Saturday, May 01, 2010
Rats! I smell the brownies cooking.
No, I take that back. Mmmm, the brownies are cooking!
I just realized that smelling them could be as good as eating them. It is delightful to the senses, and makes me feel warm and cozy. Well, I don't need to feel warm and cozy, the weather will do that for itself today.
But, I smell THOSE brownies cooking. And no, I am not necessarily tempted to eat them. I just realized that when I noticed just how pleasant the aroma of baking brownies can be.
Why, you ask, am I making homemade brownies on a fairly warm and beautiful day? Especially such a tempting treat? Well, that is what I offered to bring for the potluck sandwich supper today. Not only that, there will be back to back potlucks! One today, and one tomorrow.
How will I manage? Easy. I am bringing 7 layer salad tomorrow. I need to bring something else then too, but I haven't figured that one out yet.
Brownies. There is something comforting in something sweet baking that brings one back to childhood, screen doors slamming, and mom calling me in for supper after playing outside all day.
What really impresses me today is just how delicious the brownies smell and that even though it is enticing, I think I can enjoy the flavorful scent without making a meal of it. The aroma of their existence lingers in the air. In fact, it will be wonderful to have enjoyed such a great treat without having to clean up the crumbs personally. All the little fingers will take care of that for me at church.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Everyone loves vacation time! I decided to take a day today and one on Monday to extend my weekend. There's a lot of activity at my church this weekend, and I thought this was a way to make sure I have "me" time. The day began with lovely sunshine, a bit of coolness, but not as cold as it has been.
My doctor's appointment for my knee was early, and went well. Now to wait on Worker's comp for treatment approval. The appointment met, It was before 11 a.m. so the day is before me.
So my sweetheart husband and I tackled the grocery store. I literally tore the list in half, and he took the little electric cart to get his half, and I took the cart. (He has had a hip replacement, knee replacement, and severe arthritis in an ankle - just got a custom orthotic (I think that is how it is spelled) brace for his ankle, but his walking is limited.)
I started with the fresh veggie department gathering celery, carrots, different lettuces, craisins, feta cheese, and lots of other healthy stuff, and we met in the middle. The grocery store has hand scanners to scan your groceries as you shop (if you like) and you can load them right into your own recyclable bags, and that is what we do. It lets me keep track of my bill before I get to the register, so I don't get shell shocked at the amount spent.
We unloaded the bags, and I made a nice lunch of tuna, a little mayo, craisins, chopped celery, chopped lettuce mixed together and placed in whole wheat pita pockets. Quite delicious. Now my hubby is off to dreamland, as he works tonight. I have the afternoon to hog the wii fit, read, watch a movie, clean and declutter. Supper will be fresh veggies and chicken in the wok before we go to my son's school for a charity concert his music club is hosting to raise funds for Haiti relief. His band and several others are playing.
Not too shabby for a "me" day. Off for my first round on the Wii fit. In my workout clothes and ready to go.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The hills are alive with the sound of music! I just got home from a local high school play. Every time this school puts on a play, it is phenomenal. It is hard to believe they are just high school students. It was an awesome performance. There are a couple of the teens in it who have volunteered in the summer at my library. It is fabulous to see young people with such talent and vitality. The show was as good as any musical I have seen.
It was also a great escape. I got to be with a couple girlfriends from work and it was fun.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
whether it is standing on a scale or weighing a decision ~
weight can be as airy as a thought, or as heavy as a pound, or even heavier than a soul.
standing on one foot - wobbly
standing on two feet - firm, secure;
decisions to be made,
standing on an edge.
Today I dwell on the thought: Balance.
Pondering the balance between movement and non-movement,
needing to slow, to lean, to recover, then needing to move, and strengthen, and stay flexible.
When the body hurts, I need to listen to it and take it into consideration that it needs to heal, to stop hurting. Knowing when to stop, and take the step to lean in, to rest, to be still, is keeping my body in balance.
When someone has chronic pain, injury to the back, to bones, to other hidden parts, knees, and tendons, nerves, it is important, no VITAL to be aware, and be ready to lean into balance.
That has been the day, to realize that stress affects the body, the neck, the spine. When that happens, and I tighten up, the pain increases, and I am out of balance. Breathe. Rest. Balance.
I think of this when I stand on the Wii balance board, and try to line myself up with a digital measure, leaning to the right, then to the left, or backwards, but just a little. When I do even just a little yoga on the bb, I can sense my spine aligning, and that is way cool.
Balance with food, with motion, with stress, with life.
It is critical to keep my body in the balance.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Not a lot changed, except for my attitude.
I started the day with a 20 minute workout - stretches, strengthening, crunches, bridges, and wrist weights. Put in my stats in the wii-fit.
Then I shined my sink (thanks flylady), emptied the dishwasher, loaded it again and ran it.
Balanced the check book, paid some bills.
I arrived at work with a somewhat better spirit. I tackled some of the problems, and others will still be there. Worked late, picked up my son, clocked my calories, had a bowl of cereal, and a salad.
Now, I have a little time for me to watch a light romance.
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