Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the concept of community and how my ideas about it have changed since having Alice. Growing up with a single mom who worked long hours to make ends meet, my community was essential to helping raise both my sister and me. We were the definition of latchkey kids and our welcoming and observant neighbors were always willing to make an extra sandwich for an after-school snack or set a few more plates for dinner for two little girls. Without those connections to our community and with what little adult supervision we often had at home, I'm not sure either of us would be where we are today.
Our conversations late at night after Alice has gone to bed often turn to what kind of community we want to live in and help create for our little family. Having lived in apartments for the last decade and a half, I've found that apartment living isn't usually conducive to getting to know your neighbors and making friends. Most people who rent apartments are in a holding pattern for something else. Waiting for that new job. Saving up for a first home. Or finishing school before moving onto the next thing. There is a transience in apartment dwellers that oftentimes impedes the building of a community.
Having Alice has helped me realize all that I want for her in where we ultimately live. Neighbors who look out for one another. Parents involved in the local schools. A feeling of safety as she plays outside with other neighborhood kids. A front lawn!!
And a backyard barbeque or two.
Are you in a holding pattern with where you are living? Or are you planning to live where you are for awhile?
Monday, June 17, 2013
And then one of us got a tick and we never went back.
Not that I think ticks are exclusive to the Lynn Woods, there was just a season change after that happened and our bikes went away for the winter (which turned into indefinitely... more on that later). And then I got pregnant two summers ago. And then Alice was a high-maintenance newborn last summer. So basically our mountain bikes have been collecting dust in storage for far too long.
Until this weekend!
Lee has been jonesing to get out on his mountain bike lately and suggested we take a drive to the Charlemont trails in Western Massachusetts for the day. After reminding him of our recent road trip experience with Alice, he agreed we weren't quite ready for another long day in the car. So we decided to go back to the Lynn Woods! And since my mountain bike is still in storage and in need of a major tune-up, I decided that Alice and I would pack up my Mountain Buggy and do a trail run instead.
Lee biked. We ran trails. And all of us arrived back to the car sort of muddy and very happy.
And without any ticks.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Usually we're a no-TV family in the mornings, preferring to listen to the news on the radio rather than to hear snippets of it through TV commercials. This morning, though, after waking up to another day of rain in a week seemingly full of it, I turned on the TV in hopes it would somewhat distract Alice as I just didn't have the energy to start another day of entertaining her indoors.
My mood seems to be coinciding with the dreary weather this week as I've felt very introspective about life and our plans for the future. What has been weighing most heavily on me, though, is how I am doing as a mom. Having been a little impatient with Alice over the last few days, I'd been ruminating all morning over instances that I should've handled differently. And I'd pretty much convinced myself that I am the only mom in the world who ever snaps at her kid.
Mommy guilt is just the worst.
And then this commercial came on and my ears pricked up as I heard the opening lines of children saying Mom? over and over. As the commercial played on and tears sprung to my eyes, I started feeling a little better. Yes, this commercial is for Famous Footwear. And yes, it is cheesy.
But somehow its message made me feel a whole lot better about how I am doing as a mom.
Alice & Mom. Fringe Fest Edmonton. August 2012.
Weekly Workouts: Monday - Run! 4 miles + 50 walking lunges, 50 air squats. Tuesday - Crossfit: 4 sets of 6 good mornings (85lbs), then 34 bar-facing burpees + 24 overhead lunges (55lbs) + 12 push press (55lbs). Wednesday - Rest day. Thursday - Crossfit: 4 sets of 2 power cleans (80lbs) + 4 sets of 4 box jumps (20 inches) + 6 sets of 6 deficit lunges (52lbs) + 6 sets of 8 hip extensions. Friday - With all this rain, most likely another rest day!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Although I know this recipe isn't at all revolutionary, I haven't been able to stop thinking about this salad after having it for dinner last night so I thought I'd share. One of my favorite things about summer, as the farmers markets start popping up, is to put a bunch of fresh and in-season ingredients together into a delicious salad. A little protein. A little fat. A lot of fresh stuff. Served with a hunk of bread and a cold beer and you have the perfect dinner.
For me, anyway.
Mozzarella Prosciutto + Melon Salad with Mint (recipe from Real Simple):
- 1/2 cantaloupe or honeydew, sliced
- 10 slices of prosciutto
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella, torn
- 8 to 10 mint leaves, torn
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs champagne vinegar (I used white wine vinegar)
- Salt & pepper
- Rustic bread (optional)
This took all of ten minutes to prepare. And then even less to clean up. Like I said before, it's the perfect summer dinner!