It’s a new day.  And it’s a good day.

Oh I hate the time change and it’s going to take time to recover.  But both Ryne and I woke with some ease… so I am hoping that we can kick things up a notch.

I have been getting up a bit earlier and we stretch, run through his katas (for karate, he is a green belt) and then we pick a few cards from a couple different FitDecks.

Some weeks it’s almost daily other weeks not so much.  But I think after two days of not so much, we’ll get up tomorrow and start anew.  One of my goals is to help him with his push up form and stamina.  And to get us eventually to the point to do 50 true push ups.  Once he has that down we’ll work on squats and planks, along with whatever the cards throw at us.

I like how my clothes fit today… yes I still have a muffin top but I can easily imagine how much less that muffin top will be in 6-8 weeks.  Will I even be wearing these jeans? By that time it might be time again to purge my clothes of too big items. 

Will I be interested in more fitted tees?  The possibility of shopping with wider options is exciting.

But most importantly, I see a fitter me.  One who moves better.  And craving the outdoors is more than sitting on the porch but hiking upward in search of new adventures. 

I am on my way.  Today.


Back to School

I have been back for a bit over two weeks.  The good news, we only missed one day due to Irene… The bad news, my office was without power for a week so I had to wait until after school started to track down (took me 2 days) the Bursar to get my refund check to buy books… making me about a week behind on a 200+ page a week reading load.  If I can fudge my way through classes today and tomorrow, I’ll have Wednesday evening (late class is cancelled), Thursday evening, all day Friday (except for a few hours at the local historical society to work on a primary document project) and the weekend (well we have people over on Saturday) to get caught up.

Ever look at a list of stuff you need to do and just feel tired?  Yep, that is absolutely where I am at. 

On the awesome side, we have begun our urban farm.  LOL.  My brother & sister in law (who live with us) have been building a flock of chicken, quail & pheasant in our back yard.  And apparently, a neighbor is cool with us getting a couple small goats to help deal with out of control yard issues.  I’d like to get more involved in the day to day care of the critters… but remember that list.  I’ll jump in once I am back in the groove.

Ry is happy to be back in school.  He’s a fourth grader.  Where the heck did the time go?  There is an open house tomorrow night that I might be able to pop into because I don’t have class…  hmm.  He’s doing Karate and we are trying to see if swimming lessons will fit into the budget / schedule.  I can read while he’s swimming, just need to see if it’s too late to sign up.

Rob is hip deep in Fall Ball, which is just as bad as the regular Little League season.  I will have to tie him down for a date night soon so we can just hang out, gasp, together.  LOL  He is so good with the kids and it’s a passion for him.  It makes him happy and as I adore baseball I don’t resent it nearly as much as I could.

I am sticking to only one knitting project at the moment, Traveling Woman (the free version).  It’s been modified, because when can I not tweak, well unless I am test knitting.  I have started a sweater for my nephew, Link, which I hope to get done by Christmas but I am not going to pressure myself on it. 

Maybe I’ll get some pictures posted sooner than later.

Have been to the gym in far too long, but keeping my lost weight off and have probably lost a couple more pounds probably thanks to all the on campus walking.  I have to batteries for my pedometer and see what I walk on an average day. 

I am happy, busy and inspired.  Now I just need to learn how to get by on 4 – 6 hours of sleep like I used to in my late teens / early twenties. 

School Starts On Monday…maybe

Where did the summer go?  It was a good summer. 

Ry is getting so independent that we could pop out for a few minutes and let him do his own thing.  He went to the local playground program so he didn’t sit in front of the TV all day.  Alas, with Irene coming up the coast, he may have to start school on Wednesday with a couple of last year’s shirts and the two pair of uniform pants we’ve been able to find so far.  I am pretty sure, I don’t want to go anywhere near any shopping outlet tomorrow.  I have friends posting empty shelves even though we still have a couple days before she is supposed to hit.

I start on Monday, maybe…  One of the local colleges has delayed the new student arrivals to next weekend.  So if we lose power I might have a couple more days off.  I finally added my cell phone to my student profile in case they close the school. 

I plan in getting my last big load of library books for the year, tomorrow, so I will have plenty to read if we lose internet & cable.  LOL  And I will be playing with the iPad dictation program to start transcribing my stories, for as long as I have battery life or power to keep it charged.  Poor kid will be pissy that I will hog the device, but it’s mine so he’ll live without YouTube. 

I also plan to take advantage of this weekend and next to get pictures taken of knitting projects and get other pictures uploaded. So look for new pictures here and on Flickr. 

All in all, I am ready for the madness of the school year.  I am very much looking forward to all my classes and am giving Grad school more and more thought. 

Life is nuts!

But I love it.  LOL

School is going well.  Three classes this semester.  Barring missing a bunch of classes and missing important notes… I should get high B’s all the way across.  I am hoping for an A or two if I can ace my finals.  Which means the end of this semester is in sight.  May 4th is the day of my last final.  Political Science, Anthropology & History.

No classes this summer. I plan to reconnect with my friends and my body.  Joining a gym is on the agenda, along with lots hangout time with old friends and new.  Backyard is getting prepped for entertaining and I have plans for my bucket garden.

Other news, we are on an aggressive savings plan to start looking to buy a house in the Summer 2012.  Had a great meeting with a local loan officer and a real estate agent this past Friday.  We know what we need to do.  w00t!  We would like to get into one of the less urban local towns with a good school system.

Little League season is about to start.  Which means hubby is neck deep in schedules, coaches, equipment and plans.  It’s all good, opening day is after my finals and I get to spend lots of time outside (and maybe get more knitting done during practices, LOL).

Rob and I went to Atlantic City for the weekend, a week ago.  The first time we left Ry home.  Fun.  Barely any gambling because it’s just not our thing, but we dropped a bit of money at the outlet shops (got new sneakers and a hoodie) and combed the beach for shells.  I will have pictures up on Flickr soon.  They are downloaded to laptop, just need to get them captioned and uploaded.  Maybe after class tomorrow.

Heading to Phoenix on the 15th to visit SIL and have a family vacation. Going to do Route 66, visit the zoo, hit a ball game, that sort of thing.

In other words, busy busy.  But I like it.

Had a wonderful if long weekend.

We had a wonderful weekend despite it’s odd moments.  Saturday morning we got up as usual.  Rob went up to the attic to check the bank accounts on the computer and print directions to a fest we attended.  Then coming down the stairs he fell.  Probably broke a toe and got a lovely cut on a finger from the snack shelf that used to live at bottom of stairs (completely mangled the shelf). 

He of course toughed it up.  I poked and prodded to make sure he wasn’t hiding too much pain.  He wanted to go.  So we hit the local beanery for coffee, breakfast & say hello to my knitting crew before we hit the road.  The man was determined to attend the fest. I did make him promise me if he needed it to hit the clinic at work. 

We attended Life is Good in Canton Mass. Got to see They Might Be Giants, Dan Zanes, Ozomatli, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dr. Dog, Grace Potter, Ziggy Marley & Ben Harper.  There are a couple I am missing, but they were more background music while we did other things at the fest.

It was a loverly day!  Then on Sunday, we went to Singapore Grill to help celebrate our friend Berta’s birthday over sushi.  MMMM… I have teriyaki chicken leftovers for lunch.


In other news.  I have RETURNED TO SCHOOL.  I am taking three classes this semester.  Intro to IT, Intro to Archaeology and Experiential Learning & Education.  It will be interesting to see how the next couple of semesters pan out – time, health, sanity and we’ll see if I can swing four classes a semester next year. 

Speaking of time & sanity:

Ryne has swimming lessons on Saturdays.

I still have knitting groups on Thursdays & Saturdays.

I still have writers group, 2nd Saturday of the month.

Rob is still actively involved with Little League.

We are waiting to hear if the local Kung Fu classes are going to start up again.

Ryne has talked about checking out the next town’s youth wresting program. 

Thankfully Rob can help with the afterschool activities on any day I feel I can’t handle it so no pressure there.


We are having our last picnic of the summer, so a bit of mad rushing to get house ship shape for the Summer’s Last Hurrah. 

Life… Goals… Recipes

The tattoo is healing awesomely!

Tattoo – Hour Old

February 12th…

Seven years ago today, Ryne Christopher was born…

Rob calls him my ultimate Valentine’s Day present, something he can’t top.

I adore this human being that I’ve been blessed to share my life with.

He’s a ray of sunshine… an old soul… an imp… a poet pirate. He fills my heart to overflowing with just a smirk.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of him.

Warning! Photo Heavy