I cannot sleep which is very frustrating since I have to wake up earlier than normal tomorrow (4 instead of 4:37) to get ready to head to Portland for a business trip.  It will be a long day – flying at 6 am and returning at 4 pm, meetings with the Supplier from 9-1.  It will be good.  This will be my second visit to a supplier, my first out of State.  It’s good to put faces to the names and get a feel for their issues.

I bought a new laptop last month and it has been exciting to play with and figure out.  Not that there should be much figuring out but it feels new and almost like I don’t quite know what to do with it.  I have transferred a few files over from the old desktop (circa 2001) and have yet to make the decision on a few items that I don’t use regularly but would be nice to have.  I just can’t cut the cord ya know?  *rolls eyes*  I bought an external hard drive so I could seriously just clear the desktop and be done with it.  What is this hesitation all about?  It is partly laziness. 

I’m also working on my own personal website.  I will do most of my blogging on that once it is complete.  I’m excited about it and for some reason a little nervous – I’ve had it for almost two months now and of course tonight I planned to Blog on it and there was a problem with the blog link.  Argh!

Close to two months ago I decided to keep a “Daily Actions” list which includes all of the things I would like to do on a daily or somewhat daily basis.  Some of the activities include reading, meditation, writing (could be emails but I meant Journaling which I’d like to do more often), social (which can mean talking on the phone), exercise, energy work, spiritual (reading or tuning into my Higher Power), etc.  I originally started it as a way to keep track of my exercise, which I had been totally slacking at lately despite good attempts “here and there”.  I also told myself that I would not be feeling guilty or beat myself up if I did not have a little check mark in the box.  When I started the list I just wanted to keep track of the exercise mostly – be accountable to myself and also mark my progress.  I had great success the first 5-6 weeks!  I was hitting the gym dutifully 4-5 times a week.  It felt great.  Since wakeboarding has entered my life again I’ve been a bit of a slacker the last two weeks and while I’ve been working my body in other ways, I still miss my routine.  I’m listening to my body though for what it wants and needs (and when) and it’s a great feeling.  I quickly push the “shoulds” aside.  I looked at the list yesterday and was quite thrilled to see the progress in many areas.  Some of the items on the list may need to be tweaked or defined better but for starters, it’s worked out well and I feel like I really am doing things that I need/want to do for myself.  Roar!

A little note about exercise that I have discovered for myself — you gotta do something that you like AND at a time that works for you.  Early morning works best for me, however with already working an early morning job, that isn’t going to happen.  I realized that I need to hit the gym right after work otherwise I find too many things to distract me once I get home.  I used to be a die-hard for the kickboxing and pilates classes.  They start later in the afternoon and I wasn’t making it to them the longer I sat at home “waiting” for class time.  I’ve had to adjust.  I tried the treadmill which I found terribly boring.  I tried the elliptical machine one day and wow – working arms and legs – that was a good thing for me!  Then I do some push-ups (haha) and abs (or rather, have intentions to do them).  Weekends is usually first thing since I still wake up around 6 am.  I’m just creating a routine or habit and it’s working!  It just takes repetition and some will-power.  For me I had to look at it as anything else I’m doing daily – a shower, going to work, reading, eating.  It’s just what I do and I feel better for it.  I miss some of my group classes but for now, this is what is working for me and if it gets me there and going, then I’m going to keep at it.

Friday was the two-year death anniversary of Zeke.  I was a bit sad yesterday as it would have been his 10th birthday.  I have had yearnings to get another dog but in the condo, I can only have one up to 25 lbs and sorry, that just seems wimpy to me.  However, it still crosses my mind every once in awhile.  I don’t want the responsibility in some ways.  Obviously, I still have some thinking to do on this subject.

I’m still waiting for my call to Italy.  I volunteered for the Supplier Assist Program – where they send us out to Suppliers in or out of the Country so we can help them get parts out the door.  I am at the top of the Waiting List.  I was actually called last week to go to Japan for either 3 or 6 months.  I said NO.  I was surprised they accepted that – I thought when I submitted my name I would have to go wherever they wanted to send me, whatever was available.  I guess not!  I am holding out for Italy.  I know it might sound crazy but I am not feeling Japan at all right now, however, I am all gung ho for Italy.  It would be minimum of 3 months with possible extension.  It will be a great experience and I am ready for that phone to ring!

I guess that is it for now – I’m keeping things simple and doing what I want when I want.  Wow, what a concept!  It sure feels good, though.  I definitely have the current motto:  It’s all about The Jylly!  I highly suggest you get the same one!  Alright, you can substitute your own name if you must!  Bwaa 

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