Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This is about as busy as I get

I think one of the keys to happiness with a toddler is to never have a full schedule. This is a personal preference, mostly because I'm lazy. Today was pretty much as busy as we get around here.

I was afraid of running in the heat again (like what happened to my horrible run on Sunday), so I actually got everyone out of the door and running by 8am. That doesn't sound impressive (to me), but it's really hard to break my habit of lazing around in the morning and instead just heading out for a run. I stupidly fed the dog at 7am, so I couldn't go before 8am but in the future I'll wait and feed her after she cools down after the run. (For larger dogs, it's really dangerous to exercise them on a full stomach because they can get bloat which can either be really expensive or it can kill them).

Bloat? Are you calling me fat?

Faith ate her breakfast in the stroller, which actually worked out pretty well because she ate more that way than she does when she's forced to leave her toys and sit at the table.

I hate it when The Man tells me what to do.

Since we finished the 4 mile run so much earlier than usual, we had time to go grocery shopping and still make it back for toddler lunch time and nap time. Faith's schedule is clockwork precision, but by her own wishes, so I try to make sure she's always sitting down for lunch by noon and in her crib by 12:30. I mostly adhere to that because she will fall apart if I'm late at all. She rewards me by sleeping until 3:30pm usually, so I let it slide.


I run the show around here.

During nap time I ran 4.25 miles and it was a rare run because I felt fairly normal, not like my new usual feeling of sucking wind and wanting to vomit. It was a really nice break. I've been feeling better morning sickness-wise, but I'm still "off" for about half of every day, but that's a huge improvement from being miserable all day.

After I finished up my treadmill run, I sat down to a nutritious and well balanced lunch of plain cheese ravioli and Doritos. I truly am a paragon of healthy eating and you should all copy me. I've been on a huge Doritos kick, which is really amusing to my husband because normally I don't like them at all. When I was pregnant with Faith, all I wanted were burgers from the dollar menu at McDonald's so I obviously have a great track record for craving the same things that drunk people want at 2am.

I find that the afternoons can be really fussy with Faith, so I try to have something planned to get us out of the house because that magically makes her forget to scream and whine. Today was fairly nice outside, so I busted out a new pack of chalk (glitter chalk!) and Faith expressed her artistic side for about 40 minutes before my husband came home.


I can't create my masterpiece with these sub-par supplies!

It's called "Driveway Buttsmear Expressions"

The hardest part of chalk drawing is not smearing your butt through it as you go. When I showed my husband the glitter chalk, his first reaction was "Oh great, she's going to be covered in glitter like she was at a strip club?" so now you know why we are a perfect match.

What's your idea of a busy day? I know my day used to start at 4:40am when I had a job, so I have a vague memory of what being busy is like...


32 comments:

  1. I liked the pictures. But there were a lot of words around them. I think they said you get drunk at pm every day, and pass out until 3:30, right?

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    1. That must be why I feel hungover all the time.

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  2. By the way, thank you for enabling the mobile version of your blog so I could make that last comment from my phone.

    Sample former busy day: Work 8-4:45 with no lunch, stop at grocery store on my way home, drop food off at home, hurry to spinning, come home and make dinner, do laundry. Sample now busy day: Get up at 6:30, make coffee, eat breakfast, run, grocery shop + errands, entertain dog, pick up dog poop, vacuum/laundry, cook dinner.

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    1. "Entertain dog"? Wow, you're a better person than me.

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  3. I used to leave the house by 6:15 to take a bus, ferry, subway and then walk to a school to teach Chinese preschoolers until 4. Then off to CGI until 8, home, sleep and repeat 6 days a week. Now I work from my couch in PJs. I definitely prefer life now. :)

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    1. That schedule sounds exhausting!

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  4. Glitter...reminds me of my days at bath and body works- read: hell. Thanks for the flash back. Faith's hat is adorable! !

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  5. blah blah running blah blah cute baby blah blah i eat like shit blah blah

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    1. This is a pretty good Cliff Notes version of this post.

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  6. Glitter. It is not allowed in my house for that very reason. It ends up everywhere!! Glitter chalk is a great idea though! Glad you are feeling a little better. :)

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  7. Wait, you let Faith get a tat? You are some mom! Thanks for the bloat lesson....I should know but I didn't. Bad dog mom I am!

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    1. I figure you should have a tat before you turn 2.

      Actually it's a temporary one that just won't come off. It's been days!

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  8. I think I'd be less busy if I procrastinated less.

    And they sell glitter chalk? I'd love to get some.

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  9. What a friggin cutie Faith is - just look at her! LOVE her little outfit :-)

    I will never forget the hell that is 1st trimester pregnancy nausea and cannot believe you run through it! I thought you were nuts when you did the 50k, but now I'm floored! lol It does feel like being chronically hungover, so I can definitely appreciate the hangover foods!

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    1. It is like being hungover everyday, but without the fun of drinking the night before!

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  10. Busy is so relative. I used to be actually busy - like up by 5 to train, in court by 8:30 and work all day. Now I work from home so my schedule is way too flexible. I'm less productive this way I think.

    I need a real job!

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  11. I'm so glad my motivational skills helped you get out and run at a reasonable time.

    A good day for me involves lounging on the couch and running at some point. That day is not today.

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  12. If you start craving boxed macaroni and cheese, let me know. Doritos are a food that is never really on my radar but Casi brought it to Titanic Sunday and between that and your blog, I want Doritos so bad. And one of those sun hats like Faith has. My idea of a busy day is going to the pool to swim at 5:30am, working, coming home and grabbing the bike, and going for a bike/run, then rushing home, eating, and going immediately to sleep so I can be up at 4:30 for the next day's workout. Good thing I got a break this week because of the taper.

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  13. At a strip club. Oh man I'm so glad you two have a daughter.

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  14. Oh I think my busy days will be changing in about 6 weeks or so. When I had a full time job (wow, that sounds snooty) I would get up at 5:45, go to work all day/or school, hit up the gym, then come home and make dinner, and do homework. It was awesome. Not.

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  15. I am now craving Doritos. My days start at 5 AM and some are busy but I have it pretty good as well with a fairly flexible work day.

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  16. I definitely wouldn't call you lazy. Anyone who pushes a stroller with a dog in tow while pregnant is a bad ass in my book!

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  17. I'm a full-time working mom so my everyday life feels pretty full compared to when I was footloose and kid-free. I usually get up at 5AM to workout and it rolls from there until my son goes to bed at 8:30PM. I do get a break after work sometimes if my husband doesn't have to work evenings.

    Since that's my normal now, I don't really feel "busy" unless I have to give up my lunch hour to do stuff like buy groceries. When I have a week where I lose my lunch break to errands every day, I feel really overscheduled and cranky. This is a cranky week.

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  18. When my sister in law was pregnant with my neice (15 years ago, and OMGshecandrive next month), she only wanted McDonald's cheeseburgers. Before a family Thanksgiving dinner, she went through the drive though and ate 2 of them. Then ate dinner. Then ate a turkey sandwich a couple hours later. Crazy pregnant ladies. :-)

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  19. When we move and I stay at home, I will remember to avoid the glitter chalk. I wouldn't want Hubbs to think we spent the afternoon at the strip club.

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  20. That's pretty similar to our busy days, too. We have to get out of the house a lot for the same reason... at home, she wants me to play with her which I can do some of the time, but not all day. I think I've said it before, but I am so jealous of the 3 hours naps. I think that's happened to us twice!

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  21. Ah, I remember those days of two-hour toddler naps!

    I'm glad you felt good on that run--maybe you are coming out of the worst of that nausea wretchedness.

    A busy day for me is like today (fortunately it did NOT begin at 4:40 a.m.): took the kids to preschool, went to the gym where I 1)rode my now-old friend the recumbent bike, 2) did PT exercises and 3) did upper body weights; went to work at noon; will be at work until 9; then have to drive to south of Denver to a hotel because I'm leading a workshop tomorrow morning. I'm kind of excited about the hotel (highest quality sleep), but leaving the husband with the kids again makes me feel guilty.

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  22. I wish Avery napped so well!
    I craved dollar McDonald's burgers too. HA!

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