Monday, March 27, 2017

TWTW - the one with the sleep out

Friday I worked from home, which meant cute coworkers, washing out the fruit and veggie bins at lunch, and doing laundry.
Friday night was the Covenant House Sleep Out, our last year doing the young professionals version because alas we are no longer young professionals. We are now older professionals. Gladys was there for the workshops, and again my favorite part was hearing stories from staff and kids. I only teared up once. More on this Wednesday. We fell asleep in our cardboard boxes on the ground around 12 and slept, uh, lightly until 4:30, when we cleaned up our area and took off at 5. My hands were irritated, red, raw meat after ONE night sleeping outside. Note to self: more gloves for the homeless next winter.
After going home and getting the dogs, I was at the shore by 7. As I am wont to do, I cried coming over the bridge because I was so happy to be back. So, opening the house the day after a night of no deep sleep was probably not one of my best decisions to date. I struggled through some outdoor cleanup and put the efficiency back together and took 507 couch breaks sitting among tons of crap while MFD scrubbed the siding on the top and bottom decks and put together new porch furniture (disregard the hideous mess on the ground, the downstairs porch is one of two big spring projects this year including a lot of paint scraping).
We raised the tired white flag and took the dogs down to the beach to wear them out. We had lunch outside at Sunrise Cafe before taking a bike ride on the boardwalk. Things you should not do on no sleep: ride a bike that needs air in its tires on a crowded boardwalk. I almost mowed down many and definitely crashed directly into MFD. Sorry, everyone. We retreated to the beach where we basically just laid the fuck down and assed out. Thriving despite no sleep is not something I do well at this age.
As you can see my bike did not fare well over the winter with the rust, so MFD got a lot of it off with a wire brush drill attachment. It was like magic.
I literally never even went into the main part of the house until 6 pm when I dropped a bag off up there and went right back downstairs. MFD went fishing, I took a bike ride back to the bay, then painted my nails, hung out with the tired dogs, and watched the Godfather saga for hours before falling into a deep, dreamless sleep that was amazing until the dogs got me up at 6 to go for a dark, cold, windy walk. That'll get you going.
Sunday I changed the sheets, cleaned up, and was home by 9:30. We went to a Bucks County Democratic Woman of the Year brunch for Helene, who is the hugest doer and advocate for women and involvement in the democratic process. She is a force. MFD's dad was in the hospital on Election Day, and MFD got in touch with her from Ireland and she arranged for a lawyer to visit him in the hospital so he could vote, which was really important to him. It was nice to see her honored. I love the doers. That's just one small personal story out of so many, and it was nice to hear them in speeches in her honor.
Other Sunday things: I went to Sam's where I encountered an angry crowd waiting for rotisserie chicken so that came right off of my list, work worked from 3-9, did three loads of shore laundry, picked up some trash in the yard from the winter, and just sat around at night. I was tired. I am out of shore shape - we are much more active down there than we are at home!

Weekly food prep: breakfast is breakfast burritos from the freezer and a banana; lunch is chicken salad and tomatoes over spinach; snacks are mango, and celery and PB; and dinners are pick & peel shrimp with macaroni salad (made with some Christmas tree pasta, eh), and baked chicken breasts with roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips, and red onions. I also made a batch of power breakfast muffins to freeze. 


March recommendations tomorrow. See you then, homies. 





Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending


24 comments:

  1. You had such a crazy productive weekend girl - are you going to rest today?! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. You were productive for getting no sleep. Your work from homeworkers are very cute. Hope you can catch up on some sleep!

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  3. So , so much in a few days. God bless you both. Forever grateful that you kids have this shore house. I am getting myself moving more starting today 3-27. Adds up to 12. Many 12 sightings during the night. Hello from the other side. Use your body or it will die. Lights and Angels for all kids to have a happy home ! Thanks for sleeping out.
    Love. Your. Very. Proud. Momma.

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  4. I had to get up at 3am to drop KC off somewhere this morning and it only 7am and I am already feeling it. Thriving will not happen today. Of course, that's different than being homeless, of course. Love Covenant House, I think it's fantastic you do that sleep out. Note to self to buy more gloves as well. I donate to 2 charities monthly no matter what, and CH is one of them (PP is the other). Such a great organisation.
    wow, magic rust remover! that's awesome. i laughed so hard at you mowing people down/crashing into MFD.
    power breakfast muffins? i am intrigued.

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  5. The rust before and after is so great. I didn't know that existed. Getting an attorney so someone can vote on election day - whoa. I never considered what options would be for someone who was unexpectedly incapacitated. Glad methods exist for those who seek them.

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  6. Oooh, I'm glad MFD was able to get the rust off! He did a great job! And WOW to helping his dad cast his vote last Nov.- sounds like Helene deserves it!!

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  7. Your blogs always amaze me. You list 637 things that you accomplished and then follow that up with ... and then we had lunch. I am lucky if I can accomplish 2 things before lunchtime.

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  8. Cutest co-workers ever! And I love how you guys do that sleep out, such an amazing cause and yesss to gloves. It's amazing how much your hands hurt when it's cold outside.

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  9. Wow! You were so productive this weekend, even on no sleep. So glad that you got to get to the shore house, even on little sleep. Saturday was a great day for the shore...sunday left a lot to be desired, at least down here so I'm glad you got your good day in!

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  10. Oh to live close to the ocean!! I would love that! Maybe someday... :) What a great idea to sleep outside for a night. It brings great awareness to big issues. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. I can't believe how much rust came off! That's awesome. And I love things like the sleep out because 1) great cause, obviously, but 2) it truly changes your perspective (like the bit about the gloves). It's so important to check on our perspectives every now and then.

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  12. I bet it was gorgeous out there this weekend! Saturday was perfect weather here!

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  13. Crazy productive weekend on your end. I'd love to be able to escape to the beach on the weekends...even if it means keeping up two households (for real, I can barely handle one).

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  14. Geez y'all had such a full weekend, but it was filled with the best kinds of things! I can't wait to hear more about Covenant House Sleep Out!

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  15. Glad you made it back to the house!!
    Thats good to know you can get rust off like that. Looks brand new.
    Angry crowd over chicken - that made me giggle. I get angry when I cant find my veggie burgers I like #vegetarianlife
    Love that polish color!

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  16. Wow that is a lot of rust!! Crazy!

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  17. What a productive weekend, as exemplified by that bike before and after, wow!

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  18. I don't know how you managed to get so much done on such little sleep. The new furniture looks nice. MFD did an awesome job on your bike!!

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  19. I remember your sleep out last year and admire that you continue to do it for a great cause. Was it so cold your hand turned red? After hardly any sleep, I'm amazed you had such a busy and fun/productive filled weekend.

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  20. I didn't know you could vote while in the hospital. That's good to know. Kudos to her! Looking forward to Wednesday's post. Congrats on opening up the shore house!!

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  21. That's crazy that he was able to get that rust off your bike! That's really awesome that she was able to arrange for your FIL to vote.

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  22. That rust removal is quite impressive! I think donating more gloves for the homeless is such a smart tip.

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  23. Loved that you did the sleep out again . . . walking a brief jaunt in someone else's shoes can open your eyes to a lot of things. So excited the shore house is back in action for you - we can tell just how happy it makes you! :-)

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  24. Awesome that you slept out. Brave woman! Also, cutest coworkers ever. I was born in Bucks County and still have family up there. Raised down south but my dad is back in Richlandtown now.

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