It has been quite a week. I forgot how exhausting going back to work can be. I am not saying SAHM’s have it easy or are any less exhausted, but it is a different type of tired for a working mom- I have been on both sides of the fence, so I feel ok to say that.
This week had me channeling the Dunkin’ Donuts guy…remember him? Barely shuffling his feet while saying “Time to make the donuts”…I have been up at the crack of dawn, still doing my “mom stuff” and trying to get myself out the door. Work is now eating up 8 hours of time I would normally use to run errands, doctor appointments and house duties- all the things mom’s (and dad’s) seem to juggle. It will get done, but now it is a matter of prioritizing for a tighter time frame.
I’ve been looking forward to this weekend and spending some quality time with the family. It was awesome that the weather cooperated and has been absolutely beautiful!
Yesterday, my husband and I went for a bike ride at our Battlefield loop and he crushed me. I worked so hard to keep up with him, which is a good thing even though I am whining about it. At one point, a guy on a motorcycle was riding along side and with his fingers gestured to us with a two and then a five, then a thumbs up. I didn’t think we were riding that fast, but when I looked down, he was right. When we got to the steepest hill on the course, we came across a guy pulling a child carrier and my husband asked if he was ok. I felt horrible, I did not stop- I kept going. I thought “there is no way I can stop and get going again on this hill” so, up I climbed. I kept looking back to see if my husband joined me- I felt bad that he was nowhere in sight, but at the same time, I reveled in the fact that I “beat” him up this hill for the first time (and last I’m sure). Of course I know it’s not fair that he stopped and helped the guy pop the chain back on (which my husband shared with me later) but I am taking that “win” any way I can get it!! Besides, I knew my husband would catch up and he did before I made it through the roundabout and back to the crest of the hill.
Seems this ride was not enough of a challenge for him, so he talked me into going out for a “quick loop” when we got home. We explored a new road which we both said would be good for hill repeats and when we crested the final hill we were welcomed with a lovely view of the river. What goes up, must go down, so the ride back to the main road was a nice, much needed break, which 5 minutes later, I was so thankful for. We climbed a little and then, I saw it. I have been so proud that I have not climbed any hill yet this season in my “Granny” gear. That was until I climbed this one. It could not be helped. My legs were baked and there was no other way to get up this snotty thing. So I said hello to granny and told myself, “relax and just ride the hill”. Just before reaching the top, I though my legs were going to fall off, so I got out of my saddle just to get more momentum to turn the legs over. My husband, having absolutely no sympathy for me, passed me and threw the hammer down. Fricka-Fracka…I clicked my gears and took off trying to catch him. For being so tired, I surprised myself when I looked down and was clocking in at 30mph! In my MIDDLE RING! I haven’t been able to use my big gear for over a year and have not tuned up the bike yet to have it fixed. I can’t wait until I do!
The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping with my daughter. A fun, yet hellish adventure all wrapped in one. I won’t bore you with the details. Let’s just say, I said “no” A LOT and she tsssked and rolled her eyes A LOT. Good times.
Today we enjoyed waking up to the birds singing, wishing eachother a Happy Easter and finding colored eggs strategically placed around the house. Apparently, the Easter Bunny is lame in hiding these as both kids proclaimed “they are in plain sight! They are supposed to be hidden.” Sorry kids, when the EB is fumbling around at 4am, all places look pretty hidden. It could be the low light, or maybe the eyesight is going because not enough carrots are being consumed. What the EB wants to know is when do you stop looking for these? Because sleep is looking soooooo much better the older this rabbit gets.
Now that we have enjoyed our day with lasagna, chocolate and jelly beans, it is time to share some stories and enjoy eachother’s company. Maybe take a walk or play a good board game.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!
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