My house is a pit. As I was bemoaning that fact--combined with my lack of desire to do anything about it--to my mom (again) on the phone one day, she said, "Just set the timer for 15 minutes and clean. You'll be so surprised at what you can get done."
I Tazmanian-deviled my kitchen; unloaded the needs-to-go-upstairs basket permanently parked--and always overflowing--at the bottom of the stairs; and swept the front hall and felt infinitely better. Once again, my mom was right.
One day, when SBS was feeling overwhelmed by the state of her abode, I shared the great advice. She too turned on the timer and had at the Lego/marker/dirty dishes/random socks littering her main floor, and emailed me 20 minutes later with a sense of satisfaction.
Even though the so-so-busy mentality pervades everything we do, we all have pockets of 15 minutes here and there which, ahem, if you aren't on the computer, you can put to good use.
Here are some other things I can do in 15 minutes:
1. Make dinner (o.k., it's nothing special--pasta or eggs or quesadillas--but it's dinner nonetheless)
2. Go from a sweaty, just-run mess to clean, lotioned, dressed BAMR ready for the day (provided my kid interruptions are minimal)
3. Run approximately 1.7856 miles if my jets are blazing
4. Do my PT exercises
5. Walk Jessie, our hound (she's blind, old and super slow, so we go for one verrry slow block)
6. Get ready to ride: get dressed; fill my water bottles; pump the tires; fasten on my shoes; make sure I have my phone, Road ID, GUs, sunglasses, helmet.
Let's go back to that getting dressed to ride part. I just spent 56 miles in the saddle on Sunday, and that is a very long way to ride if your most delicate parts aren't happy. Fortunately, I was wearing these Bontager Race WSD Shorts. The "WSD" stands for women's specific design, which means these shorts are made for all our parts: a notched waistband that doesn't bug the belly; leg grippers that keep things covered; and most importantly, a perfectly designed chamois (pad in the shorts) that makes things as comfortable as they're ever going to get while riding a bike.
But let's be brutally honest. No matter how well they're engineered, bike shorts are never going to be super cute. So balancing out the bottom half is this very adorable Bontrager Race WSD Short Sleeve Jersey, which pedals the line between fashion and function. Function: a full-zip, so you can blast the A/C as hard as you need it; three generous pockets to haul the kitchen sink and more; and a gripper hem so people don't mistake you for a plumber.
Completing this utopia of a cycling outfit is, of course, a jacket. But not just any jacket. The Convertible WSD Windshell, which multitasks as well as all of us BAMRs can: protects against the wind and wet, switches from jacket to vest--and stores the arms when you zip 'em off.
We've got this sweet Bontrager trio queued up for one mother runner/cyclist, but in order to enter you have to tell us in the comments: What important task can you get done in 15 minutes or less? (And let's pretend this is family-friendly entry, so keep things PG-rated if possible...).
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States. It begins on7/18/12 and ends on 7/24/12; the winner will be announced on 7/28/12. One entry per person. The value of the prize is approximately $225.00. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.