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Summer preparations, and my work leave

Evan and I went to Home Depot on Wednesday in preparation for 'summerizing' our apartment. We bought curtain rods and special fabric that absorbs heat, noise, and is reflective. We sleep out in what would be considered the living room, and we have large windows with only a set of slatted blinds. When summer kicks in and there's relentless sun and heat, it makes it challenging to stay comfortable. So when I looked at the weather and saw days of sunshine with the temperatures in the 70s and even 80 by Monday, we decided it was time to take care of this. It also helps that I'm on leave as I can get out my sewing machine and make some curtains as well. I'll also make a long curtain-like divider to hang from the ceiling to make our bedroom/living room somewhat blocked off from the rest of the apartment— we have a rolling air conditioning unit that we used last year, and cooling off just our living space is much more efficient. We did that last year by using thumbtacks and hanging up a blanket. This year we thought we'd be slightly more sophisticated. ;) But there's no denying it: SUMMER IS COMING.

My leave is going well; extra therapy, lots of bodywork, especially this week. I had ashiatsu massage on Monday, chiropractic adjustment on Tuesday, and today I'm going to get acupuncture and cupping thanks to a Living Social deal. I try not to think about having to return to work and the stress of it, and have been mostly able to do so. I'm pretty sure that around this time next week, however, it will be more challenging to continue focusing on the here and now, and not project forward. I've tried not to impose too many expectations on myself during this time, though I wish I'd wanted to write on my sequel more. OTOH, I'm not taking this leave as a means to finish it. It's time to heal, to sit with my feelings of loss and anger as they arise, and to take extra care and gentleness with my whole self. It can be difficult for me to turn off my constant need to be productive, but I've been somewhat successful in that regard.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Summer preparations, and my work leave
It sounds as though everything is coming along well. Glad to hear it. Here is to hoping all your desires come through at the end of this.

Apr. 22nd, 2015 01:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Summer preparations, and my work leave
Thank you so much!!
Apr. 18th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
I struggle with some similar feelings, dearest, so this rang a bell with me. It's strange how we find it so easy, comparatively, to be kind to those we love, but so hard to be kind to ourselves, isn't it?

This weekend, I'm violating my usual no-work practice, but I'm doing it b/c by doing so today, I get two monkeys off my back which have been bothering me for quite some time, and one of them is actually a fun short project which is kind of a treat to work on. And I may actually write some fanfic.

At some point I would like to make massage (probably plain Swedish or perhaps some lymphedema) a regular part of my life. I can't imagine doing accu anything, but massage has always seemed amazing and powerful and healing to me. :)

Portland is so amazing when I see it through your eyes. If I can ever, by some miracle, get out that way, perhaps I'll come see it and hopefully get to see you too!


Apr. 22nd, 2015 01:31 pm (UTC)
Massage and bodywork in general has been a part of my life for so long I don't know how people go through life without it! ;) I do love massage, though for me, the deeper tissue and more pressure, the better. :)
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Apr. 22nd, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'm grinning at your classy black bag over the window!! ;) Even ended up ordering 2 more sets of the Solaris curtain liners so they'll be delivered for free. It's unbelievable how much light they block, and that's just at night with the lights from the street! I'm still dreading summer, but it's seemed more manageable since the temperatures went down again and the clouds came back. ♥
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