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Enough already…

AZ dry heatOy, I’ve had enough of this year already.  It’s been stressful since it started and seriously, I am ready for a break.

It’s not uncommon for me to be yearning for a break in the summer.  I know that I have mentioned this but in past summers I have suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Usually people have issues with SAD during long winters and while it’s rare in the summer it can happen.  Summers in Arizona can be rough, May and June aren’t too bad with temperatures under 110° but usually averaging more around 105°.  July and August though usually are much warmer with temperatures averaging around 115° which means we often have days that reach 118° and the overnight lows barely dip below 95°.  High temperatures like that make it hard to get things done, any errands need to be done early in the morning or in the evening, forget about exercising.  After a while it’s easy to start feeling trapped inside all day and most summers I end up feeling restless and a bit depressed.  It doesn’t help that with the higher temperatures comes the monsoons and humidity.

As I said in the beginning, this year has been stressful, we’ve had one major issue and a slew of minor issues that just won’t quit.  For the most part, I have been plugging away, keeping everyone else happy and trying to catch up with all of the everyday stuff that keeps getting pushed aside for the crazy and the crises.  The last few summers I have been able to combat a lot of the SAD symptoms by looking forward to our summer vacation in early August.  By the time the higher temperatures hit in mid July, I am in full preparation mode for our trip.  Thoughts of cooler temperatures and relaxing on the beach were enough to get me through.  This year though there was no vacation planned, new job and the other crazy stuff ruled it out early.

This summer has been mild, for which I am eternally grateful, we’ve only had a few days of temperatures over 110°.  By July, I hadn’t had many moments of feeling like running for the hills. Since early July I have been working on a big project updating B’s room, it’s kept me busy, both creatively and physically.  I had to do some of the work outside, in the sun and it was not fun.  The updating is going well but about two weeks ago I started feeling a little run down.  By last weekend, I was feeling restless and kind of down, my summer blues had rolled in. Blah.  I didn’t say much to anyone, I just kept going with the project.  I was hoping denial and avoidance would make me feel better.  It’s not a perfect solution but better than dwelling on it all.

Imagine my surprise when Sully suggested he take a Monday off and we take a short trip.  He suggested visiting Northern Arizona and I countered with San Diego.  When it comes to planning vacations I am a money saving ninja, I do tons of research and usually book hotels months ahead of time.  Both Northern Arizona and San Diego are big vacation spots during the summer and prices will be sky high with such little notice.  I suggested San Diego because my brother lives there, in a big house with kids away at college.  We normally hang out at his house several day/nights anyway and on a short 3-day trip staying there is a great option.  After a few random conversations I suggested that instead of taking a Monday off, the Friday before Labor Day would be even better.  We’d get an extra day which means more time to relax.

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By noon last Friday, I had booked space at my brother’s house and Sully had been approved for the day off.  I am still struggling with feeling restless but hopefully I’ll be to counteract it with being busy finishing B’s room and preparing for the trip.  I am also going to keep checking the forecast for San Diego’s weather.  In fact, tomorrow the high here will be 102° and in San Diego the high temperature will be …  77°  Booyah!!!  I can’t wait!

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Coping…

I spent today packing up Christmas decorations and watching football.  Overall, the day was somewhat disappointing.  I am still not done with the decorations and the Broncos lost in overtime to the Ravens.

In all honesty, the Christmas decorations are mostly packed.  I have a lot of crates that are ready to be moved into the garage.  It was dark by the time the game was over.  I will move them first thing in the morning.  After that I have to pack up the inside decorations and the large items that get packed in the big zippered bags.

The zippered bags are awesome.  I have three of these large square bags.  I use these to pack small Christmas trees, baskets, garlands, and other decorations that are too big or oddly shaped to go in the crates.

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This cube is super cool too and it is amazingly roomy.  In the cube, I can fit a large basket filled with a floral arrangement, a window decoration, plastic placemats, a hanging card holder, two large grapevine wreaths, a medium straw wreath,  and two small straw wreaths.
I need to get another storage cube, I love how much I can get into it.
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As for the Broncos, I am really bummed.  It was a great season and Peyton Manning deserved to get farther into the playoffs.  I keep trying to look at the silver lining, Peyton didn’t play at all last year and for him to get his team this far into the playoffs is amazing. I guess at this point all I can do is hope for a better season next year.  Positive thoughts, right?!
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I feel that I should add that although I titled this post “Coping” I am being somewhat sarcastic.  I am fully aware that dealing holiday decorations and losing a football games aren’t life disasters.  After everything that happened in 2012, I am thankful for what I have and I feel truly blessed.  I was just bummed and wanted to whine.  That is all.  🙂
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Phase 1:  Day 7…
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So between packing boxes and yelling at the TV I forgot to walk. I was already pretty bummed and realizing that I didn’t take my walk didn’t help my mood at all.  I suppose walking six days out of seven is a great improvement to zero days out of seven.
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Upper body workout –  this was also completely forgotten.  Luckily I can do these on Sunday.  I don’t plan anything but more intense stretching so that it can be an overflow day.  I can catch up on any strength workouts to finish the week off.
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Water = 48 ounces
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Krazy kitties…

When I went to bed last night, the kittens were running through the house chasing each other and causing a bit of a ruckus.  This isn’t really uncommon, ‘the kittens’ are a year old now and they do that almost every night.  

However this is what I woke up to this morning…

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Mayhem, thy name is Scotty.

It’s like he’s crashed out after too much to drink.  All that’s missing is a lampshade.  I guess he was exhausted after pulling the tree skirt off of the circle under the tree.  Poor kitty…

I don’t blame him I was ready to crawl back under the covers this morning too.  It was a bad night, my sister, Lily stopped by last night to get some moral support.  Her husband is still in neuro ICU and there are conflicting versions of his prognosis.  Lily is a mess, trying to be strong and handle everything on her own.  I cried while she was here and cried some more after she left, it’s just heartbreaking.  He’s only 52, and she’s almost 45, way too young to have to deal with this.  

As a result, I didn’t sleep well.  I wasn’t really up thinking about it, I just kept waking up every hour or so.  I couldn’t get comfortable, kind of tossed and turned all night.  Hopefully I will be able to sleep well tonight.

Oh, and this is Day 6 of little to no soda.  I am doing ok with it.  Every now and then I feel like I am wanting something sweet to munch on but that feeling passes quickly.  I’ve been doing pretty well with my water intake too. I’ve had at least 60 ounces of water every day.