My niece arrived early Saturday morning, and she's GORGEOUS!!!!!!! She's home already (actually, they were home by Sunday afternoon. Before you know it we're gonna have drive-through births).
We're closing the sale of our house in 1 month, but asking the new owners if we can stay until mid-June, the end of the kids' regular school year.
Last night my favorite Spin teacher added another class to his schedule, so I'm adding it to mine. 2 days in a row of Spin, plus all the Pilates, weight training, yoga, etc. Think I can handle it? We'll see! (If you don't hear from me in a week I'm recuperating. If it's more than 2 weeks, I may be in a medically-induced coma.)
Monday I spent most of the day in a lab at UCSF medical center. I'm part of a study on the effects of stress on the body, particularly for mothers of kids on the autism spectrum. I did interviews, had A LOT of blood drawn, and played computer games with a bunch of electrodes hooked up o me. I'm also wearing a Respironics sensor and taking saliva samples. It's pretty cool! The study goes on for 2 years, and I'll do this sort of thing once every 9 months.
Oh, and I'm getting paid, which is nice.
I've also been meditating more. It really does work! There's a meditation center not far from here. If I can ever find a time that jibes with my schedule I'd really like to go. It's all donation based, which is pretty cool.
Lately I've been listening to a lot of music I listened to when I was in my teens/early 20's. Stuff I haven't listened to in a while. I forgot how much great music there was back in the early 90's: James, Blur, Crowded House (who are still recording and touring), Jesus Jones (likewise), Voice of the Beehive (my daughter loves them too, which makes me so happy!), Paul Westerberg, R.E.M., some of my favorite U2 songs, and on and on. I'm also turning into my parents: "When I was your age, we had GOOD music!" Then I'll hear something from, say, Gym Class Heroes or Foo fighters and that'll shut me up.
But I still got ridiculously happy the other night when the Spin instructor played the Bee Gees.
Our new car has a wireless system that automatically plays music from my phone. So I put it on Pandora and pick a channel. This morning it was Smokey Robinson, and that was so cool. (It also lets me talk on the phone through he speaker system, which makes me feel like Capt. Picard talking to the captain of a rogue Klingon ship. Because I'm THAT much of a nerd!)
Finally, both kids are back in school. And while I'm happy for the free time, I kinda miss them.
But, unlike in "Game of Thrones," Summer is coming, and I'll have the kids underfoot again all day very soon.
Heaven help me, lol!