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So Much to Say and Little Time, But...

I thought that I would write a few minutes before I head back out the door to meet friends for dinner this evening.

This week was a busy week and I have a lot to share in these next few days. Forgive me, if I repeat myself.

Monday: I took RGD to catch the medical shuttle to the Army Hospital. I had to catch a ferry into Seattle, as I had lunch with one of the University of Washington Engineering students. Later, I facilitated a two-hour workshop to 25 UW students on a topic near to my heart--being genuine and sharing the real you with an employer. RGD took a cab back to his place. I got home from Seattle about 10:30 p.m. It was strange to have him gone, though I appreciated not having to be concerned for him.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: My workdays facilitating a career transition class at the Naval Base, 25 minutes from me. I had to leave before 7 a.m. I much prefer it when I am 5 minutes from my class where I live. Class of 40 people, all Navy, average age of 24 or so, mostly introverts. Thursday night I went to a restaurant bar for happy hour, a glass of wine and a burger and fries and spent $10. Met a great couple who told me about a meat market in the area.

Friday: Had my hair cut, and then drove by the new meat market and picked up a few items.

RGD came over to retrieve the rest of his belongings from his recuperation stay. He was unable to bring all back with him on Monday. I suggested that he have dinner with me and stay the night so he didn't have to drive back tired. It was the longest distance he has driven since his heart surgery, and he pushes himself to get better. When the heart surgeon said "four to eight weeks before you drive," RGD was in a car one day shy of four weeks. This jaunt on Friday was three days later.

I made a mac'n'cheese casserole made with swiss cheese, and sandwiched a layer of kale between two layers of the macaroni before I baked it. Served with a chopped salad of romaine lettuce, rainbow carrots, celery, and avocado, it was a hearty dinner, and I had enough for leftovers to send home with him the next day. We watched the movie, "Mandela," with Idris Elba (YUM!) as Nelson Mandela, and I dried the twin bedding so I could make up the couch for him again.

Saturday: I was up early and came down to make breakfast before I had to leave. I had an 11:00 a.m. hike set up with a friend. I made Chilaquiles with some tortillas needing to be eaten, green pepper and onion, eggs, the last bit of cheddar cheese, and avocado slices and salsa. More things out of the refrigerator that I could use up! Yay!

I packed up several grocery bags to help him put food back in his home, as he had little since making sure he used up things before his surgery. I sent him home with: Three steaks, 1-qt. turkey noodle soup, 1-pt. vegetable soup, two turkey burgers/two onion buns, all from the freezer. I also sent him with: Romaine lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, and bananas; 2# pasta, 2 pkgs. dried bean soup mixes, scones, and a couple of other things from my pantry. He should be set for a little while.

I headed out for a hike with Chris and Bella (the lab mix) at the Clear Creek Trail, and got a good walk in and played with other dogs at the dog park. We went to have lunch at a Mongolian grill. And then I headed to Michael's (craft store) for paint and canvas, and paper for collage.

I came home, baked a loaf of banana bread (more bananas that did not get wasted) and watched a German drama, "The Lives of Others," which won Academy award for best foreign language film in 2006 (?). The movie is one I highly recommend, if you do not mind English subtitles. I'll have to write about it later.

Sunday: This morning, I went to the Theler Wetlands to walk the trails there. (I look forward to doing that walk again in the spring and the summer.) I went with a group that gets together from a activities group here in my county. I brought the banana bread to share with everyone. Afterward, five of us went for lunch.

So, now I've caught up a bit and recorded my week, and I'll come back to do a review of the movie and the wetlands later. For now, I will bid you all a goodnight.

© 2015 Coral Levang

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midastouch wrote on February 15, 2015, 11:31 PM

You really must be a good diary keeper
Can't remember the last time I detailed my activities like this
maybe I have to pick up that habit again
thanks for sharing

cheri wrote on February 16, 2015, 12:16 AM

Very detailed account of what you have done for the week

BarbRad wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:14 AM

You've had a really packed week. All those hikes sound like fun. All that cooking doesn't sound like fun.

Ellis wrote on February 16, 2015, 8:15 AM

Looking forward to the wetlands review...

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 10:59 AM

Thank you for the comment/response.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:00 AM

Thanks for the comment.

seren3 wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:00 AM

Quite the week! Sometimes I wonder how much I will do in a week - if I ever retire lol. These days some days are like the others!

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:01 AM

barbRad They were. I haven't been as active outdoors as I like to be, so two days in a row was nice. Fresh air and a bit of sunshine, though cool.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:02 AM

Ellis I will try to get to it today or tomorrow.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:09 AM

seren3 I sometimes feel I do nothing. I think I need to start writing like this to show me what I do, especially when I feel like I am lazy.
"...if I ever retire..."--I'm not sure that I will ever do that. It will never be from a job, as I don't have retirement, so it would be simply quitting work for me. And I think that I would be more concerned that if I had no place to go, I would quickly die.

Feisty56 wrote on February 16, 2015, 12:53 PM

I know quite a few people for whom retirement doesn't seem to be in the cards for much the same reasons as you've mentioned here: Some folks don't have a retirement fund upon which to rely and others just can't imagine not doing what they do as long as they are able.

My beau is in the latter group. When I once asked him what his post-retirement plans are, he answered, "Who says I am going to retire?"

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:06 PM

I think I like your beau. LOL On the other hand, as long as he takes time to do the things he enjoys immensely WHILE he is working....that is key. Too many wait to retire to go on those vacations, and they go to their graves never having followed their dreams. emoticon :crying:

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:54 PM

I'm exhausted just reading about all of that! And as soon as you said that you made banana bread, I looked over at the bananas I have sitting in my kitchen - looks like it's time for me to make some, too. I add pecans and dried cranberries to mine - yum!

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:10 PM

GemofaGirl One of the things that I am going to start doing (have one package in my freezer) is what my mother used to do. When the bananas are overripe, peel and place three bananas in a small zip-lock bag and "moosh" them up (after zipped, of course). They lay flat in the freezer. When making bread, use one bag, peel away the bag while frozen and the mash will thaw quickly in the bowl.

seren3 wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:37 PM

CoralLevang Yes, a friend of mine is in that predicament now. And I would be too. But he cannot work, and another friend and myself have started a Gofundme campaign for him.

inertia4 wrote on February 16, 2015, 8:18 PM

CoralLevang You seem to be one organized person. You also seem to have it all together. That is great. I wish I was as together as you are. I used to be really. Not anymore. I guess I let things go after the trials a tribulations I have been through.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 9:19 PM

inertia4 It just goes to show you that one can fool some of the people some of the time. I am not a very organized person, nor do I have it all together. But I thank you. I, too, used to be. Somehow, life gets in the way and I have learned to avoid the things I don't want to face. I let many things go after those things that happen. We are not that different. Life is the war that we all have to fight. Our battles are what may be unique.

AliCanary wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:16 PM

Wow, you had a jam-packed week! I might be able to eat kale if it were sufficiently smothered with mac and cheese :)

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 9:37 PM

I knew I could make you come to the dawk side. Bwahahahahahah!

nbaquero wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:30 PM

Hi CoralLevang What is wrong with introverts? LOL emoticon :winking: Sorry I am a week late reading this post. Hope you are doing great.

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 2:09 PM

nbaquero Not a thing wrong with introverts, except when I have to try to pull a collective 45 of them out of themselves to facilitate a workshop where they need to learn to interact with people. emoticon :winking: It makes me exhausted as an extravert. I have nothing left to give. Typically, when there is ease of interaction, it energizes me. This kind of class mix (or lack thereof) drains me.