The day after…

So I know I posted yesterday about my goal to lose weight.  It is still my goal and today I managed, even after sleeping about 4 hours (thanks a lot, insomnia) to get up and walk for about 45 minutes.  Then I managed to wander through Target on my feet getting staples and a garbage disposal cleaning solution throughout the entire conversation with my kids while they’re in Nebraska.

This may sound like a small, leisurely walk through a department store but in reality it was about 1 1/2 hours of me walking in circles.  If I haven’t burned another hour’s worth of calories I don’t know what is.  My kids are amazing and they were competing with each other over who would get to talk on the phone.

The conversation started, as it often does, I admit, with my oldest, Abbi.  I’m meeting her in New York for a college visit and we’re hoping to get the last of the plays she needs for her drama requirement while we’re there.  It’s not an easy trip, I have to work until 8 or so this Friday and then get on a plane to leave for New York at 11pm.  Abbi arrives there at 10 Friday night.  I get in at 7 Saturday morning.  Yes. . . I’m taking the red-eye for a trip where we return the next day.  The things you do for your kids, right?

But I’m not complaining.  I haven’t seen Abbi or any of the kids for the last two months or more.  It’s the longest time I’ve spent away from them.  I don’t like it.  The plan had been I would come out to Nebraska in the beginning of July for a week or so and then fly them home.  I ran out of vacation time, July sweeps and the Olympics became priorities for work, and it just didn’t work out.  I wanted to do it as much for my parents, so they’re not there every day, every hour, taking care of them, but I admit, wholeheartedly, that I miss the kids and really. . . that’s why I wanted to go.  I also miss my folks and want to see them.

As a result my phone conversations when I call each night tend to last more than a couple hours.  I talk to each of the kids.  I hear about every scene in the latest Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc. episode.  I hear what Lemony Snickett is doing to the Beaudelaire kids.  I find out what the latest tour Hannah gave at the O’Neill historical society’s museum thought of her presentation.  I hear about Abbi’s day at work . . . and I hear just how excited she is to go to New York.  I would stay up for three days straight to hear that tone in her voice, no hesitation.

Now, I understand, it’s not cheap, but I got insanely cheap tickets and we have to get these visits out of the way because once school starts it’s not going to be this easy.

I miss my kids, sure, but I also get the opportunity to show them that I can try to make life healthier and more active, too, and we can continue what they’ve started this summer.

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