Well I’m off to bed early since I’m not feeling fantastic. Clearly, the Saharan dust isn’t agreeing with me and my allergies. I did log my workout today, but it was a fight to get through yoga. My body is just exhausted and maybe fighting something off it could be a a cold or an autoimmune flare. Or I could have just worn myself out.
Today started in the most Monday of beginnings. Anakin had a blow out in his crate early this morning. Honestly, it was not a great way to start the day. Needless to say, I was feeling a bit salty about the mess I had to clean up. Obviously, I needed some coffee on board before I could confront that mess. So Anakin and I went to Dunkin for coffee and Donuts.
Afterwards, I started the work of cleaning out Anakin’s crate. Fortunately, we have a high pressure hose that worked perfectly for cleaning out the crate. Thankfully, my Mayor helped by changing out the puppy pad, vacuuming the floor and mopping the impacted area. Once I finished the cleaning, I was able to finally enjoy my coffee.
The rest of the day was spent dreaming of foreign vistas and ports. There are so many places I’d like to visit once the world opens up again. Moreover, there are so many people that I want to visit and see. First and foremost, I cannot wait to see my airmen!!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to see him before the summer is over. I’d also like to see my family in Minnesota sometime soon. What is the first place you want to visit once the world reopens?
As my luck would have it, I was able to do all my driving between the storms. Honestly, it had to be pure luck. No sooner had I sat down comfortably on my yoga mat when the sky opened up. And when I say opened up, I mean full-on monsoon rains. Fortunately, I love practicing yoga during a storm. There is something completely soothing about practicing to the sound of falling rain. Now there were a couple of bolts of lightning that were a bit too close given the loud thunder and how vigorously the thunder shook the building. Thursday’s class is seventy-five minutes of gentle flow, so by the time, we finished our practice the storm had passed.
No sooner had I made it home when the storms again opened up. This was, of course, the case when I went to grab my coffee this morning. As I left, the storm was pulling away from our house and I hit a few sprinkles as I got to Dunkin. Fortunately, the heavy stuff held off until after I got home. I moved up my run a half-hour since my yoga class was moved up a half-hour. Consequently, my Thursday date with Curb happened at 10:00 instead of 10:30. Naturally, my legs were quite sore after the back to back days running. My foot felt pretty good, but my body was tired. Nonetheless, I persevered and logged three miles on the treadmill. Since I was heading immediately to yoga post-run, I did a truncated version of my post-run stretch routine.
Honestly, I’m exhausted. I should really just take a hot shower and go to bed, but here I am finishing my blog. Seriously though this week has been mentally and physically exhausting for no specific reason other than the dumpster fire that has been 2020. My neck and my shoulders are super tight. I’m hoping with the great work we did in Jen’s yoga class today that they’ll feel better tomorrow. My shoulder gets horribly tight since my diagnosis of Graves. Unfortunately, the tightness migrates up my neck as well. For the most part, my yoga practice keeps my shoulders and neck open. Nonetheless, I do get periodic flare-ups, which suck bananas, but I digress.
Speaking of dumpster fires, I started reading Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskells. When I say dumpster fire, I’m referring to the unmitigated tragedy that was the life of Charlotte Bronte and her siblings. Gaskell wrote the biography beautifully in the style of a novel. Gaskells, of course, was a contemporary and friend of Charlotte’s. Her biography is not only a view from the rearview mirror of their friendship but also the viewpoint of her family and friends. Some have argued that Gaskells’ portrayal of Bronte’s life was sanitized by her piety in the face of Bronte’s more worldly view. Thus far I have made it as far as the death of Charlotte’s mother. At the time Charlotte and her siblings were quite young and quite alone and often left to their own devices. Honestly, it’s amazing that three literary geniuses could arise out of such an upbringing.
I cooked another HelloFresh dinner tonight, which was Balsamic Fig Chicken with roasted potatoes. I don’t know what I did, but my piece of chicken was not great. The rest of the dinner was fantastic. Fortunately, the entire family ate the meal I cooked tonight. This is pretty significant since my Mayor has decided to be a picky eater. Tomorrow I’ll be cooking another pasta dish. Since neither service provides gluten-free pasta, so I substitute gluten-free pasta from the grocery store. Meanwhile, my Mayor cooks the delivery service pasta for his spaghetti lunch. After dinner, I swept the floor picked up the kitchen. Then the dogs and I chilled on the couch and watched It’s Always Sunny. My boys drove down to Miami to skate for a couple of hours this morning. It’s great to have them back on the ice!
The tropics have fired up early this year! Tropical Storm Cristobal is churning away in the Gulf of Mexico bringing much of the Florida peninsula rain today. Markedly, today is the first day in a minute that we haven’t received significant rain. Nonetheless, it’s still overcast and cloudy and we didn’t see the sunrise and won’t see the sunset either.
Unfortunately, the path a head for the storm brings it to our airmen’s doorsteps. Fortunately, it appears to be mainly a rainmaker at this point. Also, they’re forecasting it to remain a tropical storm at landfall. This is obviously a good thing, but it along with the path could change at any point. Fortunately, his base has been through these things before and is well prepared for whatever Cristobal will bring.
Since the weather’s still questionable and we’re still staying home as much as possible, I made today productive. Or at least as productive as I could. Fortunately, I got a lot done around the house. I started cleaning our bathroom, but fill finish it tomorrow. However, I was was as able to get the laundry completed. Naturally, I spend a lot of time straightening up the family and room and living rooms because that’s where the dogs spend most of their time.
Unbeknownst to me, Anakin stuck outside behind me when I went outside to shake out the broom. You can. Imagine my surprise when coming out of the bathroom two minutes later, I couldn’t find him anywhere. And then I heard him barking. The poor guy snuck outside and was at the front door waiting for me to open it. Thankfully, he’s a well trained puppy and didn’t run off. Obviously, we were both relieved when he made his way back inside. Nonetheless, I’m sure there are plenty of untold stories from his outdoor adventure today.
Before all of that nonsense, I got in my fourth run of the week. I decided to do a hybrid steady state and HIIT. After warming up, I ran five minutes at a steady state before walking. Once I started walking, I started the interval work. For this I alternated every 30 seconds between 7.0-8.0 mph sprints and walks at 3 mph. Clearly, this type of run brings its own challenges, but I find it goes quicker. This is likely due to changing the tempo so frequent. Afterwards, I completed my post run stretch routine, which felt great and continues to keep my legs healthy.
For dinner, I made the hubby and I cumin spiced pork roast served with vegetable fried rice courtesy of Blue Apron. Since I accidentally selected the 2 serving option, I ordered Pizza Hut for the boys. The Mayor was pleased that after having asked everyday for the last week, I finally acquiesced to his request. Fortunately, both their pizza and our pork with fried rice were great. Since we were doing carry out at Pizza Hut, we ate dinner a little bit earlier than normal as the hubby picked it up on his way home.
Today’s featured picture comes courtesy of my mother’s garden in Minnesota. The pink and white flowers are peonies. My great grandmother passed these beautiful plants down to my mother. I always loved going to my great grandmother’s house and seeing the peonies that lined her driveway in bloom. Indeed getting out of the car was a treat as the sweet aroma of the peonies hit your senses. My great grandmother also passed down the purple flower, an iris, to my mom. Unfortunately, I cannot grow either of these flowers in South Florida.
Congrats are in order for my airmen, who completed his technical training today. We’re so excited for all that he has accomplished since joining the service last year. Of course, it was a wonderful surprise to get a FaceTime call from him in the middle of the day. Seeing his smiling face with his graduation certificate was an absolute treat!
Since it was Tuesday, I logged a solid 2.7 miles on the treadmill while watching Larry David and the early Curb episodes. I usually do a mixed tempo run on Tuesday. However, today I decided to do the first half at one speed. The second half I did at three different speeds by altering the tempo very sixty seconds. By the end of the run, I was completely gassed! Fortunately, tomorrow I have my tempo run, which is a feast way to mix things up.
Afterwards I went to yoga at the studio. It’s the first time I’ve been to class since the studio closed due to COVID. There were only two of us, but it felt great to be back in the studio environment. Monica did a nice, balanced flow that my body just loved. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was on cloud nine after our time in sleeping pigeon. Oh that felt so good!!!! Sadly now that I’m back in the studio you won’t be subjected to me and my yoga poses. After class, Monica came over and we gave her two mango and banana saplings.
We had thought about taking Goalielocks to hockey tonight, but the city where the rink is located is under curfew. Since we live far from the rink, we decided to keep him home out of respect to the curfew. Plus, it would be the Hubby’s luck to get picked up for it. Needless to say, it just seemed like a smart decision to stay home tonight. Plus, it’s raining. Who wants to go anywhere when it’s raining?
Before I forget this morning, the Mayor and I were watching a nature show in the Smithsonian Channel. It was about the Sea of Okhtosk in north eastern Russia. First of all, this place looks absolutely amazing. However, it seems a bit scary between the bears, the Siberian tigers and volcanos. Nevertheless, the bears captivated Anakin. He alternated between barking at them and just taking in the scenery. Clearly, it was quite adorable.
This evening we’re just chilling at the homestead. I made an Italian Steaks and Panzanella from Blue Apron. It was okay, but the steak wasn’t super tender. My boys didn’t like the panzanella because it had pesto on it. Needless to say, I don’t understand how anyone could not like a bread salad. As for the post dinner chill, we’re enjoying some vintage episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
After feeling pretty tired for ages, I feel like I’m finally making progress. Fortunately, it seems the recent change in my thyroid meds are making a difference. Despite making progress on the thyroid front, I was starting to feel ill on Thursday with sore throat and swollen glands. Thankfully, an early bed time and some extra sleep made all the difference. Happily, my throat was a bit sore yesterday, but I feel 100% better today.
And thank goodness for that because I had chair yoga training at Open Heart Yoga Studio. After seeing nobody for months, I was looking forward to seeing people outside my immediate family. There were only three of us in studio with the others on Zoom. I love that technology provides an opportunity for people to take trainings or continue their studio practice at home.
Today’s training was five hours and it was five hours well spent. I love how chair yoga makes yoga accessible to everyone. Further, I realized that while I was injured and in a boot, chair yoga would have been perfectly suited to my physical challenges. Honestly, I learned so much great stuff today that fits in perfectly with what I’ve been learning in teacher training. I’m excited for how I can augment my own practice and help others find their own chair yoga practice.
Naturally, we took a break at 3:23 pm to watch the SpaceEx launch. You could feel our collective relief as the rocket successfully launched into orbit. I would have liked to watch it outdoors, but where the studio is located didn’t provide the best viewing opportunity. Also, it was pretty sunny , but there was some cloud cover to the north that may have obscured our view. Plus, it was super hot!
For dinner, the hubby made a very yummy Blue Apron General Tso’s chicken. It was so good!!! In fact, the Mayor immediately declared that we must make that recipe again. The flavor was good, the chicken and bok choy were perfectly cooked. While we finished dinner and relaxed afterwards, we anxiously awaiting word from family in Minnesota that they made it home safely. Thankfully, we just got word that my sister in law made it home safe. My dad made it home about thirty minutes ago. Please pray for everyone’s safety.
“Rain rain go away. Come again another day.” Like seriously, the rain can stop already. It’s been almost constant rain and storms since Sunday morning. At this point, we’ve received close to six inches of rain since this started. Clearly, that’s a bit excessive, but also effective for keeping the beaches and roads empty this holiday weekend. At any rate, it would be nice to see the sun and be able to take a walk outside with the dogs. Maybe if it was cool enough, I’d even take my run back outside!
Since the weather wasn’t cooperated, I again took my run inside. I was a little worried that my heart rate would go high since I took my T3 later than normal, but the run went okay. My peak heart rate was definitely higher than normal, but overall my heart rate was only slightly higher than normal. During the course of the run, I finished season 10 of Curb, I really hope there will be an eleventh season. The nice thing is I’m back to a point in my training where the run is more enjoyable than it is arduous. I guess it helps when it doesn’t feel like your chest and bosom are going to explode.
My post stretch routine took me right into my Tuesday yoga class with Monica. Today’s class was a gentle flow, but with some additional poses over Monday’s class. For years, half moon pose was elusive on both sides due to my tight hamstrings. However, since restarting my practice in late October, my hamstrings have opened up making the pose accessible on both sides. This may seem a bit silly, but it’s pretty exciting to me. The lack of flexibility and mobility in my legs undoubtedly contributed to my tendon injury. Being able to open up my muscles and improve my mobility while resistance training and running is a huge win for me.
After yoga, I grabbed some leftovers from yesterday. The pasta was amazing. Then I made myself some coffee and enjoyed a nice chat with my folks. My mom and dad have been working the garden, so it’s nice to hear about what is in bloom. Unfortunately, they might get some hail tonight or heavy rains that may damage the peony blooms. They are my absolute favorite and I hate that we can’t grow them here in Florida. Hopefully, my mom’s peonies don’t get taken out by poor weather tonight.
I spent the rest of my afternoon working on my websites, stretching my shoulder and reading insipid posts on Facebook. In fact, I truly read some of the most ridiculous things today. Following the list, I’ve added a gif of Larry David, which sums up my feelings nicely. Here’s a sampling:
COVID-19 is actually a bacteria and WHO is lying to everyone…
Wearing a mask leads to hypercapnia, which has a 71% chance of killing you, which is a significantly higher risk than dying from COVID19. Finally, we have an explanation for what’s killing 100% of the doctors and nurses wearing masks throughout their 12 hour shifts! #smh
JFK Jr. really isn’t dead…. wow – just wow!
COVID19 isn’t spread by asymptomatic carriers. This is just dangerous! It is spread by carriers.
If there’s anything this pandemic has taught me, it’s that we need to be careful in the information we take in. There’s so much information and misinformation out there that it’s not surprising people are anxious. Chiefly, the amount and disparate nature of the information can be alarming, which is why we need to selective in our sources. Facebook groups filled with opinions are not a reliable source for facts. Nor has the mainstream media been for that matter, which is why I’m a fan of sticking to the Mayo Clinic, my doctors and John Hopkins for information. When you cut out the crap, your anxiety levels will decline.
Lastly, here’s a quick update on Goalielocks’ friend. Yesterday he was moved from ICU to the ortho floor, which was a huge step for him. Additionally, he was supposed to have surgery on his shoulder, but his doctor was able to reset the shoulder without surgery. This kid is a walking and talking miracle!!!! Your prayers are making a difference, so please keep them coming.
Today was one of those days that I just had to escape the house. After a long week of virtual school, the boys were on my last nerve. Unfortunately, they both seemed to be in rare form. Even after drinking my magic elixir, a.k.a. Dunkin’ coffee, they were on my last nerve. First, it took four times to get Goalielocks out of bed. Second, it took a century to get the Mayor started on his work. Finally, they opted to be obnoxious all day long.
After the Mayor. finished his Zoom class, I completed the BBG week 9 ab workout. Truly, it was a great workout. However, due to the quarantine fifteen and pre-existing thyroid issues my six pack remains undercover. Indeed my mood improved post workout as did my hopes that the boys’ behavior would improve. Unfortunately, they remained just as obnoxious as before.
Needless to say, I quickly decided that I needed to get out of the house. While I ate some lunch and made some coffee, I checked out the local farms for vegetable boxes. As soon as I finished eating, I had to East Coast Farms to pick up there vegetable box for $10. Indeed the vegetable box is an awesome deal with lot’s of variety and even a few citrus fruits. The process was also super easy and I had no wait.
Afterwards, I headed home with my treasures. The boys were still in rare form. Anakin got his first taste of whipped cream. Meanwhile, I got my fourteenth argument about homework from Goalielocks. Then the laptop I ordered from Best Buy was nowhere in sight. In fact, I got an email from the today stating they may not be able to fulfill the order. Consequently, I went back to their site and checked local stores for availability. Fortunately, it showed that the Boca store had one. I knew it was a Hail Mary since the Boynton store also showed in error they had one. Thankfully, the store had it and my order was ready in less than an hour!
Naturally, I did what every mom in quarantine would do, leave the kids and head out to the store. I got in the truck, turned up the music and headed to Boca. I gotta tell you that drive was magic. Normally, a drive that is magic and Boca would never belong in a sentence together. Nevertheless, here I was living my best life driving down 441 with the music blasting. Truly, there’s something to be said about having alone time during quarantine.
I gotta be honest sometimes when the Hubby gets home, I just want to tag out and go to bed. Miraculously, tonight wasn’t one of those night. Instead this evening we ordered in Italian. Post dinner we started watching a replay of the Outback Bowl on ESPN U. Thus far, our evening has been pretty relaxing. Don’t worry since we have teenagers in the house that could change at any moment. Clearly, our new normal is mixed bag of emotions and experiences. Most days are good, but others are tough and leave us exhausted. At the end of the week, this virtual school teacher’s assistant is ready for an early bed time.
Here’s a list of our day’s activities:
*Reading My Antonia by Willa Cather and loving it!
*Picked up vegetable variety box from East Coast Farms
In what has become a Wednesday tradition, we had grilled steak and potatoes for dinner tonight. I have to say this is a yummy and nutritious meal. In fact, it’s an absolutely amazing! Clearly, it’s even better since the Hubby makes it while I go to yoga. This week we grilled top sirloin steaks and filet mignons from Omaha Steak. Everything was so good that no sauce was needed. Incidentally, I had ordered them when you couldn’t find meat anywhere. Now with meat plants closing down in the Midwest, I’m really glad I did.
While the grill master was preparing an epic mid week meal, I was at yoga. And by at yoga, I mean attending virtually via Zoom. Wednesday’s class is with Christine of Movement Yoga. I love this class because it’s as functional as it is spiritual and physical. Truly, this class has helped me reopen my muscles and soft tissue in a way I’ve never experienced. Today’s class was all about the lower back and it was delicious. Some how Christine always knows what I need on a given day. In addition to the therapy balls, we did a great flow with plenty of twists, which I love.
Christine’s class was a nice compliment to my BBG arm workout from this morning. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the program has really ramped you in week 9. There were plenty of challenging, but productive exercises today. You know what I’m talking about. These are the exercises that make you cry as your doing them because they suck. However, you know these are exactly the exercises you need to take your fitness to the next level. A couple of these exercises were new this week. Fortunately, the app features good visual for each workout. Needless to say by the end of the fourth circuit my tempo was lagging.
Post workout the dogs and I went out for a couple of walks. Today’s weather was absolutely beautiful. Our humidity and heat disappeared overnight. It was a comfortable 68 degrees this morning compared with the sultry 80 degrees of Tuesday morning. Of course, I ran yesterday and will run tomorrow morning. I’m hopeful that the cooler weather will at least last through my run tomorrow morning. My afternoon indulgence was watching a new episode of Balthazar. This show is so good!
As for our evening, we sat outside as the food finished. In fact, Goalielocks came out and completed some of his work with us. It was a beautiful evening. After dinner, Goalielocks worked with Anakin on training. Since everything is closed down, we’ll be responsible for ensuring Anakin is a well trained dog.
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!
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!
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.
Tonight was taco night in our house courtesy of the Red Meat Lover’s Club and Potions in Motion Catering. They’ve paired up to deliver meals and drinks during the pandemic. Ordinarily they only cater events or hold meat lover’s meetings. Fortunately, I found the dynamic duo on our Socially Distanced Supper Club group on Facebook. This is our third such meal from restaurants in the group. Truly, it was an amazing meal and another great deal. Plus, who doesn’t love churros and margaritas in a can?!?!
Fortunately, I had a really productive day and worked up an appetite for taco night. I started today with a five minute meditation. Basically, after watching Jack Canfield’s talk on Saturday, I be decided to give daily morning and night time meditation try. Today was productive and less stressful than most Mondays. Truly, it will take awhile to gauge how impactful the daily meditation is to my life. Don’t worry I’ll be reporting back my findings on the blog.
Keeping in the spiritual vein, I went to yoga with Monica at 10:00 am. Honestly, I cannot say it enough. I absolutely love and value the opportunity to attend live yoga during this difficult time. Frankly, there’s no better way to stay centered than by spending time on the mat. Additionally, the yoga compliments my BBG resistance workouts and running. Keeping my muscles strong and flexible is the key to reducing injury. If you know me, you know I need everything available to reduce my propensity to injure myself.
Speaking of BBG workouts, today’s leg and glutes workout so tough it was almost obnoxious. By the time I finished the second circuit, my quads felt like cement blocks. She introduced a new exercise into the workout that could be categorized as cruel and unusual punishment. In this exercises you do a plank jack into a half burpee. Emphatically, I tell you this move was no joke. Truly, the only thing that got me through it was the music of Metallica. By the time I finished round three, my legs had gone from a constant flutter to a shake. Anyway, I know it’s good for me, but today’s workout will make my run tough tomorrow.
This afternoon my Jack Canfield Success Factors and Success Factors Workbook arrived. Anakin and I were anxious to start reading it. Since I read my fiction books at night, I’ve decided to carve out my coffee time to read a chapter and complete the workbook every morning. Undeniably, this is the best season of our lives to start carving out the lives we want for ourselves. While it won’t happen overnight, we can start laying the ground work now. Today I feel hopeful. It’s not an everyday thing these days, but I feel like we have to find the hope and build on it.