Wednesday, August 20
This morning I was a little sluggish. It was gray outside, overcast, with more rain in the forecast. It was cool out, a nice break between 100+ temperatures at the end of last week and the forecasted high 80′s low 90′s forecasted for the end of this week.
I had an especially busy day at work and got caught up on a lot of projects. It rained all morning. I had Amy’s Kitchen green tamale with black beans for lunch, a new favorite. I’ve been drinking Diet Coke lately, which I’m not too pleased about. I’m a water drinker, but I think water has been boring me, or something. Perhaps I should pick up some Vitamin Water for a healthier change. I’m not really a juice drinker because of all of the sugars and calories.
I do drink hot tea, which, I enjoyed a Tazo tea this morning. I have been drinking just Yogi tea for a long while, as I love the quality, that it’s organic, and the health benefits. Today, I had the Ōm Tazo tea. It was delightful. It’s a blend of high-grown organic Darjeeling green and black teas with natural flavors of cucumber and peach. No wonder I love this!
The package reads (and I transcribe this without permission):
The word Ōm is frequently seen on prayer wheels, stones and flags as you walk through the Himalayas. To merely say it releases a vibration of peace. Imagine what happens when you drink it.
Oregon packages great teas, what can I say! Tazo is based in Portland and Yogi is based in Eugene.
Once again, I was the last to leave work at 6:45 p.m. I locked up and listened to my 80′s New Wave CD. I’ve been loving the Roxy Music song “More Than This” and have reminisced on how much I love Bryan Ferry. Perhaps I should just go ahead and get a friggin’ I-Pod. I am probably the last person on the planet who still listens to CDs. Yup, I even travel with my Disk Man. What can I say? I like tradition. And antiques, apparently.
When I got home, I changed and walked over to the gym. I ran for 30 minutes, which felt really good. Here’s a crazy thing. When I was at my yoga class on Sunday, I caught a profile glimpse of my body in the mirror and my belly was still uber swollen from gluten contamination a week ago. Gluten Gut. It was crazy. It disgusted me, as I’m used to having a flat, strong stomach. Well, this evening, I caught a glimpse of my body in the mirror at the gym, and my stomach was flat again. I lifted up my shirt just a little, I was the only person in the gym, which is usually the case, which I really, really love, and sure enough my stomach looked normal again. There was the usual little pooch, which I affectionately call my Buddha Belly. But, all in all, it was healthy again. I sighed with relief and then cranked the speed up on the treadmill.
For dinner I made an organic, gluten-free brown-rice super thin-crusted pizza with fresh ingredients, including wet mozz, minced garlic, a little tomato sauce, which I topped off with fresh basil when I pulled it out of oven. I poured a glass of refreshing limeade and then made a small crab salad with organic, fresh ingredients – white cabbage, butterleaf and radiccho lettuces, red onion, green onion, cilantro and lime topped with a lite Caesar dressing by Annie’s. I was satisfied with my dinner.
After, I enjoyed a cup of Yogi Indian Spice tea with a Pamela’s brand gluten-free shortbread, chocolate chip and pecan cookie. My Yogi tea fortune on the tea tag read: Share your strengths, not your weaknesses.
I watched Jaws 2 this evening, as one of the local channels is doing a week of Jaws movies. I can’t help it. It’s been years since I’ve seen these movies. And, it has to be said, the first one was by far the scariest. The music , the suspense and even the shark put all other sequels to shame. In Jaws 2, the shark looked so fake that I wasn’t even scared. I laughed. That’s right. I laughed at the fake man-eating great white killer shark. Still, if I had to jump in the ocean tomorrow I’d crap my suit. I’m just sayin’…
I lit some sweetgrass incense to relax. I just love the wonderful scents that I have. I watched the women’s beach volleyball in Beijing. I sware. I said the same thing after the Athens Games. I’ve got to start playing beach volleyball. They have the best bodies! Super abs. That’s what I want. Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh, the American women volleyball pair, are my idols! I am going to do 150 crunches tonight before bed. No. Make that 200. I can do that. I’m training for beach volleyball. It’s summer. It’s the Olympics. I just need to find a beach that’s not as far as the coast. And a tall partner. And time. If only I had more time…