Friday, February 27, 2009

The last few days

I've been meaning to blog for the last few days...but modern technology does not always agree with me. I was having some trouble getting into my account. Apparently google decided that my password was too short without telling me. Not sure how this mysterious "google" decides that, but all of a sudden my password that had been valid forever was not working. I'm one of those terrible people that uses the same password for everything-well, I have maybe three that I I was getting worried when neither one of the three would work and I knew it had to be one of them. Scary...I even asked Maggie what it was because I thought maybe old age was setting in and my memory was going...but she thought it was the same thing I did. But now the problem has been resolved-I had to use my fourth password that I rarely use for anything, so hopefully I'll remember it and be able to post after this.

This week I went for my lasik eye surgery consult. I guess it went well...they are willing to slice my corneas and shine the laser in my eyes. I'm sure I'll be happy when it's all over, but I'm just not one for having my eyes sliced open. They have offered me valium for the day of surgery. That offer came after she took my blood pressure and it was higher than it's ever been just from being there for the consult. Although, I don't think they took my blood pressure the day of my gum had to have been high that day. So, in a few weeks I will have 20/20 vision without the aid of contacts.

It is also that time of year-Girl Scout Cookie Time. So our garage has just a few cases of girl scout cookies in it. Only one more week to go and then my garage will hopefully be empty. Maggie still has a few boxes to deliver and we have two more cookie booths to work. Andrew has been very happy those cookies are out there! He has talked me into sampling just about every flavor...the cookies are really good and I think they might be calorie-free! At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Today I made Val's day when I called her and gave her the dates for our Ohio trip. I thought my own kids would be as excited, but they had a few questions. Christine's question..."Can't everyone come here to visit?" and Maggie..."How many planes do we have to take?" Andrew, on the other hand, was very excited to fly on a plane. Oh...I almost forgot...Maggie's other question after I told her we would have to take two planes to get there and two planes to get back..."Will they send an email and change it to three right before we have to go?" She must have had as much fun flying during our fall break as I did. Christine still wants everyone to come here even if we do go to Ohio.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Lost Dutchman Marathon

After doing a marathon way back in 1992, I thought I would never do another one. After all, I could say that I did what was the point of doing another one? Well, Hillary had this idea that we could do this marathon -the Lost Dutchman-for "fun". (I have even been talked into other "fun" marathons.) After finishing yesterday, I'm not sure that marathon and fun should ever be used in the same sentence! It was a little fun until about mile 21 or 22...

When Hillary first had this plan to do this marathon, there were supposed to be more of us...slowly everyone dropped out. Niki ended up running the half because she was smarter than us-no...just kidding...she was sick during the week so she decided to just do the half. Gwen also dropped down to the half and her husband was going to run the 10K-they ended up having to drive up to the mountains Saturday night because of an emergency with one of their kids. (The pic is Hillary, Niki and I before all the fun began.)

I do have to say that the scenery was incredible. The race was up in Apache Junction near Goldfield Ghost Town where we take a lot of our visitors. Because of our chilly weather lately there was even some snow left on one of the mountaintops. The volunteers at the aid stations were also super nice-almost all senior citizens...except the last few aid stations were the local football team. (They must have been out there in case anyone needed lifted up.)

I did forget to mention that for the marathon start we had to take a 45 minute bus ride into the mountains. It was pretty cool. When we got up there they had at least 30 fires going for everyone to stay warm...and even though you see everyone in shorts it was cold! I know it didn't get above 50 while we were running...that is why there was no way I was wearing shorts.

Of course, everyone thought we were tourists because I brought Christine's camera with me. It was interesting to talk to all these people that were running. The one guy from Pennsylvania we talked to because he had a "50 States Marathon" shirt on. After thinking that nothing bad could happen to me from running a marathon, he set me straight. His previous marathon before this one had been 2 years before that. He had formed a blood clot during the race in his leg and ended up having to have an artificial artery in his leg and they had told him they he would probably never run again. The one couple from New Jersey was around us for a lot of the race. Around mile 22 maybe, Hillary was saying that she felt better than she thought she would. The husband was laughing because I replied that I felt exactly how I thought I would-horrible. There was even a 13-year-old boy running! He even had a cast on his arm...we had to make sure that we beat him. He is from a family with a lot of runners and I guess one of his cousins ran a marathon, so he wanted to be the youngest in his family to finish a marathon. I can't imagine Christine having any desire to run with us next year.

Yes...I did say that we would be running next year. Hillary wants to do it again. Niki wants to run the full marathon since she only did the half this year. Hillary's husband, Steve, wants to do I can't miss out on all the "fun"! We figure it would be better next year if we actually train a little more to do it. So, if anyone is up for a February marathon in 2010 we are getting our team ready.


The second of I'm not sure how many weekends of soccer games. The problem was that it was pretty chilly this weekend. Definitely no fun for mom when the wind is blowing and the sun is not out at the soccer field. Maggie played pretty aggressive but her team lost-of course, they don't keep score but everyone knows what the score is. She had fun and her best friend is on her team this season. The first photo is the two of them together out on the field.

Andrew's games are turning out to be interesting. After being in for a few minutes he realized that a little boy from his preschool was on the other team. He was yelling to me to make sure I knew. It was quite comical. I'm still not sure they know what they are supposed to be doing out there, but they do run up and down the field and try to score. They just need a little help knowing what goal they are supposed to go to. You'll notice from the picture that Andrew does not like the shin guards on his skin. So, he is starting the new trend of wearing them on the outside of the socks.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Yesterday was Andrew's first soccer game. I wasn't too sure what to expect. It was amusing...I'm not sure the kids have any idea what they are supposed to be doing. The coach stays on the field with them to steer them in the right direction. They get a snack at half-time and after the Andrew was happy and liking soccer.

Touchdown Divas!

There was a powderpuff flag football tournament at the club the day before the Superbowl. I had said I would not play and then somehow caved into the peer pressure. It was a lot of fun. I might even be willing to play again next year. Of course, it helped that we won. It was a little rough. I think partly because we didn't know the rules and partly because people just wanted to's easier to do that, than grab those flags. Our team was the Touchdown Divas. I was on the team with some of my friends. And other friends were on the Seville Sweethearts team. They were the nice ones who painted my car. It was all in fun. (They actually came over Sunday, took my car, washed and returned it before the big game.) There were four teams and we ended up having to play the Sweethearts the first game. I escaped that game with no injuries. Our championship game I did something to my leg...I was not nearly as banged up as other people on our team though. Now there is talk about a co-ed basketball tournament for March Madness...that I am not going to get talked into!

Monday, February 2, 2009


We are now in our new house...still getting all of our stuff here, but that should be done by the end of the week. There were just a few hiccups in getting our keys. After signing all the paperwork and handing over our check we were informed there was a mistake in the last transfer. The parcel number is 60 and somehow it was never noticed in the previous transfer there was a typo and it said parcel number 6. So, it had to go through the legal department to be corrected. Ugh!

Never fear...correction made...painters came in...carpet cleaners in...and finally our furniture. Once we are a little more settled I'll get some pictures. Things have been crazy here as usual. Here's a picture of the front of the house and my van...painted by the opposing flag football team...more on that one later. Time to get the kiddos up for school!