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Feeling a Little Hedonistic ( And Loving It)

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!

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ITSABSURD 6/4/2011 1:41PM

    Continue to enjoy yourself! :)

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/2/2011 11:21PM

    we are all low on vitamin d-- we need more sunshine

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IUHRYTR 6/1/2011 7:14PM

    What a nice day. It is good, isn't it, when we have such free time just for us? -- Lou

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JABULONESTAR 6/1/2011 3:51PM

    Fabulous :) Enjoy!

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    "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." That's what I do with my vacation too. It's fantatsic!

I'm so happy for you! :D

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OLDERDANDRT 6/1/2011 11:01AM

    Good for you!!! Happy Summer vacation!

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BUNNYSPAL 6/1/2011 9:14AM

    Sounds like retirement mode which I am waiting patiently for with longing. It is great that you had some me time to do the things you want to do and at your own pace. We should all have more of these days.

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MARY1313 6/1/2011 2:48AM

    Oh it should be all about you Chris! You spend most of the year making it all about the students, your family, your anipals. You deserve lots of me time when you can get it!


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    Wow, I always wish I knew how to play the guitar! I love the sound of the chords! I'm so glad you had a day like this! How wonderful! emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 5/31/2011 9:46PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day.

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WATERMELLEN 5/31/2011 8:54PM

    Oh this sounds so perfect -- and so overdue. Enjoy every minute without a thought of guilt. And if you do, consider this: It's arguably your duty to replenish your well after drawing on it so much all year long.

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Summer Goals and Stress Management

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:

emoticonMaking 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.

emoticonWalks, 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.

emoticonI want to start journaling as a stress management technique.

emoticonTake 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.

emoticon Finish building the fairy house.

emoticon Spend quality time with my friends.

emoticon 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.

cabbage juice

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

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JABULONESTAR 5/31/2011 6:27PM

    Thank you for the inspiration! Have a wonderful summer :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/31/2011 12:02PM

    Curious about the cabbage juice. How does it taste?

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MARY1313 5/31/2011 12:00PM

    Does cabbage juice taste yucky???

I may try it if it doesn't taste bad. I have been taking Prilosec for a long time and would like to get off of it.

I hope you have a great summer, filled with music, laughter, good fresh foods and lots of Poodle snuggles!


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JOHAL52 5/31/2011 10:49AM

    A Domestic Diva and a Calm Musician. Sounds like good balance to me! And don't worry about the hamburger--you ate healthily for the rest of the day. Today will even things out.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/30/2011 9:00PM

    Definitely a domestic Diva. Music & friends are both therapeutically good for the mind so you got a double dose of the good stuff, great way to spend your holiday.

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SM-ARTGIRL 5/30/2011 8:18PM

    Oh I love your summer goals! Sound so perfectly creative and enriching, & summery !!
We are heading into winter here in Australia so my goals involve lots of all weather walks followed by warm evenings doing a project or two in the living room.
This anti inflamation plan seems very interesting, I am going to see a dietician/naturapath as I suspect I am inflamed too... emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/30/2011 7:47PM

    Your turn to catch the Domestic Diva torch and hold it high!! Yikes, you've left me in the dust!!

Love the pink water lily, love your summer plans to take time for yourself, breathe, destress!! Excellent!

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SHARIJERRY 5/30/2011 7:33PM

  I'm so impressed with your summer goals - you've inspired me - I need to sit down and figure out what I want to accomplish this summer - thanks for inspiring me

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TISHTOES 5/30/2011 7:27PM

    So glad you had a jam session. Music with friends is my stress relief. Quiet time is also good but not always available. Hopefully when school is out you can decompress from the overload. Getting so much accomplished today plus music and a walk outside with the dog must feel really good!


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Happy Birthday to My Sister and Best Friend

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My sister was a special present to me on my eighth birthday. We are twins born 8 years and 1 week apart.

This is the girl who grew up to be an ornithologist and professor of ornithology.

Happy birthday, sweet sister!

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BUNNYSPAL 5/30/2011 8:55AM

    You really do look like twins. Happy birthday to your sister. And happy birthday to you (or is it belated happy birthday?)

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/29/2011 3:14PM

    emoticonblog and tribute to your sister. The two of you definitely look alike! Happy Birthday to your sister!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/29/2011 2:50PM

    You're so lucky to have a great sister so close your age!!!! I have a great sister, but she is 19 years older than me!!! Happy Birthday to your dear sweet sissie...(that's what I call my sister at times b/c I think it's cute. hehe) emoticon
It's really cool about her career! Sounds marvelous! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/29/2011 2:26PM

    I really love seeing older family pictures. They bring to mind less stressful times and a slower way of life. It's remarkable the resemblance between the two of you. -- Lou

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0309COOKIE 5/29/2011 2:22PM

    You can really tell you are sisters! Happy birthday to your sister!

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GBSLIM 5/29/2011 1:50PM

    What an awesome birthday present.
emoticon Happy Birthday to you both. emoticon

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JPONCIN 5/29/2011 1:04PM

    Happy Birthday to you and to your sister! :)

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/29/2011 11:46AM

    You both have awesome smiles! So, is your birthday next week?

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/29/2011 11:44AM

    What a beautiful relationship for you to have Chris! Happy Birthday to your "twin" Victoria

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MARY1313 5/29/2011 10:35AM

    Wow you guys are two peas in a pod. Love the picture! Happy Birthday Chris' Sister!!!!


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CAT609 5/29/2011 10:02AM

    You do look like twins. So Happy Birthday to you, too. Enjoy your birthdays together. I am sure she appreciates you, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/29/2011 10:01AM

    Goodness, you two look alike -- (my sister and I do not . . . but are also very close and very fond of each other!)

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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.

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    Wow, you turned a possibly miserable or dangerous situation into a wonderful adventure! Fantastic!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/29/2011 11:43AM

    emoticon Good planning saved the day and became an adventure. Great job!
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VALERIEMAHA 5/28/2011 10:19PM

    Whew! Close (and EXCELLENT) call!

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    Well done! The kids will have great memories of this when the danger is past and they look back on it years from now.. emoticon

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TISHTOES 5/27/2011 9:15PM

    Glad you are safe! And the bonus to your school basement adventure was a storyteller.

The pictures I see on the news are incredible--unimaginable! What a year it's been.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2011 9:25PM

    Right call! And still a very good time for your children!!

(I've survived a tornado and really -- not something you want to experience with a group of kids in a camp ground!!)

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KLASSIE 5/26/2011 7:58PM

    Thank God for the teacher who had the gift of discernment and made the right decisions for the children. Glad you're finding a way to have fun. I'll pray that everyone stays safe and content.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/26/2011 12:40PM

    Thank God you had the right instinct regarding listening for the warnings!!! Some would have been so busy getting ready to go, they would not have thought to listen for tornado warnings or storm warnings!!! So glad you had a safe alternate place to take the kids and not have to just cancel and send them home! We had plenty of Girl Scout camp outs in the basement of the GS office back when I was a leader! It's almost as much fun as the outdoor kind! Just different! And most of the girls preferred having the indoor (and very nice) BATHROOMS!!! hehe (Me too!)
And hopefully they learned a valuable lesson from you in that "being prepared"!! emoticon

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MARY1313 5/26/2011 12:14PM

    that's why you are the boss applesauce LOL!!! Great decision. Besides, everyone knows the teacher always knows best!!! sounds like you have turned a bad situation into an adventure!


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JPONCIN 5/26/2011 9:16AM

    Nice! Good decision, and a great time for the kids. :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/26/2011 12:33AM

    Lucky kids, lucky school

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CELLOSONG 5/25/2011 10:13PM

    That'll be a camping trip to remember! I was just reminiscing on a camping trip when I was in high school when we were in tents in sub-zero temps with 6-8" of snow on the ground. What. A. Trip. Sounds like this will be as memorable for your kids as that was for me! ;-)

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    THAT's why you are awesome! Stay safe.

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GOLIGHTLY344 5/25/2011 9:21PM

    Best decision for no regrets! Have a good night!

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LESLIES537 5/25/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon Way to go, Teach! I'm glad the kids are feeling adventurous instead of scared! Stay safe! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/25/2011 8:55PM

    Sounds like you are making the best of a bad situation. I will pray for everyone's safety.

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IUHRYTR 5/25/2011 8:54PM

    Yea for teacher smarts! You made a wise decision and an unexpected adventure was created for the children who will have their own stories to tell of the time their teacher predicted the weather. emoticon -- Lou

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SARGASSO 5/25/2011 8:53PM

  I am glad you and your family are alright. How frightening it must be. We are all thinking of you here in the West.

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Wish Us Well, Please.

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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    Sending you good vibes!!! Your alternate plan sounds like a good one. I'm originally from the Midwest and remember long nights of tornado warnings as a kid.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/25/2011 1:43PM

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WATERMELLEN 5/25/2011 7:58AM

    Wishing you safe weather and wonderful times and a happy return to civilization without too many bug bites!!

You are a hero!!

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STARLASUE 5/25/2011 7:18AM

    Say prayers and sending lots of protective Light your way.

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SCOOTER4263 5/25/2011 6:37AM

    As an ex-Brownie and Girl Scout leader who took kids camping more times than I can count, I can definitely relate. And all it takes is one kid who's terrified of storms to set off the whole bunch of them. God bless you, and good luck!

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GBSLIM 5/25/2011 6:03AM

    Sending prayers for a FUN filled, worry free camping trip.

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0309COOKIE 5/25/2011 1:33AM

    I will be praying for you that you have a safe camping trip. Hope you have a good time. You deserve it!

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MARY1313 5/24/2011 11:44PM

    Praying for a safe and happy trip for you all!


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LINDAGRAVEL 5/24/2011 10:49PM

    Praying for good weather and staying safe.Enjoy yourself emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 5/24/2011 10:45PM

    I am usually the intrepid camper, but with the strong tornadoes this year, the tornado warning last night, and Thursday's weather report, I am considering alternate plans. There is a state park a few miles away from the school. Not a lot of fun options there, but a campground, playground, picnic area, and hiking trails. The children will be disappointed, but we will be close to the school (which has a basement) if severe thunderstorm watches or tornado watches develop. I have lived through one severe tornado ( google Xenia, Ohio tornado April 1974) and have a healthy fear of them.


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PONYFARMER 5/24/2011 10:44PM

    Be safe!

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IUHRYTR 5/24/2011 10:43PM

    Hoping all will be well and safe. -- Lou

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GOLIGHTLY344 5/24/2011 10:27PM

    Have a safe trip. I guess it's not possible to postpone your camping for a week. Too bad the weather isn't going to be warm and dry. I used to do these trips, too everyone enjoyed them greatly.

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DOR2BFIT 5/24/2011 9:24PM

    Good luck with the weather. Maybe you should camp on school grounds if there's tornado warnings though. I'll never forget the night when a friend and I biked across Long Island and spent the night 'sleeping' in the campground bathroom because of the horrific weather!

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Stay safe.

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