It’s been over a month since I have logged in, but I haven’t been idle. This is what I have been up to:
- My husband got home from out-of-state and he came back eating Keto. The man I married 29 years ago thought eating bacon was scandalous — but now he embraces bacon as a legitimate thing, and I don’t have to hide eating it anymore!
Life is change…and this is a good change.
- I read several books this winter:
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
- A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller
- The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O-Reilly
- The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg
- Still Life by Louise Penny
This was the best ever year for field trips. We attended two homeschool ski days; joined a free program at the Paint Factory; visited the Amazon Fulfillment Center; toured the St. Cloud Hospital; saw the Sea Life Aquarium on homeschool week; jumped at a Trampoline Park and went to the fish fry after the last day of pick-up hockey at the local ice rink.
Did we finish our history or math books? Nope.
However, I consider this year fruitful in other ways, because…
- We got to see the underbellies of sharks, real sea turtles and God’s creativity with jellyfish — and write about it.
- My youngest boys got to ski for the first time.
- My three teenagers got to experience the joy of group painting, and brought home their masterpieces. (The one who most reluctantly attended was the same one who proudly set his finished canvas next to his desk at home.)
- We saw how robotics works in a hospital operating room AND how robotics works in an Amazon warehouse.
- On the creative side, I’m dabbling in tote bags again, thanks to a request from a friend’s daughter. The tote bags I create make use of old wool sweaters, discarded men’s dress shirts, and empty burlap bags. After years of sewing with zipper avoidance, I’m officially not afraid of zippers anymore.
- Lastly, my husband and I took a preventative health test from Life Line. It’s a mobile set-up that moves you through simple tests like blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and then uses ultrasound to check for artery blockage.
But, here’s the interesting scenario: My husband, who:
- works out almost every day
- carries minimal spare body fat
- can let a chocolate bar sit unopened in his closet for 5 months
…got only fair blood test scores. It was surprising.
I tried to feel bad for him.
But, all the while I was pleasantly surprised at my own excellent scores, since I:
- have been virtually sedentary all winter long (except for the field trips I mentioned)
- have oodles of spare body fat
- can’t let a chocolate bar sit unopened for 5 minutes
I tried to console him. I did some online research on his behalf and it might have something to do with sleep…
Speaking of sleep, I just found the word for my kind of nap: Nappuccino. A nappuccino is when you want to take a 20-minute power nap but not go longer than that. So, you drink a cup of coffee right before your nap and then the caffeine wakes you up just when you should wake up.
I didn’t know it was a *thing*…but turns out it is 🙂