As the story goes, I was a woman who underwent this incredulous transformation when her husband went away for extended periods of time. The circumstances that inspired the first emergence followed true "uphill both ways" fashion:
- It was winter
- In Alaska
- I was working full time
- With two kids
- Ages 4 and not-quite 2
And (since we were moving the following spring):
- The house needed to be scrubbed
- To go on the market
- And always be ready for viewings
- On short notice.
I'm still amazed that I look back on this time so fondly. I entertained usually twice a week, got out with friends plenty, and handled this. And since I've lost touch with "My Inner Super Woman" (MIS W as I've come to know her), she's become quite a legend in my mind.
Over the years I've looked forward to the emergence of MIS W when mr mrtl is away. It never has been quite the same, though. The energy isn't there.
This week I exuberantly began a sugar-free, low-carb month-long diet challenge a few days early. (I'll talk more about this in my next post, which this post is bumping.) With the exception of a margarita, I've avoided sugar and grains for four days. I realized today that there was no witching in my witching hour…
::tangent to describe witching hour::
I love the ADHD medication I'm on, except for the time when it wears off. The drop is extreme; I suddenly feel such extreme exhaustion that I drag myself through the motions and turn into couch lump. Unfortunately the witching hour coincides with the kids and husband coming home to dinner and homework and many other things that require much more energy. Witching hour sucks for that. I'm usually a bit grumpy at that time.
::end tangent to describe witching hour::
…and that I felt like going for a run.
Looking back over my day… over my yesterday (seven hours outside doing yard work) and what my yesterday would typically have meant for my today (sore, grumpy, inert), it dawned on me that I've tapped into MIS W. And then it occurred to me that I was trying Atkins when she first emerged, and realized that I haven't just tapped into her, I have found the key to *BECOMING* MIS W.
This key? It's more precious than pie.