|Blue nosed cat! Rare LED breed...|
To those hospital workers and first responders who are working the holidays- thank you! It wasn't that long ago that I hung a stocking on a lab wall and supported the ER and critical care units, spending my breaks and lunch with my fellow Med Techs/CLS's and lab support staff family. You have may admiration and thanks for working to keep my family and the community safe and well.
I don't take any time off at the holidays for granted.
2013 Holiday Priorities:
1. The best! Time with Jr. Family Member and other family.
2. Very awesome: Visiting with friends and neighbors,
3. On template food that doesn't trigger but is flavorful and rich and low inflammatory- Tasty balsamic beef crock pot roast from George the Civilized Caveman and recipe to follow for garlic Red Argentine shrimp. Using spices/flavors to celebrate the holiday: cinnamon and peppermint extract.
4. Great walks and photos at the beach and some tide pooling.
5. Last minute shopping: Land's End (Sears) has a great sale on long sleeve shirts and turtle necks. Replacing my smalls with X-Smalls for more clothes that fit. $12 for a long sleeved shirt that will last 5-10 years. Yeah!
6. Prioritizing time into 1-5 and eliminating activities that stress me out and made me sick.
Ghosts of Holiday's past:
1-2: Not wanting to be in photos because of my weight.
3. Going to parties/dinners to eat and not visit.
4. Sitting and watching TV or sleeping on the couch due to 1-3.
5. Stocking multiple sizes of clothes so I could over eat and cover up with huge sweaters and mental promises to "restart" come Jan 1.
6. Spending time on things that did not bring me joy- house decorating, gift wrapping and bows,
card sending, cookie baking, junk buying, and emotional eating. Customizing 1-5 has brought more joy to the season and less illness. I used to get majorly ill on the last week of every year. Not any more! Okay, everybody knock on wood right now...
Here's to prioritizing yourself and your health this holiday season. Toss the old traditions and embrace the new normal. Safe travels to you all. I salute all of you for prioritizing yourself and your health this year.
|No snow, but the tea trees were blooming|