Friday, August 29, 2014
TaaaaDaaaa! My magic recliner! Yes, this is the place where I come to sit and relax after a long day's work. Where I curl up to read a good book. Where I sat last evening to work a little extra so that my department could have the evening off. Somehow, this magic recliner takes the stress and pulls it right out of me.
I suspect the magic recliner really has no actual power, just that I'm in a state ready to let it go. Whatever, I love the magic recliner. And so does Asher. He's on his favorite sofa cushion napping on his quilt right now or he'd be in the picture too.
Today, know that I'll be working from home in the magic recliner and all will go well. :)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Work was REALLY stressful yesterday. OK, so I know it's the season, but it just kept on coming. I first thought to just sit at my desk and work through it. Then, it hit me, THAT is how I've done it in the past and that is what leads me to food to soothe me. By the end of the day, I'd be all worked up and feeling that I deserved a treat. After all, I'd suffered through the day. And my treat wouldn't be something healthy, but something that soothed. Something that made me feel cared for.
A co-worker IM'd me needing direction on something. When I responded, I also asked if she wanted to walk. THAT felt good. Taking care of me! Stayed OP. Dumping the self-punishing thought of just working through.
We walked, laughed, talked and shared a lot. We even took an extra lap because we weren't finished. I could even have tracked it as 1:1 time if anyone questioned it because we were sorting out work stuff at one point. :)
I arrived back feeling light-hearted. OK, lighter of heart. I know that the woman who is causing a lot of stress in our office is still very stressed and she's in a position of power. The project that is so stressful is not complete. Stress is going to continue. And I'm going to find a walking partner again today!
I gave myself a treat last night too. I went to my room early. Curled up in my reading chair and read. And dozed until my dog woofed for me to come to bed. What a blissful evening. Much better than indulging in food!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Asher stands outside the shower EVERY morning looking in at me. He gives me this pleading look as if to say, "Pleaseeeee, I'd love to come in there with you. I won't take up much room. Pleaseeeeee!" But when I leave the door open and invite him in, he seems to know that it's not going to be as fun as he imagined. Maybe he remembers what happened last time. Maybe he knows that sometimes things are better left to the imagination. I can tell you that this morning, he was not happy as I allowed him in, gave him his bath and he got water up his nose!
But, isn't this the same thing that happens to a lot of us. We look at that item of food and think that maybe just one, or just an extra serving, or perhaps a day without exercise would be just the ticket to improving our state of being. For me, I need to be more like Asher ... hesitant to run jump in when I have one of these ideas! They usually aren't true. Typically, there is a small lie in there some place. Probably, I'm not going to have just one. Allowing an extra serving today leads to an extra one again tomorrow. Not doing my exercise today seems like permission for the entire weekend. Yep, I'm a creature of habit and I'm better off to keep them good habits. So is Asher ... he'd do better if he had a shower every day. That's probably the reason I take one each morning too! ;)
Monday, August 18, 2014
My condo is decorated in "shabby chic". But the chandelier in the dining room is dressy. My neighbor and I keep looking at our chandeliers (she has the same one) and debating what we're going to do about them. We moved in a month to six weeks apart, so we share what we learn about the area and shopping. Sue thinks she wants to take the chandelier out and have recessed lighting put in. I don't think that's what I want. On the other hand, I'm not sure what I do want. So, I started looking at lamp shades to take away some of the dressiness. I looked at many, many shades! I liked lots and lots of them! It's not easy to select just one pattern!
I chose a little bird print. I love watching birds. When I was growing up, we moved to a new house. There were thick woods behind our house. My Dad kept binoculars on the dining room table along with a bird book. We would spend as much free time as we could looking out the back windows searching for birds, checking them in the bird book for what they were if we weren't certain. My youngest sister is 12 years younger than me and she was just toddling then. One day, she crawled into a dining room chair and shouted for us. "Come look, come look!!! It's a John Fisher!" We all came running to the dining room, wondering what kind of bird she'd spotted because none of us knew what a John Fisher was. And none of us saw it when we got there either! She pointed and said, "There on the tree by the picnic table! It's gray with it's fuzzy tail!" John Fisher turned out not to be a bird, but a squirrel! My sister is now 42 years old and we still get all excited and call for her to come because we've spotted a John Fisher! The bird lamp shades bring me such beautiful memories. They are perfect for me!
The shades also have butterflies and nests of eggs. Just so beautiful!
What a warm glow when the lights are turned on. I really did make the right choice!
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