Sunday, January 31, 2010

Running & Running Playlist

I got some new running shoes and started the Couch-to-5K running program a few weeks ago. As someone who grew up *hating* running, I can't believe how much fun I'm having with this. Not sure if it's that I'm getting outside in spite of the cold, which always is a mood-lifter in the winter, or if it's because of the very gradual progression and very attainable weekly goals. I am having a blast.

I started week 3 this week. I wasn't doing so well focusing on keeping count of my time intervals in my head, so I decided to set up music to cue me when to switch back and forth between walking and running. It is pretty hard to find good 90-second songs, and my 3-minute songs were closer to 4 minutes, but here's this week's playlist:

Couch to 5K-- Week 3, Day 1

90-second run: Back Against the Wall by Circle Jerks
90-second walk: Trogdor by Strongbad

3-minute run: Lose Yourself by Eminem
3-minute walk: Handlebars by Flobots

90-second run: Gimme Gimme Gimme by Black Flag
90-second walk: In the Ocean Blue from Charlie the Unicorn

3-minute run: Hey World (Remote Control Version) by Michael Franti & Spearhead
3-minute walk: Underneath by Alanis Morrissette

Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

On our way to the RV show accompanied by The Lightning Thief, Dr. Seuss, and Captain Underpants.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

just walked into this - the aftermath of some of the learning going on here this morning. Right now, outside this picture, Seth is playing UB Funkeys, Ri is learning a new song on drums, Maya is putting together a book she made, I'm making lunch, MAtt's waiting for his plane home from CA. Sweet, messy, noisy unschooling life.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lincoln's Boyhood Home

On our way home from St. Louis, we saw signs on the interstate in Indiana for Lincoln's Boyhood Home memorial. We went to check it out, barely making it there before closing time. Maya was hoping to do the Jr Ranger program there, but we didn't have time for all of the activities. Hoping to get back there again sometime other than winter to do the Jr Ranger program, walk the trail to the home site, and see the working farm.









St. Louis Arch


Maya has been wanting to work on Jr Ranger badges since she saw Bindi Irwin talking about them on her show. She and Riley did the Jr Ranger activities at the Museum of Westward Expansion at the Arch.









The Mississippi River

City Museum, St. Louis

Pictures from City Museum in St. Louis. We were introduced to City Museum as a side trip that was part of the 2005 Live and Learn Unschooling conference and have been wanting to get back there since. It is a wonderland -- a work of art with hidden passageways and mazes and tangles of things to climb through, slide down, and explore.
A few pictures from the 2005 trip:
Maya, 4 years old and Seth, 2 years old.
Riley, at 7 years old, is in the grey shirt. Maya is climbing. The two boys in striped shirts are Mason (standing) and Caleb (sitting), our unschooling friends from Lexington.


Matt climbing with Seth
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Here are the pictures from this trip January, 2010:








On our way up to the 7-story slide.


Taking the 3rd floor slide down to the lobby.


Ri, Maya, and Seth climbing from one of the planes to the tower.


On the wing




Ri, Maya, and Seth






Shoelace factory

Skateless skatepark



In the Art room


Writing with the giant pencil.