A PMS Induced Life Update

February 25, 2013

Yeah, so let's the avoid that old Tap tap..Is this thing on? joke. Because we all know that this (blogging), much like a sale at your local Chevrolet dealership, is a semi-annual event. I'm actually not sure what's making me blog today other than the fact that I honestly--and very accidentally--just took two caffeine pills instead of two Midol.

So don't hang out with me for the next twentyish hours--it's gonna be ugly.

Since I don't have a funny story to tell, I guess I'll just give you the old fashioned life update.

Maggie's just straight up big. See?

She's in preschool and takes dance, and just this morning hacked the tail off the rocking horse my dad made for me in 1983. No big deal. Just a vintage, handcrafted, one of a kind gift from the heart of a loving father. Besides, that horse bastard needed a trim. He let that yarn tail go for waaaayyyy too long and it was out of hand. Right Maggie?

Unfortunately, Maggie stashed the scissors somewhere quite secret. Something else is schedule to be all trimmed up and I'm terrified.

James is good, too. All the sudden, he's just a little man with really sub-par hygiene. See?

....annnnndddd, I'm just realized I haven't taken a photo of that kid since October 27th, 2012. These days, it seems to take a ginormous spiked outfit to get mommy to take your picture. And that's okay. 

James is taking karate, and after sixish months of piano lessons he can play the hell out of a song called The Lame Duck. He says he's taking piano because someday the ladies will love it. I say he needs to expand his repertoire to include at least one song that's not about an injured animal.

He's thinking about it.

Jared's good. He goes to work and to the dog park. He also gave up Coke for seltzer water because he's getting older and that's what older people do?

I'm hanging in.

Biznitch is good. On January 1st, we opened up for shop in a brand new studio that's twice as big and twice as cool. I have a friend coming to take actual studio pictures this week, but in the mean time, I'll post a few that might give you a feel for the place....

This is our new logo, made by my fabulous Texas friend, Beth. She was heavily featured on this blog back in 2006 and 2007. The hardcore among you  might remember, Beth:

The new place does happen to feature a full sized bar, which now looks like a pirate ship. So if you don't mind putting your kids in a play area that still has beer taps, KVC might be your new workout home:

This is the actual workout space in the studio, but we were busy having an Oscar-type award ceremony that night:

Why an awards ceremony, you ask? Because people keep doing shiz like this:

And this:

And this:

Here's me presenting the Size 6 award to a very deserving lady. She used to be a size 18!

I'm still a little turned around by the fact that this has become a legitimate mortgage-paying business. I really never expected any of this, and like any small business, I've learned that the hours are ridiculously long, you have to be willing to do ANY kind of work to make things happen (like math, and insulating tiny crawl spaces, and driving everywhere to pick up equipment), and there are fat months and lean months. 

But I really do love it. I'm trying to space things out so I can keep doing this for the long haul, but who knows? There might be a day where I'm like, "And that was my last jump squat." Hopefully not, but I'm just kind of going with the flow.

My kids spend a lot of time at the studio, so I feel a hefty load of mom guilt. On one hand I'm like, "These kids are learning the value of a hard day of work." On the other hand I all, "I'm the worst mother in the world for not letting these kids sit home and watch TV all morning!" I try to tell myself that it's super similar to the little Italian kids whole grow up plating food in the family restaurant--expect my kid might drop a 35 pound weight on his toe instead of being spattered by some hot pasta water.

See how confused I am right now because I have PMS?

Most recently, the flow led me to order a room full of LeMond RevMaster Classics. So we'll see where that goes.

RevMaster Classic Parts

I do have to say, I teach one helluva spin class.

But honestly, it reminds me of parenting--it can be tiring, and trying, crazy-making. But it's also so incredibly awesome. For now, it's where I'm mean to be. I think. At least that's what my lease says.

In other news, I'm training for The Sugarloaf Marathon in May and I'm pacing a KVC group at The Bay of Fundy International Marathon in June. I'm also trying to lower my body fat percentage, and I ate two cookies before 9 o'clock this morning. Got that?


I'm not pregnant (PMS) because I really don't know if a third is in the cards for us. Not that it is, but not that it's not. Three is a very typical number of kids for a modern Mormon family. I'm not sure why, but I think it's because two kids just aren't strong enough to pull your handcart to heaven. But three? Three can do. that. job.

If you have an extremely convincing argument as to why we should or shouldn't have a third kid, go ahead and put that in the comments, too.

I've also been highlighting my hair to almost entirely blond. Because I do believe I'm having a mild to moderate early-midlife-crisis. I think I'm too old to have another baby. I also think I'm too young for this fake blond hair SOMEBODYHELPME.


So that's me in a nutshell. What's new with you old friends?

Anyone want to come run a marathon with me?


Diana said...

Two hands - two kids - nuff said.

My 5 and 7 year old are doing a marathon spread out over two months and they are to young to go running/walking by themselves. Does that count?

Endless Strength said...

Love your update, hilarious about pMS. So awesomely happy for you that your business is doing so great.

About the kids...nyeh...depends which day you catch me. I always try to remember that we will never regret having them. But we might regret not opening up to them.

M said...

I'm happy whenever you blog, no matter how infrequent. No marathons for me. (I'm so slow, everyone would have already gone home by the time I dragged my butt across the finish line.) As far as kids, apparently I'm a typical Mormon as I have 3 (I always thought the number was 5) but I would hold at 2; think about it - Maggie would be stuck as the middle child! Horrors. Three is a hard dynamic. I'm always grateful that I have them all and that they're healthy but if I'd known, I would have thought a bit longer and planned a bit better and maybe acquiesced to my husband's idea that two was plenty.

Mindy said...

I didn't know three was the magic Mormon number either, but yep... I have 3. Maybe it is the new typical! I had a few people tell me that I could NOT stop at 3, because there would be the middle child. Well, I got 3, and I wasn't getting 4, so Tyler is a middle child, and I think it's okay. He's a pain in the butt sometimes, but I don't know if he'd be any less of a pain if I had attached another caboose to the kid train. I guess what I'm saying, is have another kid, or don't. I don't think it really matters. ;)

Pam @ herbieontherun.com said...

It always makes my day to see you show up in my news feed!

I think about getting a 3rd dog sometimes, too, and then one of them tears an ACL or gets a tumor on its tail and I'm all, "Oh yeah! THIS is why I don't need a 3rd one!"

Mrs Furious said...

Awesome! I'm so happy that you are doing so well!

2, 3, 20 that has been my daily debate for the last 6 years. I finally decided 2. I know what my daily level of awesomeness is, why mess with success?

Plus, I already train Kid to fireman drag me- just in case. So handcart? No problem.

Sica said...

I just wanted to take a moment to say I'm so happy you blogged again! I am not smart enough to use Reader, so I manually check your blog every day for updates. It made me quite happy to see a new post.

Unknown said...

2(1+college) = 2nd mortgage+3 more working years
3(1+college) = 3rd mortgage-retirement

Glad to hear you had to expand (room-wise not shorts-wise)!

Lindsey said...

I always say, more. 1- Because if you lose one, (to whatever) then you only have one left, and the year they decide to go to the inlaws will suck.
Plus, who cares about money. You don't take money to heaven, but you do take your family....

Laura said...

Amy, SO great to hear from you and so wonderful to hear everything you've been up to! I'm really excited to hear about all your successes - and totally jealous of your coaching business. What an amazing job!

Team O'Connor said...

I feel cool that we went blonde around the same time. I love my new hair but it takes a lot of upkeep. I think I'm just going to start getting into trying to look good and maybe even venture into plastic surgery soon. Why not? Uh, I'm still thinking about one kid so I have no argument for 2 or 3. I guess stay with two so you can keep paying to highlite those roots...

Team O'Connor said...

PS I'm in Texas again (I feel like we hung out here at some time even though it was virtual) and your business looks pretty aweseme. Livin' the dream!

EB said...

This is Erin from Utah who once made you an apron and met you for dinner when she was visiting her sister who lives in Bangor Maine and I think you should have another baby. Because you have beautiful babies. Because we need normal, funny, fun people to have babies instead of straight up weirdos. And because who can't use one more person to pull the handcart? Everyone needs breaks now and then, right? But, really it's just because you have beautiful babies and we need more of those.

And I'm glad you are blogging again, now and then. It makes me happy to read it.

paige said...

On kids: yes, more. I'm not your typical Protestant, expecting wee #8 in a couple months... But - my philosophy in life kinda became: less stuff, more people...
Besides that... Your pregnant blog posts have to be the funniest ever...
Fwiw, I feel ancient to be having another little one (36) but somehow a little more awestruck & grateful too...

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