I’ve successfully forced myself back on the fitness train after basically not doing anything during our month of traveling. Immediately, I was reminded that jumping back into running in mid-July weather is not for the faint of heart. It’s HOT, y’all. We had a rather mild spring all things considered, and this year it felt like there was a big difference between mid-June and mid-July. I always walk for about 5 minutes at the end of my runs, and on Thursday morning I sat down on a bench in the park for a few minutes. The sweat literally ran down my face as if someone had dumped a bottle of water on my head.
Ah, summer. Spending a week in the glorious 70 degree Seattle weather just made the return to Houston feel even more oppressive.
We’ve been in our new house for almost a full year now — crazy! — so I figure it’s time to get back on the home improvement train and check a few more items off my list. I’m waiting on a quote from a fence guy to replace the wooden fence and gate that runs between the corner of the house and the corner of the garage with a nice metal one. It always surprises me how difficult it can be to get a lot of home service business to simply return a phone call or show up when promised, but I feel good about this guy. (Who I called after another fence guy stood me up. Sigh.) Fingers crossed that the quote doesn’t come back as something outrageous.
I listen to a lot of podcasts these days and you probably won’t be surprised to hear that several of them trend towards either parenting or creativity or small business — or all three at once. This has been a really fascinating mesh of topics for me in the past few years, despite the fact that I don’t own a small business and would consider myself lucky if I made even 3 figures a year from my creative endeavors. But as I listen, I have begun to wish there was a podcast about life like mine. Where are the podcasts hosted by women who work full-time out of the home, parent young children, and pursue hobbies on the side? (The closest I’ve found to what I’m thinking of is Girl Next Door. Kelsey’s work situation seems a lot like mine, and while her co-host Erica is a stay-at-home mom, she has worked full-time in the past.)
There is a glut of podcasts by stay-at-home-moms with “side hustles” — and I get that some of these side hustle-type jobs are significant. But it’s just different, you know? It doesn’t feel like these women deal with exactly the same type of issues I do. (Also, a lot of them give some serious side-eye towards full-day daycare/preschool along with the implication that the only “right” way to do life is to make your own job so you can be home with your kids all the time and work when they nap. Because you can do a full-time job during naptime?!? Sigh.)
In any case, I was quite excited to see this SHU box post with some very similar complaints. I don’t read Sarah’s blog regularly, but man do I feel her on this topic! If she starts a podcast, I will definitely be checking it out.
Back in April I decided that for our 8th anniversary, I’d finally make an album of our wedding photos. I’ve started this effort many times before but I’m happy to announce that I finally stuck with it! The album arrived just a few days before our anniversary in May and I’m just now remembering to publicly pat myself on the back here. I used Blurb, started with some of their stock templates, made a few modifications, and finally knocked it out over the course of several evenings while Jose was watching TV in the other room.
Is it the fanciest album you’ll ever see? Nope. Not even close. But the photos finally exist somewhere other than my computer, and that makes me very happy.
Emma’s birthday is rapidly approaching and I’ve got to get my act together for the day itself and her party. The party’s booked and I sent out an evite last week, but I need to figure out food, order a cake, and all that stuff. I also need some sort of treat to take to school to celebrate the big 5. Time to start scouring Pinterest…