As I mentioned last week, we had the end of season party for Boy #3’s team this past Saturday. It was so nice to see everyone again and just a little bittersweet to say goodbye, at least for now. But the reason I bring up the party again is that the common question from everyone was:
“How was your April?”
The expectation is that once hockey season is over, the demands on the schedule reduce. What I found, however, is that most of us have jumped out of hockey season and right into something else. What can I say? We hockey parents are a weird bunch. And it isn’t necessarily another sport we jump into, though that does happen. In the off season it seems that a good deal of us tackle home improvement projects that are pushed to the bottom of the priority list in favor of being in the arenas with our players.
Yep, that was me too. Though not in my own house. The quest to prepare rental properties for sale continues. I did manage to get the main and upstairs rooms all painted this weekend. And I got a first coat on the basement rooms. Another coat in the basement and I get to move on to baseboards. The joy is never ending, I tell you.
Some did jump into a different sport. Lacrosse and soccer seem to be the most common around here. While we didn’t sign any of the boys up for a new sport, I did get my butt back on the treadmill by the end of the month. It’s not a lot, but it’s a start.
And of course, we all spent a great deal of time with our families. Easter Weekend was in there. I know a couple of friends are having to take care of their parents in some capacity. In the House of Hockey a health scare (not for me, I was strictly support system in this story) allowed me to spend a great deal of time with my siblings. Something we haven’t had the chance to do in a very long time. Despite the conditions, it was a lovely couple of weeks for me. Granted, it was also stressful and scary and it took a good week and a half to get my bearings again but we take our silver linings where we can find them, yes?
In the end, looking back at the month, it was nothing like what I had planned on. And for the most part any goal I have been working on was put to the side to make room for more urgent matters. I don’t wish it any other way.
I do wish, however, for a smoother, more predictable May. That would be really nice.
Here is my April review by the numbers:
Hours spent in rink: 0 (both a wonderful break and just a smidge bittersweet)
Books read: 3. I blame Fredrik Backman. His book, Us Against You destroyed me for a full week after I finished it. I highly recommend this book as well as the one that precedes it, Beartown. Just know it will haunt you for weeks after. I needed time after Us Against You, so there wasn’t as much reading as I normally do in a month.
Workouts Completed: 3. And that’s just in the last week. But that’s ok. As mentioned above there were more important matters to deal with. The treadmill was there for me when I was ready to get back to it. My lungs, however, are not thrilled we have resumed this running nonsense and have been putting up a hell of a fight against it.
Words Written: 4180. Again, not what I had in mind, but April had other plans for me.
So team, how was your April? What are your goals for May?