Plady--I quit the hundreds awhile ago, too. I found that I was dreading those push-ups so much that it was throwing off my entire evening. I was staying up far too late, simply procrastinating push-ups. Crazy. I need to do something about my arms, but I don't think push-ups is it for me.
eksmom--What a relief that the counseling session went so well! I hope that these meetings continue to be productive.
Realrellim--Argh, I'm sorry about the carseat panic. I've been there, too. I'm glad the timing worked out okay, but what a huge pain to have a chunk of your day eaten like that.
Runningmommy--Wow, that is a whole lot on your plate. I hope you find time somewhere in there to regroup and relax!
Nemesis--I'm bad about anything except running, too. These days I drop DS off at preschool and run from there, so I don't have a chance to get involved in other stuff or find a way to skip it. Maybe I should keep weights in my car? I think I already may be pushing the weirdness running from and stretching in the school parking lot. I hope the teachers and kids aren't looking out the windows much.
Things are skimming along here. Today the weather was in the seventies, which is weird for late October in Massachusetts. It was fantastic for running, though, and for raking leaves.
I did six miles of running and about three hours of raking, which made it a successful day on the workout front.
Not so successful was today's interaction with DS, who is 4.5. He is not a morning person and is not good with time limits, either. So most mornings he dawdles around, not getting ready, and when we have to leave (I'm trying really hard to reduce my use of the phrase "RIGHT NOW!"), he falls apart. How to fix this, when it doesn't matter how much time and warning I give him? This morning he wanted more food before we walked his sister to the bus. No, we had to leave "RIGHT NOW." I promised him more food in between putting DD on the bus and driving him to school--a gap of about ten minutes, at best. He ate, refused to brush his teeth, ran away when I called to him, refused to put on his shoes, kept unclipping his seat belt every time I fastened it, etc. We just barely screeched into the school parking lot as his teachers were finishing unloading kids from cars. Being late for things is one of my major buttons, which he is gleefully and constantly pushing.
I actually used the phrase "you need to keep your seat belt clipped because I'm getting very angry and I'm afraid I might hurt you if you keep undoing it." And life is like this EVERY SINGLE morning. And, often, later in the day as well.
Tonight I locked myself in the bathroom and read the first chapter of "The Explosive Child" as he lay in the hallway outside kicking the door.
This was after he missed dinner with the family because he was coloring (a battle we didn't fight) and refused to get a napkin for himself when he finally did decide to eat dinner. That battle lasted half an hour, until he finally got a napkin and ate, then freaked out because DD got half an hour more video game time than he did. Did we warn him that this would be the natural consequence for him choosing not to eat with us, then wasting time fighting over getting a napkin? Yes, yes we did. Multiple times.
Please tell me he will outgrow this, because it's a crappy way to interact, especially first thing every morning.
Thanks for letting me rant. When I type it out, it almost seems amusing.