I suppose it’s only fitting that 2013 has been so busy thus far that I’m not writing about my plans for it until now. I’m not just telling — I’m doing.
One of the most monumental and bittersweet events that will take place this year involves the paperwork sitting on my kitchen table: Oliver will start kindergarten. I still laugh at the memory of leaning against the counter by the kitchen sink, the windows bright with June sun, holding the phone in one hand and a positive pregnancy test in the other. Such unexpected good fortune.
But before he joins his sisters at school, it looks like he’ll also be ready to join them on summer swim team. I’ll have the fun of shrieking all three of my kids’ names into the bullhorn and missing their races while I herd the rest of the team.
In the meantime, Tacy’s got her fifth grade ski pass, which means all of us will spend more time on the slopes. All of us but Oliver have our own skis/snowboards now, and both Loveland and Eldora make for reasonably easy and inexpensive day trips for beginning skiers/riders. Plus, we’ve got a family press trip to Snow Mountain Ranch coming up soon too.
Aside from shuttling kids hither and yon, I’ve got plenty to do myself, both personally and professionally. While I don’t yet have any conference plans, I’ll continue my work with Shot@Life and with initiatives through The Mission List. I’ve also reached out to a local immunization advocacy group that strives to educate parents and ensure more kids are vaccinated in Colorado (where we’re second in the nation for vaccine refusals).
As soon as registration opened, I signed up for the Boulder Tri Series again. Apparently lots of people are as crazy as I am; the series sells out every year. I learned some important lessons during my first Ironman 70.3 last year, and I look forward to bettering my time significantly. In fact, I’m aiming for PRs in all three races.
I’ll kick off my race season with the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington DC in April, running with Kristen and going for a PR there too. We’ll miss the cherry blossoms, but the museums are always free.
And because this is Colorado and mountains are there to be climbed (and because I’m dying to take this trip when all the kids are out of the house and I need to start training now), Kyle and I will hike at least one 14er. Maybe Longs Peak, or the combination Grays/Torreys Peak route. I expect the kids will be up for another camping trip too, which is fine as long as we find a site that’s not directly adjacent to the railroad tracks.
The house needs a little work too. Our water heater is living on borrowed time, so we’ll replace that before disaster strikes. The master bath shower is still inoperable, but we’ve got to put away some more savings before we can embark on that renovation project. In the meantime, I’m about two-thirds through making curtains for the kitchen, and I’d like someone to please whack me upside the head the next time I consider a sewing project that involves material wider than my own wingspan.
Finally, this site will get a facelift too. Nothing major, but enough to call in Amy, my go-to girl for HTML and CSS.
2013 is going to be busy. Just the way I like it.