Kyle told me last night that he thought I was Superwoman. I couldn't at all understand where he was drawing that comparison, but today I get it. Today, I’m feeling like Superwoman. Maybe it is because of all I have accomplished today. Here is an outline.
Wake-up, iron Kyle’s clothes for work. Today he is wearing brown shorts and a casual button down J. Crew shirt. Ironing for him is easy this morning.
Help Kyle change the bandages on his toe. Since his toenail surgery on Friday, we have been following a strict routine morning and night of cleansing and redressing the bandages on his still newly operated on nail bed. This process takes almost 20 minutes, but we are getting better at it and joke that we are becoming pros.
Take Kyle to class because his pain medication for his toe restricts his driving.
Come home, get distracted reading Mockingjay by Susanne Collins. Yes. I am a Hunger Games addict. You should be too.
Eat breakfast. I love that we have left over scrambled eggs that I can make into a burrito. This seems to really satisfy my pregnancy craving for extra sour cream, extra sharp cheddar cheese, and homemade Chili’sCopy Cat Salsa.
Shower. I let all of the hot water run out today. I don’t usually do this anymore, but today I indulge.
Get dressed. I love the way my growing pregnant belly feels in the clearance Liz Lange v-neck maternity t-shirts that I got an extra discount on because of the miracle of stacking coupons. I could live in these $1.97 shirts. Today, I choose the black one so I can wear my gold sandals that I have had for 3 summers, and my blue and gold earrings. This makes me happy.
I decide to try a new hairstyle I found on Pinterest yesterday. It seemed easy enough and I liked the end result. I combined it with a low pony tail, essential for a hot day of running errands during Spring.
Start a load of laundry. I have resolved myself to doing no more than 2 loads of laundry a day. This is especially liberating as I used to wait and do all of our laundry at once when there was either nothing else left in the closet that Kyle or I wanted to wear, or our hamper looked like it was about to explode. This simple resolve has made my life substantially easier.
Make bed. Making the bed makes me feel like I have spent hours cleaning the entire apartment, when I really just spent five minutes straightening the sheets.
Unload dishwasher, hand wash dishes in the sink, load dishwasher again. I hate doing this, but just like making the bed, it gives me the sense that the whole apartment is spotless.
Take out trash to the dumpster. It seems like we somehow accomplish filling up an entire kitchen sized trash can every day. It probably doesn’t help that I have been throwing out anything that can’t be donated or none of my friends want. I am already feeling like nesting, and we still have 4 months ‘til baby comes.
I realize that I need to check the mail. I still get excited about doing this, I think I can thank my sweet Grandma for this. She sent me 3 or sometimes 4 cards a week in the mail just to tell me that she loved me. I go through mail and sort the junk from the real stuff. We got our state tax refund check today, so this was the highlight that stole the show.
I call and check on our home owner insurance since the house sold and the closing has already happened. We are still trying to get all of the paperwork sorted out.
Pack Kyle’s lunch for him to take to work. Load the car with Goodwill donation items. Seems like we keep giving away things as we figure out that we have been given more than enough.
Pick Kyle up from class, take him to work. I never get to do this, so it was sort of a treat.
Take donation items to Goodwill. Wait in line. Deliver donation items. Giving our things to Goodwill makes me happy. I think of the people who are going to benefit from them. It makes my heart smile.
Drive to Wal-Mart to get the oil changed. Discover that it is going to be a 2 hour wait. Decide not to get the oil changed today, because my stomach is growling. Stomach won.
Eat lunch at Sonic. Time the Happy Hour ½ price drinks just right. Yes. Cherry-limeade. In. My. Belly.
Get the Trailblazer assessed in a new county. Moved from one desk to a counter, and back to a desk and then on to the Revenue Office… on the other side of town.
Arrive at the old location for the Revenue Office only to find out that it is the OLD location. No biggie. The new location is much nicer and just around the corner. Go inside and take a number. Realize that there are 16 people ahead of me.
As I am browsing Pinterest on my iPhone, I feel the baby kick so strongly that it makes my eyes pop. (How many times have I typed “baby” now in this post? Maybe I am dropping hints. J)
My number is called. I pay to have the tags renewed on the Trailblazer. A whopping $5.75 later, we have new tags. Woohoo! Yay for no tickets!
Kroger is the next stop. It is the quickest trip of the day. In and out in 30 minutes give or take a few. A new item takes its place in the cart today… flax seed.
Bring groceries home to unload. Only 3 bags and 2 jugs of juice to carry up the stairs. I am thankful because it is already hot, and it's only April.
I pick Kyle up from work and we come home. On the way I tell him about the acrobat that is living in by stomach. He laughs and says he can’t wait until he can feel the baby move too.
I decide to make Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies for Family Home Evening, a new recipe. I try my hand at making Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Black Beans. Both new recipes are a hit. Kyle says they both can be added to our “EAT” binder.
Fold and hang up the 3 loads of laundry that I managed to get washed and dried today while dinner finishes in the oven. This alone makes me feel accomplished.
We enjoy a delicious dinner, but fast. We are late for Family Home Evening.
Quickly we gather things to go to Family Home Evening at a friend’s house. Upon arriving we realize that Family Home Evening has been rescheduled to watch the game. I do not pretend to be interested in basketball. We decide to stay and eat chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with friends who are doing homework.
Now I am sitting writing this post on their couch while we all do our separate things and enjoy each others company. It is the best. We really have been blessed with great new friends that don’t at all feel new.
I still plan on reading “Daughters in My Kingdom” tonight before I go to sleep as I sit and enjoy feeling our baby move.
This has been my Superwoman day. Seems like a pretty normal, ordinary day after I typed it all out, but something about today made me feel like I could accomplish anything. Maybe it was the perfect mix of business, personal time, and home making. Maybe it was feeling our sweet baby move so strongly. Maybe it was the good weather, even though hot, and the feeling of summer-time. Maybe it was the thought that my husband relies on me, not in a using me kind of way, but in a depending on me kind of way. I like that.
The more I learn about what makes me happiest, the happier I become. This seems like such a simple thing to understand, but I feel like so many people miss the mark.
Thanks to my husband, today I felt like Superwoman.