Saturday, August 27, 2016

Simplifying Digitally, Kinda!

On Thursday, I went into the Verizon store with my old flip phone.  I have reached the point where I'm exhausted trying to keep up with all the activity with my social media.  So I did it!  I deactivated and unpublished my facebook pages!  I left the groups I created and belonged to.  Instagram, Twitter, Snap Chat = gone.  I deleted the apps on my smart iphone6 and dummied down to an old flip phone with a keyboard.  BOOM!!!

It's Day 2.

I looked at my phone for updates yesterday so many times only for it to look blankly at me as if to say, "Hey!  I'm ONLY a 2nd generation cellular device!  Don't look at me that way!!"

Heck.  I dug up this old blog that I started 8 years ago!  Desperate times call for desperate measures, don't you know?!

For whatever reason, I can't stay away entirely.  I have plenty to say to the world!  Or to the handful who will listen :)  THANK YOU!!!

In February I must have been having some of the same overwhelmed feelings, because I can see that I revived the blog for one post and updated you readers somewhat on what is going on.  I hope now to continue more regularly as my outlet.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

We Are Not Alone

Today was one of those days.  You know what I mean.  Although today it all happened before 8:15 a.m.
Let me set the tone.  It’s Day 2 of the new school year.  Enough said.
Seriously, parents of ASD kids know what I am talking about, and we are not alone in our struggles.
Aaron and Isaac went to bed on time and woke up before the alarm clock this morning.  No problem.  It wasn’t until it was time to “get dressed” until things started turning.
I use the countdown method to getting out of the house; randomly announcing (at the top of my lungs) how many minutes are left – “THIRTY MINUTES!”  Usually there is no answer at the other end, but I know I was heard!  Once I got a complaint from a neighbor!!  I’m kidding about that😉
Today, however, one boy heard, and the other didn’t.  He didn’t move at the 20 minute mark, the 10 minute mark, or the “we leave in 5 minutes Isaac.  Are you going to school in your underwear today??” mark.
This is one of those gems that you receive over the course of parenthood.  You know what I am referring to.  That time that you shared your struggle with another parent, looking for sympathy and/or understanding in your plight, only to get something like “well when that happened to me, I just (blah, blah, blah, blah)  insert eye roll here.
Except I listened that time, and I kept that one in my repertoire.  See what I did there?  I write one sentence paragraphs, but I occasionally throw in a three syllable word to keep you readers on your toes🙂
I listened to this woman, who has worked with special needs children for years and years, and has raised her children with that same compassion and understanding; as she explained that she threatened her two boys with taking them to school in their underwear if they weren’t ready when she was heading off to work.
Well, Isaac called my bluff. isaac 8182016
So there I was at 7:40 a.m., the time we load the car to head off to school, carrying him, in his underwear to the car.  Yep.  I again proved that I am “that Mom”.  Aaron protested, “Mom, you seriously aren’t taking him to school in his underwear are you?!?!”  “In fact, yes.  Yes I am Aaron, and here is why.  You know I am one for ‘mental health’ days when you can’t seem to get it together and need a ‘day off’.  I get that.  But your ASD is different from Isaac’s ASD.  Isaac does not have the rationale to differentiate between one day, and the rest of the school year.”  (Aaron is Level 1, Isaac Level 3 – maybe 2 now – thank you Jesus!!)  “So if I allow Isaac to get his way today , then tomorrow will be worse, and I won’t get him to school again without a struggle.”
Aaron encouraged Isaac once more before heading into the middle school to ‘get dressed and have a great day at school’,  only to get  the clothes thrown back at him.   “I’m not going to school again.  I went already!” Isaac stated adamantly.
Once at the elementary school, by the grace of God, and I mean that, Mommy stayed calm and attempted to show Isaac that I meant business.  I do things in 3’s, so after three attempts, I had to call in the troops.  And by “the troops” I mean the school principal.  Who just happens to be that same Mom I referred to earlier.
She went to task, letting me know to ‘stay back’ and that she had two things in mind to try.  While another Mom consoled me, and made sure that the tears didn’t come until I was in the safety of my car, all alone, I saw Isaac’s butt get off the seat!!!  A few minutes later, he came out the car = DRESSED!!!   She carried his socks and shoes, he looked both ways before he crossed the parking lot, they walked past us, and the principal told Isaac, loud enough for me to hear, ‘we are going to go inside and sit and think about this for a few minutes’, “tell Mom you will see her later!”
“Bye Mom.  See you at 3.”
As lonely as it can be at times.  As misunderstood as we are at times.  As ‘out there’ as we appear at times.
We are not alone.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Back to Blogging.

Like many Moms do, I got busy.  SO busy that I dumped the blogging in favor of other stuffs.  Truth is, I miss blogging!  Even if no one reads it, I love to write my thought down and publish them!  If that makes me strange than you just realized something I've known for quite some time!  Welcome to the craziness that is ME!!!

It's been a while since my last blog, so I should reintroduce myself and give you all an update on who I am and what's going on in my life these days.  I'm still the same old SarahJeanne, but a few years older and with more laugh lines!!  47 now, Aaron is 12 in the 6th grade and Isaac is 8 and in the 3rd grade.  MUCH more about them to come!!  Jeff and I are going on 13 years now!

I have been continuing my running and have moved from 5k's to my last race of 50 miles.  I am currently training for my first 100 miler on April 9th.  Pototwotomi Trail Run in Pekin, IL.

No dogs in the kennel, no horses, no birds.  Just two inside lap dogs, Max the mini and Lazy Daisy.  More about them to come as well.

For now I am just wanting to get something out there and then I start investing more time to discover more interesting subjects to type about!  And so it begins.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Liken me to a babbling brook....

I think I could write a book about today's run, I am so excited!  I will try to be brief and condense, but it was SOOOOoooooo fantastic, and full!!

I had been trying to get someone, anyone to run my long run this weekend with me.  Some of the miles, all of the miles, I would move as slow or as fast (well not any faster than a 9 minute mile) as they needed/wanted.  No one was available  :(  Not even a sitter  = double :(

I was going to have to run Easter Sunday, after worship, after lunch, after the egg hunt... Ugh!
So when my husband came home early today, I was "outta here".

I had 16 miles on the schedule, but I already set myself up to do 17.  This morning I read a post on Cross my Heart Fitness about running slower for long runs, so that was my plan.  10 minute miles.  

At 6 miles I was on track at 59:47. 
At 12 miles I was moving a bit too fast at 117:48
I was on fire!  My first "runner's high was at 7.75.  The second was at 14 miles in!
Thereafter was a chore, but no way was I quitting.  NO. WAY.
Nor did I care at that point how fast or slow I was moving.  I just knew I was not going to stop.

I finished 17.06 miles in 2:46:20
A PR for distance for me.
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Dinner was beef steak, baked potatoes, tossed salad, 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk.  Dessert will be a few beers and an early bedtime!!

Life is good!  Great!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How many half marathons!?! Are you being serious right now??

Last night my husband was standing in the kitchen.  He looked lost.  Confused.  I asked, tentatively, "what's up?"   He looked around and said, "it's like an awards room in here."
"How many half marathons have you run?"

When I look back on my short running venture, I truly am amazed at what my body and mind have done.

My very first half marathon was November 30, 2012.  
I had only "seriously" (and I use that term loosely) been running since August 3rd, 2012.
And I just wanted to see if I could do it.  If I was strong enough to handle life as it were for me at that time.

I honestly did not enjoy it.  It was HARD!.
And when I was done, I remember saying, 'yeah, um, no, I am not interested in running another; let alone a full marathon.  Ever!'

God continues to amaze me with more and more growth!  Even at 44 years old.

Today as I looked ahead and mapped out my training for the month of April, the things I am doing are, in my humble opinion, INCREDIBLE!!

I took a few months off after that 'test', then stumbled on a "local" running group.  Well in the nearest city 40 miles away anyhow, but with internet and facebook, I was communicating with other women, much like myself, each with a different yet similar inner drive and passion!  (Shout out to my fellow Sole Sisters of Peoria, IL <3 br="">

Those ladies encouraged me to run my very first "real" race on January 1st, 2013.  A 5k, called the "Resolution Run".  It was c-c-c-c-old (21 degrees), breezy, and there was a HUGE hill!   But the Sole Sisters that I met there, my kids and husband there supporting me, and the adrenalin got me hooked! 

Since then, I have run half marathons supporting various groups/organizations:
*Mom's Run This Town, virtual half, Winter Runnerland (also ran the 10k distance wth my SS's)
*Tackle the Miles virtual half (13 in 2013)
*Barking Mad virtual Half  for breast cancer
*Frosty Virtual Half
*St. Baldrick's virtual half for kid with cancer
*St. Patrick's virtual half (13 n 2013)
*Jelly Bean virtual half (also ran the 5k and 10k distances)

That's 8 exclamation points - one for each half I have done in the past 4 months!!

"Wow!  Are you being serious right now??", he asked.
Thanks for being on this journey with me :-)