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Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Cupcake Fairy Cometh

Earlier this week, I came home from work to find a package had been dropped upon my doorstep and my children had brought it in and set it upon the kitchen counter undisturbed, as it was addressed to Mike and I. I gave Mike a quick call and asked him if he was expecting a package.
He wasn't. As he waited patiently for me to open the package, I knew he was anxiously awaiting news of it's contents. I peeled back the packaging tape, cutting it open with scissors. Inside it, I found boxes of tasty little treasures...... The Cupcake fairy had sent us a little box of creamy chocolaty goodness! There were cupcakes and a variety of other snack cakes.

The Wimmer boys were definitely in Heaven. I waited to tell them about the plethora of snack cakes until Mike got home a few minutes later. After Mike posed for a few pictures of him simulating eating them double-fisted with the wrappers on, we called the pigs up from the boy-dungeon and as you can see, no time was wasted digging in. The crumbs and cellophane were soon flying. Anyone reaching into the feedbag zone was careful not to lose a hand or an eye while trying to get their sugar fix.

Big thanks to Dan and his family for the surprise treat!
Monday we went to the Y to run on the track while Lucas was at drivers ed. It had been a while since I had run on anything but the elliptical or treadmill. I went to turn on the footpod for my Garmin, and found it to be dead - CRAP! Without the footpod, I left the Garmin in my jacket pocket and went the tried and true stopwatch and counting laps on my fingers method. I hate that- it makes me run really stiff to hold my hands in a way that I can keep track of the 15 laps that make up each mile. We got in what felt like a pretty easy 5.5 miles, nothing real special. Let me tell you though I was feeling all that real live track running by the time I went to bed, and I woke up the next day stiff and sore. My back muscles hurt, my quads were killing me, I felt like I did after my first half mary - ouch. I guess the lesson is I need to run more often on real terra firma more often so the muscles remember how that feels, and if I should bring a spare battery with me if I want to use the pod.
Tuesday I went swimming in the evening. I really didn't feel like it much but thought it might feel good to do some easy laps and warm up the muscles, plus some of the girls from work said they might be there. Plus, Tuesday is my sister Michele's swim night (although she hasn't come much lately) so I thought I better go at least for a while. The work girls were a no show, but Michele was there (yeah!). I still wasn't feeling much like swimming, the pool was cold, and I got in only about 1200 yds of lollygagging laps peppered with lots of stopping to chitchat.
Tonight we went for another swim night. I was ready for it. I had looked up a swim workout plan at . i knew what I wanted to do and how fast I wanted to do it. When we got there we discovered that the lifeguard hadn't shown up. We waited a while and CJ spent some time working on technique on deck with the group. Dave volunteered to be responsible for the group as the lifeguard and we got in for 40 minutes of swimming until he had to go. Mike's stroke looked good tonight. I can tell he was applying the advice CJ gave him and it looked much better.


Dan Seifring said...

Glad the boys enjoyed a little taste of Philly snacks.

Nice job with the swim. I so have to get to the pool.

Jeff said...

What, no cheese steaks?

So you did like 82 laps? That sounds like fun! How do you count when you run out of fingers. . . and toes?

cindy said...


"we called the pigs up from the boy-dungeon"...that made me laugh...sounds so much like our family!

I did a double-take when I saw the second picture. I thought...that looks like our wall...we have the same Runner's World calendar :)

Okay, you are now my hero for running all those laps on an indoor track!

bigmike600 said...

I'm glad you liked my stroke. Makes me feel good. I don't heart swimming yet.

Steve Stenzel said...

Mmm...sweets from heaven...

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

I was thinking about your contortionist running today when I was running. I was thinking, OW. And then I was thinking, Dang - she went and ran 15 laps on a (probably not very exciting) indoor track - way to get it done!

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

I can't wait to cheer you guys on at a Tri!!!

blink140pnt6 said...

"the pigs from the boy-dungeon" Funny. My cousin has a boy that lives in the basement.

Tell mike congrats on his swim.

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