A momentary parental break

How has your day been? I have a teenager daughter who’s angry that her parents have decided to periodically look through her phone to make sure she’s safe. That’s how my day has been.

Fortunately, I was able to escape to the park for an hour!

I jogged a little today, which is new. I jogged for a minute, looked down at my FitBit which told me that my heart rate was astronomically high, checked my carotid pulse and realized Oh shit – it really is high and Wow, I’m really out of shape. And then stopped mentally beating myself up and said, Hey – it’s okay – your heart is a muscle. Just start flexing. Oh yeah, baby.

So I turned up the volume in my earbuds and repeated the cycle of jogging and then walking. It took an extremely long time of walking before my pulse was at a reasonable level to jog again. No shame, Quix, no shame. Shame is the devil!

As always, it’s fucking amazing that I was out and about, much less exercising. Fucking. Amazing. Stop beating yourself up. Just. Stop. It.

Today’s workout:


I, of course, took a lot of pictures. Not of myself working out and sweating -eww, no. Pics of the clouds. I can’t get over how beautiful the clouds have been these last few weeks.


I went exploring a little further down the road than last time, past the ice rink, and found that the roads were quite traffic heavy, and thus not safe for pedestrians, so headed back towards the park, but first snapped a picture of some old cars:

Then on my way back to my car I sat down and enjoyed the pond for a couple minutes. Here was my view:



Damn, eastern NC is beautiful. In the next couple of days I’m hoping to go for a walk through the local gardens. There are dozens of acres of lush gardens. The gardens are open again to the public, as you can safely walk around and still keep within social distancing guidelines (restrooms and gift shop is closed).  So, friends, anticipate loads of beautiful pictures!

Now back to my teen daughter. Wish me luck.

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About Quixie

Hi! I go by "Quixie." Quixie is a shortened version of "quixotic," which means: "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical." It's how I described my evangelical Christian faith when I started blogging 5 years ago. Now I'm an agnostic atheist who is trying to find a balance between idealism and reality. I write primarily about my mental health journey (I have bipolar disorder), and I also discuss my deconversion, mindfulness, exercise, music, reading, and other cultural topics.