2020 Happiness Project Week #31

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

For the last 60+ days, Sundays have been my rest day (from workouts). When I looked at my workout schedule it almost looked like yesterday got shifted to the rest day and today was a working day. I was a little bummed because I have grown to love rest days; but also accepting of the fact that I would have a hard workout today. I decided to count through the days one more time to make sure and it turns out that today probably still is rest day because that would just make sense for the rest of the schedule so I am taking a rest today!

This has turned out to be a nice rest day. I got to sleep in then swiftly cleared my work reports as I sipped on my Strong Coffee. The jury is still out on whether or not it is worth the extra expense. I can’t tell yet, but I will keep you posted. My bf surprised me and ordered us biscuits and gravy from Pele’s Kitchen. How did he know exactly what I wanted?

Now let’s rewind through the week a bit… This was a much more lighthearted week than last week was. On Monday, I had a really nice phone conversation with a dear friend of mine that I haven’t seen since we lived in Wyoming back in 2007. Through the years we have kept in touch mostly through hand written letters and social media. I am so glad that we have reconnected! Both of us have grown so much through the years! I hope that we will get to see each other in person someday soon!

This was once the purple dome. It got a nice little upgrade!

I had been nervous about Tuesday for a few weeks. I had an eye doctor appointment in the morning and a Lomilomi massage in the afternoon. I can’t remember if I have told you about how much anxiety I have had around driving ever since we moved. I don’t even think that it was moving to Hawaii that did it. I just went without a car for a long stretch from December of 2018 when I was in Olympia for school all the way until June of 2019 when I bought the car that we have now. I haven’t done very much driving since we moved here and that is by choice. Last summer I was freaked out by all the accidents and car wrecks. Thankfully, this year there have hardly been any. I think it is because less people are out and about and the bars are still closed or on very limited hours.

Everything went smoothly on Tuesday. I drove myself to my eye doctor appointment and wanted to get a new prescription for glasses. I was not planning on getting contacts. I even said no at first, but they convinced me to do it since I have such good health insurance coverage. That was the first time in my entire life that I have ever worn contacts and it might possibly be my last. I enjoyed not having foggy glasses with my mask in public. I even wore them all day and to my massage. It was nice to not have to worry about forgetting my glasses too.

I feel thankful to live so close to the ocean.

I came home for a few hours then headed back into town for my Lomilomi Massage. It was a 2 hour massage and my first time ever getting the Hawaiian lomilomi style. I brought my massage therapist, Anne, some quail eggs and I am so glad that she was excited about them. The massage was heavenly. I was coddling my knee a little bit because it has been bothering me for about 3 weeks now. I don’t know exactly what I did, but I suspect that it happened one night when I was climbing out of bed and our cat Carl wouldn’t move out of the way. Our bed is lofted up high and both cats absolutely LOVE to sleep right by the only exit by the ladder. I did some acrobat shit to unnaturally stretch my leg over Carl, but I think I missed a step and caught myself on my knee. The next morning that knee was swollen and my quad muscle around that knee has been stiff. Thankfully, I have still been able to do all of my workouts. I just modify when necessary, ice on the daily and use an arnica rub in the evening.

The Hawaiian Lomilomi massage was enjoyable, but I think that I prefer Ashiatsu because I am obsessed with super deep pressure. That night I did not enjoy taking my contacts out because I really hate touching my eyeballs. I thought that I would at least give contacts a chance for two weeks until my follow up. Practice would make it easier, right?

The next morning, I cleansed and got ready to put the contacts in and then I gave up right there and then. I just can’t do it. I am happy wearing glasses and not having to touch my eyeballs. I guess it’s not for everyone.

Here is my post from this week. Check it out:

<a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p><a href="https://livingoutloud.blog/2020/08/06/ive-been-away-from-here/">https://livingoutloud.blog/2020/08/06/ive-been-away-from-here/</a>I've Been Away From Here</p> I’ve Been Away From Here

I know it’s not a lot. Heck, there were even months when I used to set a goal to blog everyday and most of the time I would crush that goal! Nowadays I wonder what in the world I would write about…

I mean, I have a lot to say and I do have a lot of ideas. I just don’t always have the patience to sit still like I used to. I love to be out and about and in the garden. Also, I no longer have school work to procrastinate from. Funny how that works, right?

Our Baby Quails were only 1 week old here. Aren’t they absolute beauties?!

AUGUST: LOVE ALWAYS

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

-Dr. Seuss

  • Quit nagging. I am finally getting better at this one. I catch myself way before I start nagging now.
  • Listen. I have become a much better listener. Some days are much easier than others, but it gets better with practice.
  • Cultivate healthy relationships. Yes! I am working on my relationship each and every day and reconnecting with my friends and family.
  • No complaining. I still complain sometimes, but a lot less than before.
  • Give proofs of love. Love Always.

I got some sad news this week… Last week my dad got a CAT scan to see if he could qualify to get a kidney donor. He has late stage kidney failure and has been on dialysis for the last 2 years. I think my parents were always counting on him being able to someday get a transplant.

The results came in this week and my dad does not qualify because he has too much calcification. This news is heart breaking really. Growing older can be rough. I love my dad and this really saddens me.

This week, I have been feeling, but also trying not to feel too down because that can happen sometimes. Lots of great things happened this week. I did all of my workouts and felt strong. Faced my fears and drove to town twice in one day. Reconnected with a dear friend. We got a trampoline. Got a dumptruck delivery of more red cinder to complete our driveway. And we moved the baby quails in with the big quails. We also completed another dome, spent lots of time in the garden together and made some good memories.

I love this little angel baby!
These quails love a good window view!
I feel so thankful and I love our little family!

My mom complimented me a lot this week with her texts on my weightloss and also generally. Is it weird that I was a little bothered by it? I don’t know why I feel this way. Is it the Asian humility? Who knows? Or the Catholic shame?…

I am trying to lose weight in a healthy and natural way. Enjoying the journey this time!

How was your first week of August and what is new and exciting in your world? Please comment below to share. I would love to catch up!

Love,

Alana

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