My wife teases me about running and triathlon being part of my midlife crisis! And in some respects there may be a little truth to it. Well, not the crisis part. A crisis would have involved in making drastic changes in my life, like with career or marriage! But I did have a "midlife" evaluation and decided to make changes regarding the direction of my health, how my time is spent and in what way do I want to be an example to my kids.
I think I made the right decision. Just "working out" didn't work out so I became involved with better goals and thus running and triathlon!
These changes to my daily routine was pretty hard on me at first. It was just tiring, exhausting to me. I now can exercise AND get things done around the house. I did do dishes, laundry etc. but projects were put on hold.
And I present to you example 1:
This is our gas fireplace shortly after building the house (2002 or 3)! BTW, when I say building, I mean it. With help, we did the electrical, insulation, sheet rock, mudding and paint, hardwood floors and tile and finally finish work.
The plan was to put a cabinet above for the TV, etc.
We didn't like it.
So, I did this!
As you can see, not even finished with the sheet rock for Christmas of 2005!
Now here is Christmas of 2006
Look, I finished the sheet rock!
And here we are Christmas 2007
I think we did a good job of hiding the sheet rock screws! Don't you? And oh, take a look at my gut because it is GONE!
In 2008, we largely avoided pictures by the fireplace. I think that Angela may have even been a little pithy about the issue. ;-)
Here's one that snuck through. Still no mantle for my wife!
Now for the pantry!