Energizer Bunny

Unlike some of you who have been soaking in the sun & loving every minute of it, I’m not a fan of the hot weather we’ve been experiencing in Michigan this summer. The thermostat has been above 85 degrees WAY too much for my taste. Heat makes me cranky with a capital crank! And I know the 15lbs I’ve been trying to take off hasn’t shifted because of all the beer I’ve been drinking this summer. Hey, ya gotta put a little alcohol on it, especially in this heat… My GOD, the heat!! 

So… once the weather turns from hotter than HOT to hints of glorious fall… I turn into the Energizer Bunny. 
My brain & body are inspired from the inside out. I am annoyingly happy & energized to come up with a full to-do list of things I want to accomplish. 
Fall weather energizes me like nothing else. I want to run & jump through the puddles of rain… open up all the windows in my house & vehicle and soak in every second of this all-too-brief season… and get shit done. Yes, gloomy weather inspires me to get OUT of the house instead of staying in. 
I keep going & going & going… 
And if the house is already clean/picked up (which, by some miracle this past weekend, it was) home is the last place I want to stay. Hey, I have 2 kids — so if the house is clean, my goal is to get everyone OUT of it so it stays clean for as long as possible!!! Am I alone in these feelings?
Trees in my backyard, just before a summer-rain.
When we got hit with our first taste of fall this past weekend, I do believe I pissed off the hubs with my autumnal energy. Just as he was settling in for a long Saturday morning nap, I burst his nap-bubble. Let’s go to the farmer’s market! 
Let’s pick up back-to-school supplies! 
Let’s go to the zoo! 
Founders for lunch? 

Oh yeah, the hubs was not happy with me… until I mentioned Founders — when he leaped out of the recliner like a dog who heard the word walk. So after the farmer’s market, we hit up Founders for lunch, and spent the rest of the weekend in a relative lazy-mode. After being on the go-go-go for most of the summer, having a weekend “off” felt like a luxury. The next 2 weekends we will be busy again, and then school starts.

Don’t get me wrong, when the weather is dark & dreary, I do have moments where I just want to cozy up with a nice warm cup of homemade stew, stay in my yoga-pants and enjoy hearing the rain falling outside of my window, and a good football game on my tv. Today, just for example, it may not even break 70, so I’ve already started cooking my Mean Green Chili! But, to put things in perspective, I also have a full list of other things to get done… including this blogpost, errands, maybe even a trip to the park. 
Don’t get me wrong, I will miss my summer trips to Lake Michigan; I savored every visit to Lake Michigan this summer, including one on my birthday last week. I hope to make at least one more trip to that beautiful body of water before the heat breaks for good. But, in the meantime, I’m embracing what I have. And today, the gloomy West-Michigan weather may actually inspire me to get a few more things done.
What energizes you? 

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