1. Yesterday was kind of a nasty day. The forecast called for 3-6 inches of snow and the schools closed for the day. Reality? 35 degree rain with some flurries mixed in. While I’ll run a race in that kind of weather, I’m not going to choose to go out in that (especially when everyone in my house is fighting a cold), so I hit up the treadmill. Unfortunately, I’ve somehow lost the ability to just run a steady state run at a decent speed. I can either do speed intervals or run slow enough to read my kindle. Yesterday I chose the kindle. Sometime soon I need to stop reading the mind candy. It’s starting to rot my brain.
2. Speaking of Kindle, back when I bought mine, I got two months of free Amazon Prime. And that’s how they hook you. I’m totally addicted now! And I’ve totally justified the cost in terms of what my time is worth and what gas costs (not to mention their prices are usually as good as any store within a 15 minute drive of my house). If you guessed that I’m doing a lot of last minute shopping for my trip, you’d be right. My most recent purchase:
3. One thing about this trip that I haven’t talked about much is that it’s Beer Geek’s and my SECOND kid free vacation in almost twelve years. We do a pretty good job of taking small (1-2 day) trips and we have a great network of friends and babysitters for nights out, but we aren’t very good about taking a longer trip without the kids. Last time was two years ago. We went to St. Martin.
There was a lot of this:
And a little bit of this:
This time there will be a whole lot more running, a whole lot less beach, and the only good beer will likely be what we bring down from Denver. But 9 days of being able to complete a sentence, not have to argue about homework, and actually take as long as I want to eat a meal? Yes, please. I love my kids, but I’m REALLY looking forward to spending time alone with my best friend!
Do you make taking time away from the kids a priority? What kind of trips do you take without them?