TODAY I have my mom on the blog!!! As you know, she is beyond amazing. I’m real lucky to have her and she can’t wait to share a few things on the blog today:) ENJOY!
Good morning from Hungry Runner Girl Mom! Janae asked me to do a guest post. It has been a great week! I thought I would tell a little bit about myself, my husband and a couple family stories.
My husband and I have been married for almost 45 years! We got married pretty young, we were in college, but we look back on those years with great fondness…
My husband is an electrical engineer/inventor. He is also quite the artist. He hasn’t had much time lately to paint but when he does he is amazing!
I love color! I am a gem cutter or faceter. My favorite gem to cut is Uruguayan, extra color amethyst. I also love cutting garnet, topaz and some sapphire. I have cut some cabochons such as lapis lazull, larimar and agate but my interest is in faceting flawless gems.
Years ago when Janae was a baby, my husband and I slept on a waterbed. In the middle of the night one night my husband woke me up saying, “honey, there’s a problem!” Yikes! I realized I was soaking wet but it was warm water so it didn’t wake me up. My husband said he woke up because he had started blowing bubbles in the water and started choking. (He is a lot bigger than I am so he was lower in the water). We jumped out of bed and tried to figure out what had happened. My husband decided to carry the, now 500 pound, comforter downstairs to the laundry room. Unfortunately, he fell down the stairs and injured his ankle. He couldn’t think of what to do about it so he put a cowboy boot on to hold it in place. It was 2 in the morning and within 5 minutes, we had nowhere to sleep, we were cold and Dean was injured. The next morning he couldn’t get the boot off because of the swelling so he had to go to work with this cowboy boot cast on (no sock)! Later that night we were assessing the damage to the bedroom but couldn’t figure out where the water had leaked from. The kids were having a grand time in the next room making up jokes about what our obituary would have said if we drowned in our waterbed. About that time our 6 year old nervously wandered into our room and asked, “If someone took a pin and made lots of holes would that make it leak?” “Well yes, that might do it!” Sure enough if you looked closely there were tons of little holes causing the bed to leak a little every time we moved, creating the perfect drowning bed! Yes, our kids may be the death of us!
One of our children, we will call him Bob, was unusually coordinated from the day he was born. When we brought him home from the hospital my husband set his bassinet in the foyer so he could get my suitcase. Bob was on his stomach, 3 DAYS OLD, and to my astonishment used his arms to push up, held his head up and started looking over the edge of the bassinet! I was freaked out because I couldn’t remember any of the other kids doing this. Hmmm. What was I in for with this one?!! My mom happened to be visiting when Bob turned 3 months old. She said, “If you took that slippery terry outfit off of him I think he would crawl.” Thanks mom but I don’t want to chase a 3 month old baby. Oh well, he started crawling the next day anyway. Bob was walking at 5 months and started climbing out of his crib at 5 months too. My husband had to build a special set up over the crib so he couldn’t get out in the middle of the night. Not much thinking about safety going on in the mind of a 5 month old, trust me. Predictably, Bob got injured a few times. The ER doctor, after watching the amazing feats of a 5 month old and checking the hospital records to verify his age, told me to put runners on the ceiling to suspend him until his brain catches up with his brawn. It was quite a year for our family trying to keep Bob in one piece. I think he may hold a record unless you include chimps!
Janae also asked me to write one of my pep talks that she mentions on the blog sometimes. I do give pep talks to people that are feeling down when they ask me to help them feel better. One of the first things I realized years ago when trying to help someone, women specifically, is that there is no reason to point out faults. Women tend to whip and blame themselves way more than helpful when they are in a difficult situation. They don’t need to be reminded of their problems. What they need is a cheerleader helping them overcome their feelings of failure or inadequacy. They need to see that they can make adjustments, move forward and forget the past. People really just want someone to listen, not preach. i also pay close attention to everyone’s strong points so it is easy for me to remind them of their REAL strengths, not schmoozing, but helping them remember who they really are and what they can become. This world would be a much better place if people built each other up instead of criticizing each other and tearing others down. Most people really are trying their best to live a good life.
And as far as running pep talks go, I always tell Janae something like the following, “Think about all the miles you ran to get ready for this race. Your body is good to go. You did the work. Now relax and let your training run the race. You will rock it. Don’t overthink it. Have fun baby girl!”
(PS—> Janae here for one line: When Brooke saw the picture below she wouldn’t believe me that this was a picture of me and not her;)
I have met many of you over the last few years at airports, Costco, Petsmart, the grocery store, gym (my one time to sign up and the ladies at the counter said, “You’re Hungry Runner Girl’s mom!” Oh dear, I can’t live up to Janae’s fitness.) and even the hospital. I must say I enjoy all of your comments and feel very grateful for the support and love that you have shown my daughter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Any artists? Gem cutters?
Favorite hobbies outside of running?
Any precocious babies?
If you are married, how long have you been married?