Currently – October

by Chelsea Myers on September 29, 2016


  • We have made a pilgrimage to the World’s Largest McDonalds.  And it was large (and fortunately not packed, being the off season).  Large enough that the boys were done playing pretty quickly.  It had pretty good make-your-own pizza, though.



  • School is going better for Will.  More of that in his post.


  • Just finished – Drums of Autumn and The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon (listening), The Nine Tailors by Dorthy L. Sayers, Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky, The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubenstein (reading)
  • Currently – Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon (listening), back issues of the Smithsonian (reading)
  • Up next – So many things!  It’s so hard to choose.  As I have mentioned, I’m working on writing a middle-grade novel, so I’m reading a book about writing and a middle grade novel every month.  I need to finish a book on writing that I started last month and I got the first Artemis Fowl book as a Kindle deal so those are on the list.  I’ve also got the first Louise Penny novel that I’ve been wanting to read and a book on raising spirited children (not that I have one of those 😉 ).  And then we’ll have a book club meeting in two weeks…  I suppose I will see where the spirit moves me after I finish up my magazines.

Working on:

  • Two more professional development classes and then I’m DONE for the year and DONE with my online instruction certification.  Yay!
  • My first project as a statistical consultant.
  • My online stats classes, which have finally chilled out in the e-mail department.
  • The yard, which of all the household chores that need to be done, I enjoy the most (so long as my allergies aren’t killing me).
  • Writing, planning, thinking about my novel.


  • Can’t say that I’m a model of speed and/or enthusiasm most days, but I’ve really enjoyed running with my running group on Saturday mornings.
  • I’ve got two 1/2 marathons coming up in Nov and Dec, and I’m hoping for a shot at running 1:45.  That would take a great day – for me and for the weather – but I’ve had good surprises before.  I’m also running a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and would like to run under 23 minutes again.

This time last year:

Two years ago:

Three years ago:

Four years ago:

Five years ago:

  • I was enjoying lovely early morning runs around beautiful Lake Mendota.


Q4 2016

September 29, 2016

For the record, in Q3 2016, I planned to: Finish our 2015 scrapbook – Yes, this is done and I am pretty happy with it.  The boys seem to enjoy looking at it. Have everything ready for my online stats classes so all I have to do is grade and do regular maintenance – Done. […]

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A week in the life – September 2016

September 19, 2016

I’ve done a few day-in-the-life posts before, but only one 168-hour week-in-the-life review right before Scott was born.  (My gosh, I see now that I wrote that post the morning Scott was born!)  Last week I tracked my time in 15-minute intervals (though I often had to go back at the end of the day […]

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Will – 22 months

September 13, 2016

Will had his best ever school drop off and pick up today.  He walked right in to class and was swooped up by his teacher with no tears and was engaged in clean up after painting time when I came to pick him up.  He’s a funny duck because unlike Scott who would say “yes” […]

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Scott – September

September 12, 2016

Oh, my poor Scott.  We had our first playground injury last Saturday.  We think he tripped and did a face plant into some stairs, and he bit his lip and cheek hard enough to warrant a trip to the urgent care clinic and then the hospital suture clinic and then the pediatric dentist.  He had […]

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Currently – September

September 1, 2016

Noteworthy: The boys are both in school.  Scott goes 9 – 2 M – R and Will goes M and T from 9 – 12.  Will is having some trouble with the transition but Scott loves it.  In fact, depending on a few things, we might add Friday and have him go every day.  Last […]

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List of 100 dreams 2016

August 24, 2016

I was surprised about how many from the previous list we’d actually done.  Now updated for 2016. Guide our children as they grow up to be happy, healthy, productive members of society. Have non-rodent non-reptile pets. Read a book series like Harry Potter or Little House on the Prairie. Have the kids participate in/ be […]

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List of 100 dreams – 3 years later

August 23, 2016

Was thinking about this the other day and realized I had only a vague recollection of what was on it.  Might be a fun thing to revisit each year.  Originals in plain type; comments in bold. Personal life/Family: Have 2 (3?) children.  Guide them as they grow up to be happy, healthy, productive members of […]

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Will – 21 months

August 14, 2016

At 21 months, Will: Is not impressed by anyone’s rationale for not playing in the street. Has gotten pretty good at identifying shapes and counting but is still working on identifying colors correctly. Is the decider of what color things are.  “No, is purple” when something is clearly green. Is also the decider of what […]

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Scott – August 2016

August 10, 2016

July has been a month of swimming for both boys but Scott in particular has really caught on and is working on his “much faster swim”.  He’s graduated from the Safe Start swim lessons he did last summer and winter and did a round of big boys swim lessons with the goal of being able […]

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