Hello! Sorry for the unintentional blogging hiatus. Life has felt a little bit all over the place, as it tends to.
Work continues to be chaotic and just generally somewhat stress inducing, with a lot of mental energy going to being the primary (and pretty much only) person onboarding our new employee. She’s able to work independently on many things now, but the frequent questions and check-ins and reviewing her work, etc. can feel tedious.
I’ve also been working on prepping for a presentation with leadership in hopes of resolving some ongoing concerns, and that is also sucking my mental energy. (One of those things where I’ve been tasked with trying to summarize and demonstrate a bunch of hard-to-explain issues in any easy-to-understand manner to people who probably will not really have any idea exactly what I’m talking about…. because they don’t directly do this work….yet they are the stakeholders/ decision makers…. It ends up making my brain hurt.)
Still going to the gym! I’m about ready to wrap up Week 4 of my workouts (though week 4 has technically bled into Week 5 now… oh well.) I ended up totally missing any workouts Thursday-Saturday because my mom came to stay last week. This meant my “normal” schedules were all off, but that’s okay. It was worth it to spend time with my mom!
I did some thinking, though, and I think I could do a better job of picking TOP priorities for times like these when life gets turned upside down. Between my parents and Ivan’s family, we end up having houseguests fairly often. And I always feel like my “routines” totally fall apart, which I think is normal/ not necessarily a bad thing.
But I usually still have some available time- usually my early morning window. Instead of choosing to get up and either blog/ plan/ check email/ etc. (which is what I do most days), I could swap that time out and get over to the gym early, or even workout at home, if I know it will be hard or impossible to fit in later. Without realizing it, I ended up placing my blog/tea/email/morning quiet time routine as my TOP priority (the one thing I didn’t miss in my day), when maybe…. it should be a little further down the list. Anyway, just food for thought (for myself). ha.
Speaking of food- I feel like my eating habits need another reset. I feel like my natural weight set point has started to drift just ever so slightly north of where it always used to be. I’ve noticed this for a while now. Not sure I’m a fan of this. (Also feel like I’m sitting SO MUCH lately with work being really constant….). Also not sure that I want to have to constantly actively work to maintain a certain weight, because I’ve always been pretty lucky to just maintain quite naturally….. but also not sure I want to embrace the “slow weight gain slide” or whatever that’s called, where people slowly gain 1-2 lbs every couple years until they suddenly are like- “WHOA, what happened” one day.
And, just a little recap of the last few days….
Lots of soccer. Ethan had an early game on Saturday that I took him to. It was a beautiful, crisp, October 1st day. Just the slightest hint of color where we were.
Asher had a soccer tournament, involving FOUR games between Saturday and Sunday- in a town almost 40 minutes away. ARGH. Ivan ended up taking one for the team and going to all of them. I made it to two. It was, frankly, an utter waste of time. His team was apparently in the wrong bracket or something, because they got creamed in every game. It was just not a fun experience all around. blah.
Besides that, the big event of the weekend is that we planted a new tree!! Yay! I’d been wanting to get one in the ground in this opening in our back yard, but we kept stalling. Finally I made the wheels turn and this happened (just in the nick of time, because winter will be coming soon….) My Dad came to pick up my mom and helped Ivan haul the tree and dig the hole, etc. I supervised. 😉
Somehow, we managed to dig in the ONE SPOT in our yard that contained some remnants of an old concrete block. My dad thinks there used to be a clothes line run out there or something, and someone had poured a concrete base.
We had an impromptu “hamster/ fish burial” as well. (Sorry if this is super gross, but…. over the past few years we have lost 1 beta fish (Rainbow), and a total of 3 dwarf hamsters (Speedy, Flint and Steel). They were all, um, resting peacefully in our basement freezer. Yeah. We kept meaning to bury them, but never really got around to it/ didn’t have a great place in the yard to just dig up a hole….
Well, now we had a hole! Ha. I actually love the idea of our beloved furry (and scaled) friends resting eternally beneath our new tree, helping to fertilize the soil and make it grow. The circle of life. 🙂
Other than that, the weekend involved…well, not much else, because 5 soccer games+ the tree took up a lot of it. But we watched a movie Saturday night and got Chinese food take out (YUM) which really hit the spot. Also, my house is fully decorated for Halloween now, including the inside AND the outside lights/decor are all up too.
Yesterday was Monday and I felt drastically “behind the 8 ball” starting the week, but, oh well. I seriously need to get some groceries and my calendar/ email situation is a bit dire.
I did manage to make a fan favorite 5 minute meal last night…. seriously, the kids LOVED this and it was so easy. Making a mental note to keep this in the rotation on rushed nights!!!
- ground turkey, cooked with a packet of taco seasoning
- throw in some frozen peas and corn, let those cook/ heat up
- on the side, make some minute rice with a little chicken bouillon flavor added to spice it up
- serve in a bowl, sprinkle with shredded cheese
The end! Again, HUGE hit. hahaha! And seriously, soooo easy and quick. Actually not terrible nutritionally, either!
(After dinner, I cooked up the pork chops I had intended to make for dinner, but ran out of time, and Asher needed dinner ready stat before swim practice. So, I guess these will be dinner tonight instead!)
And that brings us up to today. On the docket: Get kids to bus. Gym (legs + abs). Shower. WORK. Meeting(s). Pick up A from XC at 5. Go to meeting at school at 7 pm about Ethan’s class trip to Washington DC! (coming up in just over 2 weeks!) Walk at some point??? Also, fit in some volunteer coordinator work- first home swim meet is this Saturday. Oh, shoot, and the groceries? hmm. Not looking likely. Maybe hand that off to Ivan while I go to the school meeting? I dunno. We’ll figure it out… lol.
I am grateful for my new tree!!