Tuesday, August 26, 2008

One ticket to the circus, please

The 3 Ring Circus, of course.

Isn’t that the best kind ~ where you can watch 3 different events running simultaneously before your very eyes???

Welcome to my life………..

Ring Number 1 ~ WORK

Ever since returning from San Diego at the end of June, work has just been a whirlwind. It was audit after audit after audit ~ all routine of course, since Pokey runs a tight ship ~ but ridiculously time-consuming nonetheless. For a gal who typically prefers more of a life balance between work and home, the last couple months have been totally draining. I feel like I am behind in BOTH places….which usually isn’t a good thing.

I am starting to surface again, slowly but surely.

Ring Number 2 ~ FAMILY

Let the chaos of school begin!!!! Then throw in some football and we put on quite a good show!!!

Yes, school started for my oldest (6th grade) on July 28, and for my youngest (Pre-K) on August 15th. Each an every day is just a new adventure in what I call the “morning circus” where we all try to find some miraculous way to make it out of the house on time.

Football practice for my older son happens every night during the month of August – read it: EVERY night! I won’t go in to the long list of things that this affects in my family life ~ everything from homework, to dinner, to laundry ~ so let’s just call it CHAOS and be done.

We are only a few days away now from a return to somewhat normalcy when practice changes over to 2X per week. Totally do-able in my book and I’m looking forward to a little sanity.

Ring Number 3 ~ HEALTH

As if watching the activities in the first two rings of the Pokey Circus aren’t enough to hurt your eyes, Mr. Pokey decided to land himself in the hospital earlier this month with a case of pancreatitis!!! While trying to juggle Rings 1 and 2, for a full week I also had to manage hospital visits, doctor consults and two boys who were wigging out about their dad being in the hospital. This was nearly a nervous breakdown kind-of week.

The good news is that hubby is fine; bad news is that they have no idea what caused the flare up. He doesn’t fit any of the criteria for folks that usually get pancreatitis, so everyone is stumped. Me? Well I just have my fingers and toes crossed that it never happens again.

I appreciate all the emails I’ve gotten - both the supportive ones and the “get your ass back here” ones. Truly, blogging buddies are the best.

I’ve been doing my best to keep a decent workout schedule, which I have been successful at for the most part. Not a lot of running going on ~ usually just a 4-5 miler on the weekend - but I’ve gotten some trips to the gym under my belt and am still feeling pretty good.

The scale is still holding at the same level, which is both good and bad. At least the chaos of the past couple months hasn’t added 10 pounds of insult to the rest of my life’s injury!!!

I am excited to get myself back on track here over the next couple weeks, as fall running season will officially start for me! I am hoping and praying for some cooler temps to help me out!!!

Hope everyone is having some happy running, cycling, swimming or whatever floats your boat! Bear with me while I get myself reacquainted ;)


Jeff said...

Wow, Pokey, has it been more than a month? Glad to hear you can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Heck, even ole Pat started to blog again!

Lisa said...

Holy cow... and I thought my life was crazy. Your post just gave me a glimpse into my world in a few years (my kids are only 2 and 4 and getting to swimming lessons is a task *eyeroll*)

I am glad your hubby is better. Pancreatitis can be very scary. My friend ended up in the hospital with it in April, spent 3 months there and is now recovering with drains and drips. Like your DH, my friend is not typical of a pancreatitis patient and they don't know what caused it.

I hope things settle down soon and fall back into place.

Sonia said...

Sorry to hear about your husband trip to the hospital but very glad he's doing better now. I can only imagine how hard it is to juggle everything when you have kids! You runners with families are my hero! It's only me and my dog and I sometimes find the time to complain... bad me!! lol

Calyx Meredith said...

A circus indeed! Yay you for juggling it all so well. Hang in there and know that we're sending you some good mojo!

Micheline said...

YAHH! You're BACK!


Sure missed you - yes, I did, I missed you.

J~Mom said...

Welcome back. *MUAH*

Nat said...

She's back!!!! I missed you. I take it back, my life, is not that busy. Wow.

Glad the man is back and healthy and that the kids are off and doing kid stuff.

Pat said...

I'm ready to run, when you are.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh Hon, I had no idea all this was going on. I hope the Hubby is better and everything gets resolved. Sometimes things get crazy and you just have to get through it for them to settle down. I'm glad you kept up with some running in there. I've not been blogging much either with tons of travel and stuff going on personally. Hopefully we can get back to it and reconnect.

Take care of yourself.

Viv said...

Wow Poke, crazy!
I am glad the hubby is better and also hope it never ever happens again. The 3 ring circus is in full effect overthere. I flip out that we have football 3 times a week much less daily. Way to keep the scale on an even keel with the circus in full swing. Hang in there!! The circus eventually leaves towns and travels to other cities right?!

Mendy said...

Wow! Chica, it really has been a chaotic time for you. I'm so sorry you've been going through all this and glad to hear hubby is fine now. Take it easy, and try to get some "me" time in there - this coming from someone who can't find some "me" time. :-)

We luv ya.

Laura N said...

Yay you're back! But oh my word. What a crazy summer. I'd say no weight gain and a semblance of a work out life is a huge success with the life you've been living. So good for you. Hope to see you around more as things settle down. HUGS.

Bev said...

Thank goodness the dawn is breaking. I was beginning to think you ran off to Cali again for good. Glad your back and that hubby is doing better.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

hopefully things will call down soon for you

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

er. i meant calm down.

Erin Leigh said...

It has been a crazy summer!! Hope you guys settle into a routine soon. I am nervous with just one going in to Pre-K and getting out of the house and all of that.

Glad to see you back!!

Carly said...

glad that you are back! I am sorry to hear about your hubby. I hope he is feeling better.

Man you have had a full plate. I need to take pointers from you juggling everything!

Welcome back.

RooBabs said...

Whoah- I thought you fell off the planet or something. Glad that you're back, and sorry to hear things were so crazy. Hopefully going into fall, things will stabilize and become more normal for you. = )