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Vacation/retreat update

Monday, March 31, 2008

There just isnít time for a personal retreat this spring. Here are the trips I have coming up, all in different places:

1. weekend church retreat end of April
2. weekend family gathering to celebrate my dadís 80th birthday end of May
3. poetry workshop 2nd half of June
4. nieceís wedding/family gathering last weekend of June

Meanwhile my husband has been watching for low fares to various Caribbean destinations. And we decided to go for VERY low fares to Cartagena, Colombia, for a week in mid-October! Weíll be renting the vacation home of a friend, really beautiful & ideally located. Now Iím trying to persuade my brother to travel with us! This is my hyper-responsible brother who lives alone & is suffering a low-level depression. Heís a great travel companion, & this would be something happy to look forward to.

We're so excited!

  
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PJBOKC 4/10/2008 11:18PM

    Even tho you're not going on the personal retreat, I hope you'll find some time even when home to reward yourself, and again on these trips - find some alone time and as my kids would say - "chill". You are the most deserving person I know!

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SHANSHE 3/31/2008 11:34PM

    Sounds like you ahve some exciting times coming up! I am happy for you. too bad you won't be coming to KY, but maybe some day...

Take care,
Shannon

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My body is changing

Monday, March 31, 2008

But not because I'm losing weight or exercising more than before (in those ways I'm pretty stable at the moment). I'm still struggling with insomnia at least every other night. I wake up in the early morning & notice that my heart is beating quickly & I have a hard time slowing down my breathing. This is without any particular stress or anxiety--it's just my new "friend" Menopause throwing my body into turmoil. Tomorrow I'll be switching to my new 25-mg dose of Amitriptyline; I really hope that will help my system calm down at night.

I am also having hot flashes umpteen times a day. They don't make me perspire or flush particularly, for which I'm thankful. I just have to wait them out--they subside within a minute, it seems.

And tomorrow I have to have an impacted wisdom tooth extracted! I just wouldn't have guessed that my teeth would still be shifting in my mouth at this age (53), but one has slightly broken through the gum at a crazy angle.

Sometimes being a human being is quite a challenge. :-)

  
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PJBOKC 4/10/2008 11:16PM

    Well here I am catching up on my blog comments again. You know I'm going to re-write that long e-mail that was lost. I fell so bad for you - I know all about that waking up with the pounding heart from when I was in the early stages of menopaus. I'm so sorry we have to go through this. That darn Eve!

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SHANSHE 3/31/2008 11:33PM

    Being 34, I cannot commiserate with you, but I DO feel bad for ya! Wish I could help. Hopefully, it will get better.
Shannon

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SUPERMOM17 3/31/2008 4:50PM

    Hi Ruth,
Sorry you are having such a hard time. The menopause thing will get better. I still have hot flashes now and then, but not as bad as it was. Do you know the old song, "We're havin' a heat wave, a tropical heat wave?" I just change the words to "I'm havin a heat wave...."
Take care,
Joyce

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Practicing resurrection

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

In one of his best-known poems, Wendell Berry calls us to "practice resurrection." I'd like to heed that call during this Easter season. (Did you know that Easter is actually 50 days long--from Easter Sunday to Pentecost?!)

I got that massive freelance project done last night & sent off to the editor. Most (but not all) nights I'm sleeping better with my increased (but still tiny) dosage of Amitriptyline. And the weather is warming up (though there's still ice on our sidewalk!). Tomorrow we'll be able to pick up the check from our refinancing, to pay off all the credit cards! Something else new: my husband has gotten interested in learning to cook Thai & Vietnamese food! He & my stepdaughter made an incredible Thai-style soup last night. :-)

During this Easter season, I'd like to embrace all this newness. I'd like to work less & worry less. I'd like to help my husband get marketing materials together so that his business can really take off (which will allow me to actually work less). I'd like to spend more time with friends & family. I'm cutting out tea with caffeine starting in midafternoon now, to see if that will help me with sleep. (My body has likely gotten more sensitive to it.) I'd like to REGULARLY get in at least two weekly sessions of exercise beyond my usual walking.

And I look forward to enjoying homemade Asian-style dishes--yum!

  
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PJBOKC 3/28/2008 11:39AM

    I, too, like that idea of practicing resurrection. The timing is great for me since I'm using this stay in Arizona for renewal, and now it has even deeper meaning.

Ruth, I truly hope and pray you'll find a way to work and worry less. You work so much, and deserve more fun, relaxation time. I'm sure it will have a positive effect on your sleep.

Thank you for sharing about practicing ressurection.

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SUPERMOM17 3/26/2008 11:20AM

    Hi Ruth,
I always enjoy your entries. Like Shannon, I didn't know Easter extended through Pentecost. I like the "practicing resurrection" idea too.
Joyce

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SHANSHE 3/25/2008 6:59PM

    You sound sooo much better!!! I like the idea of "practicing ressurection."
I did not know that Easter was actually 50 days long. I mean, I kn ow about Pentecost, but did not realize it meant that easter was 50 days long, LOL!

WOW! Hubby cooking and something other than your everyday ordinary food too, how awesome! Enjoy it while it lasts! I think you will be able to accomplish all these things you want with God's help.

Shannon

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Good Friday

Friday, March 21, 2008

Outside my window it is snowing busily this afternoon. Spring is getting off to a wintry start--I am wearing wool pants & snow boots today.

I'll be leaving work an hour early so that I can get to church on time for the "Man Born to Be King" reading tonight. Nearly everyone in the congregation has at least a small part. It's going to be very moving.

  
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PJBOKC 3/28/2008 12:01AM

    my interest in the play is growing

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SHANSHE 3/21/2008 11:11PM

    I really hope that the reading went well and helps to bond you all closer to Christ.
Shannon

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Good news, & working to stay positive

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last night I took TWO of my 10-mg Amitriptyline pills--& I slept through the night with only a very short time of early-morning wakefulness!

I did wake up groggy & didn't get up earlier than usual as I had hoped. Probably my body will need some time to adjust to the new higher dosage.

The train was delayed this morning, so I transitioned to reading my current novel after my usual Bible reading & prayer. But by the time I switched to my second train, I was in a really bad mood. Thinking a bit, I realized that it was probably the grogginess + the novel I've been reading. It's a serious novel, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, but I DON'T LIKE IT; I find it annoying, & it's big & heavy so it weighs me down.

No more of that book! I've removed it from my bag & am going to leave it here in the office till next time I drive my car to work & thus have an easy way to carry heavy stuff home. I don't need to clutter my mind with a boring, depressing book no matter how famous/important it is.

I'm going to march to protest the Iraq war this evening after work. It will feel good to be outdoors giving some expression to what I believe.

  
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PJBOKC 3/28/2008 12:00AM

    Sorry to hear the new med regimen is causing grogginess in the morning. I hope it resolves. I still need to retype and resend that long e-mail that didn't get through. I know you'll explore options until you find what's right for you.

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SUPERMOM17 3/20/2008 11:50AM

    Glad you recognized that the book was not the right one for you. I have a hard time not reading stuff all the way through, but there have been times when I've just had to say "enough," I don't like this book, it's depressing me, and I don't think it's good for me.

Keep up the good work, and I hope you are able to enjoy some restful sleep.
Joyce

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SHANSHE 3/19/2008 4:46PM

    Glad to hear you slept better, and I agree, if it makes you feel bad, don't read it. Maybe you will get more execise in while you are marching???
Shannon

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