Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And It's Monday!

Don't complain about swimming being my only topic. It means I'll at least check in once a week! But truly, last week was much the same as the week before - Morrigan clocked lots of time at the YMCA, I logged some hours at work, and everyone else was scheduled around us!

We did fit in a few playdates for Eion with some of his new friends from this year.

And in this week's swim meet adventures, it was the much dreaded 100 free and 50 fly, Maggie's two least favorite events. Tim was working and the other children opted to stay home so it was just the two of us, and the 400 other swimmers. My performance the week before has garnered me a permanent position as clerk of course. It was a billion degrees and it was a huge meet but the time went fast!

As did Maggie, dropping time in both events, including 4 seconds on the butterfly.

She was cracking me up yesterday. She went to morning practice. Then when I took Morrigan for her 3 hours at the Y, Mags joined her so she could get another 45 minutes of swimming in. 


Now we're off to today's exercise session!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Return of Swim Meet Monday, on a Tuesday

Monday this week was filled with thunder and rain, so the swim met was moved to Tuesday. This was our first meet at the new Club, where the mascot is the Hound Dogs, hence the (temporary) tattoo.

They must buy them in bulk, as all the kids had them in a large variety of locations. 

The person who ran Clerk of Course had "retired," and they needed a replacement. [Editor's Note: Clerk of Course determines who will be in what lanes in each heat.] Sadly, I was determined to be a competent volunteer. It is one heck of a job and keeps you busy though, making the night fly by!

I did get to see Maggie race. She has "aged up" and the time standard are higher than last year. But she placed 5th silver in backstroke and 4th silver in freestyle, cutting time on both. And making her happy.

Which is good to remember today as she is strikingly less happy, having gotten braces yesterday, which hurt tons. We're hoping she's back to her smiling old self soon!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Welcome to the A-Typical Summer or The New Normal

Summers for many of the past years had a familiar, wonderful pattern. School would get out and, a few camps aside, we became fixtures at the pool. Alas, no more. Last week's marginal weather didn't help, but we are beset with complications and are having the weirdest of summers.

Y-Fit started for Morrigan and amounts to a part time job. She has to log her 50 hours at the YMCA in 41 days. In addition, she has certain classes she must attend, dictating strange and often inconvenient times she needs to be there. It has really wreaked havoc on our schedule. To her credit, she has been happy and upbeat, not really complaining. Well, a bit about soreness, but when one embarks on a 3 hours a day fitness program, it's to be expected. She's well on track to finish on time, escaping the dreaded PE.

I also started a new job at our local zoo. Your looking at, reading anyway, the new Assistant to the Executive Director! My boss has been very accommodating to my insane summer calendar. And fortunately, I can connect to many files from home and have been able to work on some projects off-site as well. They have a fundraiser coming up at the end of the summer that I'm working on as well. So far, it seems like a good fit and I'm really enjoying doing something new.

The job, however, is one more layer of complication, though a happy one!

Tonight we're off to the first swim meet of the summer, providing it doesn't get rained out. Was looking forward, on the new team, to taking a slightly smaller role in the meets. In a cruel turn of fate, all the people who ran clerk of course (arranging all the swimmers in heats) have moved on and Morrigan and I were tapped to take it over. Of well, working hard all night makes it go fast!