For the last few weeks I've been getting my spiritual groove on. I was secure in the knowledge that I am at one with the universe and that my thoughts have the power to shape reality. I felt as if everything was fine because everything I see is only an illusion. I was feeling infinite and eternal with no beginning and no end. Something happened to make me lose those feelings.
Could it be that I subject myself to too much noise? I have been spending too much time on Twitter. I get free access to the Washington Post online edition with my IU credentials, so I've been spending too much time there. I listen a lot to the Thinking Sideways podcast. Maybe I've got too much of other peoples' stuff in my head.
I've been working on wrapped loops.
I started a couple of collage collage projects. I hope to find some greater meaning through these works.
I finished writing a piece for work that I'm proud of.
Now to take some time for myself. It's time to start meditating. It's time for silence.
Today is the official New Year’s holiday. Tomorrow, I go back to work. I don’t wanna! The work week won’t even be semi-normal. I take my car for an alignment tomorrow and then take my dad to an appointment on Wednesday. I also have to go to Comcast and swap Dad’s malfunctioning router for a new one. The good thing is that I’ve got some fish and vegetables pre-cooked, and I’m well stocked on veggies for a while.
Last month, Riley destroyed my Wii Fit disc, so I ordered another one.
An innocent sleeping Riley.
I also bought Zumba Fitness World Party. I haven’t tried it yet. Maybe I’ll write a review after I’ve given it a spin. It’s important that I get two days of strength training into each week. I have everything I need to accomplish this goal, but for some reason, I’m not good at seeing it through. I should make sure to do it on Mondays. That way, I’ll be half-way to accomplishing the goal. I may have to set a weekly schedule. Ideally, I would have my workouts set up for a whole month. The Evernote Moleskine notebook I ordered might help me to get moving on a workout schedule. We’ll soon see.
I forgot to post this picture of a tree ornament at my neurologist’s office. Is that Gandalf the White?
Must be Gandalf!
I worked a fair amount of hours last week. I finished a blog post about personal digital archiving and started one on digital painting. I go to work with the mindset that I am a writer. Then I sit down and write. The topics I write about require some research, and I feel a little guilty when I’m searching the Web and not writing, but that’s part of the process.
This week, I want to finish the latest blog post. I also want to learn something that I can make a video tutorial about. Those are my work goals.
In my personal life, I want to write more in my real paper notebook. I think this will help to alleviate my depression and anxiety. I recently read yet another article about how journaling is a good way to deal with depression. I’ve got stuff I need to say that I don’t want to share with the world.
Another personal goal is about food. I have to improve my diet. I eat vegetables most days, but I’m not getting anywhere near the recommended five per day. I think that I have to eat well so that MS doesn’t get the better of me. There are recipes I want to try, but the idea of going to the grocery store and getting the ingredients stops me. I considered trying Blue Apron, but it’s too expensive for my budget. What I think I can do is work with the food I have at home. That seems reasonable.
When my husband’s co-workers heard about my MS diagnosis they were terribly concerned for me and for him. They understood he’d be missing work a bit, and they said his number one job is to take care of me. They said they would pray for me. So many people are praying for me, and keeping me in their thoughts. People are good.
They signed a get-well card for me and even collected money. The money wasn’t at all necessary, but I can use it to buy up-market “frou-frou healthy” food at our local co-op Bloomingfoods. It can be a little pricey there. We have a Lucky’s Market in town now too. Whole Foods is coming soon, and there are rumors that another of this type of store is coming to the west side of town? Is this too much for Bloomington?
We’re bombarded these days by news of horrific things happening in the world. But when I look around at my little universe, things are not so bad at all.
Tomorrow Ernie goes back to work. I was going to have him take me to class, but I decided that I’m just not up for sitting in that warm room and listening to the lecture. I’ll stay home and finish my essay and maybe do some work.
Art journal spread.
Take it easy. Don’t do too much.
I will do the regular leg strength stuff, and stretch.
I will take the dogs out, but be careful.
I might do some art journaling.
Maybe think about food planning.
Already too much.
The topic today in class is probability. I’m understnding some of it. I remind myself that there are only 7 more classes left. I can get through this, and I don’t have to do this stuff much ever again.
There are things that I’m good at. I need to focus on getting better at those things. I feel more at ease now.
I had a job interview today. It was for a part-time job describing images in digital texts for the visually impaired. You see, people who have to rely on screen readers to access text cannot understand images unless they are described. The people who are doing the hiring use the guidelines for describing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) images. Those guidelines can be found on the website for the National Center for Accessible Media..
Part of the interview involved writing a description for an image, so I went to the website to prepare. I read the guidelines and looked at the examples. It looked difficult! I wasn’t sure that I could do it, but decided I would go and do my best. I think I did a pretty good job describing the assigned image, and I even thought it was fun.
The interview portion went well too. For once, I had a lot of intelligent questions to ask the interviewers. I don’t know if I’ll get the job. They might find someone else who is perfect for it. That’s okay because this experience left me feeling confident and capable.
Sometimes it takes a job interview to remind you of your strengths. I feel like I can realize my dreams. I can live the life I want to live.
I took some pictures of a flower (a weed I think), on the way back to the parking garage. I’d like to use it for one of my pendant necklaces. Like these…
I’m not too happy with the picture, but there was an ant on the flower that I didn’t see until I had taken the shot. I think it’s an ant.