This weekend, because apparently we have nothing better to do with our time, the hubby and I decided to re-paint our living room. Like, paint it ourselves. Not hire a painter. Schlep to Home Depot, come back with the wrong colour twice, and get it right on the third trip. One trip shy of a divorce, by the way. 

Whenever we paint anything, I am stuck on edging. I have to do the overhead I-want-to-stick-this-paintbrush-in-my-own-eye work around the moldings. J gets to roll paint. Not sure what past deed I am still making up for, but this is the division of labour we’ve sorted out. I spent the better part of Saturday evening and night with my arms overhead. And aching. I didn’t work out on Saturday, so I enjoyed that bit of self-punishment in a way.

So – go ahead. Hire painters.

If you’ve done any of the following activities, you can officially skip your workout for the day. I authorize it.

  • Shoveled a really long driveway.
  • Mowed (riding mowers do not count) or raked a really big lawn.
  • Walked around a giant craft show all day with your preschooler. (This was my workout on Sunday… thanks, One of a Kind Show, for the dehydration and ringing in my ears.)
  • Helped your friends move. (Who are these friends & why do they not grow up and hire movers, by the way?)
  • Went to the beach, the park, the woods or any other natural attraction for the day.
  • Hosted a children’s birthday party, holiday dinner or any other marathon of entertaining and food preparation.
  • Spent the better part of a day traipsing around your local mega-mall hunting for school supplies, party decorations, Christmas presents… you get the idea. (Bonus points if at least one child is physically on you – in a sling, carrier, on your hip or throwing a tantrum while you drag them.)
  • Undertook a full-on spring cleaning of your entire home.
  • Antiqued. (I don’t really know what that is but it sounds exhausting.)
  • Painted a really big room (obviously…).

 What would you add to this list? Give me your best no-workout excuse!

Originally posted November 2011 at Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club on Dara’s Sweaty Mummy blog.