But I am NOT enjoying this summer with Rob and William, and do you know why? It is because I don't like my children anymore, apparently. They are loud and obnoxious, and they have two modes: (1) giddy and (2) bickery. They are either saying, "Imagine if, like, a strawberry crashed into the wall and went [*loud spitting sound*]!!!" and then laughing wildly until they fall over, and then saying it fifty more times, laughing just as much each time, getting higher and higher pitched until I feel like covering my ears and screaming, or else they are saying in teeth-clenched irritation, "Give me that thing." "WHAT thing?" "THAT thing." "WHAT thing?" "ROB!!BERT!! GIVE IT TO ME!" "OW!! Mommy, William hit me!!" "It was an ACCIDENT!!" "NO IT WAS NOT!!" Or, worst of all, they are doing this sort of nauseating baby talk, and using it to say nonsense. They are as annoying as a flashing banner ad plus a car alarm plus a shirt that needs to be tugged down every 5 minutes.
We did all three days of Week Two of the running program. We thought we might die, but we did it. We've had a little trouble with knowing when we're supposed to stop doing sessions of jogging. Like, if you alternate jogging and walking for 20 minutes as instructed, you do jogging, walking, jogging, walking, jogging, walking, jogging, walking, jogging, walking--and there are 2.5 minutes left. Should you jog for 1.5 minutes and then only have 1 minute of walking before you're done? Or should you walk that whole last 2.5 minutes to cool down? We've been jogging 1 minute and then walking the last 1.5. I'm sure a real runner would be making air quotes all over the place: "Oh, you want to know how long you should 'cool down' after 'all that running'? [*gigantic eye roll*] Gosh, are you sure this is 'Couch to 5K' and not 'Couch to Iron Man'?"
I don't know how we're going to be able to do Week Three, which goes up to 3 minutes of jogging. [Real Runner rolls eyes so hard he/she risks popping them off their tethers entirely.] We're going to try it, but if necessary we're going to go up one 30-second increase at a time: a week of 2-minute jogs, a week of 2.5-minute jogs, and then, MAYBE, a week of 3-minute jogs. We'll see. [Real Runner has to consume sports drink to replenish electrolytes lost from disdain.]
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I tried the cookies with mint extract and regular chocolate chips, and they are good. If the ones with mint chocolate chips are a 10, the ones with extract and regular chocolate chips are maybe an 8.5, maybe a 9. They lack the "little bursts of mint" effect, but retain the overall chocolate/mint excellence.