Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I'm a nervous wreck today.
Many nerve-wrecking things going on this week, many stressful appointments to keep.
This coming Sunday marks my birthday.
Let's get on with it, get this week over with, and get there!
(And my new year will be a fairytale year and I won't have any stress - haha!!!)
Okay, I'm breathing... breathing........ breathing............... breathing...................breathing.....
Sunday, April 01, 2012
It looks like it will be a busy month.
Many entries on my calendar this month, both elective and have-tos.
I was messing around with SP reports this morning. Here is my progress from August 2008 through today. (I guess during my first year on SP I was tracking in kg, so showing this part of the report would look strange.)
Overall I'd say I've maintained quite well (mostly within a couple of pounds above my goal line), but hey, gotta have something to strive for.
My goal for this month: Make every day count! Eat right, exercise, be social (ugh!), keep things in perspective, look on the bright side, have fun!
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.
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