Saturday, March 23, 2013

Volcanoes, Quartz's Pokemon

We went on a hike to the Volcanoes here in Albuquerque (totally not active; they erupted like 100,000 years ago), and it was a nice little hike.  There's both short and long hike options, which is nice, and the volcanoes weren't as far as they looked.  There's not a lot of vegetation, which makes it a good spring hike, as there's not much shade in the summer.  Apparently it's a popular rattlesnake hangout, but we didn't see any (maybe they are still hibernating?).

They let me be in front for about 5 seconds while I took this picture

So glad I captured this rare moment of affection!
Quartz and some of his friends at school have been VERY into Pokemon cards lately.  Being the sneaky mom that I am, I am always looking out for ways to use my kids' interests to further their education (in fun ways, of course).  So I was excited when we found this website that lets you upload photos and make your own Pokemon with whatever stats you want (granted, most Pokemon we end up making are pretty overpowered).  Here's a few Quartz did:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fun, Practical Math

I was looking in the bookstore for fun, practical word problems for some extra math practice for my boys, but I couldn't find anything fun.  Everything was either pages of drills (boring), or dry abstract math (not very exciting either).

So I decided to make my own!  I have 5 fun, practical math worksheets now with various word problems; if you would like to add some fun word problems, you can just add them right to the end!  Or, if you are interested in printing some out for a classroom, or for summer enrichment, or long car trips, feel free.  I think it's sad that so many educational materials are really expensive, when, really, they're not that hard to make, especially at the grade-school level.

Here's a sample problem from the set:

1. You have a remote-control lawn-mowing robot!  You are ready to mow the school’s lawn with it.  You need to first send it around the edge of the lawn so it knows how big it is.  The school’s lawn is a rectangle about 100 meters by 300 meters.

How much grass is there?   ______ square meters

How far is it around the edge of the lawn?  ______ meters
Write instructions to tell the robot how to go around the outside of the field. You can tell it to go forward a certain number of meters, or turn a corner to the right or the left.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Makeover Time

This happened the other day. 

I am NOT 65. I'm not even 45, but if I had received this two years ago I feel like it would have been the proverbial straw. And this camel? Well, she'd be desicated and destroyed.

I turned 40 two years ago; it wasn't my favorite birthday. However, I did take myself to Sephora for some big-girl makeup and anti-aging products. Two years later, here are the things that have won the Momsense seal of approval.  Short of an elaborate system of trusses and buttresses, these are the best things you'll find in the fight against gravity.

You're welcome.

Oh, and I added links and with the exception of the nutritional supplements, none of these companies know I exist.  My only benefit is knowing that I stopped wrinkles in their tracks today.

This stuff- oh it's good.  It works much like a pencil eraser, only better.  I was starting to see fine-lines and crepey skin and now I don't.  My dermatologist actually recommended it to me;  it costs more than $7.99 which is usually the price threshold for eye cream at the Momsense home, but you can never really put a price on youth. I get it here.  They regularly run 25% discounts and you get reward points.  It's a pretty big jar and lasts me a couple of months.  

I have a friend who is a Nerium Consultant for them.  She is my anti-aging mentor, and y'all?  She's good.  She recommended this to me, gave me some samples, and I was sold.  It really is revolutionary.  You can contact her here to get yours.  There are all sorts of ways to earn free product, so it's a win-win.

It goes on under your mascara and it goes on white, so I highly recommend that you make sure that memory and mental clarity aren't an issue for you.  Some have been known to forget to put on their mascara and go out with white lashes.  Ahem.

Anyway, you put this on under your mascara for volume.  BUT- since I've been using it my eyelashes are significantly longer and thicker than they were before.  I cannot tell you how many people have commented on the length of my lashes in the past few months.  It's a weird thing to compliment, but it is a very noticeable difference.  

And the best part?  The price tag is MUCH lower than Lastisse, and you don't have to worry about your eye color changing or any other weird side-effects.

It's 50 SPF, it's inexpensive, and it makes my skin feel like a teenager's.  I can hook you up with this.  There are ways to get it discounted as well.  This is actually a product that I sell as an independent distributor for AdvoCare.  So, if you purchase this one you are helping me financially- just want to make sure we are clear on that.  And thank you.

Coach and I use the MNS 3 pack by AdvoCare.  One of the supplements in this box is the closest thing anyone will ever find to a fountain of youth.  I'm not kidding.  I will give up everything on this list before I give up these supplements. 

Again, if you purchase AdvoCare products, you are purchasing through me on my distributor site, so there is financial benefit attached here.  And again, thank you.

Now, go forth and moisturize.

Oh, and I went a few more miles over here.  If you want to keep up with me as I run 1000 miles, sign up over on the 1000 Miles blog for e-mail.  You can also click on the 1000 Miles tab on the navigation bar at the top of this page.  Or add me to your reader.  Or whatever.

See y'all!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring (?) Break in the Snow!

For Spring Break we stayed at a nice cabin in the Jemez on an Alpaca ranch.  We were lucky enough to get about a foot of snow the night we arrived, and they had a great hill right next to the cabin for sledding!

Then we came back to Albuquerque to balmy short-sleeves weather, which made it REALLY feel like suddenly spring. :-)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

1000 Miles From Here

Hey y'all.  I'm doing a new thing.  Don't ask me why, there's no good answer other than I want to.  I'm running 1000 miles in a year for no reason.  I didn't know if it was something you'd want to hear about, so I just started another blog.  You can join me at 1000 Miles.  But I reposted the "About Me" section below.  There is a new post up on the main page as well.  You'll have to visit to read that one.

Momsense will remain just that.  Momsense.  I'm working on a post of my anti-aging favorites as we speak.  Then the reading list.

Oh, and Coach and I have a bunch of huge yard projects this weekend, so it's very possible that there will either be spiritual epiphanies or ER visits.  If I were a betting person I'd bet on ER visits, but you never know!

Hi. I'm Traci. I'm 42, married, and I have three kids, teach high school English, and for no particular reason I have committed to run 1000 miles in a year. 

I have no goals to run a marathon or raise money for monkey habitats in Peru. I'm not trying to lose 150 pounds (though ten or so would be a bonus), and I am not doing anything heroic like overcoming cancer or finding a solution to world peace.

I have no horrific stories of personal loss, abuse, or addiction.

Just a glaring case of mild discontent smattered with a tad of nagging emptiness, and what I know about discontent is this: it is an invasive weed.

So, after spending a particularly harrowing Saturday in February listening to adolescents gripe about not wanting to eat pork tenderloin or do homework, I went on a run to get some peace.

There was a moment before my cardiovascular system realized what was happening that it felt so good to run I thought I might never stop. But as hearts are prone to do, mine caught up with my head and the intensity of my blood flow quickly convinced me that a couple of miles would suffice.

When I made it home I saw this...

I ran 100 miles over the course of the fall/winter without meaning to which led me to sing "I Would Walk 500 Miles" or whatever that song is called. Which quickly had me thinking that it might be neat to run 1000 miles for kicks and giggles.

For those that didn't make the leap, you need to know a couple of things: I am terrible at math and in my economy 500 and 1000 are roughly the same, and I make rash and lofty decisions all the time. It's happened many times. As a matter of fact, there is an amendment in our family constitution that protects all remaining human family members from having to particpate in my "cockamamy schemes."

And with that I introduce you to Mack - he is decidedly NOT a human family member. He exudes joy, he smells like summer and fritos, and he is a lover of cockamamy schemes. He is my running buddy.

He's 7- that's 42 in dog years, which is coincidentally exactly my age. Coach, that's my husband, gave him to me for our first anniversary. He has run almost every step of the first 100 miles, so I figured he'd go the next 900 with me. He's the perfect running buddy because he never complains about pace or route preference.

So join us. I'll post regularly with musings and stories and probably injury reports, because I do love a good injury every six months or so.

Happy running.

See y'all!