Monday, July 21, 2008

A little parenting help, please

I realize I begin most posts with "wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I posted" Realizing that I have a lot to say and not very much time to say it. Since I started this blog in 2005, there is clearly a correlation with the aging of my kids and my decline of writing time. And they aren't even that busy, compared to the month to come.

That being said, here are some insights into the Tribe household this summer, in no particular order. By all means, comment and help as necessary.

Would someone please, for the love of god, tell me that when you were 10 and purchased your first "nut cup" you used it to tell yourself "knock, knock" jokes. And for that matter, your 11 year old sister went screaming around the neighborhood on her bike yelling, "NUT CUP! NUT CUP! Urp got a NUT CUP ewwwww......"

I had no idea.

and that your 8 year old brother categorically denied any future involvement in a sport which includes said "nut cup" He will be sticking to golf and soccer. I think we need to have a little conversation about male protection.

So, yes, the older boy has a new set of cleats, a mouth guard and a nut cup, pursuant to playing football. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, I didn't say that. He is built for football, but had consistently insisted on not playing a team sport. It took a lot of convincing for him to embrace my philosophy that most team sports are nothing like the recess scrums involving one player dominating the game as a ball hog; The LA Lakers notwithstanding. He cleated up and went to the combine and came away with a huge smile.

"Mom, you were right, I love football" whew. His league has some great coaches, including Bigun's brother, only with
"this huge roll of muscle on his shoulders"

I can't think of many things more enjoyable then the crisp smell of fall in the air, the kaleidoscope of color in the foliage and the boys suited up to throw around the pigskin. Substitute the girls with a soccer ball and Trimama will be fully competitorized this fall.

But Trimama, aren't you training for an Ironman?

Why yes. Yes I am. And the training is going slow but sure. We race a 70.3 this Sunday in Chisago. It feels to get back in the saddle, the asphalt and the lake again. We have been exclusively swimming in lakes so far, no pool = a happy Trimama.

Speaking of lakes. If your absolutely beautiful swimming hole occasionally yields a looming dark shadow below follow these handy tri tips.

1) Repeat the Tac Boy mantra: My foot is larger then most predatory fish in this lake, they should swim the other way. It works and extra bonus: you swim faster.

2) Paint your toenails. Don't just paint them, paint them black or dark blue, bearing in mind that most lures include colors such as red, bright pink and orange for a reason.

3) Swim in a larger person's wake-you end up looking like the freaking Loch Ness Monster to the poisson below.

4) As you navigate the trail around the local nature center and you are startled by one of these, and he flairs up and hisses at you, and you jump and scream, calm yourself with thoughts of this which is currently available in "all you care to eat" style at IKEA. I care to eat exactly "0". I can hardly imagine a food which takes so much effort and yields so little reward. Sunflower seeds have more meat.


The Tribe minus HG is at camp this week. The result of too much work for me which equals too much time alone together for them. They start picking on each other when they go unsupervised by an adult for too long. Returning home today they were peacefully wiped out. I don't recall so tranquil a night here since last Christmas night.

August is a month of birthdays and it's hard to say who frets more over their "list" HG or Chopper. Chopper is in the 5th edition of his list, so I think he wins this year.

It's also the month we celebrate the big 18. That's not so bad, 18 years is pleasantly close to 20 years of marriage; a milestone.

I'm currently rounding out my training plan for the rest of the season. Much to my surprise, I added a marathon Oct 10th. It's not just flat, it's downhill, so I figure I will run with friends and use it as a final long training. I'll walk if I feel like I'm going to blow up my legs. I have a few century rides and just keep swimming in mind. All the parts are staying in tact thanks to my phenom of a massage therapist and my chiropractor.

Happy Trails


J-Wim said...

I think helping your siblings celebrate their milestones by embarrassing said sibling is just part of growing up. My sisters padlocked my first bra to the tree in the front yard and tried to charge the neighbors admission to see it.
Nut cups make great spagetti strainers for little tykes kitchen sets too just in case that ever comes up!

LBTEPA said...

LOL that took me ages to work out what you were talking about - we call them a box and they're mainly for cricket.
Sounds as though you're creeping up on this Ironman - clever!
Happy anniversary to you and Tac

TRI-ROB said...

18 years. Holy CRAP! That IS a big deal! You two have figured something out... and that's REALLY cool.

I think its GREAT that your daughter rode around the neighborhood screaming "NUT CUUUUUUUP!" Sounds like something I'd do!


TRI-ROB said...

HEY! I just noticed... you didn't seriously call me, "The 70.3 Super Machine Rob" did you? Thats just REDICULOUS! Are you high? Why don't you try, "The Goofy, Skinny guy Rob" Come ON! LOL

greyhound said...

Me = Soccer. 'Nuff said.

IronTriTim said...

I've got all this too look forward too.
Though afraid its always Football meaning Soccer, and its a great sport for boys and girls. You could always introduce him to Rugby, thats American Football without the pads.. far more fun!

Bigun said...

just as long as the nut cup doesn't include cashews.....

Pharmie said...

Brings back memories of when my brother handed me his (dirty) jock strap and had me do some emergency sewing before his game a very long time ago. Yep, it's always funny. Sorry I'll miss you at Chisago! Steve's doing the sprint, though, so keep an eye out for him!

Lana said...

Rock on, Trimama!! And yay for Urp playing football...oohhhh...I love some football!! We have nut cups sitting around in odd places at our never know where you're gonna see one. They'll get used to it.

TriSaraTops said...

Okay, I just laughed out loud with the NUT CUP thing because I'm pretty sure I remember doing that to my brother. And asking him what the capital of Thailand is. And then kicking him.

Big sisters are the best, huh?


Happy 18!!!