We had a lovely, but too brief, visit with out of town friends who we may not see again until September and Florida.
Miss Peaches returned for another week of McGuire-ing. She brings much fun to the three of us, although she has figured out how to take up the majority of my side of the bed and is currently occupying most of the chair I am sitting in. She did not rush to the door* when Griff came in from work last night since she has gotten used to his late arrival, but he said he missed her enthusiastic rush.
I spent a few days immersed in my volunteer responsibilities at the boy's former school. This year I should be both slightly less busy with the retreat program and still take on a few more tasks. Now that the first (of my 6) retreats is over, the schedule becomes manageable. Also, the appreciation and welcome that I get from the staff at school is wonderful, I am extremely pleased about a few changes in administration. While I continue to sort out my own personal spiritual life, I believe in those who work a calling with integrity and dedication towards service.
I am hoping to get a long run under my feet this morning. My plans changed a bit when Griffin's ride to school came through, but I will head out shortly. I have (I think**) my second 1/2 Marathon in about two weeks and I need a couple of 2 hour runs. Today is cool, but no rain until later and very little wind***. My last two short runs were really great, easy and faster than I felt they were.
I am also hoping that I can finish up this little crescent:
It's a Water's Edge Shawl, from Oceanwind Knits. Nice pattern, but a little confusing in the edge increases as written. I have a dozen pattern rows and the edging/bind off to go.
I'd like this finished so I can start something new for Friday's car ride to Boston. Yes, we are finally going to visit Connor, Gary's sisters**** and meet up with Gary's childhood friend. I am beyond excited about the weekend, the August trip was about the move, this one is about reunion.
* She was making herself comfortable on my pillow.
** I am currently overwhelmed by the logistics of running this one in Canada. My original plan was to run this one with a buddy, but since I fired that buddy, I'm on my own. The packet pick up is well across the bridge, day of race involves a walk from this side, a bus ride to the start and then a longer walk back unless I want to risk parking/bridge traffic on the Canadian side. I will have to clear Customs twice and run with my passport in a ziplock, plus I'm not impressed with the race's course map, it's a cartoon compared to actual earth:
*** I realized, a few days ago, that running into the wind no longer bothers me the way it used to. I'm always running into some sort of wind and even pushing directly into 25mph gusts doesn't phase me anymore. Huge victory since the windy season is still ahead.
****We will see both of them, but not together as their relationship is still strained. They are working out some of their differences, but it's slow going.