Part of my new routine as a temporary stay-at-home mom includes a substantial morning walk. I have hopes of getting back to my relatively fit and healthy self in a reasonable amount of time post-pregnancy. Since I don’t love the gym, we walk.
Also, can you call something a routine if you’ve only done it three times? I vote yes.
My walks take on different purposes depending on my mood. Sometimes I walk to explore a park. Other times I stroll to gawk at the ridiculously large and historic homes in a particular neighborhood. But I like my morning walks to have purpose.
Before I had Adeline, I was a once a week grocery shopper. It would seriously irk me if I had to stop at QFC on my walk home from the foundation on any given day for a forgotten ingredient. Now, I’ve found myself spreading out my shopping to give myself an opportunity to “do something” each morning. For someone who loves the most efficient everything, this has been quite the newsflash.
This morning, I decided to strap Addie in the Ergo (which I’m still mastering how to do gracefully by myself. Currently, I resemble a cross between a novice contortionist and a cat that doesn’t want to be picked up). Once she was securely fastened, we headed out the door to the main drag in Queen Anne. Destination: Bartells. Task: Purchase hair dye.
Because I’m not actually a redhead. Shh.
Lucky me, my favorite hair dye was on sale for $7.99, a savings of $3! I love saving money even more than I love walks which is why my next action made no sense. I strolled a little too slowly down the hair care and styling isle and paused to look at the curling irons. I grabbed the most expensive one and walked decisively to the cashier. $36.20 later, I am now the not-so-proud owner of a professional grade 1 1/4 inch curling iron. A device I don’t need nor really have space for. Also, did I mention I already have a curling iron? (BUT THIS ONE WAS CUTER!)
I get why homemakers sometimes find themselves with a plethora of “stuff” – it’s so easy to look for ways to fill the time. Let this be a warning to myself for all of my future walks – try not to buy things you don’t need because you’re a little bored.
And if I can’t be trusted to walk with a relatively high limit credit card, it may be best to bring only enough cash for my pre-planned purchase.