Hi again from Victoria, my “second home” for a couple of months. Though my mom is healing relatively well from her two hip surgeries in April, she still has mobility limitations. Before my Dad died, he was running errands and doing housework but now that he’s gone (some days, that seems so unreal still), and my mom isn’t quite back to normal, and I’m coming over on weekends to help out physically, and also be here emotionally for support if she needs it. It is a very strange time for us all…..
B.C Ferries loves me right now though, Dennis is very supportive (and has been working weekends anyway, so even if I was home, we would often be ships passing in the night), and I’m just doing what needs to be done to get our family through this unexpectedly challenging time.
On another note, as many of you know, last Wednesday was my birthday. I usually think of birthdays as people’s “own unique New Year’s Day”. So what better time to set myself some resolutions???
I am the first to admit that my healthy resolutions and self care have absolutely moved to the back burner in the last couple of months. As a result my energy is low, my motivation is low, my weight is up by 7 lbs, my skin is less that flawless, and overall, I just don’t feel 100%. So now, it’s MY New Year, the birthday celebrations are winding down (though they have been lovely albeit low key), and I need to dig deep, find my motivation, and get back on the healthy train.
My goals are:
- Get back to cooking “from scratch” dinners most nights of the week. Lately, it has been really easy to grab a frozen lasagne, take out on the way home, or meals based around convenience/processed ingredients. Though that isn’t a bad thing once in a while, my cooking skills are not being used. Back to making quick and healthy meals from scratch, taking a healthy lunch to work, and tracking points. I just need to commit to that.
- I need to up my intake of fruit and vegetables, get back to drinking my apple cider vinegar/maple syrup water every morning, and actually drink more water in general.
- Go to yoga at LEAST twice (preferably 3 times) a week. I love yoga, but lately, getting there has been a real push. I’m fine once I get there, it’s the actually GETTING THERE that is a challenge. So I’m committing to 2 if not 3 practices between Monday and Friday. Once I’m back home on weekends, I’ll get back to my Saturday class too.
- Continue to go for my lunchtime walks. I’ve been pretty good at that for the most part, and commit to continuing even though the weather is turning and the rains are going to be more frequent.
- I have been harbouring and internalizing some ill will and bad feelings of late. That is hurting nobody but myself so I’m doing my best to just let things be. I can’t change people, I can’t change much of life’s circumstances, but I can change how I react. Namaste! :)\
- I have been laughing a lot (it’s what I do), so that will continue. I do however, need to be a bit kinder to myself – and also laugh AT myself more!
I think that is enough for now. Wish me luck, I’ll be checking in with progress.
You know I said Dennis was supportive, and we are ships passing in the night at bit? Well….look what I saw in the stall of the ladies room at the bus depot in Vancouver this morning. DENNIS!!! Before you married Chelsea, you probably should have divorced me first! LOL!
I wonder if any of the other women in the ladies room heard my camera shutter. I bet they wondered WHAT on earth I was taking a picture of. LOL again!
I’m still getting used to my fantastic birthday camera lens (it is a Tamron 18-270 zoom lens). It is taking a bit of practice to judge image distortion at certain distances, the speed of which the lens can focus and the weight and feel of the camera now. All part of the learning process….
Here are a few pics from today’s crossing….
This was taken from the deck of the ferry on full zoom, then cropped.
Same with this shot…
These two seagulls flew behind the ferry for about half an hour.
I just LOVE these clouds. To me, they look like eyes watching over the ocean and the ship. (and yes, I do have quite an active imagination) You can also see it wasn’t a very nice morning to be on the ferry.
I liked the way the changing currents collided in this bit of water. And thank you Mr. Gull for being active foreground. :)
Speaking of birds, I have NEVER seen so many gulls all flying around and feeding in a passage that the ferry goes through. It was incredible, and photos don’t do justice of the spectacle which was this photo, multiplied by 1000. (and wow, the noise of all the squawking was crazy)
This gull is crazy too….fly quickly, or you’ll get pulled into the waves from the passing ferry.
I made some new friends on the ferry. Look at the little girl’s top of the head ponytail. AWWW….so cute! I looks like a little fountain. She and her family were lovely too. We had many laughs.
Interesting reflection of the sail….
And the final “crossing” picture….more aquatic birds.
I found these two on my parent’s next door neighbor’s lawn. AWWWW. I’ve captioned the first one “I have a secret to tell you”…
And here, the Dad was showing/teaching the young one (with only one horn. AWW) how to “buck and headbutt”.
My mom and her neighbor Shirlee had a little cupcake and wine party for my birthday this afternoon. :) I haven’t posted pics of my mom lately! See? She looks great!!!!
The cupcakes were really good too.
I’m not sure if I’ll be posting tomorrow, I may be getting a later ferry. If not, I’ll be back on Monday…. Hope everyone’s weekend is going well.