I am REALLY looking forward to the fall. I can't believe it's going to be almost 90 for the next few days. I'm so over it. I'm ready for cool weather and rain! At least I can run in that kind of weather. I have slacked off SO bad this summer. I am just not designed for heat.
I have a few races in my sights. The first one is at the end of September - it looks like a lot of fun. It's about 45 minutes from my house, but it's at a fall festival and I am SO into fall celebrations. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but the fall is my FAVORITE time of year! I LOVE the crisp air, the smell of fresh apples and mowed hay. I LOVE picking pumpkins and sewing my kids' Halloween costumes. I LOVE the colorful leaves and the hayrides. Most people get "twitterpated" in the spring, but not me. I am completely in love with the fall! That and it marks the return of running weather! Well, I got a bit off track there. The second race I have in mind is on Thanksgiving. I may try to squeak another race in between somewhere but it all depends on finances. I have always wanted to run a Turkey trot - BIG time. I always thought it was cool to run and then eat like a pig. HA! I LOVE harvest decorations and the comforting smell of roasting turkeys and pork and roasted veggies. Wow - can you tell I'm ready for summer to end?
I finally started the medication for my trigeminal neuralgia. So far it has been working pretty well. I've only had a handful of pains and they were really much less intense than usual. The only thing that sucks is how freaking tired I feel on this stuff. I don't know if I can take this when I'm home with the kids. Mom and Pete are here and I just keep falling asleep. I'm not even taking the full dose yet. Sheesh. I hope this side effect eventually wears off and I can still function as a normal human being on this stuff. It's SO nice to not have pains in my face all the time!!
Mom goes home tomorrow. I am heartbroken. I am really dreading saying goodbye because I know I'm going to cry. It's going to be really hard to say goodbye. Especially since we never know when we will get to be together again. I miss her already.
We spent the last 3 days at the coast. It was a LOT of fun! One really cool thing - we stopped at the outlet stores just for the fun of it and I thought - what the hell, I'll try on some jeans at the Gap. In my mind - the Gap is for skinny chicks. I have never owned Gap anything in my entire life. Guess what? I am NOW the proud owner of a Gap sweatshirt! WHAT??!?!! I also tried on a pair of Gap jeans and what do you know? They fit?! I didn't buy them because I couldn't justify spending that much on jeans - especially when they won't be fitting me for long! We also checked out the Eddie Bauer store. I have always said that I would wear Eddie Bauer clothes if I was ever thin and wealthy. HA! I have just always gravitated toward the New England style of clothes. It just fits my personality. I am in desperate need of a winter coat this year. I have a fleece jacket - but it's a 4x and it looks like I'm wearing a tarp now. HA! I tried on some coats at Eddie Bauer and THEY FIT! HOW AWESOME! I didn't buy one - but maybe I will think about hitting the outlet again before the cold weather sets in.
We had a GREAT time at the beach. I have a bunch of great pics that I will put on here on Thursday. I want to get back to my Mom right now. Susie was walking in on the beach for her first time and she was having a blast. She tripped and fell on her face and JUST as she fell, a wave of really cold water came up and washed over her up to her neck. OMG was she pissed! I don't blame her - it was COLD! It was funny though - we were laughing so hard. I told me Mom that it wasn't nice to throw the baby into the ocean like that. HA! We had tears in our eyes. I guess you had to be there - it was hilarious! We walked around the quaint little town - that is always fun! Lots of little artsy shops to look in. Of COURSE we stopped and had some handmade ice cream. We ate like crap the whole time - but I'm cool with it. I don't get to have fun with my Mom very often! OOH and one other cool thing.... I tried on a pair of size 16 jeans and THEY FIT! They were a little too snug to actually wear around - but they fit! I don't know if they are a bigger size 16 or what - but still! Just the fact that then went on and buttoned without too much coercion! HA!!
Ok - I'm off to be with Mom! Thanks for reading! Have a WONDERFUL night! -Monica