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Too hard and too easy!

Ran with Hubby again this week - he dragged me out on a Saturday afternoon, with no music (ughh), chatted the whole way, after a big walk in the morning. It sucked. I was sucking air! It was supposed to be my "long" run, but I only managed 3.01km before collapsing in a heap :-(

Hubby on the other hand kept going a bit more, because I was holding back his "stride".


Hmphh. We might go out occasionally, but I think we do better alone!

On Monday morning I tried again, by myself, in the cool of the morning (it's still "winter" here - ha!), with my tunes to psych me up. I did 6.6km at 8 min/km pace (52 min 52 sec) - an increase of 10% on last weeks long run!!! Woo hoo! Felt good :-)

Am I the only one who changes the words to songs in my head while I'm running?

Summer Rain by Belinda Carlise becomes "running with you in the summer rain"

Roam by the B52's becomes "run if you want to, run around the world"

Jump by Glee (or Van Halen, depen…

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In my life this week:
Have been enjoying my clean, de-cluttered bedroom and the clean loungeroom!

I kept up my exercise - I ran 6km without stopping on the weekend - my furthest distance yet, and I was on a bit of a runner's high all day!

Took Max the dog for a couple of walks using a halti-collar. He does tend to pull and I have been training him, but he goes nuts when he sees another dog! So I'm hoping this will work better. Now we just have to come across a dog when walking (where'd they all go?).


In our homeschool this week:
We got out the Viewmasters (Video Boy has the old one we had when we were kids, Wombat Girl has the new one that works!). Fabulous 3D fun!


Lots of fun chemistry. We were talking about balancing chemical equations (can't create or destroy atoms), so we got out the good ol' bicarb and vinegar, but this time talked about what was happening at an atomic level.



We then tried to make "hot ice" - which is sodium acetate (what you get left…

Running in da rain

Wet week here. But I managed to get out twice - and miss the worst of the downpours. But I did do my first run in the rain (well, sprinkles!). Maybe I can call myself a "runner" after all?

Took my hubby out on Wednesday morning. He has run (all the way, no walking) several City to Surf's (14km), but his last one was 16 years ago (leaving his then fiancĂ©e in the back of the pack). He did the Boot Camp with me 2 years ago, and when it was running time, he was up the front and I was at the back, huffing and puffing (and cursing). That was the last time he ran...until now! I've been sweating it out for months now.

Well, he kept up with me (the bastard!!! LOL), but he was huffing and puffing. We did 2.84km in 21 minutes (7:43 min/km). That was enough for him and I'm quite proud that he did so well. I'm even more prouder of me, that although I still looked like a beetroot, I felt quite comfy and "fit".


Today (Sunday) I dodged the worst of the rain and got ou…

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 23

In my life this week:
I completed the bedroom painting! I went with Dulux Cottontail (on Wombat Girl's advice).


I like the end result - cleaner, lighter and the room looks bigger. We moved the bed and I indulged in new sheets and quilt cover too! Will be going to buy new bedside lamps and hang some pictures soon.

I volunteered (because, yeah, I have so much free time!!) to help take local highschool students out on a fossil walk on the rock platforms near here. I had the Year 7 "enrichment" class and they were very interested and learnt a lot. Apparently the same could not be said for the senior Yr 11 Biology class...


Still running! Enjoying my "long" 5km runs (which are getting faster) and took my hubby out for his first run in two years (he kept up with me and I look a lot more like a beetroot than him, but he was huffing and puffing!).

In our homeschool this week: My sister sent some souvenirs from Melbourne Aquarium. What were all these types of sharks?

Video Boy…

Learning all the time

Before we made the momentous leap into uncharted territory (a.k.a. homeschooling), I read a bit about it. OK, well, I read a lot! Bought books, read web sites. In fact (because sometimes I can be a slow learner) I had been reading about this option of education for several years before we actually took the plunge.

Dreadmill vs. outside!

Playing catchup here! It was raining on Friday, so I decided to "just do it" and head off to the gym (of which I'm not a member) and hit the treadmill. $16 later (what the?), 20 minutes on the bike and eliptical waiting for a treadmill to free up, and I was on.

Did half an hour of intervals - 2 min with a 2 degree incline and speed of 8, then 2 min flat and 7. I have no idea if this is fast or slow, but it felt OK. The woman next to me was sprinting for half and hour at 13!! No problem - I used to look in awe at anyone running on a treadmill, and now that was me for 30 minutes! I think I did about 3.5km. And it sure was more humid inside!

Sunday was after Saturday night... I had planned on doing a local fun-run, but upon discovering it was a leisurely 12km instead of my imagined 5, I decided against it. So on Monday morning I was up and at 'em. 5.09km in 38.51min (av pace 7.38min/km). 2 minutes faster than last weekend! Woo hoo! I felt really good (after the first 5 mi…

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 22

In my life this week:
A week of "blah". Our short stint of warm weather was over, and we had plenty of rain.



Sick hubby (see my video link below - too funny!), sick kids, me feeling as though I might get sick, but my super-human immune system (or excessive use of vitamins) fended it off!

In our homeschool this week:
Given the low energy levels and high snot levels, we took things very easy this week...very "unschool".

We read...

We played Mastermind...

We played Bananagrams....

We played Forbidden Island...(and watched Poirot - multi-taskers!)


Wombat Girl practised piano...


The kids designed a new level for a video game and then drew a map...

We also listened to the audiobook of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer...

and started reading One Day in the Tropical Rainforest by Jean Craighead George.
I am inspired by: I really enjoyed Ordinary Life Magic's Rainbow Snowcones post about unschooling and the video in it about homeschooling in general and how to approach mathematics in …

pottering about

Wombat Girl loves to potter about. She has always been the one to make stuff, cut, paste, draw, construct.

She has a new "project" on the go - investigating charcoal from the fire pit. She has spent hours crushing, spreading, watering, pottering. Having fun!