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dragonfly35June 4

Goodness, so busy lately. Can barely seem to keep up at times! It means I am having a hard time getting into a rhythm – all these extra things keep popping up in my schedule – but they are mostly good things, so I’ll just keep plugging away at my goals. Even with how busy I feel and not having time to post here, I am making good progress.

Daily Power Hour

Successfully completed: 45/60 minutes

  • Went to my prenatal yoga class, where I also did my formal meditation (10 minutes during Savasana – multitasking not encouraged by the way, but it’s what worked for me yesterday) – plus informal meditation of Being with Baby throughout the day. Well over 15 minutes.
  • Also spent 15 minutes cleaning – mostly daily maintenance tasks in the kitchen and tidying up daily clutter.
  • Also I feel that between getting a prenatal massage and going to my prenatal yoga class and researching products for after the birth, I spent well over 15 minutes preparing for baby.
  • @#$% filing :(

The Daily Feast

  • Went to the grocery store and stocked up!
  • Sort of cooked (veggie burgers) – better than nothing, and ate all my meals at home and used things we already had on hand.
  • Did OK with veggies and must have had 5 or more servings of fruit… so craving fruit right now!
  • Fought through lots of bad food cravings and got through Day 1 of breaking the dessert habit.
  • Stayed pretty well hydrated throughout the day, although I ought to have brought a water bottle to my massage appointment because I was really thirsty afterwards. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Thanks

I don’t know what it usually is. For me, it is 15 minutes a day of 4 tasks. :)

We use a water filter. The issue is more the types of activities I do at home. Frankly, because I’m quite pregnant, resting is a big culprit. ::blushing:: I often forget to take my glass of water with me, and then I don’t drink anything while resting or napping and get up dehydrated. 2 months ago


dragonfly35June 3

I’m being rather redundant and posting on both sites for now. I feel like I’m having a new fling before the end of my previous relationship is fully resolved. :D

Tuesday is a tough day to start a bootcamp because it is such an intense schedule for me. I can only do what I can. I think if I can get routines better established on the other days, Tuesday will follow.

Daily Power Hour

Successfully completed: 15/60 minutes

  • Did my 5-minute formal meditation, plus some informal meditation, plus a little yoga

The Daily Feast

  • Getting back to my normal at-home food routines, and ate much better overall. Lots of fruit, although I needed more vegetables, and that is partly because I needed to cook but didn’t have the energy. I did pretty well right until the evening, when free dessert was on offer at work and I took some. Dessert for the 5th day in a row! So time to break the sweet tooth habit.
  • Drinking water is way harder at home for some reason, so I’d have to say honestly that there were times throughout the day when I got a bit dehydrated. Overall, my water consumption for the whole day was adequate though.
  • I ate lots of fruit (berries and pluots) out of the fridge, but did not cook. 2 months ago


dragonfly35I'm doing this

but mostly posting on PopClogs about it for now. This week, it’s just the beginnings of a formal and informal meditation practice. Next week is when it really kicks in and ends up being a bit more of a time commitment. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Thank you

It was nice to take a little interlude and just be together. :) 2 months ago


dragonfly35Thank you

It was pretty fantastic. The only thing I wish is that it had been longer (and maybe less driving)... and that our dog had been able to come. But it was wonderful. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Babymoon Gratitude Reflections

5/31/14 Saturday:
I was so very grateful:
  1. For stops and stretch breaks
  2. For relatively clean bathrooms along the way
  3. For ice cream and stumbling upon a Greek festival and other fun meanderings in SLO
  4. For our hotel room with its beautiful ocean view
  5. For delicious food and exploring new places
6/1/14 Sunday:
I was so very grateful:
  1. For wi-fi, allowing me to plan preggo-accessible hiking and other adventures
  2. For some really good food
  3. For trees, and creeks, and green, and familiar flowers and plants, and fog, and all that feeds my soul
  4. For a tip from a friend that led to an astonishing view
  5. For going to a nearby town for dinner – and getting phone service there, which allowed us to check on how Blitz was doing
6/2/14 Monday 7:51PM:
Today, I’m so very grateful:
  1. For a leisurely start
  2. For a safe and relatively smooth drive home
  3. For finding seat adjustments that helped reduce pain while in the car
  4. For home, sweet home
  5. For our sweet dog, who was so excited that we came back again

Thank you. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Catching up - Belated gratitude reflections for Thursday and Friday

5/29/14 Thursday:
I was so very grateful:
  1. That the new work tank tops fit
  2. For learning a bit more about my mentee’s past
  3. For more fresh fruits and vegetables from our CSA
  4. For small rests when I was able
  5. For the earlier private lesson time
5/20/14 Friday:
I was so very grateful:
  1. For a surprise encounter with C and Blitz – and how happy our sweet dog was to see me
  2. For being to help out people who appreciate it
  3. For lunch with G after such a long time… so grateful she is in town and for her friendship in spite of time and distance!
  4. For free parking with validation
  5. For being able to leave some stuff undone without feeling too bad about it… progress

Thank you. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Things I'm thinking about

One thing the title of this goal makes me think about is to try and continue the momentum I started with last month’s goals. With that in mind, it seems there are some things I’d like to carry forward.

From the May Bootcamp:
  • I’d like to continue the idea of the Daily Power Hour and see if I can execute it a little more consistently this month.
  • I’d like to simplify the food-related piece of the goal… not sure what to call this yet, but I want to continue working on eating well, drinking enough water, and using up our fruits and veggies

I’m not sure if there’s anything I’d like to add. I really need to get a move on with some baby preparation stuff, but that might be encompassed in the Daily Power Hour already, and I’m working on the MBCP course (but that has its own goal so might be a little redundant here. 2 months ago


dragonfly35 3 months ago


dragonfly35Wonderful!

The driving was a bit tough and I got a bit sore from being in the car, but the trip was about the right length to work for me. Our room was lovely, and we were able to find some easy hiking that worked perfectly for this pregnant lady, and to explore some parts of Big Sur we didn’t see on our previous trip. And I ate and ate with no regard to nutrition. ;) I feel very refreshed and relaxed now, and am so glad we took this trip together. 2 months ago


dragonfly35I'm also doing June Bootcamp

on PopClogs (with a different name) but I’m open to possibly also making entries here or having slightly different goals. I’ll think about it. Nothing will actually start until I’m back from my trip, and since my first day back is a busy day, I possibly won’t start anything until near the end of the first week of June, to be honest. 2 months ago


dragonfly35OK, I'm out :)

I lost the thread of this towards the end of the month and did not do as well at tracking or really working on the goals I had set for this bootcamp. I’m headed out of town tomorrow, so I’m just going to close out May bootcamp now. I did find this goal helpful in motivating me to make time for the things that matter this month. I certainly did better than I had been doing in months previous! I hope to continue these kinds of routines over the coming months as well. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Eek! We leave tomorrow!

This week has been even busier than I’d expected and I feel a bit unprepared, but we leave tomorrow anyway. :)

Things I need to do

  • Packand organize car
  • Wash sheets and towels
  • Make up spare room bed
  • Print out instructions for dog sitter and leave any necessary items out for her
  • Mail check
  • Print out any important directions/ instructions in case phones don’t work
  • Water lawnand garden
  • Take out trash and recycling

Things I should do

  • Call groomer
  • Brush Blitz
  • Clean up dog hair
  • Clean bathroom
  • Do my laundry
  • Organize fridge
  • Trim baskets
  • Fill out paperwork for photo session, or at least email the lady and explain the delay2 months ago


dragonfly35HOW CAN IT BE MAY 28TH?

Is it time to panic yet? lol

I am feeling very low energy after a relatively high-energy week last week, and we are headed out of town this weekend, so I’m feeling the need to get organized a bit. Keeping the list super basic for now as I only have a couple of days to get stuff done in, and they are looking fairly busy as it is.

Vacation prep
  • Email check to dog sitter
  • Write up dog sitter instructions
  • Wash sheets and make up bed in spare room
  • Do a little research about our destination
  • Pack and get ready to go
Household:
  • Do laundry
  • Clean bathroom
  • Get CSA box and put veggies away
  • Trim baskets
  • Water lawn and gardens
  • Cut up strawberries
Blitz
  • Give Trifexis
  • Brush
  • Call groomer
  • Fill out paperwork for photo session 2 months ago

dragonfly355/28/14 Wednesday 7:56pm gratitude reflection

Today, I’m so very grateful:
  1. For seeing students improve – so rewarding!
  2. For opportunities for much needed rest
  3. For a very effective fan
  4. For my prenatal class and a chance to reflect on my pregnancy journey
  5. For a damn good burrito :)

Thank you. 2 months ago


dragonfly35May 27 and 28

Oh, dear. The end of the month is looming! Well, I can say for sure that I have not succeeded in fully implementing the Power Hour, but it has been helpful to have as a goal. My food goals have slipped a bit since I passed the diabetes screen :) – guess I lost a little motivation. ;) But I have been mostly successful with regards to that this month.

Daily Power Hour

Tuesdays are always intense for me, and yesterday was no exception. Frankly, I think I only did 15 minutes out of my hour (more baby registry research). I did some cleaning, but probably not a full 15 minutes.

Today was also intense as I’d accepted an additional work assignment and was dealing with more fatigue again today. I definitely did more of my Power Hour, though. 45 minutes out of my hour done so far.
  • 15+ minutes cleaning up (lots of basic maintenance to do since I didn’t do much yesterday)
  • 75 minutes of yoga (went to my prenatal class today)
  • 15 minutes of various baby research projects

The Weekly Feast

Ugh. Have gotten totally stalled in the kitchen lately. Eating leftovers and things that don’t require real cooking. If the fatigue gives me a break, I hope to get back on track tomorrow. I did, at least, get to the store yesterday to stock up.

Nutrition for Today

Tuesday – recovering from Monday’s overindulgence. Ate mostly at home, except my usual (free) bowl of soup while working, and all pretty healthy. Drank lots of water.

Today – a bit of a slide due to the fact that I’ve been quite tired today and my willpower sucks. :) Grabbed a burrito for lunch (could have been worse, I guess). I did eat breakfast and dinner at home, but could have been healthier and more balanced with my food choices. Oh, well. Now that I’m reflecting on it, I realize it could have been much worse! Did quite well with the water consumption today as well. 2 months ago


dragonfly35I imagine

if it really is going to be shut down, that there will be a formal notice posted about a month beforehand like for the other websites the Robots have shut down recently. The nice thing about hearing through the rumor mill (a semi-confirmed rumor, I gather, as a user received an email) is that we have a little extra time to prepare ourselves. I am grateful for that if the site really is to be shut down. 2 months ago


dragonfly355/27/14 Tuesday 9:46pm gratitude reflection

Today, I’m so very grateful:
  1. For time to rest
  2. For leftovers
  3. For getting the important stuff done
  4. That I can still do headstand
  5. For a colleague sharing her coupon with me

Thank you. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Doesn't really belong here, but...

I am a little miffed to discover that I’m not scheduled to examine this session. Because the baby is on her way, and because I’m usually only scheduled in this session, I’m not sure if they’ll have me in to examine this year… Sure, the work I just did is going to keep me current, but now I’m wondering if I’m going to get correctly paid for it, and also whether my certification will expire anyway due to being inactive.

Sigh.

We always used to support our examiners by giving them work each session so they could remain in practice, etc., but things are different now. It’s a shame. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Just a few days!

Need to do a little more planning, send the check for dog sitting, and get everything ready for the dog sitter at home. And pack, of course. :) 2 months ago


dragonfly35Catching up

Missed a few days, and don’t think I can reconstruct all of them from memory since I haven’t kept any notes, but let’s see if I can at least catch up for the weekend.

Saturday, May 24th
I was so very grateful:
  1. For making progress on decisions about things we need to get for baby
  2. For a fun excursion with the dog
  3. For good food
  4. For continued energy throughout the day
  5. That the fireworks weren’t audible inside with the windows closed – must be the cloud cover?
Sunday, May 25th
I was so very grateful:
  1. That we were able to discuss a very difficult and emotionally laden topic and come to understand each other’s points of view better
  2. That my husband has wonderful intentions of making things better for me
  3. That it was warm enough outside to dry my yoga clothes before class
  4. For an indulgent dinner
  5. For a renewal of community
Monday, May 26th
I was so very grateful:
  1. For having a good team
  2. For a message of acknowledgment
  3. For rest
  4. That my friend G is here, even though our plans had to be postponed
  5. For (over)indulging in flourless chocolate cake

Thank you. Thank you. 2 months ago


dragonfly35May 25 and 26

Said I was coming back with entries and then totally dropped the ball on that! I’ve definitely been busy. Had a few very productive days (though not necessarily on track with the goals of boot camp) and then a couple of exhausted days now.

Daily Power Hour

I was not focused on this over the past week/ weekend, even though I was very productive.

On Sunday – 30/60 minutes:
  • Spent over 15 minutes cleaning counters, floors, doing laundry, etc.
  • Spent over 15 minutes researching baby stuff
On Memorial Day – 15/60 minutes:
  • Spent over 15 minutes researching baby stuff

The Weekly Feast

Did not make it to the grocery store or cook. :( The plan has kind of gotten off track and I need to reconsider it again and get going with the meals I’ve been intending to cook.

Nutrition for Today

I got a bit splurgy for dinners (Sunday night was Italian, so a bit carb heavy, and Monday night was healthy but then ended with a ridiculous dessert). Monday’s breakfast was also on the unhealthy side (too much cheese, not enough fruits and veggies). I also struggled to drink enough water all weekend – just kept forgetting to do it. Oh, well. Holiday weekends can be like that – back on track for today! 2 months ago


dragonfly35Yes

I think this is one of the things that makes it extra hard for teachers… We really want to inspire our students to certain attitudes and a certain level of effort, respect and appreciation, so when our students do not get there, we are not only hurt by the students’ behavior, but we feel a kind of failure on our own part as well. At least, I do.

It is difficult, sometimes. (((((JustJürgen))))) 2 months ago


dragonfly35Yes...

Ongoing goals that might outlive the site, I am transferring to PopClogs for now and may also hang onto in another place for safe keeping.

I do have quite a lot of writing here from times of great transition in my life, musings about personal transformation and so on… but I have been known to get rid of old journals of that sort, and I think I would feel fine letting go of it here too, though I will continue to consider. 2 months ago


dragonfly35Lost a couple of days there

and with no records, I don’t feel like trying to sort them out in memory. They were busy days and I’m sure my Power Hours didn’t go that well during them. I will start again with an entry for today and proceed through May 30th. (Going out of town for our babymoon on May 31st, so I will let myself off the hook for the last day in May.) 2 months ago


dragonfly35Making big strides

Chose the crib yesterday (though didn’t buy it yet) and are close to deciding on the crib mattress and the carrier(s) that we want, and have made some progress on narrowing down the carseat choices, so we are getting close on the big things. 2 months ago


dragonfly35I have not been around for a few days...

It’s been very busy here with extra work responsibilities and other commitments, and I’ve been spending some time over on PopClogs checking it out as well. However, I do intend to keep spending time here for now, even as I take steps to be able to maintain motivation in setting and achieving my goals if and when this site is no longer here. :)

I am currently leaning towards not keeping my entries from this site at all, just letting them go in the true spirit of impermanence. I’m not sure now, but I’m definitely considering it. I know I could download or save stuff from here, but I feel like it might just become electronic clutter that I never look at, and I wonder if there’s any point. Just musings, for now. 2 months ago


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