So I’m actually a day late on that, cause we turned 6 months old yesterday, but I also turned 35 yesterday so it was a busy day all in all. So happy half birthday to us as a community, and thank you thank you thank you for all of your love, support, and staying around while I get things back on track. I’ve been entirely unable to adjust to those new meds that I was struggling with last we spoke, and I’ve now gone back to the amitriptyline + klonopin combo I did for a couple of years. It doesn’t work as well on my chronic migraines, but it does much better for my massive anxiety, and between the two I’ll take headaches over anxiety and the new stuff I was taking for the headaches was making me extra absent minded and just dumb anyhow and I find that really frustrating. So. I’m back to where I was. Ibuprofen and Naproxen to try to make it through the migraines, which the amitriptyline does still help with, just not as much as it did when I first started taking it. I get used to it and have needed to increase the dosage multiple times. But if I stay out of florescent lights and excessive noise I seem to be mostly managing right now.
I had PLANNED to start our next 6 months with a new feature to use for some entries, that I thought would make things perhaps both easier and more fun, but right now I’m still trying to heal from my most recent sprained ankle and confined to an immobilizer sprain boot that still hurts to stand in and does terrible things to my back and hips if I stand or walk too much so I’m a little more immobile than I need to be for that extravaganza, so barring any need for surgery, we’ll plan on implementing those new features in July, and what I want to do for June instead and am actually glad for the opportunity to do, is to retouch on the things we did in month one. The focus was new years resolutions, and being half a year in we might need refocusing and getting back on track. We also had focused on getting our houses and bodies healthy and that may need some refocusing too, though I know some of you have made great progress over the past 6 months and I’m super excited about that!
I’m not going to totally rehash and reprint the previous entries, cause that would be boring and a cop-out on actually doing any work, but for the next month a lot of the topics will be the same, and we have new members since then that may never have gone back through those entries, so, one way or another I trust we’ll all benefit from a review, and then I do promise July will have brand new topics and content.
Meanwhile, in addition to refocusing and daily tasks, I’ll also be adding in details of what I’ve done in my personal life each day for the purpose of providing inspiration or ideas on things you may want to do yourself to get up and out of bed and off the couch and enjoying life and part of every day. You don’t have to do what I do in that regard, you can, but let it just play in your brain and see what it sets in motion. Those daily event recaps will be a day behind, because, well, I don’t know what will happen today so I can’t write about it.
As for yesterday, yay for 35 years! I’m not at all happy about turning the age that officially puts the nail in the coffin on how long you’re supposed to be allowed to use your uterus, and I wish I had heard from my dad, but apart from those things it was the best birthday I’d had in quite a while. I got spoiled with presents from family and friends, and didn’t have to prompt anyone to remember to acknowledge me, and that was nice. I actually managed to deal with my anxiety enough to go to the grocery store in the middle of the day. I won’t be doing that again any time soon, but I came home with healthy food instead of my frequent get in and grab whatever is closest and get the hell out of there. And celebratory plans didn’t get cancelled despite my boyfriend having a cranky and unreasonable client to deal with and my offer to postpone, so I feel loved that I was made a priority.
So we celebrated my existence with some super awesome food that my mommy sent from Omaha Steaks, but he did the grilling and cooking and I got to sit and rest my ankle and that was nice and luxurious. It’s the second time he’s ever cooked for me in our 11.5 years of seeing each other 🙂 So birthday dinner was bistro steaks (essentially filet mignon, bacon wrapped and everything), stuffed baked potatoes, and asparagus in hollandaise sauce. First meal cooked on his new grill and it came out very well.
And yes, that is grape gatorade in wine glasses. The last time he cooked for me he had asked what I wanted to drink and I said I thought pinot noir would be nice, but he doesn’t drink alcohol at all and despite living in this city his whole life he didn’t realize that grocery stores here are not allowed to sell alcohol over a very low proof and wasn’t sure why he could only find cooking wine, so grape gatorade ended up being the closest thing he had. This time I brought it with me, cause hey, tradition. There was also pineapple upside down cake, but we both ended up too stuffed to eat it, so I get to look forward to enjoying that later 🙂
After we ate we FINALLY watched Doctor Strange, which we’ve been trying to find the time to do for several weeks or a couple months or something and kept falling through. I know it’s been out for a while now and probably most of you have seen it. If you haven’t, it’s worth a watch. If you’re unfamiliar it’s among the Marvel comic book movies, and starred Benedict Cumberbatch. The effects were so phenomenally beautifully done to make it worth watching on that basis alone. I was disappointed that the plot wasn’t a little deeper, particularly having such an amazing actor to work with, it relied heavily on the visuals (boyfriend’s hearing is better than mine and even after asking him to turn it up I didn’t understand probably half the dialogue but don’t feel like I missed out on following any of the story because of it.) But there will of course be a sequel, so I will hope they delve further into plot then, but really, the effects were beautiful and the plot that there was was good, there just wasn’t as much of it as I wanted. If you’ve already seen Doctor Strange but haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2 I strongly recommend making that happen. We went Monday and absolutely loved it. If you’ve already seen both of them, go show Wonder Woman some love. Sure it’s DC instead of Marvel and there has been practically no promoting the movie, but the preview looked good and when’s the last time we got to see a superhero movie where a woman is the star? And the reviews are good even.
I had things I thought I would do when I got home, but I hadn’t slept well for the past few days and I laid down to give my feet/ankle a break “for a few minutes” and was out cold till my boy-cat, Lir, decided to wake me up at 5 this morning demanding snuggles. And once he was satisfied that he’d been loved on sufficiently I was back out till 11 or so this morning.
So bringing us to today, the things we need to refocus on and make sure are taken care of are:
- SMILE! – At everyone you see for at least the next 24 hours
- Greet People! – Say hello or good morning or give a friendly wave or nod to strangers you walk past when you’re out in the world for at least the next 24 hours. You don’t have to stop and chat with anyone (unless you both want to) but say hi!
- Wish People Well! – Every time you end an interaction over the next 24 hours don’t just say “bye” or walk away, tell them to have a good day or a blessed day or however you convey well wishes.
- Be Polite! – Say please. Say thank you. Say you’re welcome. Literally you’re welcome, not “sure”, “no problem”, or “uh-huh”. You’re welcome. Say excuse me or pardon me when it’s appropriate.
- Write in Your Journal! – Daily. Nightly. This should always be happening, but if you’ve let it fall by the wayside, recommit to it, make it happen today.
- Clean a Bathroom! – Start with that guest bathroom if you’ve got one, if not then go with your main one, but really get in there and do a deep thorough cleaning. Light fixtures, switch plates, mirrors, countertops, sinks, faucets, cabinets, medicine chests, toilet, shower, bathtub, drains, linens, attached closets, floors, waste baskets… take care of it all. If you’ve got empty bottles or tubes of anything or used up air fresheners or anything that has been used up but it still taking up space, take the time to toss it out or recycle it today. If you have any expired medications or cosmetics dispose of them appropriately. Razors too dull to still use get tossed out too. If you keep your litter box in your bathroom don’t forget to pay it attention. Scoop it or change the litter or the liner or the charcoal odor filter, pick it up to sweep under it, lysol wipe any external parts that need it.
- Do Some Cardio! – Ideally get on that elliptical for a while. We asked for 10 minutes 6 months ago, let’s make it at least 15 or 20 today. No elliptical? Go for a jog or a run, get on a bike, stationary or otherwise, run a treadmill program with some hills, use the rowing machine or a boat or kayak if you have access to such things. Whatever you do, just make sure you’re moving and elevating that heart rate for a MINIMUM of 15 minutes. Make it happen.
- Focus On Your Skin! – Whether you want to youtube a guided meditation, meditate on your own, or listen to a Subliminal Skin Improvement Track, it’s all good. Just pick one and go with it. Stress is horrible for your skin, so spend a little quiet still time being calm and telling your body that you love it and appreciate it and expressing what you want from it, whether it’s a clearer complexion, fewer wrinkles, less cellulite, softer skin, less itching or flaking, whatever you want fixed, visualize it transforming from how it is to how you want it to be. If it’s already perfect for you, then just spend some quiet time appreciating it and being grateful, we still all benefit from the quiet reflective time.
And that’s it for today! Pretty easy stuff if we stick with it and make it habitual 🙂 Here’s looking forward to a better month and a strong finish to the remainder of the year!
A word about music: We include songs for a reason. Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much. Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason. If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: The Mad Tea Party / The Unbirthday Song / Twinkle Twinkle / Clean Cup Move Down / Mad Watch
Album: Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (Classic Soundtrack Series)