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Cindy Maddera


Michael stayed over Monday night. This was the first time for him to stay on a "school night", which meant that we'd both be getting ready around the same time in the morning. Basically, it was our first morning routine test. This is what my morning routine looks like: wake up at 5:20 AM, drink a full glass of water, use the bathroom and jump in the shower, then I do the minimum requirements for looking presentable for work (makeup, hair, clean teeth), followed by an hour of yoga, breakfast and final dressing (change yoga pants for real pants) and then I'm out the door and on my way to work. My mornings are very organized (my life is pretty organized). I never hit the snooze button on the alarm (mostly because I can't stand to hear it go off again). Michael's alarm started going off at 5:00 AM, a loud rotary phone ring that I couldn't figure out how to stop. So the alarm would continue to sound off every fifteen minutes or so with Michael still snoring away. But, by the time I got onto my yoga mat and Michael made his way to the shower, everything kind of fell into place. We repeated the morning routine test Thursday morning and passed with flying colors. I have had a really hard time gaining control of any kind of routine ever since BlogHer '13. My home yoga practice has been sketchy. Weekly chore night? I don't even know what that is any more. I feel like I've done a poor job of learning how to incorporate a new person into this OCD inspired routine life of mine. This is the first week in a long time where I finally feel like I'm getting a grip. Yoga has happened every day. I have been on the treadmill every day. I have done chores. I have eaten good healthy food. And Michael has been right there in the middle of it all. I am thankful for this. I am thankful that I'm finally figuring out how to bend and give but at the same time take the time I need for me and my health. I am also thankful that we've been able to fall into a regular routine so easily together. I think that bodes well for the future.

What else? We've got sprouts coming up in the new Fall garden. All of the vehicles are getting oil changes this weekend. There's also been talk of a bike ride on Saturday. I have not ridden a bicycle in years. I am excited and apprehensive all at the same time, but I'm thankful that I finally broke down and got a good bicycle. Oh! That reminds me. I'm thankful for all of you who have donated to Michael's fundraising page for the AIDS Bicycle Cruise. He's been amazed and wowed by the internet. I hope everyone has a truly wonderful weekend and a super Thankful Friday!