This was one prompt that I was thrilled to see, mostly because it's something I've been thinking about lately. I'm still stuck at home with my fractured foot, so my priorities have chranged a bit from my usual frenetic pace. That said, it hasn't been all relaxation here. I've had to work part-time due to the horrible situation at work and the two week vacation of the employee who is the backbone of my department, and that has stretched from an anticipated twenty hours a week to closer to thirty. Yesterday, at 3:30 I was feeling quite crabby because I'd been so busy I hadn't had lunch yet, so it was quite like being in the office without actually being there. I am trying to slow things down and focus on recovery, but the past week has been a challenge. When I do have time to slow it down, here's what I'm loving right now:
1. The library - I can get El Esposo to bring me once a week to get books. I have done so much reading lately, and it's been fantastic. I've not been a huge fan of our local library because they don't own a lot of books that I want to read, but I have been expanding my reading horizons to what is available in their collection and there is always interlibrary loan, which gives me access to libraries with more diverse holdings. All these library trips are rubbing off on El Esposo, as he is now thinking that he wants to get a library card. (I've had my library card since I first moved to this town.)
2. Headspace - I have been using the Headspace app to meditate almost daily. I end up taking breaks on the weekends because it's hard to find ten minutes to myself where I can meditate without interruption.
3. Baths - With or without epsom salts, my almost daily bath is one of the highlights of my day. Once I got my cast off and was in a removable air cast, this became a ritual. I love my hot bath, and how it relaxes my foot as well as some of the other muscles that have been getting an extra workout as I hobble around on crutches. Also, this is prime time to read.
4. My Pranamat - I bought this massage mat last year and it was fun, but I fell out of using it. I have started again. Pranamats are a little pricy, but they are made out of natural and eco friendly materials. When I compared the materials to some other brands, I felt better buying this one. It is so relaxing to lie on the mat for five or ten minutes.
5. Knitting - Well, of course. There are some days when fatigue or pain makes me lose interest in knitting, but on days when I am feeling better, I love it. I have finished three WIP's recently, but I can't block them until I am more mobile.
6. Dogs - Every day, the rest of the family comes and goes and does their thing, but the dogs are home all day with me and I love having them around. Two of them in particular have become my nurses and snuggle with me as much as possible.
7. Moxie - I've been drinking so much tea that I'm getting sick of tea, and my cold brewed coffee has not been available from the dairy every week. So Moxie has been a good substitute. Not a lot of people love it, but I do. It was originally (1876) marketed as medicinal, so maybe it's helping, lol.
8. Klondike Bars - These have never really been my favorite ice cream treat, but I have to admit, they are growing on me. Plus, my youngest loves to tease me and ask me what I would do for a Klondike bar. Just don't let me buy the matching Kate Spade purse.
9. Ancestry - I did get my DNA results back and I have put together my family tree and also found some people who share some DNA with me. It's kind of odd, as my results were slightly more DNA from my mom's side, yet the people who share DNA with me on Ancestry seem to be mostly from my dad's side. I guess there are more folks on that side who are interested in genealogy.
I've also had the luxury of pondering what this DNA information means. I will never forget, a few years ago, after Christmas dinner, the kids went off to play and my parents sat El Esposo and me down for a serious talk. They wanted to let me know that my aunt's cancer was back (She died of cancer in 2014.) and that my uncle had multiple cancers (He has been hospitalized for the same for the past few weeks.). The conversation turned from serious and scary to bizarre when my mother went on a gleeful rant about how everyone on my dad's side of the family has had cancer, cancer doesn't run on her side of the family, that I take after my dad's side of the family and should expect to get cancer, and that my brother is 100% her side of the family and won't get it. El Esposo and I were shocked into silence at the time, but we do talk about that moment a lot. Now that I know that slightly more than 50% of my DNA is from my mom's family, I do wonder about cancer and about whether my mother would revise her revolting rant. I doubt it. I think she'd still say that I have enough of my dad's family genetics to still get cancer, which appears to be her fervent desire for my future.
10. 1 Up Box - I'm not a subscription box person. Nancy is. My son is. On Friday, his 1Up Box arrived, and it was empty. As in there was a hole in the box and the tape had been slit and the post office had stamped a warning about the empty box all over it.
I shot off an email to 1Up Box, explaining what had happened. They responded RIGHT AWAY. They apologized, asked for photos of the box (which I sent), and by the end of the day sent an email saying that they had already mailed out a replacement box. It arrived Monday. I have to give a big should out to these folks, because that is customer service that exceeded my wildest expectations.
So, that's what's making me happy lately. What about you?