7 Quick Takes: August 31, 2012 (Vol. 129)

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There are things that you just never think that you have to tell your children. They are the kinds of things that you suspect you’ve just always known that they were a bad idea.  But, then your child does something that makes you go, “Oh, clearly I needed to mention that was a bad idea.”

exercise ball

Yep, I had one of those occurrences today.

It came as I was in the living room and the kids were in a bedroom.  I heard a large thunk (that ended up being a head hitting the floor, as those loud thunks often end up being) and then loud crying.

What greeted me at the door was Jack lying on the floor crying, while the other kids recounted to me how it happened.  And it was this: Jack had stood up on an exercise ball to try to reach something on a shelf.

No, I didn’t mistype.  He stood on a large ball and was surprised to have fallen.

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Jack was fine (thankfully), and I was reminded that motherhood is often the most surprising and perplexing role that a woman can ever have.

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Last weekend, I was thrilled to get an impromptu phone call from our dear friends inviting us over to make s’mores at their new house.  Calls like that always make me feel a little bad, because they are the types of calls that I just don’t seem to make, always worried that people are too busy for impromptu s’mores.

There is something soul cleansing about just visiting with friends and roasting marshmallows over an open fire.

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Not only did I leave with a full, happy heart from our friends’ home, but I also left with 26 mosquito bites.  I know – I counted them, and each and every one of them was from my knees to my feet.  (So itchy!)

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treadmill typingOne day last week, I decided to try out an idea.  You see, I kind of wondered if I would edit and schedule post that writers from The Homeschool Classroom had submitted by working on them with my iPad and keyboard while walking on our treadmill.

Trust me – I know this sounded like a standing on an exercise ball to grab something off of a shelf idea.  But, I figured it was worth a try.  If it didn’t work, I would just keep walking and not work.

I’m so thrilled I gave it a try though.  I walked for an hour as I worked on a bit of editing and mostly scheduling.  (They’re pretty fabulous writers.)  The best part was that the time went fast and I didn’t have to feel like I was losing work time (which can be hard for me to come by).

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I have to admit, of course, that I wasn’t going terribly fast – only about 2.5 mph at a 5% incline.  But, I knew that I was definitely moving more than when I was sitting in a chair doing the same editing work normally.  Bonus!

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This post was actually written while walking on my treadmill.  Let me assure you that, yes, typing on the treadmill was harder than mostly just reading, a tweak here or there, and scheduling posts.

But, it appears that the post is now done and I haven’t even fallen off and been the maker of a thunk of the floor.

Angie for the win!


This post is linked to 7 Quick Takes and Weekly Wrap Up.


Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    I’m glad Jack was ok, I bet that was one of those wth moments for you. LOL!

    Good idea to do your work while using the treadmill. You were moving and that’s all that matters.

  2. Ann-Marie says

    I know it sounds crazy, crazy, crazy . . . But put Deoderant on your bites. It cut the itching significantly. Love the ‘working treadmill’ sessions. You are way more coordinated than I am! All I can manage is watching a show on the iPad. Something about Downton Abbey doesn’t encourag me to walk fast!

  3. says

    Oh, the things kids think of :) Glad he was ok! We have a recumbent stationary bike in our house that I have set my lap top up on a little table next to, but I can only read while riding – I’ve tried to type, but it is pretty much impossible! Good for you for walking and working :)

  4. says

    Nut joerb! Give yourself the time on the treadmill to just be there. Listen to music or a book on tape. You deserve that break from work. Get off that exercise ball.

    • says

      I get too bored listening to music or a book on tape. The time seems endless. (Even though I like both of those things.) However, when I’m working, it goes so fast. So, while appreciate the encouragement to take a break from work while I’m doing it, it actually makes me feel really good to do it. (But, then once I finished writing this post, I went for about 15 minutes longer, sped it up, and also did some running while watching some television so I could round out the hour.)

  5. says

    You so need to get that Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. Then you could write your posts by dictating them while you walk on the treadmill. I’ve been really impressed with Dragon. Yes, there is a learning curve and it doesn’t get everything perfect (I’ve heard it gets more accurate as it learns your voice, though), but if you had the basics typed out, you could just edit — either on or off the treadmill. Amazon had v. 11 for just $30 or so when I got it. That’s just one version older than current. Just a thought.