Saturday, January 21, 2012
I had a great time going to the gallery to see my daughter and son-in-law's artwork on display. My husband had me take pictures of the ones he wants to buy. We love displaying their work in our home, and though they would loan us pieces to hang, we want to be sure these pieces stay in the family. (Usually at art shows you're not supposed to take pictures at the gallery, but they let us)
At the gallery there was live music by a guitarist/singer. They served coffee or wine and had delicate treats from a local French coffee/pastry shop. I didn't drink anything, but I'd saved calories for a sweet treat and had one tiny delectable goodie. YUM!
It was raining out but there was a good turnout. I didn't talk to my daughter yet to see what pieces they sold. Hopefully not the ones we have our eyes on! They even displayed a piece that their 2.5 year old son contributed to. That's one of the ones we want, of course!
Friday, January 20, 2012
I'm doing something fun with hubby. We are going to a little part of Charlotte, called NoDa. It is full of galleries for local artists. Two artist we know....our daughter Emily and her husband Joel, are showing art there. They paint. We will go to see new paintings they have done that we haven't yet seen. They have a 2.5 yr old and an 11 month old, and it's amazing that they found time over the last month to create all this new artwork. Tonight is their opening in this gallery, so I got the night off from work especially so I could be there.
We need to be better about doing things other than eat out as our time together. Sometimes we take walks together, so that's a good thing. We sit in front of the tv every night. I am on the computer or writing in my journals. I rarely participate in the watching of the tube. But still, I'm sitting on my butt. Lately, I've started getting down on the floor and doing crunches and push-ups every so often so I don't sit all night.
Well, it's time to get ready to go!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I have the whole day off today. So I slept in. (that turned out to be a mistake). Then I decided to take my time with my morning routine. I was kinda depressed today. I think I had too much sleep. (10.5 hrs!) I think I also do better when I know I've got to work at squeezing in my routine tasks. (I have less time to fool around with if I'm working that day.) I need to be grateful for days off. And plan something fun...me time. Since I dilly dallied, it got kinda late fast! It was 11:30 before I went for my swim.
I really really didn't want to swim today. It felt cold in the house and I remember how cold the pool feels on days like this. I just had to force myself to go. Once I was at the Y and walking up to the water, I almost started to cry. I was NOT wanting to get in the cold water! Sure it's around 85 degrees in the water, but to a 98 degree body, that feels chilly. I got in and brrrr I just took off swimming so I would warm up. In a few minutes my heart rate was up and I was warm. I swam for 40 minutes, 44 laps. In the last week I noticed I've increased the amt of laps I can do in 40 minutes, from 40 to 44. When I finished, the endorphins kicked in and I felt great. What started out to be an aimless day, became a productive day.
Next, while in the locker room putting on my too big pants, I decided that I would have some fun and go to a store where I could try on jeans to see what size I really am. I have one size 8s that fit, but I think they are cut big. I do know my size 12s are too big, and I don't have any 10s for some reason. I think, since I fit those 8s that different brands size their clothes differently. Anyone else find that to be true?
Just as I was going to leave the parking lot at the Y, I got a call from my daughter Emily. Her son was needing to go to the Dr, and wanted to see if I was free to babysit her napping baby while she went to the Dr with Ajax. It's also hard to juggle a 2.5 yr old boy and an 11 month old baby at a Dr's office, so I was glad to help. That decided my afternoon for me.
I may not have been able to go have the fun I was looking forward to, but my day was rewarding in different way. I can look forward to my next chance to go try on clothes.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I have found that some parts of my daily routine are becoming burdensome. I have one journal I write in everyday, (a prayer journal), plus another that I try to write in everyday( SparkJournal), and yet another one that I sometimes neglect for too long, (my general journal that I've always kept). To top it off I want to blog more on SP. Then I have a memoir I'm attempting to write a page a day in. I love these activities so much, and it's hard to consolidate them or eliminate any one of them. They each have value to me.
One daily activity that is actually becoming boring is eating my lunch. I know there are so many options out there, but I'm in a routine of taking a set selection to work with me on MWF. On the other days I chose other things, but I'm just getting bored. I have to bring food that you don't heat up. I also need to rethink my snacks for my afternoon/evening job. I usually eat 300 calories for the lunch, and 200 for the snack.
Right now I take a PBJ on wheat, and a regular size baggie full of celery, peppers and cucumber for lunch.
For my evening snack, I take pistachios and craisin trail mix, sometimes a granola bar. I ditched the pop tarts I used to take, knowing how empty those calories are. Sometimes I include an apple.
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