Sunday, January 08, 2012

Writing Update #2

I have 3 things I need to do each day for 30 minutes each.
Practicing my violin

The running happens just after the kids get dropped off at school.  It is easy, and I have a running partner, so I can't just not go.  The other stuff should just fall in to place when I get home, but it is more complicated...

Last year, Emily started playing the violin, and I did, too.  I love it.  Except for the practicing part.  Or maybe it's the not practicing part.  I hate showing up to a lesson without having practiced the week before.  There is no way to cheat and pretend to have practiced 6 times when you've only picked up the violin twice in the last week.

I'm really good at making Emily practice.  It's harder to make myself.  But once I start, I love it, and have a hard time stopping, often practicing more than an hour (i'm sure I can use more than an hour of practice each day...)

So every day I made my to do list.
...other good stuff...

and each day I was able to cross off

Did I mention I love To Do lists?

Go me!  But in my mind I would have this little fight:  "I need to practice, but if I practice now, I won't have time to write." So I would sit and write and have to cram my practice time into the after-bedtime hour.  Or I might say:  "I must practice now, I'll write later" and then I'd have to write late at night...

I'm not sure why I can't seem to do both in the morning.  According to my To Do list, it should work.

As I was writing about myself as a teen parent; something I rarely talk about, but something that I think I should talk about sometimes; I have thought of some things that I haven't thought of in a long time.

Here is one little story:
We had a one car (a sweet '77 Toyota Corolla), and Nathan worked evenings at a gas station.  Usually he took the car, but for some reason I had the car one night.  I packed up baby Hannah, and we picked up Nathan from work.  I must have been having a diaper emergency because we went to Walmart at 2am to buy diapers.   Why didn't I use the car and go to Walmart earlier? I don't know, but I think it was because this was still early in our marriage and I thought shopping was something so fun to do that I wanted to share it with Nathan!

We bought our diapers and headed up to the check-out stand.  There were a couple of check out ladies there talking, and they oooo'd and awwwe'd over our little baby as we were paying.

Just as we were about to leave, someone ran past our check out stand, and grabbed our diapers, and ran out of the store!

Crazy!  Who steals diapers?  But things get crazier - Nathan ran out of the store after the guy, and I ran after Nathan with baby Hannah in my arms.  Nathan caught up to the guy in the parking lot and got our diapers back, and we went home.  The end.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder what we were thinking?  How dangerous!  That guy could have been on a diaper stealing crime spree - he could have been really dangerous!  I wonder why we didn't just yell, and let Walmart give us some new diapers.  I also wonder what Nathan said to the guy when he caught up to him?

It is so strange that I'm not actually sure if it happened.  I'm honestly not sure if it's real.  I think it happened, but it seems so crazy, that I'm wondering if it was a dream.  I haven't had a chance to ask Nathan if he remembers it.


Update about other Goals for the month - I think I'll just update these on Sunday from now on:

I ran 5 days this week. We did stairs one day, and I ran 3.5 miles one day.  Not really a long run, but it's a start!

We even cooked this weekend!
Sunday = Dinner with the Mac Family.  They made the most amazing Bacon Wrapped Venison Tenderloin.  I made salad and deviled eggs and dessert.  Yay for good friends!
Saturday = breakfast for dinner:  waffles, sausage, eggs, smoothies.
Friday = homemade pizza:  I went out for dinner for our anniversary with a friend whose anniversary happened this week, too.  But I left everything for Sydney to make pizza on Friday.  It turned out so good that we had it again on Saturday for lunch.
Thursday = nachos.  My favorite!
Easy meals.  I'm not sure why it always seems too hard to do...  I need to make up a list for this next week...

I did a good job in Nathan's shop - it wasn't as bad as I thought.  Need to start in on the scary basement storage room tomorrow...


Jenny Hansen said...


My husband and I are COMPLETELY IMPRESSED that you run in the South Dakota winters. He said, "She's a better man than I am!" What a compliment for a military wife. lol.

Congrats on meeting your goals. That is awesome that you are taking up violin. :-)

wendy said...

Jenny - we are having warm weather. It is so strange. I think we even had temps in the 70's. I ran without a hat or gloves all week! We'll see how things go when winter really gets down to business!

nikko said...

Wendy -- I have taken up running over the last couple of years, too, mainly from the example of you and some other bloggy and IRL running friends. :o) You are awesome! I haven't been super consistent lately, but I ran 2 10Ks this fall, so I'm feeling good about my accomplishments... Seeing as how a year ago I could hardly run 1 mile straight!

Keep going with your goals!

Mary said...

Wendy, that story is crazy! I can just imagine you guys chasing down the diapers :)

Good job working on your goals. It's hard to get each thing done isn't it? You can do it!

Deanne said...

that IS crazy! but then again, it was Wal-Mart. :) I'd be curious if you did an update for us when Nathan returns, get the story from his perspective (what DID he say to the guy who stole diapers from his baby?!)