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Recently I came across a picture of a dog looking in a mirror and the caption on it was “Today is the day, I can feel it! Today is the day my plans to catch my tail come true!” Today, I feel a tad bit like that dog. You see, I had plans. Yes, I had lots of plans for when my daughter headed off to college. Whenever family and friends asked me what I was going to do with myself after 18 busy years of parenting, I would rattle off a few of the plans I had. I planned on being one busy empty-nester! I planned on joining a local hiking group and going on long weekday hikes, at least once a week. I planned on joining a dinner club and meeting new people. I planned on joining that local running group that has organized weekday runs in my neck of the woods. I planned on cooking more, writing more, and trying to master video.
But, a little over a month after my daughter headed off to college, these plans still remain plans; those dog-catching-his-tail kinda plans.
You see, I didn’t plan for the quiet that would come when my daughter left. I didn’t realize how much her singing in the shower, her talking to the dogs, her exercising her right to listen to her choice of (what I deem) horrible music, fed my psyche. All of a sudden the voices in my head are louder – seriously, I don’t have voices in my head (other than mine of course!). And the fact that she isn’t having (and enjoying) the dorm life she, or I, envisioned, throws an even bigger wrench in my plans.
So, I decided to do something that wasn’t in my immediate plans. Instead of waiting till next year to put my house on the market, I decided to do it this year. Between having my house on the market and looking for another one while juggling work and a few web development classes at a local college, I feel more and more like that dog catching his tail when it comes to those plans I made!
While I might have said no to that local running group, or to going on long hikes, or joining that dinner club, for that matter, I have said yes to going on long, slow runs by myself. It’s a lot less quieter on those trails (mostly because of my huffing and puffing) than it is at home. And running has a way of feeding my psyche like my daughter’s constant noise does. However, some days, squeezing in long runs along with everything else going on leaves me very little time to cook. And some days, it’s just not as much fun cooking for one as it is cooking for two or many. So, on those days, I reach for one of my favorite Well Yes!® Soups – with some naan or a toasty piece of baguette and some fruit!
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Now I’m off to go run and grab me a soup before I prepare for dinner with neighbors tonight! Here’s hoping your weekend is filled with Well Yes! moments!
**This post was written a few weeks ago, as of today, I have managed to sell and buy a home and am in the process of unpacking**