Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.

April 2012
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Social mores and deciders


My friend and I shared a babysitter last week while we went on a long run.  When we got back to his house, we found Asa sitting naked on the couch watching Sponge Bob.  Apparently Asa had decided he didn’t want to get back in his clothes after he’d gone swimming in their pool.  It was both hilarious to see him sitting there wrapped in a blanket totally oblivious to social mores that generally keep people clothed on their friends’ couches in the middle of the day– and entirely embarrassing.  I couldn’t stop myself from saying things like, “He does wear clothes during the day at home.”  The couch was very nice looking and while Asa’s naked bottom is entirely small and cute and he has been potty trained forever now, I got him in underwear and pants in an eye blink.  It also left me thinking about how I should prep babysitters more.  “So if he tells you he doesn’t want to do X, and you want him to do X, remember you’re “The Decider.”  (Not the 4 year-old.)

My mother in-law fell prey to Asa’s wiles last night when she was watching him so I could do some coaching.  (Thanks Kate!)  He told her he’d sleep with her in the guest bed– and then kept her up all night.  I brought her some flowers and told her about her “Decider” roll.  It’s not like he doesn’t hear “no” a million times every day (in a respectful, unconditional love kind of way, of course.)  Softies!  I’m surrounded by softies.

OK, I’ll be running 10 miles downhill on the treadmill tonight if you need me.  🙂

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  • Emily
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    I left Evan a couple hours last night and learned this morning that he had a Ring Pop just before bed…I’m sure it went something like, “Yep, my mommy always gives me one big piece of hard candy right before bedtime!” …and she bought it hook, line and sinker.  I’m sure it has something to do with their 4 yr old cuteness…they couldn’t possibly be LYING! 🙂

    • Liza Howard
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      Emily!  So good to hear from you!  Asa loved the Easter egg Evan sent. He has it on his dresser. Thank you so much.  I was sad to be in Vegas and miss seeing you.  I actually ended up spending most of the day at the airport on the way back, but I was so tired from the run in Zion I just sat on my luggage and stared into space most of the time.  Eliot’s out in Red Rocks right now climbing with an old college friend.  He called last night and told me how tired he was after climbing all day.  I don’t think I managed to sound very sympathetic.  🙂    
      That’s pretty great about the Ring Pop.  Good for Evan for giving it a shot really.  🙂  

  • Mark
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    Just change Sponge Bob to [insert random sporting event or Park & Rec] and it sounds a lot like me most nights. Good thing the cat doesn’t mind!