It’s another Wednesday, which means another early 5:30 a.m. swim practice morning…. Unlike last week, today was one where Asher didn’t want to get up…. Ugh. But, he knew he “had” to, because he had practice conflicts last night and couldn’t go, and he can’t go Thursday (XC meet) or Friday (soccer practice) this week.
I think I will be glad when cross country ends after next week. This has just been a hassle juggling all these various practices. And, I actually worry a little bit that these early morning practices could inadvertently turn him off to swimming (something he has always loved!). Know what I mean? If he starts associating that swim= miserable 5 a.m. wakeup time, he could end up deducing that swim = miserable. Which would be terribly sad. I am also apprehensive of what is to come, because I think the older club groups actually have early practice 3x/ week! (But, I think they also have a p.m. option most days, too- so, that’s good, if Asher continues to not be a fan of early rising.) BUT, I am also pretty sure that the high school swim teams do weight lifting before school, swim after school….which will eventually mean more early mornings…
ANYWAY! Enough about that.
I had a good day overall yesterday and actually fit in basically everything I said I would. (Minus the groceries. However, the fridge has been cleaned out and a list has been made. Our evening today looks gloriously open, so Ivan will be getting groceries at some point tonight.)
My legs/abs workout was a good one. In an effort to reset my food choices, I decided to track my food for a week again. I’ve said I don’t think tracking forever is in the cards for me, but nothing really beats it for me in terms of gaining awareness of what I’m putting in my mouth.
I squeezed in a walk before a meeting at 1, and it was gorgeous out. Leaves are suddenly really starting to turn, but it was sunny and 70 degrees or so.
A huge group of geese flew over me, honking, at the park- the iconic fall soundtrack in Wisconsin. 🙂 They made me smile. I’ve heard that sound every single fall on repeat since I was a little kid.
Between my workout, walk and shower, I also squeezed in a good chunk of podcast listening. First I listened to Best Laid Plans while at the gym. I found the discussion of David Allen’s old book Getting Things Done very interesting! It made me want to read that book at least once. Then I listened to Best of Both Worlds, and enjoyed the preview of Laura’s new book, Tranquility by Tuesday. At the end of the episode, I went online and pre-ordered a copy from my phone while standing in the gym weight room! They sold me. ha. Looking forward to reading it! Finally, I listened to the first part of Deep Questions, but didn’t finish that one yet.
Last night Ethan and I attended the meeting at school about his 8th grade DC/Philadelphia trip that’s coming up. It sounds so amazing!!! I’m so excited for him. The itinerary looks awesome. They will see so many incredible sights. Not to mention, flying on a plane, staying in hotels, going out to cool restaurants with your entire grade and all your friends, no parents along! Haha. How fun. We got the whole run down on what to pack, all the rules, etc. I am personally already looking forward to the 3:30 a.m. school drop-off time so they can catch an early flight. lol!
Their school will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and they are holding an essay contest to select 4 students to actually participate in it. Ethan decided to write one and throw his name in the hat! I am sure there will be lots of competition, so who knows if he’ll get chosen. But it would be awesome if he did. I’m glad he is at least going to try. It would be a great honor! Students who are chosen have to pack a suit jacket, tie, the whole nine yards in order to take part.
And now today….. a full body strength workout, work, and a Meet Committee meeting tonight for the swim team at 6:30. Feeling: mildly cranky about a lot of looming swim meet prep work. Just got word that the event timeline (and a bunch of other stuff) has TOTALLY changed now, last minute. It’s going to be a big headache to re-work all the volunteer job slots and schedules on my end. Already wondering how many parents will suddenly be “unable to volunteer” now that the timeline has quite drastically changed…. It will be fine. It will work out. I’m basically just not in the mood to do it…. 🙃 (For real, I’m not doing this volunteer job next year!! I swear it’s not that bad and I really don’t “hate” it, but it can just be a drag…..).
I am grateful for the sound of geese honking. I find geese pretty fascinating, actually. How do they know to all stay in a group like that? How do they know to form a big V? Where exactly are they going?? And how do they get there, with no GPS?? 😆