Wednesday, June 11
I woke up clear. Really clear this time. The cold/sinus infection seemed to have run its ugly course. It was good to be back to health. I got an improved night of sleep – around 7 hours. I’ll be happy if I can maintain 7-8 hours of restive, restorative sleep each night. It’s a little weird to have goals for sleep, but it’s been so necessary.
I got on my way and took out the trash, feeling accomplishments in the little things, the mundane chores, the fact that I was well rested and ready to take on my day. I had a lunch meeting with our winemaker. He picked up Thai food at Golden Leaf in Newberg - I had the spicy scallop and shrimp lunch special served with white rice.
I worked another long day, leaving the office at around 6:45 p.m. On my way out, I had a letter and all the documented correspondence I had saved regarding a random balance I supposedly owed my property management company. For two months the manager was delinquent in responding to my request for an explanation on what the balance was for; she then applied two late fees to the balance, after I had six examples of trying to resolve this. I wrote a very firm letter, attached the documented correspondence and went to Fred Meyer to cash in a reimbursement check from work to apply toward a Money Order, as the property manager demanded a Money Order or Cashier’s Check, an inconvenience, of course. I felt really responsible and good about my course of action, and, ultimately, protecting myself and preventing myself from being taken advantage of by what seems to be a scamming property manager.
Today was another day of record cold temperatures – 6 days in a row in the 50′s. This area hadn’t had such a long duration of cold weather since the 1950′s! And, it’s been in the 30′s at night!! I felt it in my bones all day and was just dumbfounded that we’re in the month of June! It was in the low 50′s most of the day with no sunbreaks. The weather report calls for sunny, warmer weather beginning tomorrow afternoon. I can hardly wait. It looks like the high will be in the mid-70′s. I’m praying that it might even be warmer than that. Now, more than ever, I am missing the east coast and summertime.
When I got home, I dressed and went to the gym. On my way, I dropped off my packet and adjusted payment to the property manager via the night drop off for rent. At the gym, I almost sat myself down on the exercise bike, as I had done last night and the past few months. Instead, I got on the treadmill and pushed myself to run 2 10-minute miles, plus a warm up and warm down, for a total of 40 minutes of cardio, burning over 300 calories. It felt good to challenge myself and to really sweat like I did when I went to that Vinyassa yoga class a week ago. And I got caught up on sports, watching part of the Mariner’s first win on the road against Toronto, and part of the Euro Cup with Portugal ahead of the Czech Republic.
Italy lost against the Netherlands, but I haven’t lost faith in the Azzurri! Che bello!
Mamma mia!! Io amo gli uomini del Azzurri!
After my workout, I got home at 8:30 p.m. and put my leftover pot of soup on the stove. I boiled another pot of water and made some brown rice gluten-free macaroni pasta by Tinkyada. When it was cooked, I added the pasta to a deep bowl and ladled in the soup. After dinner, I had a Klondike Slim-A-Bear for dessert. I made a cup of hot Yogi Indian Spice team.
On the news, there was a report about a soldier in Iraq, from Washington state, who, for entertainment, threw an adorable live puppy over a cliff to its death, all captured on video. This made me want to vomit and cry. How sick! How demented and mentally ill this young man must be – I don’t know if living in war and seeing death has destroyed his ability to feel any compassion, and enhanced a love for violence, but this was just unconscionable to me. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I was just sad, beyond words.