Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Week and A Half In the Life Of A High School Freshman

My son has a lot of good things happening. He is on the frosh/soph track team, his first high school sport. They have been practicing every day after school for more than a month. Last week was their first meet, an away game so I didn’t get to see it. Our school has some fantastic runners but it’s a comparatively small team and they lost the meet. My boy ran in the 4x100m (a close 2nd place) and the 400m (not his distance but a good time).  It was a long day for them; they arrived back at school around 7:15pm.
 He also likes acting, and would usually be doing a play with a local performing arts school, but decided not to because of the track schedule. This last Friday I received a call from the school asking him to please come in and audition at the callbacks because they needed him  We discussed it, looked at his schedule, printed out a resume (no time for music or a head shot) and went down to the callbacks. They posted the cast list on Saturday night and he got a part. It actually works out perfect because the rehearsals are on a day that he is able to leave track practice a little early and the shows are after he gets out of school for the year.

Back to track. His second meet was last Thursday, a home game and a hot day. This one I got to see. It was the first track meet I’d ever been to and a lot of fun.  My husband and I sat in the bleachers in front of the track.  The field events were going on at the same time but we were interested in the foot races. It was fun to see boys and girls that I have known since kindergarten turned into such athletes. We cheered for everyone. I get pretty loud especially when the races are close. We cheer for the last runner, too. The effort to finish a 3200m race deserves cheering. My boy ran the 100m and 200m this time and did very well. The frosh/soph boys won their meet and the frosh/soph girls lost by only one point, though they have one dominating freshman runner – expect great things from her.

And then dance. He danced with his dance company at a recital today. They performed a preview of their May show. 

He has been very busy running, dancing and going to school.  He is looking forward to Spring Break—he will only have dance and track practices.  He is enjoying being on the track team.  With all of the things he has going on, I’m proud of him for keeping his grades up.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hubby's Surprise 60th Birthday Pary

All year I have been thinking about what I was going to do for my hubby’s 60th birthday in January. My sister-in-law and I decided to throw him a surprise 60th birthday party. We had it at a local restaurant that is down the coast from us at the harbor.  We got one of their party packages and had it one of their semi-private rooms. 

When the big day finally arrived, I told him his sister texted me and wanted us to meet her and his other sister at the restaurant to celebrate my birthday which is 7 days after hubby’s.  When he walked into the room he wasn’t sure what was going on since all he noticed was his sisters and mom.  Then everyone said surprise and he turned and saw his friends on the other side of the room.  Too bad my family lives too far away so they were unable to attend.  We achieved total surprise—he never had a clue!  He was smiling all evening, chatting with his friends and enjoying the fantastic food.

We went with the sit down dinner package--Crispy Calamari, Artichoke Hearts and Beer Brat Pops appetizers, Mavericks Clam Chowder and Mini Pear Salad starter, Fresh Seasonal Catch, Garden Harvest Ravioli, Flat Iron Steak and Chicken Parmigiana entrĂ©e and for dessert Chef’s Dessert Bites.  We had an open bar up to a certain amount. The food was really good. Everybody had a great time.  We even ran into a few local people we knew.

Afterwards, we went to check out the bar because they had a live band playing which was really good. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay and dance because hubby’s leg has been hurting him so he couldn’t stand on it for long.
Hubby's Surprise Birthday Party!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hot Chocolate 5K

Well hubby and I finished the Hot Chocolate 5K this morning.  The boy ran it in 28:57.  I am so out of shape. I ran walked it.  More walking than running!  I haven’t done any running for about a month. 

We got there about 6:30ish. It was still dark out. My sister-in-law dropped us off and we walked in to the where the race started.  There were tons of people at the race.  After hitting the porta potties we headed over to the start line.  They had corrals set up for the different paced runners. Hubby dropped the boy off at his corral. We couldn't get into ours because there were so many people that they were blocking the entrance so we went in at the beginning corral.  They started the corrals in waves which made it easier to start the race.  There was a big swarm of people in our corral.

Finally we got to the start line.  I jogged a bit.  I was running so slow hubby was able to walk with me!  LOL!  It started downhill then it went up hill for a long way then downhill and the last was a long uphill.  Even though I have been in the park where they held the race, I wasn't sure where we were.  It took a while for the crowd to thin out.  I was feeling claustrophobic with everyone so close to us.  All the runners were in the back and they were being annoying by darting in and out of the crowd to pass people. 

The weather was cool and overcast. I did get a little warm so I took off my jacket but I had to stop and take off my race bib from my jacket to put on my leg so that cost us a minute.  I ran too long after the stop and I got a side stitch that lasted a while.

The water station was a little chaotic.  The first few tables were Gatorade and the rest was water.  It was hard to get to the station since the volunteers were standing out far enough to pass out the stuff.  I wanted a Gatorade water mix but I didn't come across it so I mixed my own. 

My legs felt like rubber at we passed the 2 mile mark. I still ran and jogged.  I did run the last way to finish line.  It took us 1:03 and 1:04 hours to walk/jog this race.  I need to get back into shape. I thought I was going to die.  At the post race party, everyone got a giant mug with hot chocolate in the center, a green banana, hot fudge in a small compartment and the bigger compartment held a rice crispy, a marshmallow, tiny pretzels which were too small to dunk in the chocolate and a wafer cookie.  Hubby and I didn’t keep our mugs but the boy did.  It isn’t very useful. I guess you can use it for a snack bowl but we don’t have room for three of them.

We were tired and sleepy after the race.  Hubby and I couldn't move. Our legs felt like jelly. My asthma kicked in so I used my inhaler but it took a while for the wheezing and shortness of breath to go away.  I took a nap when I got home but I am still tired.
It was a fun race but I’m not sure I would do this one again.  I like the smaller races. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ready For The Hot Chocolate Run

Tomorrow me, my hubby and son are doing the Hot Chocolate Run 5K. My son will be running it. Hubby and I will be walking it because hubby's leg hurts and I was sick during the holidays and haven't done any running for a while.  The race is sold and there are a lot of people we know running it which is cool. Our town represents!  I'm bummed I can't run it though.  There is always next year.

After this race I get out there and start running again. I bet I will have to build up again.

We picked up our race bib and goodie bag today at the Expo.  Sweet swag with this race. Not only do you get a lot of chocolate at the race but you get a way cool hoodie and draw string bag.  The hoodies are comfy and warm. The women's has a pink accent and the men's has a green accent.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Help A Local Performing Art School Get A New Home

Help Spindrift School of  Performing Arts get a new home!  SSPA is a wonderful non-profit school dedicated to the growth of local young artists.

My son has been a part of the Spindrift family for 5 years.  He has grown tremendously in his theater and dance expertise. He has learned a lot from the wonderous teachers and staff at Spindrift.  The kids are a extremely talented and a good group of kids.