TGIF and all that good stuff. It’s another stormy Friday here. Thankfully, it’s only thunderstorms this time – no tornadoes to worry about.
It’s been another good school week for us, but nothing terribly exciting to report, which is just fine with me. The younger kids and I have still been learning about the pre-Revolutionary War period. Although it skips around a bit oddly, I’ve been enjoying the biography of George Washington that we’ve been reading.
I never knew that Martha Washington had been married before she married George. Being the patient (or maybe it’s lazy or maybe just not excessively curious) person I am, I haven’t googled to learn if they had more children of their own, but, as far as we’ve gotten in the biography so far, they only have the two children that Martha had with her first husband.
I find that very interesting – not that any of it is especially unusual, it’s just stuff that I never learned in school about our first president.
We have also been learning about how hurricanes are formed – very timely for this season. I’m not sure how much the kids have retained, at this point, but I’ve learned a lot about hurricanes that I never knew. Interesting stuff.
Also, on Tuesday, we were talking about blizzards. Our text had us look up more information about the “Storm of the Century” (referred to as the “Blizzard of ‘93” in these parts). When I looked it up, I realized that we were learning about the storm on the very day of its 19th anniversary. I thought that was pretty cool.
We got 24 inches of snow that weekend. That was unbelievable for our area – the most snow any of us had ever seen. Brian and I got lucky, though – we didn’t lose power or even cable. We sat around playing video games, watching TV, and eating snow cream for four days.
My poor parents and sister, along with thousands of other people, spend that time trying to keep warm in one room heated by kerosene heater and eating soup heated up on top of the heater. Was your family in the path of the 1993 storm? How did you fare?
I’ve got my first 5K race of the season in the morning. I’m excited about it! I’m just hoping that it doesn’t rain. It’s supposed to be warm, so even if it does rain, it won’t be bad, but I’m not crazy about running in the rain. I’m hoping to PR (set a personal record), but I’m not sure if that will happen in my first race of the year. I’m really hoping to break 30 minutes for a 5K sometime this season, though.
I’m also hoping the weather will hold out so that we can go bike riding tomorrow. I never would have thought that I’d even consider running a race in the morning, then, biking in the afternoon, but I’m ready to go! I love riding and it’s harder to find the time and space for that than it is for running.
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