Granny passed away
Went to Eureka Springs & Hot Springs with Mom & Vicki
Stabbed my hand to the bone with a new kitchen knife (quick, somebody outlaw those things!)
Vacation to Seattle and Washington state
Spent all summer not being able to wear sandals due to plantar fascitis therapy but am mostly recovered now and on to the maintenance phase of the rest of my life (daily stretching with limitations on footwear – no sandals, pretty much ever, which makes me sad, but at least I have 2 feet still)
Mom had to have her gallbladder taken out
Brother went to ER twice with crashing blood pressure
Vacation in DC
Too much stress was eaten between my work, personal issues and the OAM’s work.
Renovated the basement (okay, I didn’t personally do much besides set up workmen, paint and then redecorate, but I made lots of trips to Home Depot)
Spent waaaay too much money on tea but enjoyed every minute of it
Watched too much tv, too many movies and ate far too much
Made new imaginary online friends who are also obsessed about tea
Tried out pilates and then was told to avoid weight bearing exercise due to foot so I let that be my excuse to not exercise – again
Had a few hypnosis sessions for weight loss and found they were super relaxing. I thought it might be good for reducing stress and associated weight gain but found I couldn’t self-direct very well. Luckily, the hypnotist now offers 10 minute audio sessions for download. I have started using them before bed. When I do, I will admit that I sleep better and have less desire to eat stuff. At least until I get really, really bored. It may be psychosomatic, but at this point, I’m will to self-delude if it helps. :)
But we both start the New Year fully employed and insured (and as stable as that can be at the moment), with a trip of a lifetime in the works ahead of us (the resulting depletion of any savings but see tomorrow’s post for my non-stressed feelings on that), a trip to Playa del Carmen coming up for me, Mom & Aunt V, our financial future is as protected as it can be with the uncertainties of everything in the world right now.
Despite all the impending DOOM, there are at least some personal bright spots. Hope you all have at least a couple of bright spots ahead as well. That’s all that will get us through this year, I think. Personal bright spots.
01 Auld Lang Syne