Tuesday, September 27, 2011
For the past year-plus I quit wearing my favorite ring, a ruby birthstone one my parents gave me for my 14th birthday. They bought it in a jewelry store in Medellin, Colombia, where we were living then. So besides the fact that it's pretty & has a simple but unusual design, it has LOTS of sentimental value for me. And it's just kinda amazing to continue wearing a ring that fit me at that age, when I had reached my adult height but was still pretty skimpy in the womanly-curves department.
Last year my finger just got a bit too chubby for it, & I reluctantly worked it off my finger with some soap. At some point, as some of you know, I also quit wearing my wedding ring. My sister gave me a silver Spanish ring, which I put on the middle finger of my left hand because it was too loose for my ring finger, plus I don't want to make it look as if I'm still married. (I'm NOT shopping for another relationship, though--I'm so done with that.)
A few months ago I bought three really inexpensive bright-colored rings at my favorite fair-trade store. They were fun to wear by turns on my right hand, depending on the colors of my clothes. But one got lost--probably came off & fell into the dirt when I was taking off dirty gardening gloves. Another broke. I had been wearing the third until the other day, when it slipped off while I was washing dishes.
I don't like to lose rings, even if they're cheap, so I put that third ring away . . . & took out the birthstone ring & put it back on. It's no longer too small! Better said, my finger is no longer too big! My favorite ring is still snug, but my finger doesn't bulge around it. I feel more like myself now that it's back on my finger.
Yay for millimeters of fat gone from my fingers!
P.S. I have a new camera & soon will be able to post a photo of said ring on my finger. My hands are no longer conventionally pretty, as there are lots of age spots on them, but that's OK.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
The lovely evening at my sister's on Labor Day ended with us (sister, brother-in-law, & me) standing in a little circle holding hands while she prayed blessings & protection over me as my divorce case proceeds. I'm sure that's one reason that yesterday & today have been SO peaceful & productive for me.
I'm also happy because my new housemate has started moving in! Today she gave her new room a thorough cleaning, did some laundry, & paid the first month's rent. We have to make ourselves stop talking so we can get work done! She's such a pleasant person to have around.
This morning I had a dental checkup & cleaning first thing, too early to allow exercise time. (I vowed to get back to flossing every night--my neglect is showing. But no cavities, & I think my very nice dentist gave me a discount.) It's my work-from-home day, & I have spent it in exercise clothes--long-sleeved T-shirt, leggings (it has gotten cool around here). In early afternoon I went to my therapy appointment, & my therapist said (among many other things), "Have you been losing weight? You're looking slimmer."
After therapy I walked most of the way home--it was a glorious day--& then caught the L for the last couple of miles. Coming home from the L stop, I ran into a neighbor from my building, who asked, "Have you been losing weight? You look great!"
Monday, September 05, 2011
I am thankful for the benefits that the labor movement has brought to so many of us: the 8-hour workday & 40-hour work week, increased workplace safety, & more. Thank you, Haymarket martyrs & so many others!
Besides cooking up some green beans from my CSA box to take to the picnic with my sister today, I have just sent off my first-ever application for an artistic residency. I am applying to spend two weeks at Hedgebrook next year.
It's an idyllic place, & I would be thrilled to have uninterrupted writing time there! I should hear back in December. Not holding my breath, but I can hope!
Now it's time for me to get in some 30 Day Shredding before I take off for my sister's.
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