You know what makes me feel grumpy? Burpees. I’m not sure if I ever want to do one again in my life, also, I’m fairly certain this is exactly the look I had on my face the whole time. Pure irritation.
If you don’t know what a burpee is, here is the Wikipedia definition:
The burpee, also known as the squat thrust, is a full body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise. It is performed in four steps, and was originally known as a “four-count Burpee”:
- Begin in a standing position.
- Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. (count 1)
- Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended. (count 2)
- Immediately return your feet to the squat position. (count 3)
- Stand up from the squat position (count 4) 
In short, it’s like a lethal combination of a push-up and a squat and they make you want to die, but dying is not an option because then you would be lying on the floor in someone else’s way. Burpees lock you in workout purgatory, much like the Gravity machine. Part of the beauty of taking classes is that I don’t stop when I’d really like to because the peer pressure keeps me going. If the woman next to me who is clearly much older than I am can do it, I CAN TOO.
While I was busy being tortured, here is what Pepper was doing:
I love people who enjoy working in nurseries. I can’t imagine doing it. I want to hug them all, each one, but I’m always too sweaty so I just say thank you and leave.
Christmas is in like 4 days and I am completely unprepared, but I have just accepted it as my truth for this year. We’re forging ahead anyway as if we own Christmas, because that is how we roll in this house. We’re nothing if not self confident. People are coming to my house to see our dead tree, sit on our disgusting couches and watch our children tear into presents, and hopefully we will all be so charming that no one will notice that we are in completely over our heads.
I’ve already decided that my motto for 2014 will be Low Expectations. I got this idea from a friend who posted something recently on Facebook, and I’m totally stealing it. For once this family is ahead of the game on something because we have totally mastered the skill of low expectations.