Thursday, February 28, 2013

Our new addition

10 days until marathon day! Also known as - let the weather stalking commence!

I would ordinarily be starting to get super nervous at this time, but in what I have yet to decide is a stroke of genius or total idiocy, I'm running a marathon right in the middle of Maryland schools state testing. So far, it's looking pretty good, since I'm so constantly stressed about testing that the idea of even being able to command my brain to stay focused on any other subject at all, much less long enough to become stressed, is hilarious. 


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I had to add Gifs to this post because everyone was doing it.

The downside is that I don't deal with stress well. I'm not one of those lunatics that can't eat under stress, don't worry, nothing like that, but good sleep is pretty much out the window. 


Submission: Erika
Not exactly relevant but....PACEY.

Now, I know as a nearly 30 year old non parent complaining about lack of good sleep is grounds for tarring and feathering, but this is my blog and I'll do what I want. Last night, I couldn't fall asleep, then had nightmares about testing and the like, then woke up at 3:30 in a panic and couldn't fall back asleep. This last part was particularly upsetting because the one way in which I feel I am even somewhat equipped for someday keeping an infant (any myself) alive is that I am extremely good at immediately falling back asleep no matter what wakes me up in the middle of the night. I just can't afford to lose that skill.

All this has me really wondering how people who have jobs that are truly stressful manage. Doctors, nurses, anyone in the medical field, police officers, air traffic controllers, President Obama, Katniss - please weigh in.

But all is not lost. First of all, my life is slightly less of a mess now. When I came home from selling running shoes at 10pm last night, Eric had folded and put away all the laundry that had been covering the living room. More importantly, he made me brownies. Which are now gone. And I "only" had three. Do the math.

It gets better. When I came home today, this was happening.


Can you tell what it is?



A TREADMILL!!!


We'd been talking about getting a treadmill for awhile now. It was on a long list of things we were waiting until we bought a house to do, and we've pretty much decided screw the list, because that's not happening anytime soon and we ain't getting any younger. 

Right before Valentine's Day, Eric texted me (a big deal in and of itself) telling me there was a groupon for half off a treadmill, and we decided that would be our Valentine's Day gift, even though we never even get each other Vday gifts. Cost, justified (plus I'm quitting my gym). 

I've ranted about hating the treadmill before, but that was before I knew the joys of watching movies on the treadmill. Plus, spending my last two weekends in a hotel was quite an eye opener about how much easier it is to get motivated to run when it's cold and you don't have to go outside at all. And of course, the number one reason we wanted one is for down the line when we have little copper colored friends who need constant supervision. This is in no way a pregnancy announcement, but, just saying. 

How do you handle stress - I'm not just curious - I seriously need some ideas. Drinking and chocolate are great and all but they really only get you so far.

Edited to add: This just happened.

"Do you need help?" "No I'm good".

25 comments:

  1. you are going to looooove having a mill in the house. oh the tv you can watch! I've watched some seriously bad Netflix series. :-)

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  2. I have been dying for a treadmill for so long! But alas, I cannot seem to find space in my house and my husband thinks if we stick it in the second floor office where a shotty addition was done the floor will collapse. I am so excited for you! (and also very jealous. seriously)

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  3. A treadmill makes short runs so much more appealing. I love getting on the mill in mismatched shorts and tank in the dead of winter and watching embarrassing TV.

    That testing stuff sounds so stressful. Maybe a new PR will take your mind off your worries? :)

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  4. Congrats on your treadmill! Your post title had me for a second there...

    I can definitely appreciate the convenience of a treadmill, but will continue to run outside as much as possible, even if that means never having an easy run because I'm always running on hills.

    I typically fall asleep the instant my head hits my pillow, except when I'm stressed. Then I can't turn my brain off and I just mentally list all the things I need to do when I wake up. I guess my coping mechanisms are to run really hard/fast...or because I drive a lot for work, I may find myself in a Wendy's drive thru ordering myself a frosty.

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  5. I love having a treadmill in our house. It's the only thing that's kept me doing at least short runs this winter when I can use every other excuse out there. Enjoy! Running and eating are definitely my stress mechanisms.

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  6. Lucky you! I want one of those so bad, but I don't seem to be getting one ever, I guess I should be happy with a new to me car this year.

    Enjoy your treadmill and I hope you get some sleep soon!

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  7. HAHAH those pictures. You seriously need to reward him with a box of Reeses' Eggs Ice Cream. Copper colored friends please come to this world soon.

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  8. I am so jealous! I've said the same thing re: the apartment because I absolutely have no space for the thing unless I put it on my balcony, and quite honestly, that does me no good 4 months of the year when it's blizzarding :) Will and I are getting a house in the coming months and I already told him we have to save treadmill space in the basement! I don't love 'em but there are days when the run would SO happen if I could just roll over and hop on that thing.

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  9. I'm so excited for your treadmill!! You'll have to tell me how your first glorious run goes.

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  10. No pressure, but I plan to depend on you for weather reports.

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  11. Approval? I gotta be approved now? What, did I fall to B list? Does that mean you won't even say hi to me next weekend?

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  12. Well, I'm sure this is working out very well for you, cause I'm sure you get some annoying email for EVERY ONE of these I submit.

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  13. I don't even know what state testing is.

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  14. And hungry. So goodbye & happy weekend.

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  15. Man, look at all those crap comments someone left you. You outter turn on approval to cut that crap down.

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