Monday, March 24, 2014

when we "took a walk" OR the story behind these two pictures

this past saturday was one of those beautiful, newly spring days where many people choose to go out and take hikes, scale canyon walls, take their children on long midday strolls through parks full of budding trees, enjoy picnics on the shores of lakes, and the like activities. instagram showed me what normal people do on such days.

however, chez us?

slept in.
didn't change our clothes.
watched four episodes of law and order.
ate donuts and quesadillas all day.

around 8pm we realized that we hadn't even gone outside. okay, that's not true. we did go outside. phil and si went to the store two minutes away to fetch us a noah's ark of donuts ("two of every kind", he said in reference to his tough decision when faced with the store's pastry shelf, which is wise if you want to be assured of a maple bar around these parts). I went on the obligatory seven mile run mandated by my 20 week half-marathon training, but going outside, in this case, was 1.) not to contemplate the beauty of spring, 2.) not totally enjoyable especially at mile 5 when katy perry's roar was cut short by lack of battery and I was left to stew in calf muscle burn without any musical distraction, and 3.) me going red in the face while staring at light ash gray sidewalk for over an hour. not the magical kind of outing you would hope for on a spring day/nothing instagramable. not that you should live your life in the goal of getting yet another well "hearted" instagram worthy post,

but shouldn't you?

and besides, when I came in afterwards, though proud I had actually run that far, I ate every one of those miles away in old fashioned's, so...

okay, let's get to the above pictures. it's 8pm, which is many hours, quesadillas, lennie briscoe's/ jack mccoy's, and zero gaining control of my life later, and it hits me (and then phil via me): think of the baby! he needs fresh air! he needs stimulation beyond his parents singing along to the entire kimmel/timberlake history of rap! he needs nature and the untainted flow of knowledge and experience she gives to those who seek her! we had to get our act together. okay, I had to get my act together since phil was over at the desk finishing up another stats assignment due in two weeks and I was like, "mmm, this one with the chocolate sprinkles is sooooo good." and he, at that point, had on jeans and a shirt, and I was like, "I thought we were in this together." so, I put on some stretchy skirt and a cardigan and said, "we neeeeeed to go on a walk pronto. there's still light and we need to go." simon went into the stroller, phil put on shoes, and out into the wild world we went.

about five minutes of walking elapsed when it became clear that it was too late. the sun was setting, the air was growing cold (and of course, being the wise parents we are, we forgot to put a hat on simon's exposed head), the need to fill our son with the love of nature was fast diminishing, and the blueberry frosted cruller was calling. phil suggested that we turn around. I suggested that we document our jaunt outside so that we could fondly reflect on our "saturday adventure". he smirked, and we snapped a few pictures.


  1. Haha your honesty is so refreshing! :-P Sounds like an awesome day though!

  2. Hilarious! And props on your 7-mile run! I would definitely count that as "going outside" :)