I’ve been in a real mood lately. Not sure what was driving it completely, but the most trivial of things have set me off the past couple of weeks. I keep telling myself it could be much worse: I’d have actual problems to worry about, but try as I may I couldn’t stop this mood. My snowball of angst continued to grow.
Then something really amazing happened, following a serious PUBLIC mommy tantrum in the line for the 8 and under Diestelhorst Dash on Thanksgiving day. I started running. Yes, you are reading this correctly, I ran in the children’s run at the Turkey Trot – between the flags, past the chipmunk mascot, amid the cheers from parents, grandparents, friends and family. It was awesome. I realize they were cheering for the children, but something about it really sparked something in me. It hadn’t dawned on me how much I had missed running in a public forum until that moment.
We continued with the 2mile Turkey Trot with my Sis Celestina and her hubby Pete. Brendon ran 1.5 miles and John a half a mile of it; we couldn’t be more proud! I came home dark mood lifted and soul restored. Just in time for Thanksgiving! Why the realization that the lack of physical exercise in my life was largely to blame for my mood never hit me before that moment, I will never know. But let’s hope for the sake of my little family that I don’t forget!!
As part of our negotiations for Thanksgiving dinner locations (odd to have to choose between sides of the family – we are new to this!), going to Sacramento included a follow on visit to the Jelly Belly Factory. Almost a year overdue, but who’s counting??!! It was just as fun as I remembered when above mentioned sister and I went together 20 or so years ago.
The boys loved it! All three of them. We took the factory tour, where they are more than generous with the free jelly beans at several stops, enjoyed the free jelly bean bar, purchased a delicious bag of “flops” and thankfully beat the crowd. Go EARLY!! A definite must stop if you are near Fairfield.
And what do our wondering eyes did appear along Highway 80? IKEA!!!! It feels like forever since we had set foot inside an actual IKEA store, so why not? It was Black Friday after all!!! and they have a play place where the boys were able to burn off some of those jelly beans before the long car ride home. We didn’t come away with any purchases, but it was nice to just cruise the showroom and of course the self-serve aisles. Oo, la, la! Vance was totally itching to push one of those carts. I just know it.
**Post delayed due to finally getting a new phone!! Happy Early Christmas to ME!!!**