Can I Get a Do Over?

Okay, no fun titles today and distinctions between Food, Fitness, and Life.  With any luck, I’ll be able to do that in the next few days.

Instead – I’d like a do-over for the past week and a half.  I know this isn’t 3rd grade, but a do over would still be nice.

Back is still hurting, but on the mend I think.  I can sit and stand now without wanting to cry.  I have a follow-up appointment today with my real doctor (vs. the Urgent Care doctor from last weekend).  

Saturday night D and the kids had a blast on the night hike.  There were two other families, and apparently R babbled questions at the tour guide constantly.   Not surprising if you knew her, and I was assured by D that the questions were all because she was paying rapt attention and the tour guide loved every second of it.  I can see that.  Conversations with R are fun.

When they finally got home (after stopping at the Oceanfront area to bop around a bit), I was regaled with stories of frogs, night vision games they played, and why the swamp/bog water in Virginia Beach is actually safe to drink (something to do with the tannins in the leaves that fall into the water).  I’m really glad that they had so much fun, and it’s about time that we start taking advantage of the (free) fun to be had in VA.  Better late than never I suppose.

On Sunday, D went out to the Newport News City Park for a day of hiking and geocaching.  He’d call and text me occassionally throughout the day about the deer he saw and how much he was loving this park, and how he can’t wait to bring us all out there.  Unbelieveably cute.  He took 90 pictures!  One of the cache’s he found was a shrunken head.  Kinda funny.

Sunday evening D and I had planned to try and see a movie.  I was sitting a little better and figured I could handle it.  Right about 7pm (just before we were leaving), I was feeling a bit hungry, so I ate a peach that I had gotten the previous day at the farmer’s market.  It wasn’t very tasty (no flavor).  Anyway, 5 minutes later, I had hives all around my lips, my throat started swelling shut, and D and I were off for the Emergency Room.  It was scary, and all I kept thinking was “this is how my little girl felt when she had her peanut reaction”.  And she was 4 at the time!  Brave girl 🙂

I sincerely doubt I have a peach allergy.  I’ve been eating peaches most of my life.  Best guess at this point is either the farm workers wore latex gloves (and I’m severly allergic to latex), or I reacted to some chemical/pesticide.  We’ll probably never really know, so I am now the proud owner of my very own Epi Pen.  So now R and I match.  A new mother-daughter thing.

The neat thing is that my husband is seriously considering starting a blog/vlog and documenting his new and growing passion for geocaching, hiking, and whatever may be next.  We’ve been brainstorming a bit, and I think it’s cute as hell.

The camping books I ordered came in yesterday.  While I have been having tons of fun with my dehydrator, I never would have taken it to the level they do in these books had I not picked them up.  I’ll have lots of stories about that playtime I’m sure!

This weekend we’re still going to Richmond even though I can’t do the Tri.  I’d like to watch and still have fun.  Of course a big part of our plan is a trip to REI to check out the camping and hiking stuff for D.  And if my back is okay, we’re going to do a family hike somewhere near the James river.

And because I have no pictures of my own to share, here are some that D took on his Sunday adventure.


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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