Since the memorial held at work over a week ago, I've been able to sleep so much better than I had the previous few weeks. As sad as these things, memorials and funerals, can be, they can be a way of releasing the stresses and pain and give a sense of saying good-bye in a familial/togethernessly way. I know, I know, it's not a real word but for me, today, it is.
It's kinda weird when you wake up in the morning and think, Wow! I got a good nights sleep last night. I'd also taken an extra day off to get my teeth cleaned and get a 90 minute massage. Sergio, my masseuse said I was all locked up. I had absolutely no doubt of that at all. I neded that extra time off. Emotionally, I was pretty raw.
A wonderful thing also happened last week, the return of my friend (and brother from another mother) R. to work. A loving, giving, energetic soul returning as we said good-bye to another. After 8 years he has returned where he belongs. I am so happy about this, I can't tell you. Well, I guess I just did though, didn't I ?!? Tee-hee!
I've been collecting items for my annual house party.happening in a couple of weeks. Some should be arriving today. I'm getting excited about it. I love doing this. It's a way for everyone to get together and just have some fun. This years theme is Big Bang Theory. I just hope I don't run out of time to get everything together.
I've got a cleaning crew coming the day before for 3 hours, trying to get the carpets cleaned but no return call from them so I'll have to contact my back-up, got the briskets and much of the decorations, yard guy coming in 2 days before, blah, blah, blah! This weekend I need to test the lights and the misters, set the fan outside for my sister, (I even found a hand fan for hot flashes for her!), put the lanterns up in tree and get the back-up gas tank filled for the grill just in case. Yes, I have 2. She's gonna kill me for the fan, I'm sure, but what the hell, it cracked me up in the store. I will be taking pictures this year since I'm even decorating this time.
Getting the pooches bathed is gonna be tricky. I don't know about poor Putney. I may have to bathe him myself at home. I just don't know if I want to make him get in the truck. It's stressful for him, but boy he needs a bath. To be honest, I'm not sure if he'll even make it that long. He's still eating his fried ground turkey and enjoying his walks though they are shorter now. My poor big bear. He still wants to live so I'm gonna let him 'til he tells me different. He still doesn't seem to be in pain so on we go.
I'm trying to get in some more strength workouts these days as well as dancing as much as possible. I did have to drop about 5#'s from most of my exercises due to loss of strength but I'll get that back up in no time. Right now I'm sticking to basics to prime myself up and then I'll move to some more challenging exercises. Adding a little Burdenko work as well as water workouts should start doing the trick.
Cross training is the work I'm doing. Using a variety of workout/fitness styles. Water workouts are a great way to continue a fitness plan while taking it easy on the joints. However, you do still need to be conscience of your body alignment. Due to the buoyancy factor, folks tend to allow their shoulders to rise and their feet to not fully contact the bottom of the pool (talking shallow water work here). These things need to be thought about. You shouldn't run on just your toes in the water, you need to land to your heel, soften the knees as you would on land.
Water work is so often labeled "injury-free" but it isn't. You have to think about your actions even in the water. You still need to be as aware in the water as you are on land.
Well, lots to do now. Dancing to be done, exercises to be performed, people to beat and dogs to walk. Have a fan-ta-bu-lous day.
Peace and...keep dancing.