During my long run on Monday, I realized I was repeating the same line over and over again: "Every day I'm shufflin'." Yep, those are words to LMFAO's* Party Rock Anthem.
It wasn't something I ever thought would be a mantra, but it worked. And it's how I felt. But at least it had a good beat and kept me moving. It also got me thinking.
What is a mantra? According to one of the many online dictionaries, it is an "often repeated expression or idea: an expression or idea that is repeated, often without thinking about it, and closely associated with something."
I realized the ihaverun household uses mantras ALL. THE. TIME. Here are just a few:
The light is red. The family mantra whenever we stop at a red light and Bean repeatedly screams, "Go, Mom!"
Right here, Rowdy. The words we repeat to guide our poor blind little Rowdy back in the house because he keeps walking into the wall or the bikes or the bushes or he is just standing with a deer in the headlights look because he momentarily lost his sense of direction.
Love you goodnight see you in nine minutes. The lack of punctuation is on purpose because it is said in one big breath. It has to be the last thing The Princess says and hears whenever someone checks on her at bedtime, every "nine" minutes.
Go lady. The Bean's mantra whenever cars around us are moving but we are not. As you can tell, she's not the most patient passenger. I still haven't figured out if she is talking to the person in the car in front of us or if she is talking to me.
What are we doing fun today? The question I hear from The Princess every morning and every day after naps.
What? This actually isn't my favorite word, but it's probably the one I say the most. Sometimes it's because I don't understand what the Bean is saying in her 2-year-old language. Other times because The Princess talks quietly when she doesn't want to get in trouble for something or doesn't want her sister to hear. And a lot of the time simply because I have hearing loss in one ear (not because I'm old; been that way since I was little) and can't hear what people are saying if there is a lot of other noise.
What do you want for dinner? Typically a weekend mantra, this question is exchanged several times between me and the hubs, sometimes with the addition of "I don't know."
What are your non-running mantras?
*For the record, whenever I see LMFAO, my mind translates it to laughing my fat a$$ off.
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