It’s 6:41 a.m. on a Saturday. I’m drinking coffee and eating toast with almond butter. The boys are sleeping. The coziest of blankets is on my lap and I’m enjoying the quiet of the house. This past week was busy and activity-laded, so I’m thoroughly embracing this downtime.
My sweet dad fractured his knee so later this morning, I’m going to his house to ensure he’s stocked up on groceries and to get him out for a little gallivanting. We’ll probably go to lunch and maybe even use one of those motorized scooters at Lowe’s so he can do something other than sit in a chair with his leg sticking straight out. My dad is not one who likes sitting still. I’ve never seen him read a book or watch an entire TV show, if that tells you anything, so having to be sedentary for 14 days and allow his knee to heal is not easy for him. I’m looking forward to spending time with him today.
Before I get to his house, I’m going for a run on the Biltmore Estate. I’ve had a season pass for years, but I’ve never taken advantage of their running trails. Typically, I’m touring the house, at the winery, listening to music at Antler Hill Village or biking, but I’ve never ran on the Estate. Over the past two or three months, I’m really gotten back into a running groove. Running has become a lifeline. I’ve also been swimming, doing interval training and yoga. I’ve been feeling down lately, for a number of reasons, and exercise and essential oils are the only remedies that truly help. I’ve tried pharmaceuticals before, and they just don’t jive well with my physiological make-up. So, if my knees are feeling good, I plan to run at least seven miles. My mood needs it.
I’ve been at my new full-time job for almost two weeks now, and I love it. I’m working for a publishing/media company in the town where I live. We publish a newspaper, magazine and a number of smaller publications. We’ve recently added digital products (web development, social media management, blogging, SEO, etc.) to our repertoire. I’m working primarily with the digital products and the magazine and a little bit with the newspaper. My colleagues are truly incredible and talented. I love all of it and feel beyond grateful this opportunity came along exactly when I needed it. A Godsend, for sure.
The boys were champs settling into the new school year. Case loves kindergarten and Brooks transitioned from the “early grades” to the “upper grades” seamlessly. I was worried me going back to work full-time would be an adjustment for them. Afternoons are more hectic than they once were, but they’ve both been great and actually seem to like the variation in afternoon extracurriculars.
We have a training team coming in town for work next week. One of the ladies arrives tonight so we’re going on a hike tomorrow afternoon. It’s been entirely too long since my last hike. I’m excited about that. Nature can be gloriously healing.
Well, I’m sure one or both of my monkeys will be awake any moment, so I’m going to sign off. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Saturday.
Strive to enjoy all those small moments we tend to overlook.