Monday, May 26
First, I must acknowledge that it’s Memorial Day. I spent some time this morning reflecting on those who had lost life during war. I am grateful for our troops’ dedication and heroism when it comes to protecting and defending our country and our ideals. I am proud to be the daugther of a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. My dad served in Viet Nam and is a hero in my book – I am lucky that he made it back. So, my thoughts and prayers are today with those who make the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect.
I woke up with very painfully congested sinuses accompanied by a runny nose. I had to take a Claritan-D. I decided to go downstairs and before I’d do anything else, I did 10 yoga sun salutations which eased up the tension in my shoulders. I exaggerated the positions to maximize the stretching and strength training.
I made an Italian style organic brown one-egg omelet with Italian cheeses, pinenuts, basil and tomato. I toasted a piece of brown rice bread.
I then got to work. I washed the floors, vacuumed upstairs and downstairs, including the stairs, scrubbed the bathrooms, the kitchen and then dusted. After, as if that wasn’t enough of a workout for one day, I went to the gym and jogged for 45 minutes.
When I got back I took an aromatherapy shower with rosemary, mint and sage. I quickly dressed and then headed over to Claudia’s Sports Bar on 30th and Hawthorne for the Red Wings vs. Penguins game two of the Stanley Cup finals. I met Shirley, two of her friends and Chris, from Upper Deck. It was a shut-out game, Red Wings 3-0.
After, I went home and felt pretty bad from the cigarette smoke in Claudia’s. I didn’t realize how sensitive I was. I was very congested. And my throat burned. I tried to meditate so the congestion wouldn’t be so bad, a practice that I find helps, but not clears the problem.
I worked on my writing and then groomed my cats. It was my intention to do soothing things that would keep my stress down and my congestion controlled. I have been tense about my finances, as I am taking on some writing opportunities that aren’t free. But, I believe this is a necessary step toward my literary goals. This feeds me with great hope and happiness.