What do your dreams mean?

Canterbury Flats, St Kilda

Canterbury Flats, St Kilda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Haven’t you ever wondered that?  Especially after you wake up and remember a wild and crazy dream that has no basis in reality?  You can’t figure out why you had that particular dream or what it means.  I don’t know, maybe there isn’t any meaning at all in our dreams, but I’ve always kind of felt that they were somehow our subconscious talking to us.  But then, folks have told me I’m crazy, so who knows?

Anyhow, last night (after a day of feeling sick) I had one of those dreams that don’t seem to make much sense at all.  For some reason, I was spending the night in a young guy’s apartment (alright now, stop thinking like that…he wasn’t there…and maybe was never coming back…can’t really remember that part of it).  I was thinking about moving in to his apartment and leaving my townhouse.  The only problem (well, one of the problems) with that was that his apartment was not even a studio apartment…just a tiny living space and a shower…the toilet was in a shared hall…not even in a room!  I could have fit his entire living space in my kitchen…and still was considering moving there.

I did consider the cats, how they would adapt to such a small living space when they’re used to two stories, stairs that they can run up and down, lots of rooms where they can sleep in the sunshine all day long.  I considered them, but apparently not much…I was still thinking of moving in there.

He also had no kitchen, just a microwave…come to think of it, I didn’t even see a refrigerator…yeah, that would work!

I was going to keep his furniture…let’s see…a black and chrome oversized chair and a chrome table for the computer…that was pretty much it…and even that was a tight squeeze.

So…why in the world would I have this dream?  What’s the significance of the move?  Especially the move to such a tiny space?  Who knows?  Maybe I’m feeling hemmed in by the stress in my life…or maybe I’m being told I need to downsize…or maybe this didn’t mean anything at all?  Hmm…I think that’s the one I’m going with…I’m feeling claustrophobic at the thought of living in a closet with two cats…

The long and winding road to fitness, day 89

Writing

I had a pretty good day today even if it was truck day.  It seemed like everyone really worked hard and got a lot done.  I kind of got to switch my normal truck day job for a different job today and that made all the difference…made the day go a little quicker…I guess being able to do something that gets you out of your normal everyday rut can be a good thing.

I walked for 30 minutes this morning (plus who knows how much walking I did at work…I’ve got to dig out one of my many pedometers so I can keep track of all of the walking I do at work daily), lower body strength training, and quite a bit of stretching…may throw in some additional stretching tonight to ease the muscle tension in my back and shoulders.

My eating was okay as far as the calories go, but it wasn’t the healthiest of diets for the day.  I had oj and vitamins before running out the door this morning, string cheese at around 9am, 1 Twinkie (shared the package with my boss), a fish sandwich and iced tea for lunch along with about 8 french fries that my boss threw in the fish box from his lunch, dinner was a bowl of vegetable beef soup and a whole wheat bagel thin…a little under 1500 calories for the day.  Could have gone with more fruit and veggies, how many days have I said that?  How many more days am I going to say it?

I have the day off work tomorrow…woohoo!!  I’ve got an appointment to get my hair cut…something I definitely need after cancelling my last two appointments because of work.  Thank goodness, my stylist managed to squeeze me in at the last minute.  After my hair cut, I’m going to stop at the grocery store.  I think I’ll get some blueberries or strawberries, yogurt and lite granola and make a kind of yogurt parfait to eat at work in the mornings.  That way I’ll get another serving of fruit.  Maybe pick up some more V8 juice to get another serving of veggies.  Those are both pretty simple ways to up my fruit and veggie intake.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, tonight I’m celebrating a 100 day streak of daily writing!  Can you believe that?  Got the habit going, now it’s time to really work on the story for my book.  Tonight I planned out how to do that over the next 100 days.  I’m pretty excited about that.  It feels like I’m making real progress toward finishing my book…and then, who knows? 

What have you done to make  a longtime dream become reality?

How would you spend your lottery winnings?

The front of a used Mark Six ticket

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We were talking the other day about what we would do if we won the lottery, you know, the big one!  I don’t ever really think about it, because I figure you have to actually buy lottery tickets to win and very rarely do I buy a lottery ticket of any kind.  But it was kind of fun to talk about it and dream a little.

We both said we’d quit our jobs (now what does that say about us and the jobs we’re in?).  Chris said he’d probably start his own business.  I think I’d just buy a nice little place in the country and a new truck, then work on my writing.  He thought that sounded boring, but heck, I’ve been working since I was 14 (13 years of running my own business).  I would enjoy some solitude so I could really focus on improving my craft.  It’s difficult to devote a lot of time to writing when you work more than full time and have to do all of the things associated with running a household.  But I bet most of you all already knew that.  I can envision myself sleeping in until about 6 am, getting up and feeding the cats and the birds, then sitting down at the computer for a few hours working on a book, articles, reviews or my blog.  Then spending about an hour working out and another hour doing chores, then sitting back down to spend a few more hours writing. 

Now I’m not saying that’s exactly how it would be.  I know myself well enough to know I’d probably get distracted, spend time answering emails, on facebook, reading other blogs, etc.  Then I’d probably start staying up later and getting up later, sitting outside reading and bird watching.  And I’d probably have to start taking naps due to my strenuous schedule.  I wonder just how much extra writing time I’d get in every day…oh well, it’s not like I’m going to be winning that monster lottery any time soon anyhow…