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Three Things Thursday-Exercise Edition

  1. I have exercised as much this week as I did in the entirety of February. Just so we’re clear, that is a condemnation of “February Amy” and not an endorsement of “this week Amy.”
  2. It’s Thursday, and I have two trail runs (of 2 & 3.3 miles respectively) and two 45-minute-yoga classes under my belt. My ankles are killing me and I desperately need to gain strength and flexibility if I’m going to keep up with this running gig. Which I am. For as much as the first 1.5 miles hurt (omg-so bad! SO BAD!!!) yesterday, trail running is still the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
  3. Last night, I was so stiff from the running and sudden increase in physical activity that I was desperately worried I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed this morning. I tried to talk The Beer Guy into agreeing to bring me coffee in bed if that turned out to be the case, but he said “no” and something about “enabling.” Turns out, I feel fine today. My ankles and feet are not happy, but the rest of me is only pleasantly sore (which is such a great feeling, honestly).

Post 3.3 muddy, painful miles and I still have a smile on my face.

Three Things Thursday: Workout Edition

  1. I am so sore. So delightfully sore. I hit up this Power Barre class at the local community center with a couple of girlfriends last night and wow! That was some intense core and leg work.
  2. I have yoga’d twice this week. This is very, very good. Vinyasa Monday and Hatha today (to help with those post-workout kinks from last night).
  3. Tomorrow is scheduled to be in the mid-fifties and not rainy. I’m going to take my new, pink trail shoes up to Germantown and come back covered in mud and filth. There is nothing in the world like the feeling of being too dirty to enter your own home. I love spring trail runs.

Friday Goals

 

 

Shenanigan Report-40th Birthday Edition

Saturday night was my birthday party. As per usual, I took almost zero photos. However, I did get pics of the important things: the pre-party shower wine, the Parmesan cheese I made, and the most epic cake in the history of cakes.

Bendy straw wine! Perfect for showering.

Seriously the best cheese I’ve ever made. It was perfect for snacking and now will be utilized as a grating cheese…I am super proud of myself.

Look at this magnificent cake that my friend Melissa made for me? How could it get any better than this?

I’ll show you how it can get better…

Seven-layer rainbow cake. Melissa is a goddess.

 

I had such a wonderful party and it was so good to have most of my favorite local people come out to celebrate turning forty.

We ended up not doing the piñata, because doing something like that inside sounded dangerous and outside it was pretty soggy and dark. Current plan is to destroy Trappist (the unicorn piñata did get a name at the party, and you can decide for yourself whether or not it refers to a star or a monastic order) sometime this summer. Although I might just keep him forever. (The beer guy might have something to say about that, I suppose.)

Trappist is hard at work earning his keep.

 

Now that I am 40 years and 3 days old, I’m feeling infused with wisdom. The main focus of that wisdom is that I need to make self-care a priority. I started my day with a fruit and spinach smoothie. I will go out for a walk/run in about an hour. I will eat lunch today and every day. I will get to bed at a reasonable time so I can get up and be productive at a reasonable time.

 

Last, but certainly not least – guess what tomorrow is??????????

RELEASE DAY!

That’s right – tomorrow you can get your grubby little hands on a copy of The Cardinal Gate. (You can also pre-order today, and the ebook will just appear in your Kindle app tomorrow like magic! The paperback is also now available for pre-order, but that doesn’t probably appear like magic in your home tomorrow. Probably.)

The Cardinal Gate is also available on Nook, iBook and Kobo.

Buy it, rate it highly, tell your friends, and – if you must – read it.

 

Progress has been made

The Beer Guy and I had our first kid-free and healthy weekend since beginning our cohabitation. We celebrated by attempting to turn our place from a set for Hoarders into comfortable, livable space.

Stuff that needed to go in storage made it’s way up into the attic. My rug that’s been rolled up on the floor of Bean’s room was taken out and now graces our living room. I got rid of the extra boxes and other random crap in the kid’s room and put everything away.

A home was found for the clothes that didn’t fit into my new dresser space. (Some of those clothes went to live at Goodwill.)

There are no longer boxes of stuff randomly scattered around the house!

We have a little ways to go in our office space yet – my books are all unpacked and double-stacked on the shelves, but that’s the room that’s the least far along.

Everything is coming together and it’s starting to feel more like “our” home and less like I’m a visitor here for an extended stay. I still feel tentative about putting things away, but I’m working through that.

Most importantly, however, is that while we were moving stuff around in the attic, two (seriously, TWO!) unicorn drinking horns were found.

This is good news because (a) my unicorn birthday piñata was missing a horn and the previous solution, come up with by two of my good friends, was to use a dildo and now I don’t have to go dildo shopping! and also (b) because the beer guy had two unicorn drinking horns, and obviously that means that he has awesome friends who give amusing gifts.

 

(Eleven days until my birthday!)

 

As for my weekly goals – let’s check it out!

Goals

  1. Move 5 times – I walked on Tuesday and ran on Wednesday and spent Saturday & Sunday moving heavy things…not my five days of exercise yet, but getting there.
  2. Fruit every day- epic fail. I don’t know what happened to me last week. I didn’t eat much of anything during the day TBH. This is a thing that happens to me when I get too stressed.
  3. Lunch every day – Yeah. See #2.
  4. Water at all times – I did pretty good with this! I unearthed my soda stream and got through at least a liter of fizzy water/day, plus additional glasses of still water
  5. MOAR veggies – again. #2

 

I’m going to keep on keeping on with these until I feel comfortable that I’m consistent (and then I’ll set new goals).

  1. Move x5 – (Monday: walk/run, Tuesday: yoga, Wednesday: walk/run, Thursday: swim, Friday: walk/run, Sat: rest or yoga, Sun: rest or yoga)
  2. Fruit every day
  3. Lunch every day – already lunched today! This would be better if I’d also breakfasted. Baby steps.
  4. Water at all times
  5. MOAR veggies

 

My kid is so presidential

Over the weekend, Alvie Bean and I did a lot of cooking. We made waffles, and a frittata, and homemade bread. When he was breaking the eggs (his favorite part of cooking), he said, “I am the best at breaking eggs. No one breaks eggs better than me.”

That same day, he presented some #altfacts about how clean his room was.

Last night, he tried to convince the beer guy that he (Bean) had made the bread all by himself with no assistance from me.

In addition, when he’s tired or hungry, he gets very cranky. Cranky enough to hang up on other heads of state, I imagine. Certainly cranky enough to tell everyone who thwarts his plans or offers a differing (i.e. factual) account of events that “they’re rude and no longer invited to his birthday.”

Living with a tiny presidential figure can be exhausting. The one saving grace from all this is that he’s a very nice kid (as long as he’s not hungry or tired). He has taken it on himself to monitor the cats’ water supply, checks on Mr. Fish a lot, and never hesitates with a compliment. (Also, his hands are totally normal-sized for a 4.5-year-old.)

Today, my Bean is mildly sick. Low-grade fever, headache, chest ache, and general malaise sporadically interrupted by bursts of energy and the desire to velcro himself to specifically when I’m hitting “send” on a job application.

 

I have an update on the first week of my renewed “take care of Amy” plans announced last week.

Health Goals: 1/30 – 2/5

  1. 30 minutes of movement x 5 (yoga, walking, swimming) – I ended up getting sick. AGAIN. I did short bursts of activity most days (unpacking books, rearranging the new office space), but no real exercise. The plan for today was to go for a walk/run, but I’m home with Mr. Sickie, so I might be SOL unless I can sneak in a walk when the beer guy gets home.)
  2. A fruit with breakfast every day (done for today!) – 75% success! I forgot over the weekend. You know, the days that I was supposed to be modeling good eating behavior for the kid.
  3. Eat lunch every day – 6/7 success!
  4. Stay hydrated! Glass of water on hand at all times. – success! I drank all the water this week.
  5. MOAR veggies (at least 2 servings/day) – meh. I need to do better.
  6. Bonus: no arguing with racists on the internet (unless they start it) – mostly success. 😀

I’m going to go ahead and redo those goals for this week.

  1. Move (Tuesday: swim, Wednesday: walk/run, Thursday: swim, Friday: walk/run, Sat: rest or yoga, Sun: walk/run)
  2. Fruit every day
  3. Lunch every day
  4. Water at all times
  5. MOAR veggies

(18 days until my birthday!)