The calm before the storm.

Hey, everyone! Here I am. My diet’s going freaktastically well! Having someone to answer to makes all the difference. But also, I realized that if I go a week without junk food, I quit wanting junk food. That’s major. It’s not something I can easily eat in moderation for two reasons:

  1. It makes me feel like failure, which leads to a slippery slope of diet loss, and then I’m back on the junk food all the time; and
  2. It triggers happy chemicals in my brain, and then the addiction returns, so really it’s best for me to never indulge.

But it’s all good. Some days, all I eat is my peanut butter oatmeal (yum!) and a huge salad for dinner, and minimal snacking. It’s all filling! So, no hunger.

Oh! Hey, guess what? My Amazon Prime got cancelled again. This time I very calmly checked my browsing history. (I was sitting here when I got the email.) Apparently, I hadn’t been to Amazon in four hours. Aha! Someone must’ve hacked my account and cancelled my Prime. So I changed the passwords and logged out. Good thing I’m not as out of touch with reality as I feared! (That sort of thing really does freak me out.)

I’m not sure if I’ve lost weight yet, but I need to get back into exercising. I hope to do that soon, ideally later today.

I love my new bed and slept quite soundly last night. I still tossed and turned a bit, but I don’t really blame the bed. I’m just a rough sleeper. But I felt very comfortable and deeply relaxed. I was practicing Czech before bed and getting everything wrong. Duolingo started saying things to me that it’s never said before, like, “Don’t worry. Even when your answers are wrong, you’re still learning,” and “Practice makes perfect! Don’t give up.” So I finally realized I need to practice earlier in the day, and then I went to bed.

Oh my gosh, I just remembered. My mom’s coming back to town tomorrow. She’ll be here for a while, staying at her condo again. My sister’s fetching her from the airport. I’m going to ideally earn some money by taking my mom on errands and to doctor’s appointments. It should all make for some very entertaining yet tragicomic blog posts, so stay tuned. She also wants me to drive her north two hours so she can visit her sisters. She’ll have to pay me hugely for that, as the drive (with her, no less!) exhausts me under the best of circumstances.

My sister’s wedding is in a few weeks, and the very next day is my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. We’re going to celebrate it despite their divorce of roughly thirty years ago. I find this delightful. They do still care about each other and like each other, so that’s worth celebrating in my book. My mom’s boyfriend won’t take offense. It’s not a romantic thing at all. Oh, yeah. I need to tell my dad that it will be celebrated. He doesn’t know yet. Being a good ex-husband, he won’t mind.

Whenever my mom asks why my dad still likes her, I say, “You’re his favorite ex-wife.”

She replies, “I’m his only ex-wife.”

“Right, which makes you his favorite.”

So anyway, things are going to get crazier real fast, and this blog post should set the scene to the calm before the storm. Hold onto your seats! Things might get a little out of sorts.

14 thoughts on “The calm before the storm.

  1. That’s hilarious that they still celebrate anniversaries. I wonder what kind of wedding-related catastrophes your mom will come up with. I’m guessing there will be all kinds of drama around you standing your ground about going to the wedding..

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    1. HA HA HA HA! I know, right? And it’s just so wrong of me to miss the wedding, what with Mr. Perfect’s deadly case of the flesh-eating virus! ๐Ÿ˜€ [Facepalm.] I admit that I’m excited to see how things go!

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    1. Giggle-fest!!! HA HA HA HA! Stay tuned, because it’s going to be hilarious. And oh yes!! Without families, where would we get all of our drama?! ๐Ÿ˜€ Quick recap: I won’t be attending the wedding because my sister’s evil. My mom will be disconsolate and might try to keep manipulating me into attending. Her current thing is telling me that my sister’s fiance, whom I have nothing against whatsoever–good guy, has the flesh-eating virus. (He doesn’t have the flesh-eating virus.) But even with me skipping the wedding, whenever my mom pays for my help, things go to hell in a handbasket. Oh my goodness. It should be wildly entertaining if nothing else!! Thanks for the congrats!!

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      1. I mean as long as youโ€™re happy Iโ€™d congratulate you if youโ€™d started a chocolate only diet! Yes family drama is the best/worst depending on perspective and distance! Thanks for the recap ๐Ÿคฃ why youโ€™d want to attend a wedding with a flesh eating virus risking all attendees is beyond me!

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      2. HA HA HA H AH A! I know, right? No one wants to contract the flesh-eating virus! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t think my mom thought that through, or maybe she’s just doing that thing where she latches onto the worst-case scenario and believes it! He was tested for it but found to not have it, and he just has a bacterial infection that can have a full recovery, but my mom keeps telling me otherwise! At this point, I’m just letting her run with it! ๐Ÿ˜€

        Ooooh, a chocolate-only diet! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ YESSSSS!!!!

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  2. So glad to hear your diet is going well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope dealing with your mum and all the drama won’t consume all of your brain energy.
    I find that language learning indeed works better earlier in the day, even though I normally prefer to do most other things that require a lot of thinking later in the day. With languages it’s somehow different though, perhaps it’s easier to get motivated when it’s earlier or something. I typically do my language learning as soon as my brain wakes up properly, that is usually about an hour or two after I get up, so perhaps doing it earlier will be easier for you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That makes so much sense, but I’m conflicted! I always try to do more productive stuff after I awaken, like cleaning, errands, exercise (which I do late at night also), projects, and so forth. I’ve got to do some serious deep thought and come up with a way to work it in!! I definitely think you’re right that it’s going to be too hard on the brain to do it before bed or later in the day!! I’ll find a way to do it!! YAY!!

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      1. Even if it’s not going to be too hard, I think it’s just not the best idea to stuff your brain with new information before bed. At least not for me. It feels kinda unhealthy, bit like if you did a lot of physical exercise straight before bed and then went to bed without showering or ate a huge meal right before going to bed. It might make you exhausted and thus put you to sleep, but, at least in my experience, it’s a lot more likely to overstimulate the brain and make it buzz frantically as it processes all you put in it. Which can be a real pleasurable feeling during the day, but may make you too intellectually wired to fall asleep. I am a pro night time ruminator regardless, so I definitely try to avoid to much mental stimulation before sleep.

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      2. Oh my!! I often eat late-night snacks and go to the gym at around 10:00 or 11:00 PM. Yikes! Wow, I’d never even given it a thought! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ But you’re so right!! I’ll have to go back to the drawing board and redraft a better daily routine!! Thanks for the insight! And thanks for your email! I’m going to read it and reply here! It looks like it’s filled with language tips!! I knew you’d be the person to go to!! YAY!!

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      3. Well, it’s not like I know a whole lot about eating or exercising, it’s my Mum who is a lifestyle geek, so maybe it’s not universal at all that people should not eat or go to the gym late, everyone is different, after all, so different things may work for different people. With mental activity though, unless someone functions really badly earlier in the day, I strongly believe it’s better to stick to the earlier hours.

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      4. Yeah, who knows? Sonya’s always urging me to not eat after a certain hour, too!! AAUGH!! There’s probably something to it. And then I went to the gym late last night and freakin’ slept until 1:20 PM!! AAUGH!! Me and my habits!! But I have decided (since I value my brain more than anything else, apparently) never to study Czech late at night!! YAY!!

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