Today was the kids run and MM got a medal for participating. He's very happy about this. He's always wanted a real medal and he wanted to participate in the Avond 4 daagse, which is a 4 day walking thing where the kids walk 5 or 10 kilometers per day in the evening. He only wanted to do it because he wanted a medal, but I know him and we'd get half a kilometer in and he'd be asking how long it was going to be, and then when we were done for one day, he wouldn't want to come back for the others and would probably cry because he would see it as unfair. This works out well...he ran 1 kilometer in 6 minutes and 15 seconds on one day and gets his medal instead of having to walk for hours, 4 days in a row to get one. The event itself was REALLY disorganized and I was kind of frustrated, but it's over and he got his medal, so yay. We got there and there was no place to check in. We had gotten the initial letter inviting the kids to participate and then nothing since then. I thought they'd at LEAST send out a letter to the kids who signed up, telling them where to be and what time, and with a sponsor sheet attached, but they didn't give us ANYTHING. I went to the website listed on the original letter, which said to go to that site to find out other things to do that day, and I happened to come across the sponsor sheet there, so we printed it out, got sponsors, etc. Then we get there today, there's no where to check in, no where to turn in the sponsor forms and money, no one there to greet the kids or tell us where to be. The kids got their t-shirts on Friday with a sticky note that said "simonsplein, 11:45" on it...but there was no reason for them to be there that early as they didn't run until 12:15 and didn't need to check in or anything. Then, there were 2 other runs today, for adults and they had some streets blocked off. We went and parked in a place that wasn't blocked off and there were no signs that it would be, so we thought we were ok. But they blocked it off AFTER we had parked, on BOTH sides, so we couldn't get out. They ended up letting us through on a side street where there weren't actually runners, so we don't even know WHY they blocked that part off in the first place, then had to back track because one of the ways out was also blocked off, so we had to go back and go the other way to finally get out. Really frustrating and I'm so glad to be home, but I'm so proud of MM. Most of the kids were a LOT older than him...the picture I have of him at the starting line is cute...he barely even comes up to the shoulders of the kids around him. The first kid made it in like...3 minutes. Really fast!! I wasn't expecting anyone to get around that fast so I was surprised when the announcer said "here they come!" MM took about twice that time, but he made it and that's what counts and he's proud of himself. I think it was a good experience for him, and of course he was rewarded well, with ice cream!
Lynne, is it really limited to 6 months? Do re-printings count? I'm just wondering because I'm pretty sure one of the books I saw 2 weeks ago on the giveaways was one I read YEARS ago. The Switch by Sandra Brown. I don't know if it's a reprinting or what, but there were several of Sandra Brown books listed in the giveaways and I know that one is old. I also wonder how they pick their winners...it says site activity gives you a higher chance of winning, but I just won my first one and I'm somewhat active on there, responding to blog posts, updating my books, writing reviews. It also says reviewing books is not necessary but will increase your chances of winning again, but I reviewed the book I won several weeks ago and still haven't won another and I noticed the latest winner of The Reign has 8 books on her First Reads shelf, meaning she won them, and as far as I can see, she hasn't reviewed ANY of them and she only has 32 books on her "read" shelf. I have 235. So while I'm more active, and met the ideas they have for winning more often where she hasn't, she's still won 8 while I've won one. It doesn't make much sense. And if it's random, which it says it is partially, I can't believe this girl could randomly win 8 books in the last 6 months. So there must be some factor I'm not seeing.
Can you not go on a camel ride without your son? Is it only for kids? It sounds like a good time, though!
That's so good to hear that your dad is doing better, but bad news about the costs for your car! Yikes!
Sarah, any news on the replacement for your boss?
Have fun at the yard sales! I hope all goes well with the girl who doesn't like you. Do you know why? Is the feeling mutual? At least in public she has to be civil and if there are other friends involved, she'd not look very good if she didn't at least appear to be friendly. Hopefully it will all be ok.
Your degree is in teaching, isn't it? Is that not what you want to do anymore?
What is the book about that you just read and didn't like?
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