Folks - I ran for 25 minutes at 5.5 miles per hour today (40 minutes total - that was my middle jag). That's the fastest for the longest, people. Cheer ye all, cheer ye all, I did not so much as keel over and perish but still ran on.
Readers - I'm glad that I have girls. I spend 40 minutes a day reading books with two best friends who help fairies capitulate against conniving goblins and a nefarious Jack Frost rather than about muddy trucks and backhoes. This is one of those times when God was three (thousand) steps ahead of me and knew my heart.
People - It's swimming week for the Elder, which means nightly hair washings and a couple of extra loads of laundry. Have you ever tried to comb my daughters thick, gnarly wet hair? Oh, lovely people. I have. Many times. And that's enough to sprout my first grey hair. Detangler is something of a placebo against this gnarl, and it must be two-three times a week that I ever so gently and kindly remind her that IF YOU WOULD LET US CUT IT, THIS WOULD NOT BE OUR HAIR WASHING SITUATION. The end.
Homies - I'm about fed up with students who don't take the time to look at my feedback before shooting off an email to me about WHY DID I GET THIS GRADE and (my favorite) YOU MUST HAVE ENTERED THE WRONG GRADE HERE. No, good students of my class. I didn't. You just stunk at that assignment. All is not peaches and As when one does not take the time to understand the assignment and abide by the parts being asked of one. But then we get back to class and I remember that I like my students a whole bunch, and I keep on a'keepin' on.
Humans - Today's word is "protmanteau" because that's relevant.
Community - My lilacs are burgeoning with leaves and my "decorative crab apple" tree has the hazy red of springtime on its blushing branches. Absurd. Unreal. It's March 8. I'm concerned about all things springtime in this crazy season of warm-cold-warm-cold-warm. I also read a book on urban gardening lately (really good...makes me want to plant some potatoes in the front yard, be forewarned). Someone send me some seeds! Or seedlings! 'Cause I don't have any place to sprout seeds! Let's get our warm dirty dirt on.
Mortals - I'm also reading a book about sugar. Lemmetellya. There's some good stuff in there about things like high fructose corn syrup that I just didn't know before and some things that I glaze through for a couple of pages at a time but overall, it's a sweet read. Sweet, I say. And it makes me want to swear off desserts forever. But I haven't gotten to the part where we talk about how sugar is addictive yet. We'll see what we learn when we get there.
Plebians - I got a doughnut today. I knew that I was going to get a doughnut today. It helped me through the last 7 minutes of my almost-so-I'll-say-it-was 4 mile chug today. That doughnut didn't last long enough to make up for those last 3 minutes.
Tribe - Yes, yes I am using thesaurus.com. It's 10 o'clock, and I'm also watching TV. Sometimes the power of words elludes me at moments such as these.
Commonality - This one's a stretch.
Mob - I like this one. Let's be a really good mob, though. Let's mob illicit ice cream or something.
Family - I like putting on some running leggings in the morning and putting off the morning shower for a couple of hours. And these knees, they're fresh and ready to go seeing as how I coddled them for the first 33 years of their existence. I think I have a couple of good years yet in them. Maybe even a 5K. If it's not too bright and not too humid and not too cold and no one in the crowds lining the race knows me.
Blogees - I'm going to eat some cereal because there isn't a better pre-bedtime nibble. So says me.