Poor Beretta is always wondering why I would ever get on a machine to run my miles rather than run out on the trails with her while we explore the world.
Andrew was at the hospital yesterday getting in a shift so it was me on the treadmill for 5.5 miles before the kids needed to be up and out the door for the day. It is kind of confusing but I’ve always been a treadmill lover. I enjoy running outside more than being on the treadmill but I really don’t mind it. Maybe it is because I started my first race training days by doing all of my running on the treadmill and that is when my running love really began to grow and it has just stuck with me!?
PS I started rewatching the OC while on the treadmill (on Hulu) and that was a great decision… it took me way back to my college days and being incredibly invested in each character’s story.
Plus it started snowing a little bit (Knox made sure to put on his Ghostbuster costume for the event). Ice freaks me out more than ever now. Remember that time I fell on the black ice while running and hit my head really hard? Yep, that has made me extremely paranoid.
Quick flashback to that fall… I slid for quite some time.
Knox left with his mom while Brooke was at school. Then I picked up Brooke and we got busy on getting some things done and seeing some people before the baby comes… because once she comes, we are home for a while.
We first had lunch with Jess and her little boy. We went to Magelby’s and I had a salad with fruit, hard-boiled eggs (Andrew’s least favorite food), bacon and poppyseed dressing with some breadsticks and then I helped Brooke with her pancakes.
The last stop for the day was my sister’s house. I made her tell me all of the details of each of her deliveries (she has five kids) along with her best tips. You’d think since I have done this before that I wouldn’t be nervous but that was 5+ years ago which somehow feels like a lifetime ago.
Brooke had a blast playing with her cousins while we were there and yep, she is just like me and doesn’t mind wearing mismatched socks one bit.
I had some cereal at my sister’s house and then my body told me that it NEEDED pasta right that second. So Brooke and I had the early bird special at Noodles & Co! Pesto for me, spaghetti and meatballs for her. PS are you an ice person? I usually want as much ice as will fit in the cup but we just hit the part of the year where I am not looking to make myself any colder by adding ice to my water;)
Dessert once we got home.
Showers, pjs and Santa stories by 6 pm. Andrew got home late after a VERY busy day at the hospital and thankfully the baby is working great so far around his work/school schedule;) I am amazed by all of you that work in hospitals and that can handle blood etc because I might be the queasiest person ever when it comes to blood/cuts/needles/gross things.
Time a few TUESDAY TANGENTS:
*There is definitely a lot of attitude packed into these 44 lb bodies.
*I was hoping that the change of weather around here might get labor started last night once Andrew was home but instead it was just a night full of Braxton Hicks contractions! Those things take my breath away!
*I’ve been doing this thing where I’ve started posting more Instagram Stories and a bit more on Instagram lately. I think especially when labor hits I’ll be posting there a bit more than here (but Andrew will be posting on the blog when we go to the hospital) so if you want to stay updated, you can find me HERE!!!
*Christmas movies and snuggling on the couch, I’m very thankful the kids love this as much as I do.
*You haven’t had the best holiday ice cream on the planet until you try this stuff. Seriously, rush to the store right now to get this because it is that good. Thank you to Megan D for filling me in on this important life lesson.
*R Kay filled me in on this awesome goals for 2018 worksheet… it is perfect for coming up with your goals for next year and to figure out your plan on how to achieve these goals!
*I just wanted to take a minute and talk about the holidays for those of you that are struggling during this time of year. I’ve have always felt like this time of year has either been the best for me or the absolute hardest. If you are going through a dark time of life right now then the holidays can make that dark time feel even harder. I remember while going through my divorce, this time of year made my loneliness feel a million times worse and I just kind of wanted to hide in my bed for the month of December and cry. I did cry a lot of the days in the month too and that is okay, it was just what I needed to do during that time of life.
This time of year it may seem like everyone around you is happy and having the time of their lives while you are hurting (whether that be from a major loss in your life, divorce, your kids being gone, financial struggles, depression, poor health and the list goes on and on) but you are definitely not alone. I remember even last Christmas was hard for both Andrew and me. While we were so happy to have our first Christmas together our hearts were missing our kids that day a lot and I definitely cried it out to Andrew There were a few things that I did when the holidays used to be especially tough for me that helped… I came up with an absurd amount of traditions that I wanted to do with Brooke to make my ‘new normal’ feel different and fresh (and we still do most of those traditions each year). I enjoyed finding things that I loved to do with my new life that were special for me and Brooke. I also really just let myself feel during that time. I cried a lot, talked to my mom for dozens of hours, let myself feel what I needed to feel so that I could process everything and eventually move forward in life. I also just prayed my heart out for brighter days. Not that the brighter days came right away but they did come at some point and holding on to that little piece of hope made all of the difference for me. I’ve written about this type of stuff other years too here and here if you want to check it out. Now I know that many of you are going through much more intense trials and hard things than I could ever even imagine but the next few months I’m going to be up a lot in the middle of the night with one free hand to email with you if you are struggling this time of year. I would love to hear from you and if you need an email buddy to send you chocolate or to talk to, I am your woman. I’m thinking about you.
I have also never read a more impactful article/post/anything on this topic until I read pinch of yum’s survival guide and I really hope you read it if you need some help right now.
Have any Tuesday Tangents to share? I’d love to hear them!
Water with ice or no? Are you big on ice or would you rather skip it?
Ever fallen on the ice? Give me the story!
Does blood make you feel queasy or no? Have you always been that way?