Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Crazy Days

Why does it seem like life will slow down after Christmas? I always feel like we don't have many plans, not many commitments after the holidays. So then we should have our weekends to relax and not feel like we always have things to do. Well, there are always things to do and events that come up. Before you know it January slips into February which slips into March into April and here it is May! Where has this year gone? It's almost 1/2 way over and it seems like it has just begun.

Two months ago when I was looking at my May calendar, I thought it would be great because there isn't much planned. (I thought the same thing thinking about April in February.) And now that we're here, suddenly my May calendar seems full of activity (thankfully not too much yet). Days that have meetings, get together, or other events take up space. Our vacation is looming ahead at the end of the month too. I haven't even begun to think about planning for that (packing clothes, food, etc.).

I don't know about you, but when the craziness with my schedule starts like this, I get a little crazy. I get overwhelmed with all the things that must be done and planned for in the midst of my already semi-full daily schedule. Then I don't see how I'll get it all done.

Right now we have a few things going on here and there (for instance, the garage sale our small group is hosting this weekend- set up on Thursday, sale on Friday & Saturday), and I want to make sure that I stay ahead of the game. My goals have been to get and keep things organized in this house. Spring cleaning? Sort of, but does it count when it's practically summer? I am trying to prioritize and take care of the things that matter most first.

Then there is this matter of vacation. We have the cabin booked, we have the truck ready (complete with a new cap, so we have plenty of room to take things along), and Matt is taking care of the hotel arrangements for our trip down and back. I need to make sure that everyone has enough summer clothes to last a week (or at least part of the week, since we're planning to shop for some summer clothes while we're there), think about meals, get some snacks & drinks purchased before we go. As far as that stuff goes, I've done nothing about it yet. It doesn't look like this week/weekend will be a good time to start either.

But I am, however, thinking about my own self getting ready for vacation. We would like to do some hiking while we're there (which we've always loved doing together), and I realize that I am terribly out of shape. I was working out regularly for a while in January/February until I injured my back again. I was starting to feel stronger and had lots more energy and stamina when I was working out. Well, my back has rested enough and it feeling better now. But I know I have to take it easy in order to not hurt it again. This week, though, I decided that I must work out if I plan to go hiking at all. It will still be tough for me, but I don't want to miss out just because I can't get off my butt and work harder. Matt has been working out EVERY morning for the last THREE weeks at the YMCA. He has done a lot of cardio, and I'm sure I'll notice that he has no problems hiking. So, I've gotten off my butt, and I'm off to the races. This week I have committed to working out for at least 30 minutes each day. I have stuck to that. I am starting out with some walking on my Gazelle and a few strengthening moves. I am also following my back exercise program that my chiropractor gets after me constantly about not doing. It's no wonder my back slips out so easy, I am doing nothing to strengthen it. No more of that now! I am working, and I plan to keep this up until vacation. I hope to even work up to more things if my back is feeling up to it. And I'd like to get our weight system in the garage ready to use. I would like to work on my arm and leg strength too. I'll be ready to hike those mountains.

So, next I will start on preparing for vacation. But one (or two or three) step at a time. First I want to get my house completely in order and continue exercising. I still have a few more weeks for the other preparations, and I think it will go more smoothly once I feel like things are good around here.


Nowheymama said...

May is one of our craziest months. And each year I forget this.

saly said...

I'm not sure how it's May already either, and before we know it, it will be July and another babe will be here.

Good for you on the excercise and will power. I am making a commitment to get right back in to it too, as soon as the babe is here (well, give me a week or 2 to recover....)

Mommy Brain said...

Keep up the good work with the exercise. It's been two weeks since I've been to the gym...and I have the pain in my knees to prove it.

Jana said...

I know what you mean about the calendar filling up; I'm always amazed at the end of the year when I'm filling out the new calendar with important dates just how busy we were.

Best of luck with the exercise. I hope your back cooperates!

d e v a n said...

We're always jam packed busy from November to July. Sept is usually our slowest month and I always look forward to it, of course, then Nov is just around the corner again...

desperate housewife said...

Keeping the house clean has become my overwhelming priority, thanks to showings at least once a week. So spring cleaning was sort of never-ending! Working out has fallen by the wayside somewhat, thanks to Jim throwing his back out. But we're getting back on it tonight! (feigns smile of excitement)