Whoot! 7 weeks into 2018 and we get to start the year again!
Happy Chinese New Year!
This week, week 7 was the week of completions. I was introduced to this concept of completions back in 1998. Back then I just understood it as someone’s fancy way to name their to-do list.
“The completions I accomplished today were….” and then to me it just sounded like listing things off their to-do list that they managed to “complete”.
It’s only now, 20 years later that I finally get it. So let me explain so you don’t need to take 20 years to figure it out (I know, I’m slow like that!).
So, you know those things that exist for you to do that you kind of leave and put off and then before you know it, months or even years go by and you still haven’t done it? You know you’re supposed to do it so every now and again, something will come up that will remind you of it. We all have those right?
WELL, let me tell you that the feeling you get when you actually get the thing done, when that weight is off your shoulders, when the niggling can finally stop, when any thoughts of “oh yeah, I still have to do that” just disappear about that item…. THAT is a completion.
This week, was a week of that and it feels REALLY good!!
Paris & Rome
Rome’s exercise area has been in the hallway ever since he and Paris began to fight (about a year ago). We barely let him into the bedroom because he bites EVERYTHING. You only need to see our skirting boards and all the broken wires we’ve had to fix and/or replace, and now the entire underneath of the bed to understand.
If you like your stuff pristine, don’t get a rabbit. Otherwise don’t put anything you care about, in a place where he can reach it with his teeth!!
This week, we bit the bullet and decided to trust him and leave him on his own in the bedroom. We moved his entire play area into the room, finally clearing the hallway so we can walk through it freely without tripping on boxes, his toys or him.
It is the first week in over a year that we’ve been able to open and close our front door freely without hitting his boxes and having to walk in through the door sideways. It feels AMAZING!
This is what Rome thinks about it…
The boys have taken it in turns to moult and go through some episode of GI stasis this week including me having to stay up until 3am just to make sure Paris was actually eating but pleased to report they’re both still alive, happy and eating and pooping well again.
I don’t mind this, I actually like having an excuse to massage their fat furry bellies. It’s the only time they’ll let me touch them on their tummy (to gently ease their tummy ache). I think being able to help them at this time has allowed the bunnies to learn to trust me even more.
The week of completions definitely compensated for the extremely lazy week we had last week. Here were my completions of house stuff:
- Re-cleaned (because there were still some pee stains on it even after hosing it down with the shower and scrubbing it down) Paris’ carrier and finally packed it away. This was outstanding since beginning of Jan when we got back from holiday.
- Cleaned all my makeup tools and brushes. I made a point to do this once a year since I only wear makeup about once a year and it was due to be done at the end of last year.
- Fixed the blinds in the bedroom. One of the ropes had come away from the blinds. The one you pull so the blinds go up. I had to hand sew quite a few places to put it back in place and get it working again. This has been outstanding for at least 6 months, if not more.
- Fixed sliding door rubber lining (as much as I could anyway). Rome pretty much destroyed it so I salvaged what I could and stuck it back on. Again, another thing that has been broken for more than 6 months.
- Fixed chewed up wires – this is never ending since we got the bunnies but I’m hoping this was the last of it and that is because….
- We rearranged furniture and wires in the bedroom so that Rome could stay in there unsupervised without reaching or destroying any more than he already has. There is part relief and also partly wondering if we’d done a good enough job in this department. Hilarious to watch our inability to outsmart a rabbit. When they really want to get to something, they can be very clever (and destructive) about it.
- Made new batches of natural personal and home cleaning products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, Face wash, hand wash, all-purpose cleaning spray and dishwashing detergent). When I have to make many different kinds because they all finish at similar times, I procrastinate about it. Probably shampoo / conditioner were the longest outstanding, for about a month or two (we just used hotel shampoos that we’d collected from holidays instead).
- Fixed Tony’s mala beads. MULTIPLE TIMES. I had to rethread all the beads because he broke the string, scattering beads everywhere. This has been outstanding since last year.
When I finally fixed it, he broke it again and so I just threw the beads into the vase as “decorative” rocks for flowers.
It’s really a wonderful feeling when you don’t have to think about things anymore. Not because you’ve forgotten or blocked them from memory (because that requires effort) but because you really don’t have to think about them anymore because you’ve dealt with it and COMPLETED it!
On top of my completions, I also attempted to make almond milk AGAIN. This is the 3rd time around. This time, I blended the almonds and then used a muslin cloth to strain. The result was a much smoother almond milk. It was really good!!!
I made cake again using the strained almond meal. This time I attempted making the same chocolate cake recipe without the cacao (because I wanted to know what it would taste like). Bad idea.
Tony and I ate it anyway, doused it in strawberry jam and cream and when we ran out of jam, we used honey and cream. Yes, this is honey. It’s all crystalised because it’s raw honey and it’s cold in London 😉 It looks way better than it tasted!!
Joy & Tones
For completion, we finished watching the rest of Season 5 of Vikings. I suppose I could just look it up but are these tales/stories of real people? Is this series actually based on historical fact or are they fiction?
We’ve seen all of Ragnar’s life and right now we’re up to King Alfred (Alfred The Great) becoming King in England and Ragnar’s sons Ivar The Boneless and Bjorn Ironside having a Viking civil war. If sticking closely to fact, then this is the first time I’ve actually enjoyed history lessons!!
In addition to this, we also managed to watch Daddy’s Home, Daddy’s Home 2 and Darkest Hour. Some comedy and some more history!! I actually liked watching Darkest Hour having watched Dunkirk maybe a month or two ago and also watching The Crown. All three has the events of WW2 in England seen from different perspectives. It really does bring history to life!
We’ve also continued to eat high fat (for brain health) foods. It doesn’t do a thing to change weight and I might be going about it in the wrong way (eg we’ve eaten more cream and cheese in the last 2 weeks than we do in a year) but I’m doing it to help my brain and surprisingly, although very subtle, I’m definitely experiencing less brain fog episodes. I’m still experiencing brain fog at times but less so than I was, late last year.
So, this week I went to Dharma for beginners. The first time in a year? or 2 years?? and we LOVED it. It was the same teacher whose classes we went to before and although it wasn’t at the same studio, he remembered us!
Since I haven’t been to any yoga for a while and have only done 3 classes (one vinyasa, one bikram and now one dharma), I was very stiff and weak. I could barely hold myself up in side plank and was sweating profusely.
I was also unable to do warrior 3 (balancing stick) with my arms perfectly straight/without strain. Also, I used to be able to touch my knee to my forehead and now I cannot do that. And don’t even get started with the binds… my shoulders are stuck in hunched forward position LOL
The great thing is, for the first time, I didn’t judge myself for it. I just noticed that I couldn’t do certain things and instead of making myself feel bad (which I normally do), I actually thought, “Wow, it’s been a while huh? It’s ok, you’ll get back there soon enough. Just take it easy, take it as it comes.”
Which leads me back to meditation. I got it wrong last week. It is only THIS week that we’ve been meditating for 4 weeks. Yet, there have been so many changes in our lives that it feels like it’s been way longer!!
This concept of “Take it easy, take it as it comes” is one that has made the most significant impact. I’ve noticed that this is the thought that helps me to let go of expectations, let go of outcomes. It is also the same concept that has me understand kindness and compassion to self, everything and everyone.
It’s also become easier to apply that kindness to myself and for that I am grateful to have found something that works to that effect. Don’t get me wrong, my episodes of kindness and compassion are still few and far between. I’m just saying, it’s becoming easier!
Chinese New Year Dinner 2018
So, here it is, our CNY 2018 meal. We usually do this on the eve.
We only took one photo. Sorry, we were distracted chatting as we invited a couple of friends to help us eat it. Whole steamed fish, whole ginger-shallot chicken, crab yee mein, dried oysters with fat choi and jai.
Our place has become pretty squishy since getting the rabbits and you can even see the fencing to the hallway in the background but it was nice to be able to invite people over even if it was “cosy”.
CNY is the one time of the year that I become really superstitious. All those rules of cleaning the house, wearing red etc all get adhered to in our household and CNY meal ends up being the same/similar each year. So anyone that’s seen me post about this in previous years will see pretty much the same picture every time!! Hahaha
Why? Because when we started following all those superstitious rules about food, home and routine for CNY, life just started to improve. With each year, we have gotten healthier, happier and wealthier. Even in tough years, it never ends up as tough as things used to be.
It could be experience or age or a different outlook to life but whatever the case, life started improving after our first CNY when I looked up all the rules and adhered to them. Why change/stop it if it works right? If I had a pair of lucky underwear I’m sure I would wear them on CNY just to ensure the year ahead is more prosperous than the last.
And with that, I wish you too a very prosperous year of the Dog. I hope you were wearing your lucky underwear and eating lots of long life noodles!
See you next week 🙂