hours of nonstop cardio, HR zone 2...or maybe zone 3. I'm so old that the HR thing gets me kind of confused. It felt pretty amazing, but I sure wish I could run outside for that long. I really miss being outside! Away from Gaggy Perfume Lady next to me on the stairmaster who started coughing and sputtering extensively mid-workout. I was trying to figure out if the coughing was from her own perfumery or because maybe...ummm...I was the one who was stinking? Well, if it was me, I surely got karmic payback when Patchouli Girl hopped on the elliptical next to me at the very end of my workout. Who the f*ck wears patchouli anymore? Stoners back in the 70's used that potent biz to cover up the smell from all their pot-smoking. I'm guessing that I now probably know who has access to weed should I ever need to score some.


Today is the last day of school. This is the first time I can recall being excited about it since I was in school myself. I usually dread having all the kids home all day for days on end. Days turning into weeks. Weeks turning into months. Whining refrains of "I'm bored." Bickering ceaselessly. When I put it that way, it starts to sound so unappealing :P  Okay...the good parts... no homework! No need to get to school on time! Leisurely days :)  

Now I just need to come up with some fun activities that four kids between the ages of 3 and 13 will all enjoy. Lots o' luck is what you're saying, I know. 

Looking forward to another kick-ass weekend and wishing one for all of you as well :)


  1. I completely associate the smell of patchouli with weed. One of my first jobs was in a tiny little organic store in Hawaii where every "smelled like patchouli," if you get what I mean.

  2. Awesome on Fentons! Up is a great movie, I've always wanted to go to Fentons.

    In the climbing gym - tension! I'm assuming people are yelling that constantly, lol. Belay on!

    Yea, I remember the days of being bored during the summer and complaining about it, I bet my Mom got annoyed sometimes. I remember my favorite summer activity was kids sports camps where they do a bunch of different activities (soccer, track, baseball, etc over a week or so).

  3. When I was a kid, my mom gave us chores to do when we were bored. Somehow, even now, I. am. never. bored. Funny how that works, huh?

  4. I have surprised myself and was excited about the last day of school for my kiddos today too. I know the novelty will wear out fast but I'm happy to have a bit more free time with them now. I like the idea of your hill repeats.

  5. We've been enjoying school free mode for a week or so ... loving it!

  6. I used to hate the last day of school as I kid
    I still do!!!
    my kids started to get bored at about noon on the first day....
    so yeah...best of luck
    I have 3 weeks DONE.
    I need a vacation ASAP

  7. Mmmmm. I had dessert for lunch on last day of school - MY ice cream cone and the rest of the boy's. He can seriously only eat about 3 Tbsp of ice cream before he's over it. Kills me. But>>>It just means more for me :p

    Wishing you a wonderful summer!

  8. Wow, usually in pictures you can't tell how steep a hill is, not this time. That looks like a killer, nice work! Have a great weekend!

  9. Nice job on the hill. I'd call twice a major repeat effort. I hate hills.

    I do the same thing at ice cream/dessert outings. I know my kids won't finish what they get and I don't need a complete one anyway. The problem arises when my 9 year old mixes everything into a big glob of mush and it doesn't do much for me. Maybe I'm better off that way.

    I am happy that it's summer too. For the first time, my kids aren't jam packed into camps and are mostly home. Now to keep the boredom away without breaking the bank on outings. Thank goodness for the beach!

  10. that hill looks awesome!!! I need to find some good hill around me to train on. Enjoy your summer vacation with the kids!

  11. Do you know how jealous I am you got to eat at Fentons?! I used to go to the one in Pleasant Hill all the time.

  12. Two hours of non-stop cardio is intense! That sounds like a great workout.


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