Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I am so happy, because my dad pulled out of his downturn and was actually discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon! Thanks to everyone for your sweet, thoughtful, comforting words during all this.
Unfortunately, I was burning the candle at both ends. You know, staying by his bedside in the emergency room for 36+hrs, until he finally got admitted to ICU. Then basically pulling the night duty, while he struggled with his GI bleed, atrial-fib, congestive heart/lung failure issues. Late night phone calls w/family from around the globe; and of course staying up late getting in my bible study w/mom- during this Holy Day season, and just trying to wind down.
So I am truly paying for not taking better care of myself during this little family crisis. I think the whole "Mucus" family clan has set up household in my sinus's & lungs
But most of all, I've missed checking with you Spark folks!
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!
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