Bryn is no longer sick and no one else has caught whatever she had (knock on wood). Especially good news since Aaron and the kids are headed to Colorado with Grandma and Grandpa for a family reunion later this week.
I have been getting my stuff together for the walk and am going to pack it all up tomorrow since we are leaving early Wednesday morning. The forecast at this point is for rain and hot temps but I am hoping for the best and figuring that since the weather forecast is rarely correct here there is no telling what it will really be like in Chicago over the weekend.
I am starting to get nervous about the walk and as a result my mind is working overtime and keeping me from sleeping very well at night. I am worried that I have been taking it too easy and not training enough for the past couple of weeks. I am hoping that the prior months have prepared me well enough and that my recent laziness won't take a major toll on my stamina. On the bright side, the time off has been great for my aches and pains - when I took a short 4 mile walk on Saturday I had no knee, foot or ankle pain and felt much better than I have in months. I am worried about walking in the rain (wet feet = more blisters which I already battle in a major way), worried about keeping my fluid balanced if it is really hot (I can produce some impressively disgusting amounts of sweat and have a really hard time staying hydrated properly) and I am worried about walking 60 miles. Despite all of the walking I have done over the last several months (400 miles give or take), 60 miles in three days still seems like a lot of walking! I know it will be a great challenge and a great experience and in the end I feel lucky to be able to be a part of it - I will just feel better when I get there and get started!
I am really enjoying my new kitchen... the additional counter space and extra cabinets have made a huge difference in how much room I feel like I have to work in while I am in there. And I am perfectly happy with the laminate countertops. As long as they hold up I will never miss the Corian!
Grant is changing every day and has finally decided that standing up has its advantages. He rarely sits down anymore and although he has yet to do too much cruising around the furniture or from place to place, I have a feeling it won't be too much longer before he lets go and takes off. He LOVES to read books and will sit on his own and flip pages for 30 minutes at a time. He would rather be read to, though, so he spends lots of time dragging books around trying to get someone to read to him. I think he would let us read to him all day - with the exception of the breaks he has to take to try to climb something, find something with wheels to roll around the house or knock over anything that isn't nailed down.
So all is well here...just hanging in there and enjoying every crazy and chaotic moment!