Monday was a 14 hour workday. I still got my 'October' time in because I was in a theme park decorated for Halloween and the weather was perfect for Florida. I was delayed in the park a few hours and dinner was waiting for me at home. It would have been very easy to eat something in the park or stop at a myriad of places on the way home but it would not have been smart. I was tired and hungry. I could have easily picked the wrong foods. I might have picked the right foods but I could have easily eaten too much of what I chose. Instead I went home where my dinner was already weighed and measured and waiting for me thanks to the single leftover meal saved from the previous Thursday. I don't always make the smartest choices but for today I know I did.
Update from last week: I went to the great Satan of Wal-Mart and purchased a large, fat pumpkin in a near perfect shape and today it sits on my counter, waiting for me to decorate it on the 27th.
Last weekend's retreat was a happy event. Great weather, no mosquito bites, healthy meals and fun workshops. The entertainment was excellent (I was in the skit so I am extremely biased). Mostly I just enjoyed the quiet and serenity of the surroundings and drank in the Florida Autumn experience at its finest! The one sad note. On Sunday morning one of our members and a dear friend of mine learned that her healthy, vibrant sister, age 54, died in her sleep the previous evening. She leaves behind four daughters and questions that will never be answered. It was one of those sudden death-no explanation things that will always hurt for those left behind.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I had a lot of work to catch up on from the weekend. When you own your own business you do not work 9-5, 5 days a week. Not when you are still growing your company. I enjoyed my weekend but I also needed to make up for the lost time. This is a fallacy for me because I never catch up. I simply reach for a level that is acceptable/livable and then I dwell in that space as best I can.
On Thursday I took three 'October' themed books from my collection of childhood favorites and I am going to read all three before the 31st. They are simple reads and are all probably at a 4th to 5th grade reading level. It gives me great enjoyment to sit quietly and revisit my fictional friends from when I was nine. These were all library books when I was in grade school and over the past 15 years I have bought about 25 of my favorites from auctions, alibris.com and private sales. I have not taken the time to sit and visit with them these past two years. I can taste my anticipation of reading them again - as silly as this may sound to anyone else. (I am also currently reading Robert Dallek's Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, so please do not think my mind has become mush).
Today, October 24th, is my cousin Donna's birthday. She has lived in Canada for the past 33 years and I only get to see her at funerals and on Facebook, where we do get to sing happy birthday to each other. We are born 364 days apart. Her birthday is first but I am older. We shared our birthday's growing up. She is always on my mind each October 24th.
Tomorrow I turn 53. I feel much younger inside. That is a good thing.