Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Today started to feel like I am really, truly on vacation and starting to unwind. I spent the morning making necessary phone calls, organizing my paperwork, going to the bank, and paying bills. Perhaps that doesn't sound vacationy to you, but to me, it was a luxury to have the time spread out enough to do all of those things.
Then - YOGA! In the daytime!
It turns out that the last Tuesday of the month in this class is restorative yoga. How could I have lucked out any better than that? I did get a gentle workout and left feeling 2 inches taller and relaxed. Yummy!
Today was dexascan day. I am curious to find out how my bones are doing. With my parathyroid tumor, I have difficulty processing calcium. Two years ago, my endocrinologist prescribed Fosamax for me. I started taking it, then after doing some research, I decided that it probably has worse effects on the body (including the bones) than osteoporosis (which I don't have.) I went to a different doctor who ran tests and found that I was low on vitamin D, so I have been supplementing with that instead of taking Fosamax. Hopefully, I have not lost any more bone density.
This evening I spent an hour playing my flamenco guitar. How I love that guitar - it even smells good! I have been seeing how slowly I can practice, first working on scales up and down the neck, the flamenco technique, then playing music. I have been focusing so much more on playing folk music, my hands are really getting a workout as I get back into the flamenco. The teacher I had found got back to me and does have openings. Now to see if he is any good as a teacher.
This evening was free weight evening. I worked out with weights for 30 minutes, then did some core exercises.
At the end of today, I have this guilty twinge, not serious guilt, but I am just not used to focusing this intensely on myself to the exclusion of others. It was all about me. And it felt sooo good!
Monday, May 30, 2011
I had a productive and enjoyable day today. Since it was destined to be in the 90's today and we do not have AC in the kitchen, I decided to start out with cleaning the kitchen and doing to laundry. Mike left the kitchen a mess and the refrigerator was frightening. After throwing in a load of laundry, I put a load of dishes in the dishwasher, scrubbed the counters, and started clearing out and cleaning the fridge. While I was in the kitchen, I juiced a cabbage (the cabbage juice has been far more effective than the dreaded Nexium, by the way), boiled a dozen of the lovely eggs my chickens have been laying, and washed the apples Mike brought home. By the end of the morning the kitchen at least looked more respectable, the inside of the refrigerate was sparkling and organized, two loads of laundry were washed and folded, and healthy snacks were prepared. Just call me Domestic Diva today!
My friend, Susan, came over to sing and play music. She has been working on improving her banjo skills, and I have been working on my ukelele. Between banjo, uke, and guitar we had a fun jam session. We are currently working on some fun numbers to play for a friend's wedding reception in July.
After Susan left, I took Stella for a nice walk in the meadow. It was hot, but it is soooo nice to see blue skies and feel the heat of the sun after such a chilly, wet, and gloomy fall, winter, and spring. It feels like it went from March to August in two days, but then, such is Ohio.
Both Susan and I have been overly stressed this year and suffering health repercussions as a result. We discussed ways to cut down on stress and improve our stress management strategies. For me, it just feels good to have the TIME to activate my stress management strategies.
Today, aside from cleaning, playing my guitar and uke, and my walk, I also did some yoga and PT exercises. Before I left for camping I purchased a core stability disc, partly to increase my core strength, and partly to maintain and improve my balance. Falling smack on my head, breaking teeth, getting a concussion, and needing stitches last summer has me a little concerned. I am using my core stability disk, foam roller, and yoga balance asanas to keep my proprioceptive health strong and young.
My summer goals and strategies include:
Making lists to stay organized and focused. I don't feel compelled to complete anything on my lists on any given day, but having lists in front of me helps me stay focused on my goals. One of the things I have listed are this week's yoga classes and times.
Walks, yoga, bicycling, free weights, core exercises, and trips to the gym will be a priority as I free myself of the strictures of work and have a more flexible and less demanding schedule.
I want to start journaling as a stress management technique.
Take a little time every day to accomplish the deep cleaning and organizing that has been overlooked because of my demanding end of the school year schedule.
Finish building the fairy house.
Spend quality time with my friends.
Spend time with my music daily. I think I may have found a new flamenco teacher. I hope so. That would make me VERY happy - well if he's a good teacher. I really, really miss my flamenco teacher who moved away.
Barring the camping trip when it was pretty hard to stick to my anti-inflammatory diet, I have been doing well with it and feeling quite a bit of relief and health recovery.
My food day has looked like this:
oatmeal with fresh blueberries, cinnamon, and walnuts added to it after it was cooked.
2 boiled eggs with tumeric sprinkled on them, an apple, and some almonds
more cabbage juice
Dinner (not so good - Memorial Day food)
hamburger, cole slaw, 4 bean salad
half and avocado
more cabbage juice
Lots of water, plus iced green and white tea, throughout the day
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I am very pleased I made the decision I made concerning camping at the state park close to home. We were under a tornado watch right around dinner time so we packed up our dinner, sleeping bags, and a change of clothes so we could stay at school where we have a large, safe basement. Right after dinner, the tornado warning siren went off, and police were going through town telling everyone to take cover. A tornado was spotted not far away. As luck would have it, a former parent who is also a professional story teller had dropped in to visit, so he told the story of Ali Baba and we ate homemade cookies in the basement. So we had a fun tornado party. Right now, the children are watching movies. When the movie is over, we'll have our summer birthday cake and get ready for bed. Bed tonight will be sleeping bags on the floor (I'll sleep on a couch) so we can hit the basement again if the next front is another tornado spawner.
The children are having a great time with their adventure. And.... they don't think their teacher is as stupid as they thought I was this morning when I told them we couldn't camp at our usual park in case we had bad weather.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
We are ready. All of the supplies have been purchased. parent chaperones and drivers lined up, materials organized, and camper ready. Tomorrow is departure day.
Last night there were tornado warnings and power outages. I don't care about the power outages when we are camping since we won't be needing electricity anyway. But I DO care about tornado warnings and/or violent thunderstorms. The weather continues to look unsettled for the entire time that we will be camping.
Please wish us safe weather.
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