Hardly working…

Sick Man

Sick Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh my, I can’t believe how sick I’ve been.  I had the weekend off (one of my very few weekends off) and I was sick the entire time.  Then yesterday I got up and got ready for work, actually went in and then told my boss I felt too sick to stay.  Ended up stopping at my doctor’s office on the way home.  Unfortunately she was on vacation.  Of course… I did talk with the nurse and she suggested some over the counter meds I could try.  So I stopped at CVS, picked up the drugs, went home, took said drugs and went right back to bed.

I still don’t feel great, but I did manage to make it through an entire day without being sick…so that’s something, right?  My stomach doesn’t feel as upset as it has been, so maybe I’m on the mend…sure hope so.  I need to get out of bed and get back to writing…

Good news though, I’ve exercised every day for a week now…not a lot and not very strenuously, but still…it’s a start!  And we all have to start somewhere…

Working it…

Green common beans on the plant.

Green common beans on the plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whew…I have been one sick pup (or kitty) the past couple of days.  Didn’t do anything yesterday except drag myself from the bedroom to the bathroom.  My boss texted me last night to let me know that the zone vice president was going to be in the area today and he asked me to come in early.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him how sick I’d been, he gets so freaked out when the big wigs come calling.  So I went in and worked today…no visit tho…and now he’s off to Illinois…gosh darn the luck!  I felt awful all day, not sure how much help I was…but at least I was there, right?

I take that back, the not doing anything at all yesterday…I did do a light upper body strength training workout.  Then followed that with a light core workout before work this morning…nothing too strenuous…but at least I’m getting back in the habit.  The light strength training doesn’t do a lot for me other than reinforce the habit of exercise and that’s what I’m working on now.

Still haven’t gotten back to writing…although I did sign up for Camp NaNo for August…so maybe not writing so much in July will be just what I need to succeed in August.

As for the kitties…well, sometimes they seem to be getting along and other times not so much.  Spook still chases Scout like she wants to kill her, but it must not scare Scout too much since she’s jumping out from behind doors attacking Spook…come to think of it, maybe that’s why Spook is trying to kill her!

I think I’ll actually be able to hit up the farmers market this weekend…I did pick three small ripe tomatoes from my “garden” the other day…yum!  I wouldn’t mind some green beans, cucumbers, summer squash, peaches and who knows what else…I’m ready for some taste tempting fresh-from-the-farm produce.

Alright, now it’s time for me to think about getting some sleep so I can (hopefully) wake up in the morning feeling better…no more upset tummy, fever, and headache please…

Life’s ups and downs

English: Jump! Deutsch: Spring!

English: Jump! Deutsch: Spring! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh my…how in the world do you manage to face the ups and downs in your life and still maintain a positive outlook and cheerful attitude?  I know it can be done, I know people who do it.  And what?  Do they face less stress than the rest of us?  Do they not have problems?  Of course that’s not it.  We all know that’s not how it is.  Everyone has stress, everyone has problems.  Some folks simply handle those things better than others.

I’ve allowed the stress at work to affect my attitude even when I get home.  I don’t want to live like that.  One of the girls I work with (I was told, by a co-worker, that I should refer to the women I work with as “girls”, otherwise they feel as old as their mothers…hmm…) asked me if I was still walking and exercising daily.  When I told her I wasn’t, she asked me why.  When I told her I wasn’t doing anything like that because I’m depressed…well…that kind of hit me.

Do I not realize by now that daily exercise is the cure for depression?  That eating a healthy diet makes me feel better about everything else in my life?  That following my passion allows me to shake off the stress from work when I leave the building?  Uh…yeah…I do realize all of those things.  So why haven’t I been doing them?  I mean, I can only blame depression for so long…then there comes a time when I have to take responsibility for myself and do what I need to do to feel better.

I’m pretty much thinking that time is now.  Time to get back to exercising.  I’ve been eating better, more fruit and veggies, less vending machine food, less fast food, taking my lunch to work.  So I feel like I’ve taken a few steps in the right direction as far as food is concerned.  Now to add a few minutes of exercise to my daily routine.  And to spend at least some time every day doing something that I enjoy…whether that be writing, dancing, music, going for a walk in the park, hitting the farmers market…whatever…there are so many choices, I just need to convince myself to do something that makes me smile.

I want to wake up looking forward to the day ahead rather than dreading it.  And there’s no time like now to start this new way of dealing with life.  I’m going for it!

Tech vacation

Take a Vacation!

Take a Vacation! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In case anyone was wondering, I’ve been on a vacation of sorts.  Still going in to my paying job every day, but decided to take a few days away from writing after the big NaNo month of June.  Managed to get a little more sleep over the past few nights, so that’s a plus.

I think I’m now ready to start writing regularly again…expanding on the book I started last month.  And I intend to go back over what I wrote and revise it…and then revise it some more.  I love writing, but a few days away did me a lot of good.  Maybe that’s something to consider in the future…write like I’m demon possessed for a month, then take a few days off…

So have any of you actually taken the step to have the book you wrote (or started) during NaNo published?  Any thoughts or tips on that?  I have quite a bit of work to do on it before it’s ready to be published, but it’s never too soon to learn all the ins and outs of publishing, is it?