Wednesday ‘Podge – Last day to be free

1. August is National Back To School Month…how does that make you feel? Share a back-to-school memory.

It makes me feel both happy and busy; the kids went back last Wednesday and this week, all their extracurriculars start up again. We’re overloaded! I can’t really think of any memories for myself for back to school except maybe when I went to college because although it was back to school. technically, it felt so different and I felt adrift.

2. Something you’ve learned in ‘the school of life’? 

That life – and the world – is unfair. You can only control so much of it and you need to work on you; mind your business and grind to improve.

3. Three words to describe your current mood.

Overwhelmed, unmotivated, wistful. I feel like I am here, there, and everywhere this week. I was looking forward to being alone and catching up but my normal motivation simply isn’t there.

4. A summer food you’ve eaten too much of/are tired of? A summer food you haven’t had enough of? 

Hmm, not sure. I mean, I guess I have had a lot of ice cream lately, which is not like me. I should be eating more peaches.

5. What small stuff do you sweat that you know you shouldn’t?

I worry about peoples’ behaviours I cannot change. I.E. what if this person is mad or if this person acts foolish? I can only do so much but I need to control stuff and that doesn’t go over well when it comes to others’ choices. They have the right to make their own choices.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I thought I would really take advantage of my time off but instead, I feel like I just sort of moped around. OK, that’s not true. I just didn’t work as hard as I planned to. I kept making deals with myself that I’d do X once I did something else and then I would just sit down and rest. I think going back to running frequently really shook up my body too; been hungrier and sleepier than usual. I think it’s because I know that soon, I’ll be back to the grind. I have training all day Thursday and a half day Friday, then classes start for me Monday.

Luckily today, I am a little more back to normal. I got up feeling a little groggy but had my coffee and got dressed, took the Isaacs (my son, Isaac’s, good friend is also named Isaac) to Cross Country practice. They both made it this year and they’ve moved all practice runs to the AM instead of right after school. In some ways, that works out better. I’d built the normal Friday morning run into my schedule anyway so this works out. Anyway, took them then got dressed to run four miles. I’m building up for a 12 miler in early October and a half marathon at the end of that month. It was not the best run but it wasn’t horrible either. Got done, started the sauna, and sweat it out for about 20 mins. Not a bad morning! I am grading papers now and making videos for my classes. I plan to grade for a while then go to the grocery store. I am so glad some of my motivation has returned! I really was a mess yesterday.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday ‘Podge – Last day to be free

  1. I think sometimes when we have so much to do, and have been carrying a lot of work-stress-family issues/logistics, whatever, that laying on the couch a couple of days is not the worst thing in the world. You will get up and go when you need to so give yourself grace about all that wasn’t done. Our children’s lives, especially in the busy season you’re in, are also something we have to manage to a degree, so doing nothing isn’t always doing nothing. Perhaps the return to work routine will help with your focus and motivation. I am so much better with some kind of schedule. We’ve had the best peaches this year and have thoroughly enjoyed them. We like to grill them with sugar and cinnamon then put them warm over vanilla ice cream. Swoon!!

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