Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Today I'm wearing one of two new pairs of wool-blend slacks I ordered recently. Moths had eaten holes in my other wool pants, :-( & since Chicago's winter is really prolonged & cold this year I needed to replace them.
My old slacks were 12Ts, & these are 10Ts--& they fit me beautifully! Even with (thin) long underwear on (necessary because I commute on public transportation & sometimes am on an elevated platform for 10-15 minutes waiting for a train).
Also on my wish list: a pair of snug jeans to wear inside my tall boots. But those can wait for next fall.
It feels good to be wearing size 10 again.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I slept deliciously last night, & today I finished a rather demanding freelance project. I took a personal day from work for the purpose--I certainly DON'T want to make it a habit to use vacation time for doing extra work, but this was necessary & knowing I had this day helped me not to panic over the weekend.
It would have been nice to get in some exercise too, but I started editing right after breakfast, kept at it all day with only a short break for lunch, & just completed it a little bit ago--too late for anything vigorous. I think the watchword of my life right now is "live within your limits." That will honor my Creator, my body & spirit, & my family.
Monday, February 18, 2008
This morning I was afflicted by the insomnia that used to be a nearly constant companion. It's a blessing that nowadays it strikes only occasionally, usually due to overstimulation or stress. I'm also blessed to have flexible work hours, so this a.m. I was able to reset my alarm clock for 8:00 (for some reason I can usually get back to sleep after around 6:30) & come to work an hour later than usual. I'll stay a bit late tonight to make up for it.
I did take my medication (Amitriptyline) last night as usual, so hopefully the sleeplessness will prove to be just a one-night hormonal glitch. Generally I'm feeling better now that I have decided to go on a personal retreat soon. No dates yet, & I'm still waiting to hear about the KY convent from my pastor, so I don't know where it is. Maybe I will be able to add on a little jaunt to meet you, Shannon & Linda--that would be fun! We'll have to see whether I'll be in your general area.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I realized a couple of days ago that what I really need is a few days to just rest & be refreshed, far away from responsibilities. So I'm now looking into monasteries & convents that welcome guests. I have done personal retreats like this before, but it has been a long time since the last one. The solitude & prayerful atmosphere are very nurturing, often the grounds are lovely & there are walking trails, meals are provided, you can participate in the Daily Hours (prayer observances at regular times of day), & the suggested donation is usually very reasonable.
I want to head south so as to be in a place that's warmer. It's looking as if I may go to Kentucky, which I hear is beautiful. Don't have dates or any details yet, but I'm pretty excited!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I find myself thinking about food a LOT . . . craving it at times. Good food, not junk. I haven't been depriving myself or going hungry, so I know the craving reflects something else. It's stress--too much to do, too many responsibilities, relentless winter weather, snow snow & more snow, having to measure my steps because of treacherous ice on the sidewalks, feeling as if the world isn't welcoming when I leave my home each morning . . . & aware that the turbulent weather is probably a sign of global climate change, a long-term problem for all of us.
And it's also a lack of endorphins & well-being from exercise, since I haven't had much of that for a while. I've had to meet some deadlines & prioritize rest.
A very challenging time.
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