Goodbye January…

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The first month of the year…gone!

Sickness update…Kimm is still sick.  That is all.  It is not a fun time in our house.

My day — two loads of laundry, a trip to the store to pick up some essential sick food items (crackers and ginger ale!), picking up pizza for a nice easy meal out.

It snowed today…I would say about 2 inches…but the light, fluffy stuff which is okay by me!

I finished a book and was able to start a new one…always a fun thing.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 31)…

~~the third yama is asteya, or nonstealing

~~asteya serves as a wake up call to remember all the ways that we steal, both big and small (borrowed items on our shelves that we have not returned, the hours we spend at work not being productive)

~~asteya is our first encounter with nonattachment

~~in each instance of stealing there is an attachment to a a specific result that overrides our deepest values (we want the …… more than we want to be a good partner, we had a bad week at work so we …)

~~beneath the attachment is fear — fear that we will not get what we need, fear that if we leave things up to the Universe, we will not be taken care of

~~”when abstention from stealing is firmly established, precious jewels come”

~~the surest way to get what you want is to let go of wanting

~~we need absolute trust in the Universe

Things making me happy today: watching the stillness of the softly falling snow, starting a new book, listening to a song that makes me sing along and dance


Kimm is still sick.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I am happy to report that Kimm was actually able to get some sleep last night!

Unfortunately, she is still quite sick.  We canceled our book club tonight — we’ll have to reschedule when she is feeling better, which I HOPE is soon.

As for me, my day was pretty uneventful.  Breakfast while reading (I had to start taking notes on my book because it was a little confusing…but now I think I remember what happened).

I cleaned the tub, shaved my legs and cut my nails.  Lunch was a cheese English muffin, some Bugles and a few last pieces of Christmas candy.  Kimm stuck with crackers and Ginger Ale.

After lunch I did a load of laundry, Kimm got a short nap and then I made dinner — Chicken Patty Salad.  Yumm.

And now I’ve just been scrolling through Facebook, wasting time!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 30)…

~~through yoga we learn to bring our attention to a particular area in our bodies or in our lives and keep it there — and the results are nothing short of miraculous

~~the power of a mind, of a will refined by yoga is unimaginable — we must experience it ourselves

Things making me happy today: eating breakfast while reading, shaving my legs, wearing a big, comfy sweatshirt, my lowest weight in years, coconut lotion

The start of Kimm’s Birthday Days!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I made it through my last day on!!  And it wasn’t too much fun, especially at the end when we were on downtime (as I suspected!)  But I was out of there by 8:30 am and thoroughly looking forward to THREE days off 🙂

I stopped at Price Rite for a few grocery items after work and the all important ice cream cake that Kimm wanted for her birthday!!!  (only $4.99!!!! — for four slices worth…not bad at all!!)

Then home for a quick walk with Izzy.  Kimm is STILL feeling sick…poor thing.  She slept terrible and she can hardly breathe.  What a combination.

I slept wonderful again.  Thank goodness.

Then I was up and it was time to start the birthday celebrations…first night…getting pizza out!


Meditations from the Mat (Day 29)…

~~those on a spiritual path often say that we get what we need, not what we want … this can be viewed in a dim light — “I only get what I need, I’m not going to have that great of a life” — BUT a good life is available to every one of us!

~~what the universe has in store for us is so much greater than what we can imagine

~~we are often shortsighted!  WHY?? most of us glimpse little of our true potential

~~a single right action has a tremendous positive effect

~~a series of inter connected right actions will cause your life to become great

~~as we take right action we get more energy and that energy gives us the ability to take the next right action

Things making me happy today: being done with a stretch on, a bright sunny winter day, buying Kimm’s birthday cake, getting pizza out, relaxing on a comfy couch!

Passing it on.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Well, even though I am feeling much better, I’m sorry to say that now Kimm is not feeling all that well.  It is the season for passing on the germs.  SIGH.  **hopefully** she will be able to fight this off as fast as I was able to.

My last night of going in tonight.  I hope it is not that bad, but we are going to be having downtime starting at 7 am so I just have this feeling…But at least last night was another not so bad night!

I slept wonderful again.  I’ve been taking Izzy for a walk the past two days when I get home from work.  She’s LOVING it (and it’s good for me too…exercise and fresh air).

Cheeseburg salad for dinner — love that meal but hate all the dishes to clean up afterwards!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 28)…

~~in Hindu thought there are four stages in the human journey — 1) desire for pleasure, 2) desire for success, 3) desire for community, 4) desire for liberation

~~letting go of our own self-image as an achiever, as a winner in the game of life, is a difficult transition

~~we all get stuck somewhere along the path

~~eventually we have no choice but to let go and move on

Things making me happy today: listening to the birds chirp on my walk with Izzy, cheeseburg salad, knowing I only have one more day to work and then THREE off!!


Over the hump…feeling much better.

Friday, January 27, 2017

I can’t believe that today is Friday.  My days seem all mixed up.

I am happy to say that I am feeling much, much better today.  In fact my night at work was not bad either.  Wow, that cold was a tough one.  But thankfully not too long lasting.

In fact I felt so good that when I got home this morning I took Izzy for a walk!  It did us both good…fresh air, moving!!

And I slept like a dream.  It was wonderful.

Leftover tortellini soup for dinner while watching the Season One conclusion of The Blacklist.  Now on to the start of season 2 tonight.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 27)…

~~satya is about living OUR truth

~~there are as many ways to live the truth as there are people who practice satya

~~no one can tell you how to listen for and find the truth within yourself

~~although it may be difficult, if we are able to stand still and take our bearings, we are able to apprehend the truth

~~as you learn to speak the truth, you will learn to be true to yourself and to all that is best in you

Things making me happy today:  a brisk walk with Izzy this morning — seeing her so happy and breathing the fresh air, a great sleep, my new diffuser!!


Still sick…but better.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I woke up this morning feeling like I had hit a different stride with my cold.  Still sick, but not as sick.  Getting better.  Thank goodness.

That’s not to say that today didn’t include a lot of sniffles, blowing my nose, sneezing, feeling exhausted, etc, etc, but just not as bad as yesterday.  Yesterday I really felt sick.

So I didn’t do too much today.  I did do a load of laundry.  I did write up a reference letter.  I did run out to the library and the grocery store with Kimm.  I did make our dinner meal (Tortellini Soup…SO GOOD!)

Now I’m just crossing my fingers that tonight is not too bad at work.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 26)…

~~we do not know what we do not know

~~most of us spend much of our time in distraction

~~sometimes we need to step back and embrace utter stillness

~~we need to look at our lives with new eyes

~~we need to rediscover the truth of our lives and the roles we want to play in them

Things making me happy today: finally starting to feel a little better, starting a new book, tortellini soup with Italian bread, clothes right out of the dryer

Still sick.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I’m just going to say it…I HATE being sick.

Even though it is just a head cold, I feel miserable.

But I was happy to have breakfast!!

A nice hot shower felt great.

Lots of reading and we watched a movie at lunch time — Hello, My Name is Doris — which was okay.  Even better was the popcorn and M&M’s we had with it.

More reading 🙂

Dinner was homemade pizza which was super yummy.  Followed by a wonderful long nap during which I felt great.  But of course when I woke up I felt sick again!

I REALLY hope that I sleep well tonight and that I wake up feeling better seeing as I have to work for the next three days.  UGH.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 25)…

~~putting satya, or truthfulness, into practice on the mat is an exercise in humility

~~instead of pride or ambition, fear or avoidance, we need the light of truth

~~humility is about letting go of the good results as well as the bad

~~humility is about not playing small, about getting out of our comfort zone

~~our postures are the embodiment of the balance between holding on and letting go

~~what is required to achieve that balance is a commitment to humility, a commitment to the truth

Things making me happy today: eating breakfast, having the day off when I’m sick, watching a movie with popcorn and M&M’s, long after dinner nap



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Work was better last night, busy but not crazy busy.  Census is way up — over 100 patients.  We actually ran out of PHYSICAL hospital beds.  I think they will have to rent or buy more.

Driving to work yesterday was a little scary…very slippery.  I’m glad I left early.  However, getting into my car this morning was no fun either.  During the night the freezing rain had turned to sleet/slush and there was about an inch of the heavy, wet stuff on the car.  Scraping off the car was NOT fun.  The roads were actually not bad.

When I got home I saw that we had gotten maybe about 2 inches.  I immediately started shoveling the walkway because I knew Kimm’s arm was bothering her and she would not be able to do it.

Then I headed to the driveway and did that too.  It took me about an hour and a half and it was BRUTAL.  SO, SO heavy.  And some parts had turned to ice.  If I didn’t have my music going I don’t know how I would have gotten through it.  In retrospect I should have snowblowed it.  However, I forgot how to do it.  I’ll need a refresher course from Kimm.

After coming in, I said a quick hello to Kimm before she went to her doctor’s appointment and then I showered and headed to bed.  I slept only so-so, mostly because my hair was still wet and it made me SO cold in bed.  It took me forever to warm up.

When I woke up I found out that Kimm was diagnosed with tendinitis (or tennis elbow).  She is wearing a brace and needs to go for a steroid injection.  And she has to rest it which will be the hardest part because she always wants to do more than she should when she is injured!  I will have to MAKE her rest.  Of course the doctor was also concerned about her blood pressure and pulse because both were elevated (I think mostly because of the pain).  So now she has to record her blood pressure and pulse at home for 2 weeks.

I am so tired!!  That makes me happy that I have off tonight.  On top of it all I am fighting off a cold!!! I had done well for so long not catching what others have at the hospital.  Thankfully it is just a head cold but to me, those are the worst.  I always feel so run down and exhausted.  I need to rest up the next two days before my next stretch of three on.

Bed will feel SO GOOD tonight.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 24)…

~~satya means letting go of pretense

~~sharing the truth means startling honesty

~~these are holy moments, when we dome out of hiding, don’t try to be “cool,” and just speak the truth

Things making me happy today: a hot shower after shoveling, having tonight off because I feel lousy/sick, napping and resting on the couch


Pushing through.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Well, this thing that I’ve been fighting off is moving along.  Started out with a sore throat and now some more congestion and general fatigue.  I’m so glad I only have one more night to work.  Especially since last night was all kind of CRAZY busy.  Wow, 4 CERT calls, non-stop busy.  I sat down once to enter some computer data and eat my string cheese.  When I left I was so hungry I wolfed down my cashews in the car!

Since I was so exhausted I just slept so soundly.  I don’t think I even got up once.

I REALLY hope tonight is a bit better.

Quesadillas for dinner — simple and good.  It started freezing raining after dinner and is still going.  I’ll have to leave a bit earlier tonight to make sure the roads are okay.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 23)…

~~the second yama is satya and it concerns TRUTH

~~we must work hard to speak the truth and live the truth

~~little by litter we notice, then drop, our old habits of embellishment, obfuscation, minimization, self-aggrandizement, omission, rationalization and exaggeration

~~the process calls on all of our powers of self-control

~~as the layers of falsehood fall away, an intimacy develops with our own truth

Things making me happy today:  sleeping incredibly soundly, being able to vent about work to Kimm, only working two days in a row, the sound of rain falling

Breakfast out.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Last night was FUN!  We met up with friends at the local dive bar and just talked and laughed and had a good time.  We got home late, about midnight.

Sleeping was so-so, probably because I drank.  Just can’t sleep when you get some crazy dreams.

This morning we were up by 8 am because we were meeting up with our friend one last time before she leaves.  We chose a local diner that we haven’t been to but that was so quaint!  I had a veggie omelet (stuffed with goodness…broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, onions, zucchini) with a side of home fries and some Italian toast…with an apple cider donut to start…and a good cup and a half of coffee.  Yumm!  It was so nice to just sit and chat.

Back home I did some organizing of paper clutter and online folders.  And I also read a little as well.

We ate an early dinner of leftover mac and cheese with tator tots and now we’re both showering (that bar last night was SO smoky).

We’ll probably watch another Blacklist before I nap and then back to work for two days…

Meditations from the Mat (Day 22)…

~~yoga can teach you to pay attention to your everyday life in a way that is beneficial to yourself and those around you

~~you can get a glimpse of the hugeness of the ordinary, the sacred beauty of the every day

~~you can lean how to refine your ability to have a good day

~~yoga teaches us to develop an open attention — attention without attachment or judgment

Things making me happy today: meeting a friend for breakfast, organizing some of my paper clutter, reading a good book, tator tots, clean dishes, comfy couch!