Thursday, November 08, 2012
Had a physically grueling week in Denver, but also a lot of fun. Our International competition means lots of singing, hooking up with old friends who share the same crazy hobby, new restaurants and lots of shopping for bling and musically related items at our "Harmony Bazaar.
I'm still in pain in my knees, a combination of lots of hours on the risers and then folding my knees up into too-short a space in the auditorium, a price I willingly pay for getting to hear a week of the best in a capella music, barbershop style. It's really so much fun.
I've walked once this week, my knees hurting the whole time, and I'll be out again today. My husband's apartment doesn't require too much work, and I'm sitting at the computer too much, which also makes my knees hurt.
My goal when I get back home? Plan to walk a 5 K, which should be easy... with a 10K not far behind, which I haven't done in several years.
Help me stay accountable, my friends. Right now I just feel like curling up on the couch with a warm blanket over me.
We took second place when we were working for the gold, but in this case, the journey really was the highlight. We've never sung better nor had a more fun time preparing for International. We had master classes the last few months with our director, in a master class all her own, and great camaraderie in the chorus. Literally one of the best years of my life. I've enjoyed every aspect of it. woo Hoo!!!!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Feeling kinda "blah" today. This is the kind of day that challenges regular habits. I just wanna stay and play all day. Really, to become oblivious to the outside world, something that's easy when you don't have a job.
(Plenty of work to do though): Taking pictures of our asters, just beginning to bloom; emptying the compost bin and spreading it on front flower bed, then filling up the bin to start on a another crop of compost; vacuuming kitchen and living room; getting rid of kitchen clutter (ONE PERSON!!!! how do I make such a mess?); sorting out and putting away the pile of books beside my reading chair; one load of laundry; fertilize lawn, spread dirt on same lawn; fill bird feeders, buy Secret Pal gift; check clothes for my three week trip to Albuquerque, Denver and Portland. Shop if I need to. Fight annoyance with this blog editor today, that willy-nilly jumps to the front of the line in the middle of my typing. Arghhh!
Okay, there's my list. Now to prioritize and decide what's on the agenda today. Must go to Curves at 4 p.m., but no other appointments.
Thanks, Spark Friends!! You've helped me get off my duff!
Monday, October 08, 2012
Or maybe we could call it all or nothing thinking. The idea that any bump in the road has become a judgment, a wall, a final decision, something you cannot change. Ha HA HA HA! We spit on that attitude!
Usually a "positive thinker" and naturally happy, I've been gloomy lately, judgmental of not only myself, but of others. I've learned how to change that attitude once already, when my daughter was in seventh grade. That period in a young person's life is always a trial for them and for their parents, causing insecurity in both. At least that was true in our family. I was having so much trouble with her then.... mothers and daughters, as with some fathers and sons. Why are we harder on those the most like us? Anyway.... [get back to the story!]
I had gone to a motivational meeting, and realized that my interchanges with my daughter were always negative. So I started touching her whenever I could, just in passing [hugs were not welcome], started watching every day for things I could genuinely praise or thank her for. During this time, I asked her to organize our hall closet (bathroom supplies and towels, mainly). Wow! She did a fantastic job, and today as a mother of five, still is highly organized. It changed everything between us, but mostly changed the space between my ears.
So.... as of today, this negative feedback stops. Amen
Saturday, September 29, 2012
And I've already had to turn down two eating out invitations. He's trying to keep me from having to cook, but restaurants are just a danger area for me. We will be eating out tomorrow, as is our habit, but 3 times in one weekend? Not a good choice!
It's hard, though. I always feel like I'm rejecting HIM, because of the way he feels about food. Sigh...
Thursday, September 27, 2012
My husband is my favorite saboteur. If I want to get off track, he's the go-to guy. It's not even bad foods he supplies for me... usually fruit, occasionally dark chocolate. In truth, he'd give me anything I ask for, but he knows I'm good at turning down most really bad foods, and will stay away from restaurants he know is a problem. His favorite? Furr's Cafeteria! He knows I won't go, so he goes by himself. I don't like that, and sometimes will go to a "compromise" place that's still not the best for me.
The biggest problem is.... he is ALL about food, and has a high metabolism, is high energy, and seems to handle food in a sane way. He just can eat far more than some of his family members without gaining any weight. So..... being around him means eating. That's the way he tells his family he loves them. And not just family.... that's his message of good will to anyone..
The only solution is... you guessed it... just say "no!" That's hard to do sometimes when that's the way he communicates his affection. Our daughter has even been known to say, when offered food, to say "I love you, too, Dad!"
As he is working out town, I go "visit" him periodically when he can't get home. The last time I went.... three pound gain. It's gone now, but took me off track for a while. Trying to keep our relationship nice without having food as a focus. Any suggestions, friends?
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