Monday, November 29, 2010

It Feels Like A Monday

It has been a busy week.  And this definitely feels like a Monday. 
(Thanksgiving #1.  The adult table.)

Two Thanksgiving dinner parties hosted, a 10K race run, a migraine headache, grocery shopping done, two sick children tended to, loads of laundry laundered, a house twice cleaned top to bottom, homework projects done, and many errands run.  I'm tired. 

(The halfway point of the 10K, just happened to be right at the end of our street so Todd and the kiddos were there to cheer me on and take a few pics.)

Still, we had a very nice Thanksgiving weekend.  I actually enjoyed myself despite the craziness.  Which is good because I don't really see life getting any less crazy anytime soon. 

Last night I took Molly out for a walk around the neighborhood.  It had been a long time since I had taken a nighttime walk, years even, and boy did I miss it.  The world looks so much different at nighttime.  The woods at the end of the block is definitely much creepier at nighttime than it is during the day. But the houses in the neighborhood, they really change at night.  They come alive.  I only felt half guilty as I looked in the windows of each house.  As I walked past each house I glimpsed late dinners, and kids fighting, and tv watching, and life happening.  The very houses that seemed so quiet and still during the day are full of life and warmth at night. 

It did not go unnoticed that we are the only house in the whole neighborhood to still have our fall decorations up.  Every other house is already decorated with Christmas trees, and twinkling lights, and snowmen, and nativities.  It made me chuckle to walk back up my driveway and see our pumpkins next to our front door and our scarecrow and fall leaves decorating our porch after having walked by all the winter wonderlands.  I suppose now that Thanksgiving is officially over it might be time to take down the leaves and put up our own twinkley lights. 

I came back from that short walk feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  It cleared my head.  It brought me back to focus.  I'm thinking a nightly walk might be a grand idea.  


Crystal Jigsaw said...

Gorgeous dog photograph! You sound like you've done an awful lot this last weekend; I think I could learn a lot from you!

CJ xx

Loukia said...

Love the first picture, and sounds like you had a very busy weekend indeed! I'm sure you'll get around to the Christmas decorations soon, after all Thanksgiving for you guys JUST ended! :)

Mom24 said...

Your pictures look great. Congrats on the marathon. So sorry you keep having migraines. That stinks.

Yup, away with Fall, bring on the holiday decorations I guess. Wouldn't it be nice to have a week or two in between?

Molly looks adorable. Glad you got your walk.

Emily said...

Molly looks worn out! ;) Glad you had a good Thanksgiving...but when did you sleep!?

Blarney said...

Hi Kat! I'm new to your blog and was sent over by Green Girl because we live quite close according to her estimations! Looking forward to getting to know you ... looks like a great Thanksgiving was had by all and woot! on the 10k!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Jealous of your nightly walk, AND I LOVE your new template!! ;-) How funny. You know what else we have in common? Your running hat and Packer colors are my Norwich City colors. Congrats on your 10k!!!!

Dysfunctional Mom said...

WHERE do you find the energy? I am tired just from reading this! Seriously, you are amazing. And your dining room is GORGEOUS!

painted maypole said...

Molly probably agrees with you about the walk thing.

I'm glad you held out on the Christmas decorations. We do, too. but I have started getting them out now.

Hilary said...

Busy busy! Your table looks marvelous and that puppy is just adorable. I see your Christmas decorating is all done on the blog, though.

Elaine A. said...

Your table is lovely and congrats to you on running the 10K!!

I love running/walking in the neighborhood at night. You're right, it's very different!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

With so much on your plate, I'm proud of you for keeping time to walk and run alone. Good for you! And take heart--our house looks like Scrooge lives here, too. we'll get the lights up this weekend.

Dawn said...

I love the little glimpses of other lives through windows at night. I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving even with all the crazy busyness. I've been learning to make peace with our busier life lately to.

Krystyn said...

Your table looks great! And, the orange of course rocks.

Congrats on the run and everything you accomplished this weekend.

Riahli said...

I love night walks as well...haven't gone on one alone in a while though...something about having a dog makes it a little less scary and we don't have one right now. That last picture of your puppy is adorable! Congrats on your 10K, you are amazing...and you look amazing too, I really need to get more active! I guess chasing kids all day doesn't really count after all. ;)

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