alithea: (summer_picnic)
Feeling really good today - did my rowing machine exercises this morning, some errands walking round town this afternoon and then finally made it back to t'ai chi tonight. I don't know whether it is just this HIT protocol thing, but either way, it feels good.

Happy Lammas everyone, I hope you all have something to be grateful for this harvest season.

Gratitude

Oct. 29th, 2009 05:04 pm
alithea: (Being human (base by ahlai))
I've been feeling a bit mopey this week, mostly hormonal I think, but the largely miserable weather and the clock change hasn't helped, so I was going to have a good whinge. Then several friends posted about family members seriously ill in hospital, health scares, and potential homelessness and I came back to reality pretty quickly. If all I have to moan about is no job when I have savings in the bank and cheap living costs and an employed partner to share them, and my kitchen falling apart, life really isn't so bad is it? Even if said partner has been busy getting latex and paint all over said falling apart kitchen!

In other news, I seem to have become the top destination for the local Jehovah's Witnesses. The guy is interesting to chat to but if he keeps turning up I'm going to feel obliged to ask him in for a cuppa or something and my house is a tip at present! Must tidy the lounge...
alithea: (footprint (made by girlyboheme))
-Swimming is great, I'm soo glad I took it up again, it really is the most effective form of relaxation for me.

-The Boy is looking very dapper today in his waistcoat. We'll have been together 2 years next weekend and I still think he's a star even when he is driving me up the wall.

-Gizmo has been fine since Tuesday, despite throwing up on the way home from the cattery on Monday and having an upset tummy from stuffing her face the whole time she has been away. She is definitely much happier at the new cattery.

-Anti-histamines aren't quite a miracle drug but I'd certainly have spent much less time miserable over the summer as a child if they had been around 20 years ago.

-This month is going to be very busy and rather expensive but I get to spend time celebrating with some of my favourite people, who I do not see often enough these days.
alithea: (Ice berries (made by boundary))
I think this is the most snow I have ever seen in Dundee, and it's still coming down pretty thickly and doesn't look like it is going to stop anytime soon! There must be a good 3 or 4 inches out there already; it's level with the curb on the road outside.

I'm not complaining (although I am wishing I'd cleaned and treated my walking boots) because I'd much rather have snow than pouring rain and the howling gales we had last winter (not fun when you live in a 3rd floor shrieking shack with a sloping chimney pot over your bedroom), but I am very grateful I can afford to heat my house properly.
alithea: (Arty thoughtful)
Weather is cold and wet, cycling between rain, sleet and actual snow. Apparently, today is officially the most depressing day of the year, and it certainly isn't very cheery around here as I have stomach cramps and a headache, and feel generally yuck, and I need to write 10 pages of my report this week, and every week hereafter until the weekend after Easter (so 13 weeks altogether) to avoid major stressing out at the last minute as usual.

I do however, have good hair today, entering week 3 of the no-shampoo experiment. In an effort to counteract the very drying effect of swimming in chlorinated water on my already dry hair, I'm washing it with conditioner instead of shampoo, rinsing and then conditioning as usual. It was permanently greasy to start with but I washed it this morning and it is now soft and shiny and wavy, and significantly less fizzy than usual, and doesn't seem to be greasy even underneath so there is definately progress.

And my computer account hasn't been deleted. Although my contract still hasn't actually arrived...
alithea: (Kaylee (made by viadisaster))
- Bob is coming to do a T'ai Chi workshop on Sunday. This may not sound awfully impressive to most of you, but Bob Lowey is internationally (in)famous if you move in t'ai chi circles! Hopefully, I will get to learn some of the new Wudan form so I'm not left watching the Monday night people practice.

- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season 2 starts on Virgin1 next week. Season 1 was very shiny indeed, I highly recommend it.

- My mortgage is going down again next month thanks to the interest rate cut

- thanks to the restorative power of tea, a hot shower, a bowl of museli and a glass of orange juice, I no longer feel like death warmed up

- I'm meeting friends for a cuppa and a good natter later

Actually, I should really go and get dressed now, I'm going out in 40 mins!
alithea: (Default)
- Gainful employment, as of tomorrow

- Not being late for my dental appointment (by the skin of my teeth *hehe* NOTE TO SELF: walking to Lochee High Street takes 40-45 mins at a sensible pace, not 30 mins, and your feet won't thank you if you do it wearing patterned net tights!)

- Clean bill of dental health

- a proper cup of tea and a toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel

- 4 books for the price of 1 new one in the British Heart Foundation Charity shop - the first two volumes of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, a Georgette Heyer (one of her murder mysteries rather than a Regency romance but nevermind, next thing I'll be reading Dorothy L. Sayers, given half of [livejournal.com profile] stylishly_yours's obsession with Harriet Vane!), and a random impulse buy, The Nightingale's Nest by Sarah Harrison, because I've never read any of her stuff before.

- Finally reading the Dune books (I can't believe I've never got around to it before!), which are very thought provoking about religion and history and power, but still have great characters and plot. Okay, so they fall down a bit feminism-wise but we can't have everything, and I *heart* Duncan Idaho.

- Autumn - the trees outside my bedroom window are beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow, and the weather is bright and sunny and cool, perfect for knee high boots and snuggley cardigans.

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