Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cycle 19, CD 6

[Click here for more information about Emhart's September Photo Challenge]

Prompt: School

I pinky swore myself that, starting today, I was going to get active again. My life has been pretty sedentary and lacking in vitamin D for several months now. Ironic now that summer is almost over. I also could stand to loose some weight because somehow, I've gained almost 15 pounds over the last 2 years. I completely blame infertility. For all of it. So today at 5:01PM, I slipped on my sneakers, grabbed Ms. Brown (the pooch), and ventured out. Just being outside is a big step for me, never mind the 5 miles we walked. And it felt really good.

Between listening to my favorite audible blogger chicks, feeling the sun permeate my skin, and watching Ms. B's head swivel back and forth with each new smell- I felt like I was healing. Like, instead of waiting for time to do its thing, I took matters into my own hands. I made myself heal a little bit today.

And maybe it was the universe's way of applauding my efforts or the fact that I actual looked up for once, but something pretty cool happened. As I walked along, I looked over to my left and there it was- my prompt. And not in the form I anticipated.

A school of dolphins

By the time I paused Mo (in the middle of a great bit about Snooki and her meatball baby being highly annoying), ripped the phone off my arm, and pulled up Instagram- they were gone. So you'll just have to trust me when I tell you that there was a school of dolphins swimming together out in those waters. They were beautiful and majestic. They kept switching off with each other, coming to the surface every so often to take a deep breath before diving down again. Kind of like me.


Shit on it. Mike just informed me that it's a pod of dolphins or a school or fish. He's totally right. And here I was just beaming for the last two hours at how perfectly it all came together. Well, we are just going to have to pretend that dolphins swim in schools for the evening because I'm not ready to let the English language rain on my parade right now. Deal?

Damn, I hate it when that happens.


  1. I'm more than happy to consider it a 'school of dolphins.'

    I'm glad that you're healing and had an opportunity to soak up some vitamin D.

  2. I'm totally down with calling it a school of dolphins. :)

    I'm right there with you when it comes to weight gain. Ugh. Good for you for getting out. I need to follow your example.

  3. My activity levels have really plunged this entire year also since starting down the IVF road. I am determined to get back in control so I went on a run Monday afternoon. I didn't go far or fast but it was a run, nonetheless, and it felt great! But of course today, my muscles are screaming at me.

    Glad you enjoyed your time outside during your walk, and good luck getting back on track with your exercising!

  4. I have an extra 15 pounds too. I chalk it up to the meds...being pregnant, then not pregnant..again and again. I just started running again and hope to feel better. I am going to use that time to clear my head! I love your pic too! So clever- and I will call them a school of dolphins from now on!

  5. School or pod, it doesn't matter...they sound lovely and I'm so glad you got to have that beautiful moment. And with or without those dolphins, that photo is still perfect. I wish we all could have a view like that while we are working out!

  6. Dolphins! I think school is just fine:-) Congrats on the 5 miles walk, that's fantastic.

  7. I totally think "school of dolphins" qualifies...aren't they supposed to be the smartest sea creatures? Surely they must go to school for that!

    Totally with you on the weight gain too. Blerg. 10 pounds in 6 months, and no hard exercise allowed. I try to tell myself it is just extra cushioning to make a nicer (future) home.

  8. If I can unabashedly post a pic of a school of cows, then you should have no shame about your school of dolphins. Whatever you call it, that's an amazing thing to see.