Hi Maniacs! It’s Monica!

monica-rippeLong time, no blog!  I will start by explaining where I have been.  Coping.  Surviving.  Managing. Does that sound familiar to any of you?  Could I be describing your life?  I had to take a step back from the pressure of blogging for awhile.  Did anyone put pressure on me?  Naw, it was all me.  I have seen this happen to me many times in my life.  When I am feeling overwhelmed, I do an inventory of what is causing me stress.  What I can scale back, I do.  It’s the little bit of control I have when I feel out of control.

I have had my head down and I have been plowing through my days.  Sound like fun?  What the hell am I thinking?  That is no way to live.  I need to de-stress!

Today I decided to take a walk.  Screw the fact that I haven’t shaved my legs in a few days!  As long as I keep moving, they won’t notice!  Instead of putting on my iPod earbuds and powering through, I decided to make this a “thinking” walk.  I would not hide in the music and podcasts.  I would enjoy the sounds, the weather, and the scenery. De-stress!

Here’s how it went:

Step outside.  Deep breath!  Ahhh!  I resolve to eat only healthy food.  I will breathe and release all of the day’s tension.  This walk is a great idea!

Two doors down from my house-   Realize my legs are not only unshaved, but they are rather pasty looking.  Thought about going back and changing into capri pants.  Decided I would brave it with the pasty legs and keep moving.  There is a good chance if I go back into the house, I would pour a glass of wine while looking for capris that match my cute tank top and never make it back out again.

Mile 1- Feeling good!  Taking deep cleansing breaths.  Watching the birds flit about and wonder if noticing birds makes me old.  Decide to ignore birds. 

Mile 1.5- Eeeeeeew!  Yes, I said that aloud.  Crouched down to look at a dead headless lizard I almost stepped on.  I don’t know why I decided I needed to see it closer-up, but was mildly fascinated.  Heard snickering from the buff young stud running by.  Straightened up and continued my healing walk.

Mile 2- My frickin’ foot is killing me.

Mile 2.5- Feeling strong, feeling powerful!  I imagine the people driving by are admiring my strength, serenity and pure physical prowess as I walk.  I hear jogging behind me and wonder if it’s Buff Young Stud .  I move slightly over so he can run past me.  I put a little smile on my face as he passes and realize I am being overtaken by a pregnant woman!  I roll my eyes and keep moving.  So much for my physical prowess!

Back home- Teenagers bickering, husband still gone on travel, homework still undone, and dishes still in the sink.  Decide to have that glass of wine after all. 🙂


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  • Yvette

    I love you and I am proud of you!!!

  • Barb

    OMG! You are toooooo funny!!!!! and fefinitely an inspiration!