The last days of summer

Talk to me in October, right around progress note/report card/back to back Parent Nights/is it Thanksgiving yet? time, and I’ll give you 101 reasons why teachers, school therapists, and all school personnel are the most under-appreciated, underpaid, and overworked employees you’ll ever find anywhere.  But right now, after a full three weeks off, I don’t have much to complain about.
Here are a few photos from the last days of summer.

P1010681Afternoons at the Esplanade

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Getting cultured at the MFAP1010675

P1010707Discovering a great restaurant in Inman: Puritan & Co

P1010811Evenings in the park

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Where we met the local raccoon (look closely)P1010807And ate yummy summer food

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Snow Day!

I was a little crabby this morning about having another snow day, but I really can’t complain about having a long weekend and I’ll still have two entire months off this summer 🙂

The real lesson I learned was to put my phone on silent (not vibrate!) if I think there is even a chance of a snow day, to avoid being rudely awoken at 5:00 am. Lack of sleep and hunger are really the only two things that make me crabby 🙂

It’s a winter wonderland outside.

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One casualty of the storm. I guess on the bright side, at least the light is still working.

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The second casualty of the storm was my camera when I dropped it in the slush while crossing a street. It wouldn’t turn on after that, otherwise I would have more photos to share 😦 At least I was able to get the photos off of the memory card. I’m sure as soon as it all dries out, it will be up and running again.

Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women

This afternoon I hit the streets of Boston with 8,000 other women (and a handful of men) to run the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women. I heard about this race last week and knowing nothing about it, signed up to run. Apparently this race is a big deal. As in, it is the USATF Women’s National 10k Championship race. So that’s why those runners up at the front looked so hardcore. Because they are. I started about 15 feet behind the elite runners and finished about 15 minutes behind them. I’m not sure how that happened. I must have taken a wrong turn or something and that’s when they got away from me.

That’s me in the orange, waving to my husband, the cameraman. The day was beautiful and the course was too, running through Back Bay and along the Charles River in Cambridge.

Someone needs to give this woman some competition. I don’t think the city closed the streets just so she could go out for a run.

There is a pack trying to catch her. But they won’t. Hellen Jemutai, 34, of Kenya will win the race in 32:30. So much for the 30-34 age group I now find myself in being less competitive than my previous age group.

I used to look just like these girls about 12 years ago. Seriously. Bundies and all. Except I never moved quite that fast.

I missed seeing my time as I crossed the finish line, because I got distracted by Joan Benoit Samuelson standing there being interviewed. At 25 years my senior, she not only finished ahead of me, but she finished so far ahead of me that she was able to speak coherently in an interview by the time I finished. Awesome. Maybe when she’s 80 I’ll be able to run with her.

I looked up my time when I got home. 46:08. Not too shabby. Definitely a better Boston running experience than the hellish 2004 Boston Marathon. Reduce the temperature by 30 degrees and the distance by 20 miles and that’s what a run through Boston should be.