Tuesday, January 21, 2014
My last entry was the last post-op appointment for my Dad. He got new glasses ordered that day. He is seeing much, much better now. That was also in the middle of two weeks of exams at the law school which was its own kind of craziness. Work just never stopped between the end of fall semester and the beginning of spring semester which started 13 January. I had three days off (24 and 25 December, 1 January) as vacation, which was not enough. Years ago it was mentioned that I should not even ask for time off around the holidays since I did not have kids that needed to have an adult at home during school break. So I take breaks in February-March. This year I have 4.5 days coming in February that will be mostly vacation. This will be a new thing as I have not had more than a long weekend since DB was laid off. Kind of a trial of how retirement could be. Interesting, no?
But I feel like I have fallen apart. The morning treadmill has been harder to keep going. I missed four days over the last nine. Food is too much and the wrong blend of protein, carbs, fats. I do not seem to be able to keep it in my head, and heart, that I need to be alert/aware all the time. There are no days off; no "cheat" days. No being on point is what got me to where I was three years ago. Being on point was down 60 lbs. Slacking = up 30. No more slacking!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Today might be the last appointment for my Dad's cataract surgeries. Even though he will not be driving for very much longer I am glad we got this done. It makes reading and other things better for him. Christmas Day we had 13 around the table. At the last minute two people dropped out because of colds and illness. With my parents having somewhat fragile systems and a 3-month-old no one wanted to bring massive colds and yuck to the party. We had a great time and good food. The grab bag presents were a huge hit.
I went off the rails with food--not so much at noon, but last night. I was full from lunch and did not eat in the evening. But, and this is a big but (in more than one way), when I stopped spinning (really nice yarn for rugs) last night and came upstairs I was hungry: 9pm. I finished off the pumpkin pie that I had made last weekend. I ate 1/4 pie!?! No topping but still!
So this morning I made certain I was up early enough to hit the treadmill before work. Tonight I will be certain to do things that keep me on my feet and moving rather than sitting and knitting or spinning!
"It is always something" (Rosanne Roseannadanna). It all depends on how you react!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Staying in the hotel, mentioned in the last entry, was fabo! Quiet, I got lots of knitting done (completed a scarf) and had some alone time. Alone time is very rare since DB was laid off in August. I am the one with evening meetings not him.
But the second time I was in the same hotel, 17 December, it was a very different story. I felt like I was an imposition on the hotel keeper (it is a small mom/pop hotel). About 20 minutes after I fell asleep a group of people arrived. I do not know if they checked in earlier and went out or just got off the road. Lots of noise, loud talking, kids running in the halls. On and On! Around 10:30 I just got up, turned on the light and read for a long time. The bad part was my alarm was set for 3:15am. Wednesday morning was a 5:30am arrival time at surgery; the second cataract for Dad. We got there but I did not go to work afterward. I called in sick and went home to bed. Three hours of sleep and the waiting at surgery were a bit much. I could have pushed through at work but it would not have been to anyone's advantage.
Yesterday I proctored another exam. Wrote letters, knitted, finished my library book, read the paper. I had a good time. The students were freaked out. No one finished early!
We have a post op visit for Dad on 26 December and hope to hear that he can drop the second eye shield and lessen the drops. But I am trying to not get the cart before the horse.
Thanks for all the good thoughts with his two surgeries! Spark friends are the BEST!!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I am alone in a hotel room--no cats, no DH, no dishes, no nothing!!! Just me, my knitting, my book and my alarm clock. Tomorrow morning at 6am we must be at surgery for Dad's cataract. That means leaving their house at 5am (with clear roads). Since we have had snow, melting, freezing, I am staying at a hotel in their town and we will be starting at 4:45am (most likely). I do not want to be rushed if the roads are bad and I do not want to end up in the ditch. So we leave early and take it slow and steady until we hit the 4-lane which was totally dry yesterday afternoon. But if it snows tonight, all bets are off.
In any case I will have a wonderful evening until the alarms go off at 4am!! which is much better than 3am (what it would have been if I drove from home to pick them up)!
Some days being totally alone is heaven.
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