Last year, especially the first part of the year, was sort of a blur for me. But one thing that does stand out was the Beltline Boil. It was one of the first warm days of the year and the last weekend of my maternity leave. Alexander was not yet three months old and he got a slight sunburn on his face because he was too young for sunscreen and I felt terrible and also worried that my new daycare (that he no longer attends) would judge me for my tiny baby’s sunburnt cheeks.
Anyway. It was the first year of the Beltline Boil, a low country boil competition on the Beltline, which is like a paved trail that goes through the city. Not a lot of people had heard of the event since it was the first year, I guess and we got there early enough that we got to try all of the restaurant’s samples.
This year word got out. We met our friends Joan and Sean at noon, when the tasting started.
At first, it wasn’t too crowded and we tried a few samples.
But then more people arrived and the lines started to get really long and waiting a half hour for a little food sample wasn’t really worth it.
But even though we didn’t get much food this year, at least I remembered the sunscreen.
I like being a working mom. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still live for the weekend just like anyone else, but I like having time alone, time to be creative, time to learn new things or time to just goof off on facebook while drinking a cup of coffee without chasing someone who’s trying to get into the dog’s water bowl. Wait, don’t tell my bosses about that last one. And also, what’s so damn fascinating about that water bowl?
Sometimes it’s hard though. Sometimes I’m so beat down by the end of the day that all I can do is face plant into my bed after making dinner. I don’t even know why. Alexander sleeps through the night for the most part. (I totally jinxed it forever by saying that, didn’t I?) I do the daycare drop off and pick ups but that’s what? 20 extra minutes, if that. So I’m not entirely sure what it is about being a working mom that’s so tiring, but it’s something. Or maybe it’s just being a mom in general.
We got off work two hours early today because of Easter and Passover and it was glorious. I don’t even normally use the word “glorious” to describe things because frankly, it sounds ridiculous. But those two extra hours deserved it. Not to mention that it was 80 degrees out. Originally, Jason and I talked about going out to eat and when I got home, I was imagining sitting on a patio somewhere. But then reality hit in and Alexander was cranky because he didn’t get his afternoon nap and Jason was tired so we just sat on our deck and drank wine and ate a frozen pizza and it was perfect.
This weekend was a good one. Just the right amount of activity and relaxation. Here’s what we did:
• Went to a three year old’s birthday party where I ate three slices of mediocre pizza and then got very annoyed at myself for doing that. Do not go to child’s birthday party hungry. Lesson learned? Until next time, I suppose.
• Went for a 2 mile run.
• Cleaned the house.
• Had our neighbors over for turkey burgers, corn and beer. I’ve probably mentioned this before, our neighbors have a son who is two weeks younger than Alexander. We lived three doors down from one another for like four years without meeting and then we both had, “It’s a boy” balloons hanging from our mailboxes around the same time in winter of last year and we became fast friends.
• Read a little bit of my book. I like Wally Lamb but sometimes I feel like his books have too many storylines. They’re supposed to be somewhat related, but it’s a lot to… keep track of? Probably doesn’t help that I haven’t been reading it regularly.
• Took a nap.
• Went to Stride Rite to get Alexander’s feet measured. Then got annoyed at Stride Rite for not having any of the shoes I wanted for him in his size. Apparently the hard soled shoes, though they come in a size 3, aren’t very popular in that size and the store didn’t have any in stock. I also returned something to Carter’s so it wasn’t a total loss.
• Went for a 2 mile walk. The weather was sort of deceiving. It looked warm and springy out, but it was cold. I’m cold now. Probably because I never showered after my walk.
• Went to sleep before 10 pm. That’s happened every other night this weekend. But somehow it won’t when I need it best, which is tonight.