Ride, not drive

When I saw the forecast at the beginning of this week I got a little bit giddy.  Mid 70’s all week long!  This seemed to be the perfect week to ride, not drive.  I tried to avoid driving the car as much as I possibly could.  So we walked to and from school every day (except after the Great Tick Extraction of 2012…).  Lincoln and I rode my bike all over town–the library, the bank, the grocery store (despite the 50  mph wind gusts on Monday) and this morning just around for fun.  Ryan even joined in and rode to and from work yesterday.  Image

It feels so good to be outside enjoying the weather, feeling the sun and getting exercise (as well as doing our part to be green AND saving money!)  

I’d love to take a long family ride tomorrow, but I have yet to convince everyone. We’ll see!!

 

 

Just keep breathing…

I should have known when my dog woke me up at 3:30 this morning for the sole purpose of breathing loudly on my face that today was going to be rough.

At 5:30 am the t.v. in our workout room was having issues so I had to switch up my workout plan.  It’s okay, I can adapt.  Keep breathing…

After my 30 minutes on the elliptical (instead of the bike), I sat on the couch in the quiet of the morning to answer e-mails.  Then the kids descended upon me (like, literally UPON me) and next thing I knew, everything I had just typed had vanished.  Keep breathing…

The breakfast I made fell flat.  Oh, it was edible, maybe even tasty, but they were supposed to be puffy little muffin things and they looked more like hockey pucks.  Keep breathing…

Right as we were about to leave to walk to school, Audrey told me she felt a weird bump on her head.  Further investigation revealed a TICK, most certainly acquired last Saturday on our hike.  Breathing got somewhat erratic at this point.


I called the school to explain why she would be late, then took the other two kids to school because (as far as we know) they are tick-free.  Home again to attempt minor surgery on the back of Audrey’s head.  We finally got that taken care of and rushed Audrey to school (late) and Lincoln to preschool (late.) Breathing,breathing…

At some point in the hectic morning, I realized that parts of the centerpieces I had made for a school luncheon tomorrow were all missing, so I quickly had to make some more. Struggling for breath…

By now I was feeling a bit frazzled.  I was behind schedule; the house was a mess; things were not great.  But I headed out to the gym anyway to get in my weekly swim.  My goal had been to go at least a mile, but with the unexpected tick removal, my plan was going to have to change.  The gym was packed.  I had forgotten that it is Spring Break for everyone except my kids.  All the swim lanes were full, so I got to share.

With Michael Phelps.

American swimmer Michael Phelps, along with hi...

Or at least his cousin.  That guy was flying.  And every time we passed each other, I would get water up my nose.  Just keep breathing…oh wait, I can’t–there is water up my nose!!!

To complete the morning I ended up getting kicked out of the pool early anyway because of some lifeguard training class.  Like lifeguards really need to be trained.  So I only got in a half mile.

Things have calmed down a bit now. The house is cleaner.  I got lunch.


And a few Coconut Lime cookies.  I have bread dough rising.  But the insanity will start again when the kids get home from school in about an hour.

Maybe I will have a family yoga session. So we can all just relax and focus on our breathing.