- Have been incredibly busy. One of these days I’ll elaborate, but the short of it is that it’s awesome and I’m having a blast.
- Still managed to post and/or write something every single day and I am quite proud of that. Let’s see how another 28 days goes.
- After deciding that the photo-a-day thing was just not going to happen, I’ve kept up with the photo-a-week and that’s going much better. I’m happy to say they aren’t all of the dog, but I’m sure to have many more as the year progresses.
- Daily yoga starts today, however, I’m still fighting a sinus cold that is thoroughly kicking my ass so I’m not quite sure that it really will start today. But whenever it does I expect to start it off with a full 31 consecutive days.
- I went the entire month and didn’t even finish a book. I’m honestly appalled and just a little disgusted with myself. But that first bullet has really been all consuming.
- In a shocking twist, I found out there’s a school issue. I think I may just take this as a sign that classes this semester are not meant to be.
- Uschi has been shedding like it’s an Olympic sport. Since she was so great for the groomer her first time, I’m thinking of sending her there again because I can’t seem to keep up with the fur and I’m at a point where I don’t know if I’m so much stuffed up from the annoying cold or all the dander.
- Coming up: portraits, cupcake projects, book reviews, and I’m getting my hair did.
Generally when I am this swamped with things to do I’m usually stressing out beyond belief. I’m happy to say I’m about as far from that as possible. I mean, there’s stress, but it’s not making-my-hair-fall-out-giving-me-migraines kind of stress . . . it’s just an expected kind of stress and I know almost none of you know what I’m talking about and for that again I apologize.
However, that said I have given some serious thought to my (non-)resolutions and given my incredible load right now it’s just unrealistic to expect all those things to happen. Yes, those are all still priorities; yes, I want them to be habits; and, yes, I realize this seems like quitting. But it’s not. Fact is all three of those are doable, but all three at one time plus everything else going on is likely to kill me. And truth be told trying to cram it all in is making most of those things particularly unfun, which is exactly the opposite result I want.
So, I’m revising my plan. I’m going to try and get yoga in as much as I can throughout the rest of this month, but I’ll start my daily routine push on February 1st, which is coincidentally when my instructor has set a challenge for 31 classes in 31 days. And I’m going to lay off the daily photograph and try for a weekly photo each week. I’m horribly displeased with most of the “just shooting these because I have to” images I’ve gotten. I just don’t have the time to really think of doing anything more than randomly snapping something and that’s not really helping me improve my photographic skills; it’s just frustrating and kind of a letdown. Writing, however, I will continue to work on daily, but I’m going to reevaluate this position when I start back on the daily yoga because keeping the pain in check is really the priority for me when all is said and done.
Oh, also, getting this house organized and cleaned. It’s disgusting up in here. Plus, I really want to get some cupcakes baked and decorated; I owe way too many people some at this point.
If ever there was a busier day to try and cram in three new daily habits it would be today, but with this here post I have officially completed all three. I won’t say I’m entirely satisfied with how any of these played out, but this isn’t about achieving the best results. Maybe later on in the year once I’ve accomplished the habit-building I can start being more critical. For now I’m proud to say that I crammed each of these things in despite many other priorities for the day.
I thought I had a pretty solid system for maintaining myself in terms of accountability what with announcing my intentions yesterday, blogging about my progress, and participating in some challenges related to these activities. But this morning I discovered one other source that I hadn’t expected: Uschi. She observed me while I prepped my usual spot and went through my 40-some-minute routine. And she was very deliberate about it, too, stopping her relentless bone-gnawing anytime she noticed me shifting position. At one point I thought she’d wandered out of the room only to cause her to rustle her collar as I tilted my head to peer into the dining room where she was sprawled out under the table. Her extreme attentiveness actually concerned me as I fully expected her to pounce on me when I was through, but I’m thrilled and relieved to say she is still keeping her good post-yoga behavior. Sometimes she really surprises me with how much she’s matured . . . And then she flings herself at me and stands on her head, so you know, it’s all relative.
Yesterday Brooke texted me, wondering if Uschi had yet destroyed her new toys and I was pleasantly shocked to admit that all were still basically intact. So, of course, hours later she tore into one of the plush toys, dug out its squeaker (which she’d already broken), chewed it to bits and ripped out most of its stuffing. We’ll see how long before the rest face a similar fate.
In totally other news, there is still waiting going on, but it might be coming to an end soon. You cannot imagine my relief. Well, unless you’ve been texting with me for the last few weeks and then you’re probably more aware of how neurotic I am than you actually cared. I have really patient and awesome friends, by the way.
Anyway . . . Happy New Year!
I don’t really believe in the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Goal-setting and self-evaluation don’t need to be limited by a calendar date and just stating your intentions of doing something isn’t really actively changing anything. However, like prior years I do have some things I plan for the coming year. Specifically I have three things I am going to attempt to do each day:
- Practice yoga for roughly an hour.
- Post on this blog and/or write something.
- Take a photograph.
I will confess that I don’t intend to force myself through any of those
because that just might be crazy. My goal is to have a habit of doing each of these and both being accountable for and the actual act of daily repetition will hopefully work towards doing that.
All of these things are important to me in different ways and to varying degrees I’ve let all of them fall by the wayside. I’m striving to be more comfortable about my abilities as a photographer and get more creative with things that I would like to shoot, which has been something I’ve already started working on but not to the frequency I’m proposing. My writing has taken a supreme backseat to lots of other things over the last year and thinking about it the last time I really felt like writing was when I was blogging daily throughout 2011. Of course, the issue with that was I had less desire to blog, so I’m incorporating the two together and we’ll see where it goes. The yoga is the most disconcerting of this list because I was actually doing really well with practicing daily. I managed to spend a week at my father’s even and not miss a day and yet throughout this past month I’ve been very sporadic and lazy about it. Considering it’s the only thing that’s been of any help with my pain issues this is something that is totally unacceptable.
As luck would have it, there are a few relevant challenges to help kick start my 2013 plans. I’ll natter on those more specifically if/when I decide to officially participate, though I have already confirmed one I plan to partake in that isn’t specific to the things listed here. I am very intrigued by all of the challenges because essentially it’s providing a support system and by extension another layer of accountability. However, there’s been a few events over the last several days that have dampened my enthusiasm for one specific challenge I was thinking about and I’m feeling more than a little conflicted about participating.
In any case, 2013 is looking to be an interesting year!
Today was another excellent example for the little shepherd in how things really are here for a guide dog; it was a very long, busy and full day. I think I wore her out rather thoroughly because by about lunch time she was slowing down considerably.
We started our day with a trip into Albany for a doctor’s appointment because among the many stupid requirements for this damn prerequisite class I need to have an immunization form filled out and as luck would serve my doctor’s new move to a paperless office has netted a loss of my shot records. Ugh. So, I had to have my blood drawn today to determine what the status of my immunizations were and if I required anything for this form’s completion. Good times.
From there we walked over to Washington Park and I proceeded to march Uschi over practically every square inch of the park. We walked through the tulips again and we walked around the lake and then we just walked around randomly. And then Alice called to let me know she was all set for lunch so we walked over to meet her and then headed back the way we came to the Iron Gate Cafe for a yummy lunch out in their little courtyard.
Uschi did extremely well today and I am very proud of her. I think if she could talk she’d say she was being unduly tortured today what with all the work and the great amount of walking, but other than showing a bit of fatigue she did phenomenally well. She was only mildly distracted throughout the day, including in the park, and most of that was while I was trying to take her picture. (She’s such a brat.) As for the fatigue, I think she just needs to buck it up and realize that this lazy lifestyle she’s grown accustomed to over the winter is not the norm around here. And, really, she’s only two; I don’t see any reason she should be acting like a senior citizen in harness.
Anyway, after lunch we accompanied Alice back to the Plaza and then Uschi and I strolled around the fountains, which haven’t been turned on yet, and I snapped this lovely shot (to the right) of her in front of the back of the Capitol. It may possibly be my most favorite photo I’ve taken of her yet and I’m rather astounded at the reflection in the pool because in person all you can see is black water.
Of course, that was hardly the end of our day as we headed back towards home and went to the library. I exchanged some books and picked up some others and then we parked ourselves at a table for a bit so I could work on my never ending dissertation. Josh met us a bit later and we made a quick pit stop at Price Chopper before heading to his house for our bi-weekly Write-In wherein I wrote an astonishing 1,833 words in my guide dog book. Go me. Or rather go word sprints because only 166 of that was written outside of sprints. Stupid inner-editor.
Now we are home and we are both mighty tired. But there are some additional flower and shepherd photos on this gallery page if you wish to see them. G’night!