Caps for Kids.

I haven’t gone into too much detail about my daughter.  I just figure most people who are reading know about her anyway.  For those of you who don’t, her name is Calista.  She’s 9 years old, and she is incredible.  I know what you’re thinking, I’m her mom, of course I think she’s incredible.  And that’s true, but I’m telling the truth!

On Sunday, she asked me to take her to the dollar store, because she wanted to get some craft items.  I never ask why when it comes to books or crafts, so off we went.  She chose to get a poster board, and some of those googly eyes, the ones that move around when you shake them.

When we got home, she went and played outside with friends, and I made dinner and worked on the blog for a little while.  She then told me that she wanted to do a fundraiser, but wasn’t sure for which charity.  She ended up Googling charities for kids, and came across Caps for Kids, which is a charity she’s familiar with, since her school does a charity event for them every year. She got to work designing her poster:

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So, last night we went out in the 37 degree weather, and solicited our neighbors.  She would approach them saying, “Hi, my name is Calista, and I’m raising money for an organization called Caps for Kids, they donate hats to kids who have cancer.  Would you like to donate?  Even just a penny will help.”

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Unfortunately, even at 7pm, about half of the apartments were empty, but we went to 2 buildings, totaling 24 apartments.   She raised close to $19 in that short period of time.  In all honesty though, even if she only raised $1 (which is what she put in the envelope to start with), I am so proud of her.  The selflessness of her baffles me.  She is spending the night out tonight, but she brought a smaller version of this poster with her so she could ask the neighbors there, and she’s coming to my office tomorrow to ask my co-workers.

Once again, I am so proud of my daughter.  She is one phenomenal child.

If you would like to help Calista raise money for Caps for Kids, you can click on the PayPal link below, and we will add it to the running total.

 

it’s happening

For whatever reason, I could not contain my emotions yesterday.

The holidays are quickly approaching, and as well as many others.  It was my mothers favorite time of year.  She loved cooking and decorating.  She especially loved making other people happy.

I believe this was somewhere around 1990?

Anyway, I feel like, traveling.  I want to forget that this is my first holiday season without my mother.  I want to pretend like she’s not gone, and I’m just on a regular vacation.  Unfortunately, I’ve got my family to think about.  I need to be here for them.  And unfortunately, she is gone, and won’t be coming back.

Seeing as this is our last year in Dallas, I think we’re not going to make a big deal of Thanksgiving.  We’re going to act like it’s just another day.  Hit up Denny’s, go to a movie.  Maybe get some shopping in later on.

As for next year, I think we may be in Seattle.  So it’ll be time to start coming up with some new traditions for our little family.  It’ll be interesting to see what we come up with, since we’re not exactly “traditional”.

 

if at first you don’t succeed.

oday I attempted Week1-Day1 of the Couch to 5k program.  Unfortunately, I had put my phone to sleep so I didn’t waste battery while being out, and apparently the app I downloaded only operates when it’s up and running.  So, for the first 8 minutes, I was just straight walking.  After I realized what was happening, I started to work the intervals.

I know you guys can SEE what kind of shape I’m in.  Round, lumpy and not proportionate at all.  After todays failed attempt, I can FEEL how out of shape I am.  I only did 3 intervals of the “running” for 1 minute and walking for 1.5 minutes, and I feel like I want to hawk up my lungs.  I know a lot of this has to do with the fact that I am a long time smoker (which I’m also working on weeding out of my life), but damn.

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if at first you don’t succeed.

Today I attempted Week1-Day1 of the Couch to 5k program.  Unfortunately, I had put my phone to sleep so I didn’t waste battery while being out, and apparently the app I downloaded only operates when it’s up and running.  So, for the first 8 minutes, I was just straight walking.  After I realized what was happening, I started to work the intervals.

I know you guys can SEE what kind of shape I’m in.  Round, lumpy and not proportionate at all.  After todays failed attempt, I can FEEL how out of shape I am.  I only did 3 intervals of the “running” for 1 minute and walking for 1.5 minutes, and I feel like I want to hawk up my lungs.  I know a lot of this has to do with the fact that I am a long time smoker (which I’m also working on weeding out of my life), but damn.

After I realized that this was not going to be a completed challenge day for C25k, I opted to just walk the rest of the way home.  Which, was still not an easy task.  When I say I was walking, it was at a faster pace, so it’s not like I was taking it easy on myself.  My shins, calves and feet are all on fire.  I can even feel it a little in my abdomen, and my back/shoulders.  I arrived home, and immediately threw my shoes off and laid in the bed.

Using the MapMyRun app, this is what I was left with:

Hell.  Day 1.

Hell. Day 1.

Even though my legs are super sore already, I’m still going to do this tomorrow.  I think I need to work up a few more days of walking, and less smoking, prior to taking on Couch25k.  And I probably need to get a new pair of shoes prior to running as well because these shoes, are not friendly to my feet.

 

Until next time,

j

bucket list.

There was some link going around Facebook recently, showing how many states you’ve been to, how much time you’ve spent in each state.  I plugged in my info, and this is what I got:

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I’ve decided that I want to have seen all 50 states.  I want Calista to have seen all 50 states.  There are some states that I’ve just driven through, but most of those I don’t really feel it necessary to do more than that haha.

I think it’s an important part of life, to be able to see places.  A lot of my friends have only ever been to the state that they live in, and that just baffles me.  I know that in Alaska, it’s not super easy to travel.  Often quite expensive.  And there is a TON to see within the state.  Then there’s Texas, the state is so damned big, you can drive for 12 hours and STILL be in Texas.  Ridiculous.  I just feel like, how are you supposed to know where you want to be, if you have nothing to compare it to?  Of course, there are pictures, and stories of where other people have been, and what people have seen.  But you can base your own life on what other people experienced.

Calista is 9, and in those 9 years, she has been to California, Arizona, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Like I said, there are a couple others that we have driven through, but nothing special.  I hope to be able to show her that the world we live in is enormous, and she can make her own decision on where she wants to be when she grows up.

You should make your map using the following link, and show me where you’ve been.

http://vsm.defocus.net/visitedstates

Until next time,

j

you always want what you can’t have.

My entire adult life, I’ve never had a sweet tooth.  Yes, I like sweets, but I don’t often crave it.  But since giving up sweets, all I want to eat is BabyRuth’s and 3 Musketeers! I need to get back in the swing of things.  Oatmeal for breakfast, salads for lunch.  I did really good last week, I didn’t go out for breakfast or lunch all week…made dinner every day except for Friday.  I know you guys don’t know me, but that’s a huge deal.  With Calista’s after school activities, I hardly ever have time to make dinner.

Today I bought an Elliptical Trainer!  It was only $10 on Craigslist, and I’m so excited.  I’m going to take it to work, and have it under my desk.

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Just another baby step to getting where I need to be.

Until next time,

J