Sunday, January 01, 2012
Happy new year, Sparkfriends!
Yesterday I drove an hour west to the home of my older sister, C, to spend a couple of days. Another sister (M) had come from California to spend some of the holidays with us & yet another sister (E), much younger, & her little kids. C's daughter & son-in-law joined us for New Year's Eve, along with E & the three little ones. I had brought several word games, & we chose Beyond Balderdash & had a hilarious evening playing it. It involves making up definitions for words or initials that no one has ever heard of, or one-sentence descriptions of movie plots. You vote for the one that seems most credible. I had fun being goofily creative & ended up winning the game--but not by much, because we were very evenly matched.
We also had some great snacks & drinks; I made a passion-fruit cocktail for those who imbibe, & the hummus & fruit & cheeses & other goodies were super-delicious. I think there is a time for feasting--but it should be TRUE feasting, on sumptuous food & drink that's worthy of the occasion. That's how this was.
This morning only C was up when I got up; I took off for a brisk walk down the Prairie Path & then cut across to the road leading to the cemetery where our parents are buried. I noticed that there was lichen & discoloration on their gravestone, so when I got back to C's house we researched how granite markers should be cleaned. C assembled a bucket, rag, brush, scrubbers, & filled a jug with water, & this afternoon M, C & I went to the cemetery together & scrubbed down the stone! It looked great by the time we were done; we took a few photos for our other sibs & said prayers before leaving.
It was a WONDERFUL memory-honoring, sibling-bonding activity to start off the new year! I love exercise with a purpose beyond itself.
In 2012 I am looking forward to losing the rest of this weight (including the feasting pounds), with lots more purposeful exercise &, of course, mostly moderate eating rather than feasting. I'm looking forward to growing stronger, having precious times with my kids, granddaughter, & sibs, working on my poetry craft so I can write some compelling poems, hopefully finding a publisher for my next book, deepening my relationships with my church family, making my home more orderly & beautiful, & working for social justice & the earth's healing.
Looking forward to sparking with you all!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I forgot to say that this past week or so I've been getting to work early, & often leaving late, to get work done on an urgent project--the 6th edition of our Spanish-English dictionary. It's going well & I'm going to make my deadline, yay! But I'm fully aware that I hardly got in ANY exercise because of the pressure. My body is craving it & next week will be very different, I promise!
Friday, December 23, 2011
I am STANDING at my new stand-up desk posting on my new computer, in my new office! I am not at all a techie, so it feels magical to me that this afternoon I could just bring this gorgeous machine home from the shop (where the contents of my old computer, may it rest in peace, were transferred to it & updated software was installed), figure out EASILY how to plug in the computer & get the wireless keyboard & mouse turned on, & have it WORK! Magic, I tell you!
It's a Mac with a lovely wide screen. I am generally very thrifty, but over the years I've learned not to buy cheap computers or shoes. Macs hardly ever get viruses & hardly ever need repair, so in the long run I think I'm saving time & $$.
Haven't had extended time to test it yet, but I do love my stand-up desk so far! I think I'll get small platforms for the keyboard/mouse & the computer monitor so that they're at optimal height--I'm pretty tall. Other than that, I love the clean verticality of it, & the fact that I don't need to crowd this small room with a chair. And I REALLY love the fact that I'll automatically be more active--my rear is in gear, not planted on a horizontal surface! I can engage my abs while I write or read online. Coolness.
What a blessing it is to reorganize parts of my home at this time of newness in my life, & to be able to get a much-needed new computer. My old one was freezing up multiple times a day; I would have to shut it all the way off, count off at least 10 seconds, then turn it back on & wait for it to start up sloooowwwlllyyyyy so I could sign in & then wait for the desktop to come up. I'm going to have more time now for good stuff like exercising & keeping in touch with people & getting my paperwork organized.
Tomorrow morning I head off for St. Louis to spend Christmas with my son, DIL, & granddaughter. It's kinda goofy how many presents I got for Bea . . . next year, when she's more aware of things & more susceptible to greediness, I'll definitely tone it down. But tomorrow I'll be driving a little Honda hatchback that is loaded down with gifts! I feel like Santa Claus.
I won't forget to weigh in & post before I take off, though! I have no intention of LOOKING like Santa Claus, heehee.
Merry Christmas to all, & may you enjoy time with your dear ones over the holidays. I'm so thankful for my Sparkfriends!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Even though I have more schedule space than usual, I have LOTS to fill it up with. This weekend, for example: last night I went to Thai dinner & a beautiful beautiful Chicago A Cappella holiday concert with a friend; tonight I'm going to a Colombian party; tomorrow evening a friend & I will be going to another friend's flamenco recital.
At work I've been putting in as much time as possible on one huge project to get lots done before another huge project has to be addressed this next week.
I had a VERY time-consuming commute home last week: part of the L train was closed down because police were trying to get at four gang members barricaded in a nearby building. Exciting for them (they did eventually arrest the guys), boring for us, as we had to wait wait wait for shuttle buses to arrive & pick us up, or we had to walk a couple of blocks & wait wait wait to catch a regular northbound bus. I opted for the latter, & it took me 2.5 hours to get home. Whooooooooo . . .
Then there was the gas leak crisis yesterday: our basement was smelling of gas, & I ended up working from home so I could be here to deal with the gas company guy who came to identify the leaks & put up temporary fixes--he found SIX leaks in various places!! Then I had to wait for someone from the heating company to come & start to permanently fix those problems. I could get work done while waiting, but while the guys were here I had to spend a lot of time talking with each of them.
And along with all this busyness, I'm fighting depression. It's definitely related to winter cold/darkness, & doubtlessly also related to my lack of time to exercise--yeah, because of needing to get to work early & juggle all these other issues, I've not been getting in enough sweaty movement! Badly, badly needed. Even today it's been hard; I've been super-busy getting my office components ready to move, & making my batch food for the week (chili in the crockpot! yum! & cooking chicken pieces in the other crockpot), & baking muffins to take to the party tonight. The cooking/baking does help fend off depression, though--it's so good to work with my hands & smell/taste yummy things.
I AM going to squeeze in a bit of exercise too: I'll at least fast-walk to the grocery store to get a few items that I'll need to cook dinner tomorrow for friends who just had a baby. And tomorrow afternoon I'll also take a 3.5-mile brisk walk to return a library book.
Throughout the coming week I'll eat more mindfully & get in at least those 10 minutes of exercise each day--& hopefully the scale will notice.
Get An Email Alert Each Time RUTHXG Posts