This morning I woke up and it was just one of those days.
Being a stay at home mom is kind of an interesting thing, because most people (read; people who are NOT or HAVE NOT BEEN stay at home moms) think that it is what television makes it – unlimited down time, lots of mani/pedis, lunches out, housekeepers, nannies, and shopping sprees. The truth is, its much less glamorous. As any average stay at home mom will tell you, our job never ends. We are on call 24/7, and there is no glamour involved. Now, please understand, I’m not complaining. I feel very grateful to have the privilege to stay at home and raise my daughter. But it can’t be denied that being a full service cook, housekeeper, care taker, diaper changer, play mate, wife, and mother does take it’s toll on a person. It’s very rare that I get a break – the Hubs works almost all the time, and the occasional sleep over with the grandparents is just that – occasional.
Last night I knew that today I was going to need a break. So I got G ready and she and the Hubs headed out to visit his mom.
Even though I wanted with my entire being to just lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing, I knew that if I did, it would leave me depressed and lonely in a matter of hours. So I decided to take full advantage of my alone time and do things that would mentally and emotionally refresh me.
First on the agenda was an outdoor run — even though it was 37 degrees. I bundled up with a few different layers and head out. I took it nice and slow on the way out and just tried to warm up. I usually do the same route with a 2 or 2.5 mile out and back to make for a 4 or 5 mile run. This morning when I got to 2 miles I was just starting to feel comfortable in the cold, and decided to turn off the main strip for a bit. It was nice to run in a neighborhood (I usually run on the side of a main road). A lot of people seemed to be staying warm near their fire places or stoves today because that beautiful smell was carrying through the air. I found a few nice hills in the neighborhood which was cool because my usual route is pretty flat. At the end I wound up with 6.5 miles which is the longest run I’ve done since the Diva. It felt great to be able to take it slower and enjoy a bit of extra mileage – something I usually can’t do because I have to hurry back to G.
After my run to stretch out, I did some of this,
It was so nice to practice yoga without someone crawling inder my downward dog, or jumping on my belly during savasana.
Then I took a nice shower, ate something, and indulged my need for mind-numbing celebrity news with some of these,
By the time I figured out who wore it best, why Angelina refuses to eat, and all the latest deets on Kim K’s divorce, I was exhausted. I tried to take a nap, and failed, and all of a sudden was itching for my family to come home.
They must’ve read my mind because they walked through the door before I was able to find anymore horrible reality TV to watch. And now things are back in working order. This is happening,
this is happening,
and this is happening,
My husband and 2 year old are screaming “Tebow Tiiiimme”!! Apparently this guy is the King or something.
And I’m back to my duties of housekeeper, cook, playmate, mother, and wife. But I’m feeling refreshed and much happier to do it all.