Sunday, March 25, 2012
Half a world away, at my parentsí house, there is no microwave, no answering machine, no computer, and no WiFi. All electric appliances are unplugged immediately after use and you never leave the house while the washer or dryer are running. While this is certainly not typical for all my landsmen and -women, this is how my folks chose to live their life.
Half a world away, unable to check e-mail or do other computer related activities, which we have all become so accustomed to on a daily basis, we had no choice but to settle into a simpler kind of life.
Half a world away the kids certainly were not happy without Facebook and e-mail, but made the best of it. Daytimes were filled with outings and visits and during their down time they watched DVDs, read, and had actual conversations.
Half a world away, life is incredibly structured. Meal times are set in stone. Morning activities are planned so the lunchtime destination is reached by latest 13:30 in order to insure a proper meal.
Half a world away the craziness that is my life in the US started slipping away. This forced upon routine was relaxing and soothing. This was definitely a trip back to my roots. As always, a trip that left me feeling grounded and energized.
Half a world away my injured back had a chance to recover. Iíve been pain free for almost two weeks. Iím planning on slowly increasing my exercise over the next couple of weeks.
Tomorrow itís back to work for me, back to long stressful hours, back to worrying about bills, my teenager, my life.
My batteries are recharged; goal is to hold on to the tranquility as long as possible. Our vacation was wonderful, half a world away.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Hiking used to be a favorite activity. But, since moving to SoCal oh so very long ago I haven't been doing much hiking, since I could never find anybody here to share my passion. Also, hiking here definitely requires more planning. It's not like I can walk out my back door and find myself in the woods. And doing the 2-mile loop through the city park does not qualify as hiking in my book.
Well, the other day I took a leap and joined a local Meetup Hiking Group. This particular group does evening hikes twice a week, actually not too far from here at a place called Signal Hill.
I was planning to join the group this past Thursday after work. Of course I almost chickened out at the mere thought of having to meet a whole bunch of strangers and not knowing anybody.
Well, let's just say I'm glad I went. It's still a city hike, but there are hills, and stairs, and dirt paths, and hardly any traffic. Distance is 6 miles, just right for a quick evening hike. I had so much fun, I'm planning on joining them again after I get back from Europe.
The city lights sure were a sight to see from the top of the hill. Couldn't see much else 'cause it was pitch dark. With the time change it should be light next time I go. Excited to integrate this hike into my weekly workout routine.
Can't share much of my adventure in pictures, only took one quick cellphone shot. This is what I saw. Full moon rising.
Having had such a great experience with this local Meetup Group, I'm planning to also find a group for weekend day hikes in the local mountains.
But first things first, I'm officially on vacation and we'll be leaving for Austria on Monday night.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
I volunteer at a Thrift Store on saturdays. Just something I always wanted to do and now that the kids are on their own for the most part, I can.
This work involves a lot of standing, bending, and lifting. My Monday through Friday job has me working in an office setting, so extended periods of standing, bending, and lifting are things I'm not really used to.
After working for two hours today it dawned on me, this might very well be what ultimately sent my back over the edge a little more than a month ago. Actually, I'm fairly positive.
Now that I've identified the culprit, I will be extra careful when working my volunteer job.
My 100 Day Challenge has been put on hold temporarily during the final days of wedding preparations and since. I'll pick that back up starting tomorrow.
Wedding was beautiful. I posted a couple of pics on my page. (The out of place looking dude is my son. We are hopeful that he, too, will grow up eventually.)
At work, we've managed to make it through our first month on the new operating system. The newness and unfamiliarity set us all back, and everyone of us is behind in our work, which, on top of an already stressful job, plagued my many deadlines, makes life double-stressful.
With only one week to go until my oh so deserved vacation, I can't see any way to catch up to where I would be comfortable leaving. Well, I guess I'll do what I can, and while I'm gone they'll just have to deal with the fallout. As will I when I get back :) There just never seems to be a good time to get away.
But get away I must. I desperately need a change of scenery and a break from the rat race. Flights are booked, accommodations secured, and I just printed out my train ticket. It's starting to get exciting.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Still on track with my water and exercise. I'm 22/100 on both.
Kind of shifted focus away from the no TV/WiFi portion on my challenge. No need to inflict unnecessary stress.
My daughter is getting married next Saturday. I have my dress, I have my shoes, I have my hair- and make-up lady booked, I'm in good shape there.
(I never wear make-up, that's why I need a make-up lady :))
I just realized a couple of days ago that this is the first time in forever, that I don't need to stress about losing weight for an event. I'm so there! This is awesome!
Work is definitely my #1 stressor at this time. Last week I refused an assignment outright, 'cause I was so overwhelmed I could not see straight. Not exactly a good career move, but I really need to hang on to my last thread of sanity.
Desperately need to get out of the rat race for a while, so I went ahead and booked a vacation. We're going to Europe middle of next month.
DD & new son in law are taking a Mediterranean cruise and will visit my parents afterwards. Thought it would be great fun to surprise them and meet them there.
DS even wanted to go, which surprised me, but of course I'm glad. Our first stop will be Vienna. I have never been there and always wanted to go. We'll visit a customer and good friend of mine, and they offered to show us around. Should be great fun!
We'll then take the train into Germany straight to my home town. I'm really excited to be able to get out of town for a while.
My back is on the mend. Still a bit tight, but definitely better. I'll be back at the gym next week. But, as I posted in my status just now, today I'm eating chocolate and watching TV - 'cause I can.
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