There Is Just Not Enough Hours In A Day and My Workouts of the Week

I had every intention of posting regularly this week although as you can see this plan did not happen. After spending four days and countless hours in the hospital with my father-in-law and then going back to work on Monday, I was tired. During the week we were left with only the evening hours to visit with him after working all day, which used up every ounce of energy I had left.

Let me catch you up a bit on my last week and show you what I did squeeze in for workouts. Like I said, Monday I returned to work and I must admit routine was nice. After sitting, walking the halls of a hospital and trying to wrap my head around how a cardiac ICU unit functions, I needed my routine life back. These nurses in this unit are IMPRESSIVE and that is an understatement. From patient care to family care they have it all and they even manage to throw in a little fun into the mix at times also.

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We could not have wished for a better team of professional to care for my father-in-law. I also found it very comforting and at the same time odd that we actually made friends with other patients families in the CICU waiting area. Since visitation is limited much of the time while in this unit we spent a lot of time just waiting for our turn to have some time in the room with my father-in-law. During this waiting time other patients families would talk, share and discuss what they where doing in this area also. It’s comforting to know that others are going through the same thing, struggling with the same issues and can relate.

As you can imagine, dinners were pretty scarce this week as was everything else. However, I am blessed to have a pretty good setup of workout equipment right here at home so I was able to squeeze in what I could in between nap times with my little ones and get in a workout here and there. Here’s what I did accomplish for exercise this week:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Monday: 20 minute recumbent bike, weight lifting, stretching

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: recumbent bike 30 minutes, weights and stability ball routine

Thursday: rest

Friday:rest

Not my greatest week of workouts but I still managed to get in a few sweat sessions and that is good enough for me. Toward the end of the week I started coming down with some sort of nasty virus and was feeling pretty rough. Which in turn made me decide to just call it a week and rest when I could.I am looking forward to life getting back on track in this next week.

 

Let’s Talk P’s: Preschool,(Green Bay) Packers, Planning and Photography

As we slowly adjust to our new daily schedule of walking the four year old I care for to and from school everyday, we have really surprisingly been enjoying the few hours we are a threesome instead of four. The two boys I care for are 6 weeks apart and play very well together (at the moment) which is so fun to watch. At first they seemed to miss her presence, although now they seem to know that eventually we go back and get her.

IMG_1378Another fun thing I have been taking full advantage of lately is the Green Bay Packer season has officially begun. You all know I am not a football fan which means when the GB Packer season begins and everyone (and I mean everyone) in Green Bay lives, sleeps, breathes, dreams, schedules vacations, plans births, and even shits according to the GB Packer schedule, I take full advantage of the moment and I go shopping!!!! You can get in and out of Costco with a full cart in under 20 minutes with no lines to stand in, literally. I know because I did this on a Monday night game recently and it was incredible. So even though I don’t care to watch the GB Packers, I sure take advantage of the their schedule and get lots done in a very little amount of time in the city.

We have started looking at our next vacation destination. Both my son and husband requested Alaska….like this would ever truly happen. SERIOUSLY!!!! I can hardly get through winter in WI, why would I choose to go to Alaska. I am all for traveling the road less traveled but no snow covered roads for me during vacation….sorry boys. I offered for them to go their direction and I would head to my happy place (south) but they both agreed to join me in my next adventure….how thoughtful they are. For now I am working out all the logistics, which is extremely time consuming. We don’t typically go on your normal beach vacation where we sip umbrella decorated drinks on the ocean side. Our vacations take hours of planning, permits, and it looks like this time we will be needing a high clearance rental vehicle. Ohhhh, what fun we will have….

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You all know our son is working on becoming a professional photographer. This has been his passion for many years and he is enjoying every second of it so far. One of his recent classes gave a final project of creating a 3-5 minute video using the techniques they all were taught in class. Of course he wasted no time getting this together and roping in a friend to help create this project. One Sunday morning they woke up bright and early(4 a.m.), loaded up the car with all their photography equipment, and headed to Sturgeon Bay, WI to capture the sunrise on the pier near one of our favorite lighthouses.  IMG_0745

His friend is the musician and our son did the camera work…..enjoy.

Here for Me – Ian Sutherland from Dockside Productions on Vimeo.

Our upcoming few weeks look a bit sketchy to be honest. We have our anniversary coming up in about a month and no real plans quite yet. We are hoping to join our son and a friend in a Devil’s Lake hike before winter. I have one more bus trip scheduled and I am hoping to make a day trip to Trader Joe’s and REI before November. And to top all this off, we are still awaiting my father-in-laws heart surgery date to be set. If we pull all this off we will be doing good. I am feeling the pressure to get in every second I can outside before our lawn, streets, and trails are covered with snow and ice. I’d say it’s a bit like controlled chaos and honestly, I love every second of it. Busy is good.