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Weekend Update from the Beez Homefront

This has been the second quiet weekend in a row. It’s partially a matter of necessity, as both Mr. Beez and I have been finishing our weeks lately with lots of catch-up work for the weekend. It’s also partially purposeful, as my bad habit of scheduling 3-4 activities a day, for each Saturday and Sunday, has led to many exhausted work weeks. That was just not sustainable.

I have been overzealous with my 5K race sign ups. Last weekend I ran and Mr. Beez + Baby Beez walked the Brookline Breeze. Yesterday, Sandy and I ran the Yinzer 5K for Light of Life Rescue Mission. Next Saturday, we’ll be hitting the trails yet again for the Run Around the Square. The 5K distance has been nice because it’s a bit of exercise without taking over the whole day. I’m considering signing up Baby Beez for a kids race in the Steelers 5K, and maybe even running the race myself, but haven’t made up my mind. After that, I’m not signed up for another race until the Army 10-Miler in October. This is probably for the best, because I’ve been using a training program which calls for long runs on Saturday. A 5K race is too short for that purpose, and it’s inconvenient to try and tack on extra mileage before or after a race.

Yinzer 5k

Lets run, yinz!

Relatedly, the training program I’m on is essentially a half marathon training program, where the race would be scheduled the week after the Army 10 Miler, so now I’m considering signing up for a half marathon on that date. Options include the Columbus Half (which is already sold out, so I’d have to look into picking up someone’s transfer bib), the Hershey Half Marathon, or the Runner’s World Half & Festival, in Bethlehem, PA. I’m not ready to pull the trigger on any of these options yet, but I’ll have to make a decision in the next month or so.

On the flipside of cardio exercise, Baby Beez and I were on a sugar high this weekend. Baby Beez insists on continuing to grow, so I had to get her new duds for her ballet class. Afterward, we stopped over at Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor. Chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles for her, and a turtle sundae for me.

Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor


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Her vociferous obsession with chocolate is just further evidence that this kid is basically the loudest, most outrageous parts of my personality in distilled form. Watch out, world.

On Sunday we also baked a cake together. No special reason, other than I wanted a cake. I learned that you should NOT bake a pineapple upside down pan in a springform pan, because the melted butter will leak all over the oven and you’ll almost burn the house down. But I promptly responded to the billowing smoke, saved the house from smoldering, and saved the cake as well. That’s a victory, right?

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On the whole, we had a pretty sweet weekend. How was yours?


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Girl on the Run

Girl on the Run

With the Army 10 Miler, EQT 10 miler, and Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge coming up on the horizon, I’ve been more diligent about running regularly. Especially the last two weeks, I’ve squeezed those runs into impossible schedules, because going for a run can mean the difference between losing and not losing my frickin’ mind. Plus, running is so much easier when you run multiple times a week. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. The more you run, the easier it is.

Due to the various inevitable scheduling difficulties that arise in a dual-working-parents-in-crazy-jobs household, I ended up having responsibility over Baby Beez during the time I intended to go for that run. So that meant instead of going for a brisk 3 mile run, I instead went for a full-body-workout-jogging-stroller run. I allowed myself to walk more than usual because pushing a nearly 4 year old in a jogging stroller is NOT EASY. Even with her heavy backside, we made decent time.

When she tired of eating her pretzels and waving at every soul on the trail, Baby Beez started howling that she wanted OUT and she wanted to RUN. I figured, what the heck, and I let her out. And she was so excited to run alongside me for the last half mile and she demanded to push the stroller (with some navigation assistance from me, of course). I’ve been uncertain as to whether she’s ready for kids races, as I was afraid that 1 mile might be too much for her little body. From our little run today, she seems both fit and eager to start racing alongside her mama! Disney Kids Dash in February– here we come!

Cooperating with photos is SO last year. She's nearly 4 now. Smiling is so 3 years old.

Cooperating with photos is SO last year. She’s nearly 4 now. Smiling is so 3 years old.

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And we’re back! So now you have to suffer through the pictures.

And we’re back! So now you have to suffer through the pictures.

We arrived back in the ‘burgh at the fine hour of 6am today, took a nap, and got right to business with getting things moved into the new house. By Wednesday, we’ll be outta this old place. I’m so excited!

Our vacation was full of the unexpected. I anticipated that our visit to my dad and stepmom would be very similar to my summer visits in college. I remember we sat around a lot, watched TV, read books and really didn’t do much of anything. I remember being bored. Now I suspect that those bored visits were a remnant of my high school attitude of “everything sucks.” During this visit, we had plenty to do! We did manage to fit in a few minutes here and there to relax, but spent most of the days out and about. We ate well, drank well and did lots of fun things. It was a great visit.

The sights– A jet boat tour of the Rogue River and Hellgate Canyon

Hellgate Canyon

Hellgate Canyon

Jet Boat

The eats: Dinner and brews at Standing Stone brewery, cheeses at the Rogue Creamery, wine tasting at Southern Oregon vineyards and of course, the 4oJ wouldn’t be complete without jello pretzel salad!

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Standing Stone Brewery

Rogue Creamery


Eagle Point winery

Ledger David winery

Jello Pretzel Salad

And the ACTIVITEEEZ: Splash park! Visiting the horses on a farm! Hanging out with family! The Eagle Point 4th of July 5k Race and Parade!

Central Point splash park

Gavel Ranch

Cousins


Eagle Point 5k


Eagle Point Parade

Eagle Point Parade

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Fourth of July

Hopscotch

Cousins

‘murrica!

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No real title today

One thing you don’t realize when you get into litigation is that the busy times are actually manageable. When you have crisis upon crisis, you triage and get to work. It’s the more manageable times that feel more stressful. You’re so used to chaos that when things settle down a little, all the stress comes tumbling down. And even though the work itself is more manageable at those times, they’re more emotionally draining because it’s like you’ve stored up all that stress during the busy period and it all comes pouring out at once when you have a moment of quiet. This is a long way of saying that work is very manageable right now, but I’m still feeling stressed nonetheless.

If I’ve learned anything, its that the only effective way for me to burn off stress is to run, and I need to fit in a couple of runs this week. Also, I’m craving some TV binge watching. I don’t even know what I’d watch. I just want to sit and watch TV for hours on end. I was binge-watching Breaking Bad, but I only left seasons 1-3 out to watch, and all the rest of the DVDs are in storage (with the rest of our stuff). I’m considering re-upping my Netflix, if only to check out Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

June will be a month of fun. On Friday I have us all signed up for the Riverview 5k….however I just learned that Meeting of Important People will be playing (for free!) at First Fridays at the Frick! I really love Meeting of Important People, but I feel like I’ll be a flake if I don’t do the 5k. I’m not running it with anyone, but feel like if I signed up to be somewhere, I should be somewhere. Then again, I think we will all have more fun at First Fridays at the Frick. What would you do?

Mr. Beez is out of town next week, so it’s girl’s night every night. I think I’ll take Baby Beez out to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, maybe even a few times. With our house all packed we still have to eat dinner out every night, so we might as well enjoy some chicken-on-a-stick and gyros while listening to some music. The third week of the month brings the Ben Folds + Pittsburgh Symphony concert as well as my Bench Bar trip to Seven Springs. I’ll be speaking during the Young Lawyers Division CLE on issues about social media, and I’m really excited about that.

We’ll be going on family vacation late in June as well. We’ll be flying in to San Francisco and spending a day walking around there, then driving up to spend the week with my Dad & Stepmom in Oregon. We drive back down on July 5, and (I’m really excited about this!!) will be taking a tour of Alcatraz Island before hopping on our red-eye flight back to the Burgh. What are your favorite activities in San Francisco?

June is filled to the brim with fun things to do in Pittsburgh. If you haven’t checked it out already, you really need to give Pittsburgh Mommy Blog’s June activity round up a look.