Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Yay It's April!

I'm usually not a big fan of March, but it's amazing what not working will do for a month. Ha. I'm definitely ready to get some better weather this month though!

Highlights of March 2014: 

Hanging out with an adorable baby. 

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Getting back into exercise. I completed 4 successful weeks of the Couch to 5K (only running 2 days a week, not 3). I attended yoga every Friday and tried both Pilates and Barre classes. I took lots of walks and of course, I did not abandon my ever favorite, swimming. I was even able to do some speed work in swimming, which felt so good to do again. I can't wait until I can return to my favorite pond, hopefully in May?

Seeing friends. It was a good month for seeing friends. My college roommate came to visit at the beginning of the month. I visited Katie and Teddy one Sunday afternoon. I went out to lunch with some college friends and was visited by others. A high school friend who lives in DC at the moment came home and got to meet Max. I went to a birthday party and got to see work friends I've been missing. I can't complain overall! 

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Ironically, I did not take a single picture of myself with these friends, but I did take some of Max (of course). I need to work on that in April. Maybe I just need to work on taking pictures of ANYTHING other than Max, lol. 

More reading. This month I read 5 books. I did not LOVE any of them. The tie for my favorite would be Conspiracy of Silence and Viola in Reel Life. I really wanted to love The Thirteenth Tale but I just could not get myself into it. 

Rules of Civility by Amor Towls

Conspiracy of Silence by Martha Powers. 

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (technically I finished this on April 1st at 4am, counting it as March ha ha)


April Goals

I'm ready to try out some goals again this month. Technically I go back to work in April, but I think I only work like 3 days of this month so hopefully I can handle a few goals. Of course, if they don't happen, no big deal :) That's kind of my theory on daily goals right now too! 

1. Organize and simplify. Specifically, put away Max's winter and newborn clothes. Donate two bags of my clothing. Bring some of Max's things to the Cape, especially blankets, a few books and toys. 

2. Attend at least 4 yoga or pilates classes. I only have 1 more week of my yoga class, so I want to make sure I keep it all up. I can't aim too high though :) 

3. Run 2 Miles. I am still at the walk/run part of the Couch to 5K but I think there will be some continuous running soon. I'd like to do a Sprint Tri in May that requires running 2.3 miles after swimming and biking, so I need to be at 2 miles this month. Let's not discuss actually getting on a bike… I'm still so scared to do that. 

4. Try a new restaurant. Because the most peaceful eating I get these days is in restaurants. Hopefully Max's delightful restaurant behavior continues another month! 

5. Be in the photos. As noted above, I was not in many (if any) photos this month. I want to make sure when I look back on this time I don't wonder if I was actually there, lol. 


What's on tap for you in April? 


  1. Sounds like you're gonna knock your last month of maternity leave out of the park! Those are some great goals! My goals include 30 workouts in 30 days and blogging about Italy (broken record much?!).

  2. I don't blame you for taking lots of pictures of Max! He sure is a cutie :)

  3. There was an article that I saw posted on facebook multiple times 1-2 years ago about how moms tend to not be in many photos because they are often the ones taking the photos. I know that is a tough one to remedy but hopefully you'll be in more photos next month! I love that photo of your college friend and Max, though. I love how he is gazing up at her with such focus. Too cute!

    I didn't love March, but it had some good things like my trips to Florida and Savannah. April is shaping up to be a very intense month as I am presenting at 3 conferences for work and then have some other "things" going on... So yah. When I think about April I kind of want to curl up into the fetal position and cry over the stress of it all but at least the month will go fast and hopefully I'll have a better idea of what the future holds at the end of the month...

  4. I can't believe how much you are reading as a new mama. That is awesome! I got through one book over spring break and I am halfway done with another, but it's been a LONG time since I've read a novel. It took me SO long to get through Divergent that I don't even remember half of it. I'm also impressed with your exercising! I desperately need to get exercise back into my life, but at this point I know it will be after the baby comes.

  5. You rocked the exercise last month lady - go you!

    My goal for April is for it to be awesome. Ironically yesterday on the first day of the month I had a really hard day, but I’m trying to scatter enough things around throughout the month for their to be light days too (including blog giveaways every week!)

  6. I can help you with your last goal!! Hopefully April will be warmer and we can venture outside for some :)

  7. Max is such a cute baby!! That is a great set of goals. That is awesome how gracefully you've made your return to exercise post-baby!

    I hope you guys get some warm weather, too!! Wish I could send some of our heat to you guys!

    My goal for April is to get my flowers planted, get our upstairs office organized (because that's become our room where we just pile things that I don't know where to place them), and to swim 2 miles!

  8. April goal...keep up my 5-6 days a week of exercising, lose another two pounds, and put away my winter clothes (this requires Mother Nature's cooperation!), and journal/blog more!

  9. April for us is all about eating well (DietBet) and saving money (upcoming trip and also for the DietBet because eating out costs money + is not good for the waistline) so Eric and I are not eating out at all in April and we're also cutting out all alcohol. Whew, a tall order I know but after just eating out for an entire week while in Kentucky I don't think it will be too hard. Everytime I'm tempted I will just remind myself that I will be eating out and drinking my face off for two weeks straight in May!

    I agree, more pictures of YOU and Max. But keep the Max pictures coming too, he's so adorable!