Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Summer is Over and Back to the Grind-

The last week run up to the start of another school year should have been relaxed (oh and we sure did fit in a bunch of fun) but it seemed a bit crazy at the end with quick preparations for school on Tuesday. My oldest daughter took my youngest off for a week providing David and I a glorious child free week to celebrate our 10 years of wedded bliss. We had a wonderful time at home (after the bike ride weekend) just being grownups. We had coffee out late at night. We went out to lunch and downtown for an art show. I enjoyed every minute of our time together. I guess the marriage will work for at least another 10 years :)..knock on wood.

Grace came home at just before bedtime on Monday night. David and I cleaned her room before she got home(you know those kind where you manage to filter out all of the bits of paper a child of 9 manages to stuff into corners). In the end it took three garbage bags and a large box to give away before we had things tidied up. We rearranged her room a bit to give her a new fresh start to her new year and new/old school (she returned to our neighborhood school this term..long story that I won't get into here).

After a couple of outfit try-ons and a quickly put together lunch we were ready for the next day. She went..she liked and I went off to work.

At work I proceeded to spend the day running around getting my employment papers filled out, parking passes purchased, checked surplus for bookshelves and then ended up getting permission to go to Ikea to buy some. I ran my fool backside off, ran home to pick up Grace after school then drove out to Ikea to pick up the shelves then back home just in time for bedtime.

Today after a mammogram appointment it was back to work to lug the very large and heavy bookshelves out of my car and to the elevator and upstairs to my office. I had some help but I tell you those boxes are HEAVY!!!!! I then left my oldest to study and took my grandson on a bit of a campus walk to the main office of my department to turn in my receipts, then coffee then home for his nap (he is heavy too)...

While Grant napped I cut cheese and prepared food for a wine-tasting fundraiser my daughter was organizing. I don't think I have told you this but my second oldest daughter is working as a campaign manager for a nearby local representatives race. I offered to donate the food for the fund-raiser and of course got to attend the event :)..the wine was tasty. Grant woke up and we dashed to pick Grace up at school then my oldest daughter at the train (she was studying with a classmate and took the tube closer to home)...finally after a trip to costco for some extra bits we loaded up the car, dropped Grace off with my oldest daughter for the evening and headed out to the wine-tasting party.

The party was a new experience for me as although I have strong political leanings I have always limited my active politics to voting only. It was interesting to see how fund-raisers work and hear about the process by which candidates work their way up to running for office. It is an expensive business but I came away feeling like working with local politicians probably has a greater impact than voting as you really see your actions put to work. Now don't get me wrong..I'm not going to run out and start knocking on peoples doors any time soon :)I'm impressed by the process and OK with my daughter working in the business as experiences go.

On the weightloss front after a regain of 6 pounds over the past month I am now bobbing down around 174 again. The last two days of running around have meant little time to eat and thus a loss. I am hoping I can get closer to 171 before my appointment on Friday as I think I am going to ask for a little tweak of a fill. I would really like to be at goal when I go to New York in October. I want to buy my goal wrap dress in New York! For some reason I seem to thrive on crazy.


Lonicera said...

Crazy is the word! I'm exhausted after just reading about the way you've been running around. (Another secret to getting slim, I know... wish I wasn't so idle). But catch 22, you're able to do all this because you've lost the weight - perhaps this would not have been possible a year ago.

Tina said...

You are so right! I would not have been able to do this a year ago at all.


Debi said...

Wow Tina! You have a crazy busy schedule!! I couldn't keep up with you if I wanted to!

I just checked your ticker tape and you are at 171! Yea, good for you!

I can't wait to meet with you in 13 days!!! I have a question for you, I will email it to you though.

BTW, I nominated you for an award!! It is an easy one to fulfill, but if you don't have the time to, don't worry, just post the award in your blog and call it good!!