Hey gang - long time, no post, I know! I've been doing OK, though consistency re: exercise has not been great. That said, I'm happy to say that I've been making good food choices when they've come up, so I think the small steps have prevented a huge slide.
The surefire reminders of snug clothes and getting winded on routine tasks are back in my life, so back to the grind I go. Also, I've been consistently logging on to SP (though lurking!), so know that your presence on the site and positive attitude have kept healthy choices pretty close at hand.
I'm just now getting over a real doozy of a cold/flu which knocked me out of commission all last weekend. I feel lame showing up to work with the remnants of it (cough and hoarse voice), but I'm productive and it's nice to jump back into things, as I rarely get sick like that. Isn't it just astonishing to see how ample sleep, lots of water/fluids, steam/humidifier, and care for oneself can let the immune system just do its thing?
Backing up a little bit, I had a great birthday a couple weeks back, though the days surrounding the birthday itself (March 30) were actually pretty stressful at work. Nevertheless, my bf and his parents (who came down from CT) took me out to a lovely birthday dinner, and we went to the Met Opera which is always a real treat. I appreciated being able to 'geek out' at the technical wizardry (and of course vocal artistry) before me.
After my project/production at work was finished later in the week, I had a really small birthday get-together with some of my best friends at a wine bar around the corner from our apartment. I wasn't in the mood for a big, social get-together at a pub, so this small, focused affair was just what I wanted to celebrate and remind myself of the blessings of love, friendship, life, and health. How lucky we are; how lucky I am.
On a way less serious note, one thing I look forward to this time of year, is the Washington Post "Peeps Show" diorama contest. I don't actually care much for these marshmallow treats, but these dioramas are creative, meticulous, and pretty hilarious. Enjoy!