Saturday, July 31, 2010
Even though our little studio looks and feels like it's PACKED with stuff, I'm thinking there's really not all that much (it just seems that way because there's three people in such a small living area). I desperately want to believe this is true, anyway...because after 2-3 hours of cleaning- all I came up with were two tiny boxes of stuff to get rid of. :-(
I'm still glad it's done though, since we'll have our fourth house guest (KT!!!) of the year coming in just 3 weeks!
Despite having all four of his wisdom teeth yanked out on Friday, Rich has been doing well. He's in a bit of pain, still bleeding a little and at times- starving (since he hasn't been able to eat normally yet). However, he still helped me wash, polish and vacuum our two cars this AM, do 2 loads of laundry, and then installed an outdoor laundry line for me now that I (and I can't believe I'm typing this) go to the beach and pool so much! To date I've been hanging our towels and bathing suits on the back of chairs, fans, Ryan's toy shelves, the shower curtain rod, cupboard shelves, over the top of doors and safety gates, etc. And as classy as this looks- it's not the most effective method of drying stuff out. So ta-da! Daddy strung a removeable clothesline for me right outside our back door that will (queue up the banjo music!) work just fine. :-)
In addition to the other chores, I also learned me somethin' new this weekend! For the first time ever, I used my library card! I got Ryan a ton of books and we've had such fun reading them (and by 'fun' I am referring mostly to Ryan...not so much me. As much as I love seeing the wonder in his eyes and the comprehension starting to click in his head, I have learned that after reading somewhere in the neighborhood of about 23 books about trains, it's perfectly okay for mommy to want to burn all of those books about trains). ;-) But seriously- not only did I enjoy getting 8 new books for Ryan that I didn't have to buy...I also got excited about being able to request others for him! He's in love with this Canadian program about a little 4-year old boy named Caillou, but our local library only had one book available about Caillou. So I was able to request something like 7 other Caillou books from our state library system, and for no additional charge- they will be shipped to us once they're available. Sweet! I also requested some additional books for me from Anchee Min (Becoming Madame Mao, Pearl of China, Red Azalea) for myself since I've recently been wanting to revisit the Cultural Revolution period of China. Communism has always fascinated me, and I love reading about (but before you start calling me a Red Commie and shipping me off to North Korea...I should clarify that while it fascinates me, it's because it's so misguided and tragic). I think one of my favorite about that time period is Wild Swans (Jung Chang), so I also requested that book since I haven't read it in years (though I think I've read it 5-6 times!) and it never occured to me to borrow it! :-)
I was so inspired by my visit to the library that I made a vow to try to take Ryan there once a week. Or at the very least- once every two weeks. It's such an amazing privilege to be able to expose your child to so many different books, and for free. I want to kick myself for having waited this long! And the savings will be much appreciated, since we've hit a bit of a rough patch with our finances. Over the course of two months- tuition, books, airline tickets, two friends who needed help, a much needed new laptop for school, home repairs, closet doors, dental work, a pricey annual home insurance policy, closing costs, etc. have conspired to make us...well, a bit short on cash. It's not a crisis, but we've had to once again cut back on things like eating out, and have opted out of a few things we normally would have loved to do- like the upcoming evening Running on Faith 10k here in town. :-(
So for now, no more fun races coming up! But I do have tomorrow's long run, which really isn't going to be all that long. I'm trying to stagger my 'longer long runs' so I don't do one every weekend and get psychologically burnt out or injured. But what I will continue to do is try to time it so that I always end up at a beach for Ryan to play at! :-)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
And man! Did he dig it! He was so excited that we had to open both toys right in the store (as soon as we paid for them) so he could proudly push them around for a few minutes before going home.
I asked Ryan 3-4 times what his baby's name was, and each time he proudly told me his own first and last name. So we have two Ryan's now!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Because it was warm outside, I told Ryan he had to wear a hat and sunglasses if he wanted to go.
And as you can see, Joe Cool was a'ight with it...
Monday, July 26, 2010
There are two companies on the Big Island that offer zip lining- one is in Hawi/Kohala Mountains and markets itself as more of an eco-friendly canopy (amongst the trees) tour, and the other is just outside of Hilo, near the Umauma Falls. We chose the latter one (which bills itself as The Umauma Experience) because it's the only one actually over waterfalls, ponds and streams, and also has the longest zipline (over a quarter of a mile in length) on the island.
The large gated entrace to the Umauma Experience (totally reminiscent of Jurassaic Park!)
The drive from Kona was roughly 2 hours long, which was approximately 30 min. longer than Rich thought it was. Which meant that much to our dismay, we ended up being 'that couple'. You know, the one that always shows up late, after orientation, running in breathless and mumbling about traffic...all while everyone else in the group is sitting there, suited up and waiting. Um...whoops.
After quickly signing the required waivers, we quickly suited up at the Visitor Center and then hopped in a van with the rest of the group (there were 10 of us, plus our two guides) for a quick drive up a guava tree-covered mountain to our first line.
So the entire morning that we drove out there, it had never occured to me that I might actually be scared. I'm no more afraid of heights than the average person (though I found skydiving to be quite terrifying), so I just assumed I'd feel pretty safe since I would be securely strapped to thick metal line. And while I was never actually terrified, the first few times I did step off that airborne plank my heart did speed up a bit and my palms got clamy! So while I never felt strong fear, I have to admit I never felt confident or cavalier about the whole thing either!
Case in point- we were told that we could basically do anything we wanted while on the line- we could use one hand, no hands, hang upside down, spin around, etc. Notice me clutching the line with both hands, holding on for dear life? Yep, that's how wild and crazy I got.
Okay...so I did eventually let go of one arm to shoot a few shakas for the camera, but I swear to you, that's as gutsy as I got!
Rich, on the other hand, was a friggen' maniac! But more on that later...
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
One side benefit of going to the beach/pool so much is that for the first time in possibly 30 years- my thighs are not bright, milky white! Normally I have legs that are divided into two, very defined colors- white (above the shorts line) and brown (below the shorts line). And now that these lines have blurred, this thrills me.
However, this increased sun exposure has also meant that my stocky, man calves have never been darker. And this concerns me...and is partly why I'd been tossing around the idea of getting a pair of compression socks. I know that this is not their intended function (sun protection), and that increased blood circulation/quicker recovery is, but it seemed like a nice, equally beneficial reason to get them. :-)
However, after Googling compression socks a few days ago I realized that: 1) I don't really do (many) long runs anymore. 2) And when I do run, I don't really have any pain afterwards (a direct result of my never really exerting myself). 3) Because I only run one day a week, there is absolutely no need to speed up my recovery! 4) I would just end up having three sections of color on my legs...so my legs would sorta look like a cross section of Neopolitan ice cream. Not such a good thing. And 5) I'm soooo not a serious runner. Aside from my water belt, bloks, decent shoes and non-chafing run apparel, I really don't need high performance gear (heart rate monitors, Garmins, etc), and certainly not $45 socks! :-)
So no more compression socks. :-(
In Alaska I would run like the wind!
But while we're on the topic of running, I did read something interesting from this month's Runners World magazine- it is believed that for every 5 degrees above 60 degrees, it decreases a person's speed by 20-30 seconds miles per hour. So apparently all I need to do to break an 10 min. mile is move to the Kenai peninsula!
The next frontier
I am if nothing else, a woman who likes to set goals. And then not achieve them. So I've decided to try and stick to my committment to attempt an occasional "longer long run" once in awhile. My next one will be this weekend, when I attempt to run from my house out to Kua Bay, which I believe is about 16 miles. I'm hoping to refuel my belt out at Matsuyama's again (I'm assuming they open at the crack of dawn), which I think is somewhere near the 8 mile marker, so that will be great. I'm also heading out to Big Island Running Company tomorrow to stock up on an assortment of new bloks/gels for additional motivation. I'm also going to pick up a few applications for the 10k evening run coming up this August! Rich and I really want to run with Ryan (it's been awhile since he's been so busy with school), and we also want to support ESPY winner Jason Lester (it's his official book launch party as well).
At this point, I'm kind of excited for this weekend's run, but also know that this excitement will dampen considerably at about 5:30am when my alarm goes off. ;-) Wish me luck.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Yesterday the two older girls tied little 'capes' around Ryan and Keala so that they could run and 'fly' around.
Super Ryan loved it.
He's also going to be a very happy boy today because his new friends Xavier & Nina come over, and after 8 weeks of bowing and eating lots of rice- Keni & Riki come home later today too! The icing on the cake will be his regular visit with Tyler tomorrow! And mommy promises to take him to the pool on Thursday and the beach on Saturday...
Ryan has a rough life. :-)
Saturday, July 17, 2010
But I also have a serious side...like when I'm watching Sesame Street. Or when other little kids at school hog all the play dough.
I do love the outdoors, especially the beach and pool at sunset.