Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I had my monthly session with my spiritual director this morning, & basically I spent the whole time telling her how happy & healed I am feeling these days. The house blessing was SUCH a nurturing experience for me; it brought closure to the bad old days & filled me with hope for the days to come.
Last week the weight that I had gained the week before came back off. This week I'm trying to keep my vision of slimness at the forefront, to help me eat properly. I'm doing well with exercise minutes, though since I'm teaching the rest of the week, which requires an earlier start in the morning, completing my 150-minute goal will be challenging.
I am getting back nearly $3,000 in taxes from the feds! That's the biggest refund I've ever gotten. I was thinking that after my refinancing goes through I would use the $$ to pay off my two lower-balance/higher-rate credit cards--it is more than enough for that.
But today an electrician came to install ceiling light fixtures in my kitchen, a task that's been pending for more than a year. (I've been making do with bare bulbs.) And he says that I desperately need my entire condo to be rewired, as he found ancient cloth wiring that must date back to the 1930s or even earlier. You know, vintage clothes are cool, but vintage wiring is literally the opposite of cool. Major fire hazard. He is giving me a deal: $4,000 for 4 days of work starting Monday, which will address every single fixture & outlet & get the smoke alarms & CO detector on a coordinated system. I'm going to buy replacements for a couple of ceiling fans/lights & he'll install them. Because of the conduits used for electrical wiring in the city of Chicago, he won't have to open up the walls or anything.
Even with my refund, I won't have the $$ to pay him for everything right away. He says that it's fine if it takes me a few months. Very nice of him! Actually tomorrow I start teaching my intensive class, which means that at the end of the month I should be paid enough extra to allow me to pay whatever's still outstanding then. The extra payments on debt will have a wait a little bit.
However, I got decent flights to go to (1) Boston in late June for the writers' workshop that always nurtures me & (2) L.A. in late July to see my beloved sisters & my new grand-nephew who was born recently! And I'll continue with monthly trips to St. Louis to see my Bea. I love these trips.
I have gotten to see some AMAZING films lately at Chicago's European Film Festival &, now, the Latino Film Festival. I attend with a Colombian friend & afterward we go out for a bite & have good conversation. It has been wonderful to have some social time--I felt a bit isolated this winter. There's also the Chilean film "No," which is out in regular theaters; I highly recommend it, super inspiring for those of us who care about positive political/social change.
Sometimes NO is an affirmation! We all know this from our work on health--we say no to (or minimize) certain things so we can say a big YES to other, better things.
I feel like that is happening in my life these days.