Water aerobics

18 May

I started water aerobics physical therapy this afternoon. It was way harder than I thought it would be. I mean how hard is it to hang out in a pool for an hour? I definitely had no idea what to expect.

The water does make it easier to move, but it also provides resistance. That makes even the simplest of exercises way more difficult. All the exercises are ones I already should be doing. I realize now that I haven’t been giving exercise the attention I should be. I spent most of the hour just trying to stand up. My balance sucks. Have you ever tried to stand on one foot in a pool? I can’t even do it on dry land.

The takeaway from today? I need to do my exercises more consistently. I need to keep going every week. And I need to have an after-plan. I’m so exhausted, irritable and grumpy. With myself and everyone else.

  • I’m grateful I made it to my appointment. I’m grateful the mix up at the check-in desk didn’t mean I missed the session. I’m grateful I’ve learned to apologize quickly when I’m grumpy to others. Now to work on not coming out sideways when I’m stressed.

Night all. LOVES



Yo-yo weather

17 May

Saturday and Sunday were in the 90’s. Monday and Tuesday were high 80’s. Today has gotten all the way up to 67°F at 6pm. While I personally prefer the cooler weather, I wish it would just make up its mind and be one way or the other. This up and down makes it really hard to become acclimated. My child and I are both feeling yucky this evening. I think the changing weather has lots to do with it.

  • I’m grateful its cooler today. Makes my energy consumption lower. I’m grateful I haven’t put all the blankets away for the summer yet. I’m grateful it’s supposed to be cool for a few days.

Night all. LOVES


16 May

I had so many visitors today, for a minute there, I thought I was in Grand Central Station. It’s nice to know there are so many people thinking about me and how I’m doing. Several of them are people I haven’t seen in a while. Others are some that I see more regularly.

  • I’m grateful for all the people I talked to today. It’s good to know I’m thought of. I’m grateful that it doesn’t phase me to have someone show up on my doorstep with a UA cup to fill. I’m grateful to have someone agree to do my yearly maintenance on my fans so they will run smoothly for another season.

Night all. LOVES

Outdoor pasta salad

15 May

I made a pasta salad for our potluck yesterday. I wasn’t planning on going, but I made it anyway. I figured the neighbors would like it and I could stay inside and hide. The heat and I are not friends.

But because it was hot outside, I didn’t want to make a normal macaroni salad because of the mayonnaise in it. So I made a Mexican inspired pasta salad.

In a large bowl, mix cans of black beans, white beans and corn. Mainly because that’s what I had. I’ve also used whatever the scratched and dented can store has on sale. I know I’m not the only one who shops there. I rinsed the beans and corn and drained them, then set aside.

I cut up a medium onion in smallish dice and put that in the bowl. I also added about a cup of celery, sliced thin. Then I poured a jar of your favorite salsa over everything. We usually use the one that’s not from New York City, as the old commercial used to say.

Then I added a half a pound of elbow macaroni, cooked to just before al dente. You want the pasta to be able to soak up the soupy vegetable mixture.

I’ve also chopped up olives and shredded some cheese and added to it in the past. But I didn’t have any yesterday. The entire thing came out of my food storage.

Season to taste with seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder, sriracha, and a little bit of dehydrated onion. Mix well again. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you can hand it out the door to the neighbor while you make excuses of why you can’t go outside right now.

Most of my kids like it with tortilla chips. Then they don’t need to find clean silverware to eat it.

  • I’m grateful my neighbor didn’t like my excuses. I sat in the shade with the babies. I’m grateful to not need to cook dinner last night. I’m grateful to ship the leftovers to the kid’s house so I don’t need to try not to eat them.

Night all. LOVES

Mother’s Day

14 May

Today was a great day. We had a community potluck in our complex courtyard. All my kids and grandkids came to play in the sprinkler and eat food. It was good to see them all. Now to sleep really well tonight.

  • I’m grateful my neighbor dragged me kicking and screaming outside today. I’m grateful all my kids gave me hugs and said Happy Mother’s Day. I’m grateful I have an air conditioned house to escape back into.

Night all. LOVES


13 May

I caught myself making judgements about others today. “I can’t believe that she did that.” “I can’t believe he said that.” “Why would they be like this?” It doesn’t matter what the exact judgement is. I even judge myself. “I can’t believe I did that.” “Why am I this way?” It’s almost automatic. And it makes me feel terrible. See! There’s that judging thing again.

One of my goals is not to be less judgemental, per say, but to notice it more and become more conscious of it. I feel if I can actively notice what I’m doing, I can change the bad behavior and enhance the good. That is how I’ve cut way back on gossiping. I feel gossip is an insidious evil that drives wedges between people who used to be friends and neighbors, and inhibits new friendships with strangers.

I’m hoping that by becoming aware of when I’m judging, maybe I can figure out why I’m judging. Then maybe I can become less judgemental towards my fellow man and myself. Because we all need a little more leniency in our relationships with others.

  • I’m grateful that the roasted cauliflower I made tonight is delicious. I’m grateful I only ate a couple brownies instead of hiding and eating the entire pan like I used to. I really need to quit having goodies in the house. My willpower sucks lately. I’m grateful to KNOW that this particular behavior of mine needs to change if I want to continue on the journey I’ve set before myself. I’m going to go eat more cauliflower now.

Night all. LOVES

This Friday was different

12 May

Since the first of February, I have been taking Bydureon every Friday around noon. Today was the first Friday I wasn’t sick or in pain after taking it. I’m hoping tomorrow is good too. Maybe I’m finally passed the titration period and I’m over the worst of the rotten side effects.

  • I’m grateful to not hurt tonight. I’m grateful to not be nauseous. I’m grateful my headache isn’t too bad. Probably brought on by children spending the night.

Night all. LOVES