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Is this what “Snakes on a Plane” is like?

Sean and I had the perfect day. THE PERFECT DAY.

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I love those. Don’t you seriously just LOVE those?

I finished my work pretty early so I mentioned offhand that I was going hiking as he was walking out the door and he said, “you’re going hiking? I’m totally skipping work…” and he did.

We went to Enchanted Forest Trail because …hello Beautiful and because Sean hadn’t been there before and I really wanted to show it to him. And oh man it did not disappoint. There were a ton of bikes out (who knew so many people wouldn’t be working today? Slackers) but I didn’t care because they were all really nice and we have to share the trails, this is Colorado and everyone wants to be here.
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We met a darling girl named Chelsea who just moved here in January with her husband and son because they just wanted to. No job, no family, they just wanted to. She’s hiked as much in the last five months as I have in the last five years I think. It’s totally crazy.

We had to stop a lot for poor Chelsea and her asthma (I tease, it was totally me stopping to gasp). We also shared the trail with these bull snakes…

he was upset and actually striking at people


and these guys were fighting with each other. That was incredible!
A little over five miles (the map said 5.6…my steps said 5.3) gave us a really good workout. We were sweaty and tired and it was a crazy workout.

We went from there to have amazing Mexican food at our favorite place in Morrison and holy cow I’ve never had fish tacos THEYWERESOGOOD. I’m a convert. I will always have them. They were delicious. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Mango salsa. I want to go back right now. Well…maybe another day. I’m really full. But yum.

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When we got home (after what seemed like hours and hours and HOURS of traffic thankyouDenver for rush hour traffic) I had RUNNING SHOES waiting for me!
You know you’re a runner when you cheerfully, willingly, even ask to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a pair of shoes that are the ugliest most beastly color of green and you do a little dance and shout for joy when those suckers show up.
Yes…you cringe when you see the color. I mean…you’re not an idiot. But still…NEW SHOES!

You should know…this is not a true depiction of the color. They are a way truer green and they are ten times brighter and more offensive. They’re pretty bad. Sean said people will definitely see me coming. It doesn’t help that green is not my favorite color but still…yuck. Do I care? Kinda but hell no. I needed new shoes. Newton’s are hard to find right now so I’ll take what I can get.

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Walked the puppy and back home again. I was hoping for dessert but it’s pretty late. Time flew by.
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Today…HIIT for sure because yesterday I skipped it to go hiking.

I’m feeling the need for some strength.

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My favorite things about Michelle.

This was just a lovely quiet weekend by myself for the most part. We had lunch with Shaughnessy and Adam on Saturday, we get to see them far more than we get to see Alex and Megan. Different parts of town  you know. On Sunday Sean went back to his planned event that took all of his day and I went hiking with Miss Michelle on what had to be the most beautiful hike we’ve ever been on.

The trailhead was Apex but the eventual trail was Enchanted Forest Trail and it was not kidding.
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We felt like we were in a Disney movie it was so magical. At any moment little birds would fly out and sing to us as they put ribbons in our hair. It was so beautiful I lost count of how many times I stopped to say that and finally I just stopped so I could proclaim I felt like I was having a spiritual experience from this hike. It counts, so far, as my favorite and that’s saying something…I’ve hiked a lot. Michelle took a million photos and was generous enough to share one with me.

I know, right? She shared one.

I’ve got to get a new phone….I digress
Here is the photo…LOOK at this! 

I know, you’re thinking…huh…that does not look Disney magical. Well it’s a HEART.

This was on the trail in front of us…it’s hardly even real. A perfect heart in stone. The colors on the trail were the truest greens I’ve ever seen. It’s was covered and beautiful and magical.

Whatever just trust me.

So here are my favorite things about Michelle:

  1. She’s a real person with real issues. I know that I’m getting exactly what’s really happening and not the glossed over version you tell your mean neighbor. She puts it right out there and I can totally relate.  I can be totally and completely myself.
  2. She’s always willing to drive. I don’t mind driving (most people know this) though full disclosure I will totally map it even if I’m going around the block because I’m terrified of being lost. She also knows I’m afraid of spiders and being lost and continues to try to convince me to be afraid of snakes and lightening. Keep working on that, Michelle.
  3. She  gets the Celiac thing and is right on board with great places to eat and names them..which brings me to #4
  4. She makes decisions like a champ. Girl is a decision maker. ::swoon:: “Let’s meet at such and such on Tuesday at 11”. I love her. I would happily and cheerfully make at least two of those decisions or even HELP with those but she’s totally on it. Trails? She’s like…here are three trails…I’m like..yep. Let’s do that one…how’s 8? she says “see you then!” I love that. Decision maker. That is a girl after my own heart.
  5. She takes pictures! Now, I do harass her because she sends me ONE but if I asked her she’d send me all ten. And it is now on my list to go to the Verizon store to check out my phone options. ~MT has given me a virtually brand new phone that I can swap to but it’s a little bigger than I want so I’m resisting… I just really really need a good camera phone. This is killing me.~
  6. She is totally up for any and all adventures and if I ask her she’s all…yeah let’s go! At least once a week I can expect a message in my inbox to say “want to do THIS with me?” and it’ll include a link to a wild and crazy event that neither of us realistically should do but per our mantra...what the hell? 
  7. She loves the outdoors as much as I do and any chance to get outside she’ll do it.
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When I came home I walked the puppy who by then had given up all hope of anyone ever spending time with him again so when I came in the door he didn’t even lift his little head the poor guy.
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Miraculously, after that I still had energy so I went for a three mile run and that felt amazing in the cool evening air so by the time the evening was done I had put in about 12 miles. It felt really good and I didn’t feel like I had overdone it at all. It was like…21,000 steps or something crazy ass like that.
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On that note, the crazy note, Ria from MotivationalMompersonaltraining.com is on a streak of 128 days of step goals (since January 1st she has surpassed the previous days step goal, each day gets higher because that’s how Garmin works) and yesterday she ran a half marathon  and then walked across town eventually reaching 51,617 steps in a day. I wonder how many days she can keep this streak up?

Today I’m supposed to do yoga so I’ll probably do that but Sean took the day off so I may go to Castle Rock to do the incline.

Oh you caught that, too, huh? Sean took the day off.  Pretty sweet of him to take the day off to spend with me….
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Don’t get excited he did it for the game… LOL…he just finished early so it worked out. And right now? He’s at work..he got called in to do something. My life in a nutshell.

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Ah, it’s okay. I’m just pickin’ on him.
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yogadays.

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Sweet List <3

  1.  The Oatmeal in all it’s delight, as usual.
  2. Ingress which continues to provide my husband happiness. Anyone that knows Sean knows he’s been looking for that for his whole life and I think he was really just bored. It keeps him engaged, his mind is always going, he’s out on his bike or walking or exercising all the time and he’s meeting new people all while he gets to see the major sites of Denver. I love this game and for however long he plays it I’m going to love it.
  3. My stability ball which is hilarious and also a great workout. I’m enjoying it and I totally anticipate theboy will, too.
  4. Jimmy Bar. It’s just enough peanut butter and just enough crunch for someone who doesn’t love peanut butter. No gluten and no chocolate means you eat a lot of peanut butter and that’s not my favorite.
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  5. I went running!! Like really running. It was successful and everything and I didn’t die! Okay, I was slow because my leg was pretty tweaky so I made sure to take care of it but still…running! Running in the evening is my very favorite. Sean and I went to the park last night so he could Ingress and I could run and then we walked around the park. On the way home we stopped and got ice cream. Best date ever.
  6. So far I’m pretty on track with my workouts. I’d like to up my game a little more but I think I have a really good start.
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  7. SO Delicious Cashew Milk Snickerdoodle ice cream.   Have I already mentioned this stuff? Because it is totally worth talking about twice in case I have.
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  8. My sister (sister Catherine) came to town for an event, she’s the owner/operate/CEO of Fairy Ring Beads and Things, and I totally bought this beautiful bracelet after coveting it for a day or two. The colors are so me I’ve barely taken it off. Also, rings and bracelets are totally my thing.
  9. I went to the grocery store the other day and came across this little delight…the possibilities are endless. I didn’t buy it, the garlic held me off a bit…it’s not my favorite, but the rest would be so delicious I think it would be worth it.  I am totally thinking I need to the next time I go to the store. It has suggestions on the package and yum…cornbread…oh and baked chicken…I’m kind of hungry.
  10. Neil Hilborn and his new book of poetry Our Numbered Days.  I keep putting it off, I’ve been living off of his Facebook page but it’s on my list to buy because he’s just so good.
  11. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful LifeI can’t wait to dig in and read this. I hear so many good things about it and I love hearing about joyful living! 

  12. I went hiking with Michelle and I’m going again tomorrow! (pretty sure…I mean…plans change. One never knows….our schedules are always a little off…but we can always hope)
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    I’m an Ingress widow this weekend. It’s a big thing happening right now and then I get him back (yay). I know a lot of people are probably thinking..geez…does he spend any time with you? yep. I get a lot of time with him. He spends mornings with me hangin’ out and evenings just like regular families we are together most of the time and occasionally he has an event that takes his time. I’m extremely patient about it because we’ve been married a long time so I know he likes me. We spend a lot of time together. He’s so freakin’ happy (who knew?) and good LORD the running stuff he puts up with. The trips, the long runs, the running gear…so much. This is nothing.
  13. I saved the best for last. My sister Catherine. She’s just a few years older than me. It’s her birthday today.
    She’s kind and loving and generous, beautiful and smart, she has an endless amount of trivia in her head and I can’t remember a time she didn’t at least have a tidbit of info about something. she’s passionate about politics to the point that I occasionally have to hide her Facebook page for a day or two to recover (late at night she gets a little bit evil in her passion…yikes) only to go back to it because I missed her. She’s the most talented artist creating beads and trinkets, boxes and bits out of polymer clay and then creating jewelry out of those beads. Every time I see her I’m astonished at her skills and more and more impressed at how she’s grown as an artist. I continue to think she can’t get better and then she does. She is determined to live her life following her passion and I love her so much for that.
    She takes in strays~ animal and human and she has the smallest house but apparently the biggest heart because there is always room for one more. And when I say animal I mean she has had chickens, goats and everything in between in her kitchen while it recovers from a deathly illness. The baby goat in the diaper…I just died. It was too cute.
    And when I call her with an insane moment she jumps right in and never has to catch up. It’s like she was expecting the call all along. She’s a genuinely good person and I’m so lucky to count her as not just a sister but as a friend, too. Some people take those for granted, I do not.
    I love your face, Sister Catherine…from Mother Teresa. (this is what my kids used to call us)

    Catherine, Mom and me…no idea when but it’s so cute I really like the picture.
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While you were sleeping…

Michelle and I were supposed to go hiking yesterday afternoon so before I did I made sure to start the morning with the yoga stretches from yesterday’s post to make sure my legs were completely ready to cooperate.

We chose Matthew/Winters Park which is, as you may remember, one of my favorite standbys to hike at. Just enough technical and just enough to distance. Not too busy but enough people I’m not going to get mugged and it’s just so pretty. 

Of course, I didn’t take the photo with my phone, Michelle did. Hers is a much better piece of equipment. Dammit. Next time…a selfie. Sorry. I swear we’re out there hiking together. I promise.

We got great mileage in, we worked out little butts off and avoided the rain and narrowly missed death by electrocution via lightening. p.s. Michelle is a tad bit afraid of this.
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Lunch was all the salad all the time. And I liked it.
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While I was home I got a surprise visit from this guy…

He looks pretty excited there, doesn’t he? He was way more excited. This photo is at least six months old.
He stuck around and visited with me and it was so good to see him! I mean I  know he was totally just using me because he stopped to get stuff but hey…as long as he’s there he has to talk to me because it’s in the mom rule book. You HAVE to talk to your mom when you stop at home.

Want to know what he told me? He said that last week when I was sleeping off a migraine in the middle of the week he came home and came upstairs INTO THE BEDROOM and I still slept. Me. The world’s lightest sleeper. And the puppy who barks at the flags that wave on the street and people that may be even THINKING about walking past the house. Nothing. Silence.

I was a little freaked out.
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Note to all of you: don’t google “that’s creepy gif”…nothing good will come of it.
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People.com just did a spread on They Woke Up Like This: Celebs’ Best Makeup-Free Selfies and seriously these women look so beautiful. Gwyneth Paltrow, though not really my favorite person, looks amazing. And let’s not even talk about Salma Hayek and Carrie Underwood (who I think is everyone’s idol…good Lord that girl is a rockstar ~her legs!~. Wait…I think she’s actually a country star but either way…she kicks ass and she looks amazing doing it). I swear, they are gorgeous.
I have taken to spending at least half my days makeup free except when I absolutely have to because my skin loves it so much….it thanks me for letting it breathe and I can totally see the difference on the days I go without. That and a good workout and I am pretty sure I take five years off.
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I’m in prime ~take care of my legs~ mode so I headed to the chiropractor to get an adjustment. That was interesting. And from there I came home and walked the slowest puppy in the world. What the hell?

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please note: this looks accurate…with occasional stops in between.
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I got 17000 steps in yesterday so that’s a lovely amount. Today I have….::consulting my workout plan:: 3 miles on the plan and some strength because I want to.
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It’s pouring rain/snowing so I’m not sure if that’ll be a treadmill run or what but there you go. Also, much organizing to be done because hey…That’s my job!
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Mom’s cold, put on a sweater.

Don’t forget to stretch, it’s good for you and prevents injuries… such a mom thing…
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time
you know I’ve always been plagued by Achilles Tendonitis (it’s all good, I’m currently fine). Occasionally it manifests itself in a new and different way, in my calf. I’ve been known to have to stop running and hobble home rather abruptly because of sudden and really unfriendly gripping pain in my calf. This is all connected…literally. I have ridiculously tight IT bands and always have and that’s what I’m feeling now. Even when I’m not running I am the least flexible person in the world.
It’s always been a bucket list item (who are we kidding, the term is there we’re just going to accept it now) to be able to do the splits, I think it may be my most unrealistic goal, right up there with climbing Everest to Base Camp (that actually got kicked off the list in the last few years…the abuse of money and politics make it way less fun). This doesn’t keep the goal from being there. Wouldn’t you love to be that flexible??  I would so love it. I think your body would have to feel so amazing to have those long loose strong muscles.
My body has never been fond of my short tight muscles and rebels at every turn. So I am on a mission to stretch stretch and stretch, foam roll and stretch some more. If that doesn’t keep me going, I swear I’ll go to PT. Something, for sure. I suppose my shoe style could be wrong after all these years… maybe if I get the chance I’ll pop in and get a gait analysis. I swap between two different shoes so I should maybe run in a different shoe tomorrow. That will help.
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The easiest thing to blow off if you’re a runner is stretching and the most important thing to do if you’re a runner is stretching.  Running shortens and tightens our muscles and we’re left hobbling around with no flexibility at all. The cross training and stretching, yoga, and foam rolling… it all works together to  help your muscles recover and remember what it’s like before you abused them in such a mean way.
The key is to remember our dynamic stretches are what’s important before a run and static stretches are for after.  You don’t want to mix these up because static stretching done cold can result in injury and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.
I do talk about stretching probably more often than the average bear
but I think people really blow it off and don’t do it…they just think they don’t need it. Getting into the habit of stretching, recognizing how important it is and that it’s just as important as the run itself will only benefit you in the long run and not doing it will undoubtedly harm eventually. No one is immune. Every runner I’ve known has been plagued by an injury (mild or severe) that could have been avoided had they just properly stretched. 
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So today I walked the dog
, stretched and foam rolled for a good half hour or so at least (felt like an hour so probably longer)…and did some stability ball work. Also, I had a wicked migraine so I threw up several times. That was fun. It works the abs pretty well and really kicks those muscles into high gear.
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Can someone please buy me this? I just want to live there in it’s charm and sweetness. You laugh now, but when I have a castle you’ll be sorry. You will not be invited to the ball.
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My workout today is supposed to be yoga/recovery but I’m going hiking with Michelle instead. I think I’ll do a little yoga anyway to give my legs a good stretch before I go and then for sure when I get back. Sean’s been helping me with an extra deep leg stretch in the mornings and at night.  My chiropractor showed me a stretch that helps and Sean works it with me. He’s a little mean and I occasionally have to remind him…hang on…that’s too far. Repressed issues much? But it’s incredibly helpful having a second person.
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Doesn’t this look like the greatest way to wake up? I do some of these already and it feels SO good in the morning. Everything snaps and crackles. It’s a lovely feeling. No really. It is.
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I found these on luschiouslifts.com ~ I also see she has a stability ball stretch workout so I am totally going to check that out. See the backbend up there? Not doin’ that. My head hurts too much with upside down things. Nope.
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Off to hike…
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Tuesdays with Michelle

I spent the morning with Michelle (no photo…I did not feel good, sorry. Here, look at this one to remember us by. It wasn’t that long ago….)

hiking at Red Rocks (insert amazing picture of Red Rocks here so everyone will be appropriately jealous because they so don’t live here…SO sad)


photo by Michelle because her phone is ridiculously better than mine. Now I’M sad.
We did a hike that was nowhere…this bears repeating…nowhere near as painful and mean as the hike Sean and I did on Easter Sunday. We were able to hold a conversation nearly the entire time with me only stopping a few times to gasp…again…I’m woefully out of shape so please do have mercy before you pick on me too much. And it was hot (nearly 80*!)
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name that movie! ::swoon::

I was smart enough to put sunscreen on part of me…the facial part of me (ha!) and my neck…but I stopped there apparently and didn’t think to do the rest. Why? Ladies and gentlemen, we are sponsored by ADHD week! I’m relatively certain I was working on it and then…

What’s that??

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yeahhhh.
So my upper back looks pretty damn red.
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Let’s be real here…my skin is far more freckle (thanks Daddy!) than lily white but it is in there somewhere. Now it’s pretty in pink.
Meanwhile…Miss Michelle said she read my blog and saw the photo and said, what the hell is Ingress. She googled it and it didn’t tell her anything! I thought that was odd. I’ve googled it before and it told me exactly what it was but whatever. I’ll update the blog because I do talk about it. So here you go for everyone that has forgotten how Google works. 😉

Ingress is a location-based, augmented-reality mobile game developed by Niantic, a company spun off from Google.[4]The game was first released for Android devices on November 15, 2012,[2][5] and later for iOS on July 14, 2014.[3][6] The game has a science fiction back story with a continuous open narrative.[7][8] Ingress is also considered to be a location-based exergame.

Unlike many other MMOGs, the competition in Ingress is primarily between the two opposing factions rather than between individual players, and players never interact directly in the game or suffer any kind of damage other than temporarily running out of “XM”, the power that fuels all actions except movement and communication. The gameplay consists of capturing “portals” at places of cultural significance, such as public art, landmarks, monuments, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular “control fields” over geographical areas. ~source

I totally understand this is confusing but suffice it to say, it’s a computer game, Sean travels on his bike a lot, on foot and in the car and he loves it. Shaughnessy and Adam play it, too. They all find it really interesting and engaging. I think anything that keeps them that interested obviously has some value and the fact that it includes learning with interacting and also exercise well, it all kind of combines to make the best scenario for me. I don’t mind if he plays it.
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Here’s a randomly dumb story.
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And just for the men that read the blog, it’s about underwear. Sorry about that. There’s a particular style I like and I can find it in two brands at two stores. No big deal. I’m very simple.  It’s the OCD in me. I stopped at the store the other day to pick some up and they have changed the sizing. If you know me, you know I don’t care about sizing, I wear whatever fits me.  I have size 11 in my closet and size 4 (well probably not a 4 anymore…ha! yeah…it’s been a long year). But now the new sizes are as follows:
size 5=S
size 6=M
size 7=L
size 8=XL
size 9=2XL
And that is as big as they go. Anyone else think that’s random? Also, the cut is way different, so I usually wear a size M and there was NO way they were fitting me anymore.
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I just looked at them, shook my head and walked away. What genius thought they should resize underwear and make it SMALLER??  

Because women don’t already need therapy for body issues. Honestly.

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I have to take my car in and get some minor work done. See, I’m hoping to not jinx that by saying it’s minor…I should just say “work done”. Hm. I’m finishing up here at home quick, then to the store, then back home quick and then I toyed with dropping the car and walking home.

Now to be clear….it’s six miles. That’s quite a walk. But in the grand scheme it’s not that bad and I can always take the bus. Oh! I should totally take the bus. Hm. I’ll think about it. I mean…city buses are an experience..personal space being invaded, possibly mugged, minor sexual assaults..hey now.

Just kidding Mom. Just the personal space thing.

So Sean has turned into me. He’s headed out the door this morning and I reassure him that I’ll take care of it. He hesitates and then kisses me goodbye. At the door he says goodbye again and then stops and turns and says…

“how are you going to take care of it?”
Ha. I said, “I just am. Go to work”.

Such a mom moment.
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