Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Outside runs are the best. So much too look at. Some much to feel. The air. The pavement,
2. My new shoes make such a difference. Got a good deal on them.They are Reebok Runtones and my joints are ever thankful.
3. Going to the park again this morning with my family. Man, we’ve all been going in such different directions. These Sunday park mornings are great.
4. So it’s been like 3 days of migraines. I ran out of my meds yesterday and it was awful because they would not renew my prescription. Thank goodness a friend helped me out who happens to be on the same migraine medicine.
5. Feeling so much better today. Getting ready for a busy week.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1.I never run on Wednesdays because my Yoga class is tonight. But since I didn’t get to run yesterday…

2. Field of wildflowers, so many shades of purple and green. Bits of yellow and white.

3. My mom is pulling through all of this with spirit. I think she has her ups and downs. We all hope that she will get strong enough soon that she can leave her apartment when she wants. But for now she is stuck to that oxygen.

4. My father-in-law is pulling throguh his open-heart surgery, too. They think he may go home tomorrow.

5. So it was a whirlwind trip for us. We helped here we could. But wish we could do more. It’s difficult with family so spread out.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. I have central air and so far, so good…
2.The girls are not happy about it–they like their window units. Eric
took them out last night.
3. Big mistake walking into Emma's room this morning. She said she
couldn't find a shirt so I went in. No wonder. Just so you know, Emma
has beautiful clothes, but she doesn't wear them and they get crumpled
up all over the floor. So I told her today that I don't care about the
mess as much as I care about the disrespect for the people who work hard
to buy her those things. I think I saw a click in her brain, though I
don't want to get my hopes up.
4. Tonight is one of the big 5th grade events at the school–barbecue,
ice cream and the 5th graders playing the faculty in volleyball. They
never even think about the fact that there are vegetarian families. So
we won't go until later.
5. Florida.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Half a run is better than no run. Hip started hurting, just a bit, so
I walked the rest of the way.
2. Those potatoes were very good. I was scraping the pan of all the
crusty bits last night and Eric was standing next to me. I looked at
the pan and looked at him–I was thinking of just plunging in and eating
all of that stuff. And Eric read my mind. "Don't do it," he said. "Just
don't do it." 😉
3. The house still smells of supper this morning.
4. So, Tess has been staying after school for math tutoring and a bus
brings her home. It was late last night and so I started making calls.
And I stood out in front of the house for a long time waiting on her.
The bus went flying by my house as I stood there waving. So I ran after
it. It stopped in the middle of the block–until I got closer and then
it went down to the end of the block (with me running behind it) and
MADE A U-TURN. Finally, she opens the bus door and I said "MY CHILD IS
IN THERE." "Well, I know. I was turning around…" Tess said the driver
wouldn't listen to her when she said to stop. She also said several of
the kids wondered if that crazy woman running down the street was her
mother. 😉 I probably scared the driver half to death. She won't forget
me. I'll be making some calls this morning.
5. Mama bear undone. MESS with my kids…mess WITH ME.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Tess is back to her old self. At the bus stop, she told me that she
can "smell" a magazine a mile away. She loves the smell of them and the
feel of them. Did my heart good.
2. That reminded me of when I was a kid. My grandfather was a a lay out
artist at the Beaver County Times. Sometimes he'd bring me blank
newsprint. I'd spread it out over the floor, lay on my stomach, and draw
boxes on it, then fill in the boxes with hand-printed stories. If I
think about it, I can almost feel that newsprint on my elbows. I
remember the complete and utter satisfaction of those filled in boxes.
The process. I still love it.
3. When I was in my 20s, I ran into my third grade teacher. I was a
newsletter writer and producer and the time. She laughed when I told her
that. "I still have newsletters that you wrote in the third grade."
4. So, this writing thing I do is not something I just stepped into over
night. It's a part of who I am. I keep coming back to that.
5. I think about my grandfather a lot. He died when I was 7. But, just
the short time I knew him influenced my life in so many ways.
Grandparents rock.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. The gray fox Eric and I saw this morning in our front yard. We were
drinking coffee and saw it ramble through the yard. Pretty.
2. 28. 32. 35, 40. ish. Ah well. Age is a funny thing. The ladies at
the beauty salon told me to never tell people how old I am. "Tell them
you are 32." 😉
3. Tess is so excited about this birthday bash she is going to. She is
going ice skating and then sleeping over. She's already packed.
4. I'm going to say this one more time: Jimmy Black and I were not a
couple. we were very good friends. We went to the senior events
together because we didn't have dates. He did get one for the senior
prom. And I went with Alan Johnson (also now gone) who was my
boyfriend's best friend. My boyfriend at the time was Donny Moore–not
in our class.
5. "What have I become, my only friend? …. Everyone goes away in the end."

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. If I had it to do all over again, I would not have bought this Mac Mini. It's has been a real pain.
2. I think it must be hard to be 11. One minute you are hip and cool
and feeling very grown up and the next, you want your mommy to tuck you
in.
3. I am going to the school this morning and practicing my mean mama
face. I have a rep with the kids and I do like to live up to it. 😉
4. Since I've been back from New York, my hot flashes have gotten
worse. Oye. I didn't even have ONE when I was there. And I had no
problem sleeping either.
5. Getting lots of work in from my German proofing gig. Great. I need it.

Five things I thought about during my mid-morning run:

1. Couldn't get to the run earlier in the morning because we went out for breakfast. And I was out late last night. I am moving slow…
2. Thinking about my new blog. Have you seen it? http://www.molliecoxbryan.com/kitchenqueenoffishpotroad
3. So good to be with some good friends last night. I cherished each moment. We all get so busy that it's tough to get together. But we need to make more of an effort.
4. Heard something about my niece Abbey's poetry. But my mom gets things confused. Something about a professor taking a real interest in her poetry. Way to go Abbey.
5. Eric's high blood pressure medicine. He just started it this week and he came home for work one day to sleep. He seems to be adjusting now, but is having some wild dreams. Funny, because he hardly remembered his dreams before.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Okay. So I'm a mess. That big time editor is reading my fiction
manuscript this weekend. So, I hardly slept, barely ate at the
restaurant last night. And haven't eaten yet this morning.
2. Family is gone for the day. They went to Westernport to see Eric's parents.
3. So here's the thing: I never wanted to be a the kind of a mom
cracking the whip on her children keeping their rooms clean and stuff.
I think a lot of energy can be wasted there. But this morning when I
went in Emma's room I kind of lost it. No less than six towels on her
floor. Not a good way to start the day.
4. All the stuff I had to put aside while Emma was home sick needs to get done today.
5. Holding Owen last night was lovely. Such a sweetie. I told Eric
about it and he said "Don't even think about it…That ship has
sailed." In OH so many ways. lol. But I think I should start
encouraging my younger friends to have more. Mwhaaahaaa!