In February, Laurie and I will mark our two-year â€œwalkaversary,â€ although I must admit that this past year was less than impressive. I think we walked more our first year. We have used all sorts of excuses over the past 20 months â€“ my toe hurts; I have too much work to do at the office; I donâ€™t feel good; I forgot my shoes; I donâ€™t have a car; I am out of town; etc. etc. etc. â€“ but we try. We really do try.
Well, now I have new walking excuse â€“ â€œMy doctor said I canâ€™t.â€
OK, in all honestly, I was not able to get my doctor to tell me that I canâ€™t walk at all when it is -20 outside (that would have been a handy excuse), but s/he did say that if it is icy or super slick outside, that I should skip it some days.
Why? Well, s/he knows Iâ€™m a klutz and s/he doesnâ€™t want me to get hurt. No, Iâ€™m kidding (although, really, anyone who meets me probably knows Iâ€™m a klutz). Iâ€™m pregnant again. And my doctor just doesnâ€™t want me to do anything stupid. Or at least anything more stupid than usual.
And, honestly, even though there are some days that I really, really, really donâ€™t want to walk, I need to walk. It gives me some activity, which is good. I mean, the whole reason the walking idea was floated two years ago was because I gained too much weight during my first pregnancy. So, maybe, just maybe, if I keep up the walking and watch what I eat a little bit more closely, I could possibly avoid some of that this time around. We will see (and, well, since we seem to take a lot of pictures, you might see too).
But thatâ€™s enough about that. Onto the regular olâ€™ Trail Mix report…
We walked today. Yay!
We had fun â€“ especially since it wasnâ€™t quite as cold as it was earlier in the week, when we (conveniently) were unable to walk. The sky was bright blue and there was plenty of sunshine. So it was a nice afternoon to get outside.
As usual, when we take a few days off, we had a lot to talk about (mostly work stuff) but also some more fun information, like whether vision insurance is financially worthwhile (I don’t know if we came to a consensus on this, but we tried doing math, which is always a dangerous activity for us).
We walked in alleys today.
I don’t think we intended to plod along the alleys, but I ducked down a side street to get a photo of these icicles…
… and then turned onto an alley.
And it made for some new sights. So we stuck with it.
(I love this photo.)
I also took about 12 different shots, in different locations, trying to get this image:
(You’d be surprised how hard it is to get a photo of the sun while looking at the sun through sunglasses with a point-and-shoot camera that doesn’t have a viewfinder.) Anyhow, Laurie was impressed by how the the trail of smoke went directly through the sun. I know you can’t really see the sun, because of the star burst-like image in its place, but I think you get the idea.
Have a nice day — we’re going to try to walk tomorrow, too, so you might just find us around twice this week!