It has once again been a while since I've written, and for that I am sorry. I'm doing a lot better since the last time I wrote, although I haven't resolved much. I have taken on some big projects, some of which may or may not come to fruition, but at least I have something to focus my time and energy. They are, in no particular order:
1. I'm making a quilt (together with my sister) for my good friend who is about to have her first baby. It's my first real quilting effort, but it is a strip quilt and is turning out, so far, to be pretty easy.
2. I'm working on vacation plans for the summer. Our good friends are traveling with us to Italy for 3 weeks, then returning home with my husband while I stay another 3 weeks with my husband's family. While our friends are visiting, we plan to take a week-long trip somewhere in Europe - top contenders right now are Provence, Corsica, or Greece (Kalymnos, I think). After the others leave, the kids and I will likely go to London to visit some friends. I'm a bit nervous traveling on my own, but my husband's Aunt is going to London around that time, so we will probably be able accompany them at least one way. I will be traveling back to the US by myself with the kids. I'm very nervous about that.
3. I'm still working on all my racing plans, and enjoying it. I'm taking 4 days off from running right now to rest my aching joints, but training has been going very well so far. I have my half-marathon on June 8, and I'm tentatively planning a sprint triathlon the last weekend of May. I haven't really been able to bike much, so that's been a bit harder to train for, but I've been swimming and running a lot. Depending on how things go this summer, I will consider training for a marathon in December (the same one I was training for when I broke my finger.) I'm still up 5-10 pounds over my previous weight (and more like 10-15 from my ideal weight), but I am feeling a lot better for all this exercise.
4. Climbing! We've been climbing again (conveniently right after we cancelled our membership at the climbing gym). We brought the kids to the gym and they generally had a good time. The height of the walls there is a bit intimidating for them, and when the gym is crowded it's just about impossible for the kids to climb (and less pleasant for the adults, too). So ... I'm dreaming of building a climbing wall in our garage! My husband is trying to be very realistic about how much work it will be and how long it will take, but it makes me happy just to have a dream. If all goes well, it will be awesome.
5. My husband is leaving tomorrow on a week-long ski trip to Norway. I'm pretty jealous of it. It won't change my day-to-day life all that much, since I do the vast majority of the housework and child care, but he has been on many, many, many more outings than I have since the kids have been born. In fact, I've been on only one overnight trip without my husband since the kids were born, and that was a pretty sad 3-day backpacking trip two years ago with friends who were not all that into it. SO! I'm hoping to do a longer, more challenging trip later this summer with my sister. We're thinking of doing a 3-4 day trip along the Tahoe Rim Trail. The timing is not so great, because it will be hot and there wasn't much snow this year, so I'm a bit worried about water availability on the trail, but it is nice just to have a general plan.
So that's where I am. I also had great news for some of the work I'm doing for my husband's company, which was a huge relief, considering how much time I've spent on it this spring.
Anyway, I just spent way too much of my available time writing this email so ... I have to go work on a quilt!