It was not an exciting weekend here at Gumbo Acre South. Very quiet, with nothing really happening.
I wasn’t feeling good when I left work on Friday – felt like I was getting sick. Sore throat, stuffy ears, headache, little cough. Friday morning I’d started downing the Alka Seltzer cold and the EmergenC, but it wasn’t helping a whole lot. We decided that was probably best for me was to stay home and rest. Get caught up on that rest. Take medicine and sleep. Sweet Husband offered to take me to Urgent Care, but I haven’t been yet. I probably should have, but I have a really hard time paying to see the doctor for what I am fairly certain is just a cold. A bad one, perhaps but still…just a cold.I know we’ve got HSA dollars to spend by the end of year, but I can get that done with glasses and contacts, which is a definite need, she says as she enters week #4 of wearing glasses because I’m out of contacts.
Like I said, a quiet weekend. SH went to friends to watch the State game Saturday afternoon and I slept. Today he went to another friend’s to watch the Saints game…and I slept. Because sometimes that is what you need to do.
It was actually difficult for me to get to sleep. Medications often have the opposite effect on me than they do on other people. So instead of cough syrup with codeine putting me to sleep, it winds me up. Instead of sleeping medicine knocking me right on out, I’m awake longer than I would have been without it. Rather than a lot of sleep, I actually did a bunch lounging on the couch. I read some blogs, but I mainly crocheted.
You see, I started crocheting an afghan back in June. We’ve decided that it’s going to be a Christmas present for a family member, so that means I need to go on and get it done. So I did some work on it this weekend. I’ve got more work to do on it, but for right now, I’m pleased with my progress. I should have it finished up and ready to go by this coming weekend. And that means I can start working on the baby afghan version that I should have sent to a friend months ago. With so many other things to occupy my time, I forget about crocheting…or sewing…or really anything other than writing and photography.
Sometimes I just need a break. Do you ever feel that way? I’ve been feeling that way a lot recently.
I’ve been thinking about self-care lately. As I’ve transitioned to this new position and begun to realize exactly how much work it is going to be for me to do this job, I’ve been a little panicked. I told SH on Friday that I didn’t see me leaving work before 4:30 – 5:00 most days, which is a huge difference from my previous position where I was walking out the door at 2:45 and not taking anything home with me. Granted i can go in to work an hour later than I normally would (& I think I will be doing that regularly even though I prefer to get to work early. I’m OK with hard work and working extra, but the thought of giving up time before AND after the day doesn’t sit well with me. So I’ll get to work by 7:25 and not complain too much about having to be there at 5:00 in the evening.
The way that all fits in to self-care is that I have to make sure that I’m creating and maintaining boundaries for myself. I have a tendency to allow work to take over my life; I can’t afford to allow that to happen here.
And as I work to create a schedule that allows me to do my job and pursue my passions, I am looking at what fits and what doesn’t. I know there are things that important to me that have to be on my daily to-do list – writing, photography, reading. I also need to find time to eat healthfully, exercise, meditate, create. That all folds into conversations that SH and I have had this weekend about health and managing/maintaining our health.
It’s easy to get distracted; it’s easy to put things off. We know this because we’ve been doing it for years. It’s how we got to the place where we are.
So. To that end, we’ve done a few things differently today:
- I cooked. Not just for today, but the shrimp ya-ya this evening was beautiful. I also roasted some chicken quarters that I can take for my lunches. And there’s a pork shoulder in the crockpot that SH will eat on all this week. We have plans for this weekend to go through what we have in our freezer and the cabinets and put together a meal plan that we can stick to. SH looked through a cookbook I bought several months ago and there are several recipes in there that he is willing to try.
- When I was packing my bag for the week, instead of thinking that it would be nice for me to organize my medications and supplements, I went ahead and did that. Everything is laid out for me for the entire week.
- I packed clothes so I could walk when I finally do get done at home. I’m thinking that it will be the perfect opportunity for me to knock out some reading each day as well. I can get on the treadmill and read as I’m walking.
- We talked about the need to stop consuming empty calories – through our drinks, primarily. We’ve been good friends with soda for awhile; that has to stop.
It might not seem like a lot, but I’m a big believer in small steps. If we can get in the habit of putting together our meals on Sunday nights, then that is a huge step. We’re not planning on doing a radical diet that limits what we can and can’t eat. I think that’s a recipe for failure. As soon as you make a food off-limits, it’s all you can think about. We are looking to modify portion sizes and to make sure that we are consuming the right kinds of foods – more vegetables (a difficult task for SH as he’s not a big vegetable eater), more complex carbs, more fiber. Less sugar, less refined carbs, less processed foods.
The holiday might seem like an odd time to make some changes, but the fact is, we can begin any time we choose. We are choosing to begin now.
The sunset this evening on the Coast was gorgeous. I happened to be out getting some last minute groceries, buying gas, getting ready for the week, and decided I couldn’t pass up stopping to take a few pictures with my phone. I really wish I had my Big Girl Camera with me because it was that beautiful. When it comes down to it, though, I’m glad I stopped to take the picture. The sunset was amazing Friday night on my drive down, but I was tired and ready to be home so I didn’t stop. I wish I would have, though – it was gorgeous shades of purple and blues.
It is sunsets like these that make us want to make sure that we stay on the Coast. There isn’t anything quite like it anywhere else.
Because it is Sunday evening, it is time to set the intentions for the week.
- Get my office set up & organized.
- Outline the parameters of my role
- Observe in most classrooms
- Create a survey for teachers – what do they need from me?
- Update professional resources, including resume and other profiles
- Create visual categories for the blog
- Have all posts for the week scheduled and ready to go up at 6:00 each morning
- Finish transition to new theme
- Work on prompt for Reverb
- Explore setting up a monthly (weekly?) newsletter
- Practice self-care – including eating healthfully, taking my medication and supplements, meditating, writing
- Read for at least 20 minutes each day
- Get the BGC out and take a bunch of photos
- Complete the afghan I’m working on and have another almost finished
- Work on the hand-made gifts we are planning for the year
- Frame photos for the bedroom
How was your weekend? Any big epiphanies for you?