Adjusting to home ownership is kicking my butt! Mainly because I have the type of personality that wants to do ALL the projects right NOW. While I’ve learned to pace myself a bit, it is still a struggle. So, I’m checking in with a quick update post – many more posts (especially re: the house) are in the works. If there is anything else you’d like to know/read about, just let me know in the comments! Otherwise, here’s a few quick updates:
I am falling more in love with our little house every day. Each update, every room we get painted, and every project we mark off the list makes it feel a bit more like home. Projects in the past few weeks include getting my garden in, organizing my closet/dresser, washing every window in the house, and coordinating our chimney repair. That is on top of the less-exciting regular homeowner stuff, like mowing the lawn.
Brian was out of town for over a week on two different assignments, so I gave the bike a break and focused on my physical therapy run workouts. My pain relapsed a bit, so I was restricted back to the 3x(walk 3 minutes, run 2 minutes) routine. It’s incredibly frustrating to spend more time getting ready to run than actually running, but I’ve now had two pain free runs in a row. Hopefully my knee pain is a thing of the past.
I couldn’t put down the bike for long – I officially got my time off request approved at work which means I’m officially riding RAGBRAI (well, not officially-officially, since I missed the deadline for registered riders, but I’m still riding). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this annual Iowa tradition, RAGBRAI stands for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a bike ride across the state. It runs over seven days, and this year’s route is 420 miles. Each day averages 49 to 75 miles. Brian is ready to go, but I’ve got a lot of training to do. We managed to get in 60 miles yesterday and we’ll hopefully get several more long rides in before we leave at the end of July. I’m so excited to participate, but dedicating time to training also puts an additional strain on balancing work/home/life. The excitement is winning out, though – I’m hoping to even do a few quick blog posts from the route!
That’s about it around here – work, the house, and trying to be outside as much as possible. How are your summers so far? Any plans/projects? Anyone else swapping out a relaxing vacation for something a bit less traditional?