It turned out to be a beautiful balmy July evening, with a big moon rising over the Park. Kline was really good. So were Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken and John Goodman and Marcia Gay Harden, and Natalie Portman as the titular bird. But Philip Seymour Hoffman as Konstantin, who is in love with her, ach! He slayed me. He was so raw and sad and heart-breaking that I cried throughout the entire last act of the play. Sat on the bleachers with my hands clamped over my mouth and tried not to sob out loud.
And since then, whenever I've talked about it, I've told people that if I ever bumped into him, I would thank him for making me cry like that. There is no more chance of that now. So sad.
Took the day off from work because one of my cats has a dental appointment, which means I just dropped her off at the vet's and will need to pick her up again mid-afternoon. Until then, here is my To-Do list for today:
go shopping for some groceries, and for cat litter
It was a good week. I have the weekend off, yayy!, and my progress on the Quantified Diet is reassuring. I am down 4 pounds, and I'm not eating less, just better. Heck, I'm even drinking wine! (I picked the Whole Foods variant, if you're curious.)
18 days down, just 10 more to go.
Using the MealLogger app is fun, but this week I realized that my soup and salad bowls at home are DRAB. Same reddish-brown color as the table. They do not make for good photos.
So I bought two new bowls today, in order to make prettier pictures and have more fun looking at my food. I also bought a Lekué steam case - I'd been ogling these for a while in the "surly table" catalog.
The last potato needed killing, so I started with the recipe for potato au gratin from the little booklet. Really easy - sliced potato, layered with a sauce of cream, egg yolk, grated cheese, salt and pepper; all put together right in the case, shoved in the microwave for 10 minutes, and DONE.
But the two major accomplishments for the week are this:
- I took the three delicious Italian chocolates that I got from a co-worker, stashed them in the desk drawer, and have not been tempted, even though I look at them regularly, and even though I think of them fondly.
- In the same vein, I bought the bowls at World Market, and marched right past all the Haribo gummy candy, again, without even being tempted.
Cross-posting from here, about how to get over and around obstacles:
I have found two things extraordinarily helpful when dealing with obstacles.
First, just know that there *will be* obstacles. If you anticipate them, you can plan for them and figure out how to deal with them. Make a plan. Then make a Plan B, and a Plan C. Where do I want to go? What might go wrong? How can I fix it?
Second — and this was a HUGE insight for me when I first realized it — tripping over an obstacle is normal. It is not a failure. It is not the end of your plan. It’s just another part of the plan. As I’ve been saying lately, you didn’t fall off the wagon, you just took a scenic route for a little bit.