Sunday, May 18
I got to bed later than intended last night. 3:00 a.m.! So I slept in this morning. I had left the window open and a cool breeze gently passed through. I finally got out of bed just before noon.
I watched the X Files movie on t.v. and ate a nice, light salad. I’m looking forward to the upcoming sequel. It’s going to be a great summer movie season!
I got caught up on my blog and other writing projects. When the movie was over, I took the trash out and drove over to Cook Park, near Tigard High School, to shoot hoops at the basketball courts. Three guys asked if they could join me. They seemed to be my age. The one guy’s wife sat on a blanket near us and read a book. They were all very nice and I enjoyed the fun and excercise of shooting baskets. I did pretty well, considering it’s been awhile since I touched my basketball.
After, I drove over to Fred Meyers in Sherwood and did my weekly grocery shopping.
When I got home, I put an Amy’s rice crust gluten-free pizza in the oven. When it was nearly finished cooking, I added orange tomato slices, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. When the pizza was ready, a added some red a black pepper and enjoyed a few slices of this pizza – the best gluten-free version I’ve had since my diagnosis. This made me realize that how I prepare it makes all the difference – and that means the mozzarella and basil, a la margherita.
This evening I worked on pulling quotes from an old UC-Davis vineyard management text book for my novel.
Next, I pulled out a big bowl and added about a half cup of Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Bath Soak and Better Botanicals Dead Sea Bath Salts with an Ayurvedic herbal blend of roses, sandalwood and jasmin. I added warm water, just under hot, and filled the bowl. The smells were lovely. There were pretty little rosebuds floating in the mild buttermilk-sea salt-herbal soak. I decided the kindness I bestowed to myself at Loyly on Saturday was a good thing to continue. After the relaxing footsoak, I used a pumice stone to remove dead skin from my feet. I then used an all natural nailpolish remover to clean the remnants of my San Francisco pedicure. I cleaned up the toenail beds, too. After drying my feet, I slathered cardamom foot butter on my feet and put on thin socks. My feet felt great!
It’s important to take the time to pamper yourself. I will sauna every now and again, include a 30 min massage here and there, and will pamper myself at home with lovely facial masks, foot soaks, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and then, of course, meditation, yoga, and exercise. I am working on improving my diet and will cut back on drinking alcohol. I really want to maintain a happy, balanced lifestyle and it truly begins with taking care of yourself.