Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I thought I'd just give you a few snippets of what's been going on around here...

Democratic National Convention-- Truthfully, I care very little about politics (sorry, Moriah). I wish I cared more, but I just don't. I always know who I want to vote for and why by the time November rolls around, and I DID vote two weeks ago in our state primary, but other than that, I'm not all that interested in politics. It's more than fair to say that I was tired of the DNC before the convention even started. We live about an hour away from downtown Denver, and so every news medium in this area has been covering the DNC ad nauseum for the last month or more. The only positive thing (in my opinion) about all the news coverage is that George Stephanopoulos is getting lots of face time. I love George. I've had a little big crush on him for years now. I told my sister that yesterday and she couldn't quit laughing. John teases me too, but that's okay, because I happen to know he has a little crush on Diane Sawyer. *smile*

School-- Everyone is off to a great start. I'm very proud of Will. He seems to be adjusting to middle school very well. I transistioned to a public school in 7th grade, and I didn't have an easy time of it. Will loves it though, and I'm enjoying picking him up and having some time with him before we have to get the girls. The girls are doing great too. Abbey will tell you her favorite thing is having 3 recesses, and Sarah's favorite thing is getting to see her friends every day. So far, homework seems to be minimal (yay, yay, yay!) and we're getting back in the swing of things. I'm finding ways to fill my days, but I miss my kids like crazy when they're in school.

Hiking-- I have a little over 2 weeks until my Pikes Peak climb, and have been continuing to train. My friends and I did a practice run last weekend and hiked halfway up The Peak to Barr Camp. It was awesome. It was a 14-mile round trip hike (hiking down is painful--my poor toenails!) and we're feeling more confident about our ascent.

Cold-- We've had so much rain lately and things are finally growing again which is great, but as a result my allergies all out of whack. Sadly, things have progressed into a little cold, and I feel pretty yuck. But we all know that moms can't get sick, right? I cleared my calendar on Monday, and I let John go to the kids' back-to-school night last night without me (that was hard for me to do), but I have some things that I can't cancel on tap for today, so I've been trying to rest when I can. Advil Allergy Sinus helps tremendously, but geesh, you have to sign your life away to purchase that stuff.

Date!-- I met John for lunch yesterday. It was the first time we've had a date in the middle of the day in FOREVER! It was great. I think I love alone time with John more than anything else in the world! I learned some pretty big lessons on time management while we were without a computer. I'll be sharing some of that in an upcoming post, but one of the biggest things I realized was how important quality time with your spouse really is. Without a computer to distract us, we spent our evenings together, and it was amazing!

Alright...I've gotta go pack lunches and get everyone off to school before heading to the Springs for a Girl Scout training session. Busy, busy! Enjoy your day!


Megan L Hutchings said...

It sounds like everything is going really well ;)! I had no idea you had such a big climb coming up...very impressive! I am also happy that you & John have had some quiet evenings together...those are the BEST!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I can't wait to hear the final report about your big climb. I'm very proud of all your hard work, Mer.

The RNC is here next week. We'll trade places.

Gretchen said...

I'll be thinking of you and your poor toenails at about the same time you can be praying for me. My 3 day is on Sept 12-14th. I'm excited, but a bit intimidated too.

Lurrve midday dates with the spouse. They're usually cheaper, too since a)lunch can be less than dinner and b) no sitter required!

Know exactly what you mean by allergies...It's why we have a/c in Seattle--so I can shut the windows and breathe! I hope your cold feels better soon!

So, so, so glad you're back and the kids are doing well.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I don't care all that much about politics, either, save when I actually know the candidate :)

Glad you're back in circuit.

ExploreColorado said...

It's going to be a real mess if they actually shut down I 25 like they want to for the DFL.

Have a great time on your hike. Sounds like a fun one.

Glad you got your computer back. Can't wait to hear your tips on time management.

Leah Belle said...

glad you're back in the blog world...been missing you

looking forward to hearing all about the big climb. you'd better not forget your camera....still wishing i could join you!

Betsy said...

I've missed you, Meredith!! But sounds like you've kind of enjoyed not having the computer so much. :) Sorry you've got a cold. Not fun!!

I haven't been watching the DNC much because I've been really busy. I can only imagine how much coverage it's getting there in CO!

Glad everyone's doing well getting back to school!

Barb said...

Welcome back, Mer. Glad you were able to get your Mac repaired instead of having to buy a new computer.

I don't envy you living on the eastern slope with the DNC happening in Denver. Right now, I'm pretty glad we moved over to the western side. I've been watching it on Fox News - absolutely amazing what they've done in Denver to accommodate this thing.

I'll bet you did enjoy a forced three week break. I can see where that would be nice. But it's nice to have you back, all the same.

Jennifer said...

Welcome back! It's hard to believe that summer is 'over' and kids are back to school. We started two weeks ago, minus one day for Tropical Storm Fay. :( But it was nice to have that rest day in the first week to kinda catch up. Homework on our end has been a nightmare........Dylan's had homework for nearly 5 hours a night. Ugh!

Amber said...

Missed you, Mer!

Hope you feel better soon.

I actually was thinking today while I watching something about the DNC on the news that you were probably sick and tired of all the political business. I'm sure it is a crazy, crazy place out there right now!

Brenda said...

Welcome back, Meredith. It is nice to have a break--after the initial withdrawals! Helps me to get my priorities back on track.
Have a great rest of the week.
Brenda :)

Gina said...

Welcome back. I managed to stay off all day. My husband camein and saw the mopped floors and said, "Looks good. And smells good, too." Hooray! A house keeping compliment!

Michele said...

Glad to see that you are back!!! I'm glad everything is going well. I can't wait to read what you have to same about time management. I am always looking for advice in that department. I SOOOO love alone time with my hubby. It is great. I'm glad that you guys had a good time. Also glad that the kiddos are doing well in school. I can't wait to hear more about your hike!!

Reva said...

I've talked to you before but it's been quite awhile. I used to have a friend who ran up Pikes Peak during the run you were talking about. He did it every year and the last I knew, he was still doing it at 50+, although I'm sure it's much harder by now. Keep up the fun stuff. I can vouch for driving to the top of Pikes Peak and riding the train up to the top, does that count?

Jenn said...

Enjoyed reading your update. We also had a lot of rain and my allergies acted up. But today I feel like I have a cold - I feel yucky. Hope it gone before the weekend.

I can not wait to hear about the big hike. I am so proud of you!

Rae said...

I couldn't help but laugh when I read about your crush on George!! I was SO SAD when he got married a few years back (yes, I was married myself but still!!). He is quite a handsome guy and I couldn't agree with you more!