A side effect of writing the book over the past several months is the weight gain that comes with lack of exercise and sitting in front of the computer every day, doing nothing but drinking coffee and writing like a maniac. So, now that the writing is over – it’s time for me to get back on track and stop ignoring my expanding ass. Just because it’s behind me and I don’t see it all the time, doesn’t mean I should forget about it, right?
So, yea – Melissa (my daughter) and I decided that we would do a 2 mile walk every day when she gets home from school. So far, we’re on day 4 and doing pretty good. A nice bonus, aside from the exercise, is the great time I get to spend with her everyday, just talking.
Yesterday, we’re on our way back home.. about 1 3/4 miles into our 2 mile walk. The wind starts blowing and it’s a little cold and my ears start to freeze. Luckily, I had a hoodie sweatshirt on. . so I pulled the hood up and tied the string tight so the hoodie was tight around my face, I was wearing big sunglasses and tied the string in a big bow underneath my chin. Yes, I know – I looked like a total nerd.
Melissa starts to crack up and tell me how stupid I look. “You look like a combination between a TeleTubbie and the Unabomber, Mom! I CANNOT be seen with you looking like that!! (dying of hysterical laughter)”
I say, “Who cares, really? We live in the middle of nowhere. We’re walking on a country road that gets maybe 2 cars a month on it — who is going to see me, besides you??”
I had to ask, right?
Just as those words left my mouth – – a guy in a truck drives by.. slows down and he starts honking and waving. WORSE than that — he pulls OVER! And of course it’s my ex-boyfriend from, like, 15 years ago. I gotta ask — how on EARTH did he recognize me looking like I did?? I wish I had a picture – because it was just… well, laughable.
So, of course Melissa is hiding behind me… still dying of laughter. Joe, my ex, is saying hi and me? I’m trying to melt into the country road..hoping to never be seen again. It was a short chat. Melissa and I continue our walk back home and she says “I’m so proud of you, Mom. You stood there and carried on a conversation as if nothing was wrong…and there was SO MUCH WRONG with how you looked! You rock!”
I DO rock! I rock the whole TeleTubbie/Unabomber look! And now..we’re off for our 2 mile walk today. Later!