Thumbs down: Gone missing. I’m still here:) Barely. Still haven’t made any decisions about my blogging future but I did accidentally think of a possible title if I go with a new blog. Mostly, I haven’t had the urge to write ANYTHING.
Thumbs up: You. For your kind words and shared wisdom and continued support as I waffle and ramble on about blogging. Or not blogging. Thank you:)
Thumbs up: Long-distance mothering. My son, now officially a resident of a state halfway across the country, reminds me now and then that it’s nice to be still needed. Last week he called to ask how to get chocolate out of a shirt. This past weekend he texted several times to get details about a recipe. He seems to be settling into his new life just fine. Thumbs down that when I hugged him goodbye, after spending almost a week helping him shop and set up his apartment, I broke down into unexpected tears. I guess it finally hit me:(
Thumbs confused: Too much of a good thing. My other son, on the other hand, is still home, although we mostly just see a trail of pizza boxes and dirty clothes since he sleeps until the afternoon then stays out until the wee hours of the morning. Recently we had him take a sophisticated (which also means expensive) aptitude test to see if it would help him with his struggle to change college majors. It didn’t much because, drum roll, he’s pretty much good at everything! Makes it rather hard to narrow down a direction.
Thumbs up: Work. Going fine. I’m enjoying it. Mostly. The register still confounds me. I’m shaking my head just thinking about it. Thumbs down.
Thumbs up: Summer reading. I’ve been really going to town on books lately. Two of the ones I’ve most enjoyed are Gone Girl (despite a thumbs down on the ending) and the Steve Jobs biography (despite the fact that I have never owned an “i” anything). Thumbs down that it is still a constant battle to not mindlessly snack while I lay supine on my couch with a book propped up on my mid-section, my favorite reading position. Thumbs up for the book I just finished, The Stonecutter, which I wouldn’t have even started since, yes, I do sometimes judge a book by its cover, or at least, by the “inside flap,” had my mother (aka book supplier) not known me so well to think to call me to tell me that I’d like it. Sometimes mother really does know best.
Thumbs up: Summer TV guilty pleasures. Two of my favorite shows right now are Design Star and Food Network Star. Pure fun with no concentration or thought needed. Thumbs up at getting caught up on chick shows while my guys were out-of-town. Thumbs down at the brouhaha over House Hunters being staged. I wish it wasn’t, but I still enjoy watching. And speaking of brouhaha, thumbs down that the world cares so much about TomKat. Or that the media thinks the world cares so much!
Thumbs still waiting: Personal training. As some of you already know, for years I have been working out every week with my mom and a trainer. FUN! But not for the past month while our trainer is between gyms. I miss it and I miss seeing my mom and catching up twice a week. But thumbs up that I’ve been pretty consistent with getting to MY gym (where I also do yoga) for strength training group classes. Thumbs up that it doesn’t even cost me anything since my fee pays for unlimited classes.
Thumbs down: The weather. Hot. Hot. Oh, did I mention it’s been hot? And dry. So dry that the gas line leading to our friends’ house broke in the dry ground. We spent time hanging out in their yard, waiting for the “gas man,” after we dropped them off from dinner recently, because an observant neighbor smelled the gas outside. Thumbs down that I ended up with a slew of mosquito bites and right now I am ITCHHHHY. And, thumbs down, apparently I’m allergic. To the mosquito bites, not the heat.
Thumbs down: Car trouble. Almost the minute my husband (aka liaison to all things car related) left town, the check engine light came on in our minivan. Thumbs up that thanks to some internet research, I discovered an auto parts store nearby that would check it for free and read the “error code,” even on a Sunday evening. Thumbs up that it ended up being nothing serious. The irony was that as my teen left home (for the overnight trip to take the aptitude test mentioned above), he admonished that I should NOT drive his car while he was gone; for a few hours there it looked like I might have to! Thumbs up that he’s pretty excited about his new (used) wheels and that his college roommate will be flying here so that they can make the long drive out to California together. Thumbs up that I’m only just slightly worried about two teens in an SUV taking a road trip cross-country.
Thumbs down: Food. For the last month I have eaten more crap than, well, than in a really long time. There are several reasons, or call them “excuses,” but I don’t plan to write about that stuff anymore. Just want to be honest, given how and why I started this blog, and say that, yes, oops, I did it again. But I am once more back on track. Thumbs down that it is very clear to me that I will ALWAYS need to be diligent to not slip into old habits and to not lose focus of the new ones that serve me well. Thumbs down that I really should feel motivated to write a blog post about that habits stuff, but, nope.
Thumbs up: New recipe. The vegetarian and the “good carb-er” happily met in the middle with grilled, marinated portobello mushrooms. Meanwhile, the carnivore, aka our teen, had a steak. Thumbs down that our son has been getting lots and lots and lots of Chinese food while he’s home. I’m pretty sure that even the healthiest sounding of options are not actually healthy. Probably even the broccoli that I nibble from his dishes (heaven forbid he ingest a vegetable) is laden with sugar and salt and…
Thumbs to be determined: Blood pressure. Whenever I see my internist, as I did last week for my annual exam, my blood pressure measures high. I’m used to this anomaly so I have gotten smart and track it for a while at home before I go in, so that I can show her the very good readings that are typical for me. This year she wasn’t taking my word for it and wants me to bring my home machine into her office to be sure it’s accurate. Meanwhile, my husband’s pressure, which he also tracks at home, has been reading above normal for a while so I’m happy to report that I think he finally is accepting that he should implement some lifestyle changes to see if he can bring it down before his own appointment in a few months with the same doctor.
Thumbs up: Future plans. I have something very excited planned for next year. A fabulous trip. A “my nest is finally empty and I’m going to splurge and say I’m celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary and 50th birthday so I don’t feel guilty spending all that money” trip. I don’t want to say more about it yet until dates are officially chosen and deposits are paid. But if I actually had a bucket list, this would be one of the top items on it:)
What destinations are on your travel bucket list? Read any good books lately? How’s the summer treating you?