Thursday, June 09, 2011
It was HOT in Chicago today--went up to 95 F! I did extra exercise this a.m. to make up somewhat for missing the two previous days. Felt so good to get really sweaty & tired.
It was a work-from-home day because I have a regular therapy appointment every Wed. afternoon, & it's much closer to home than to my workplace. I made some good progress on my current editing project before & after the appointment.
Therapy was helpful & encouraging--toward the end we discussed my debt & how discouraged I am about it. (I recently had to pay my lawyer a retainer that was reduced but still came to nearly the amount I had managed to pay off on credit cards in the past year! It went onto a card because I have no savings--they were depleted during my years of living with a deadbeat.) My therapist was very reassuring. She's right--I just need to make a plan & stick to it. It will probably involve being stricter with myself about discretionary spending. I'm already pretty frugal, but I'll have to become more so for a time.
Afterward I headed for the greenhouse & spent some discretionary $$! I really needed herbs & flowers for the back porch, plus replacements for a few houseplants that had bitten the dust. Taking care of plants is part of my self-care that I had been mostly neglecting. Basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, dill, lemon verbena, lavender, sage, mint . . . mmmmm . . .
Later, back home, after getting more work done I made yogurt, which I had also neglected lately, & ate some supper, after which I tracked & discovered that I was still under 1200 calories, yay! I decided to complete my requirements by snacking on a slice of w/w bread with 1 T. natural peanut butter + banana slices. So yummy & satisfied my sweet tooth without added sugar.
(Day by day this week I have been avoiding sugary foods. I do still eat sweetened cereal in the mornings, but otherwise when I get the urge I keep telling myself, "Just today I can make it without sugar." I'm not committing myself to a long-term sugar-free plan, because my emotions really rebel at the sense of deprivation--but one day at a time I can cut way back.)
I went to pick up my share of the CSA box (I'm splitting three ways with a couple of guys from church). Strawberries, lettuce, mint, chard, yum! And arugula . . . not so yum (bitter!). I found a Sparkrecipe that I'll probably try this weekend to make good use of it, though.
I spent the evening out on the porch arranging the herbs & flowers/greenery in boxes & pots. It's such a meditative physical activity, really good for my soul. And I finally took the time to figure out how to use "worm juice" (liquid produced by our building's vermicomposting)--it's a great fertilizer once you water it down, 1 part juice to 20 parts water. My plants should be very happy with it. The porch is now looking bright & inviting.
Finally, I did a much-needed cleaning of the greenhouse window in my kitchen before setting new & old houseplants on its shelves.
I definitely got in some strength training today with the carrying/lifting of plants & soil bags. So tomorrow will be a rest day. There is lightning/thunder outside & our temps are supposed to drop 30 degrees tonight! I'm glad we're reverting to spring weather for a while; winter was SO longgggg this year, & spring was practically nonexistent.
It's a good day when I have a chance to talk through some problems, achieve some good intellectual work, & also do some physical work--not just exercising but working with food & gardening. So satisfying!
Friday, May 27, 2011
I have planned two fun treats for myself this weekend . . . not because I have met a particular goal, but to treat myself with kindness as I walk the painful path of divorce.
1. Tomorrow I'll have my first ever salon facial! There's a special at an Aveda salon about 1.5 miles from me--$25 for a 30-minute facial--& I have a $25 Spafinder certificate, so it's time to use it. I'll walk to the salon as part of my exercise for the day. I'm really looking forward to it.
2. I will take Sunday as an actual whole day of rest instead of squeezing in some freelance work. And sometime in the afternoon, weather permitting, I'm going to take my new tent out into the backyard & practice setting it up. I'd like to get the hang of it so well that if I land in a campground after dark some night this summer, I'll be able to put it up by feel.
There's a third treat too--a cookout at my sister's in the evening of Memorial Day. That will be a reward for spending most of that day marking up my students' projects. (My sister & I will also visit our parents' graves at a cemetery near her home.) I'm going to take along a veggie grilling tray & a bunch of cut-up sweet peppers, mushrooms, onions, & maybe brussels sprouts to roast over the coals alongside the meat my brother-in-law prepares. Yum!
Peace to you on this Memorial Day weekend!
Monday, May 23, 2011
No public transport OR driving this morning . . . I did my 30-Day Shred routine first thing, & partway through I noticed that my back muscles around the left scapula were kinda hurting. I pressed through & finished with stretches, but the pain didn't go away. It got more intense after shower & breakfast, so that leaning over or doing things with either left or right arms was really hurting.
I decided to take a sick day & get a massage at a day spa in my neighborhood. It isn't open till noon, so in the meantime I got myself set up on the sofa with a firm pillow behind me propping a heating pad in place. I watched Au Revoir Les Enfants, my Netflix film that had been languishing on top of my TV, & the heat felt really good. Turned it off after a while--& my back was MUCH better.
I asked for just the "express" 25-minute neck/shoulder/back massage, but my masseuse didn't have anyone immediately after me & gave me more like 45 minutes--so kind of her. She used some wonderful essential oils at the end, along with hot towels. Now I'm fragrant & relaxed & my shoulder blade area is almost back to normal!
Friday, May 20, 2011
I sat down with my lawyer this morning & handed over the case to her. I have some jobs to do--completing the disclosure, hunting down documentation connected to the purchase of my condo--but she is going to do the main work. My boss had told me, "Get a good lawyer & then don't worry about it. That's what you're paying the lawyer to do." Actually the attorney won't worry too much; she reduced her usual retainer for me because "this is not a complicated case." I'm so thankful for that.
I had to get up early this a.m. & skip exercise to get to the lawyer's office--but then I made up for it after my appointment by walking about a mile to the CTA center to pick up my new transport card. (I thought I lost my old one . . . after I requested a new one, I found it just where it should have been, where I had looked several times! Is that a sign of stress or what?) Then I walked nearly a mile to State Street to catch my bus to work.
I think I'm going to set up a new "other goal" for myself here on SP: take public transport to work. I need to break the habit of staying up late & then needing to drive to work to save time in the morning. When I drive, I pollute more, plus I miss the downtime on the train & bus to read, pray, & write. This morning I got some good work done on a new poem.
One more thing: after eating my lunch today, I felt a bit unsatisfied & thought about going downstairs for a candy bar. Then I reminded myself, "Tomorrow is weigh-in day! I want to be able to record the weight I lost this week!" So I restrained myself.
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