Thursday, September 10, 2009

Running & STELLA

This week J and I started the Couch Potato to 5k running program. I am so not a runner--I'm 5'1" with short legs that are far from lean. I enjoy exercise, but running isn't on my preferred (or even optional) exercise list. The only reason I'm doing this program is because J begged me to do it with him. He kind of guilted me into it and since I'm not a quitter I'll stick it out for the 9wks. The first day was rough, but the 2nd day was much better. My students who run cross country tell me that eventually I'll start to feel a "runners high" and I'll enjoy it. I can't imagine such a thing exists, but I sure hope that they're right!

I'm not sure if I've mentioned that I scrapbook?! This is one of my favorite (and quite expensive) hobbies. I have a group of girlfriends who I scrapbook with on a regular basis. We typically do at least 2 weekend scrapbooking get togethers per year along with a day here and there. We usually scrap, eat way too much good food, drink a little wine, gossip, and just have fun! My bff, D, gave our little group a name--STELLA, which stands for Scrapping Talking Eating Laughing Life Artists. This weekend the STELLA girls are going away for a weekend scrap and I can't wait! We just found out that the cabin we're staying in even has a hot tub, so we plan to soak our worries away as well as archive our memories.

I'm still working on Myles' books--a baby book and a memorial book. I plan to keep adding to the memorial book, but hope to finish his baby book this weekend. However, I seem to get stuck on the journaling portion of the book. It's pretty emotional, so I tend to skip it and now I need to just buckle down and do it. I figure that if I cry in front of my STELLA girls it won't be the first or last time and they'll be there to hold my hand and cry with me. I'll try to post some pictures of my pages next week.

9 comments:

meinsideout said...

Good for you - the exercise sounds great!! Your weekend sounds amazing!!

Meg. said...

A 5k? I bow down. =) I am SO not a runner either, so I give you major props. Just imagine the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when it's all said and done!

Have a *great* weekend with your STELLA girls. I know it's an emotional process, but what a wonderful tribute to dear Myles.

Now go soak yourself into oblivion in that hot tub! =)

Jayme said...

STELLA sounds wonderful!

Donna said...

I used to run but I never really got to the point where I loved it. It you find that magic let me know! I've always wanted a runners body (But I'm 5'2" and stocky...it's not very likely...)

I hope you have a good weekend scrapbooking! It sounds like fun to get away with a group of good friends.

Barb said...

The exercise program sounds great! Actually if you could send me details I would be intrigued to try it myself. Just think once the journaling is done then you and your family will be able to look back and know what you were feeling at that time. I take a zillion pictures because when I get old I'm scared I won't remember when my daughter was young. I'm convinced she will appreciate it one day too:) Have fun this weekend!

Infertile In the City said...

fab! i too am structually not a runner, but i did start years ago when i was 23 and hated it up until i loved it. However, i seem to go through spurts, where I have to do a whole running program and hate it until I love it, which for me takes weeks.
have fun with your stella girls (i too must be feeling emotional because I read about your crying and I started crying) holy emotions.

Lost in Space said...

You've got me by an inch in the height department. LOL. I used to claim myself as a runner in high school, but those days are long gone. Good luck with the program!

Your STELLA group sounds beyond wonderful! I hope you are having a great time.

Allison said...

Congrats on the running, yuck I tried it before and hated it. STELLA sounds fun. Are you going to be sharing the book on Myles or is it just for family? I'm sure it will be wonderful

Joni and Jess said...

So I found your blog from another and watched your TOUCHING and HEARTBREAKING slideshow you made for Myles. He was one lucky kid. To have parents as wonderful, and kind and loving as you two are. What an amazing gift not only you were given, but so was Myles. I cried through most of it, I can't imagine having to go through that kind of pain. Wow. Yet you come through on the other side a little bit stronger, and it gets better everyday, while never truely going away. What a blessing. Wow. Best of you to you all with your next one. I wish nothing but the best for you all. Your have all been truely blessed in unimagineable ways. You for being their parents, and them for having you as parents and family. God Bless to each of you and God Speed to Myles.