Monday, April 06, 2009
My father's health has taken a downturn this past week and our family has had to begin the real sad discussion about his wishes if/when he passes away. He's a very tough old 76-year old bird who wants to die on his own terms at home.
In addition, my family is preparing for Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread which begins this week. Part of the preparation is physically removing all of the leavening products out of our home. Leavening (baking soda/powder, yeast, etc.) "puffs up" bread, just as our sins of vanity/pride etc. puffs us up spiritually. So my family is also examining our life this past year and trying to identify the things in our lives that we have overcome and improved upon; as well as those things that are dragging us down and in need of improvement.
Needless to say I have been crying & praying, laughing and praising at various times this past week. But my heart hasn't been 100% at peace. So on one of my diversionary trips on the internet (to avoid house cleaning & the gym) I thought I'd check out various proverbs about life and death from a Zen perspective, and ran across the following Zen proverb:
LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE YOUR HAIR WAS ON FIRE.
My first thought is, Hmmmm, this does not sound like a very peaceful way to live.
My next thought is IF my hair was on fire- I would be running and jumping in the back yard pool as fast as I could to get my hair soaking wet. So is one interpretation of this proverb is I need to run, jump and stay wet (does sweating count)???
I'm still puzzled by the deeper meaning of this Zen proverb, and would love to hear other views and opinions about it.
(PS: You guys are THE BEST!)
Monday, March 30, 2009
I am so happy to report that I have been able to avoid the HÄAGEN-DAZS - ice cream binge demon since my downfall last Thursday night; and I completed my mini exercise challenge with the "ENERGIZER_BUNNY" SparkFriend this weekend as well.
Sunday, I worked at the CNPS Native Plant Demo-Garden 5.5 hours (much longer than I intended) and 'pushed' my back a bit too far. So this morning I was not feeling that great (stiffness, back achy, boo-hoo-eh?) and I hit the alarm so I could sleep another hour and go later. But then I got up and one thing after another kept getting in the way of going to the gym.
BUT my awesome nephew came home from SacCityCollege and started bugging me to go to the gym with him -since I didn't go in the morning. And his "push" got me in to the gym today after all! Yeah, for pushy nephews!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Yesterday was going really good. I was just cruising along checking off things on my "TODO" list all day and looking forward to going to home bible study and going away party for good friend of mine.
The study was awesome, but then the party treats came out and the BINGE-DEMON showed up. My plan was to just have one piece of cake that another friend said she was bringing. So the fresh baked bannana bread was brought out, sliced and passed around. It was delicious and I ate my slice with no guilt what so ever. Then another friend started passing out chocolate & peanut covered HÄAGEN-DAZS bars (MY FAVORITE ICE CREAM). So began the HÄAGEN-DAZS ambush!
Oooooo, my favorite treat, I had to accept it (didn't I???) I didn't want to hurt the feelings of the little ice-cream fairy delivering this delicacy to us. PLUS, it was a party wasn't it??? So I decided to accept the unexpected treat, telling my self I'll just put in some extra exercise on Friday. Then another slice of banana bread was offered, and I sucombed to another slice of banna bread (with the logic that it was "ok"; since the first slice didn't have icing on it, the DEMON reasoned that the 2nd slice was the icing on the "cake" that I had planned on eating ... Oh yeah, that's the ticket!)
Enough about the ambush, eh? So now I've got to work my buns off this morning and do some bun-kicking !!!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Well, to my pleasant surprise this morning I'm down another 3 pounds! AND the dreaded crud has left my body, YIPPEEEEEE!!!!
I love the spark goodies ya'll have sent!! FRANCLYN the Gnome you sent me was just perfect (there's been a Gnome following me around this year -so too cool to get one from you!). R3DROBIN, the red ribbon came in time for me to celebrate these 3# that have been jetesoned too. All of you are just the perfect medicine I need. Thanks so much for your continued support.
Unfortunately, I'm off to court this morning (long, sad, stress & worry filled story). Gotta be there at 8:30 am so gotta go. Ciao!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
SPARK MEET UP. I'm very excited about meeting LaNeita (a new Spark Buddy/Friend) from LA today!!! After SparkMailing a bit, I found out she was coming up to Sacramento, so BINGO we decided to connect. It's beautiful today here in Sacramento, so I just need to figure out where's the best place to grab an early dinner before she heads back to LA on the plane.
CATCH-UP. Ah where to start. The flu is keeping me down another week, YUKO!! (The doc says this bug is lasting 3 weeks, so hope none of you catch this thing.) And my back has not snapped back as quickly as I had hoped, so I've been sent to physical therapy to help it improve. Then unfortunately there has been some negative chaos at home between family members which has been sad and stressful (actually my biggest negative this week).
This past Saturday/Sabbath was awesome. My mom, nephew and I drove to Sebastapol to fellowship with friends I haven't seen in ages. The drive through Napa, Sonoma & Monterey Counties was beautiful, the fields are just ablaze in wildflowers everywhere, truly gorgeous. The fellowship was fantastic, they had wonderful potluck and Purim celebration that included a beautiful reading of the Book of Esther and a play by the young people. The story telling, laughter, singing and dancing was just wonderful medicine for my body and soul.
Needless to say, I'm maintaining right now. Trying to keep logging in, huddling, and drinking my H2o regularly. Also trying to find additional exercise I can do while my back heals.
As always, thanks to all for the encouraging words, spark goodies and smiles you've been sending my way.
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