9 Favorite Things Feb 3, 2020

1. Finding a new doctor whom I like and listens to me and actually follows through with the things she says she is going to do. 

2. Getting my hair done

The woman who is my housekeeper is also my hairstylist… she use to run a beauty salon. After having bad experiences with other hairstylists who didn’t seem to understand it was my money and my choice, just another person I have trust issues with. So it’s lovely to finally have someone who does what they say they will do and do a great job as well. She was gone for 6 weeks visiting her daughter, so by the time she came back home, my hair was in badly need of a cut. Which for me is really strange. I’ve spent most of my life with very long hair until I went bald from cancer and chemotherapy. After my hair finally grew back, I tried for years to grow it long again and almost go there. But I got fed up with the upkeep of having long hair and told her to just chop it all off. So now it’s a short punky style. I’ve thought about maybe getting it colored in a rainbow blend of gray, purple and teal. Maybe that will be my next project.

3. Learning Dutch on Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/learn

I don’t ever expect to be fluent in speaking Dutch to anyone. It’s a language of my heritage and it keeps my brain exercised and it’s fun. I previously learned French. I plan to learn Japanese which I studied briefly when I was in high school.

4. Atheism

For me, it’s such a relief to not have the need to “believe” what someone else demands I believe. I’ve gone from being a Christian to a Pagan to an Atheist and it seems like in every religion there are tons of rules that need to be obeyed. If I’m going to obey something, it has to be because it makes sense to me and I agree to it. Not because someone else commands it. I am still a Humanist Pagan, which is essentially an Atheist. 

5. Air compression boots

Because of my leg problems, I’ve had to try many different things to try deal with the pain and other symptoms that have cropped up. I think I finally found ‘a’ solution, because I believe that everything needs a combination of solutions to work. These things are wonderful and so relaxing and seem to really help my pain. It feels like someone giving you a leg massage.

6. socks with rice in the microwave

Another one of my go to’s for pain… fill two socks with raw rice or lentil beans and tie the top in a knot. Warm in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Will hold the heat for about 30 minutes. 

7. Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea

I drink this almost every day. Since I love tea any way, it’s more than just being warm and comforting. It really does relax me.

8. Haiku

I have written poetry off and on for most of my life. So it was fun to rediscover it and start writing it again, especially haiku.

9. Comfort Food

Comfort food. Even those two words sound comforting. I know everyone has their own favorites for comfort food. Mine are macaroni and cheese, tossed green salad with blue cheese dressing, cold noodle salad, macaroni salad, broccoli salad, broccoli cheese soup, French onion soup, peanut butter M&M’s, mashed potatoes and gravy. Yeah, all of the carbs!!

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