Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I lost another pound! (Must record it on my SP log.)
And I got my husband back! His plane got in a little early, so he was already in baggage claim when I arrived at the airport last night. We talked nonstop--had supper at home & sipped a little port together afterward. Then he collapsed in bed because he had gotten up at 4:00 a.m.
Unfortunately, he also snored majestically most of the night. :-) I think he's congested because of poor air quality in the city where he was. Having slept alone for five weeks, I had gotten used to lots of quiet. So I put in my earplugs, but still I didn't sleep very well. I got up & switched the alarm to an hour later again, & that helped--but there was no time to exercise this morning.
At the midpoint of my commute, an underground walkway connects stations of the two trains I take. When I'm tired or the weather is bad, I use it, but my preference is to walk outside in the sunshine & the busyness of Chicago's Loop (downtown). I climbed the long flight of stairs to walk outside today--yet another sign that I'm recovering my strength.
Oh--something amusing. At the train station near my workplace, I got off today with a large number of students heading to campus. We all stopped abruptly when we saw that the train platform between us & the exit had a big gap in it! Some workmen were in the process of putting down new planks. First the conductor told us we should all get back on so the train could back up & let us off closer to the exit; then he realized he could just open up the car behind us (we were all in the head car). So we all tromped back through the train & out. I thought it was funny that the conductor & engineer hadn't been forewarned that the platform was being disassembled!
Monday, October 29, 2007
1. A clean & well-organized refrigerator :-)
2. Feeling free to spend an extra hour in bed this morning because I didn't sleep well (my body was confused by all the extra sleep the previous three nights)--it's a blessing to have flexible job hours
3. Not having to run to catch my second train
4. The next book I'm going to edit--two volumes of Queen Elizabeth I's writings!!
5. Coughing less today
6. SP, & especially the Chispa Chicks, to help keep me on track with weight loss
7. A bright autumn day
8. Getting to talk to my dad today--he had been a bit worried because he heard that I was sick
9. My family's blog
And of course, most of all:
10. My husband is coming home tonight! Yay!!!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
So far today, I have
1. eaten breakfast (late, after sleeping till 11!)
2. emptied the dishwasher
3. put a few stray dirty dishes in dishwasher
4. cleaned off the stovetop and wiped down countertops
5. taken a shower
6. gotten dressed & put in contacts (hadn't done this the past two days)
7. taken out bathroom trash
8. dumped kitchen compost into backyard bin
Obviously I feel better! I'm still coughing, but I have a little more energy than I did the past few days. Or maybe it's just that I'm really tired of being inert. :-)
I do intend to clean the fridge this afternoon. I'll do one shelf/drawer at a time, so if I need to quit in the middle I won't have the full fridge to reload.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I spent most of today in bed reading. I LOVE to read, & fortunately I had recently gone to the library so I had a couple of good new-to-me novels on hand, one for yesterday & one for today. (If anybody's interested: Get a Life by the South African novelist Nadine Gordimer--not my favorite of hers; & Paradise Park by Allegra Goodman, which I thoroughly enjoyed, about a young hippie's geographic, romantic, & spiritual odyssey.) In some ways it's a luxury to be immersed in books for hours at a time--since my childhood such days have been very rare.
Still have a yucky cough, especially when I move around. Tomorrow there is church in the morning & a monthly poetry workshop in the afternoon, but I'm thinking I should stay home again even though I'm really tired of it & would love to be present at both of these. Still, I need to do something besides read. The refrigerator BADLY needs to be cleaned, & since I do that with just warm water & baking soda rather than harsh chemicals, I'm thinking it would give me a sense of accomplishment & not tax me too much. I'll play it by ear & see how I feel.
I'm going to do a few upper-body exercises with weights before I go to bed tonight. Nothing too strenuous.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thanks, Chispa Chicks, for your kind words & your care. I still don't feel better today, but I know it's better to stay home & rest than to be out & about. I've let the church nursery coordinator know that I won't be well enough to take my turn there on Sunday, & I will also stay home tomorrow instead of participating in the big antiwar demonstration downtown, though I was really looking forward to it.
My stepdaughter got home last night, & this afternoon she fixed us a yummy lunch: the last of my baked beans heated up, sauteed green beans & snow peas, & carrot salad. She's such a good cook. I won't need supper, just water & herbal tea.
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