Skipped #7. Took the left fork, but wished I took the right one.
Bobbled a couple.
Was interested in following but was on my own by the time I headed to 2. Did run into a lot of people during the race and even finished with a little clutch. Followed Sharon for a few controls, curious to see her pace. I'd already skipped and she hadn't so we went separate ways eventually. I enjoyed guessing (correctly) what her route choice was going to be, even at a fairly micro level.
Made the mistake of going on the "trail" through the marsh on the way to 15. J-J and Stephen were ahead of me so I figured it couldn't be that bad. I was relieved not to be permanently stuck. Got in up to my waist and at times was not sure I'd get out.
To school for an interesting parent teacher meeting (all jr high parents and staff), at which we discussed behavior and the means the teachers are taking to deal with poor behavior. They have a great system set up. I tried to make the point that the kids are feeling somewhat disempowered and behavior would improve if the teachers welcome any attempts from the kids to propose changes to the rules. The kids did circulate a petition, but the kids felt their efforts were squashed.
bridge ckt. Very happy to have gotten off my duff wrt exercise, especially as we bailed on the CSU local event yesterday in favor of staying warm and dry and spending time with my family and a visitor from Kyrgyzstan. In addition to running, I cleaned the chicken coop and made lasagna (for tonight's International Dinner at school) before heading off to work. I almost sound like I'm getting stuff done.
I am awfully pleased that Cristina will join me & Peter for the AZ rogaine. Triangles have much more interesting social dynamics than pairs, and just being a pair has been plenty interesting. I tend to think of success in rogaines as being primarily about not having some kind of breakdown (injury, blisters, GI problems, dehydration) and of course with more people you have a higher probability of that happening. But we can offset that disadvantage by communicating well and using all three brains and milking the party atmosphere for morale and having Cristina and Peter carry my stuff.
had to go back home once i arrived at work b/c i'd left my bike bag with computer on the back porch while moving plants so neighbor Brad could borrow the van which was in the garage...
To school for the international dinner. My parents are visiting, and as is not atypical for them, they invited a visitor to visit them while they visit us. Her name is Anara, and she is the sister of an acquaintance of the administrator of the foreign teachers program in Kyrgyzstan where my parents taught a few years ago. She is here to learn English and just found out she got in to U Mich to study social work. Anyway, Anara came along to the dinner, which was served by David & his friends to raise funds for charity and the 8th grade yearbook. Afterward, I dropped Isabel's friend Jessie off at the Porter Square bookstore, where her sociologist father was reading excerpts from his new book on how 9/11 has worked its way into our culture. I bought a copy and had him autograph it to my parents and biked on home in the dusk thinking that I really ought to get a replacement bike light.