Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spontaneous bike date!

All layered up for a 25-degree F ride

I wasn't expecting to get a little one-on-one time with Hot Husband this weekend, but sometimes the stars align, the heavens part and the angels sing.

I'm a morning person, so I woke up early on Saturday, my mind buzzing with all of the things I wanted to accomplish, like reading a little, writing a little, and practicing how to juggle. (It's my "try something for 30 days" adventure for January.) 

A little brain yoga and a little Steven Pressfield lit a fire in my belly. After weeks of making excuses about why I couldn't get on my bike, I Tigger-bounded up up to sweet, sleeping Hot Husband, and announced, "I'm going for a bike ride in 10 minutes. With or without you!"

Subtlety has never been my strong suit.

In 15 minutes, we were loaded up and ready to go. The dudes are in that magical sweet spot of being old enough to be left home alone for an hour without the worry that they'll call friends and take the car. For them, and hour without supervision just means some time to watch a video.

We took off. After a whole 17 seconds, Hot Husband asks the obvious. "Where do you want to go?" As I was considering our usual routes from the front door, he says, "How about the Boiler Room?" It's our favorite coffee shop so far in Kalispell. Hard sell.

Thirty minutes later, we were sipping Mexican mochas and enjoying a leisurely conversation. No interruptions. Ahhhh . . .

An hour on the bike, quiet time with my husband . . . couldn't have a more perfect start to the weekend.

Many thanks to the amazing Simone for turning me onto Steven Pressfield, who gave me the push I needed to move forward on essential things this weekend.

Outside the Boiler Room, where our bikes got a little alone time, too.


  1. Oh my goodness, Cherilyn--hooray for you two! Hooray for the Dudes, too, for being such swell guys!

    1. They never even missed us. They're such awesome kids.

  2. Mmmmm, large kiiiiiiiiids...... Time flies right? I'll be there soon too, right? Plus in the meantime a project of finding ways to have spontaneous spouse dates whenever we can, right? Get pro about relationship nurturing. Which is to say (even though I'm feeling a lot of envy right now tippy tappy crazy hippy girl) yaaaaaaay!!! for you guys. Date sounds awesome. xo

    1. It will happen, Claire, I swear! I remember being on the phone with my older sister a few years ago, while I was in the house alone with my babies and toddlers. She, on the other hand, was DROPPING HER KIDS OFF at the pool. I almost cried. Now I'm looking at the five short years I have before the oldest heads off on his own adventures. I can't believe it.

  3. Yay! Sovereign pushes for moving forward with essential things!

    I feel like I have no excuse whatsoever for not doing romantic-active things with my husband all the time. No babies (big or small), and he works from home mostly. We started making conscious efforts to go on walks together and somehow, when we're both moving, we have the most excellent conversations.

    Can't wait to see what fabulous things you're cooking up!