Typically, I’m not a big fan of my birthday or holidays where other people feel forced to pay attention to me (like Valentine’s Day, meh). That sort of thing shouldn’t be forced. Except for today. Sometimes I like it when people feel like they have to treat me extra special. I really enjoyed saying to the kids, “It’s Mother’s Day and that means you’re not allowed to whine or argue. That’s the rule.” And it actually worked. A few times. Law of averages.
Shane made French toast for breakfast and the kids gave me some gifts they made at school. The best part was how excited they were when they gave the stuff to me. Ana made me some coupons, one of which was good for “making my bed.” I handed it back to her and said, “Awesome! Go fix your bed.” And she just stared at me and said, “Whaaaa???” Charlotte gave me some potted weeds in a tiny flower pot that she painted. That was really cute. Hmmm… I guess if I were a really appreciative mom I would have taken a picture and gushed to all of you about how talented and giving and thoughtful my kids are. I’ll take a picture and be that mom tomorrow. Today is all about Me.
When Shane and the kids went to church, I covered book jackets from a large stack of books that have been sitting on my dresser for much too long. I was also supposed to go through the monster piles of magazines and books that continuously replenish themselves. But instead I ended up pulling everything out of my closet and giving it a long overdue floor cleaning. There are so many dark corners in my house that I have neglected. Sometimes I want to get a Pod and empty my house of everything so I can do a really thorough cleaning.
Shane gave me this Fitbit Charge HR that I hinted about, meaning I told him exactly what I wanted including the size (small) and the color (purple). He got me pink. It’s actually a nice shade of pink and I really wanted to keep it. But I never wear jewelry so I’m convinced that it’s brightness would annoy me eventually. I planned to exchange it later in the day.
I also needed to stop at Williams-Sonoma to return these mini loaf pans. I paid full price, which I never do. But I wanted to treat myself to something special. Also, I misread the sale sign and I thought they were 20% and I didn’t want to put them back after I made it to the cashier. So, I got my super awesome (and expensive) mini loaf pans. When I got home, I remembered that I had gotten a 15% off coupon and wanted to see if I could have used that for the loaf pans. And then, OF COURSE!! I find their holiday mini loaf pans on clearance!! This is why I never pay full price. Because this is what always happens. So that is why I had to return the full priced pans.
I also went to Whole Foods because I love walking around in there without kids. I always get inspired to eat better. I hadn’t had lunch yet so I got a little something. Kimchee fried brussel sprouts, miso grilled cauliflower, and an orza pasta dish with feta cheese and kalamata olives. The brussel sprouts were so good, not bitter at all. The cauliflower didn’t have enough miso flavor for my taste. I really want to recreate both at home.
I also went to REI. Another place I love walking around without kids. I treated myself to these goodies. Joanna loves those Injinji toe socks. I think they’re kinda weird. But I was feeling in the mood to try something new. And one can never have too many running socks.
After I got home, I started charging my new purple Fitbit and then took the kids to their school playground so Shane could get some schoolwork done.
I tried to read my new Trail Runner magazine but wasn’t very successful. Eliza played a little and dug around in my backpack a lot. She pulled out my little planner and exclaimed “I need this!” Ummm, no. And I could’ve sworn I snatched it back, but then when I buckled her in the van on the way home, I noticed she had it in hand. Maybe I’m not quite over Mommy Brain yet. Or she’s very sneaky.
I got my new Fitbit all set up! I’m excited about the continuous heart rate monitoring. My heart rate goes crazy high when I exercise, 190’s easily when I’m running at a comfortable pace, like 10 min. miles. I’ve even had my heart monitored with a device for a few days. Nothing abnormal was found. Anyway, I’d like to see my max. heart rate drop as I exercise more consistently.
And here are my weird toe socks. They feel weird.