Saturday, July 17, 2010
Busy, Busy, Busy
You can't tell by this picture that our lives have been hectic the last few weeks with no sign of slowing down...this is Chloe practicing her guard dog skills. Life has been busy for many reasons- work, socially and we have also been researching businesses in an effort to perhaps start or purchase or own business. We have a wedding to go to this afternoon, and won't get home until tomorrow, and then we have an Okotoks Dawgs baseball game in the afternoon and then a BBQ in the evening for dinner. Then back to work Monday morning...
That brings me to the topic of the month with the Charming Girls - Self Care. I have worked out for years- starting back in the day with terry headbands, leg warmers, and shiny tights. Yikes!! When our kids were really small (they are only 19 months apart in age) I volunteered at the downtown Calgary YMCA. In return I got a membership. I used to book my kids into "kiddie care" and head off for a workout as many days a week as I could get there. The parking there was all meter parking and it was always tight trying to get a workout in and then a swim with the kids in the 2 hours that the meter allowed. I will never forget the kindness of a meter man (yes, really a kind meter man!) as I came running to the car within seconds of the meter expiring, carrying Dana (4 months), two bags, and trying to get Neil (just under 2) to run with me. As you know two year olds often have special ways of expressing their opinions, and that whole scenario was happening too. When the meter man saw and heard us coming, he looked up and said "lady I just can't give you a ticket- it looks and sounds like that is the last thing you would need right now." I was drenched in sweat from the stress and must have looked so desperate he felt sorry for me! So, no ticket, and both kids fell asleep on the way home. And of course have never encountered such a kind meter man since. But I do still work out at home as we have a treadmill and I use a variety of tapes, weights, exercise ball, etc. I still laugh at the memory of that day, though, and remember the kindness of that gentleman.