Monday, November 28, 2011
Hey friends, there's a great deal at Revel Sports online, today only! Order any sports equipment & get 25% off using the coupon code "Cyber" (for Cyber Monday) when you're checking out.
I had been thinking about getting a pair of Yaktrax Pro, for extra security on ice & packed snow, & this discount helped me make up my mind. You may want to get a pair too! They go on over your shoes/boots & give great traction on hard snow/ice, so you could even run over a frozen pond if you wanted. Here's a link:
Yaktrax Walkers are cheaper & the same discount can be applied. They're for less strenuous winter walking.
I'm not getting any personal benefit from plugging this deal, just wanted to share a product that has made my winter life MUCH less stressful.
After Thanksgiving I'm up 1.4 lbs, not bad. I'll work on getting that off by the end of this week. I had a wonderful time with my granddaughter--Bea is 8 months old now & SO energetic! She quickly gets impatient when we hold her, & wiggles to be let down so she can crawl off to her next adventure. But she loves people--is always ready to interact with smiles, waves, & vocalizations. She also loves music, especially Peter & the Wolf!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thanks, friends, for your kind responses to my previous post. I really appreciate your solidarity!
Saturday I had a good long talk with one of the key church folks. We fully agree on the basic thing that needs to be done; the only difference of opinion has to do with when. She sincerely apologized that no one had let me know that it wouldn't be done by the time I had proposed. We came to a good mutual understanding of where to go from here. It was a relief.
I had my condo reappraised this weekend too. It has lost TONS of value, & my mortgage is now far underwater. I fully sympathize with the many folks who are losing their homes because of the crazy things that happened in the real-estate market . . . but in my special circumstances this news is good. It will make the divorce settlement a lot simpler--my exploitive ex can't plunder my resources any further, because there ARE no resources. I have no interest in selling the condo at this stage (I hope to stay here at least till I retire), I'm not having trouble making my payments, & I expect that over time the value will rise again. So for me it's just a figure on paper, & for the divorce it's helpful.
Last night I worked on the carpet remnant covering the ugly linoleum in the little den off the kitchen. This was ex's daughter's room when she lived with us (about 7-8 months a few years back), & ex had slept there when he stopped sleeping with me. Between them they had ground a lot of dirt into the open area of carpet. It was REALLY therapeutic to scrub it out! In morning light today it looked great; it had already dried & there's no more visible dirt.
I'm going to move my office into that room--it's going to be lovely, with its spring-green walls/carpet & with plants against the south-facing windows. I have ordered a stand-up desk & am super-excited about it! My work requires me to be at the computer almost all day every day (including a lot of evenings & Saturdays, since I do freelance editing as well as my regular job), & all that sitting is not good for me. I got a good discount on the desk from Overstock.com, yay! It will be another symbol of my new, healthier, happier life.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
My weight/fitness work hasn't been consistent or focused lately. I'm dealing with really hard stuff surrounding the divorce--not just my husband's unjust & unreasonable demands, & the real possibility that a judge may "impartially" but unjustly accede to them, but also lack of support that I had thought was there. Nearly two months ago I asked my church's leaders to take an action on my behalf before early November, & it appeared that they had done so, but today I found out that they haven't.
People fail each other for all sorts of reasons, & these are very good people, so I'm not going to demonize them. But unless/until they remedy the situation & let me know they've done so, I'm going to attend church elsewhere. This means I will have to let go of a dearly loved project that I had just begun in the church. It's disappointing but can't be helped. I have to be able to feel safe in my faith community.
I have shed a lot of tears this week, & I'm sure there will be more in the coming days. I'm not eating like a pig & packing on the pounds, but I'm not losing either. It's tempting to eat for comfort. I'm dealing with various physical aches & pains that I'm sure are expressions of my emotional distress. It's not possible yet to get myself reorganized to eat & exercise properly.
I do think that soon I'll be ready to get back in the saddle here at SP. I will want the release of hard exercise & the satisfaction of losing these last few pounds. Without all my church activities, I will have more time! I will receive it as a blessing & try to make good use of it.
Tomorrow evening I'll take my husband's pretrial motion to my sister's & go through it with her, & pray over it. Sometime in the coming week I'll see my lawyer & discuss strategy. Wednesday afternoon I have my regular therapy appointment, & I'm in touch with my sisters & a few other friends who understand the gravity of my situation & are with me unequivocally. I'm grateful not to be alone in this nightmare.
Hugs to you all, & may those you trust never betray you.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Happy Move Your Money Day! I applaud the national movement to move personal accounts out of the big banks. Today I read up on a new "green" bank in Chicago called GreenChoice, & I contacted them to start the process of opening checking & savings accounts & transferring my direct deposits & automatic payments. They offer all the benefits of my current bank (Chase), & they use no-fee Star ATMs, which are available at numerous places in my neighborhood. I can earn interest on checking--at a higher rate if I sign up to receive electronic statements; likewise my savings will earn more because I'm willing/able to do my banking electronically.
But the day started out with a long walk! I used a Groupon for a hair appointment at a salon about 3.5 miles north of me; I ended up walking about half the distance & then getting on the L. I asked the stylist to figure out a style that would require minimal product (I feel terrible about all the plastic & chemicals used in personal-care products) & not require blow-drying, yet keep my very fine hair from sticking too close to my head. That's a tall order! But I think she did a great job. It will take me awhile to get used to seeing myself with this sleek new look.
Then I walked ALL the way home, stopping at a grocery to pick up a few items, then at a little Mexican restaurant to carry out a couple of tamales for lunch.
I had thought about going downtown this evening for the Occupy Chicago march, but my time is very limited. I need to do some batch cooking this weekend, plus I have a freelance project that needs to be addressed. I also wanted to take time to peruse GreenChoice's website & decide whether to open an account there. And tomorrow afternoon I'm making a short presentation to my church's youth group, & I need to prepare for that. I decided to focus it on the nefarious doings of the Coca-Cola corporation, encouraging them to boycott. (Of course there are BIG health reasons to avoid soft drinks, but there are also justice reasons. I have a friend who narrowly escaped being killed because he was a union leader at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Colombia; management hired paramilitary thugs to handle security, & the paramilitaries began to kill the union leaders!)
These are ALL green, anti-establishment things to do, aren't they? Walking & riding the L to/from my appointment, getting a minimalist hairstyle, making yummy vegetarian food from scratch, editing electronically, starting the process of switching to a small ecofriendly bank, preparing this short talk for the youth group. I'd like to go back to Occupy as well, but today is a day to be green right here at home!
P.S. I'm not really losing weight at this point--I knew it would be harder once I went off the meds. But I'm VERY happy not to be gaining! What I'm wanting to lose at this point would take me from a 22.9 BMI to 22.0. I can still do that, & I will eventually! But in the grand scheme of things, making my life more earth-friendly satisfies me even more than this mostly cosmetic weight loss will.
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