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I woke to a cool and very pleasant morning, though the temperature is creeping up now and it promises to be another hot day. Relief is in sight later this holiday weekend and it will be very welcome.

I’m looking ahead later to a walk, having missed another one yesterday. I let the beastly heat get me down, though I will say that I was uncommonly achy yesterday, and it might be just as well that I didn’t try for a walk. I could have done my other routines, I didn’t, I sort of wish I had, but I’m not going to beat myself up for having not done them. That’s kind of pointless and sets the wrong kind of tone for my day.

I hopped on Facebook this morning and saw an update from a friend who’s going skydiving today. I’m impressed, thrilled for him, kind of in awe, and waiting to hear about it. I like that kind of moxie! I’d be scared to death, given that I have a fear of heights, but hot damn, what a thing to do! Talk about going balls out . . . go, Sparky!

That kind of thing reminds me that it’s a good thing–a necessary thing–to do things that are new and unfamiliar and even scary. Getting stuck in a rut is all too easy, and doing the thing that scares you can stretch you, make you grow, open up new worlds. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like that, and I’m thinking maybe it’s time to do some scary but exhilarating thing again. I don’t know exactly what that may be, but I want to be open to it when it comes along. I’ll know it by the way it both excites and frightens me, and I hope I’ll have the wisdom to grab hold of it while I can. I could use a good shake-up.

Whatever your plans this weekend, I hoping you’ll be open to some wonderful possibilities. Make it a great day, all!


Friday, late summer

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So I got my walk in last night and it was not a great one–hardly balls out, but I got ‘er done. Eh–that’s the way it goes sometimes, and not every walk is going to be the best. I’m still walking, still doing something good for myself, still accomplishing something that nudges me a little past where I think my limitations are, and maybe that is going balls out.

By the way, if you think that expression has to do with the male anatomy, I’d encourage you to look it up. It’s an interesting bit of etymology, or at least it is if you’re a word nerd.

Today, as hot as it is still, has me thinking about some neglected knitting, because who doesn’t like a lapful of wool on a really hot day? I don’t know if I’ll pick it up or not, but I’m sure longing for it and the simple, uncomplicated, soothing rhythm of garter stitch. I’ve done up a couple of baby hats lately and have a third on the needles, but they’re not my favorite knits–fiddly to start with and too soon fiddly at the end. Adult-sized hats are much more to my liking.

I’m thinking, too, of the things I intended to do this summer that didn’t get done, like going swimming for the first time in decades (no kidding! It’s been ages, but there was a time when, if there was water nearby, you couldn’t keep me out of it), and walking up to the medicine wheel in the park just outside my door to break my fast  and greet the day, and spending one whole day at my favorite park, walking and reading and picnicking and maybe knitting, and storing up memories of green growing things and blessed sunshine to carry me through the gloomy days of winter to come. I’d best go balls out on those things if I’m going to get them done this summer. Stay tuned!

Still, it hasn’t been a wasted summer. I’m stronger, surer, happier, I like myself more. I’ll take all of those!

Happy Friday, all! Make it a great day!

Balls out

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Weights, yoga, and a good hot sweaty walk all in one day–that’s what I’m talking about! I got all three in yesterday and while I’ll confess I’m a bit stiff in the knees today, I’m not one bit sorry. It felt good, stiffness, heat, excess sweatiness and red face notwithstanding. Heck, I’ll go so far as to say it felt great!

You know what feels good? Feeling good, that’s what, but it’s one of those things you can’t sit around and wait for–like inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. If you want it, you’re going to have to work for it, and yes, there’ll be a certain amount of whining about it–see yesterday’s post–but if you really, really want it, you’ll do what needs doin.’ You might be astonished (and I might be, too) to realize that applies to many aspects of life. So, you decide what matters and go balls out to get it.

That is my declarative statement, folks–I’m going balls out to feel good, not just for a day or two, but for the rest of my life. Physically, mentally, spiritually, soulfully. And dammit, I’m going to do what it takes to achieve it. It’s what matters to me.

And one more thing–I know I’m not doing this alone. I have a fine cheering section, and I am grateful for all of them. I’m grateful for all of you.

Go balls out and make it a great day, all!


Missing it

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Two days without exercise, and I’m feeling it. A late afternoon migraine yesterday kept me from getting out for the walk I wanted; today, the pain is gone and I’m not letting anything keep me from getting the activity I want and need. Heat or no, I’m heading out this evening.

Here’s a funny thing: despite craving movement, I still have to talk myself into it. Every single time I go for a walk, or do the weights and yoga, there are a few moments of hesitation, an acknowledgement that this is the very last thing I want to do,then a recalling of past sessions and the good feelings attached to them, and, finally, an “Okay, I can do this. Let’s go.” There’s never a “woo hoo!” at the beginning–that comes at the end–but I do it. That’s the thing that really matters, and maybe the pre-exercise hesitation and dicking around is a needed part of the process. And maybe I’m worrying at something I don’t need to worry at. I do what needs to be done, I feel better–much better–for it afterward, and I miss it if I skip too many days in a row. I’m calling that progress!

Happy Wednesday, all! Make it a great day!

Tuesday heat

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It’s hot! After a weirdly cool summer, I’m not saying that some typical summer heat goes completely amiss, but I’d be okay with just a day or two of the heat. It’s been pretty nice to spend most of the summer with the windows open instead of breathing the fake air the AC pumps out. Nothing beats fresh air.

I didn’t get out for a walk yesterday, though I think I would have been fine last evening. I’m going to shoot for one tonight after skipping any exercise at all yesterday. There was a reason; you don’t want to know.  Just say it was valid and leave it at that.

Much of yesterday was given over to relearning some skills I’d forgotten, necessary for the project I have coming up in the next few days and weeks. Once I found an online tutorial, it was pretty simple, but–and here’s a tip for you–I should have looked it up a lot sooner than I did. There was a lot of fumbling and maybe some mild swearing (okay, maybe not quite so mild), but in the end, I felt as if I’d accomplished something. It was a fine feeling, and I suspect there will be more days like that to come. I’m looking forward to it.

I also managed to download a malicious program, completely on accident, and a good chunk of my day was devoted to getting that off my computer. Fun times. I think I’ve finally beaten it into the dust, but I’m going to be running antispy-and-malware programs every day for a few days just to be sure.

There’s a fairly busy day ahead for me, things to be done, friends to be seen, plans to be made. It’s going to be a good day. Happy Tuesday, all, and make it a great day!


Internet up! Internet up!

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So my internet was fixed and whatever the problem was, it was outside, so thankfully there’s no charge to me. It was nice to have that little break, but I have a new project in the works, which I’m not quite ready to reveal to all and sundry, that requires some pretty regular internet access, and it’s nice not to have to get dressed and go somewhere to find it. I do like doing what I do from my big comfy chair, and I’ll be doing a lot in comfort today. I’m grateful to have the resources readily at hand for this project.

It’ll be a good day to have indoor projects, too, as it’s going to be stinkin’ hot today–all week, if the weather people are right–and I’ll be looking at You Tube later on for some exercise inspiration. I may not be able to get out to walk this week, and after twisting my knee again last week, it might be a good thing to take some time off from walking, but I will keep active regardless. I’m not going to let a heatwave be an excuse to backslide.

That’s it for me. If it’s hot where you are, may your AC never fail and may your Monday treat you kindly. Make it a great day!



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So I’m at the bookstore using the “free” wifi that costs twenty bucks a year–that’s how much it costs to join the Millionaire’s Club at BAM. Here’s the thing: it’s been pretty nice not to have internet. Yeah, I said it. NICE. I’ve done other stuff aside from wasting hours online, things I like to do such as knitting and reading and I’ve even invested some time into cleaning my house. Shocker, I know! but I did! Folks, there is life beyond the internet, and it’s pretty sweet!

It’s been a refreshing change to not feel like I had to be online, even though the truth is, I really don’t need to be nearly as much as I am. It hasn’t been a true tech sabbath, because I’ve been online for a few minutes every day since it went wacky at the house to check my email and such, but it’s been hours, and that’s no exaggeration, fewer than normal. I could get used to this new normal in some ways–in others, I realize that I do have some dependence on the internet for the foreseeable future. But it’s been nice while it’s lasted.

Last night some of the game night gang gathered at The Other Mike’s house for a movie night. All I could think as we all sprawled out, replete with pizza and chips and grapes and homebrew, was that it was a darn shame that we were so uncomfortable with each other. So stiff, so formal.

I kid, of course. It’s a pretty wonderful thing to be in a group where we’re so at ease with each other. I highly recommend it.

I’d also recommend turning off the computer from time to time and doing some stuff that you like doing and that feeds your soul.

Happy weekend, all! Make the days great!

Internet down! Internet down!

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Access will be limited for the next few days as I’ll be dependent on wifi around town, and I’m not sure how enthused I am about chasing all over town finding it. The little man can’t come to see about repairing anything until Monday and if it’s an inside job (har har), it may not be repaired at all. If the problem lies outside the house, there’s no charge to me. If it’s inside, it will cost me $$$$ and I’m not sure I’m willing to invest $$$$ in it. We shall see what Monday brings.

So, I don’t know when I’ll see  you again, though it’ll likely be sometime this weekend. Hang in there without me, okay?

Until then, make all your days great ones!

Hungover but happy

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I was up late reading last night and now I have a word hangover.

I suspect I’ll live, but I’m slower-moving than normal this morning. I’m also not complaining–it was good fun reading late into the night, something I haven’t done for a long time. I’m really glad I got my Kindle, and I take back every snooty comment I’ve ever made about e-readers and the people who love them. I get it now.

Weights and yoga felt really good yesterday, and though it wasn’t too hot in the evening to have taken a walk, the break was a needed  one and my knees are thanking me today.

Looking ahead at my fitness goals, I’d like to add the weights in on an every-other-day basis, with the yoga about three times a week as well, in addition to the walks. I’ve been pretty spotty about doing both weights and yoga lately; both have done me a lot of good and I want to be more deliberate about doing them. I still need to find something to target the midsection other than walking that isn’t going to jack up my back and that could substitute for walking when I can’t get outside. As much as I hate to think about it, winter will be here before too long and it’s imperative that I continue exercising. I’ve worked far too hard to get to the level I’m at now to let it slide, and I’m not going to go into hibernation mode, put on another layer of fat, and sleep through the damned winter. I’m determined to remain active. That said, I may take today as a rest day. Those are as necessary as the active days, though they are far fewer in number.

In other news, the swindler who sold me that lemon of a computer apparently fleeced someone else, too. I’d contacted one of the site administrators about his dirty dealings and he’s been banned from the site. That’s good news, and as I said before, if that’s all the Stupid Tax I’m assessed this year, I’m getting off pretty lightly.

A happy Wednesday to you! Make it a great day!

Breaks of various kinds

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My knees are telling me I need to take a break from walking today after three or four days of brisk walks, so it’ll be weights and yoga later on. I’m just fine with that.

I’m also taking a break from drama and fussing and unpleasantness of any kind today, if I can possibly avoid it, and concentrating on the good stuff. Another mini tech sabbath is sounding like a nice idea, as well, although I’ll take my Kindle along wherever I go. I’ve really been loving that little gem.

The sun is shining, it’s not too hot (yet), and I have a coffee date with a good friend in a bit–that’s looking like a fine way to get my day in motion. Happy Tuesday, all! Make it a great day!