Hey, it’s snowing on my blog! That’s the only place it’s snowing. It was in the 70s today. I put on a short-sleeved shirt and shorts for my walk this morning, and I was sweating before I even got to a mile. Weird for the last week in November to feel like summertime. But, even my friend Lisa in Tennessee posted on FB that she turned her AC on today. My house stays pretty cool, but I turned mine on as soon as I started my yoga practice this evening. It’s going to be 70 degrees as far as I can see in the 10-day forecast. I have to admit it was beautiful weather on my walk this morning. I’ll try to be grateful for the chance to be outdoors with my skin showing in December.
My four-day weekend was full of family and relaxing but productive activities. I spent a couple of days with my parents on Graveyard Island, came home to cook cornbread dressing on Friday, and I went to my brother Terry’s house in Diamondhead for a family gathering and a very special ceremony. My nephew Sasha got awarded his Eagle Scout badge. I am so proud of him and his accomplishment. This young man came to us from an orphanage in Russia when he was 4 years old, and he’s worked really hard to adapt in this country with our family through the years. Scouting has been a way for him to bond with his father and to learn a myriad of different skills. He told me his favorite badge was the one he received for life-saving. He didn’t just practice it, he actually saved a girl’s life on Ship Island. She had gotten caught by the undertow, and he heard her screaming for help. Because of what he’d learned in scouting, he knew what to do, and because of who he is, he used it. It was wonderful to see him honored for his efforts.
Today was a lazy day, and I really enjoyed the downtime. Friday I cooked a big pot of red beans and rice since I was in the kitchen cooking cornbread dressing anyway. I enjoyed the red beans and rice for lunch and headed out to Trader Joe’s to stock up on sardines for the week. I decided to start adding some Omega-3 oils to my diet. I read so much about their health benefits for depression and anxiety, and I don’t eat a lot of fish. My first acupuncturist had me take a tablespoon of flax seed oil every morning for hormonal issues and Omega-3s, so I thought I’d give that a whirl again and then eat sardines or tuna for lunch a few times a week. I’d never eaten sardines before, and I was afraid they might be gross. But, I ate some Friday with some crackers and vegetable soup. They were delicious. Game on… I’m going to become a sardine-eater. I bought 4 cans today to get started.
I have had 7 days anxiety-free. I have had a couple of heart palpitations that died down pretty rapidly, but I have not had the anxious thoughts that have been plaguing me for the last month. For some reason, the anxiety just disappeared like it walked out of the building. I don’t know if it was the addition of the flax seed oil or the fact that I’m trying to cut way back on sugar, but I don’t care. I just know that I am extremely grateful for a one-week reprieve from that torturous obsessive thinking and tension. It felt like I’d been given a gift. And the sleep has been amazing.
I had a strong urge to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Thanksgiving. I found a copy at Wal-Mart, and I’ve got it playing right now. George just had to drop Mary’s bathrobe while she was hiding naked in the hydrangea bushes to go see about his father. I know the movie by heart, but I’m sure I’ll be crying before it’s over. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll consider this the kick-off of the Christmas season. Speaking of Christmas, I’ve been a great little reindeer this week. I hit my second week’s goal of 25 points in the Reindeer Games. Woohoo!! I had to fess up and keep a food diary all week to make it. It was a great tool, and I actually reviewed it today when I wanted to see how the sugar experiment impacted me. A secondary goal is to keep it for the next week, too. I can’t wait to see what I learn.
George is about to miss his train, but he’s grappling with whether or not he should leave on his world journey. It looks like George’s life is going to take a turn that he didn’t anticipate nor did he want. Ahhhhh … the dreams of youth. What did I want when I was in my early 20s? I wanted to live all over the country, travel and be a writer. I also wanted to have a great romantic relationship and be a corporate executive. I guess 4 out of 5 isn’t bad. And the great relationship … I guess I’ve had them, but it turns out that the most important relationships weren’t romantic at all. George just had his dreams dashed, and he’s going nowhere. But I imagine it will all work out in the end. It always does, doesn’t it? It truly is a wonderful life … whether it’s in black and white or in living color.