She gets up at 5:00 am this morning....again. She puts the dogs outside and then wanders downstairs to change into her workout clothes, and grab her gym bag. She comes back upstairs, packs a lunch, makes a protein shake, brings the dogs inside, and then heads to the garage.
The drive in takes quite a bit more time than usual. Probably due to the 6 bloody inches of snow they've received since she went to bed. Normally the snow is a happy thing...but today it's just more of a frustration than anything. (Probably because she hasn't seen the ground (either grass, dirt or pavement) since some time in November.) But...no one has driven on the roads she takes before reaching the interstate...and she uses her car as a small red snowplow to get to where she's going. It's fun and puts a smile on her face.
The gym is almost empty....the weather has kept everyone at home, or has delayed their arrival. After some strength training, she has her pick of treadmills. The lady that runs with "mixing bowl arms" and 8-9 mph speed isn't there to make her feel like a slacker. It puts a smile on her face.
She tunes her iPod to the FM station noted on the TV screen ahead of her so she can watch TV while running. The timing between the audio in her ears, and the video in front of her is off....about 3 seconds. It's like watching a martial arts movie with English voice overs. Mouths moving, no sound.....then sound follows later. It puts a smile on her face.
She starts getting bored on the treadmill. Thoughts of things she has to do at work, and at home are buzzing through her brain. Someone climbs onto the treadmill next to her. There are 8 treadmills in a row right there, and they pick the one directly next to her? She looks over and sees it's her husband. He ended up getting out of bed and coming to the gym with her after all. She feels guilty, he was sleeping so nicely until she woke him up to see if he was coming. And even more so because he hates treadmills. But, him being there puts a smile on her face.
When the time comes, she goes to the locker room to shower and get ready for the day. She tries to hurry, so she can say goodbye to hubby before he leaves. When she walks out of the locker room and out into the gym, she can't find him anywhere. Has he left? She goes outside and his vehicle is gone.
She gets into her car, puts her keys into the ignition and looks up. The snow is still coming down, maybe even a little heavier than when she arrived over an hour ago. She notices something on her windshield. The heavy snow has almost erased it...but it's still there..faint, but still there. She sees the same thing on the foggy bathroom mirror at home sometimes. A heart is drawn in the snow on her window.
It puts a smile on her face.