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July 9, 2020
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Aspen's school district announced they will be going back to school at 100% capacity, but also offering a 100% online option. Parents are supposed to choose one option or the other, for the entire first semester. Kids will wear masks, no congregating in cafeteria/gym/etc, and they will "try" to maintain 6 ft distancing. I wish they had come out with a bit more of a plan. I'm fairly confident about sending Owen back to school, since his classes are so small and the classrooms are huge - they have the space and resources to be thoughtful about it. But that's a small private school, so it's easier for them than a huge middle school. I actually floated the idea to Aspen that she go to his school for 8th grade, but she wasn't having it, lol. Meanwhile, I haven't painted in 6 weeks or something. My job is NOT getting done. I'm managing our rental, which is a decent amount of work right now, but other than that I've completely given up and gone full mom mode. 
Zoom call to discuss po[...]
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July 9, 2020
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Thursday was supposed to be a bike ride, and instead I took a chance on some leftovers and deeply regretted it. Better out than in, indeed.
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July 9, 2020
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Looking ahead to my training plan for this weekend.... I have a 90 mile ride on the schedule for Saturday and a 12 mile run Sunday.  There is also a 40% chance of rain Saturday - and if it hits us, they say it will be heavy, like 1-2 inches. uuuugggghhhhhh
There's no way I'm doing a 6-hour ride in conditions like that. I suppose I could bump things back a day, since Sunday looks ok... but honestly, the deferral option is looking mighty fine at this point. Not to mention I didn't make a swim appt this week like I was planning to and I haven't swam in months... and am 10+ lbs heavier than I'd like to be.  I just wish IM would go ahead and cancel this race already, so I wouldn't have to agonize about it anymore.

Upper body & Core video
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July 9, 2020
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With Chris - lower body day. Didn't keep track of reps and sets.
Leg press, lying
Leg press, platform push out
Standing hamstring single-leg curl machine
Leg extension
Leg curl machine
Ab rubber band extension thing
Standing ab weight bar hold thing

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July 9, 2020
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I am relieved that it's a bit cooler today.  Low 80s and overcast - that is GREAT summer weather to me.
I'm going to log off work a bit early and get in my run on the way to meet a friend for a patio beer.    
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July 9, 2020
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I don't have kids, but I'm SO worried for everyone who does - and for teachers - with school starting in just over a month for most. How in the world is it going to work?! Just thinking about teachers inevitably getting sick and having to quarantine (then does the whole class/grade/building quarantine?), teacher shortages, taking on janitorial duties, having to build both online AND in-person curriculum, being underpaid, possibility of strikes - that's just teachers, and on top of the hell they already go through with testing and administration and parents. Then throw in transportation - what happens when bus drivers get sick and have to quarantine? Does the whole route quarantine when one child tests positive? How will buses be kept clean? How will distancing guidelines be enforced on already-full bus routes? Then I think about families who (have the luxury to) opt for remote learning... how many computers does the average household have? If you have more than one child, who gets th[...]
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July 9, 2020
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Work has been kind of slow this week and then of course, at 4:00 yesterday the projects started rolling in and now I'm bordering on being overwhelmed. Thinking I'll go in the office today to knock out some of the smaller tasks -- it's just so much better working with the big desktop system than struggling on my home laptop. Just 5ish more months of this and then I'm done, yessss....

And because there hasn't been enough drama in 2020, our friends who winter in Sanibel Island are having big-time relationship issues --- learned that the guy, Mike, was fooling around with the gal in the condo next door to them all winter. And it sounds like this is just the first in a string of affairs over the years. Which is none of my business except that we were working on a plan to spend a week in Sanibel this December and part of that involves bike riding with that couple and dinner/shopping with them. It's unclear if Becky will be returning to Sanibel this fall. I told Steve we might want to ret[...]
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July 9, 2020
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bowflex+legs + 100 LL
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July 9, 2020
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Thursday - yay. 
Yesterday we had the craziest little storm cell hover over us for a good hour. Started with a little rain but graduated in sheeting down rain, lots of lightning and thunder, hail and then power outages. We were out for about an hour. But a neighbour said she saw lightning hit the power lines on Jane st twice. So i was surprised the power came back on so quickly. And it only hit the west-end really. 
Darren also had bought us a bigger inflatable pool the kids were loving. But last week the raccoons scratched it and popped the top ring. Darren patched it but there was still a slow leak so he was having to fill it most days. It was fine but this morning Darren saw the raccoons actually in it (gross) and then found their poop in the pool. So, that pool is now in the garbage ... :
Back to fun in the sprinklers ... gonna be super hot today. 

80 Day Obsession Cardio Core - day 10 - not strictly strength but not going to change it. The same car[...]
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July 9, 2020
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Not sure why weight was so high.
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July 9, 2020
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9:41am: Busy, busy, busy. Makes the day go by fast, though.
Thinking about taking the bike out today. Depends partially on the weather -- there are storms on the way in. Last night, Tinley Park got caught under a small cell of pop-up storms and it marginally cooled things off for approximately 4 minutes. So, there's that.
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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
-- Maya Angelou
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July 9, 2020
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I thought I was hosting a music teachers association board meeting via zoom today.  There were supposed to be 5-6 people attending.  I didn't find out until a mass email was sent out that the entire association was invited.  Sheesh. I'm a bit nervous because the president sent me an agenda, I have no idea what most of the agenda items are referring to, and since English is not her first language, she asked me to run the meeting.  We are obviously having some communication issues!  I had to do a practice Zoom meeting yesterday with a teacher who didn't know how to log on.  I'm envisioning myself walking a dozen teachers through the joining a meeting process while the meeting is going....Should be fun, lol!
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July 9, 2020
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I am hoping that by next week I am done shaking at the end of the planks and can start adding in some other varieties. 

Planks Day 9
4 X 1 minute
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July 9, 2020
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My normal 4:00am wake up has been a real struggle for me lately. I used to wake up about 2-5 minute before my alarm went off almost every day and feel rested and ready to go. Now, without an alarm, I won't wake up until 6:00. I think it is a combination of several different things:
- Lack of motivation for IM training. Races being cancelled and unsure if any will even happen this fall. I was really wanting to race Tulsa and then Kona this year. Would put me at 20 and I would have raced Kona. I was kind of thinking I might then take a break for a year, maybe. At least I would feel that I had that option. IM FL is still on for this year.....so far, but like all of us with fall races - we are doubtful these will happen. So, I think my motivation level to train has not been too high.
- Work is still so busy. I am learning so much in this new position, but the study I am on is very high pressure, fast pace, and a priority study. Work is taking so much of my time and energy.
- Facing real[...]
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July 9, 2020
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@COTTAGE
It's 7am and I'm sitting on a deck looking over a beautiful lake but I can't enjoy it.  I'm filled with such resentment and anger right now. 
Angry that my mother unilaterally decided to arrive early.  I really wanted a day or two to myself to enjoy the cottage while not working but she just decided to arrive two days early with her two aggressive untrained dogs.  The one has already attacked and drew blood from mine.   They are up so early which means everyone else is up too and they always seem to be barking.  I'm worried that their barking carries across the lake and everyone else can hear it.  But also annoyed that it doesn't seem to resonate with her that she invaded my private space even though I tried to explain.  She just does whatever she wants.  It's like she'll nap on the couch in the one common area forcing everyone to tip toe around her in the middle of the afternoon.  I told her to go upstairs to her roo[...]
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