Weekend Things

I’m not exactly sure how to talk about this weekend because it was sort of an emotional roller coaster on my end. Too much caffeine, interrupted sleep, hormones and alcohol (too much being like three-quarters of a beer, ha)?? Don’t answer that 🙂 Don’t wanna sound dramatic because most of the time I’ve been doing really well and just LOVING every baby-filled second but you know me, I like to be honest here and I’ve definitely cried a handful of times too. I think COVID exhaustion is finally finally hitting me. I know I’m lucky to have made it this far and maybe it’s because there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel (anyone else watching the first Americans get the vaccine today??), but man, I just want to go to the movie theater, watch a baseball game, eat in a restaurant and mainly, share this little babe with our families and HUG MY MOM AND SISTER. All that being said, let’s hit some weekend highlights.

Thursday night lights. I keep telling Joey we didn’t even go look at Christmas lights last year and he won’t believe me, but it’s the truth, so I know we were well overdue. No, Dempsey can’t really understand and definitely won’t remember that time we took him to The Gingerbread House, but I will! It was so cool. We picked up hot chocolate on our way and I sort of forgot how good hot chocolate is!

Woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday. How festive! When I was done having a small meltdown about how stressful breastfeeding is (have I mentioned how hard breastfeeding is??), I made myself a bacon, egg and cheese. I felt a lot better after that and hey, I think Dempsey and I turned a corner on breastfeeding this weekend. It’s only taken almost two months, oy! We briefly contemplated making soup for dinner but… take out. Anyone else just ordering a lot of take out and telling themselves it’s to help restaurants when it’s really just to help yourself?? 😛 Cart-Driver remains the best! We watched The Santa Clause afterward and boy, do I love watching a movie you’ve seen a billion times and laughing like it’s the first time.

Joey got up early Saturday morning with Dempsey, so when I woke up a little bit later, I made us gingerbread waffles and coffee as a thank you. So good! Much naps afterward and then… I ran on our new treadmill! Merry Christmas to Joey and I! Trying not to worry we made a mistake in buying one when the entire house is shaking because it is SO NICE to work out in your own home. I ran/walked a couple of miles and it felt so good to break a sweat! Afterward, when I was upstairs showering, I managed to knock one of our succulents off the windowsill and made a huge mess. Cut to me having an identity crisis because even though I think of myself as a perfectionist, am I actually sloppy and clumsy instead?? Joey made us broccoli cheddar soup with cheesy croutons for dinner and even though the loaf of bread I bought for this meal was a moldy mess, we subbed regular white bread slices and it was all okay. More than! We also watched About Time, which is LOVELY and I can’t believe no one told me about it before! We made it through the entirety of SNL and I’ve been singing “Tiny Horse” to myself ever since. I really love Timothee Chalamet, okay?

Baby in the bed! I ordered us breakfast from bed and Joey went to pick it up while I fed Dempsey and why do I always forget how much I love Sassafras?? The beignets, fried green tomato Benedict, latte and bite of Joey’s shrimp and grits were amazing! I’m definitely loving this Sunday take out breakfast routine we’ve got going. A little bit later, my parents stopped by for a visit. They got to see Dempsey hanging out on his activity mat and were amazed by how much more alert he is these days. He majorly spit up on my mom, then fell asleep in her arms. What a guy! Doesn’t my mom look so natural holding a baby? She was born to be a grandma 🙂 Joey gave Dempsey a bath, then dressed him as a little elf. Joey loves all things Christmas! I made us a Katie Lee butternut squash, kale and farro salad for dinner and then we watched a couple episodes of Breaking Bad and I have been having such a different emotional reaction to this show the second time around. Mainly, I really really really hate Walt and all the stuff I thought was cool the first time around, just feels kinda sad. Still such an amazing and well done show though! Please tell me how your weekend was.

P.S. Please know I had to listen to two very lengthy recaps of both Christmas Chronicles and Christmas Chronicles 2 this weekend… did I mention Joey loves Christmas?? 😛

5 Ways I’m Making Winter Workouts Easier on Myself

Oh no, I just said the W word, but seriously, winter is coming.  

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been straight dreading the return to they gym — though I’ve actually already been three times already and it wasn’t even bad — so I thought really hard about how to go about this gym season thing in a way that I won’t hate.

#1 Build a better playlist

The “Girl Power” playlist I built this summer is great for office listening but turns out Adele isn’t exactly “pump me up!” music.  Sorry, Adele.

#2 Really try for only one morning workout a week

Truth be told, I’m a morning workout person — or just a morning person in general — so I can tolerate getting up in the dark and driving myself to the dreadmill once a week, but it starts to feel like actual torture if I do it more than once.

#3 Go to yoga WAY more

I always wonder what life would be like if I gave up running for the entire winter in lieu of yoga, then I remember running is free and yoga is not, but I think mixing it up is going to be key this winter.

#4 Build dinner plans around workouts

As in, it TOTALLY STRESSES ME OUT, when I get to the gym at 5:30 PM and have to wait for a treadmill to open up and all I’m thinking about is how this workout delay is cutting further and further into my dinner cooking time.  Need to coordinate leftovers night to go along with gym night.

#5 Stress less

I KNOW working out is good for you, but at the end of the day, stressing out about when to fit in a trip to the gym probably negates any positive effects it has on me.  New plan involves going when I can, hitting snooze when sleep feels more important and not overthinking whether or not I WANT to workout.

Are you a winter gym go-er?  Do you love it, hate it, land somewhere in between?