Ah, the second week of January is already under our belts and, speaking of what’s under our belts, how’s everybody doing on their resolutions so far? Anybody still working on theirs? Finances in order, that great novel nearly finished, fluency in another language achieved — whatever your goals, I hope you’re making progress.
Getting fit and healthy — or just losing that holiday weight — is a common goal for many people this time of year. Most people resolve to shed what I call “Christmas Tummy” and take on all sorts of challenges, diet programs, cleanses, detoxes, and exercise regimens to help them reach their goals. Great! You only have one body so I say, “Experiment on it!” Then let me know how it works out!
This week in 2014, I took some steps toward a healthier me. I finally set up an appointment to have my foot problem officially diagnosed. Early last year I developed what could be Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia, and/or a stress fracture in my left foot. This makes walking even a few steps painful and running torture which, in turn, makes me feel a bit cut off at the knees. Walking and that feeling of just having run are two of my favorite things and I’ve had to severely limit myself. I still walk Moose as often as I can, but the walks are shorter and normally leave me with a hankering for drugs, or a bone saw. The point is, by this time next week I should have clear idea of what’s wrong and what we can do to fix it. Hooray!
I also went in for my bi-annual dentist appointment. Gotta keep the chompers chompin’.
I didn’t have any epiphanies this week. However, I did realize that I have a peeve with the phrase “Just sayin'” tacked on to the end of comments. It reminds me of that belief that one person can say whatever they want about another person, however rude or nasty, if they simply append some form of “bless,” (him, her, her heart, etc.) to their statement. “That Sally is such a moron,” is kind of mean but “That Sally is such a moron, bless her heart,” is somehow acceptable. To me, the phrase “Just sayin'” is a dark-spirited, backhanded phrase in the same family as “bless.” It’s kind of like a pimple on the face of conversations – ugly and just as useless. (Sorry for the pimple image that’s probably stuck in your head now.)
I also realized that I may be slightly insane. However, I’m enjoying it so that’s what counts.
First, I’ve started organizing my puzzle table by shape. My dad says that spending that time up front to organize the pieces in ranks by shape makes the process of completing the puzzle go much faster. I’m convinced this is true when you get the pieces down to a manageable number or organized by color, but I’m not quite sure it’s working out with 1000 pieces staring up at me. I may have to report back to let you know if that much order in one’s life is insanity or genius.
Second, I’m seeing faces in the pellet stove window. Anybody else see a face here? If not, no need to point out that I’m crazy. We’ve already established that.
OK, so that’s my week in 2014. What’s going on in your world? Any epiphanies? Any progress on your goals? Whatever you’re working on, or being slightly insane about, enjoy!
Oh, and just for fun…another shameless selfie…