You would think that my off season would be more relaxed. I mean, there have definitely been years where I settled in to the lack of hockey schedule and coasted through our off season.
Of course, that always makes me feel a little off. But eventually I switch into the slower gear and enjoy the break.
This year, as I’ve mentioned a time or two, has not been one of those years. More often than not, I’ve found myself scrambling from home to work and back with no time to spare for a stop along the way. And then I remembered, that for a lot of years, this is normal for me. Because we put whatever we can on hold during hockey season in order to be in the stands and on the bench for our players.
Hockey family, this is not a bad thing. You only have these little humans to yourself for a few short years. And really, where else would you rather be? What else would you rather be doing? I think the end of Initiation hockey has me feeling a bit raw, to be honest. So before I get too maudlin, let’s get to this week’s edition of Reasons I Need Caffeine.
1- Boy #1 got a gift card for Easter. He has been talking about getting more books for months. To the point where I told him I would buy him two new books if he read the first Harry Potter book. Yes, I bribed my child to read Harry Potter. And I will do it again until he’s read them all. So Easter Bunny gave him a gift card so he could go and buy books. Except, then the questions started. When can we go? When are we going? Can you take me tonight? How about now? I finally broke Wednesday night when he met me at my car door and asked again. Thursday night, impatient child. I will take you Thursday night. I figured the questions would stop.
Spoiler: they didn’t stop. I got home Thursday and hopped on the treadmill for a 35 minute run figuring I had time. Apparently I have forgotten that 35 minutes is an eternity when you are waiting for something because there were three other questions all while I’m trying not to hyperventilate and pass out on the freaking treadmill. But I finished the run, cooled off enough so as not to scare small children with my red, tomato-esque face and off we went. He got his books and I got a 20 minute lecture on the drive home in the Art of Pokémon. Patting myself on the back, I settled in to bed, ready to sleep and there’s a knock at our door.
Mom, I dont like one of my books. *brain short circuits*
2- The list of work on the rentals to get them ready for sale seems to multiply. Trying to keep it all straight in my head is taking a lot of energy and focus that I don’t really have. But we continue on. More painting this weekend. I’ll feel better when the first one is painted. Except I keep saying “I’ll feel better when….” about a lot of things. So take from that what you will.
3- After a couple of family health scares earlier this year, I am attempting to take better care of myself. Which involves eating properly and exercising. I started this week and there’s a very good chance the attempt might kill me. I draw the line at giving up my caffeine though. That is not a calorie count, friends. That is lifeblood. Lifeblood is nonnegotiable.
If any of you have tips or tricks on how to get houses painted quickly, leave them in the comments. I might be 2/3 done one but there is still a second to tackle. And I’ve already almost fallen off the ladder once.
See you at the rink,