January 26, 2015

Jackson and Daddy Made A Snowman

We're supposed to get another two to three feet of snow starting this evening (and going until Monday morning) so there will surely be more opportunities for snowman making, but over the weekend we got a few inches and Jackson and daddy made a snowman.

I'm trying not to be too bummed out about the weather because, well, this is New England. It's not a surprise or anything. There was no bait and switch. I remind myself that in the spring we walk to the end of the street to play at the baseball field, and two blocks away to the playground. In the summer we walk a quarter of a mile to the beach to lay in the sand and swim in the ocean. We can take the train, three quarters of a mile away, to Fenway. (Also, pro tip: vitamin D supplements.)

Most importantly, this weekend RaRa came by to play cribbage for a few hours and this afternoon Auntie April and Auntie Paige will be stopping by for a little bit. Nana is babysitting in a couple of weeks. The weather really sucks here in the winter, but the company is pretty great.

January 23, 2015

Day 23 of 30

I'm just over three weeks into my Whole 30 and happy to report that it's still going great. One of the rules of the program is that you weigh yourself on the first day and the last day, but no weighing in between. This isn't a problem for me since I haven't owned a scale in a few years now. I did weigh myself at the gym on January 1st and I will again on the 30th, but I stopped caring about the numbers on the scale a long time ago and now I just keep track of how I feel in my clothes.

It's been about five years (!) since I've been able to wear The Jeans. You know, everyone has a pair of The Jeans. I came close last summer, but then...didn't. And then got really far away from being able to wear them. I tried them on at the beginning of the month and I couldn't even pull them all the way up (the military should look into this as a torture tactic: "Now look into a mirror and try putting on these jeans!"). The good news is that I tried them on today and they are...attainable! I mean, I couldn't get them all the way up, but they were close. Closer, for sure.

For the past five years I've also said that I want to get into those jeans by my birthday. Well, I want to get into those damn jeans by my birthday. So, I'm extending my Whole 30 by another nine days, until February 8th, then taking 10 days off (Jackson's birthday is that week and I'll be damned if I don't share a cupcake with him! Then we're headed to NC to visit my cousin, where we'll have a birthday party for him.). On February 19th I'll start up again for another Whole 30, which will bring me to March 21, the night I'm headed out for a wedding (and pre-gaming with sushi dinner. I really miss sushi rolls right now). At that point I'll assess how I feel and figure out what to do next.

I guess it shouldn't feel so important to conquer a piece of fabric, but it kind of does. And, not for nothing, it feels really good to like how you look. Onward and upward downward!


It's possible that Jackson's chapstick obsession is getting a little out of control.This doesn't count the five that I've hidden while he's at school.

January 12, 2015

My Breakfast Date

I adjusted our chiropractor appointments so Jackson and I go at the same time instead of six hours apart on the same days. Now I only have to drive there three times a week instead of six, which makes a lot more sense and also gets it all done before school and doesn't cut into my work time. The only downside is that our appointment is at 7:30 in the morning, which means we have about 45 minutes to kill afterward before getting him to school. It will be great once the weather is nice and we can spend 45 minutes at the playground or the beach. Alas, the weather is not nice. It is so, so not nice.

This morning I took us over to the diner. We sat at the best table in the house, facing the street window, and we watched everyone who came in or went out. We were facing the mural on the brick wall across the street and noted the painted boy walking the painted dog. I had two cups of too-bitter coffee and he had a cinnamon raisin bagel. It was a pretty great way to start the day.  

January 8, 2015


I've been thinking about popping back here to start posting again. I'm not sure how regularly I might get to it but I figured I could give it a whirl. I feel like I don't have much to say because my life is crushingly mundane.

Well that's not a good way to start.

These days I'm essentially working full time but with only part time availability to do so. In other words, I have about 37 hours of client work to do a week, and Jackson is in school or napping for about 20 hours a week. So. Yeah.

I also have to go grocery shopping, keep the house at least tidy, prepare 21 meals a week, work out, and actually interact with my son. Some days I feel like I'm doing a kick ass job, and some days I feel like an utter failure. I don't think I'm unique in that.

Anyway, I'm one week into a Whole 30 and, not to sound like an asshole, but I'm breezing through it. It's not wildly different from how I normally eat, although I had been letting the gluten free products and sugar (honey, maple syrup, chocolate) take up too much space in my diet. So far I feel great, as expected. On the other hand, I'm trying hard to find the will to leave the house to get to the gym but when it's -22 degrees all I want to do is stay indoors. I've also pulled out my Insanity DVDs and am incorporating those into my weekly workouts. It's turning out to be a nice mix, actually. Two or three days week in the gym, lifting, and 2 or three days a week doing an Insanity workout.

Maybe this will be the year I get back into The Jeans? Well, I'm not holding my breath on that one, but I can definitely look forward to feeling better at the beach!

Here's what else I have planned for 2015:
  • Traveling with the family in February to visit my cousin in North Carolina
  • As many beach days as humanly possible
  • Vacationing with the Herd in August at the Cape
  • A visit from my brother in law in September
Well, that doesn't look like much, but it's early in the year! I'm also going to work on some personal growth this year, but maybe I'll talk about that later.