Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's raining

Or at least the ground is wet, and this is what I have to say about that: Hallelujah!

I love the rain, but that is not why I'm cheering. I'm cheering because rain means I can't go out and do yard work today, or at least I have an excuse solid enough to satisfy myself. Yesterday I spent several hours outside working and whispering to myself about 4 million times, "Don't bend over. Squat." I whispered that for 3 reasons:
1. It's better for your back.
2. I didn't want my hamstrings to ache for two days like last time I spend a day in the yard.
3. My yard work jeans have a patched, yet obvious hole in a location only visible when I bend over.

Today my muscles say, "Next time bend over, don't squat." That means good job me. Who cares about toned hamstrings anyway? Toned quads are where it's at. But today I'm thinking toned quads are overrated. I think I'll stay inside, watch TV, and eat cookies all day.

I think it's interesting that I feel that way now because that's not how I felt earlier this morning. I got up to feed Alena after 4 hours of sleep last night. That's normal. What wasn't normal was that I couldn't go back to sleep afterward. I just lay there awake wondering what I could do. I considered reading, but I've been disappointed with both of the books I have checked out from the library. I thought about getting up to watch TV, but I knew there would be nothing on, and I didn't want to sit on our incredibly uncomfortable futon with my fabulously toned quads. I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to get back out. The other thing I thought of doing surprised me, and it surprised me that I actually really wanted to do it. That was going out back and working on the step ladder to pull down last year's morning glory to make room for this year's. I seriously almost did it. The only thing that stopped me was that it probably wasn't safe to do that in the middle of the night in the dark.

It's too bad, because I sure don't want to do that now. I wish it were already done. Next time I can't sleep and have a strange desire to do work, I think I'll do it. You gotta use those urges while you've got them.

Oh no. The sun is starting to shine in through my window. I think I'll just ignore it for a while.


Blogger Kevin said...

When I met Talyn, I don't think she even knew what a squat was. Now, look at her! As one who has thought of squatting as common as sitting or kneeling, this is very good news. It's not only good for your back and quads, but they stretch out your calves & achilles tendons too. Maybe that's why Asians can jump and Caucasians can't. (in general, that is) Plus, nothing satisfies tired legs like a good squat. (you should try it too!) There's much more I can say about squatting, but I won't.

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