It’s still summer.


Hey there and happy autumn! Its only a cool 9,000 degrees here in South Florida today and everyone is feeling kind of grumpy about the weather.  But I’m burning my fall scented candles and am surrounded by vases full of golden Mums

I’m enjoying a nice relaxing day home.  Its National Indian Day today so I have the day off from work.  Yesterday was spent at the community’s Indian Day celebration and I was tuckered out by the end of it, being outside in the blazing sun and trying to prevent the tiny kindergarteners from getting concussions from our giant Jenga game!  My most favorite part of the day was watching a girl carry around a baby alligator the ENTIRE day.  I asked her what her alligator’s name was to which she replied he had no name and then said I could pet him.  I poked at his scutes and let his little clawed foot wrap around my pointer finger and then they darted off to play with her friends!

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Sunday I am off to a conference for several days where I get to hang out with museum colleagues from across the state.  Should be good and hopefully bring back some new inspiration and energy.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, mostly work stuff, but I’m trying to put into practice staying in the present moment and not let myself get all twisted up into a pretzel.  One of the ways I’m working on this is taking time out during my lunch breaks.  I have made an effort to spend some quiet time, alone.  I am lucky to have a big, floor to ceiling window where I can look out at the cypress dome.  I sit in my chair, put a few drops of an essential oil on and then listen to a short, guided meditation — I use the app Relax Melodies.  It has helped so much to reset and start the second part of my day with a level head and positive outlook!  Of course I’m not perfect and there are some days, just 10 minutes after I finish that I get anxious about something else, but practice makes progress!

In other news, I am one pound away from my first weight loss goal of 20 pounds!! Yippee! 11 weeks in and I am still feeling great.  As I’ve mentioned before, I definitely have days that I want to quit my program or binge eat 100 popsicles, but I am proud of how far I’ve come.  I’ve also started to map out my next goals and what that timeline will look like.  However, I’m trying hard not to be too strict on those timelines because, ya know, life happens.  I am most excited that when my nephews come to visit in a few weeks I will have the energy to play and swim and keep up with a 4 and 6 year old!

I have another doctor’s appointment coming up and I’m looking forward to discussing next steps  (ovulation is on the docket) and maybe get some blood work done to see how/if my hormone levels have changed.

Well, enough boring chat for this Friday afternoon– I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day with Aurelia who has forgotten that just because I am home it does not mean she will be fed every 10 seconds.  I see some Netflix, an afternoon cup o’joe, and a couch nap in my future– and maybe some housework…maybe 🙂



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