The bad part about being a stay at home mom for twelve years is you tend to get in ruts. I do laundry at 1:00 in the afternoon because that's how I've always done it. Not 1:05, not 1:45. 1:00! Or I have to do my grocery shopping on Friday because that's how I've always done it. Never mind that we ran out of food on Tuesday, grocery day isn't till Friday~ suck it up and enjoy some cabinet crumbs!
Anyway, it struck me yesterday when I decided to give a very cranky Addison a bath at 2:30 in the afternoon that I am in a rut. I'm rigid in my schedule and I'm in a rut. How did I know I was in a rut? Because I never give kids baths in the afternoon!
So I decided I was going to do just one thing differently today. What was I going to do? I had no clue! It's grocery shopping day you know! I couldn't miss getting groceries. My afternoon coffee time is at 1:30 and I can't miss that.....But I promised myself that I was going to mix things up a bit and see how I felt.
Well, here it is.....at 10:30 this morning I had a wild and crazy hairbrained idea to bike to the library instead of doing chores. Addie was getting ready for her midmorning snack, I had a book to pick up and I thought the extra 15 minutes of exercise would be good for me. At first I thought this was such a great idea! I mean Addie was eating her snack, we were getting fresh air, I was getting some extra cardio in and we were being productive. Ha!
By the time we got to the library, I had grasshopper guts stuck to my lips because apparently grasshoppers stick really well to lipgloss! And I mean really well! My hair was matted down because I was so sweaty from this wonderful extra cardio workout I was getting. AND it had a wasp stuck to it. (Yes, I am totally serious here!) Addison was full of grass clippings from I don't know where. AND I was dripping sweat so badly my mascara was running. Did I mention that I obviously had a hairbrained idea??
We managed to cool off a bit in the library. And I even managed to get the grasshopper guts off my lips. And I even managed to get the wasp out of my hair. But only after Addie kept saying "oh oh" and pointing to it 25 times. Just as I was thinking to myself maybe this wasn't so bad afterall......
We had to bike home. Addie was not happy to be sharing her Burley with my library book. I got a grasshopper stuck between my toes. I was dying of thirst. Sweat was running down my back making me feel worse than I did when I had grasshopper guts stuck to my lips. Addie was not happy to be sharing the bike path with the remaining grasshoppers or the frogs. And to top it all off.....
We biked right into a huge flock of Blackbirds. And I mean huge. There must've been at least a hundred of them. All I could think as I was reciting Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' and hoping that none of them would swoop down on us was.....
Maybe ruts are a good thing afterall!
Now it has to be said that the outfit I was wearing was really what made the whole ordeal. I had on big hoop earrings, flip flops, white crops, a fun black tee and a trendy denim jacket along with freshly applied lipgloss and a fresh stick of peppermint gum! What a moron.