Archive for June, 2011


Writing Workshop: Hodge Podge

June 30, 2011

1.) Describe a memorable first date. I did not have too many dates prior to DH. I already wrote about our first date in I’ll Never Forget.

2.) Write about a child you find inspiring. T1 & T2 are my inspirations. I didn’t know what being a mom would be like; I certainly wasn’t sure I could handle a mother-daughter relationship (that is so loaded but I will probably never blog about it). God gave me what I needed, not necessarily what I wanted, when He gave us T1 & T2. I want to teach my children to be independent and strong and able to care for themselves. I want to teach them to be confident and to love themselves without being prideful. I want to be the mother they need me to be so that they can be all that they have the potential for being.

 3.) What do you find most challenging about blogging? When you want to be anonymous you do have to be careful about what details you give without “vagueblogging.” For example, although I did not want to mention the gender of our children, it has been impossible to keep the pronouns gender neutral. I also do not want to use this as a forum for, well, see number 4. I know that one day I will not be anonymous and I need to be accountable for what I say on here. **PAUSE**

DH is reading over my shoulder as I type this. This is most challenging.

**PLAY** Having DH read everything I post is keeping me in line and keeps me from posting about our “dirty laundry.” And trying to find new maritime related information to keep the blog relevant to my secondary purpose.

 4.) Name a pet peeve you have about how other parents raise their kids. Go on…stir the pot. I really don’t want to touch this with a 10-foot pole. Once you hit send or post, it is forever in the Internet. And it will come back to haunt you.

5.) We often spend time and energy talking about people in our lives we don’t see enough of. Describe a person in your life you are in contact with often. What does he/she mean to you? I’m not sure who I’d pick for this. I don’t see enough of DH at times; at others, we spend 24-7 together. And too much togetherness is not always a good thing. Currently, it is summer and I haven’t had contact with too many people because soccer, scouts, and school are all out for the time being. My usual ladies are busy with their summers too.

Bonus Vlog Option!
6.) If you could thank your mom for anything, what would it be? Create a video thanking her for something. I guess right now I’d want to thank my mother for crying with me when I called to tell her about Cassie. I do feel silly for crying so much–she is a dog, it’s not like a friend or loved one had been diagnosed with cancer. But she understood… and she loves Cassie too. Pets get into our hearts. They give us so much comfort and joy, that when you get bad news before it is their time, it hurts.

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E.o.t.T.: Warm-Up #2

June 29, 2011

Please see my E.o.t.T. page for disclaimers.

I got a new warm-up routine this morning. 

Hip Hop-Ups on floor, knees bent, raise butt off floor, squeeze, lower and repeat x 10
single leg extended, toe pointed, raise butt off floor, squeeze, lower and repeat x 10 repeat for other leg

Fire Hydrants (I do these for hip pain and flexibility) on all fours, raise one knee bent at 90 degree with toe flexed until leg is parallel to ground without twisting back, repeat x 10, both sides

Prone Knee to Armpit lay face down with arms extended out draw one knee to arm pit and extend back down, alternate each leg x 10

Dumbell Cuban Rotations (modified) I used 2.5 lb. plates in each hand; arms out with elbows bent at 90 degrees; lower arms to flat with floor, then raise; goal is to not have elbow rotate so that all rotation occurs in the shoulders (this is just half the exercise; there are usually two movements involved), 12-15 x

Band External Rotations
attach band to stationary item; stand with the band in near hand, arm bent 90 degrees, elbow into side; rotate arm and band across body and then out, not letting elbow leave side, pulling band with the arm across body; turn around and repeat for other arm; 12-15 x

Band Pull Aparts
hold band taught in hands in front, like setting up for a bench press, squeeze shoulder blades together, stretch band and bring back arms; Torturer described it as thinking you are holding a pencil between your shoulder blades and not letting it drop, even in the extended position; much harder than it sounds! 12- 15 x

Shoulder stretch**
using a pole or broom stick, grab wide in front of you, stretch arms and pole over your head bring the pole around behind you, keeping arms as straight as possible, x 15-20
**On 6/29 I learned that this is called a Dislocator, done with the pole: Pole Dislocator; people with shoulder injuries should do this with a band and thus it is called a Band Dislocator.

Band ?? (I can’t remember the second half of the name)
and now I can’t remember what I actually did… I think this is grasping the band taught overhead and then stretching wide as you lower your arms. 12-15 x This is a perfect example of why I have a disclaimer!


Well Worth It

June 28, 2011

About 8 years ago we moved roughly 35 miles south of our first home and our families. Using major interstates or back country roads it can take 35 minutes to 2 hours to make the commute. I have switched my primary care, my GYN, my chiropractor, and my cardiologist to local doctors. But I will not switch our dermatologist or our pediatrician. DH barely tolerates this.

The dermatologist is a no brainer–any doctor accepted by our insurance is going to be a minimum of 35 miles either direction any way. This doctor is not in our plan but they treat the grandmothers and because my mother has had spots of skin cancer I want her doctor treating us.

Our pediatrician has seen the children since they were hours old. I know they are in the best of hands. Our pediatrician even took my nieces and nephew on an emergency when visiting one summer. This kind of relationship and trust is hard to find.

Sure, taking a sick child to her when I’m pretty sure it is strep is not convenient. So I don’t. We have two excellent clinics nearby and if it were an extreme emergency we’d be going to the hospital anyway. If it’s something a little more perplexing and the child was going to have to miss school anyway, what difference does it make if I sit in traffic to get up there?

Fortunately now that the children are a bit older the doctor visits are usually of the strep kinds. So we really only see the pediatrician for annual check-ups and shots.

Today we saw both the dermatologist and the pediatrician for T1 and we had a nice day together. T1 and I were goofing off in the exam room, me holding her on my lap as if it were 11 years ago on her first office visit. The pediatrician found this amusing and wanted to know why I didn’t hold her in my arms while she got her Tdap booster. 🙂

We gave her the report on grades and activities, whether dad was home or not, and did we have a boyfriend yet. We discussed some of her physical issues–the need to see the dermatologist, for example–but as this wasn’t the annual check-up we didn’t talk much else about her development. This was just to get the tetanus shot so she can start middle school on time. The pediatrician was pleased and always tells us we have “good girls.”

Then the pediatrician said the best thing of all to me… “You look younger!” Oh, we will keep her. Yes, we will keep her forever.



June 27, 2011

I can tell when WordPress is doing a good job of keeping fake spam referer sites at bay–my visitor numbers go way down. I even had a no visitors day yesterday. This is okay. It is not a popularity contest for me and I’d rather have a realistic view of who pops by and who subscribes.

I definitely get more traffic on Writing Workshop days. My NS Savannah post generated a lot of interest. Great. I am meeting my goals–stretching myself as a writer and educating the general public about maritime related information.

My dedicated subscribers and friends that I have made my bloggy confession to–I thank you for popping by when a post interests you. Feel free to comment whenever you wish. At this point, don’t be afraid to admit you know the real me. LOL

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