The next time someone hears me say that I'm tired, will you please respond with, "Have you been taking your iron supplement?" I ran out a long time ago and I've been dragging and low energy without realizing or identifying it until I was hiking on Friday. Hello! I'm anemic! But did I buy my Proferin on Saturday like I said I was going to? No, I did everything else instead. Then this morning my yoga instructor actually asked me what was wrong. Hello! I'm not taking care of myself, that's what's wrong. And I feel like an idiot letting myself get to this point when I'm so philosophically against self-neglect. I went straight to the pharmacy after yoga.
Carmen had her final band concert, probably final as in forever. She thinks she will choose drama as her arts option next year. I'm afraid the band teacher will be heart broken.
Chloe and I have been preparing for her Harry Potter birthday party next week. Pinterest is my best friend and worst enemy. Lots of good ideas. Too many good ideas. Can't do it all!
Oh, I'm on Instagram now. I'm drowning in social media, but my children and friends keeping moving on to the next thing. And I was hoping that Instagram would be a quick and easy way to stay in touch on our holiday. We'll see - no one is following me yet.
My new favourite app on my iphone is PathAway. It connects to satellite via bluetooth, so I have GPS on my phone without cell coverage in the woods. No data required, and plenty of fun features like adding points that link to photos I've taken along the way. Plus altitude, so we'll never again have to wonder on a road trip what our altitude is (not even kidding, this is something we muse over).
We used PathAway to go on a quick backpack trip with Steven on Friday night. He had a couple of requirements to check off on some scouting awards which is what got us out of the house this past weekend. We didn't hit the trail until 9pm, but we managed to set up the tent before it was dark which was exactly the timing we were going for. It was a short hike, a little steep. Nothing that adequate red blood cell levels wouldn't have been up for.
Here we are in the morning, ready to head home.
And the boys.
Part of the point of the short hike was to do an equipment check before we hike in and out of Mount Assiniboine in August, and it was a good thing we did it. Steven was my size when we bought him that backpack - time for something larger. My air mattress had a leak. Ken's headlamp needed new batteries. No big deal on a short hike, but things that will matter more on our 55k trip later this summer. I should have my iron levels up again by then.
But what of Jaclyn you ask? Well, 2 weekends ago her he's-not-my-boyfriend came up from Idaho to hang out. And she and I are heading to his mission farewell this coming weekend. Also, she's now a probationary writer for the BYU 100 hour board, and feeling confident that the 'probationary' status will be lifted at the end of her trial period since she received Editor's Choice recognition for one of her answers last week. If you are curious as to what this is all about check it out here and if you still want more, I suggest hitting 'I'm Board' on the sidebar.