The week before I left for Doha, my attitude was something to the effect of “the plane could crash on my way over there, as such, I’m not going to exercise this week.”

While over there, I took the attitude “I worked 12 hours today. I’m bushed. I have approximately enough energy to eat a meal, take a shower, then pass out and do it all over again.” (We did go to the gym one day and use the pool, but that was on the only 10 hour day we worked. All the rest were 12s (or higher).)

The week after I got back, I took the attitude “It’s my birthday week. I’m not going to exercise this week.”

And then, the week after that, was The Week From Hell. We had to work with people who flew in from HQ, everybody was working long hours (though, granted, not 12s), and everything was crazy.

Which means that this week was a normal (even quiet) week. So we exercised. We exercised every day.

On Tuesday, one of my co-worker buddies asked me “how you feelin’, getting back on the horse?” and I huffed (because we were jogging at the time) “this ain’t so bad!” Heck, the fact that I was able to use words in my answer to him made the point more than anything I could have said would have done… but he should have asked me on Wednesday because I would have told him some variant of “UNH UNH EVERYTHING HURTS UNH”

And we even went rock climbing. Where I quickly learned that I had forgotten everything that I might have learned over the summer. Even when I once was able to look at a route and figure out how someone would climb it if it were some sort of video game, I looked at the pieces of plastic screwed to the wall and found myself wondering how anybody could possibly do anything with those silly things.

I did manage to climb halfway up a wall. I did manage to climb halfway up even after the rope tapped me on the shoulder and it felt exactly like someone had climbed up behind me and wanted to show me something. (Seriously, that was *WEIRD*.) And, when the time came to freak out and abort, I managed to let go of the wall and belay down to the floor again. (Seriously, letting go of the wall was *VERY* difficult this time.)

And, tonight, oh my gosh I hurt so much.

But that’s what getting back on horses is supposed to feel like.

As such, this weekend will be spent recuperating. Well, we also have a game night on Saturday which is some sort of Halloween-themed party so I’m going to be making some little mousse cups with a bit of a twist.

You know the thing where you paint aluminum foil muffin cups with Smucker’s Magic Shell and make chocolate cups and then make mousse to pour into those cups? Well, I’m going to make two batches. One with Crème de Menthe and the other with Blackberries and I’m going to call them “Cauldrons”.

Maybe I’ll make bread. We’ll see how it goes.

So… what’s on your docket?

(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)

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8 thoughts on “Weekend!

  1. I’m less beat up than last weekend but that’s about all I can say.

    I am looking forward to game night.

    Also, going to a soccer game tonight, which should be a lot of fun. (It’s block break, their usual fans are all off-campus.)


  2. I’m being a good friend this weekend. I’m watching a movie on the couch with my best friend tonight. I’m crafting with my co-workers tomorrow night. It may just turn out to be crafting cocktails, but we’ll see where the night takes us. Sunday I am baking a friend’s birthday request cookies.

    I have been telling myself I would get back on the exercise horse as well. I’m having trouble finding the energy. I’m 11 weeks postpartum today so I really don’t have any excuse other than the pumping breastmilk in the middle of the night. I’m too tired. Also, I burn 1,000 calories a day making the milk so I’m eating everything in sight and still dropping weight. Exercise would be healthier.


  3. With any justice, they’d shoot my horse after this week.

    I will be spending the weekend doing pretty hardcore wiring in my house, to the level of removing and replacing whole circuits. Fish tape, hole saws, 14/2 Romex, the works.


  4. Mid fall break for me, and wow, did I need it. Thursday was spent cleaning house (well, the public rooms, and this is how cleaning goes for me: I deep-cleaned the bathroom and kitchen extensively because I did them first, then I mostly-cleaned the living room but didn’t pull all the furniture out from the wall to sweep behind it, then I kind of half-assed the dining room and the hallway….and didn’t touch my bedroom or office.)

    Yesterday was a meet-up with a good friend with whom I share common interests (knitting and reading and good food) but don’t get to see often enough because we live too far apart. I drove 7 hours to effectively spend 5 hours with a person, that’s how few and far between my IRL friends are.

    Today I am taking off. Not even leaving the house, except to get the mail. Didn’t even put make up on.

    Tomorrow, after church, I might put the binding on a quilt I’ve had back from the longarmer for a couple weeks and never yet got to.


  5. Didn’t want to jinx things until it was done, and the important weekend project was deferred until this afternoon by Amazon Prime mysteriously taking four days to do two-day delivery… Oven malfunctioned last week, keeping the heating element on until the safety override kicked it off with an “oven too hot” error code. Online research said it was either the controller board or the temperature sensor. Sensor was $20 at Amazon and Prime eligible. Took ten minutes to replace the old one after the package arrived. Everything seems to work fine now. Actually, it seems to hold the temperature more accurately than I can remember it doing for years.

    Best and worst of first-world tech on display here. On the bad side, all appliances are a microcontroller plus sensors and actuators these days. When that controller dies, it’s expensive (sensors not so much). On the good side, you can actually find answers to technical questions about the devices, and the whole country/world is your shopping place for parts.


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