Life has been very busy for the last couple of weeks, and I apologize because I have been neglecting my blog. Balance can be tricky to find sometimes, when life gets in the way. So, how have you all been? I am doing just fine, other than being behind in just about everything. For instance, laundry, blog reading, blog writing, fiction writing, canvassing for cancer month and so on and so on and so on. Oh, and I just realized that my youngest is signed up for both swimming and soccer on the same day and at the same time. Oy. One day I will be one of those really together people, I swear I will.
First, I need to say thanks for all of your great comments and song suggestions on my half-marathon play list. If you commented, please check back because I have replied properly now (finally). Honestly, comments are so important to a blogger, and I always appreciate every one that I get. So sincerely, thank you.
Now, though I am behind on some things, I have had some really good things happen recently. First, my baby turned seven. SEVEN! She was so excited about this birthday that she would practically lose her breath telling people it was her birthday. She had a great celebration starting with her birthday party with 10 of her friends at a nearby bowling alley, followed by three other gatherings with various combinations of family members. Yes, you counted correctly, that means we had four birthday cakes in the past week, and I am so glad that I have been running and working out at the gym because that is a LOT of cake that I ate.
B embraced turning seven the same way that she embraces everything in life: with grace, charisma, exuberance and love. She is one very special little girl and we are unbelievably proud of her, and her older sister too. Tony and I are so very lucky, and we are just in awe of our wonderful girls.
In other news, I also took a road trip to London Ontario this past weekend with my older daughter N to see my long-time friend of more than 30 years. We spent time with her and her family and we were so happy to meet their beautiful new daughter Button, who you met here. I am so glad that I made the trip because I had such a good time with everyone, and little Button is just the sweetest little girl. Her gorgeous big brother kept me supplied with fresh cups of coffee from the Keurig throughout my stay, and Button’s older sister and N connected and played so well that I almost forgot what my daughter looked like by the end of the weekend. It did take some courage on my part to make myself drive the seven and a half hours without another adult in the car however, and being away from home is often hard for me, so I was a little bit proud of myself for getting there and back again with everyone safe and happy.
While in London, my friend and I talked about doing a little getaway to celebrate our, ahem, 40th birthdays this year. We are going here. I think a big birthday and a long friendship both are cause for a celebration, and now that it is booked, I am beyond excited to go. I am hoping she will let me blog about it too.
Also in London I had my first traditional Chinese hot pot, and all I can say is wow. (Aside: all I can come up with is wow? Argh, I will never be a real writer). Starting with a big pot of simmering water, throughout the dinner you leisurely cook your pieces of meat; we had beef, lamb, salmon, tofu and shrimp. Then, after you are almost full of meat, you add the vegetables and cook and eat these, and when you are just about completely and entirely full, you add the bean curd noodles. By then you have a wonderful broth-y noodle soup. It is a slow and relaxing way to eat, and I just loved it.
In other news, I haven’t been run blogging much, but I have been running. On Monday I ran 19.3km and I felt better than I expected. I think I am a lot stronger than I was at this time last year, and I feel like I will be ready for the half-marathon that I’m running in May. This will be my second half-marathon, and I’m just hoping that I end up with a faster time than last year. Plus I would love to raise a few dollars that will go to the Ottawa Hospital so if you would care to sponsor me, please go here. I would appreciate it so much!
I have so much more to tell you and to talk about, but I think I will leave it here for now. I will be back a little more frequently now, I hope.