Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Guilt and a gift.

There's a giveaway over at Runners' Lounge and to be entered you have to leave a comment with your ideal holiday gifts for runners. Or something like that. My memory isn't always the best.

Not the point. The point is that I entered. I left my comment this morning and then I received what I said I wanted! For real! Or, well, for sorta.

I said that I wanted babysitting coupons from family and friends who would want to watch my son so I could run during the day. Because, people, you guilted me*. Guilted? Made me feel guilty? That's probably more like it.

Again, not the point.

The point is, I wrote my comment and submitted it. Later this morning, I went to a friend's house and she suggested that we watch each other's kids one morning a week to give us each some free time. Holy cannoli, Batman!

Wow, yes. OK. So, we set it up. I'll watch her daughter for 3 hours, she'll watch my son for 3 hours once a week. The two kids are about the same age, so it should work out perfectly. THREE HOURS! Gah! It looks like I've received an early Christmas present. I'll be running during the day. Woo hoo!

Just like that. I said what I wanted. I got it. Thank you, Runners' Lounge**!


* See the comments here, where I learned what I already knew: You guys are some kind of Dean Karnazes tough with all of your running outside in the minus 38 degree weather that feels like minus 62, in the dark, with 40mph winds and freezing rain, on icy trails guarded by killer wolves (are they around in the winter?).

** Can't wait for the next "ask" because I'm thinking I could really use a little more speed . . . or endurance . . .

13 comments:

BeachRunner said...

How great for you! Enjoy your run time. When is the inaugural run?

tfh said...

The best part about having friends with kids is how insanely happy this gift makes them! And, it makes me happy to spend time instead of money for Christmas. Win-win. I'm happy about your extra 3 hours!

SLB said...

Woot! That was easy!

Baby sitting is the best gift that can't be wrapped!

Marcy said...

ENJOY IT!! Those 3 hrs go by SOOOOO quick. At least that what I think when the one kiddo goes off to preschool HAHHA

OK seriously. On another note. What's up with Blogger? The word verification for this one is "labias" Are you kidding me?!? HAHAHAH

Diana said...

How cool is that!?! Too bad it didn't work EVERY time you wish for somethinig :) Enjoy the morning run!

D10 said...

That sounds wonderful. Enjoy your 3hours of freedom.

MCM Mama said...

Awesome! I did this during my marathon training with a friend. I got one day to run as much as needed and then one day to do stuff around the house 'cause 2 two year olds are easier than one.

Enjoy the arrangement!

J said...

Wow that worked out so prefect!! Yay for some free time and running!!

Marlene said...

I saw your post yesterday and thought What a great idea for the parents! So glad you already got your wish.

Bridget said...

Ummmm - I want "in" on this arrangement too!!! Maybe for monthly date nights?

Amanda said...

I love getting what I want...and so quickly too!! Time for you is always a good thing and shows your kids how important it is to take care of yourself

X-Country2 said...

What great friends! Enjoy the time to yourself.

Vava said...

I think it's been said above, but the nicest thing about this gift that you've received is that you are simultaneously giving back a gift of your own! Nice!

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