Shane started his new job this week and it is across town. Across state line. Not two miles away. Not walking distance. Not close.
I get that many, maybe even most, people commute to work. In fact, the job I had for years before I had Avery required me to commute over twenty miles and across state line…..and back. Nearly a fifty mile round trip every day.
However, Shane and I are a one car family. We love being local, going to local businesses, local church, and Shane has worked locally our entire marriage. He has a scooter that he took on nice days and I have a stroller/baby carrier to walk where I need to go.
Now that he works far away it’s not as easy for me to have access to the car. It would require lots of needless miles to drive him to work so I could have it and I can’t just walk to his work to pick it up if I need to like I did when he worked nearby. So this means what? It means I’m finding out what the real local is.
Yesterday I needed to get coffee filters and some groceries and this meant going to the local coffee shop to get the filters and then the grocery store. Both places are nearby, but they’re on opposite sides of my house. So I spent the morning walking.
You know what? It was nice. I got a lot of exercise (five plus miles of wearing a 20+ pound baby and pushing a 30+ pound toddler as well as groceries in 80+ degree weather is a lot of work), the boys got lots of fresh air and natural stimuli and we all got plenty of sun.
Thank goodness for my Boba Air! I seriously love how it’s lightweight enough that even on a really hot day like yesterday (it got up to 90 degrees!) it didn’t make me too warm. Or Eli for that matter. However, if the weather gets any warmer (which I know it will) I’ll eventually have to sell off our current stroller and get a double stroller for the boys. Not to mention Eli is just about a year old (mindblowing) and he’s getting massively huge so long walks would be easier with a double stroller.
I have been looking around a bit for one that would work for use but still haven’t decided whether I want side by side or the other kind…whatever it’s called, where one is behind the other….obviously haven’t done enough research after all.
On our walks we get to make stops where ever we want to, like the community garden, the park, someone’s lawn for a quick toddler potty break….etc. It’s nice because in the car we’d be zooming past to our destination and not taking everything in as we go while soaking up vitamin D and getting exercise, refreshing our lungs and minds. It’s pretty much a win win win win situation.
Sure, a stroller basket doesn’t carry many groceries and sure, it takes a lot longer to get things done but there’s an upside to both of those things. Less groceries means more frequent walks, longer walks means we’re outdoors more and getting more activity.
This experience has really showed me that I CAN do more to live locally and so when we move I fully intend on doing this in our new neighborhood. It’ll be fun to get to explore anyway since I’m so unfamiliar with the area we’re looking at.
Also, it’s amazing to be getting lots of greens from the garden. I’ve been putting them in everything from smoothies to sandwiches (on homemade buns).
Got the onions from the farmers market and the rest is obviously from the grocery store…..because I can’t grow mustard. Just sayin’.
So, do you walk around where you live?