Monday, August 21, 2017
Today WAS going to be the day that I had hoped to get to the beach…but I so can’t…not when I’m sick 😦
So even though I had an extra day off (YAY for three day stretches off!!) I feel like I didn’t get to properly enjoy it because I’ve been sick with a head cold the ENTIRE TIME!!!! I blame SOMEBODY at work!!!
Oh well, I really haven’t been sick for QUITE a while, so I guess I was due. It just HAD to come when I had this extra day off! Good thing that I have another three days off in another week. I can also be SO grateful that it did not happen when I was on vacation!!!
So here’s a run down of what happened on my three days off…
~~Friday after work I stopped by the Blood Donation Center to see if I would be eligible to give blood…figured it wouldn’t hurt to try…and I WAS ABLE TO!!!!! (my hemoglobin was 12.7…needed to be 12.5)
~~the rest of Friday was basically just relaxing because that was when I was STARTING to feel sick (a sore throat)….so we had cheesy pasta and a salad (so good) and settled in for some Netflix (Criminal Minds…so good!)
~~Saturday morning was relaxing (breakfast and reading…I finished “The Help” — I was re-reading it…still one of my favorite books!, and started “Thirteen Reasons Why” — next book club book!)
~~we hit up Barnes and Noble Saturday afternoon…even thought I wasn’t feeling the best, I wanted to do SOMETHING besides just sit at home! — it was fun, but our cafe experience was just not that great — they had discontinued the S’mores frappacino and there was no other good one listed, so we both went with iced coffees which were fair (I think I enjoyed mine more than Kimm because my throat was so sore…but the worst part was that they don’t add the cream or sugar in and so you have to add sugar to COLD coffee…well you know what happens with that…all the sugar sinks to the bottom!!!…Kimm was so MAD!…and to make matters worse, they did not have our beloved sugar cookies…Kimm got Peanut Butter, I got Triple Chocolate….but they were both just FAIR…we both agreed that if they don’t have the sugar ones in the future we will just HOLD OFF!)
~~after leaving Barnes and Noble we were HANGRY so we ordered grinders and fries out…and they were PERFECT for once…really hit the spot…we ate while watching Criminal Minds (a good ending to the night!)
~~Sunday morning was not as relaxed, only because we needed to get going for Drag Brunch…and of course I had slept “so, so” — only because I could not breathe while lying flat…so all night long I was sleeping on an incline…doesn’t make for the best sleeping!
~~Drag Brunch was fun! Good food, good entertainment
~~we ordered out pizza and fries for Sunday night and finished watching the newest season of Criminal Minds (of course it ended with a cliff hanger!!!)
~~we started a new show before bed — Person of Interest (Kimm has watched before and liked so we are trying it…first episode was not too bad)
~~again slept “so, so” because of not being able to breathe while lying flat!
~~waffles for breakfast…yumm!! (oh yeah, and forgot to mention we got a NEW toaster because our other one was not working that well…it wouldn’t toast properly after one time down…our new one is RED! LOVE !!)
~~I’m sure the rest of the day will be pretty low-key…reading, eating meals, hopefully a nap before I head back to work…I’m starting a rougher stretch…UGH (three on, one off, two on, but then THREE OFF!)…by the time I’m done with work this week, my cold SHOULD BE done…of course Kimm is now starting to feel sick so I feel awful about that…SIGH…summer colds are the WORST!!
~~today is also the solar eclipse…we shall see if I remember to watch!!!
Meditations from the Mat…
~~include sun salutations in your warm up — this alternates between opening up our superficial front line (upward dog) and opening up our superficial back line (downward dog)
~~CONNECT to the sweep of these long lines your body…allow your body to OPEN
~~downward facing dog — opens the superficial back line, upward facing dog — opens the superficial front line — the front line and the back line also serve to bring our attention to all that is in front of us and all that is behind us…
~~the back must be strong in order for the front to open, the front must be strong in order for the back to open
~~the deep front line (upward facing dog) is the place in our physiology in which the aspect we have control over (the muscular-skeletal system) connects to the aspect we do not have control over (the internal organs)
~~while gravity shortens and compresses the deep front line, back bends open it
~~use the asana of back bends to free, ease and lengthen this line
~~connective tissue favors mobility
~~instead of focusing on gaining strength or flexibility in your postures, aim for STABILITY instead…the demands of stability will create strength and the peace of stability will encourage surrender
Things making me happy:
Friday, 8/18 — done with my three stretch on!!, being able to give blood again finally, a relaxing evening (as I feel I am getting sick…), simple delicious dinner (cheesy pasta/salad)
Saturday, 8/19 — breakfast and reading, a long hot shower when I’m feeling sick, a B&N trip!, grinders out, watching Criminal Minds, having off!!
Sunday, 8/20 — a good Drag Brunch, pizza/fries out, reading a good book (13 Reasons Why), putting stuff away off the kitchen counter!!!
Monday, 8/21 — waffles for breakfast (have not had in forever!), NOT weighing in on a Monday, relaxing morning, not feeling rushed…