My brain and heart are overflowing with things I want to do, but of course I can’t do them all.
First, I used to practice aikido, an amazing martial art, but I stopped when the teachers here stopped giving classes. Well, now Dominique Sawyer Sensei is back at it. I took my sister to a class and we both loved it. I told Carlos I wanted to go once a week and asked if he would please watch the kids. He was not into the idea!
I won’t go into the details of that discussion, but I will say that when the following Tuesday rolled around, the twins took his side by demanding to nurse just when it was time to leave! I had a choice: inflict chaos on Carlos (digging out the bottles, filling with formula, and tandem bottle-feeding the three-month-old twins while juggling Leon, our 14 month old), or just stay home.
I chose the latter.
Second, I read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher MacDonald and loved it!
If you haven’t read it, it’s really engaging and ties in a lot of ideas from different disciplines. Being the gullible type, I was totally convinced and started barefoot running immediately.
My first time running barefoot was spectacular, and all I could think throughout it was, “wow, I really was born to run”, because I felt my Achilles’s tendon flexing like a spring, just like MacDonald said it would.
A huge advantage to this over aikido is that it doesn’t have to be at a certain time. Whenever all the kids are asleep, I can go for a run, and I don’t have that stress of trying to be out the door at a certain time. A second advantage is that Carlos is coming with me, because he has been talking about going running for a while now. So we can spend time together, instead of me unloading all the kids on him and dashing to class downtown!
Now the third thing demanding my attention is our horse. I’d been pregnant for about two years, so naturally I haven’t gone riding. Here’s a picture of me on Luna, when I was six months pregnant with my oldest.
The potranka in the background is Fortuna, who is now ready to be ridden! An old aikido teacher and Farm Mentor-Zen Teacher is down visiting and he wanted to go riding. So we saddled up two green horses, and he and Carlos went for a ride. Fortuna did awesome for her first time with a bit and saddle! I rode her part of the way home, and so now of course I want to start riding regularly!
So I’ve got all those things I want to do, plus taking care of the babies, when really I should just be working in the garden! I guess if something has to go, it’s going to be housework!