(approaching 60!) I appreciate this ability more and more!
I had been looking at "Zen" alarm clocks throughout the years. These use sounds
that gradually bring your mind out of a deep sleep rather than shocking it to
minutes' practice of "five animals." This is a Chi Kung exercise. In the past I would
complete a short form of Taichi, then Chi Kung forms, then a hand-held weights
workout for a total of 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes of physical exertion. I
blood pumping with weights. I am at the beginning stages of renewing my efforts in
this area of my life. As my new D.O./Primary Care Provider said, "It only takes 5
minutes per day of exercise to make a positive change in your fitness level." So
true! So rather than think of the 60 minutes or more for me to complete the whole
workout, I am simply starting with 5 minutes, and so far it is working! As I feel
better I will keep adding to it. Note: I have my husband to thank for Taichi and Chi
Kung, as he teaches both (along with Sword Form). Just one of the many many
benefits of having this man in my life!
Theodore Taylor. (Part of my Re-Readathon project hosted by Bex of
my husband to thank for the Holosync recommendation. I discover it helps me
immensely with remaining calm and more focused throughout the day.)
fur-babies their first of two 'wet food' feedings for the day, also refilling their bowls
of dry food and water. As they eat (I have one I must watch because she will chase
others away from their bowls sometimes...), I consume my Isagenix meal-
replacement shake, and check the weather on my phone so I can know how to
dress for the temperature, etc. (BTW, I have used Isagenix about 7 years now and
attribute it with keeping me off the anti-inflammatory medications!) I dress, comb
my hair (quit wearing make-up about 10 years ago), brush my teeth, get my
cooler packed, kiss my husband, and head out the door at... (NOTE: I always have
a soft-side cooler with me during the workday because I haul my own super-
filtered water to drink! Yes, I am THAT picky! I usually drink 1-1 1/2 liters of water
during the workday, some of that with green tea. I also haul all our drinking and
cooking water into the house! I admitted I am picky!)
10:20AM Back at it. Finalizing, posting, and emailing Information Sheets, printing and
organizing materials for upcoming Accreditation review, entering evaluation data
and scheduling information into our electronic tracking system students use while
on clinical rotations. Dealing with students' questions, email messages, etc.
12:58AM Hungry, but not too. Another cup of green tea and some crackers and cheese and
homemade cream of asparagus soup! Yay! Short break.
1:12PM More of the same work tasks from this morning. (Never done... Job security I
guess! :)) More emphasis on pulling reports from the electronic system this
afternoon and planning tasks for the student worker to complete next week. (Next
week will be quite a break. Only two faculty in, me, and our student worker during
her scheduled hours. It is Spring Break so no students to interrupt me! It should be
2:30PM Yipes! Meeting with the Clinical Coordinator to update the rotation schedule for the
next 5 months!
3:30PM Return to office and take break to get more tea and eat some cottage cheese! :)
3:50PM Back at it! I feel as if the electronic files are NEVER fully organized, especially my
email folders! But that doesn't prevent me from persevering!
5:40PM Time for a restroom break and some more tea. I have about an hour to complete
all my tasks.
5:50PM Finishing the final list and emailing students.
7:00PM Done! On my way home. I could stop at the library to pickup a book I had on hold,
but I really just want to get home, especially since my husband is teaching this
evening and I want to feed the 'feline herd'!
7:45PM The fur-babies greet me at the door. They're ready for that second wet food
feeding of the day! I feed them, refill their dry food and water, and eat some yogurt.
Then...I have dessert! Ice cream! It is one of our absolute favorite foods! (I fully
admit that one of the advantages of an "empty nest" once my three children were
out on their own, is that I can eat whatever I want to eat whenever I want to eat it!)
I unload the cooler, change, and settle into my chair to read and blog.
8:30PM I finish the children's book I am reading for Bex's Re-Readathon--The Cay by
Theodore Taylor, and begin re-reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for my
book club meeting this Saturday. This is an awesome book and I'm looking forward
to immersing myself in it tomorrow evening so I'll be ready for book club on
Saturday afternoon. (I read this at the end of 2014, so must refresh my
memory to enable discussion...since I'm old!) I also catch up on games on my
phone and complete my blog post/review of Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, which
is an absolutely amazing book that I believe everyone should read! :)
10:20PM My husband is home and we talk for a bit. I change and get ready for bed.
10:55PM I am in bed, set my alarm, and snuggle in.
(A couple of felines come in to check on me!)