What I didn’t like about May:
Dandelions! No, I do not think they are cute misplaced little flowers. I spent 3-4 hours pulling them this month, which just put them briefly into remission. Every yard on our street is absolutely blanketed in yellow.
Had a nasty cold for a while and actually missed a day of work – super rare! Long since recovered, though.
My snacking caught up with me and it definitely shows! I am coming up with a plan for June. Sigh and double sigh!
What I liked:
To contrast with the dandelions, there is a lovely field of tiny bluets nearby.
I don’t plant any yellow flowers (not even daffodils) but I did have checkered lilies, grape hyacinths and tulips this month.
Still keeping up with fitness. I went skating 4 times this month of a possible 8. The rink is taking out the ice this week (summer break) so I’m done for the season. I didn’t improve my skating skills one iota, but it’s great exercise. I’m glad to take a break from it – during the winter, the rink was warmer than outdoors, but now, the last thing I feel like doing is going inside and being cold! A plus, though, is that you can wear non-athletic clothes like jeans, and not get sweaty, either!
So my workout tally for the month was 4 x skating, 7 x home workouts, and 11 weekday mornings I did nothing. Oops! But I added up all of my walking to and from work, and it came out to 86 km. The fact I’m gaining weight in spite of that level of activity shows you I’ve been snacking a lot.
Then I will add in the other fun things about May: special meals for Mother’s Day (I cooked for my Mom), my parents’ annual community dinner theatre, my nephew’s 13th birthday, and Rom’s birthday! We also went out to dinner another night and saw a local professional production of the Mary Poppins musical. So I have been very well fed, and conspicuously lacking in home made dinners. This happens every May so I should have a strategy, but it’s so much nicer not to.
My nephew spent a weekend with us and I got to be the puppet master for someone else’s kid; what fun! He is no trouble whatsoever. Of course we spent the whole time trying to get him off his iPhone. Rom suckered him into playing Magic the Gathering for many hours, and I made him sit with me and read a book. He spent the rest of the weekend watching Star Wars movies in sequence. He declined shopping. We had good meals and conversation, though. We’ll see if he offers to come back!
I’ve completed my first year as a volunteer treasurer. It’s been good to apply some exactitude outside my own home! It was a steep learning curve (there was so much I didn’t know I didn’t know) but I have the hang of it now for year 2. I do on average 4 hours a week of financial wizardry (some weeks 2, some weeks 20, etc.)
So far the renovation project at work is on budget, too.
My personal budget, not so much. I bought 2 replacement workout tops and a replacement pair of rain pants (trousers!) to go with last month’s new rain jacket, and got a cute mallard/teal colour jean jacket from my favourite house of high fashion, Mark’s Work Wearhouse!
I enjoyed lots of reading this month. I’ve been dropping everything and just reading a book for a couple of hours, several times a week. It’s good for me to get offline sometimes, and I think it’s improving my attention span, as well!
How was your May?