It’s been a week that we’ve been furloughed. You’d think that I would have just been crazy productive, since I’ve had a week off, right? Somehow it’s not quite working out that way! I am getting a few things checked off my to-do list, like trying to call my phone company and work out some billing issues, and actually doing enough laundry that I didn’t have any waiting in the “dirty” basket for a day or two. But somehow I don’t feel like I’ve been able to crank through things quite like I wanted to. It might be the rainy weather we’ve been having, or how the days are getting a lot shorter, who knows. Maybe it’s just that given the choice of doing chores or sitting by the fire with a baby, the choice is always clear, and my to-do list stays the same length.
We did get out a bit last week, when the weather was still dry. In fact, I was extremely excited to get C into the bike trailer finally, and go for our first bike ride. We just went into town and visited a friend at our local radio station, KCAW. C slept both ways, and was cheerful and typically flirty with every person who walked into the station. And I was completely blissed out to be back on my bike!
On Saturday I got back on the bike again, using the trailer to carry my fire gear to the station for training—and, as it turned out, a fire call. I think it was my first call since I’ve had C. It was a boat fire, and ended up not being too much fire, but every call I get on helps get me back into the routine and mindset.
Interesting fact I learned: my fire gear is much heavier to bike with in the trailer than C is!
I also got out on a bit of a real hike last week. I met up with my friend Michelle and we headed out on the Cross trail. It was one of those days that can be nice one minute and then pouring wet, so I wasn’t sure how long we’d last. Turns out C fell asleep pretty quickly (as long as I kept moving) and so when we got to the trail for Gavan Hill, we started up it. I’m not a super fast hiker at the moment, both because of fitness and getting used to having a baby strapped to my chest, but we hiked for a lot longer than I had expected! I’m guessing we were close to the lookout when we turned around. Coming down was harder than going up, because it’s harder to see where I’m going. I was continually grateful that I had brought my hiking poles, because otherwise I think I would have been extremely nervous about losing my footing. That is a narrow, slippery trail! We were probably out for about 2 hours, and C stayed warm and dry even through a few downpours. It felt great to get muddy and wet again.
Now that I’m starting to actually believe this furlough is going to keep going a while, and I don’t wake up every morning assuming I have to head into work, we planned another hike tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates a little bit for us! Today I had plans for a coffee date, which just got cancelled because of a plumbing emergency (not mine), and I have high hopes to clean out my closet. Oh, the wild life of a furloughed federal worker!
And yes, you can put quotation marks around the “worker”. Har har.