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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Unfortunately I didn't sleep well last night even though I had the extra hour available! I was still in the intensity of the poetry reading at the conference. So it was the "overstimulation" kind of insomnia, which is fortunately pretty rare for me.

Still, today has been quite wonderful. It was nice to be well enough to go to church. I was on worship team today, which I always love. Did not stay for the potluck, as we were going to host a potluck for our condo association (our building has just 6 units & is self managed) this evening. I made Colombian beans in the early afternoon (kidney beans cooked for several hours with onions, cumin, turmeric, salt & pepper, & a couple of chopped plantains to help thicken them). Then I tried taking a nap--my body still couldn't relax. My husband & I spent the late afternoon cleaning & setting up the kitchen & dining room for the potluck.

Everyone liked the beans, & the other food was yummy, especially Sue's lentil soup. Several people brought desserts, & I was able to enjoy small slices of the chocolate cake & fruit tart because I had saved "calorie space."

Oh yes, about the poem: I don't post my poems online because that's a form of publication, which could be a problem later--some literary journals & contests require that submissions not be published previously. I have another way to share it with you, though. :-)

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ILYSE721 11/5/2007 2:39PM

    What a convicting poem. Really makes you think. No wonder you couldn't sleep.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/5/2007 10:27AM

    I hope you got some rest last night. it sounds like you had an exhilirating weekend!!!

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PJBOKC 11/5/2007 12:05AM

    I'm not surprised you had trouble sleeping last night - it's almost impossible to change gears from an "emotional high" to just going to sleep - especially when you are a key player. You are amazing - hosting a potluck for your condo assn after such a busy and emotional weekend, and after not feeling up to par for so many weeks. I hope you'll be able to slow down for a while until you get to feeling better. I totally understand about sharing your poetry, and will look forward to you sharing it in a way that will be ok. Have a good week and please get some rest.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

The conference last night & today was a very rich time for my spirit. I feel very nurtured & thankful. It was lovely to be there as a family--my husband & son attended, & my stepdaughter did child care part of the time & ate meals with us.

The poem reading went well. I felt that people were really hearing & being carried along as I read. When I ended & walked to my seat there was silence, no clapping, even though there had been abundant applause throughout the conference--it was a very positive, appreciative group of people. But the silence felt right: it left the poem's final words reverberating in the air. And afterward LOTS of people expressed appreciation & gratitude to me personally.

We had two delicious vegan meals & also two coffee breaks with snacks (breakfast this morning was at home), but I still managed to stay within a few points of my target calorie range. No exercise today because the schedule was packed 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. I'm so happy that we get an extra hour to sleep tonight!

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MARYLOUD 11/4/2007 11:40PM

    I'm so glad your poetry reading went well. I thought about you and it last night and wondered. It sounds like it was a very fulfilling weekend, spiritually.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/4/2007 10:09PM

    It sounds like a wonderful rewarding and enriching experience. I'm glad your family was there to share it with you.

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MBR0830 11/4/2007 3:58PM

  That's so great about your poem, I'm sure everyone loved it. Is it something you would share with this group? Just curious.

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ILYSE721 11/4/2007 2:03AM

    I am glad to hear it went so well.

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PJBOKC 11/4/2007 1:21AM

    My heart feels warm reading about your time with family, at a meaningful conference, and the response to reading your poetry!! What a blessed day. Sounds like a moment when "Silence is Golden". I feel what you are saying about silence instead of applause. I've been in conferences when it was all upbeat and applause, and then ended in our HEARTS where silence was the only worthy response. I know you are so pleased, and your family must be so proud. I'd love to hear more about your conference.

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Poetry glow

Friday, November 02, 2007

I'm still glowing with the news I shared with the Chispa Chicks last night: I won first prize in a poetry contest! It's not a famous, prestigious contest or anything, but it's a genuine contest, not one of those deals where your poetry is "accepted" for publication in an anthology which is then sold back to all the poets.

The other nice poetry-related thing: Tonight & all day/evening tomorrow my husband & I will be at a conference organized by some of the younger folks in our church--cool folks in their 20s, very ethical & committed--& they asked me to read a poem during the conference. I just found out that they have scheduled me for the closing on Saturday night! That's a lot of trust, because it means people will leave the event with my words fresh in their minds/hearts. I have written a poem for the occasion & hope it does justice to the conference content.

These things--& the fact that I have a follow-up appointment with the doctor next Wednesday--have helped cheer me up amid my discouragement because of still being tired & a bit sick.

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ILYSE721 11/4/2007 2:02AM

    Fantastic news. Let us know what the doctor says.

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PJBOKC 11/4/2007 12:55AM

    You have some AWESOME news to report tonight. Congrats! on both - winning the poetry contest, and being asked to close the conference with a poem. I know you'll have a meaningful impact on those attending the conference as you close with the words you prepared for them. I can tell from your e-mails, blogs, and responses to our blogs that you are gifted in writing, and in your sensitivity to others and their concerns. I hope you share your poetry with us sometime. I'm concerned about this respiratory thing hanging on for so long. Glad you're seeing the doctor again!! I'll keep you in my prayers!!

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/3/2007 9:46AM

    I'm so proud of you. I think that's awesome they asked you to read some of your poetry this weekend, and as the very last event! Congratulations, you deserve it!

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MBR0830 11/2/2007 6:05PM

  Congratulations!! That is quite an accomplishment. Enjoy the spotlight this weekend, you deserve it!

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MARYLOUD 11/2/2007 3:05PM

    Wow, what an honor Ruth. I'm sure you'll do it justice. Congrats on winning first prize in the contest too. That's amazing. I just wish you had time to get more rest, so you could get healthier.

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e-mail Thursdays

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I have trouble managing my e-mail--& Thursdays are especially difficult. All the nonprofit groups send e-mails on Thursdays. I just can't keep up, can't possibly read them all. But I care about these causes (global warming & other environmental issues, Darfur, Colombia, slavery . . .) so I don't want to take my name off the lists.

Very soon I'm just going to do a massive purge of all the old e-mails that I've left unread. Has to be done.

I figure I can respond to one or two urgent actions, sign one or two petitions, each week. I have to let the rest go & not stress about it.

In other (related) news, I am sleeping well at night but still feeling tired & a bit weak throughout the day. I miss my old self & will be VERY happy to welcome her back when I find her.

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ILYSE721 11/1/2007 11:53PM

    You can only do so much, and while these causes are important, bringing yourself back from not feeling well is even more important.

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MARYLOUD 11/1/2007 11:17PM

    I start my day by sorting my e-mail. Throwing away the obvious junk, and moving to folders the stuff I might eventually get to. What's left in the inbox I deal with. I wish you were feeling 100% but time is what it takes. Time and rest. Curl up with another novel or two this weekend.

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MBR0830 11/1/2007 6:22PM

  E-mail can be a funny thing, you either get too much or nothing at all.

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PJBOKC 11/1/2007 5:45PM

    E-mails can really bog you down. I worked about 5 years for the Air Force and the amt of e-mail was unmanageable. When I resigned and deleted all of them, I thought of how many I'd never read, and I guess didn't miss. I've been able to tell by your blogs that you care about causes. I have a few I'm interested in, including global warming and environmental issues. I'll have to research the others you mentioned. There's so much that needs to be done in this world. I was always interested in environmental issues, and taught about a lot of those things as a Public Health Nurse Educator for the Air Force. My son got his Masters in Construction Management with emphasis on green building, sustainable construction - I may not have the right terms. He's really into that - using the manufactured building products to preserve the environment, and many other things along that line. He's really increased our awareness in those areas. I'm sure you've seen An Inconvenient Truth - that's a real eye opener.

Well - glad you're sleeping better. The strength will come back with activity - only takes 24 hours of being much less active to make us a little weak - and you've have weeks of it. Hang in there - have a great weekend with Daniel.

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MINEGA 11/1/2007 5:42PM

    Hey Ruth - nice to "hear" from you in this blog - and thank you for visiting mine the other day!! I'm sorry - I don't know how I missed you!! Oh boy, are you telling my story about the email overload!! Altho, I can't claim mine are as altruistic as yours! ;) Mine are self-improvement and Christian emails - all motivational and inspirational. I tell you, I really stress sometimes as I know they're piling in and I just can't get to them like I used to.

I keep telling myself I should cancel some of them, and I actually have - but not near enough. It's hard to think about not receiving them, tho!!

What important issues you mentioned as examples and I'm proud to call you friend. Thank you for what you do for these causes.

Are you not feeling well from the cold or flu you had a while back, or is this something else? I sure hope you old self gets back soon, too!! Thanks so much for visiting me when you don't feel well, too! That really shows what a great person and friend you are, as well!!

Have a blessed rest of the day, week and weekend!!


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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/1/2007 4:25PM

    I know how you feel about emails. i try to get to everything too, but sometimes you just have to let them go. I can't wait until you feel 100 %'s no fun for you I'm sure. I'll bet having your hubby home helps just a little bit though.

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Chocolate hazards

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Frogstyr was really tricky in setting the weekly challenge of staying within our target calorie range specifically for the week of Halloween, wasn't she?! Today there are two different bins of candy in my office area. I have allowed myself three small pieces--& enjoyed every bite--but will refrain the rest of the day. I'm determined to earn those 15 points! :-)

On a related note, in another online community (43Things, focused on goal setting) I have been soliciting ideas for increasing the protein in my diet. According to the SP guidelines I am consistently low, being semi-vegetarian. But I'm generally in the target range for fats & always well within it or slightly above for carbs. Here are some of the ideas I have come up with or people have given me to increase protein without increasing the other two a lot:
* snacking on soy nuts
* adding tofu to our spicy supper dishes (which are always vegetarian)
* soy smoothies
* or soy & yogurt smoothies!
* snacking on dried peas

AND, simplest of all: throwing another slice of turkey on my daily lunch sandwich! This made me laugh because it's so obvious but my mind was deep in a groove & it hadn't occurred to me. Most days this is the only meat I eat. Sometimes I also bring a hard-boiled egg, but still my protein has tended to be low.

If you have other good ideas, feel free to share.

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ILYSE721 11/1/2007 1:18AM

    I usually snack on edamame. If you heat them in the microwave they actually taste sweet. I have to be careful with protien. My body has a hard time processing it. For the longest time it came out in my urine (albumen - not any more), and then my hair and nails grew really fast (nails half-3/4 of an inch/month - still does). Over the last almost 10 years it came out in the form of kidney stones, so I was leery of upping my protien intake because when I get a kidney stone its too large to come out on its own. I have found though that it is only animal protien I have a problem with. I love Garden Burger and Boca products - high in protien and I like the taste. They have these veggie egg things that are great for breakfast and microwaveable.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/1/2007 12:06AM

    Gosh, i'm at a loss. i know eggs are good for protein. I think the other's ideas are good. Some nuts, protein bars, or even beans. I'd have to do some research.

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MBR0830 10/31/2007 10:30PM

  Aren't all nuts high in protein, not just soy nuts? That was my suggesting was walmuts or cashews, just make sure you get the unsalted kind.

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MARYLOUD 10/31/2007 3:51PM

    The only thing I can think of that's high in protein that you didn't mention is beans. I like chili beans particularly. Good luck staying away from the candy jars.

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PJBOKC 10/31/2007 3:50PM

    Ruth - so glad you commented on chocolate and Halloween today. It caused me to focus, as I'm going with my daughter and family to trick or treat with Maggie.... and remember my last experience at a Maggie party! So I'm trying to get mentally prepared. I eat a lot of salad - love salad. I add low fat deli ham and low fat cheese to them. I also snack on protein bars, which are usually soy. I don't do soy smoothies, but do like whey protein smoothies. Being an OB nurse and advocate for breastfeeding, I feel the whey proteins are more compatible for humans since it's the protein in human milk. I buy the whey protein packets at a health food store. Since I don't use much "cow's milk" products, I sometimes mix them in a flavored diet soda. One I really like is vanilla whey with diet Sunkist soda - I just put in in a blender and add ice. I think it tastes like a dreamsicle.

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