Ok, so I just have to share this as I have designated this week to be the week of my 100 pushup challenge test. Probably tomorrow morning. I pre-warn you that I may or may not have to repeat a week and try again. But still. At this very moment, outside my window a man is doing pushups. This man is not known to me at all. Evidently he lives in the neighborhood and road up on a bright canary yellow hybrid, wiped his face off with his shirt (that he is not wearing), and did pushups (he's finished now) - about 20 of them. With his ankles crossed. For some reason, this amused me and I just had to share. I guess it's sort of like the day the girls rode by my window on their horses. You just don't see that everyday.
Friday was a bit of a stressful morning. In my stress laden state, the only thing that made sense was to simply clean the house in a frenzy and then set out on a 2 mile run. I should have probably done 3, but it was just too late in the morning already (due to the house cleaning). And as it was, it probably turned out to be a good thing that I didn't run the full 3 because my lovely asthma which I only get when the pollen count is abysmal kicked in nicely. The run was a good one though. In my stressed state, I didn't put on my heart rate monitor or my watch or even my road ID or a hat for that matter. I just went. I ran when I wanted to and walked when I wanted to, and some how made it back to the house in about 22 minutes. I did not run fast. I just jogged the entire 1st mile, then walked a minute or two - not tired in the least but just feeling like walking. It was hot. I was drenched. But I felt better afterwards. I didn't feel like my head was going to explode any longer. I did deal with a tight chest from the asthma for the rest of the day. I'm stubborn and didn't use my inhaler because I wasn't "wheezing."
Saturday was a little stressful too. Primarily because I couldn't seem to get Mr. Darcy out of the house to do our errands and the kids were wanting to run wild in the stores and it was hot and we were spending money... the cause of my stress. But then it was okay at times too. I didn't get my ride in because I was up early with the girls and we ended up making Mr. Darcy's father's day presents and we didn't end up finishing our errands until 7 pm and I had a horrible headache. At some point on Saturday though, I had a really funny laugh. Mr. Darcy was talking about his bike and I said, "I need to take some pictures of your bike. I promised that I would post some bike porn for everyone." And that was when I knew Mr. Darcy has not crossed the threshhold to become a true cyclist yet because he said "Bike Porn? I don't have to pose naked with the bike or anything here, right. I mean I don't know that I'm comfortable with this. Have you posted bike porn of your bike." As I was trying to keep my water from shooting out of my nose in my hysterics, I explained that no one wants to see a picture of him naked with his bike and that I would most likely get major complaints if I indeed posted such a thing. I explained the concept of bike porn in all it's G rated glory. To which he responded, "Oh."
Sunday Mr. Darcy had his 25 mile ride with the Team in Training Group. He excitedly told me about how they got up to 32 miles per hour at one point on a downhill, yet they averaged about 14 mph for the entire ride. Mr. Darcy said how much easier it is to ride the distance on the road bike and that he loved it. So that made me happy. Jealous that I didn't get to be on my bike this weekend, but happy for him. While he was out doing that, I was hanging out with the girls and doing 5 loads of laundry. I still have 2 more to fold and I have a feeling Mr. Darcy forgot to transfer one of the wet loads into the dryer like I had asked, so I'll have to rewash and then dry and fold that one. Then we napped and went next door to our neighbors, and had a lovely time with them. Ladybug attacked their pool like no tomorrow and was jumping in and practically swimming - not just doggy paddling, but swimming freestyle almost - by the end of it. Angelfish was happy to float around in her swim ring instead. Now if only Ladybug could figure out how to remember to come up with air without ripping off my swim suit or grabbing the side of the pool in such a death grip that her fingers were abraded. A good time was had by all, although the pollen count was HIGH.
So high that this morning all 4 of us woke up with stuffy noses and itchy eyes. My eyes were so itchy that they hurt so I took out my contacts. Not to mention that my back was stiff (probably from stress) this morning. So, I decided that an hour of yoga would be the best bet since I was so congested and stuffy and ick. So 1/2 an hour on yoga for distance runners and 1/2 an hour of yoga for the lungs. I felt alot better afterwards.
Of course, we will be vacationing next week and Mr. Darcy has a project deadline (meaning very late evenings) this week, so my to do list for the week is a bit ridiculous. I don't think I'm going to go for a vacation with the girls' birthday party as part of the vacation again. I am going to have to pack up alot of my kitchen baking and cook wear, not to mention paper plates and such, presents, etc. in addition to everything else you need for a beach vacation for two 4 year olds, and 2 adults. Ay Caramba! But in the end, I hope it will all be worth it. I told the girls this weekend that we couldn't get the cake from Publix for their birthday. They asked why and I told them it was too expensive, but I told them I was going to bake their birthday cake this year and it would be just fine. Ladybug's response was, "Okay, Mommy. That's fine, but I'd really like it if it could have the princesses on it. They're really beautiful." I told her that I would just have to see what I could do, and Mr. Darcy tried not to laugh his bottom off in front of them. Now let's just hope that I'm able to make this cake and am not running down to Publix at the last minute because everything is a disaster. I will definitely take pictures of the cake I make - pretty or ugly.
I haven't forgotten about pictures of Mr. Darcy's new bike... I just have to charge the camera battery 1st because both of the cameras batteries are DEAD. So, as soon as I can, the pictures will be on line!