Happy Friday, freaks! Hope your week was a swell one. I’ve been taking iron supplements for about three weeks every night before I go to bed and with the exception of Wednesday when I had Jackson all day and he didn’t nap and I was exhausted and ready for bed by 4 o’clock, I finally felt a surge in energy this week. Psychosomatic? Maybe. But after weeks (months?) of feeling worn out all the time, I’ll take it.
I had so much energy, that I ran a mile — my third mile of my Tuesday morning run — in 7 minutes, 26 seconds! I started doing something called high impact interval training, which is just a fancy way of saying I run my ass off for like 20 seconds and then I slow down and then I speed up and then I slow down, and I do that for like 10 minutes or however long I can stand it in hopes that I literally run my ass off … or at least drop these five pounds I’ve been wanting to lose for like ever. If I can ultimately run faster, too, then that’s a nice bonus.
Also, I had mentioned in a deleted thread recently what a difficult phase Jackson is in and although it’s only getting moderately better — I’ll take that though! — I am trying really, really hard to adjust my attitude and be more patient with him and that is helping overall. A patient parent is a better parent and a better parent makes for a better-behaved kid. But, man, sometimes it’s hard being patient with other parents. Like, on Wednesday morning, we’d been out and about for a few hours — playdate at a friend’s house and then dance class — and we were both tired and I realized I didn’t have anything at home to eat for lunch, so I ducked into a cafe on our way back from class to pick up some soup. And this cafe is very kid-friendly and has a little play area in back, so as soon as we walked in, Jack wanted to go back there. I had been carrying him for half a mile and was dying to put him down (he’s very anti-stroller lately, which is another fun part of this phase, especially when he also doesn’t feel like walking more than a block before he’s ready to be carried. Did I mention he weighs 25 pounds?) so I let him go to the back (literally 15 feet from the front counter) while I paid for my soup. Well, there were two younger children (maybe 14 months or so?) playing with their mothers and, right away, Jackson went up to one and swatted her on the arm, which is part of this difficult phase he’s in right now — it includes lots of hitting and pinching and fun stuff like that. So, I run over, and luckily the little girl isn’t crying or anything and I don’t think he swatted her hard at all, but of course, he needs to learn not behave that way, so I told him, like I always do, that hitting isn’t ok and if wants to say hi he can wave or just say, “Hi!” And then I told him to say sorry, which I did, and I said sorry to the mother. And that mother! She just glared at me, and she held out her arms to her little girl — who, again, was FINE — and said really snooty like with her nose high in the air, “Come here, my love,” and then pulled her daughter in her arms real protectively and glared at me AGAIN! Like, I’m a horrible person and my kid is a little monster. And I just couldn’t with her. I mean, I really couldn’t. So I smiled a little too sadistically and said, “You know what? It’s a phase. And allll the kids go through it. JUST WAIT.” But of course, her little precious love will probably be PERFECT, I’m sure.
Anyway, I ran a mile in 7 minutes and 26 seconds this week, so there’s that! (My first race is on Thanksgiving — a 5 mile Turkey Trot; My goal time is 48 minutes). And this Sunday we’re having a “Friendsgiving” — a feast with a few of our close friends. My friend Mary is making creme brulee pumpkin pie! And we’re in charge of the turkey — something neither Drew nor I have cooked in years, so wish us luck.
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