Summer

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Summer.
Summer officially begins for my family today. The kids had summer camp for the 4 weeks after school was out so it was not really summer yet. Even though they only went for 3 hours a day for 4 weeks, it was still school. Tomorrow we go to the LEGO Movie at the summer movies. We have not seen it yet. We bought the Blu-Ray but we wanted the kids to have something to look forward to so we held off watching it at home. They are still reluctant to go to the theater at times so seeing a movie they have not seen yet might be motivation as well.

Summer projects.

Education. We are continuing their education over the summer but we make it as fun as we can. Dictator is getting good at reading and can even sit and read some material by himself. Her Majesty wants desperately to do the same activities as her brother but still struggles. This is a point of contention for him because he wants to do his work by himself. We bought membership to the science museum so we will be going there many times over the month before school starts again. Fortunately, they are now going to the same school so they start and end not only at the same time but in the same location. This saves a lot of travel time.

Garage.
I am slowly getting the garage not only straightened but also cleared of a lot of garbage we have collected over the years. This task is getting slower as the kids get older because 4 people generate more junk than 2. Stuff that goes in the garage tends to disappear, though if it not remembered within a couple weeks. The real difficulty is getting rid of things that we ‘might’ need in the future. I have noticed that a lot of the time things we dispose of tend to become useful shortly after they are gone. We also need to have both springs on the garage door replaced. A few months ago I remember the door slamming down harder than normal but I did not think much of it. Right after, the door would not open on its own anymore. I noticed that a couple wires were loose and I have spent a few months problem-solving the door from time to time. It occurred to me that the spring might be broken but thinking back, one of the springs was always broken and it never occurred to me that it was running on one spring until it was pointed out by my mother-in-law. I realize now that one of the springs has always been broken.

Vacation.
We are looking at possibly going to Sea World this summer, if we can swing it. I spent a lot of summer vacations in my youth in San Diego because my uncle lived/lives there. For awhile my grandmother was there as well. Those were fun times. My kids want to go to a beach and I really want them to experience all the fun of Sea World. We would also get to see family.

Employment.
This has become a travesty. Applying for a cashier job and I do not even get a ‘Thank you for applying’ letter. I believe I have said this before, applying for a job online is a ridiculous and soul-sucking endeavor. Not being able to contact a real person for a job that requires less skill than it takes to walk and breathe at the same time is silly. Want to know what is even more ridiculous? I will tell you. The jobs I apply for have been open since I first applied a year ago. Even a job like a baker that does require some knowledge and skill could involve training and am fairly sure I could have become a proficient baker in an entire year of on-the-job training.
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I may just look into one of these at-home businesses. Maybe I can sell people vitamins or something. I am past doing jobs I can’t believe in, though. I have to do some research. I have seen a few that might work but most of the products are just soulless, manufactured crap aimed at making a buck. Of course, this is the majority of what it seems people do these days anyway. Maybe I am just aiming for a standard too high for the workplace today.

Running.
I run when I can. I am focusing on mountain running. We are running in the Solemates Tryptophun Run this fall. Fortunately, this is local and we can actually practice/train on the course we will be racing on. It is also a 7 mile loop so, even if someone gets lost, someone can still be easily be found. I need to work because the races I want to race in are beginning to cost a lot more money. The three races I want to race in this winter will cost over $500 just for race fees. This does not include time to train, nutrition, and equipment.
Alta. I have a pair of Alta shoes that I have only used a few times. The sole is coming away from the upper. I am sad about this because I thought these were well made shoes. I might try another model but I think I will try for a pair of Skora or Vibrams for the 100 mile race. Fortunately, the loop is only 7 miles, So I can test different shoes for distance on the day of the race.

Namaste

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June 5

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I ran during the day today. A tempo run. Wow, that was interesting. Running in heat and doing a tempo. Tempo runs are running with a slow warm-up, a challenging paced run, and a slow cool down. Today I ran for 12 minutes at 75% max HR, 40 minutes at 80-90% max HR, and 10 minutes cool down at 75% max HR. This, on top of 95 degree temperatures when I left (102 when I got home) made for a lot of fun in the sun. Fortunately, this is June. Our humidity is about 20% and we had a little wind (10% today) at this time, so it is way more comfortable to run in these temperatures than it will be in a month. Running in July and August, one feels like a potato in a running microwave (including the possibility of one’s head exploding as it would in a real microwave). Tonight’s plan is another short run, about 5k. Nothing special planned except to keep HR around 80%.
Happy National Running Day! I would have taken advantage of the special for PF Chang’s in 2014 but it is summer and income is limited right now. I had been looking for Hammer Nutrition because it is vegan and I had an epiphany, RoadRunner Sports, duh. They have the individual gel packs but not the larger bottles so I will still need to go online for those. They are a much better deal (26 servings for 19.99 compared to 1.49 per packet) and RoadRunner has a special on their website on Hammer products right now. These are helpful for the ultra as well as when I start tri training.

I ran on Running day. Did anyone else?

Five for Friday – June Bug

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Five for Friday

June Goals
I was going to start my regime this last week but, I decided to make this a goal for June. Long slow runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and two-a-days Monday through Thursday. Cross training will include an hour a day of yard work, cardio weights, swimming, core workouts and possibly cycling (if I can get my bike fixed). So I am looking at 200 plus miles for June (it actually comes to 230 or so but I figure life often steps in so aim low and be pleased if I overshoot). I am actually a week into meditating with regularity and properly. June will also be another month of juice only. I will work on an actual schedule each week and post it (whether you like it or not).

Snack
Air popped popcorn topped with a little salt and nutritional yeast.

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Awards
I will get my awards finished this weekend. There are several. A big thanks to Amanda for all the nominations.

Summer Movies
I found out that the nearby mall theater has the summer movie program and we went to the first movie in a theater with our kids, ever. It was ok but they were a bit spooked when there was a part in the movie that was a little tense. The dark theater combined with the threat of a volcano to our heroes on the screen was a bit too much so we sat in the wings sort of watching the climax of the movie. It all worked out and we will return next week to see Smurfs.

Hummus
I am not sure if I blogged about this before, but I discovered how to get the texture of my hummus thicker, tahini. I added tahini and it made the hummus I make fantastic! Tahini is not cheap but I only need a tablespoon for each 1 or 2 cups of hummus. I love it!

Thanks for reading! Love and light. Namaste.

The end (or perhaps the beginning) is near

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Next week is the last week of work before summer. I have been carrying both a sleep debt and a physical rest debt for quite awhile now. My children have been watching more television than I would like but fearless than they could have. I have often found myself tuning out for an hour after work (and sometimes for an hour at work) just because. I am Not happy about my behavior, but it is what it is. I have not been cooking at any level above a grade school cafeteria worker (in Arizona, our cafeteria ‘cooks’ can only reheat, not actually season or use ingredients to prepare food). I have been working out a minimum amount to maintain my weight and a minimal amount of fitness. I forget to look things up I think about, I forget to even read my favorite blogs much less, blogs I have read very little. The most active I have been is the books I have listened to. I have several books I will get rand to blogging reviews about. The most recently finished is Ironic Mom‘s Don’t Lick the Minivan. The first thing people say about her is hilarious, but I want to say how much I identify with her and I loved all of her book, not just the funny parts.
I have learned a lot this year and most of it does not pertain to my job, actually, almost none. Tis is the first summer I will actually be able to be productive since my babies were born. This will be fun. More later when the cyclone dies down a bit.
Sending you Love and Light.