The eyeballs are definitely NOT appreciating work and being busy. They feel like crap today and I'm a sad panda about that. Fortunately I have the next 5 days off, but I will probably need to stay clear of the computer for a while so I can give them a rest. *sigh* I'm having a lupus sucks day because my back & hips aren't feeling super hot either. That said, my feet ARE feeling better, but I have a ways to go yet. I did a little more than a thank you lap last night (I increased time by a minute and a tiny bit faster) so I think things are progressing well on that front and I anticipate being able to get back to 5Ks in another month or so if things keep moving forward like they are.
Judging by the looks on everyone's faces, we must have hella messed up, but you can clearly see we were having fun!
This week I'll start dancing and walking again in small increments just to see how it goes and what I can tolerate. I have been religiously doing my stretches and wearing the orthotics or bands on my feet, and I feel I've given my feet enough of a rest to try again.
My hips are letting me know I walked a 5K yesterday, but everything else is as expected or feeling even better than I imagined. I plan an easy 2 mile recovery walk today.
I'll be playing paralegal first. Hubs's files need organized, and I think it will help him, too. I'm trying to put them together like his mind thinks, but I don't want to disturb the order the discovery came in so I'm utilizing sticky notes. I've been putting in about 2 hours a day on legal work, so I've been busy on several fronts lately.
It's Self-Care Sunday! ♥ How are you pampering yourself today? I woke up, took a shower and then I used moisturizing gloves and slippers and a collagen face mask while I meditated. It's a delicious way to start the day! ♥♥
When my daughter was very small, she went to a Lutheran preschool/daycare. How they got the children to eat was by making them take one "thank you bite" of whatever food was offending the toddler at the time. The children were told that they should thank God for their food, even if it was yucky, because some people were starving. Non-religious me thought that was brilliant! So, thank you bites, thank you tries, etc. became part of my parenting strategy.
Lunch was a bad idea today because the migraine went sideways shortly afterwards, and I've been mostly in bed since about 2pm. I've been resting, medicating, meditating, etc. and perked up a little bit this evening. So, I tried to help hubs figure out a magic trick, but my head still hurt too much to brain well and we chatted for a little bit. I medicated again and went downstairs to the massage chair, thinking it might help my head. It's been a rainy, nostalgic day today and I was thinking about those thank you bites and how my daughter is now a young woman who is not afraid to try anything, food or otherwise.( Collapse )
Woke up this morning to a migraine and my low back completely out. I'm very slow on everything today. The migraine isn't bad enough to keep me in bed, so I'm doing bite-sized chunks of housework, then I'm doing back stretches but I had to medicate before I could do anything except drink coffee.
I very much miss running. This power walking/speed walking thing is not nearly as much fun, but it's better than nothing. I'm going to walk (slowly) on the treadmill in small chunks today, too. I'm hoping my back is up for a lap (1/4 mile or 400m) at a time. As soon as I'm done with my entry today, I plan to give it a go.
Hubs has a seminar all day today. I'm guessing he'll be wiped out by the time he gets home, so we have a very low-key weekend in store.( Collapse )
Another reason I feel things are trending to the new normal is stuff like this. I had hoped to walk one charity race per month. I'll need to double up for a couple of months now...I'll do this one on Mother's Day. Need to find one or two for April. ♥
This is only a mile. It can be a 5k if I want, but since I'm walking, it will be a 2-miler, I think. My feet/legs are holding up decently the past few weeks and now I can be outdoors more with my fugly goggles. I have a week & a half to accomplish this, so if I wake up dreadfully ill, I can do it when I feel better. If nothing else, the pandemic is allowing my wimpy lupus self to participate in more things. The past ten YEARS, I've been waiting to see how I feel THE MORNING OF THE RACE. Which means, I don't get to take advantage of early bird registration or even the normal race fees--I have to pay extra and sometimes I don't get a race tee (not that this is why I have ever raced, but it is nice to have as a memento).
This year’s race will benefit ArtsPartners of Central Illinois and help fund future Sculpture Walks by ArtsPartners. I have been wanting to do the Sculpture Walk, and what better way than to help support it! ArtsPartners has also helped my writers' group out in the past. They gave us free sponsorship and also, because we did not collect membership dues, gave us free booths at their annual Ignite! Peoria events where I got to teach poetry and short story writing to kids and promote the group and all of the NaNoWriMo events we participated in. I know I've retired from all of that, but I love what they do for the creative community in Peoria and I can't forget all that they've done for my group.
What is raqs sharqi, you might be asking yourself. Simply stated, it's what we call belly dance in America. I try to use this term, because it's more accurate, but it's not a mainstream term, so I generally give up & revert to belly dance. That said, I'm going to try to make a more conscious effort to call it raqs sharqi from here on out. Speaking of which, I did finally sign up for an online dance session which will begin in about a week and a half. It's called Crushing Combos--it caters to one of my (many) weak areas in dance, and it'll be in the spirit of metal & dark fusion dance. I also have some ATS videos and some Egyptian cabaret-style raqs sharqi videos to follow during this time of social distancing.( Collapse )
Had a birthday and we went out with friends. On Wednesday we went to a quaint little place that feels like you're eating at Grandma's house--the interior decor is early 20th century farmhouse. We went with 3 other couples and had our own private room...after a table of 3 left, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. We had a wonderful time and it felt 'normal' for once. (I was also spoiled with gifts.) After such a positive experience, I accepted my friend's invitation to go swimming at the marina on Thursday, thinking there would only be a handful of people there. It was crowded! I wasn't expecting that, and it made me more uncomfortable than I thought it would. We had a lot of fun though! Just not sure I'll be doing that again any time soon. We then accepted an invitation to go to the races Saturday night. Wall-to-wall people, none of them wearing masks (I only wore a bandanna instead of a filtered mask, so really I can't say much), and one hacking up a lung next to my husband. I feel a wee bit better only because we were outside the entire time. Now one of my husband's clients has the virus and although I haven't come into contact with this particular client in over a month, I did work at hubs's office last week and he has had brief contact with his client who was in jail at the time, so he thinks he's okay because they had to talk through glass (but he was at the prison where there is a current outbreak). I don't think I'll be accepting many more invitations for a while.( Collapse )