the friday post – volume 1

I’m thinking that I’d to do a “Friday Post” each week with a few random pictures and highlights from the week that don’t quite fit anywhere, but that I’d like to share. I’m just making up my own rules here after all, aren’t I? Welcome to Volume 1!

Every week, like magic, a glorious Friday rolls around just like it did 7 days before and without fail I say how long the week felt. This week – no exception. Maybe it was staying home on Wednesday with Charlie? Maybe it was having nothing in particular going on this week? Maybe it was going to a training that gave me a glorious extra hour of sleep but also made my Friday work day an hour later than normal? Who knows. We have nothing in particular planned this weekend. Just a few drinks with our names written all over them, some cleaning around the house, and a big grocery run with as many fruits and veggies as we can find.

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I committed myself to working out at least four days this week, and I think I’ll actually make it to five days if I convince Mike to take a family run tomorrow. We have the BOB stroller (Thank you, Fairy Godmother!) which has been amazing for our sidewalk-less, residential neighborhood. I’m trying not to burn out or kill my body, so I’ve been doing a combination of Tone It Up workouts, Yoga with Adriene videos, and runs with the Couch to 5k app (I’m on week 3). I’m planning to sign up for a 5k in March to keep me motivated and have something to work toward. My workout reward to myself is always a drink with dinner. All about the little victories here you guys.

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Mike and I are already two weeks behind on The Bachelor – mainly because we’ve been watching The Killing on Netflix (we’re also not loving Arie so far). My sister sent me this article about Bach the other day and it made me laugh. “Sensual elf and awkward labrador.” Hilarious. But even our watching of The Killing has been abbreviated the last couple of days with a string of rough bedtimes with Charlie. We just started season two and I have the sinking feeling that it’s going to go a step too far into confusing and complicated for us. I’m already asking Mike, “Wait, what happened just now? Did I miss something?”

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I’ve been slowly slugging my way through The Power on my lunch breaks. It’s SO good if you’re into dystopian books like Station Eleven. This one has a little bit of a sci-fi slant. I broke it to my mom that it’s probably not her kind of book, so maybe skip it doesn’t sound like your thing either. I’m finding it hard to find the time to read these days though. My main downtime right now is while nursing or pumping, and it turns out that scrolling through my phone is so much easier to do with my one free hand than holding a book. I wept while reading this article the other day on one of my nursing and browsing stints. Read it now if you’re a mother or ever want to be one. She just really hit the nail on the head. “Hold your baby—feel the way that tiny body strains to contain this giant soul—complete, and full of potential all at the same time.” That phrase will make me tear up every time.

What are you up to this weekend? Whatever your plans, I hope you kick up your feet, relax, and enjoy it! xx, em

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