Sunday, March 27, 2011
First, hope you had a happy Earth Hour! I lit candles at 8:30 tonight, then turned off all lights & played solo Bananagrams during the hour of darkness. It was really fun, a great way to unwind after my busy three days. But next year I think I'll plan a candlelight Earth Hour party with friends! We could spend the hour singing or playing board games or just talking & laughing.
This afternoon I finished my three-day teaching gig--it went well & I could hardly be more pleased. I like people, but I'm an introvert, so I definitely needed some alone time afterward to dial down. There will still be some work: I am sending a final assignment to the 21 students, & they'll have up to a month to complete it & send it back. Then I'll grade those (fortunately just pass-fail, but I'll want to write some comments to each person) & turn in the grades.
This teaching is changing my life in that I will no longer have to spend nearly every Saturday cooped up in my home office working on freelance editing to pay down debt. I am starting to think about how I should reallocate my time--which neglected activities & people should be addressed first.
My tendency would be to cram my newly freed-up time in a rush to make amends for lapsed friendships & missed exercise & neglected housecleaning. But I'm going to try to resist that temptation.
This coming week is already quite full, in wonderful social ways:
1. Sunday--church, poetry workshop, dance performance
2. Wednesday evening--cooking class in Forest Park with creative friends!
3. Friday night--dinner with friend at Peruvian restaurant
4. Saturday--meeting my sister at Garfield Park Conservatory to enjoy the flowers & greenness & delicious oxygen, then celebrating her birthday by taking her to lunch
All of this on top of full-time work, of course. I also have some freelance editing to get done, but they are short pieces, nothing demanding.
With this & exercise plus the time it takes to track food faithfully for this week's challenge, I MUST not try to cram more in!
My SP/Starfish efforts have lagged in the past couple of weeks. Leaving town to meet my granddaughter for the first time, then preparing for the class while being involved with my church's pastoral search committee & my regular work, I just dropped the ball at times. Most notably, I repeatedly broke my Lenten commitment to avoid sugar.
I've been thinking about that & decided that it's not the best Lenten discipline for me this year, since I'm already off alcohol as well because of the medication I'm on--that just makes for so much abstinence, & I haven't had space in my schedule & brain (except when I was in St. Louis with Bea) to add in new, positive things to counterbalance the absence. So I'm going to relax about sugar but work hard to stay within my calorie range for each day. And for the rest of Lent I'm going to adopt a different discipline--I'm hoping that an inspiration will come to me sometime tomorrow.
Despite my busyness tomorrow afternoon, & despite the cold weather, I expect to get exercise--I'll have time to take a brisk walk from church all the way to the poetry workshop in Evanston, 3.25 miles!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I have been madly preparing for my intensive advanced editing class, which runs tomorrow 3/24 through Saturday 3/26. Full days, 9:00 to 4:30, & I have to arrive early to make sure everything is set up & working. I'm quite excited about it--it's going to be a good, substantive, hands-on experience for the students, & it pays me well! Let me just say I have never before earned this much per day of work. Of course there has been prep time, & there will also be some grading time afterward, but that won't be exorbitant because it's just pass/fail.
I took today as a sick day, as I had my regular psychotherapy (which was good) & two medical appointments--jaw PT + monthly checkup to make sure the isoniazid isn't wreaking havoc in my body (it isn't). Because I didn't remember having seen them, I asked for a printout of my cholesterol results from late last fall. They were mostly quite good!
* cholesterol 163
* HDL 62 (above 60 is very desirable)
* triglycerides 136 (above 150 is unhealthy--I think I'm going to start taking fish oil to see if I can get further away from that level)
* LDL 74 (optimal is below 100)
* non-HDL cholesterol 101 (this is just total cholesterol minus the good HDLs--& it's excellent)
I got in good exercise today but just haven't had time to track. And I made a new concoction for supper & don't have time to input a recipe. So I'm just going to list what I ate here:
nutty muesli, 2 t. brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 c. light soy milk
6 oz. OJ
(snacked this one because of running around)
slice whole wheat bread + Brummel & Brown yogurt spread
med. blood orange
buñuelo (Colombian cheese bread, 153 cals.)
roasted veggies (turnip, beets, carrots, onions, herbs, a bit of safflower oil)
new concoction (ground chicken, potatoes, sweet red pepper, celery, onion, 2 roma tomatoes, water, herbs)
I'm sure this is within my calorie range. And I have gotten plenty of water, 10+ cups.
I'm going to be kind to myself tomorrow & take it as a day off from morning exercise because I have to get out of the house earlier than usual. But I'll have an actual hour-long lunch break, so hopefully I'll get in some good walking then. I'll be wearing a suit but, as always, comfortable shoes, so as long as I don't work up too great a sweat it'll be fine. The class is held in a building just off Chicago's Magnificent Mile--fun! That's the upscale North Michigan Avenue shopping district.
All right, that's all my chatter for now! Oh, but Starfish, isn't it great to be in Tahiti?! I just checked the forecast & tomorrow's high in Chicago is going to be 34F (1C). So yeah, Tahiti . . .
Thursday, March 17, 2011
And you can see her face better in this one. I think she looks a lot like her mom, my daughter-in-law. Like both mom & dad, she is tall (22" at birth); newborn diapers & clothes are already small for her! (These photos were saved as jpgs; that's why I can post them.)
Two little lambs . . .
And this final one is among my favorites--it was taken the day she was born, March 11.
I went walk/jogging outside in St. Louis last Saturday, my first time this year, & this morning it was warm enough to do so in Chicago! I went to the nearby university campus for my 5K training & was disappointed to see that the outdoor track no longer exists--it has been covered by a building. The university is paving over all its green spaces. So I just walked/ran on sidewalks, mostly by the lakefront; the sun was behind clouds & was still shedding its dawn pinkness, so lovely across the water. Not possible to measure distance, so I just estimated.
My time with Bea & family in St. Louis included some truly restful spaces--long stints of holding her while her parents napped. I hadn't had much "nothingness"--silence with no agenda, no tasks to accomplish--for many years. It was a great gift.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This one was taken today. It shows Bea's red hair in all its glory. First walk with Mom outside--the daffodils popped up to greet them!
Ack! The other photos aren't showing up. I guess I will post them in individual entries . . .
But that doesn't work either. The problem is that they are in .gif format, I guess. And my computer isn't letting me change them to .jpgs. I will have to leave it at that for now!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
It's Fat Tuesday, aka Pancake Day or Mardi Gras, & this morning the scales indeed showed me a couple of pounds fatter. I won't bother to change my ticker, as that just reflects extra eating at a housewarming/Mardi Gras party Sunday evening & pancakes with yummy toppings at the women's small group I attend Monday evenings. I didn't go crazy at either gathering, but it was definitely more sweets than I usually eat.
For Lent I am giving up sugar/honey/syrup, except for (1) on my muesli in the mornings, as I make my own muesli & it's hugely nutritious but needs a bit of sweetness, & (2) on Sundays, which are feast days throughout Lent. So the small pre-Lent spike in my weight won't last.
One encouragement: yesterday I wore some size 10 wool slacks that were uncomfortably snug on me a couple of months back, & now they fit nicely!
P.S. My granddaughter was due last Thursday, & my daughter-in-law is VERY uncomfortable because she has dropped so low, but there's no sign of labor as yet! We are praying that she'll come on her own soon. If Kate reaches March 17 without going into labor, it will have to be induced & there might be other interventions that she would really like to avoid. Please be praying with us!
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