Saturday, February 19, 2011

The To-Do List Incompleted


For obvious reasons, due to my back being strained, I was unable to do many of the things in my to do list.  If I felt like I had fallen behind in January because of the illness and surgery, you can only imagine how much more stressed I feel now that I spent two weeks unable to sit up for more than a few minutes.

Work Related
Call Rebecca
Sign up for online course and begin working at it
Organize desk and desktop
Organize file
Sort through basket

I was making progress on my desk and I've given up on trying to call Rebecca.  

Conference Work
Revise conference call notes
Send conference call notes to board
Upload conference call notes to blog
Reschedule workshop committee conference call
Reschedule ejournal committee conference call
Read grant writing book (see below)
Complete newsletter template
Create preview newsletter and send to John and Angela
Revise newsletter with links
Type up journal exercise for newsletter
* Add journal exercise to newsletter
Add John's content to newsletter
Add closing thoughts to newsletter
Send newsletter (14 Feb)

I received a lovely email about the newsletter so I am glad I prioritized my time, to get the newsletter done and out to our readers.  I could have easily postponed it due to my back problems.  I still have to pick up the dropped balls but at least now I'm back on track, no pun intended.

Email
Get email inbox under 200 unread (currently 437)
Write Patrick (re 2010)
Write Mary Emily (re gift)
Write Momma (re book and box)
Write Evi (re package)
Write Saila
Write Greg (re holidays)

My email is down to 409.  Only because I didn't read many of the newsletters to which I subscribe.  I have already unsubscribed from many of them and I guess I need to keep unsubscribing until I regain some balance.

House
Laundry
Organize shelves in guest room
Organize shelves in great room
Holiday decorations in attic
Scrub kitchen floor

Yep.  No progress here and I'm not even the one responsible for the attic.  Sheesh!

Personal
Reiki meditation 5x per week (2x)
Strength training 3x per week
Update well-being blog (2x)
Update personal blog (2x) (1x)
Update body blog (daily) (2x)
Get driver's license renewed
Babysit Bibi (11 Feb)

I probably gave myself Reiki far more times than 5 during the past week as I continued trying to breathe into my back.  Some posts here and there.  I have a backlog of things I would like to share so there may be a slight flood in the next few days.

Social
Saturday Morning walk with Kanika rescheduled

Again, back problems kept me from exercising.  I was pain free by the second Saturday but I am still being cautious and probably wise in doing so.

Reading
Anne of the Island
Death’s Door
The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
Gone With the Wind
A Voice of Her Own
Breaking Silence
Last Days of Babylon

Well this list has to be practically overhauled.  Gone With the Wind is put on temporary hold due to the rest of the group needing more time so I've read through part three and stopping there until others catch up.  Look for a new "reading" list in the updated to-do list later today.

Write Reviews
Death's Door
Anne of the Island
10 Minute Solutions
Peace and Plenty chapter 2
Moving On chapter 2

Aha!  Here I managed to keep up with everything, perhaps because on some level I don't think these take as much thought or maybe because I was able to jot notes as I was reading and then simply typed them out when I was feeling better.  Regardless, I highly recommend Death's Door by Sandra M Gilbert.  

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Quotes Part 7

I'm sorry I'm still not up to adding any comments.  My back is better but not 100% yet.  



Romancing the Ordinary

It is the loving, not the loved, woman who is lovable.  (67, Quoting Jessamyn West)










Garland of Love

To the question ‘How’s your love life?’ we should always be able to answer: My love is boundless; my life is full.  (February 14)

Today, on the day that celebrates love, acknowledge the love, whatever its form, that surrounds you.  Don’t wait for the Valentine; become one.  Be the embodiment of the ‘I love you’ that will generate an ‘I love you’ in return.  (February 14)

Don’t undermine your relationship by endlessly focusing on its imperfections. . . .  We come to feel about things the way we speak of them. (February 15)

[T]he question isn’t how can you learn to detach, to feel less, so you won’t have to deal with the anguish of potential bereavement, but how can you live every moment being more deeply grateful that you have had an opportunity to love at all.  (February 16)

The Kindness Handbook

[T]here are possibilities inherent within the truth of change.  (117)

Sometimes kindness takes the form of stepping aside, letting go of our need to be right, and just being happy for someone.  (134)

Sometimes kindness comes at great cost to oneself.  (140)

The fact that everyone and everything has an effect on their surroundings is a call to honor our interconnection and show compassion toward all other beings.  (146)


Breaking the Silence

Some things, like Alzheimer’s disease and dying, can’t be fixed, nor can we control them.  But we can try to make some sense of them without any answers if we listen to the silence.  (10)

How to care for our elderly involves issues beyond affordable physical structures for them.  At first glance, this seems plausible and complicated.  In actuality, it quickly becomes complicated because removing loved ones from a familiar environment, away from family and friends and placing them into a new lifestyle has serious consequences.  Such environments are easier for the young than the elderly, who do not easily adapt to new and strange surroundings.  (10-11)

As each generation outlives the older, longevity brings problems that are not always solvable by the sciences responsible for its creation.  (37)

[T]here’s a need for the medical profession to include cultural beliefs and practices in their medical knowledge base so human dignity will be honored and respected.  (45)

Past, present, and future: At one point in our lives, they all converge and we can’t deny or ignore any of these stages, can we? (47)

Caregivers find their lives gradually being put on hold as their energy and hours become totally consumed by their mission.  Often, the self put-on-hold is no longer present after caregiving, and a new, re-invented self demands to reenter the circle of life once again.  (51)

There is no right time or best time for caregiving.  (84)

Caregivers often express, more than once, how writing helps to release all the rage, frustrations, sorrow and helplessness of caregiving.  (95)

Perhaps if caregiving didn’t also involve emotional, psychological, and social effects in addition to physical ones, it would be remotely possible to step out of a world of isolation for a day or even a moment. (126)

It becomes our mission to give care to ourselves so our loved ones can in turn, receive the best from us.  (139)

You say to yourself, ‘But I’ve never written anything except emails and grocery lists.  Can I write poems?’ And I say, ‘Yes, you can.’ (146)

[T]here is no one cardinal rule for writing as there is no one way to give care.  (168)

Moving On

Cherished objects can reveal intimate and illuminating insights into our personalities. Surrounding ourselves with objects that speak to our souls brings us genuine moments of pleasure.  (128)

I truly believe that regret is the only wound from which our Soul does not recover. . . . (132)

I lived reactively rather than reverantly.  (133)

[Y]ou can’t change your life in seven days.  But you can get your life back on track. . . . (133)

Peace and Plenty

The important thing is to eliminate the browbeating we often give ourselves when we make mistakes.  (89)










Gone With the Wind

Like most innocent and well-bred young women, she had a devouring curiosity about prostitutes.  (343)

All wars are sacred, to those who have to fight them.  If the people who started wars didn’t make them sacred, who would be foolish enough to fight?  But no matter what rallying cries the orators give to the idiots who fight, no matter what noble purposes they assign to wars, there is never but one reason for a war.  And that is money.  All wars are in reality money squabbles.  But so few people ever realize it.  Their ears are too ful of bugles and drums and fine words from stay-at-home orators.  Sometimes the rallying cry is ‘Save the Tomb of Christ from the Heathen!’ Sometimes it’s ‘Down with Popery!” and sometimes ‘Liberty!’ and sometimes ‘Cotton, Slavery and States’ Rights!’  (320)




Sunday, February 13, 2011

I Did it to Myself

Last weekend I threw out my back.

I keep restraining it because, the moment I feel a little better, I jump too fast into activity.

So today I am going to stay in bed and try not to re-injure myself.  My desk looks better but the cleaning of it has completely stalled while I wait to get to where bending over piles of things isn't a strain.

Any day now . . .

In the meantime, I have a few cute links to share and will do so over the next few days.