Friday, October 15, 2010

Holy shit

1.  Look over there =>   ...My DailyMile counter says 250 miles, baby!!  That's how far I've run since I started logging mileage.  Pretty impressive.  To these eyes, anyhow.

My knee is feeling better (knock on wood) thanks due, I think, to reducing my mileage, running on gravel/dirt for a bit and wearing a knee strap like this one.   Let's hope the trend continues and I can knock out some amazing runs before the snow flies.

2.  Work...OMG, y'all.  My new job is kind of monopolizing things right now.  Definitely don't want to go into too much detail here but suffice to say that things are crazy but hopefully will be settling down in the next few weeks.  Just gotta keep my eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel.  And drink lots of coffee.

3.  My son is such a joy right now.  He's going to be Batman for Halloween and we've been learning all about the letter "B" lately ("its like a man with a big belly, mama!") so its fun to see him connecting all the words that start with B in his head, including Batman.  He's growing at a ridiculous rate- I've noticed recently that most of his jeans are nearly too short for him, although he's constantly pulling them up because he has a skinny little butt and they keep slipping down.  (Anyone know a good brand that might fit a skinny butted, long legged kid?)

He's also doing a lot of pre-reading things like becoming OBSESSED with puzzles and asking what signs/papers/labels say.  He's always liked puzzles but now he'll knock out several before dinner and want more after.  Aside from writing his own name (which he's done for a while now), he can also recognize the names of each child in his class, and some other basic words.  I don't think its quite reading yet, more like just recognizing certain letters but I don't think it will be long!  It's so amazing to see that little brain figuring it all out.

4.  The fall here has been one of the prettier ones in recent memory.  I've made it up to the mountain for several runs which is SO good for my mental health and spirit in general.  The weather seems like it will hold for at least a few more days so I have plans for another run with a friend this weekend.  We're all wondering when the first snow will hit...its usually before Halloween.  We'll see...


Amelia Sprout said...

At least in girls clothes, Gap is known for long and skinny stuff. They are our go to for jeans once M got over the baby chub phase. Know a woman who works for them and they gear towards the tall ones.

The Schneldales said...

Holy shit, am I envious of your actually getting exercise.

And beyond holy shit at the whole reading thing. I've gone the whole Waldorf route with A, not even thinking about teaching him to read for another couple years. But when I see this about Otto (and way back when he first wrote his name), I question the whole concept. If A *could* be reading now, why not teach him? He would absolutely eat it up.

And what do you mean by puzzles? Wooden puzzles?

Birdie said...

@The Schneldales: Thanks! We haven't actually been *trying* to teach Otto to read...He's just kind of picking it up- I've read a lot of stuff about making it personal for kids- we did encourage him to recognize his name (mostly for daycare- to recognize his coat, waterbottle, etc.) and it has just snowballed from there. He wants to know what things say so we tell him! No flash cards or anything like that :)

And yeah he loves pretty much any kind of puzzle- right now we have 24 piece cardboard ones from the dollar store that he love love loves. I've also printed some family pictures, glued them to cardboard (I like old cereal boxes) and then cut up into puzzles. They are great for being out at restaurants, etc!