This week, I listened to the audiobook The Boys In The Boat which is about the eight men from Seattle who won the Olympic gold in Berlin in 1936. It was a long and hard road to get there, but they did it and survived to tell the tale. I learned so much about pre-war Germany, the Depression, and about training for the Olympics. It opened me up to a world I didn’t know much about and it encouraged me to also find my “inner athlete”.
I often like to listen to books while I walk my little dog and we are fortunate to have places nearby to go where I can concentrate less on the environment around us. I can truly tune into the story and take home with me lessons, history, and new knowledge.
This week I got a new waistband/belt that holds my cellphone and car keys. I love it because I can easily pull out my phone and rewind the audio books to chapters or sections that I may have missed or that I would like to hear again. (http://www.amazon.com/Belt-Running-Belt-Worlds-Safety-Cash-Keys-Accessories-For-6-Smartphones-Comfortable-Water/dp/B00SR6275U/ie=UTF8?m=A14PNKRXULVORI&keywords=running+belt) I will never forget the portrayal of Hitler as he created his propaganda movies or the blood, sweat, and tears that the boys needed to accomplish their goal.
I feel fortunate to have this time, my dog, and the accessories to allow me to learn…even after being out of school for many years.
As Maggie and I took our morning walk today at the beach at 8am, we saw a father/daughter pair walking out of the water after their surf session. I had to do a double take because the child was of barely walking age. She must have been maybe two years old. Her dad was caring her Crocs, but she was doing very well managing her stride in her Ripcurl wetsuit. Even professional surfers often hobble in those plastic pants.
This made me love LA and realize how great it is for parents to teach their children at a young age a very valuable sport. When it comes to sports and languages, it’s always easier to learn them when we’re young. Surfing, in particular, teaches us to swim, enjoy the nature, and be in the moment.
Maggie and I are enjoying our morning walks and my new athletic gear to hold my cell phone and keys. If she liked the water, I may try and teach her to swim, but for now, we’ll stick to the walking path and my carrying our things.
This week I received a very large bottle of tea tree oil and was excited to use it. At the same time, I was reminded of the conversation I had with a friend earlier this week when I thought about using it for Maggie.
Her cat received some toxicity from the essential oils my friend puts on her face and neck. The cat must have licked her in a place with too much oil and a few hours later they were at the vet’s office since the cat wasn’t eating.
She and I discussed both essential oils as well as tea tree oil, which one would think would be a great natural way to treat abrasions and minor infections. Unfortunately, it’s not. There are many articles on the subject, but here is a great one: http://www.vetstreet.com/…/what-you-should-know-about-tea-t…
At the same time, tea tree oil is super for humans. I recently posted about using it as a facial cleanser and I love using it with water to disinfect sheets, floors, and furniture.
I recommend always having some in the house, but just keep it away from your cats and dogs!
— Ingrid Greene (@IngridWellness) May 21, 2015
Despite hearing a lot about him over the years, I had never truly given him much time. He speaks to living our truth, believing in ourselves, and being in the present moment. I looking forward to discovering more about him and his wise words!
— Ingrid Greene (@IngridWellness) May 21, 2015
I have a new set of Sentley Flow headphones that I’m looking forward to trying out!
There are some times when I feel that I just need to sit on the couch and relax. Today was one of those days. Yesterday was filled with completing tasks as well as the emotional roller coaster of getting my dog’s teeth cleaned. She had to go under anesthesia and I was nervous all morning that she may not make it. I trust the vet, but one never knows completely.
I realize that some people are skeptical of letting dogs go under for such procedures, but my husband and I decided it was something we needed to do. We could see that she had major plaque built up and some gum damage due to gingivitis. We decided it would be worth the cost and the risk.
Fortunately, Maggie made it through with flying colors, but I realized today that my body may still be recovering. We were up four times last night to take her out to go to the bathroom since she’s been drinking a lot of water to recover. It’s true that I may not have slept well, but today my body and mind feels like I just need a rest. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I just feel like sitting on the couch and watching a movie.
To start my day of rest, I got into the hot tub and used my new bath pillow. It was divine. It arrived yesterday and just in time. I’m ready to cuddle with my little dog and get some downtime.
This week we received two kitchen scales by mistake. Instead of gifting one or giving it away, my husband has decided to take it to work and use it to weigh parts and equipment before installing them. Before I had these scales, I didn’t realize how valuable it is to know the weight of something before you shipped it, installed it, or carried it. It’s been fantastic to now have this info at our fingertips.
I love when I can make his life easier via my work and tasks. I often blog and evaluate products and in exchange for free products. I don’t receive any fee for this so I don’t contribute in this way to our monthly expenses, but often I get things that make his life easier. He has now extra charging cables, a phone holder for his car, and a dozen other things that help him during his workday. We also get things for Maggie which help reduce our monthly expenses such as dog treats and food.
Initially, I was hesitant to take on responsibilities that wouldn’t directly financially contribute to our monthly expenses. With an MBA and an engineering degree, there is great potential for my income and which I have greatly used in previous stages of my life.
After some months now of being married and functioning in this way, I realize that I these gadgets do help him and more than that, it’s great to have me around. I also am home every evening to spend time with him and not traveling like I often used to do.
I am also so grateful that we have this time together. It may not always be this way where we can support ourselves financially with just one income, but for the time being, we are enjoying it. We love being newlyweds and we also love our new gadgets.
I feel like I have now become middle-aged and not because my 40th birthday is on Monday. I realize it now because I see that I have so much stuff that I tote around with me all the time. I now have enough responsibilities and personal preferences that I like to have “my” stuff with me all the time.
Thus, I no longer skip to yoga class with just my yoga mat, flip flops, and car keys in hand. I now have given into putting the mat into a bag so that I can carry other stuff and/or use the pockets of the bag to carry things.
At the same time, if I look at the bigger picture, I realize it’s nice to have explored and discovered things that I value in these last four decades. One of the main things I now bring with me to my yoga class is Maggie’s water bowl so that she can have a cool drink while she waits for me outside of the studio. If I didn’t have Maggie, life would be less happy. She brings so much joy that carrying her bowl around is easily justifiable.
I realize now also why mothers and middle-aged women carry around large purses and complain of backaches. Those backaches are so worth the people and things that they have picked up along this path called life. As I move towards celebrating my 40th next week, I am grateful too for the things that I’ve picked up. It’s not only Maggie, but a wonderful husband and family and the pictures, sunscreen, etc of/for them all in my purse.
Thank goodness I have yoga to work out the back aches.