Steak and Potatoes

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.

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

*Reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and loving it!

*Morning meditation

*Mid Week Yoga Break with Christine from Movement Yoga

*Started reading Success Factors by Jack Canfield

*Watched Balthazar Season 2 episode 3

*Week 9 BBG arms resistance workout 

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

*Obedience training Anakin with Goalielocks.

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We Survived

We survived another week in isolation and the first week of virtual schooling. Both feats are amazing considered the amount of work it takes to cajole kids to get to their online classes timely. Teenagers are special – truly. Not since the toddler stages have I found parenting more vexing. Fortunately, I no longer have to change their diapers only deal with their tantrums and attitude.

I know this is stressful for them as it is for all of us, but come on man! Doing the dishes for ten minutes isn’t going to cut into your 24/7 free time to play video games or shoot pucks in the garage. Honestly, it’s not asking a lot just for them to help around the house. Additionally, the course work required of each of the boys, thus far, has been reasonable. Both have a virtual session a day, which is great because it gives them a chance to reconnect with their peers and a sense of normalcy. Bottom line they have plenty of time to help mom and dad.

The past couple of weeks have been a constant test of patience and today I felt like I was about to fail the test. Much of my morning was spent motivating, aka arguing with, Goalielocks to start and finish his homework before the 3:00 pm deadline. After asking him for the 900th time to bring his laptop downstairs to complete his work, I was ready to lose my mind.

And then it happened. Anakin, Maya and I came back in from a brief walk around the block. As I was bending down to switch the leach from Maya to Athena, Goalielocks released Anakin form his leash. Unfortunately, Anakin’ s leash was retractable and retracted from ten feet away directly into my shin splints. Oh joy! I totally lost my mind. I took his phone, grabbed my grocery bag to head to Publix.


Now to be clear, we desperately needed milk and some other essentials. In fact, I’m still looking for toilet paper. If you’ve ever been to my Publix during snowbird season, you would know it’s not for the faint of heart on a normal day. During a pandemic or pre-hurricane, it’s usually super crazy. Nonetheless, it would bring me so much needed peace and serenity. Yep, that’s something I ever expected to write. I picked up some milk, fresh veggies, so gluten free baking mixes and Cadbury eggs.

I came home to Goalielocks diligently working on his coursework while watching Life of Brian on Netflix. If ever there was a perfect movie for today, that was it. Moreover, Always Look On the Bright Side of Life is exactly the song I needed to hear today. Fortunately, Monty Python was the perfect anecdote to my foul mood. Fortunately, the rest of my afternoon went significantly smoother than the morning and I was actually productive!

Now that we have one week of school of under the belts, I feel better about the boys being successful learning at home. Clearly, it’s going to take an enormous amount of patience and grace. Not only from me, but from my boys as well. Together we’ll make it though this stronger and more resilient than ever. Also, will probably be a lot more round after the quarantine fifteen. Thank you Cadbury, coffee cake, brownies and stress eating for that! Imagine by the end of this, the greatest stress in your life will be on your yoga pants.

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

*Reading To the Lighthouse by William Makepeace Thackery

*Watched BBC’s production of The Moonstone episode 1 and 2

*Watched Life of Brian

*Completed BBG Full Body Workout week 6

*Ran virtual school for my two teenage boys

*Grocery run to Publix for essentials since all delivery services are booked 

*Baked a gluten free coffee cake

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on a walk 

*Worked on Obedience Training with  Anakin 

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