Hey look what I just got!
Last night, as I was putting Charlotte to bed, I heard a helicopter outside. At first I didn't pay any attention to it, but I gradually realized that the helicopter wasn't passing over, it was just hanging out nearby. VERY nearby, from the sound of it. I tucked Charlotte in and went downstairs to find a helicopter DIRECTLY over my front yard. Seriously, the unraked leaves were flying everwhere and if anyone had jumped out of it they would've landed on my doorstep. To help illustrate my point, please refer to this totally awesome picture I took out my window:
The helicopter incident had put me on edge, so I wasn't very comfortable not having a way to contact people in case of emergency (we don't have a house phone) and THAT is the main reason why I had to go get a new one. Plus we've been talking about getting new phones anyway. But that's not as exciting.
The helicopter incident also got me thinking about being a mom. If I didn't have kids, I'm sure I probably would've just sauntered outside with Will to see what all the fuss was about, possibly while enjoying a beer. But now that I'm a mom, all that goes through my head in an even mildly frightening situation is "Oh my God! What if someone comes busting through the front door, they'll be between me and the kids! How would I get up to the girls and get them out of the house??? Are we going to be on the news crouching in our front yard wrapped in police blankets like those families at the end of horror movies??? My children are 100% dependant on me but how can I protect them in a world where bad things I can't control can happen???(??)" Then I start thinking about the poor mothers who have been through war or natural disasters with their children and have felt that fear 1000 times worse, and before I know it I am having a beer not for the enjoyment of it, but to relax my tightly-wound nerves. Who would've imagined that being a mom was such a big responsibility? Oh yeah, probably pretty much everyone.
On a lighter note, I got to meet Lauren from Oatmeal After Spinning this evening! We both live in the same town, go to the same gym, read the same blogs, know a lot of the same people and believe in the same eating philosophy but somehow had never really met before. We rectified that this evening by planning to take a Bodypump class together (although we had to stand across the room from each other because I was late...I was busy with some of those aforementioned mommy responsibilities) It was exciting to get to talk to someone else who shares so many of my views on food, weight loss, exercise etc. and I can't wait to go to her clean eating potluck this weekend!
And not to belabor the point, but I have even MORE mommy responsibilities to attend to now, namely, bedtime. Which will hopefully be helicopter-free this evening.