Friday, January 2, 2015

TToT58: I'm Back And Ever So Slightly More Healthy

Please refer to the title for 1 and 2 and please forgive me for my absence last week--both from posting and commenting.

3. Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time 100% alone after--I don't know--being surrounded by crowds for two or three weeks. I enjoyed the houses full of people fully (because they're my favorite people), but in the words of Sandra Boynton, "One is wonderful after a crowd."

(Then, Brian walked in the door to tell me his entire extended family would arrive in twenty minutes.)

4. But, I think, maybe, if I'm really lucky, we're going to have a few days in a row in which we have nowhere to go and no one to host. I believe that's what I need to finally kick the cold that will not go.

5. And on to more exciting thankfuls, I have my very own, brand new, DSLR camera. Truly! My generous family pooled their funds and got me one for Christmas. I was ever so surprised and delighted. And now you, my readers, will get to reap the benefits of (theoretically) better quality photos.

6. My SIL, who is an amateur photographer, is going to give me lessons! I pitched the idea to her kind of hesitantly, but she jumped aboard as if she'd been considering it and seems to have lesson plans in mind. Just you wait, I will impress you with my knowledge of things like aperture and shutter speed soon.

7. I am not one of those people who can just 'cut back' after the holidays. I lack the ability to limit my caloric intake in a gradual manner. So, I've embarked on my annual cold turkey departure from bread, and sweets, and alcohol. This way, I'll be able to eat birthday cake at the end of this month (hey, my birthday's at the end of this month!) and still fit in my pants (jeans, trousers, whathaveyou, Lizzi). Where's the thankful? In theory, I'll have kicked these cravings in a week or two and can go back to eating with moderation rather than complete abandon or within tiresome limitations.

8. It is mid-day, and I am writing this post in bed.

9. And my new camera? No more depending entirely on my phone!

10. I've been highly entertained both my Facebook pictures of Christine's slow recovery throughout the winter break and Lizzi's singing on my loooooooong drive home on the 30th. I've been singing Dream a Little Dream of Me since, which is a fun song to sing when your voice range is lower than usual.


OK, time for my nap.

Ten Things of Thankful


 Your hosts

Join the Ten Things of Thankful Facebook Group

32 comments :

  1. Frist? I can relate to #7 (except I don't drink--and it's probably really good that I don't). I seriously need to go cold turkey on the sweets.

    Hope you can get rid of the cold soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep, it's the only way I can make myself quit. I hope I can get rid of this cold, too!

      Delete
  2. Sorry you're sick! So cool about the camera! I know a few people with ones like that, and I am envious, but I'm also too lazy to learn how to use one. I shall look forward to seeing your pictures! I hope you have some company-free days soon and can get rest and get better!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I slept an additional four hours this morning after getting up early to help my daughter throw up. THat's something!

      Delete
  3. I understand the need for no one after many days of many someones. Or something like that! That's why I'm so glad our holiday stretch has been a nice mix of people/no people, on/off, somewhere to go/nowhere to go. I'm glad we have a full weekend ahead with no particular plans before school and work begin for everyone on Monday. And I don't intend to schedule one second of it. The icky weather in tomorrow's forecast should help us keep that, too. Other than a quick store run for essentials we are missing and my morning blood work (which I freaking hate right now because fasting blood work sucks), we have two days to rest, tidy up, and get back on a normal schedule. Our holiday food is nearly gone and I'm glad because we have had more sweets and more red meat in our diet these last two weeks than we normally consume in two months. So yeah, I'm looking forward to getting it out of my house and getting back on good behavior.
    I hate that you've been sick so long - I suspected you were still not feeling great and/or hosting folks when you haven't been around much. I hope you kick the crap out of the cold. You should make my sick tea - I swear it's the best thing on the planet.
    Happy and healthy new year to you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Lisa. Yeah, I am thinking about healthy recipes again. Where can I find your sick tea?

      Delete
  4. I hope you will feel better soon.

    ReplyDelete
  5. you go 'cold voice'?? oh man! I envy you! Not that it does 'come with a price', but when you reach that stage of a cold where your voice drops a couple of steps and picks up a touch of New Orleans, ain't no way you not the coolest person in the room.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If only I could call you and let you hear it, Clark.

      Delete
  6. I'm trying to diet too so that I can get into all my jeans that are getting so lonesome in my closet :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I pretty much live in my pjs when I'm at home.

      Delete
  7. I have decided to continue eating normally (not holiday normal) and finally get my (larger) butt to the gym. One of the few benefits of all the kids being in school at least part time, I suppose. It does feel good to lift weights again.
    I can't believe that cold is still hanging around! Sounds like you do need that quiet, no visitor time to recuperate and finally knock it out. One benefit to being the only family in Indiana is that I rarely host family. They all live in either Louisville or canton, so that's where gatherings occur. Sure, we have to travel, but I don't have to host.
    It is fun to keep up on FB and Instagram, isn't it?
    Have fun with that new camera. You'll learn a lot just by playing with it. Ah, the beauty of digital...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I want to get back to jogging, but I need to feel better before I do.

      Delete
  8. Two words... Yoga pants.

    Glad to see you are feeling at least slightly better and yes one is wonderful after crowds.

    Also slightly jealous of your camera!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Or pajama pants. But they're not as good in public.

      Delete
  9. Oh, yeah. Some changes are in order for the new year. I NEED my pants to fit. Anyway, congrats on the new camera. I got a new camera for Christmas and except for point and shoot, I am clueless. I plan on taking a class at the Community College nearby as soon as I can. It's nice you have someone in the family to help you. I've always thought your pictures were pretty good anyway. From the phone? There will be no stopping you. Can't wait to see.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm really excited that I have someone to teach me one-on-one! Maybe I can actually take good pics!

      Delete
  10. Sorry to hear you're sick Sarah. Congrats on a small period of alone time:) But it sounds as if you could use/need an entire weekend alone! For sure if you want to kick that cold.
    I would love a digital camera and someone to teach me how to use it. Awesome! I love to take pictures but, like Val, know diddly squat beyond "point and shoot" LOL
    Let me be the first to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, thanks! You got my hint. I'll drop several more fishing lines for happy wishes before the big day.

      Delete
  11. boy I guess I didnt realize you werent taking good pics, but hey cool new camera now you can take spectacular ones! Hope you are feeling better soon... thats a long time with a cold. you gotta be pretty whipped!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I probably compare my photos to others' far too much. Like yours, for instance. I am whipped. My nose is sore where the bone meets the cartilage. What does that mean?

      Delete
  12. Are you betterish? I hope that you're feeling a bit better, and that seeing all of the Dude's family all-of-a-sudden-right-now wasn't too tricky for you.

    I LOVED our chats over your long journey. They were such fun.

    Looking forward to seeing the results of your photography lessons.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am. I got up early this morning to help Maggie throw up a couple of times, and then turned that duty over to Brian around 8-ish. I fell asleep and did not budge until nearly noon! That was a good time.

      Delete
  13. I can't even begin to say how angry I am with myself over the fact that I don't fit my pants. I refuse to buy new ones (because fat me doesn't deserve them) so yeah. Sooo sorry to hear you've been sick. We've had the big cruds here, too, and it's put a major damper on life and blogging and the everythings. But happy 2015. We'll do this - we will!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The cruds are the worst, especially during the holidays. I will confess: I bought bigger pants and even they got tight! The situation is dire!

      Delete
  14. New DSLR cameras are an *awesome* thing, indeed! I LOVE mine! Except, lately, I've just been writing so much that it hasn't had much love. Hmm...I need to remedy that. :)
    Hope you're alllll better!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. And I am so excited about my camera!

      Delete
  15. Oh you POOR THING!!!! There is nothing worse than having the FLU!!! I've been so out of it... were you sick before the flu too? UGH. And SO many house guests! No wonder you got sick! I love how you put that... filling the house with your favorite people. Precious.

    I can't do anything cold turkey... YAY for CAMERA!!!!

    I am so surprisingly THRILLED you were entertained by my DEEP THOUGHTS from the couch!! HA! I have seen friends that have mentioned that they enjoy them- and I think others are just annoyed by it! I needed SOMETHING. :)

    You are such a love to come by my blog when you haven't been well. Bless yer boots... (LIZZI) I appreciate you so much, my friend. XOXO

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww, and I appreciate you! And not just because of your pictures on facebook. :)

      Delete
  16. I am with you on #7 - I too started a major scale back this week on food and drink and also hope that by the end of next week I will be able to "indulge" again in moderation.

    Very exciting about the new camera and lessons. Good luck and have fun! - Louise

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And it turns out a week of flu and strep throat works wonders!

      Delete

Make my day and leave me a comment!