So. Yeah its been a while. Its been a little more difficult to adjust into a new lifestyle than I realized, but I think I'm there.
Work life: I finished my first year as a teacher and survived. My sups are pleased and hired me back next year, plus they asked me to teach summer school. I was torn between, I've never had a summer vacation since I was like I a kid, but since I earn a teacher's salary vs. and engineering salary and there is a serious drought that is going to affect our ranching income ...I guess I could use the extra dough. No worries though I put them all on a self paced computer program that should sharpen their skills in regards to the state test thingy that is so much more important than anything else. I like teaching, and I think in general the kids responded well to my methods. I look forward to next year when I'm not so freaked out about all the crap I have to do on top of actually teaching.
My engineering business has been clipping along at a pretty good pace until recently. I'm making enough that the incredibly huge difference in take home pay from two engineering salaries to one level one teacher salary and ranching income is manageable. Its pretty slow right now, but lots of things are slow right now. I'm sponsoring a coed softball team, to get my name out there a little here in town. Also playing on the same team, but that is something I'll talk about later.
My Boys: They are growing so incredibly fast. I tell them all the time to stop, but they refuse to listen. They are finally pretty proficient on their bikes, so we are going on little bike rides together. We're spending time fishing and swimming at the lake, and they are getting better at both. I'll have to post pictures - later.
Training: I've been trying to stay on track with at least a running program, but have been unsuccessful. I'd do good for a couple of weeks, then something would upset my schedule and I'd find myself unable to get back on track for a week or more. I haven't ridden my bike in almost a year, until the other day I went riding with my boys. I forgot how much I enjoyed riding. I mentioned above that I'm playing on a softball team. I've been unbelievably sore from running the bases that it has really bothered me. So I sat down with my calendar and the calendar of tri races for this year and tentatively picked a race in the fall that I could train for. My schedule is kind of crazy because of all the extra stuff I have to do to earn my "real" teacher's license plus I wanted one that was kind of easy and had a small swim, because the drawback to where I live now is that there is no real pool to train in. I live less than 20 miles from a lake, but that limits my swim training to warm months and I have to coordinate with my family or friends so that I don't go by myself - which is not a safe idea. So my goal race is the Cotton Country Sprint in Leveland, TX in September. I came up with a training plan that focuses mostly on running and biking. I've gotten week one completed, so help me stay on track and get through to September 19th.
That's it for now.