My Sweet Little Boy

My sweet little boy Anakin had to go to the vet today for his rabies vaccine. Since he started limping in the last couple of days, I also had the doctor evaluate his left shoulder. Our appointment was scheduled for 4:00, so we left the house at 3:20 to get there a little early. Apparently, that was a total mistake.

Due to COVID19, no puppy parents are allowed into the clinic. Consequently, we had to take a seat and wait outside. This would be okay, except it’s Florida and it’s 90 degrees with a dew point of 76. I wouldn’t be surprised if the heat index surpassed 100 today. My poor puppy was getting so hot. Fortunately, I was able to get a water bowl for him. Meanwhile Goalielocks and I melted in the heat.

We waited until after 6:00 for him to be seen. I was dying from the heat and ready to throw in the towel. Nonetheless, my sweet little boy needed his rabies vaccine, so we can start taking him of dog parks. Also, the vet isn’t super close, so I didn’t want to have to come back a different day. Fortunately, his exam went well and there is no structural issues causing a limp. The vet feels like he likely hurt some soft tissue jumping around and being a puppy. Now we’re home and he’s comfortable resting after his vaccine and a pain shot for his shoulder.

Meanwhile, my throat is starting to hurt and my glands are feeling a bit swollen. My temperature was a little higher than normal this morning, but still not above normal range. I ran my 2.23 miles (#IrunwithMaud) this morning without too much difficulty. Afterwards I went almost straight to yoga, which was pretty awesome. Thankfully, I had enough time to do my post run stretch routine with the therapy balls before yoga.

Today’s class was a gentle flow with Jenn from Open Heart Yoga Studio and it was divine. The slower flow, yin and restorative poses have done my mind and body so much good. I was a balls to the wall kind of girl before I got injured and sick. Honestly, it’s probably why I got injured and sick. Now it’s about finding balance in my yoga practice, my workouts and life. Since I’ve started the quest for balance, my mobility and ability to slow down have improved greatly. I’m so excited to share my experience with my future yoga students.

I’m hoping some sleep will do my body good because I was hoping to go into the yoga studio to support its reopening. Nonetheless, if there’s any hint of a sore throat, I will be partaking in class from home. Fortunately, the Zoom classes have been great and with great support and feedback from my teachers. Otherwise I have a low key last day of school planned for the boys. My afternoon will be spent in yoga teacher training while the boys wrap up their school work.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Gentle Flow with Jenn from Open Heart Yoga Studio

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 4 cardio

*Went to the vet and melted in the heat like a circle in a spiral.

*Obedience training Anakin

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Bacon and Steak

Oh yeah, it’s Wednesday night so we had bacon and steak. What could be better then a filet mignon wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection? Nada. I worked hard today completing my BBG 2.0 Arms day and HIIT workout on the treadmill. I may have even added a hill run onto my treadmill workout. Naturally, I’m sure I’ll sleep well tonight after all that hard work and a hearty dinner of bacon and steak.

The most convincing argument I’ve heard for staying home

For the first time since Saturday, we had good weather this morning. Truly, the crystal clear blue skies were a thing of beauty this morning. Clearly, I be become a bit spoiled living in Florida. Otherwise, I wouldn’t complain about 72 hours without sun. Growing up in the Midwest, we’d go seven months (at least it felt like it) without seeing the sun. Then, as per usual during the rainy season, the beautiful clear skies gave way to stormy skies. Nonetheless, the stormy skies put a snag in my afternoon walk plans.

Today is the 27th, which means I have two more days of virtual school to survive. This has been a colossal undertaking for all involved. Okay, maybe for the parents and teachers. Needless to say, I won’t miss fighting with Goalielocks to get up and get on Zoom. Nor will I miss the countless emails and calls that my child is missing some work. Truly, the 29th will be a day of celebration. In case you don’t believe me, check back Friday so you can see pictures of me popping bottles to celebrate.

Since I was doubling up my workout today, I spent some time chilling with the puppies. With everything that is going on in the world, the unconditional love of man’s best friend is the perfect anecdote. We’re fortunate to have three dogs with great, loving dispositions. Indeed it’s fun to watch them interact with each other and how it impacts there interaction with me. For example, if I call Maya over, you can be sure that Anakin and Athena will try to be her to me. If I call Anakin, Athena is sure to show up. In fact, our sweet Piggie re-learned to lay down, but only on the “Anakin lay down” command.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 3 Arms and HIIT

*Watched Curb

*Looked online for roses that grow well in south Florida

*Obedience training Anakin

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Where to Start

Where to start? It’s always the hardest part of the blog. Figuring out the title and working it in a way that the SEO gods condone. So here I am on a Saturday night relaxing on my couch watching Family Guy with the Mayor and our puppies contemplating where to start. Before I showered, I rewatched Rocketman, which is a fabulous movie. This time I could sing along with the movie outlook because Delta typically frowns on that during flight.

Today was a good day. I started the day off with a solid run on the treadmill and a dose of Larry David. Season 10 of Curb does not disappoint. The first five minutes of the run were arduous, but it got better as the run progressed. Fortunately, my legs and hips are feeling pretty pretty good after running four times this week. Although it could be a different story tomorrow, so stay tuned. I didn’t, however, achieve much on the domestic front today. Hopefully, my hubby will bury his head int he proverbial sand and not notice.

After my run, the Mayor and I drove up to Bethesda West to watch the F-16 flyover. I’ve always loved fighter jets and seeing the airmen flyover reminds me on mine. Needless to say my heart is filled with pride. Not surprisingly, the parking lot was absolutely jammed packed with people watching the flyover. Fortunately, everyone I saw was wearing masks and being prudent. However, perhaps the most surprising part of the day came as we left the parking lot. Are you ready for it?!? People left the parking lot with respect and politeness. I nearly had a heart attack. Truly, it was an uplifting experience.

We went home and had some quick lunch. I made my coffee quick before heading down to Mel’s to drop off a Mother’s Day present for her mom and a book. Initially, it was going to be a drop and go. Fortunately for me, it turned into a nice visit where we were practicing crow pose and warrior 3. At any rate, it was definitely a bright spot on my day. After the visit, I cooked up another great Blue Apron meal. Today’s meal was hot honey chicken. It was awesome, but unfortunately I was the only one that thought so.

Unfortunately, today also brought some terrible news and prayers are needed urgently. Goalielocks’ friend was in a major ATV accident last evening involving a fifty foot fall into a mine shaft. Due to the pandemic, he’s still out west where he was playing tier 1 hockey. His parents are here in Florida. At this time, he’s in a medically induced coma with serious internal injuries. By a miracle of god, he did not suffer serious head trauma. Nonetheless, he faces a long recovery far from home. Please pray for his continued recovery, his doctors wisdom, and for strength and peace of mind for his parents.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Watched F-16 flyover at the hospital

*Week 1 BBG 2.0 day 6 cardio

*Watched Rocketman and Family Guy

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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New Routine

Today marked the start of my new routine on Wednesday. Since my yoga teacher is now on maternity leave, I don’t have yoga at 5:30 anymore. Nonetheless, I have adapted accordingly. Since I’m on BBG 2.0 I added a high intensity cardio workout. This workout includes 15 minutes of 30 seconds of rest followed by 30 seconds of rest. Unquestionably, the new routine isn’t quite as relaxed as the old one.

One thing that didn’t change is our Wednesday night cookout. On the menu today was bacon wrapped filet, potatoes au gratin, broccoli and caramel apple desserts. Everything on the menu less the broccoli came from Omaha Steaks. Strangely, my youngest has become a pickier eater as our quarantine has progressed. He doesn’t like steak, barely tried the potatoes and didn’t like the dessert. Meanwhile, my middle son, who has always been picky has become an adventurous eater. My world is in chaos!

After virtual school caused a full on mental health breakdown yesterday, I’m happy report things were much better today. In fact, both boys did their school work and chores without needing much inducement from me. Oh yes, it was a victory! Now their school is all done for the day, the floors are clean and the dishes have been done! I wish everyday could be like today!

I did my first arm workout for BBG 2.0. Surprisingly, it was pretty easy for me. This, of course, is a testament to the foundation I built while completing BBG 1.0. Nevertheless, the number of pushups (regular, lay down and from my knees) that I did today was utterly obscene. Additionally, there were some new exercises like arm raises from a hover plank. Those were fun, said nobody ever!

After my workout, I had to run to Target to pick up a prescription and return a phone case. Additionally, I was hoping they’d have some weights because I need some 8, 12 and 15 lb dumbbells. Alas, it was not to be as there entire fitness section was sold out. I hung my head in disappointment as the Mayor and I made our way over to the food. I bought two more gallons of milk since they’d already drank the five gallons I had purchased Friday. As of now, we’re down to only half a gallon left! Ugh.

I started supplementing my synthroid (T4) with cytomel (T3) a couple of weeks ago. Nonetheless, I still experience fatigue some afternoons. Since I’ve never been much of a napper, I medicate with some afternoon coffee and meditation. Truly, my afternoon meditation practice has been cathartic and helps recharge my battery. This week’s mid-day meditation has been focused on gratitude. It’s always nice to spend time ruminating on things that make you grateful like family, friends and flowers. Of course, I’m also grateful for my new routine.

Lastly, my brave Athena is absolutely terrified by the beep of the fire alarm. We changed the battery last night, but for some reason it is still beeping. Sadly, Athena shakes like a leaf when this happens. Consequently, my hubby had her on our bed in our room trying to calm down last night. She loved it so much she refused to get down. Finally, we were able to coax her done when the Mayor started practicing his handstand in the yoga silk. She didn’t quite know what to do with the situation, so naturally she went to the bathroom on the carpet. Oh Piggie!

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Trip to Target for prescription and a few goodies. The store was not crowded.

*Week 1 BBG 2.0 day 3 arms and cardio (high intensity)

*Checked on the duck nest in our garden. We now have six eggs.

*Watched It’s Always Sunny

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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104 Years Young

Today my great Grandma Brown turns 104 years old. Can you even imagine all that she’s seen and experienced in 104 years? Her early childhood would have been marked by the First World War and the Spanish Flu Pandemic. She lived through the roaring 20s only to experience the dust bowl years of the Great Depression. As the Depression ended, the world had plunged again into another Great War. At this point, you’re not even thirty yet and your life has been full of tumultuous events. Not to mention, you’ve already lost your twin sister to an automobile accident.

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When I contrast that to my life as a product of the 1980s, I realized how much easier my life has been than hers. Notably, I’m not speaking of the ease technology has brought us, but rather the relative stability and peace my generation has enjoyed. Well, until the last couple of decades and this year. Apparently, this Covid-19 disease wants to give a Spanish Flu a run for its money in the pandemic space. Unfortunately, we seem to be in a place where we are more worried about the perceived affront to our freedom that wearing a mask and washing our hands presents.

My Father and Great Grandma

I digress, but you get my point. My Great Grandma, who happens to be my kids my Great Great Grandma is an absolute gift. Truly, to share this earth with my great grandma is a rarity and I treasure that time. My fondest memory is of my most recent visit to her on Jake’s farewell tour. She was so moved that we took the time to drive up and visit her. During that visit, she was recounting working the fields and watching “Lindy” fly over practicing and tipping his wings to them as they waved. To us Lindbergh’s legacy is complicated, but to her he was just a local guy that made it big.

Jake and his Great Great Grandma

That visit meant the world to both Jake and my Great Grandma. It meant so much of her that he took time before leaving for the military to make sure he visited her. Moreover, throughout the visit they connected on a level that’s hard to quantify in words. Nevertheless, it forged a link and interconnectedness of love, appreciation and respect that will never be broken. Sometimes I think we get caught up in the big gestures failing to realize that it’s the simple and earnest things that really matter. I hope that we’re soon able to safely travel, so my family I can go visit her again.

Today is also Armed Forces Day, the day where we recognize active duty airmen, coasters, marines, sailors and soldiers. So if you know anyone that is active duty, please make sure you reach out and acknowledge their service. As a military mom, it was the perfect opportunity to text my airmen without feeling like I’m being overbearing. At any rate, I’m super proud of my airmen and so grateful to him for his service to this country.

Tonight’s dinner was pork chorizo sausage enchilada courtesy of Blue Apron. This was another simple and easy to follow recipe. Naturally, I wasn’t sure if my boys would eat it as they can be unusually picky. However, you can imagine my surprise when both boys ate and enjoyed the enchiladas. Yep, I almost fell out of my chair!

My Hubby and His Grandpa


Lastly, please say another prayer for the Hubby’s grandfather. He was taken to the hospital last night after a fall. Fortunately, the x-rays showed no fractures. Unfortunately, the tests did show some congestion in the lungs. Consequently, he was tested for Covid-19 this morning. The test results will determine whether or not he will be able to go back to the memory care facility. As of press time, his Covid test results are still pending.

Grandpa Ed and I – love this man!

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Week 12 BBG day 6 cardio. Ran 2.7 miles

*Watched Curb Your Enthusiasm and Great

*Redesigned my blog

*Attended Melaleuca’s convection. I’m super excited for their new skincare line including the Vitamin C collection and the rose collection, which comes in bottles with a pretty rosy hue.

*Dancing

*Virtual school torture with Goalielocks and the Mayor

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Opinions

Opinions are fabulous and everyone has them. However, it’s important to remember that opinions are not facts. Nor do they override facts. Unfortunately, it seems that we have forgotten the difference during this pandemic. A least according to my Facebook feed. Or we share or opinion, but state that it’s our right to have said opinion. Moreover, nobody should share an opinion that counter the one posted. Rant over.

I started my Tuesday by checking in with Goalielocks, who was awake and in a good mood. #winning. Can you believe it? I couldn’t. In fact, he even made his 8:15 Zoom class. Incredible! Fortunately, traffic continues to be light, so the drive to Dunkin’ was quick. Truly, I always enjoy the drive when the Mayor’s with me. He’s got the most eclectic and fabulous taste is music. In one drive, I could hear TLC, John Paridi, Backstreet Boys, Offspring, Blake Shelton or Bob Dylan.

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This morning’s treadmill run was set to the season 9 finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Certainly, season 9 didn’t disappoint. Consequently, I forgot to start my running playlist. The antics of Larry and cast were enough to keep me engaged through the entirety of my workout, which is amazing. Typically, I need a tv show and my music playlist to get through an indoor run. As for the actual run, it went pretty well. Chiefly, I added additional run time. Likewise, I added more minutes to my cold down as well.

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My morning run and subsequent stretch routine let me right into my Tuesday yoga class. Fortunately, today’s class emphasized stretching, which is exactly what my legs, hips and glutes needed after today’s run. So far I’m enjoying the balance of 3-4 days of gentle/restorative yoga and 1/2 days of vinyasa class. I love the challenge of the vinyasa classes, but also enjoy how the gentle yoga has helped opened up my muscles.
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The post yoga glow took me to Target to pick up a prescription and allergy medicine. Regardless of the weather or season here in Florida, it is always allergy season. Also, I was in serious need of some coffee creamer. No sooner had I backed out of the driveway, when the Mayor texted me to pick up spicy chips for him and a Dr. Pepper for his brother. I decided to tease him by not responding right away.

Of course I was on the phone with my parents when I got to Target, is I left my car without my mask. Naturally, I went back to the truck to fetch my mask. Our Target won’t allow you in without a mask, no would I enter without wearing one. The store was not too busy for a Tuesday afternoon. I literally had no wait at the pharmacy or at self checkout. Fortunately, I remembered the treats for both of the boys and everything else on my list. I’m always happy when I completed a shopping trip to the letter of my shopping list.

This evening was spent cooking another great Blue Apron dinner. Tonight’s dinner was chicken with fried rice farro and ponzu mayonnaise. It was awesome! Again the recipe was easy to follow and full of yummy vegetables. Surprisingly, even my pickiest eater enjoyed the meal! I was shocked. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t eat all the peppers or cabbage in the fried rice farro, but he tried everything. I was shocked and impressed. As for the rest of the evening, I’ll be chilling with the dogs while trying to avoid all the opinions on Facebook.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

*Yoga for a Healthy Back with Monica from Open Heart Yoga Studio

*Watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Week 12 BBG day 2 cardio day! Ran 2.3 miles on the treadmill 

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy of myself and the Mayor. 

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on a walk. 

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Maintaining Connection

As we approach another month of social distancing, it is super important to be maintaining connection with our friends and family. This pandemic has seemingly lasted forever and has been isolating for many. By maintaining connection, you remove not only yourself from isolation, but your friend and family as well. Plus, it’s nice to see people that reside outside of your home!

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To this end, we had a family Zoom call tonight, which was a lot of fun. My parents, my brothers and their families and even Jake joined in for an hour of family together time and shenanigans. Obviously, it was super awesome to see my airman! Moreover, the rest of my family enjoyed seeing him as much as I did. I was impressed that my two younger ones made a pretty solid appearance on the call. Clearly, I expected them to avoid it at all costs. Needless to say today’s call was awesome!! Perhaps this will become a new family tradition.
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Today was my first full day on the T3 medication. First of all, I actually fell asleep right away last night for the first time in months. Secondly, my 2.3 mile run, #IrunwithMaud, went really well and was relatively easy. Lastly, and most importantly, I’ve had energy throughout the entire day. Usually, I’m hit in the afternoon with an incredible wave of fatigue. Truly, I couldn’t keep my eyes open or get off the couch most afternoons. Hopefully, this is an indication of things to come.

 

This afternoon I had my second yoga teacher training session via Zoom. We studied more of the history of yoga as well as some of its key tenets. In addition we discussed Iyengar and the difference between the Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. We even put some of our learning into practice, which was great! In fact, I even got to try teaching namaskar A. Naturally, I was nervous, but it went well. I’m looking forward to next week’s class.

It’s funny that the same technology that makes us distant under normal circumstances is bringing us together during quarantine and making us better. For once, our phones are being used to maintain connection with our loved ones and friends in a real way. Truly, I haven’t talked on the phone this much since middle school. Moreover, I’ve been using my laptop and phone to improve myself and learn new skills. This pandemic has presented an opportunity for us all to become better if we choose that path. While it would be easy to choose the path of a nomad, I choose to walk the path to self improvement. Concurrently of course with the path to European chocolate. This is what I call balance.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

*Yoga teacher training with Monica from Yoga Mundo 

*Watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Week 11 BBG day 6 cardio – ran 2.3 miles for Maud

*Virtual family fun

*Goalielocks hooked a nice peacock bass

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy of myself and the Mayor. 

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on a walk. 

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Stormy Weather

As expected today brought stormy weather. Albeit, Anakin and I got in a short walk early this morning.  I love running outside, but decided to bring my run inside today. The weather was still okay at run time, but it looked menacing. Moreover, the weather in Florida has a reputation for changing on the dime. So I went to my room turned on Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is my go to show when I run. My decision to run inside was soon vindicated as a severe weather alert popped across my phone during warmup.  This was my first time running on my treadmill since last summer because I prefer running outside.  Fortunately, today’s treadmill run went well and was productive.   Consequently, I logged 2.7 temperature controlled miles with some Larry David humor.

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Fortunately, I coordinated my run time so I could transition right into my yoga class.  Naturally,  I built in enough time to complete a truncated version of my stretch routine.  Those magic little therapy balls are the best at keeping my hamstrings healthy.  After using the therapy balls, I use foam roller on my glutes, hips, IT band, quads, and shin area.  Post foam roller, I do a several stretches for my legs, hips and glutes.  Thankfully, this post run routine has help keep my legs and hips healthy.

Today’s yoga’s class was absolutely amazing.  I don’t know how these teachers know exactly what my body needs, but some how they do.   After Christine’s class yesterday, my back is feeling so much better and open.  Jenn’s class built on the work we did in Christine’s yesterday, which is fantastic.  Each and every day that I hit my mat, I see and feel the improvements in my practice.  For example, my breath work actually exists now.  Whereas before it wasn’t coming so easy for me.  Another example is no longer needing a block for my hands on the hamstring stretch.  I am by no means a yoga superstar, but I am a yogi improving her practice.  

Post yoga, I sat with the Mayor to go through his daily school work to make sure nothing was missed.   He has not been as diligent as I thought in completing his assignments.  For example, today he had to do an optical illusion drawing based on a Youtube video.  His first rendering was nothing more than an abstract black and white circle.    Clearly, we fixed that right away.  Subsequently, I’ve taken on a micro manager role going through all of his assignments.  Thankfully, his teachers are flexible and are allowing him to complete the work he missed and re-do the work he turned in haphazardly.  As a result, he is almost completely caught up in math extra credit included less one lone assignment.  Tomorrow we’ll do the same exerise.  As for Goalielocks, he’s still living in a third shift world, but is getting his work turned in.

Today was very productive on my end.  I made a few key decisions and took the first steps towards achieving my goals.  First, I will be starting yoga teacher training with my friend and teacher Monica.  I am super excited to be pursuing this path.  Next I signed up for two computer science classes: introduction to networking and introduction to computer science.  After my pep talk from Jake, I thought it makes a lot of sense to pursue an IT education.   Fortunately, I am technologically savvy and will have a great tutor if I need any help.  This will also help me bring the blog to the next level, which is super exciting.  Truly, I am very great grateful for the cheerleaders in my life.

Finally, last night I finished Willa Cather’s My Antonia last night.  After spending the last few months in the British Isles courtesy of my favorite authors, the American Prairie was a nice change of scenery.  In fact, I really enjoyed how the book showcased the experience of immigrants to the US from Norway in the late 1800s.  This coincides with the time many of family members immigrated to the US.  While my relatives did not end up in a Norwegian Settlement in Nebraska, like in the book, I imagine their experience in the Norwegian Settlement in Minnesota was not much different.  After seeing the family homes in Norway and the cities from which they emigrated from, this gave me a deep and unexpected connection and appreciate for the book.  As for tonight, I’ll be back in the British Isles with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

*Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Back with Jennifer from Open Heart Yoga Studio

*Registered for two IT courses

*Watched Trailer Park Boys

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Week 10 BBG day 4 run Forest run

*Virtual school torture with Goalielocks and the Mayor

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on a walk.  Sadly, the weather hindered our ability to go for walks today.

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I’m obsessed

I’m obsessed with both tacos and the French show Balthazar. My love for tacos has been life long, but our left overs from last night’s taco dinner really fed the obsession nicely. As for Balthazar, it’s a French procedural that follows the chief medics examiner, the chief detective and their cases. In this case, the ME, Balthazar, sees and talks to dead people, which helps him solve crimes. Sadly, the only crime it hasn’t helped him solve is his wife’s murder. His character has a lot of bravado, but is also really complex. I love it!

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The crimes they solve are complex and different. I love seeing the French countryside and Paris. Truly, I can’t wait to travel once this pandemic is over. Of course, the show is French, which means it is in French. However, I don’t mind reading the subtitles for words I don’t understand. Additionally, this provides a much needed respite from my phone. In order to understand French, I need to concentrate. Plus, reading the subtitles necessitates I don’t focus on my phone. Now you know I spent my afternoon!

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When I woke up, my legs were super sore. I was totally expecting this after yesterday’s grueling BBG workout. Yep, my legs were so sore it made navigating the steps and sitting down tough. However, that was still not excuse for me to skip my run. The Piggie and I went for our Tuesday run this morning sore muscles and all. It was not the fastest run we’ve logged, but it went pretty well. Importantly, the run felt easier. I can tell my endurance is improving.

Afterwards, I did a truncated version of my stretch routine since I was attending yoga at noon. Between the stretch session and yoga, I checked in with my two nerds to ensure they were getting their school work down. As expected, a minor battle ensued, but at least work was being done. I guess that’s the yin and yang of my current life. Yoga and battles with the boys over school work. Alas, the battles are a part of the quilt I’m stitching that is motherhood in the time of Covid.  Thankfully, Family Circle has a comic that represents parenting siblings during the pandemic. 

Tonight we’ll chill on the couch and cuddle with the puppies. I’ll probably peruse Amazon and buy more stuff I don’t need. Or perhaps I’ll buy some more goodies to accessorize Jake’s new instrument. Needless to say the ability to shop from my phone is perhaps a privilege that needs to be revalauted. It’s simply too easy to spend money. On the bright side, I have kept the Amazon, FedEx, UPS and USPS drivers very busy during this difficult time.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and loving it!

*Morning meditation

*Yoga For a Healthy Back with Monica from Open Heart Yoga Studio

*Started reading Success Factors by Jack Canfield

*Watched Balthazar Season 2 episode 2

*Week 9 BBG cardio

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

*Completed morning meditation

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It Was A Hot One Today

It was a hot one today! This morning it felt like summer as the dew point rose to 74 degrees. Initially, I was worried that it would be too hot for Piggie and I to run, but I felt we could try it. Indeed, if it was too hot too run or jog, we’d simply walk our route. Either way I’d be getting in a workout.

 

As it happened, today’s run was pretty good. I felt good throughout the run and probably could have gone further. However, I’m not going to add mileage too soon and get injured again. Also, my running partner is out of practice too. We’ll be adding mileage in gradually as we acclimate to the heat and running again. Athena needed several stops today. She doesn’t like when the path is crowded with bikers and walkers. When people are coming are way, she’ll pullover to the grass and stop dead in her tracks. Honestly, it’s perfect for maintaining social distancing on the path.

In addition to our traffic stops, we take our water break every half mile. During these stops, Athena rehydrates and I spill some over her to cool her down. Most of the time, she’ll try to knock her gentle leader off by rolling in the grass. While she catches her bread, and I do too, I enjoy taking in the natural beauty. The path has been full of butterflies, dragonflies, birds, lizards and squirrels. Truly, it always reminds me how lucky I am to live here. Our neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous. While we headed back we came across a bunch of cops lining up for a birthday parade, which was pretty cool. As soon as we got home, Piggie got a nice, old shower courtesy of my hubby and the garden hose. She loved it!

Afterwards, I did my stretching routine in my room. I ended the great stretch session with legs up the wall, which is one of the best yoga poses out there. Once I had completed stretching, I enjoyed the left over Cesar salad for lunch. Post lunch, the Mayor and I headed to Walgreens. I was looking for new cleaning gloves- they had none. However, I owed the Mayor some Cadbury Mini Eggs, so we picked up some Easter candy and a peel off mask and pore vacuum. So no gloves, but a bunch of things I probably didn’t need (especially the candy.)

 


The boys were excited for try the charcoal peel mask. Consequently, I had both boys wash their faces, so I could apply the mask. The mask is messy, but easy enough to apply. Once the masks were applied, I obviously made them pose for some great pictures. You’ll love the one of my Mayor making a whimsical face. I tried to get a picture of Goalielocks’ expertly completed man bun, but he was not cooperating.

They then spent fifteen minutes letting the mask dry. It didn’t peel off as easy as I hoped, but I may not have applied it thickly enough to their faces. It did clean the pores especially in the T Zone. Importantly, it did leave some redness on my Mayor’s face as he does have more sensitive skin. Thankfully, the redness was short lived. Most importantly, it gave us something to try together and have fun doing it. I have a facial steamer from Amazon coming, so we’ll be trying it again then.

Tonight we’ll be hanging out on the couch watching movies. If I’m being honest, we’ll also probably finish the amazing carrot cake from J Alexander’s. Today has been a nice and relaxing with no virtual school. Unfortunately or fortunately, Florida has closed schools for the rest of the year. Consequently, I’ll be in virtual school hell until the end of May. Say a prayer that myself and my fellow virtual school parents will survive until then. Please also say a prayer for our childrens’ teachers that have to deal with virtually schooled kids and their parents. The teachers are the real heroes here!

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and loving it!

*Cleaner Anakin’s cage after he had an accident overnight. Thankfully, it wasn’t diarrhea!

*Completed BBG day 6 week 8- cardio 

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

*Ran 2.5 miles with Athena

*Pulled my hair out (again) managing my teenagers virtual schooling.

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