Swimming Part 2

May 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

That’s it. It’s time to start back in on running, which means swimming is done until the water’s warm enough to get in the lake. Despite troubles on my first day, this swim-intensive has resulted in quite a few breakthroughs including this odd sense that swimming might be a little bit fun. Whahaaaa?

Since I was such a baby about it at first, and since I’m trying harder to “reflect” on my accomplishments even though they sometimes seem small in retrospect, I’ve decided to leave you with a few parting thoughts on swimming.

  • It really is better to wear a swim cap.
  • Swim caps will always be squeaky, make your eyebrows look surprised, and pull your hair when you put them on. If you practice, they will get less squeaky and pull less of your hair but you will still look surprised. All of this is worth it.
  • The first thing you should do when you get in the pool is a few bobs. This makes swimming seem more like a game.
  • If you open your mouth wider under water, more air will come out in the form of bubbles. This leaves less to do (only inhale instead of exhale/inhale) when you turn your head to the side.
  • Turning your head to the left is as easy as turning it to the right. Don’t spend any time wondering about how hard it is to turn to one side or the other!
  • You will never be sure which lap you’re on.
  • It is possible to swim an entire session without kicking, but it is not advised.
  • You know you are having a good swim day when the bottom of the pool looks “neat,” especially the bottom of the deep end.
  • Your goggles don’t need to be that tight. You will give yourself a black eye.

See? Basically I’m a swimming expert now.

I’ll let you know how it goes in the lake.


What e-Lew Likes: Our Bed

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

E-Lew snuggle time is not easy to come by. E-Lew sleep-in time is non-existent (rise and shine! It’s 5:30 a.m!)

While seemingly unrelated, these two factors explain why I folded so easily the first time he suggested we spend some early morning time together with Brad in our bed. It started a few weeks ago and alas, has become part of our morning routine.

Maybe this flies in the face of baby sleep expert advice. And maybe I did get kicked in both the eye and the ribs this morning. But how am I supposed to resist that warm, sleepy body and crystal clear call for “mama?” Yep. Kid’s got my number. And apparently now, all the covers too.

Deep Thoughts, by Hiram

May 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

We spent 100% of our weekend up at the cabin and Hiram spent 80% of his waking hours out on the dock, casting for fish. For being just threeandthreequarters, Hiram is an exceptional caster.  Like, ridiculously good. Like, mom-irrationally-fantasizes-about-finding-a-casting-contest-for-him-to-win good.

One rule was that Hiram needed an adult with him at all times while on the dock. He really didn’t need us there, he was completely preoccupied with casting. But we needed to be there because, well, he’s threeandthreequarters. The result was a fantastic opportunity to hear a flow of thoughts stream straight from his head and out over the glassy-smooth lake. I loved it.

Here are just a few of the deepest and most profound thoughts I got to hear while “supervising” Hiram’s fishing.  

  • It’s OK if I lose my fish because I can get another one
  • A pet is a pet, even if it’s on a string
  • If you don’t say “I love you,” you go to war

Oh, I love you, mister H.

Write a Novel: May Update

May 23, 2013 § 2 Comments

It’s a good thing I have a deadline to post a novel-writing update on the 23rd of each month because it forced me to overcome a little writer’s block on my character study assignment. As of now, I’m still on track to complete this novel by 2026! A few hours ago? Not the case.

I’m still busy working on my first character and have so far written about these topics:

  • Where she lives now
  • Some stories she remembers about her childhood
  • Her job
  • One of her biggest fears
  • Her biggest secret
  • What motivates her

I still have to write about a conflict in her life, her happiest memory and her appearance and mannerisms. The last thing I plan to figure out before my class in July is her name and other demographics. I’m having fun! She’s getting a voice, which is exciting. She’s also getting complicated, which seems good too. Here’s my progress tracker.

May Novel Update

What e-Lew Likes – Bunnies

May 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Buddy, Buddy, Buddy.” Nope, no stuffy nose. This is Eldyn’s word for “bunny.” He repeats this word over and over in complete monotone as he  waddle-chases them around the yard. One pudgy little finger outstretched and a look of determination in his eyes.

  • The good news for Eldyn is that there are an exorbitant number of rabbits roaming the neighborhood this year.
  • The bad news for both Eldyn and the rabbits is that Brad put a rabbit-deterring fence around our back yard to protect my (already pitiful) garden.
  • The good news for both Eldyn and the rabbits is that a few small holes have developed in our fence over the winter. This means plenty of Buddies enjoying my tulips in the back yard.
  • The great news for Eldyn, and the terrible news for the rabbits, is that the fence makes it pretty hard for rabbits to escape when being pursued by a wobbly but dogged buddy hunter. The other day I saw one squish itself out through a hole that was basically the size of a dime.


May 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just posted my 700th post on this silly blog. For some reason, this number, as opposed to 650 or 690, makes me feel like I’ve written quite a lot of stuff. And it got me thinking about what my goal is, exactly.

In the end, I decided that my goal is just to keep writing. That way, when my boys get bigger, they will have a way to remember their childhood. Maybe they’ll also see that their crazy mama loved them. Maybe they’ll also forgive their crazy mama for demonstrating this love by incessantly posting cute stories about them on the internet.

Anywhooo- this is getting cheesy so let’s wrap it up with a few fun facts about the number 700 – provided by Wikipedia and other equally credible sources.

  • 700 is the sum of four consecutive prime numbers (167 + 173 + 179 + 181)
  • 700 is a Harshad number, which means a number that is divisible by the sum of its digits. (I’m no expert, but to me, 700 is kind of a cheater Harshad number since 0 + 0 is 0. 24 is a cooler Harshad number. Or 153. The only worse Harshad number cheaters are 1-9.)
  • Wearing headphones for an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times

Summer Project: Deck

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

In order to ensure all our dates include manual labor this summer, Brad and I decided to build a deck in our back yard. I am overly excited about this because I’ve wanted a deck since I moved to this house in 2005. I can’t believe it’s actually happening!

Yesterday was our first date day working on the deck and there isn’t that much to report, except that Menards has a really helpful, patient and friendly employee named Megan who should win the grand prize of being the first guest to enjoy a beer on our new deck. Eventually.

Here are “Way Before” and “Before” pictures.



Way Before – the way it was


End of day 1: Some footings sort of in place + all materials purchased and awaiting delivery!

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