Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thinking out loud Thursday: September is being stinky!

September is always a busy time for us. The start of school, our oldest's birthday, family visiting, busy at work, blah blah blah. I have been having a hard time keeping up with things in general, and right now I feel like it's out of control. Even something as simple as writing this blog seems way too complicated right now. So I'm just going to spew some random thoughts with the hopes that getting it all out will ease some stress and allow me to move on.

Before I delve into these thoughts too deeply, I'm linking up with Running with Spoons Thinking out Loud Thursday blog link up. Check her out; she is hilarious!

Anyway. Yes. September is sucking. Hard. So to help me deal with life, I need to uncrowd my brain of these thoughts.

1. I have a race on Saturday. It's the Noble Canyon 50K and I am so not into it. I did it last year and it kinda sucked. I wasn't planning to do it again this year but was persuaded to by a good friend. And it fell into my overall training plan very well, so it really wasn't a hard sell for her to convince me to do it. Therefore, this isn't really a race race but more a training run. But because of the busy-ness, I haven't even thought about it in the last few weeks. And now it's the day after tomorrow. WTF!?! Hopefully it won't be deathly hot and I'll be able to get through it.

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2. I am training to become a Gravity instructor at work. What's Gravity? Well, remember those old school Chuck Norris commercials for the Total Gym? Well it's the Total Gym but kind of re-worked and pretty darn awesome. I know it sounds totally crazy and hokey and why would anyone want to use this thing? Well, let me tell you that it's a great workout that can be as easy or hard as you'd like. In fact, I took a class on Monday and haven't been able to raise my arms since then. The pull-ups work the shit out of your lats and I want to cry a little. Remember Randy from A Christmas Story? How he couldn't put his arms down in his snowsuit? That's me only I can't lift my arms. I may have screamed and fallen and squirmed on the floor like a dying bug. The home-based Total Gym got a bad rap for being a bad piece of equipment. But the new re-worked Gravity machine, which is what we have, is a very effective method of working out with cables and a pulley system. It's very low- to no-impact, making it great for anyone but especially those who are dealing with injury. I can't wait to start teaching classes and torture help my clients in this new way.

3. I really miss my CSA. We used to belong to a great CSA here, where we bought into a local farm and got a huge box of organic veggies every week. It forced us to eat things we may not necessarily seek out for ourselves. We ate a ton more veggies than usual. Well, when I say we, I really mean me. I ate the whole box of veggies every week. And while I really love veggies, I am only one person and it was a lot. Even for me. So I canceled the subscription and now I must buy my veggies on my own. I just don't think I'm eating nearly as much and I feel gross.

4. I am sick of pumpkin spice crap and I haven't even had any. It's still summer here in SoCal and the thought of fall makes me angry. There is no chill in the air, no need for a light jacket for my walk on crisp fall mornings. There is nothing crisp except for me baking in the hot hot sun. It's been over 90 degrees here this past week. So there really is no need for pumpkin spice anything. We still need popsicles. Maybe we should have pumpkin spice popsicles. Hmmmm....

5. I mentioned how my oldest's birthday is in September. That joker is turning 10. Yes, my little tiny baby is now going to be double-digits. When I tell people I get one of two reactions: either a blank stare suggesting that I'm an idiot for thinking it's a big deal or a look of total compassion that my little tiny baby is not a little tiny baby anymore. Really, people. My first born child is going to be 10 years old. I have been a parent for a decade. I don't know. I'm having a really hard time dealing with this. I just feel that it's the beginning of the end. He's going to be a teenager soon and hate me. Then he'll graduate from high school and leave. I remember the day he was born, I was holding him and started crying because I knew he would leave someday and I knew at that moment, in my very short stint as a parent, our time together was limited. That's the one bad thing about kids - they grow up :( Sure, I should be excited about the person he's becoming and know that we shaped him and prepared him to survive in the world. And I am. But if I'm being perfectly honest, I am sad that he's growing up and there will come a time where he won't need us as much and we won't be the most important people in his life. So...I am going to focus on the time now and soak it up as much as possible. I love him more and more every day and I will just focus on the wonderful kid he is and how much being his mom means to me. Love you buddy.

Happy Thursday!


  1. Admit the Chuck Norris reference was for me and Vanesha!

  2. The good news is that September is half over-- October can't suck too, right?! This blog totally made me laugh-- I'm sick of Pumpkin Spice too. (I've had some, but I'm already over it.) Hope this weekend turns into a great race for you.

    1. Thanks Jenn! Let's hope October doesn't suck too. I don't think I could take it! I hope you're doing well. We need to schedule some sessions!

  3. I have to say, this is one of the most entertaining posts you've written! I was literally laughing out loud at parts of it, because I can just "see" you ranting. :) I wanna see the Gravity, but I especially wanna see you squirming on the floor like a dying bug. LOL! (I give you permission to "torture" me on the machine if necessary.) And, I feel the same way you do about the damn pumpkin spice everything--enough already--I don't want it! However, if someone creates an "artisanal" pumpkin spice product, I might think twice. ;) And, I'm with you all the way on watching our kids grow. Hey, maybe it's time for me to post my own rant! Anyway, thanks for the good read.

    1. My arms still hurt!! I had to roll myself out of bed the other morning because I could push myself off the bed.

      An artisanal pumpkin spice popsicle sounds like something I could get behind. I'll start working on it ;)

      And you should definitely write your own rant! I would love it!