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It's already Wednesday; this pleases me.

My son is now on the cross-country team, which means he leaves for school at 6:10, and I have to be coherent enough to drive him. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, as this means I'm falling asleep by 9:30 like an old lady, which I am not. *cries indignantly* However, this does mean that he is worn out by late afternoon, has a massive appetite for dinner, and sleeps like the dead. For those of you with ADHD kids, you can appreciate my utter elation over this new development.

There is a tin of smoked almonds looking at me, challenging me to a duel. i don't know who will win today. I did, however, run for an hour at the gym, plus did a kazillion pull ups and dips, so maybe it's a draw. (Oooh, and there was a totally hot older man with salt and pepper hair next to me on, like, every machine, and it was very motivational to not quit early.

Some times it is SO HARD to not sing out loud with my mp3 player while exercising in public. Songs I almost busted out with today:

* Enter the Sandman
* You Know My Name is Rock! (damn, that's a good running song)
* Roxanne, Roxanne
* I Like Big Butts <-- this one almost makes me start to pop-lock, too, which... that's not conducive to treadmill activity. Or being a white woman in her 30s.

Okay, I ate six almonds and I'm putting them up in the cupboard and then I'll get them out again when I'm sure no one is looking. Oh, party foods, why do I love you so? Oooh, speaking of, I got a recipe for a buffalo shrimp dip that looks pretty damn good. That scooped up with celery? YES, PLEASE. The hotter the better. If you have a favorite party food, hit me up with the recipe - entertaining season is upon me.

In conclusion, my icon is freaking hot. Why is that man so damn perfect? (I don't know if it's his surliness or his food-gasms that win me over, I really don't.) And happy birthday to aimeelicious! I hope it's a good one!


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Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
welcome to my nightmare.

Starting tomorrow, Zachary has to get out of bed at 5:30 since he has to be on the bus by 6:30. He has spent his summer sleeoing until past 3 PM. I kid you not. Tomorrow there will screaming at the old homestead. (and you cannot drap him out of bed during the summer. we go in there every 15 minutes in an attempt to get his ass out of bed.)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
The Boy would sometimes sleep until 10, and we counted that a fabulous and quiet morning. (See: hyperactivity, lack of sleep) He's really good about getting up, it's going to bed that's been a trauma. It wasn't unusual for him to stay up past midnight (or even 2 am) and get back up at 6 to catch the bus before 7. Those were fuuuuun days of short tempers, let me tell you.

This week, since he's been on the team, he's collapsing dead to the world by 9 or 9:30. I am willing to get up early for that, let me tell you. Whooo, is that kid a trial.

I'm looking forward to high school because they don't have to be at school until 9. Since teens sleep later, it makes sense to have school start late, imo.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I agree it does make sense but since pretty much every kid in my town is bussed right through HS, and they don't want kingergartners standing out in the dark, it's the HS students who have the early session.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
In our neighborhood/school district, the elementary school kids are the middle tier. Middle School goes first at 7, starting at 7:45, Elementary gets picked up at 8, school starts at 8:30, and high school is last, picked up at 8:30, starting at 9.

They've only had this system in place for three years now, and so far it's working for us. At first I thought it was crazy, but now i get a little more time with each kid in the morning, so I like that.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Your post made me want buffalo shrimp SO MUCH. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Work is crazysauce but people are being extra nice to me. Mmmm, Dunkin' Donuts coffee. <3
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
GAH, I love Buffalo shrimp. So grood.

Ooh, they have excellent coffee! You should make a 5 dollar bill corsage so everyone can staple money to it! (That's what they do down south for office birthdays. it's AWESOME.) Really clever people make them all fancy and origami flowers.

Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I thought that was Tony Bourdain in your icon. Damn, he looks good in that photo. Aaaaand, now I'm hungry.

I prefer to work out at home, because I have to sing along w/my exercise music, and the local gyms do not appear to be hotbeds of punk-loving individuals.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Isn't he sex personified? I love that man. Rawr. And meat. :D

HEEEEEE. I allow myself to mouth along at the gym, but when I get home for situps and stretching out (I just can't bring myself to do that in public) I belt it out there. :D
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Add me to the throng of admirers of your new icon. Anthony Bourdain is indeed teh sex. And based on that photo, about 70% leg. Mind you, I'm not complaining - I like tall, lanky men. Especially tall, lanky, snarky, streetwise, impossibly hot even after all sorts of drugs and kitchen-based hijinks men . . . I should probably stop now.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Hey, hot salt-and-pepper man was at my gym working out near me on Monday, keeping *me* going! He must travel from gym to gym, staying close to the ladies that look like they need a little extra motivation. Thanks hot salt-and-pepper man! (Genius idea, btw - I should start a company and hire these men (and hot women, let's not be gender biased) out to gyms to keep the customers coming back for more. No one will ever quit a gym again.)

I often puzzle over the fact that it seems like I eat far more on the days I work out...I'm never quite sure whether I come out ahead in the calorie wars by exercising. Is it better to exercise and eat more or not exercise and eat less? It's like a Zen riddle without one true answer.

Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of this motivation tool. how helpful he is. :D (Seriously, that is a GREAT IDEA. I'll throw you some start up cash.)

I def. eat more often, but I'm trying to make those portions smaller. I need quicker doses of fuel. But yeah - I'm not a food journal type. i eat when I eat and I eat what I eat. If it means longer on the treadmill, then it's just like that movie in the 80s:

"you do coke so you can work more, so you can make more money, so you can buy more coke, so you can work more, so...." :D
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I heard "My Sharona" at Trader Joe's the other day, and it had been so long since I'd heard anything but the Weird Al lyrics that it did damage to all my perceptual sets.

What pleases me is that I planted Autumn Bliss raspberries in March of 2007 (or maybe April?) and I've got a nice little bowl of giant fragrant raspberries for lunch dessert every day right now. There are few greater luxuries.

Julia, I keep my almonds in the freezer for reasons of preventing bingeing, myself
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh, how I miss being close enough to my aunt to have some red and golden raspberries from her massive shrubs....

I'd put the almonds in the freezer, but the pecans are taking up all the room. :( (Ha ha. No surprise that a nut loves nuts)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
6:10 is way too early in the morning. Way too early.

I just dusted the tail end of our Chex Party Mix (classic recipe) leftover from our last party. Their siren song was too strong for me. At least I waited until after exercising, hoping to metabolize the deliciousness before it adhered directly to my thighs.

Anthony Bourdain is a great combination cynical, smart and hilarious. Plus he drinks like a fish and loves all things food. I'd totally love to hang out with him.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
It is sooooo eaaaaaarly. And when winter comes? i hope that changes, because when it's cold I do not like getting out of bed AT ALL.

Mmmm, Chex party mix. I quite enjoy that. And cheese straws. And biscuits. And those dippy bread thingies... biscotti!

Uh, I like food. all kinds. :D Anthony Bourdain: greatest man, or greatest man EVER?
Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, goodness, you can eat a few more almonds! They have nutrients and protein and you know all this -- so. :)

Good for the cross-country kid! That sounds totally up his alley -- long-distance especially rewards really focused, intent personalities. Yay!
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
But Jess! If I eat some it will turn out that I've eaten the whole jar because they are so grooooooood!

So far, so good. He seems really pleased, and his coach was... surprised at his speed. (Maybe I should take him off his meds so they can REALLY see his energy levels? hahaha.)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Look at him, all speedy and impressing his coach! *beams* Hahaha, oh no, we don't want some kind of Superman turning back the world to save Lois Lane situation. For pure hubris curtailment, he should be slowed down!

Okay, no more almonds. Can I instead interest you in a chocolate raspberry almond streusel bar?
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. That's hilarious!

Oooh, YES YOU CAN. (Recipe?) See, it's something new to eat, so I get to wipe my slate clean. Or something... ;) I just got back from the happiest place on earth (Ikea) and brought home some sugar cookies with hazlenut filling. O_O

Let's see how long those packages stay unopened...
Sep. 3rd, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
ADHD, exercise and green therapy
Hey, sort of a stranger here but I'm your sister in ADHD mommying. My guy started HS this week and is playing football. We've actually adopted the policy of "you must have a structured physical activity every single day" since it seems to help so bloody much with the hyper end of things. If there isn't a sport he wants to play at school, we sign him up for tae kwon do or a weight-lifting class at the gym. It makes a huge difference in his behaviour.

Have you heard of green therapy? Our behaviour therapist is a big proponent--it basically means spending as much time in a natural setting as possible. It's a stimulating environment, but not too stimulating like being around tons of civilized people can be. Over the summer, my guy biked between 5 and 10 miles a day on one of the rail trails in our area. It seemed to really help him stabilize for some reason. I don't know all the theory behind it, but if it works, sign me up!

And YAY! back to school week.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: ADHD, exercise and green therapy
hi! And yes, I have heard of it - we do both green and blue therapy (blue = water. Lap swimming followed by alone time in a spa is an excellent way to mellow out, plus it helps them adjust to sensory overload, too.)

It's like having a puppy: you wear them out so they fall asleep and don't chew your shoes. ;)
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I'm so ashamed to admit it, but my favorite party food is the little bowl of dinner mints that is always at the end of the table.

If people would just put the dinner mints at the beginning of the buffet table, I'd be getting out of line so much earlier. 'cause really, I just want a handful of mints and a coke.
Sep. 4th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
oooh, those buttermints? Or the chocolate mint mints? You know what? I love them both. :D
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Buffalo shrimp? Is that ickle teeny buffaloes? Or normous prawns?

And hee! I was looking at your Spock mood icon for the "surliness or food-gasms hawtness" dilemma.
Sep. 4th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Hahahahahahahahha. Spock = a man of a thousand emotions!

And Buffalo = Buffalo, NY's famous hot sauce. Anything called "Buffalo" (chicken, shrimp, etc.) means it has a spicy sauce on it. It's DELICIOUS.
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