Seventeen 2017

Jaden-Finally lost that pesky tooth.

Logan-snuggled up in his robe for story time.

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Week in training (2/9/13)

Here is what my week in training was supposed to look like: (vs what it actually looked like)

Sunday: 4 miles easy 4 miles easy

Monday: 6×400 intervals 6×400 intervals

Tuesday: 6 miles easy.  (I may change this to a tempo run.) 6 miles easy pace.  The effort was not as easy….there was NO WAY I was going to add tempo.

Wednesday: 4 miles (possibly might add some incline work)  3 miles, no incline.  Super tired and no motivation.

Thursday: rest day.  I’ll be at the hospital all day for clinical.  Rest!

Friday 4 miles easy 4 miles easy, added a couple minor inclines

Saturday: 6 miles. 6 miles, last mile at tempo.

I had a super busy week with school.  In fact, the only reason I have time to write this right now, is because I’m waiting for our dinner to finish cooking and I can’t study in the kitchen with two loud kids running around and a dog underfoot!

Welcome Samson

After my beloved cat disappeared in early September, I have been on the lookout for a new feline to add to our family.  (We think Gabe escaped through the open garage door…I had him for over 11 years.)

A family from our church was looking to get rid of a cat that they had recently brought into their family.  This new cat was getting into territorial conflicts with their older cat. 

And that is how Samson came to live with us.  He is still adjusting (i.e. couldn’t find the litter box the first night) but I think he is going to fit in.  They boys adore him!

Normal routine

Is anyone else having a hard time believing that it is the end of September?!?

I’m fully entrenched in nursing school.  It takes up about 87% of my free time.  The remaining 13% is divided among my running, family, working, EMT-ing, laundry, feeding my family, and the other miscellany of life.

Nursing school is still really overwhelming.  There is always something that I should be working on, reading, studying, etc.  I’ll just warn you now…the blogging will be sporadic for the next two years.  Smile

I have been trying to settle into a routine.  Mondays I’m up early to head to Wausau for my Nursing Skills class (I have to leave the house by 6:00 am).  Last week I performed a head to toe assessment that comprised 15% of my grade.  I did well.  I am usually in the classroom until 1:00.  After commuting back home, I try to get a little bit of homework done before it is time to pick up the kids.

On Tuesdays, I go to the satellite campus in Spencer.  It is much closer, and I can drop Jaden off at school and Logan off at the sitter’s before heading in.  The classes on Tuesdays (Nursing Fundamentals and Pharmacology) are taught in Wausau, but because they are strictly lecture, I am able to go to the local campus and participate through Interactive TV.  While it is much more convenient to attend in Spencer, I am the only one who goes to that campus. 

All the other satellite campuses have at least 4 students.  This becomes a problem when it is time to discuss in a group and when the time comes to do our Pharmacology group project.  I am a bit frustrated that it worked out this way.  I wish that there were other students in Spencer with me.  I think it would enhance my learning.  However, since my Tuesday afternoons are busy, I can’t take the time to drive to Wausau for these classes.

After class on Tuesday, I am on call with the ambulance service for the next 12 hours.  It has been working well so far.  I have class until 11:50 and my shift starts at noon.  It gives me just enough time to get home.  My plan is always to work on studying and homework until it is time to get the kids, but I usually get distracted with trying to do stuff around the house…empty the dishwasher, do some laundry, etc.  I also try to get in a few miles on the treadmill.

Wednesdays, I don’t have class.  I keep the kids out of daycare and I take Jaden to school.  Logan and I get to spend our days together, which means that I typically don’t get any studying done, except when he is napping.  Nap time is the two hour time frame when I can run, shower, eat and study. 

Thursdays, I am back in Wausau for my Clinical (leaving the house by 6;00 am).  We are at a Long term care facility and each of the 8 of us have been assigned to a different resident.  There are different assignments that will evaluate our ability to assess, diagnose and plan care for our client.  I am usually in Wausau until a little after 1:00.  After I commute home, I again try to get some homework done, but again, I tend to get distracted by the minutia that needs to get done.

Fridays are the other day I don’t have class.  The kids are with me, and Logan and I get to hang out.  Today we ran some errands and baked a loaf of bread.  His nap was short, so I didn’t get much studying done.

Occasionally, on Wednesdays and Fridays, I’ll work.  I am only working casually right now, which works well for my class schedule, but not so well for our financial bottom line.

Saturdays are my day with both kids.  Jaden is off school, Tim is working.  I try to have some fun with the boys, but the reality of all the stuff that needs to happen around the house, usually takes priority.  For most of the summer, I would be doing my long training runs on Saturday mornings and Tim would drop the boys off at grandma’s house on his way to work.  It was a wonderful situation.  After my run and shower, I would go pick up Logan and Jaden would hang out with grandma for a few hours to help her get her stuff done.

Now that I’m not doing my long runs, the boys don’t get that time with grandma.  Jaden really misses it.  He has certain jobs that he always does at grandma’s and he takes them very seriously.  It is his job to help her get the garbage together and go to the dump.  The man who works at the dump expects to see Jaden every Saturday morning.  One time last spring, we saw the man who works at the dump at the store.  Since I don’t go to the dump, I don’t know this man.  But, he came right up and started talking to Jaden and called him by name.  Jaden’s eyes lit up and he jumped right into the conversation.  it took me a minute, but from their conversation, I was able to put the pieces together. 

Sundays are church days.  And football days.  And family time.  But it also usually ends up being study time.  I also end up doing most of my studying in the evenings after the boys are in bed.  It means that Tim and I don’t get to spend a lot of time together in the evenings, but I am going to do my best to set aside at least one night when I won’t be doing homework.  That means I am going to have to make better use of the time that is available to me.

I know that I can get through this, but it is going to be stressful.  My goal is not to let the stress be so overwhelming that I forget to have fun along the way.

How do you guys manage stress?

Stay tuned…my marathon goals post is in the works.  I’m nervous to state my goals.

Thank you

My small, little hometown, and the wonderful people who live here, have been through an awful lot in the past couple weeks.  We lost an amazing man, husband, father, son, friend.  I could go on and on about the type of person Jamison was, and the legacy he leaves behind, but others can do that more eloquently than I can.  I do want to take one more opportunity to thank some of the people who came to support us during this very difficult time.

Some of the best Marathon County has to offer!

The governor came to offer his condolences.  He gave some nice comments during the funeral

(Jenna Creger)

There were squad cars from all over the state.  Seeing them all lined up, especially along the processional route, was incredibly moving.  But it wasn’t just the officers who were at the funeral who were supporting our community.  Because there were so many officers present, especially from Marathon County, other departments and State Patrol officers had to cover extended areas.  The amount of support from law enforcement was incredible.

The response from fire and EMS vehicles was even more incredible.  I don’t have a final tally, but I heard that every county in the state of WI had sent at least one vehicle.  This is just a sample:

      (Kent Johnson)

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Aerial view of the fire and EMS vehicles in the high school parking lot.

Spirit helicopter was present to do a fly over at the burial.

I want to say a special thank you to a group of guys from Rib Mountain.  These guys came over to protect our community while we laid our hero to rest.  They brought their own trucks and looked at maps of our town and they were at the ready to take care of anything that would have come up.

Seeing all the support at the high school during the funeral service was incredible.

This is one of the overflow areas.  The cafeteria was filled with uniformed personnel showing their support.

Of course, the support we received along the processional was nothing short of awe-inspiring.

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I know that our community will never be the same after losing such a special person.  But, I feel like part of a larger community because of all the people who pulled together to help out a small town and the people who call it home.

Special thanks to Courtney Smith (on the right) for providing many of these pictures.