Friday, October 31, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Another bill paid off. One more to go. Whew.

Happy Halloween!

I can remember loving this holiday beyond all reason when I was a kid. I think it was second only to Christmas. I don't have much planned for this day. I'm staying in town after work and taking my Mom, my Aunt and daughter out to dinner to celebrate Mom's birthday. Should be a nice time.

Things are pretty quite on the mom-front. She told me a couple of weeks ago that the sale of the property had hit a snag and so I don't know the latest and haven't asked. I'm letting that dog sleep for a bit.

I plan to get back to the gym today. I've had two luncheons this week so I've been lax about getting there. Saturday will be another long walk - the weather should be good. Bick's oldest sister will be staying with us on Saturday night. I like her, but I sure would like to have a relaxing weekend before leaving (and fighting race traffic) on Sunday morning to be gone most of the week. Oh well.

Bick's heading down to visit his Mom while I'm in Corpus. He's decided that he gets more time with her if he visits before the holidays, so he's making his Thanksgiving trip now. I think he wants to make sure he's in town when Sandy comes home for Thanksgiving, which I completely understand but I don't expect we will see her. Right now she's not in any sort of contact with either of us, which in the past, hasn't bode well. So we'll see.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Go easy on the Snickers.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Zen and the Art of Lifestyle Maintenance

I'm still on a 'zen' plane after my trip to FL. My ski-buddy is perhaps the world's only quak3rbuddist. Odd combo, but it works well for her. Her life story is pretty amazing. She's been in recovery for nearly 25 years, is on a spiritual journey and hasn't lost a bit of her amazing sense of humor. Considering the health crisis she is facing, that's pretty awe-inspiring. She has several auto-immune disorders and her body is turning upon itself. She takes 20 plus meds per day, in addition to shots. She now walks with a cane and has lost 50% of her lung capacity and must take several breathing treatments each day. And still she keeps her peace.

She won't say it's been easy getting to the acceptance stage of what's befallen her, but she is unwilling to give up any precious energy focusing on what should have been, instead she tries to be present in each moment, do what she can and let go of the rest. Lessons we all could learn, I think.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Just be.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I voted.

My precinct was doing a brisk business.

Hopping to it

I've got another boatload of work to do this week, after being away for a week plus. I'm leaving on Sunday to go out of town Corpus Christi, for a conference that will keep me away until Wednesday. Too much to do in too little time.

I did get a good deal done yesterday, so that's a help - both workwise and errand-wise. This all might be doable. Spent an hour at the gym at lunch, but I'm still feeling a bit sore and I may be overdoing it with the Aleve. I was feeling itchy last night, which is a signal that I'm having some sort of reaction to something, usually medication. I'll have to watch that a bit closer. Sure didn't help my sleep any. Bleh. I think I may need a rest day today.

I've got to get in to vote before leaving town, but I'm still registered at Reata South, so that means a intercounty trip to get that done and the lines for early voting are OUT.THE.DOOR. Awesome.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Line things out.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

8 mile

Actually, closer to 9, I think. Walking, not running. I don't feel up to running quite yet. I am still hopeful that I can run half the half and walk the remainder. I do know that I just need the hours on my feet, legs, joints and ligaments. I did discover today that when my hips (flexors?) are hurting, if I just stop and do some stretches that I could go again. Good information to know.

Washed Mitzi, did laundry, watched some NASCAR and generally had a good day after my morning outing.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Walk to the walk.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wag and Walk

SadieLu and I are off to meet up with Pebbles and Barkley in Dallas to participate in the Wag and Walk at White Rock Lake. Should be fun. The weather is supposed to be beautiful! I'm excited about it.

I finally committed to a completely untested green paint color and bought a gallon last night. The yoga room looks like a camo sample. Several shades of unacceptable green cover patches of wall and I don't like any of them - or more precisely, I don't like any of them ALL the time. The color that I hated yesterday looks sort of okay this morning. But I'm tired of messing with it. Today I'm committing the wall to Mother Nature!

After returning from Florida (Satellite Beach, to be clear) I am more committed than every to the idea of annual retreats/adventures. Right now I'm looking for locations within the local(ish) area that would allow the coolgirls to chill out, do some communal cooking, get outside and walk around and get away from it all for a day or two. Will keep looking.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Wag your tail.


Friday, October 24, 2008

On the A1A

I'm back from a lovely time at the beach. I ate for crap and didn't get near enough exercise, so first thing this morning I hit the Jesus gym for a couple of hours.

On the AIA

I'm back from a lovely time at the beach. I ate for crap and didn't get near enough exercise, so first thing this morning I hit the Jesus gym for a couple of hours.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Battleground State

I'm off to Florida for a few days of R and R. I'm sure the election exposure will be very different in Florida than it is here in solidly red Texas. Politics is making my brain hurt right now. I've still got a ton of stuff to do so it looks as though I'll be whipping and spurring until the plane takes off. Not the "zen" way I'd hoped to start my down time, but it is what it is.

No exercise. Eating like crap. I'm hoping to stem that tide, but my ski-buddy is a grazer by nature, with no real set meals. That style doesn't work well for me so I'll have to stand up for my own needs - not that she will mind.

My turnip greens are up from last weekend with the lettuces sure to be right behind. There is something very satisfying about the fast germinators.

Well, gotta run. Still have work to do.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Control your environment.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Tough Week Ahead

My whole schedule is off this week. I'll be in meetings 8-4 everyday that take place away from the office. All purchased food and no lunchtime workouts. I'll figure something out. The food isn't a problem but making the extra time to workout given this hectic, pre-vacay week, will be.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Don't lose focus.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Back to Nature

Took Sadie to the Nature Trail this morning and walked for about an hour and a half. I would have kept going, but I didn't want to have to carry SadieLu back home on my back. She got tired. Tired, until we got back to our starting point and went down to the river. At that point, I can't keep her out of the water! I won't let her off the leash because I'm afraid she would just swim away! I did pick her up a lightweight, but strong 12 foot lead this afternoon, so when I take her back, she'll have a little more paddling around room at the old swimming hole.

She's sacked out on the floor, totally give out, but I think she enjoyed herself.

I got the rest of the fall garden planted today (late, per usual). I'm gambling with some peas - they may freeze, but I know I can't grow 'em in the heat. I planted swiss chard, buttercrunch lettuce, romaine-type lettuce and our favorite, turnip greens. These were added to the veg that Bick set out last weekend - brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Plus some more herbs that should overwinter okay.

The okra has slowed down considerably - I've got some stewing with some tomatoes and green peppers that I picked from the garden (peppers, not tomatoes - I got near nada in the tomato department this year).

Bick and I went and bought our camping equipment - sleeping bags, air mattress, Coleman stove and lantern. We should be set up and ready to go. I'm really excited about the possibility of some impromptu camping.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Get outside.


It's all in the way you look at things

I'm a reactionary person. My first step is always, no strike that, has always been defensive and it is in those first moments of an issue where I tend to make my biggest mistakes. I've been working on trying to put a "speed bump" in there somewhere so that I give the new skills I'm trying to acquire an opportunity to kick in. I had a couple of opportunities this last week at work and I couldn't be happier with the outcomes.

One of my strongest character traits/flaws is as stated above - I take things very personally. I take my job personally. I almost view (unhealthily, as I've come to know)the software package that I've sunk years of blood/sweat/tears into as an extension of myself. Hate the package, hate me. One of the things that I've been working on is allowing others to have their own feelings about things - including my life's work. In two situations when confronted, I managed to turn them into win-wins. I didn't work on trying to change the other person's mind. I didn't try to convince them that their viewpoint was wrong. I just let it go and worked on getting us to a good spot. I was wildly successful in both situations. It was all in how you look at things - viewing these situations as opportunities rather than personal attacks changes the whole flavor of the interaction.

I'm sure most of you know these things, but I'm been very, very slow coming to this party.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Something wonderful will happen.


ps Something wonderful will happen is not mine. I read about it on someone's blog, but loved the sentiment. Start each day telling yourself something wonderful will happen. Chances are, if you are looking for it and are open to it, it will.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Guitar Heroes

Guitar Heroes

I'm only hoping to run half of the Half. I don't have enough time read determination and motivation to run the full half. My plan is to run half the half and walk the final half.

I did 5+ miles this morning at the Jesus Gym, thanks to my guitar heroes Eddie Van Halen and Ted Nugent. Turk helped too, obviously. Cardio-vascularly, I did just fine. No problems there, could have kept up for quite some time more. My hip started to twinge in the last quarter mile, but I needed to finish Stranglehold so I kept at it. Came home and popped a couple of Aleve and I'm feeling okay. All in all, I'm optimistic about my chances to complete the race in the time allotted.

Bick and I got the wild hair that we were going camping tonight, but we couldn't find a campground that had any open spaces for tonight. Guess a lot of folks had the same idea that we did. We are going out this evening to buy the necessary camping equipment so that we have it on hand. Bick has a tent and a sleeping bag, but I lost all my gear in the divorce, so I'm without.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Once more into the breach

I blame Christine. She got me to semi-commit to participating in the WhiteRock Half coming up in December. She's so persuasive that she's convinced several other good friends to participate as well. It should be a blast. I know that given my current state of fitness that I will not be able to run the thing. I could have two years ago, but alas, that time has passed. My goal now is to run half of it. I should be able to do that. It's a reasonable goal. If I start NOW.

I'm trying not to look too far forward and think about the miles I'll need to put in. I just need to think about what I need to do on Saturday morning. On Saturday morning I need to run for an hour. That's doable without hurting myself. Just think about Saturday. One day, one mile at a time.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Motivate somebody.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Back in the saddle again

Continuing to feel better. Today is restorative yoga class, which may be the best hour of my week. I'm getting excited about my trip to Florida and have begun to look for day spas and yoga classes and book stores and restaurants. I have not begun to think about packing. Packing is yucky.

Back on track for the fourth day.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Learning to say NO

What a tough lesson this is for me! It's actually worse than that. I'll say yes before actually being asked. If there's a void, I'll jump to fill it. And then I'll go overboard. My ski-buddy and I were having this very conversation last week or so - about our need to "do". She's having all kinds of stress about wanting to show Pebbles and me a good time. Intellectually, she knows we are coming to see her and spending time is the important thing. Emotionally, she wants to "wow" us. So we've been talking each other off of ledges.

Right now I'm talking myself down over a party I'm hosting at the end of the month. I'm battling "scope creep" - the process where I just keep growing the tasks bigger and badder. I'm keeping myself in check over this one, or at least fighting to do so. My creativity just keeps growing and growing, but it's time to keep it reined in. Good enough is good enough. For all of us.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Do it because you want to, not because you need to.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Olive, The Other Grandbeast

This will apparently be my new grandbeast. The name is still up for grabs, but I'm voting for Olive. Pebbles seems intent on Millie, which seems so, well, bland. She's a rescue, apparently dumped off at the dog park a few days ago. Pebbles is posting signs/flyers/ads to see if an owner emerges. Let's hope this turns out for the best for everyone.

Day Two: The recovery continues

Feeling a little perkier, a little peppier. And it's a good thing - I've got lots to do between now and the end of the month - some of it fun and some of it just has to be done.

I'm loving the little half-pints of paint that can be custom mixed at Lowe's. Right now the "perfect" color for the yoga room is on the walls in a couple of spots and looks positively hideous. Totally worth the three bucks and five minutes it takes to get a big splotch on the walls. So, it's back to move up the next deeper/muddier shade. Oh, and the mosquito netting that I ordered looks like something out of a cheesy low-budget porn in the room, so it's going back today. I'm not really making much progress, as it turns out. Oh well. No use in forcing any of it.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Test your colors.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Here's to Day 1

Got back in the gym today. Took it really easy, but it felt good to get some exercise. I'm stick packing around the headful -o - snot, but since it finally rained today, perhaps the ragweed count will get knocked back. Just eleven days until beautiful Florida beaches. I can't wait.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I'm alive

Allergy problems have been kicking my behind for the last ten days or so. I'm still feeling crappy. I could whine more, but I won't.