It only took me a moment to pick myself up and dust myself off after falling to the floor in initial shock that things seemed so...dare I say it...NORMAL when I awoke the morning of my 40th birthday. Better than normal in two ways:
1) I was in Westport with my family including my parents who flew up to celebrate the milestone birthday with me. Westport and the adjacent beach area of Grayland, WA are together my favorite place on the entire planet. Add in my family, and it's a near-perfect scene.
2) My parents offered to stay and make breakfast with the kids while my hubby and I went out to beach-comb the 18 mile stretch of beach that is technically part of the Pacific Coast Highway, but less technically is white sand beach with crabs, birds, occasional sea lions and at the south end, remnants of houses and their systems (septic tanks and foundation remnants litter the southernmost tip of the beach known as "Wash-away Beach). With recent reports that many items from Japans Tsunami last year have been found washed ashore on the beach there, we were curious, but mostly we just looked forward to exploring the beach together.
In rare form, the sun was out the entire weekend and it was the warmest set of consecutive days we've had in WA state yet this year. We typically hit the beach in August and it's pretty hit or miss as to what type of weather we'll get, so to get warm sunshine in April was a near miracle.
I celebrated a few specific victories that weekend.
1) I turned 40, which, by some peoples standards really isn't that much of an achievement, yet, for those who know my background well, you know that my brother ended his life shortly after his 38th birthday and I approached this mark with trepidation and longing for a way overdue chat with him.
2) I launched my website and online store as of April 2nd, but am still adding my glass pieces as I get them weighed and measured. Putting my art and wearable creations out there for the world to see, admire and even criticize is a big deal, and I'm really proud of myself for doing it. Now to get the word out and start making sales!
3) My hubby celebrated his one year anniversary of working at Boeing, which is several milestones all rolled into one. It's the first job he's had since a major on the job back injury ended his career as an electrician and put him out of work for three years. He LOVES his work, is being recognized for being a really great and smart mechanic and he is back on day shift so he is home when the kids get home from school. He's back to having dinner with us as a family and is here to finish out cub scouts for the year with our son.
4) I got the one 'thing' I asked for from my hubby for my birthday: a Bodymedia Fit arm band. It monitors my sleep, calories burned, overall activity, etc. It's not a magic pill. It IS a constant reminder to my ID that I AM WATCHING and paying attention to myself. It was damaged when it arrived but it was replaced and I've been wearing it for a week now. It's kind of amazing what data this thing tracks. What I see right off the bat is that I don't sleep enough or well (let alone well enough). My best nights for sleep are always after yoga, so of course I'm staying with it. I'm also yearning for my bike, which is part curiosity as to how the band will track the ride and also it's been so sunny and warm lately that every time I see a cyclist, I get a pang of envy followed by a strong inclination to get on my road bike and ride! The only thing stopping me is the stupid fear of a flare up with my back. Seems like with all the stuff I'm just going for these days, fear of pain is a pretty silly thing to let stop me. I did ride twice during the weekend at Westport. Once was with Mike and the kids and the other was just me and my son. I didn't even use the ice pack I brought along, which makes me think I should give it a try.
SO...if you get a chance, please check out my website. Www.Chemicalbanana.com It links to my Artfire.com online store where I have lots of things for sale. Glass items will be uploaded in the next two weeks as I've set another self-imposed deadline. They seem to work for me. Spark on, People! We're not quite done here yet!