Wednesday, February 06, 2008
MORE snow today--they say it is the snowiest winter in Chicago in ten years, but I've lived here longer than that & I don't remember ever having this much snow! It's only my second winter commuting to work by train, though, so I'm definitely experiencing the weather more directly than I used to. I wear my urban hiking boots every single day, & slacks or good jeans; skirts are only on days when the snow is melted & the cold wind isn't blasting. It's exhausting to be picking one's way through snow & slush every day.
This morning I did get my beans in the oven, but I didn't make it to an Ash Wednesday service. That worked out OK, though, because later our guests for tonight e-mailed to say they were swamped with work & needed to postpone. With the snow coming down fast & furious all afternoon, I decided to leave the office an hour early. Had a delicious supper with my husband & stepdaughter, & then my husband & I went to Ash Wed. service at our church. It was good to tromp through the snow/slush with him, because he kept calling my attention to how beautiful the trees & bushes are with every twig laden with snow.
It was good to be at the service with him & with our church family, & it is good to be entering into Lent. As our pastor said tonight, "lent" means "spring" & expresses the hope that beneath the apparent barrenness & hardship of winter God is at work bringing life.
Monday, February 04, 2008
I've been failing to get to bed on time for quite a while now, & consequently I haven't exercised for at least a week (except for that bit of snow shoveling on Saturday). My body really craves it.
Tomorrow is the Illinois primary, & I vote before work; Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, & we have guests coming that evening so I'm planning to attend an early morning "imposition of ashes" service. So it looks as if I'll have to wait to resume morning exercise till Thursday.
I will try hard to get to bed by 10:45 tonight & tomorrow, though, so that by then I'll have gotten back into a proper pattern of rest.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Right now I just have too much to do, & decisions about priorities aren't completely up to me. That's normal when you have a family & a job, of course.
Today I wanted to tie up my responsibilities as 2007 treasurer for our condo association, but I ran into a snag--one of the residents & I had miscalculated some months ago, & it took quite a while for me to figure out that he actually owes the association quite a bit, rather than being paid up as we'd thought. Glad the mistake was his as much as mine! But after I had untangled that little mess, I needed to put the books aside & rest my brain.
Then my husband & I spent a LONG time out running errands, much longer than I had expected. Exhausting because at a couple of grocery stores there was hardly any parking & then there were long, long checkout lines. Saturday shopping is a pain. But we did find a nice health food store that a friend recommended, where you can measure out grains, legumes, nuts, herbs, & other things--e.g., coconut, sesame seeds, sea salt--in the quantities you want rather them buying them prepackaged. Very helpful for the eating-from-scratch style that we're trying to maintain most of the time.
Last night I had said we needed to do something fun tonight--it had been too long. So we took my stepdaughter for a long-promised treat: dinner at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants. So, so good. I think what we all loved the most there was the soup: clear broth with a hint of tamarind & catfish, okra, tomato slices, bean sprouts, celery, lemongrass, hot peppers, & a little pineapple. What an amazing combination. The veggies were obviously added at the last minute, because they were still slightly crisp rather than soft. We have to find a recipe! So nutritious & delicious.
We still have so much snow in our alley that when we got home we had to shovel a bit before we could get the car into the garage. So I did end up getting a little exercise today.
What I didn't get done AT ALL today: freelance work. It makes me a little anxious . . . I'm thankful that Sunday won't be crammed with activity; I don't do paid work on that day but try to observe it as a sabbath. Hopefully it will help me clear my mind & let the anxious thoughts go.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
This morning I weighed 144! I hadn't been that low in nearly 4 years. So even though my sleeping is still off (more early-morning insomnia today, though I got to bed at a good time) & consequently I'm not exercising beyond my brisk commuter trekking through the cold, the good eating habits I established are still producing results.
Today I tucked my shirt into my 10L slacks. :-)
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