I biked to work today. 5 miles. It was harder than I thought it would be at first and then it got to be pretty fun. It’s not a short trip but it’s not killer long either.
I also cleared out my emails (all 400 of them) and I have to apologize for not keeping upon the YG.
My therapy appointment was helpful – basically she told me to go easy on myself and remember that I am not going to be okay for awhile so cut myself some slack. Alison and I are working on some little stop-gap measures such as planning time that we can individually leave the house alone, going to a UU church, making time for me to commute to work by bike, planning our meals and activities a little more so that I know when we are getting things done and can let them go until the specified time to focus on them. It’s helping.
Heather – Urgh! I am so sorry that you aren’t getting good answers from the medical powers-that-be. What a confusing and scary mess.
Claudia – I love that you may be getting a beach house. You should totally do it if you can! My parent’s best friends had a place on a river that fed into Lake Michigan. It was fabulous to go there with them and hang out. So, no guilt. You are creating a peaceful corner of the world and we all need more of those (hint: May Mama get together
). Congrats on the toothiness!
Renae – Just curious, what was your name before? I am sorry that you had a tumultuous visit with your brother. My mom always says that she could not have had two children that are more different for a lot of the same reasons that you listed (environmental, anti-KFC, AP parenting stuff and family history/abuse stuff in my family too). It’s hard, but I have just decided that he makes his own choices and I make mine. We don’t hang out, but we can if we need to, y’know? I hope you can accept the limited possibilities with your brother and not feel guilty about it. It is not about you – he’s just in his own place. I am sorry that leaves you lonely for family.
Jstar- You are in the bittersweet stage of change. It will be so interesting to hear how things go for you going forward, but I know you’ll be fine. I am reading How to Raise a Family on Less Than Two Incomes right now. It has a lot of interesting information about how to make it work – and stories of people who have done it well for inspiration.
KK – I hope the MIL stuff gets worked out without fireworks. What does the Women’s Wisdom book have to say about PMS? I am interested in natural/spiritual/holistic ways to address the pre-period slump of doom that I seem to suddenly be having every month.
Okay, I gotta work. I will check back on you guys later. I am thinking of a few people who have not posted in awhile and those that I can’t do an individual call out to right now. Feel the love.