I won. I came first. The in-game competition is over.
That means I now have my time back and so it’s time to focus on things more important. Also the game was having a bit of a glitch as they were having problems with servers. Tones had the same problems at work.
We think that the company that makes the game I play and Tones’ work use the same company for their servers. It’s too coincidental otherwise!
So, this week seeing as I couldn’t play my game much anymore, I decided to catch up on everything. I’ve caught up on my blogs (YES!), I’m catching up on filing (both physical and electronic) and I’m catching up on the recording of our finances.
Filing and finances are the bane of my life. Therefore, I do them the least which makes them even more unmanageable over time. Considering my entire mantra this week to get me moving is “How you do anything is how you do everything.” I’ve decided to face all the things I’ve been procrastinating about, head on.
The result? I’ve made some progress 😉
Paris & Rome
Rome has started moulting again. Paris hasn’t yet. I’ve had my couple of weeks of rest and now the continuous vacuuming starts again!
They’re supposed to moult every 3 months (with each season) but for some reason they don’t do it at the same time and they moult for weeks each, so I only get 2 weeks of every 3 months where we’re not breathing in and eating fur!
Seriously, their moulting is giving me white hair! Never mind, I still love them (both the boys and even my white hair). I just have to look at my boys and I feel love. It doesn’t matter if they’re sleeping or breaking something, I still feel love.
They have and continue to teach me unconditional love every day. You just have to see how much fur, hay and bitten furniture there is to understand just how unconditional my love is for them.
But then again, how can you not love them when they look like this when they sleep?
Again another week gone by with no changes to the house.
Instead, I spent an entire afternoon with a friend who was visiting London. She’s found her dream man and her forever home, left the rat race and is now living her ideal life in their beach side escape in Cornwall.
They made the big decision and the move out of London, a year ago or a little over that I think and I must admit, when she visits, I feel like she’s visiting a stagnant pool of water called my life.
As an example, we’ve been living in this flat for 10 years and haven’t moved. She reminded me that Tony and I have been together for 10 years! In fact, our 10 year anniversary (not wedding but being together) went past and both Tony and I completely forgot!! It was back in February. Oops!
So, that evening, I met up with Tony and we went out to a nice meal and ordered a sushi boat plus some Kaki Furai (deep fried giant oysters that you can see in the picture left hand corner)!
That was one way we proved we could take immediate action to rectify things quickly and easily. Batta-bing Batta-boom, our 10 year anniversary celebration, done!
As for being stagnant, when it’s about bigger things, I prefer thinking of our life more like a bamboo. Have you heard that if you plant a Chinese bamboo seed, it will sit in the ground for4-5 years and appear to be dormant. Then, over a six-week period, it will grow 90 feet?
Well, I like to think of this time as the time that we’re attending to our roots. We are being patient, methodical and meticulous. It never looks like anything has changed on the surface but as long as the roots are healthy and growing strong and we continue to tend to them, there will be a huge, beautiful and strong plant shooting out soon enough.
We will see the fruits of our labour. I know that. Patience is a virtue!
Joy & Tones
We ate out a lot this week, not just the sushi. I went for tapas with my friend, bought Chinese takeaway and ate at Byron Burgers. I ate a lot of wheat and bread which I had eliminated from my diet for a while. It seems the eating out didn’t do my brain much good because I had multiple moments of slowness this week.
It wasn’t brain fog but just being slow with constructing sentences and finding the right words to express myself, as if I was in a daze or sleepy stupor when I spoke.
So, it seems I can’t just eat whatever I want when I go out now anymore. Especially if the effects are that immediate and obvious. For now I am definitely removing as much wheat from my diet as possible and won’t be reintroducing it for a long time.
It’s for my brain. I want to remain lucid, every day, ’til the day I leave my body!
I’m back to doing yoga only once a week. By my 3rd Bikram yoga session, I started spot bleeding after yoga again. It looks like it only happens with Bikram yoga. Must be the heat. I’ve noticed my internal body temperature is quite high on its own. Going into a hot room and feeling like I’m overheating must trigger the bleeding.
Once I stopped going to Bikram yoga, the spot bleeding stopped too. So now, I’m only doing Dharma yoga once a week. It really does make me happy and I can see little improvements each week. I do however think that once a week is too little for physical activity, so I might have to add some other form of exercise in between.
Still meditating and now Tony is actually looking into attending a meditation retreat. I, however, am not keen to leave my boys on their own or with a sitter unless necessary. Especially with how they were after the last one.
So we’re thinking of starting off with a day retreat and depending how that goes, we may work ourselves up to longer ones.
I’ve started collating a list of issues I’d like to clear and just the mere act of doing this has actually made my life feel so peaceful, calm and orderly. It’s almost like this exercise has got my mind at ease knowing that these things will be dealt with shortly, so it doesn’t need to worry or hold onto them any more. It’s a good feeling.
I’ve noticed that when I’m checking our money, we have more and when I don’t, we have less.
This week, I’ve put my focus on money. After all, it’s been a while. I haven’t been checking our outgoings for over a year and since we’ve been spending so much lately preparing for all the fixes in the house, plus needing money to sort out the boiler and the windows this spring / summer, it’s about time I start reining it in. It’s all part of tending to our roots.
And with that I can see that we are laying our foundations down quite well. We’re getting more and more well rounded in life having wellness in mind, body, spirit, emotions and now, finances too.
So, that completes my 3rd blog this week to get me up to date and back on track. Late is better than never and having caught up is a really good feeling.
See you next week!!