Semi-Normal

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We’re back from visiting our bad child (we call him that to his face — I think he likes it) at college. His roommate seems like a nice kid. We took them both out for Mexican near Fenway Park (La Verdad — definitely recommended) for dinner then yesterday we took them to Five Napkin Burgers (also recommended).

My son also had us bring his Alvarez guitar to school. Apparently a couple other kids in the dorm play and he wants to jam with them. My son isn’t very proficient at guitar as he only took lessons for about six months last year and never noodled around on his own, but he’s eager to learn from the other boys, who I hear can shred like nobody’s business. Getting him into guitar was part of my evil plan. He’s not really got hobbies beyond online games and cooking (which he can’t do in his dorm), so I felt like he should have something to do with his free time. Being able to play a musical instrument is a fun skill to have.

Of course, my evil plan backfired on he since he wants to use the skill to woo girls.

I’m excited that we have a full 17 days before we need to travel anywhere. It’s been so long since I have been home that I’m having dreams about cleaning and organizing all my crap. And these are good dreams!

20131020-115716.jpgI did sign up for a race next year. Runner’s World magazine is hosting a brand new event in Boston next June: Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill. It comprises of three days of races in Newton, Massachusetts, a children’s fun run, a 5k, 10k and half. I’m going for the “hat trick” and running all three adult races. I think this will be great preparation for trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2015, especially since the courses actually include Boston’s infamous Heartbreak Hill.

I’m also seriously eyeing the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in May (thanks Tia! Get your laces tied!) as well as an April full marathon in Raleigh, NC near one of my good friend’s home. If I run that marathon, I’ll be using the Jeff Galloway method and treating the race as a test run for getting used to the distance. I still haven’t decided what full marathon to do to try for a Boston qualifier. I guess I have time for that.

But for now, I’m just happy to be home and feeling a little more normal (well, as normal as I ever feel, which isn’t very). Tonight a friend is coming over to watch the rest of Dexter (we are sooooo behind) and have dinner. My husband is out helping friends build a fence and I’m going to yoga and to meet with a chi running coach. It’s a beautiful fall day out. Can’t ask for much more.

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10 thoughts on “Semi-Normal

  1. PaulSmuts says:

    I finished Dexter Season 8 a couple of weeks ago! Amazing series. I think the finale wasn’t as great as it could have been but it doesn’t take away the fact that Dexter has been one of the best series on TV for the past how many years!

  2. tundrawoman says:

    “..wooing girls.” IMO, that’s a fine motivator!
    Pleased you’ll have some “home time” and more pleased yet to hear you sound so good, VP.
    TW

  3. You can’t ask for more can you. Lol on the guitar thing there is a great ad showing a guy on his own then with loads of girls just cos he has a guitar. I have to say I was playing before girls were a serious thought and never considered it a way to woo them.

  4. After a few bad experiences, I promised never to eat Mexican food north of the Texas border again, but those tacos look goood!
    Sounds like you’ve got some cool races coming up. I loooove Raleigh, and one of my besties lives there too, so a few months ago I went up there to run a 1/2 marathon on the Outer Banks. You can read about it here if you’re interested:
    http://piratebobcat.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/flying-pirate-12-marathon-review-2013/

  5. Doug Hart says:

    I am going to recommend you start calling your son the first pancake. I saw that on a movie called “pieces of April”. A movie I highly recommend. She calls her position in her family “first pancake”. (She ((Katie Holmes)) is the oldest) and she says that’s the pancake you are SUPPOSED to throw away

  6. Lol at the wooing women with a guitar. I’ve played the guitar for most of my life and I don’t think that has ever happened! However I started playing the guitar before girls were an interest (I was 10) and I’ve probably been far too interested in guitars. One girl who probably thought she was a girlfriend when I was about 15 once flounced out of my house shouting something like “If I looked more like a guitar you might take some interest in me”.

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