Monument Valley

Monument Valley
We came to watch the balloons rise over this Monument Valley. We booked a room at the non-historical but utterly spectacular View Hotel located just inside the park entrance. Here, all the room (except three on the first floor–the worst rooms in the place) have a view of the valley. Just outside our balcony lied ...

Here is pride 1

On Friday we began the process of potty training little m. I fretted over it, worried that it was too soon, that we were pushing her to grow up too fast. On that first day, she peed in the potty a grand total of eight times. (M, always the doctor, worried about her peeing too ...

There’s a monkey in my house throwing her feces on the floor 1

It was four o’clock and I was just finishing my shower. I left my towel on the rod at the door because m likes to hand me my towel when I’m done. I shut off the water and pulled back the curtain and called out to ask m to get me my towel. There was ...

First successful potty use

At 06h15m this morning we removed little m’s diaper and gave her big girl underwear to wear. She seemed resistant to the idea of using the potty, even though we put it in her room and she seemed to enjoy sitting on it. But she didn’t want to actually do anything in it. I was ...

Boston Tempo Run 1

I ran a tempo run today, total of about 13 miles with eleven of those miles at a 7mm (minute miles) pace or better. For a couple of them I was running closer to 6 minutes. I took my first mile easy, coasting at an 8.5mm pace. At mile 1 I started the tempo part ...

I don’t have a firm grip on this whole parenting thing 1

Today is Valentine’s day, and while I have spent the past few days working on a present for my sweetheart (surprise, honey!) I didn’t think about including little m in the orgy of sweets-making and card-giving that goes along with this 1500 year old holiday. Today I attended the weekly Parents As Teachers (P-A-T) session ...

I may have become a believer

I’m not much of a believer in holistic medicine. I like to shy away from too much medication unless I get a sinus infection or strep throat or something that can be treated with antibiotics. Other than that, if I feel aches I either grit my teeth through the pain or I take ibuprofen. Last ...

That old familiar tug

I’ve begun full bore Boston Marathon training which involves running a lot and on a schedule and running when I don’t feel like it, when I’m tired or want to be lazy or feel sick or weak or just plain don’t feel like it. I make myself run. So far–until today–I’ve managed to stick to ...