Happy May! We are entering our seventh week of social distancing/lockdown/quarantine/whatever you want to call it. I can’t believe it’s almost halfway through 2020. For better or worse, this year is moving by, and while it’s nothing like what I imagined or hoped for, we are managing to get through.
Florida will enter Phase I of reopening on Monday (with the exception of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties). We are going to continue staying the course, as we see what people will do. As far as we are concerned, things will go on as “usual.” Little man will keep on distance learning and Mr PugRunner will work from home. The plan is to see what happens and make decisions from there.
Sunday – 3.66 mile walk
I got up pretty early so I could get in a walk, before we had to leave the house.
Our day’s plan was to pick blueberries, and then little man had to make a few batches. Some of our friends had seen pictures of his baking exploits and wanted to order some from him. He did a great job (of both picking and baking).
We had to bring our own buckets, and the only thing we had in the appropriate size were these trick or treat buckets. We made it work.
Monday – 3.35 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)
Another week of crisis learning and work. Little man has been getting some truly nice compliments from his teachers. I appreciate they are taking the time to encourage individual students, especially considering how hard this has been for everyone.
I did my morning walk.
And we got right into everything. That evening, little man started decorating the cookies he received for his birthday. It was a DIY kit of cut out cookies, icing bags, and sprinkles and candy. So cute. Thanks, P Family!
Tuesday – Couch to 5K W2D1 (3.7 miles total)
And so, Couch to 5K Week 2 started. Eep. For these three days, running and walking intervals both increased. It was a little nerve-wracking, but once again, I just put my head down and went for it. Success! It’s also worth noting this is the second turtle I’ve saved this week.
Little man had a slammed day: schoolwork in the morning and early afternoon, clarinet lesson, karate lesson, and then his virtual merit badge course, followed by his actual Troop meeting. He rocked it without missing a beat.
Wednesday – 3.5 mile walk
Happy 12th Birthday, little man!
We worked so hard to make this a great day. He woke up to balloons, his f favorite breakfast (avocado toast) and a special shirt I crafted on the Cricut.
Wednesdays are live conference days, so I made him “go to school” for the morning (he had four classes – super manageable), and then he was free for the day. My parents brought takeout from a sandwich shop and we ate outside in our driveway, at an acceptable social distance.
In the evening, we ordered wings from the restaurant down the street, and sat outside to eat. The biggest surprise was a parade of friends, who really went all out with posters, noisemakers, balloons, music and lots of smiles and horns. He was stunned, and so very happy.
It took him a little while to process everything that had gone on, but he was so very grateful and happy.
Thursday – Couch to 5K W2D2 (3.39 miles total) + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)
I was able to run by some gorgeous flowers on this particular morning. It’s getting hotter, so spring is definitely almost over.
Friday – 4.5 mile walk + 3 x 10 (military press, wide row, regular row, V press)
TGIF. I took a super long walk and did arm strength.
Work was busy, but I got done as much as I could. Some days, I just find myself distracted and unfocused, but it is what it is.
That evening, we went to a local restaurant, where they were hosting some live music. We were allowed to sit in our cars, or in camp chairs, with at least 6′ distance between groups. The weather was gorgeous and we had a few drinks and just enjoyed ourselves.
Saturday – Couch to 5K W2D3 (3.66 miles total)
I didn’t want to do this run, but it needed to be done. Even though I had had a wee bit to drink on Friday night, I ended up feeling just fine, and had my fastest, longest run of the week. Yay!
I confess to being super lazy the rest of the day. Little man made homemade pizza dough so we could have pizza, which was delicious. He’s really evolving as a cook.
And I also enjoyed another fantastic Zoom Coffee Date with the blogger crew. So awesome.
These chats are truly a highlight of my week.
Even in this “life interruption,” we have a great deal happening.
This week is my birthday and Mother’s Day (Saturday and Sunday, respectively). We also have May the Fourth Be With You on Monday and Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday. Those will be fun. I will be attending a virtual Mother’s Day Tea Party on my birthday with St. Augustine Moms (save $1 on your registration with code JENNIFERL if you want to join in the fun).
and our cul de sac will do a small, socially distant brunch on Sunday. It should be nice.
On Monday, we are also having Front Porch Project photos taken with Megan Soto Photography. I had scheduled family photos the weekend I ended up breaking my leg, and obviously, it hasn’t been a priority since. Well, local photographers are offering photo shoots that are socially distant and safe. They use their zoom lenses to shoot your family on your front porch or other area at your home, while they stay 20 to 30 feet away. It’s a great way to get updated photos and support the local photographers.
If you’re local, check out Megan (she is still honoring her Aprili price of $60 for a session). If you’re not, I’m sure photographers near you are offering a similar package.
I did mention a surprise, and I will have an update Monday at some point. Oooh, I’m so excited. To tide you over, on an unrelated note, Meghan had the brilliant idea to run the ZOOMA 12K in October as well (if it’s a go), and we got Amy on board, booked a hotel for the weekend, and for the first time, it feels like something normal on the horizon. We can cancel, if need be, but I do hope things will stay steady.
Little man has cruised through two virtual merit badge courses, which is great. I love that BSA offers this to help keep advancements moving through these trying times. He misses his Troop, and it’s certainly nice that they have been able to adapt.
How was your week in training?
What is something you have on the calendar as “normal”?