Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali.
I am still hard at work with teaching, taking an online Endorsement class for teaching Gifted students, and completing physical therapy exercises every other day independently; these are the things I have to do right now in life. I feel like that is going well. I track my designated shoulder/arm days on my calendar. I have not been to yoga or pilates again, but I do get in a little cardio a few days a week. A friend and I are planning to go to pilates together next Saturday, and then I should be able to go to pilates and yoga more regularly. Today, I have a hair appt. No way to fit those in during the week. So, my coffee is going to be quickly inhaled, and after a while, I hop on the Gazelle for a twenty minute stride before the appointment. If you don’t know, the Gazelle is like an elliptical but is not electronic. Mine is on the screened-in porch. I often read from my Kindle while I’m out there. It works for me!
In my research on chronic pain and the brain, I have also found information about chronic stress and how it affects pain. Facebook is targeting me again, and I have signed up for the Worldwide Tapping summit. Tapping seems to be a program and strategy to help people cope in a stressful world and with negative feelings. I am still learning about it. See https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ My research, or successful social media targeting of me, has taken me to Binaural beats on Youtube, which I listen to if I need to relax before bed or get in a relaxed frame of mind to deal with middle schoolers that bounce off the walls on any given day. I think it is good background for my coursework, as well. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kag0aJqQsGo
I am relieved to say that I think I did sleep 8 hours last night, quite a rarity these days. I know it helped that I didn’t have to get up and work today or think ahead about what needed to be done at school. My boyfriend had to work overtime today, so our Valentine’s Day dinner will happen tonight. The motorcycle ride has not happened yet due to his work schedule and may be a little delayed. I am still planning to do this, though! It might be next weekend, if weather cooperates.
The novelist in me is a little frustrated. The Malachi manuscript is back from the editor, and I have no time at all to give him the attention he needs in order to be presentable to the public. He will have to wait until this class is over. We have a date for the first week in March. I need to peruse the pages though, so he will not seem like a stranger. Is that even possible? I created him, right?
My creative side just won’t stop, though. I wrote a poem this week for the Ragtag Daily Prompt challenge, called “Mighty Maelstrom.” I have been fighting a few things lately in life, so I decided to consider myself strong rather than the sum of hard times. Read my poem here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/mighty-maelstrom-rdp/
Monday is President’s Day, and my work friend and I plan to take our dogs to the Dog Park again. Yay! I have a dentist appointment that afternoon. It is just something that cannot be avoided. So, I think a morning surrounded by dogs is totally called for!
Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by for my coffee chat!