7QT: Blog Angst, Goals and Some Happenings

Here’s hoping that hopping on the 7 Quick Takes train will help me out of my blogging rut!

1. I’ve started and thrown out several posts over the past few weeks.  I lost my groove! First I tried to write about my quest for cute summer sandals, but the quest came to an abrupt end when I succumbed to the siren call of Target’s shoe department.


Gus is unimpressed.

They’re cute, I like them.  I just always do this.  I cave for the cheapest, easiest buy because the nicer, better made and probably more comfortable pair is so much more expensive! No doubt I will pine over this pair for the rest of the summer. But I made my choice. (Aren’t you glad I saved you all from a post full of this nonsense?)

2. I thought about and even started writing a What I Wore Sunday post about how more often than not, my Mass outfits are not nursing friendly because I’m a heartless mom because Sundays are the only days that I have an excuse to get dressed up nicely and it’s only for an hour, so I don’t see what the big deal is.  And then I decided that, indeed, it is not a big deal, so I trashed that post!

3. I guess I’m having a bit of a blogging existential crisis.

Moving on!

4. Last week was Dave’s birthday, and I made him this cheesecake.IMG_4247

I don’t know which good deed earned me best wife award: making the cake or selflessly leaving the last piece for him.  Anyway, I dun good.

5. The month of May so far has been positively magical.  The garden is thriving, my lilacs are starting to bloom and we’re all beginning to shed our pale ghostly gray complexions and don our summer glows.IMG_4219 IMG_4244IMG_4234 IMG_4261_2

Or, in my case, my first sunspots on my forehead.  Hello sunspots, you go well with my prescription sunglasses and forehead creases. 😉

6. This month I set a fitness goal for myself: run 40 miles in the month of May.  I got my 10 miles done in this first week, so I’m feeling optimistic that I can hit my 40 mile goal.  I’d been plateauing a bit with running because my hamstrings have been killing me. I think my lower back is a mess in general and that’s making my hamstrings tight, but I also have never been the best at stretching, so this week I really focused on stretching after running. I also started drinking coconut water again, since it helped my leg cramps and soreness significantly at the end of my pregnancy last year.  Anyway, if any of you seasoned runners/fit people have any tips about stretches, etc., please let me know! I’m a complete hack at this running thing.

7. What I really need to do is set some housekeeping goals for myself! Gus is almost a year old, which means I don’t really have an excuse any more, huh? I mean, I figured once Gus was sleeping through the night, then I could really get my rear in gear and tackle more than the basics.  Are you laughing yet? Have you figured out the punchline? Gus isn’t sleeping through the night. And the rare nights he does sleep all night, Sara wakes up screaming about losing Minnie or her blankets.  As Jenny brilliantly wrote last week, when it comes to sleep training, there are no victors.  Har har.

Anyway, don’t pity me, I’m not dying from lack of sleep. But I might die from lack of dusting in my bedroom.  Oy! I finally deep cleaned my bedroom this morning and it. was. shameful.  No more! Once a month (hey, maybe the Saturday that I go to confession since I actually have stuck to that New Year’s resolution!) I need to dust and swiffer the bedrooms.  No more neglecting the upstairs since nobody sees it. As the internet is my witness, the dustbunnies will never get that bad again!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to click back to Kelly’s place for more Quick Takes!


20 thoughts on “7QT: Blog Angst, Goals and Some Happenings

  1. Oh, the dustbunnies. Oh man. My bedroom is a disgrace. . . . and I go through the exact same thing with blog posts. I sit down to write and then think, "Meh, who cares? what's the point?" . . . I"m glad you wrote today though. 🙂

  2. 40 miles, I'm in awe!!!!!! (and simultaneously really, really depressed because it feels like that will never ever happen for me again. Oh, seasons of life.)

    • Jenny, if you knew my pace, you wouldn't be so impressed! But yeah, seasons. I hear ya. My sister Rose and I were talking seasons once and she simply said "Next year you'll be in a completely different place." And it's so true. Last May, I was hugely pregnant. This year, I'm running 10 miles a week. Next year, Jenny! You'll be running circles around me!

  3. You know I love your goals! I need to add a housekeeping goal to my own list…I feel like I'm doing the bare minimum lately. Just enough to look acceptable, but I desperately need to deep clean and stop making excuses. Saturdays have been full of long runs and soccer games and Sunday? Well we can't CLEAN on the Sabbath, hah! Gotta figure out a time to knock it out.

  4. That cake looks AMAZING.

    Also, I'm totally supportive of non-nursing friendly mass outfits! Once my babies hit a certain point, I don't let them nurse during Mass because they're so crazy-wiggly that it's horribly awkward… I just hate changing clothes because Andrew's out the door the moment I get home from early Mass, so I only wear nursing-friendly stuff because otherwise everybody follows me into my room (or bangs on the door sobbing if I lock it) and asks awkward questions about Mom's wrinkly tummy and why Mom's booty is so big. So.

    Also, I'm betting my comments weren't going through because I was commenting from my phone? I've had that problem with other wordpress blogs… But this system is different so hopefully it works!

    • Hey! It worked!
      Ahahaha! The awkward questions! That's too funny! And yeah, Gus is not a gracious nurser these days. He definitely can make a scene. I've nursed him before in Mass but it's really not necessary at this point, so I just wear what I want and it's not an option for him. 🙂

  5. Oh, that cake looks so good. AND I feel the exact same way about Sunday outfits- I wear what I want since it's my one time/ week I dress up and I nurse le babe right before we leave for mass, so win, win. 🙂 Your sandals are so cute, and post all you want about closet item quests- I love reading 'em!

  6. Love your sandals, and I'm always up for your closet posts! Also, if you made me that cake for my birthday, I can't say I'd complain. 😉 Good luck with your running goals!!

  7. The cake for Dave looks AWESOME! And I'm right there with you with the dustbunnies, and also the ridiculous layer of dust all over my bedroom. Spring cleaning hasn't happened in there yet, and its so depressing. I thought I'd wait until I could open the windows and air the room, when it got warm, but now, it's already so hot the windows are closed for the AC! Ugh. Good for you getting the cleaning down 🙂

    Also, love the link about sleep training! "There's only survival!" So true, as I continue to get up 2-4 times a night, because anything else means weaning and lots of crying. This summer, I keep promising my sleep deprived self.

  8. I'm terribly behind on reading blogs but here we go: YES. May has been so magical. No, my almost-one-year-old doesn't sleep through the night every. She did. Then she stopped and never looked back. It's every 1.5-3 hours still. I got excited about a 5 hour stretch a couple of weeks ago. Off for another sip of coffee… Ok. So I got myself a Target pair of sandals this year and felt guilty about it. Last year I wanted a pair ALL summer and then never got them. This year they didn't return and I sadly got a pair I liked second best. But yes, I felt guilty about a $16 pair of sandals. Sigh. PS – lurrrve the new header.

    • I'm beginning to despair of ever getting a full night's sleep again, and I'm also ticked at one child me for being so smug about my sleeping angel. Now I know that she is, indeed, a sleeping angel and my sleep training efforts were not what made her that way. And target sandals…. why do we do this to ourselves???

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