Weblog Wednesday: Ups and Downs

I always wish I could write these life update posts and tell you all that everything is glorious. But, in all honesty, it’s been a week of ups and downs. The downs mostly came over this past weekend, when my postpartum anxiety flared up pretty badly.

I can never tell what’s going to make it get worse, but it was truly awful this weekend. My Zoloft normally keeps me from even physically being able to cry, but I sobbed all afternoon, frantic and panicking about nothing in particular. When I have these anxiety attacks, I literally feel a tightness in my chest and wonder if I’m having a heart attack. It’s a truly awful feeling. I am hoping to get a doctor’s appointment soon to increase my Zoloft dosage and maybe start therapy.

By Sunday morning, I was feeling significantly better, and we decided to go out for brunch. It was a sub-freezing day, with even a few snowflakes! Brunch was delicious. I had a veggie frittata, roasted potatoes, and a mimosa.

brunch frittata, potatoes, mimosa

As I mentioned last week, I am running the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. The race is a little over a month away, and I still haven’t nailed down my race costume.

The clock is ticking! The race itself is themed to Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), so I had initially considered going as her. However, as Disney mega-fans will know, the Magic Kingdom’s purple wall is having a hot moment, so I thought it would be a fun inspiration for a race costume.

So, I went to a website called Printful that prints files you upload onto things like clothing, mugs, etc. This is what my race leggings were supposed to look like:

Disney Magic Kingdom purple wall leggings

Aaaand here’s what they actually looked like when they arrived this past week … super faded and washed out!

Disney Magic Kingdom purple wall leggings

Printful are telling me that they can’t be held responsible for my leggings not matching the mock-up they provided, which is super annoying. I plan to file a charge-back with my credit card company since the item I received isn’t as described, but in the mean time, I need to come up with a new race costume – and quick!

Monday was a federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I had a lot on my to do list: blogging, running, grocery shopping, clothing shopping for Jordan (he’s outgrown his 6-month clothes now!), and deep cleaning the whole house.

While the errands and house chores weren’t exactly enthralling, I really enjoyed my blogging and running. Right now I’m working on a blog series about intellectual property law for bloggers and other creatives. The first post will drop this Friday, and I’m super excited for you all to read it.

cafe mocha, peonies, book, computer

My run was freezing cold but otherwise good. I haven’t done a full post about running since coming back from my blogging hiatus, so I will say here that my speeds since giving birth in August are much slower than they used to be. But you know what, I’m OK with that. It may be a long time (if ever) that I PR on a race, but with Jordan as my prize, I am more than happy with my postpartum body.

My watch is a bit hard to read since it was super bright outside, but I’m currently on target to run a 12 minute mile in the Princess Half Marathon.

half marathon training

Monday afternoon I cleaned the whole house: scrubbing sinks, mopping all the floors, multiple loads of laundry. I know this sounds weird, but I really love cleaning. After hours of cleaning, I whipped up some spinach and goat cheese gnocchi for dinner.

spinach and goat cheese potato gnocchi

Tuesday was a wonderfully productive day. I got a ton of writing done in my intellectual property series, went on a training run, and Marie Kondo’d the crap out of my closet. In addition, of course, to taking care of Jordan all day. That flexibility is probably one of the things I love most about being a stay-at-home mom. When he naps, I have the freedom to write and run and clean.

So tell me, how has your week been? I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but please do join me on Twitter (@mosaicca_blog), Instagram (@mosaicca_blog), and Facebook (@mosaiccablog). The number one thing I love most about blogging is connecting with people from around the world. So please, say hello on social media!

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte

12 comments

  1. The number one thing on my mind right now – at 545 AM – is GNOCCHI!
    And I literally smiled a huge smile when you mentioned Jordan being your running reward. I’m so happy you’re a mom!
    Ok, crying now. WTH is wrong with me?!? I’m a grump!

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  2. I’m so sorry you suffer from anxiety, but as a fellow runner, I’m so glad you have running to help you through it! Endorphins do such wonders for mental health.

    It’s annoying that the leggings are not what you expected… They still look good though. What about glueing some rhinestones on them and pair them with a tutu? 🙂 Good luck for the race!

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    • Yes the runners high is amazing, isn’t it!!! I read your post the other day about joining the 1000 mile club — that is so cool!! I am very impressed.

      I think adding a tutu would be a good idea! I’ve tried making a running tutu before, but it didn’t turn out very well, so I may turn to Etsy and buy one from someone who actually knows what they’re doing haha!

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      • The runner high is the best thing. It kept me sane during a very tough period last year! Aww, thanks! I just reached 64 miles for year… Still a way to go! 😂

        I’m sure Etsy will have tons of tutus! You’ll look very princess-y for sure. I hope you share a photo! 😄

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  3. I’m looking forward to this new series you’re starting. It’ll be extremely helpful as I think a lot of writers and artists are clueless as to what their rights are when it comes to their work. I’m sure this will fill in a lot of blanks.

    I really hate when you pay money for something in good faith and it ends up being nothing like what you thought you were buying. And their justification was so poor as well! What a Mickey Mouse operation (pardon the pun).

    I hope you soon come through the PND. It can’t be a nice sensation. You have great logic and I believe people who are more logical have a better chance of making a full recovery.

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    • I’m glad to hear you’re looking forward to the series! I am absolutely fascinated by IP law and am having a lot of fun writing this series. As you say, I think a lot of us bloggers and creative folks may not know the full extent of both our rights and the laws that we must obey. Since many countries honor each others’ laws (including the three countries that make up most of my readers: Canada, the UK, and the US), I plan to research the laws in those countries.

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