Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was…interesting. It all started last Tuesday, when it began snowing and didn’t stop until Wednesday morning. Wednesday night we noticed water dripping from the bottom of one of our kitchen cabinets. I left to go to a Barre3 class, and came back to pots and pans under every cabinet. The top of one of the cabinets was bowing under the weight of the water! I was horrified and we made sure to move all of the expensive items like the microwave and Keurig out of the kitchen just in case the leak got any worse. On Thursday, the roofer came by to shovel the snow off of our flat roof to prevent any more leaking, but by Friday morning it was so bad that we had to take some drastic measures. My husband called me at noon on Friday and told me to take a half day at work because this was happening:
The leaks had ruined our cabinets beyond repair, so they had to take them out. They also had to tear down the outer wall and rip up the floor. The water was dripping so bad that it had also ruined my downstairs neighbor’s kitchen and was dripping down the basement walls!
So what does that mean for us? Our kitchen will be dried out using a machine. After a week, the insurance adjustor will come to assess damage, and it could take a week or two to come to an agreement on what needs to be done to fix it and how much it will cost. And then it will take a week to repair it and get us a whole new kitchen! After that, they’ll begin repairing the kitchen downstairs! It’s a mess, and it means that our kitchen is basically unusable for a month. Our refrigerator has been plugged in on the opposite wall of the kitchen and it still usable (although not until the kitchen drying machine is done drying out the walls!), and we’ll be able to use our microwave in the living room, but there are going to be quite a few issues with food prep. We will have to use as few dishes as possible to avoid doing all of our dishes in the tiny bathroom sink, and everything we make needs to be something we can heat up in either the microwave or the toaster oven. Plus everything from our kitchen is basically all over our apartment now and it’s so difficult to find anything! If you know of any healthy recipes that can be quickly and easily made in your own living room, let me know!
Obviously this means that there will be a lot of changes in our day-to-day lives for the next few weeks, including the ability to cook when and what we want. We also had to leave my dog at my parents’ house due to all the construction going on, which made me really sad. So when it came time to sit down to write this post, I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling very motivated. I was tired, angry, and overwhelmed by how much of a mess our apartment is (and will be for a while!). And on top of all that, I had a 10 miler on my training plan! Almost no streets are fully cleared around my house or my parents’ house after the most recent round of snow on Saturday, so there was only one option for getting this long run done: my treadmill. So imagine my horror when I came back to my apartment Sunday night and discovered that we couldn’t plug in my treadmill while the kitchen drying machine was on! After stomping around and being angry for a while, I decided to do a few smaller Barre3 workouts from YouTube for an hour (by the way, mixing together shorter workouts online does NOT come anywhere near the awesomeness that is a Barre3 studio class!) and called it a day. So here’s my motivation for this week: Sometimes life messes up your workout plans. And all you can do is make new plans and move on. Sometimes a long run just isn’t meant to be, and it’s not going to ruin my training plan or cause me to not be able to run that half marathon. I’ve just got to keep on staying positive and do what I can to stay on track with my training plan until Disney Princess! I am not going to let life win this round!
Here’s to hoping that I can do a long run after work today or tomorrow! They might be able to turn the kitchen drying machine off by then!
Have you ever had to cancel a workout due to unforeseen circumstances? Have you ever done a long run after working all day? Do you have any non-cooking dinner suggestions for the next few weeks?