Friday, March 22, 2013
Exercises In Frustration
A Tranquil Spot In One of My Town's Best Kept Secrets!
Ijams Nature Center - March 16, 2013
It started one week ago today when I arrived home after a lovely hike with Becca in one of our beautiful Tennessee State Parks. We'd had a wonderful day and with Bill still in Spain, I was looking forward to a hot shower and a restful evening on the couch finishing up a book. But first, decided to catch up on today's blogs....WHAT!! Google Reader is doing WHAT? Going away?? And trying to do it sneakily overnight the night before! The outcry quickly brought it back, but only with a warning that it would be discontinued as of July 1, 2013.
I have been reading blogs via Google Reader for at least two years now. I read a lot of blogs and I skim a lot of RSS feeds. I have my Reader neatly categorized into subjects, relevance, priority, etc. To say the least, Google's announcement did not set well with me. What's next? Blogger??
Much has been written over the past week regarding suitable alternatives and I've already made up my mind what I'm going to do, so no advice solicited here. It was just the start of an endless comedy of errors leading to megadoses of frustration. Despite my good intentions and determination, the will to write just kind of left me for awhile.
These are not the sorts of frustrations that are life-threatening or anything about which you should worry. Mostly issues with people, expectations, arrogance, life decisions, etc. Just lots to think about.
So what's a girl to do when she just needs to calm down, reflect and be reminded of all that is good? I think treating myself to lunch was a great idea, don't you?
Wednesday's Lunch Spot
Sutton's Ridge - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Complete with a thermos of this and a book - Two hours of heaven!
Thursday's Lunch Spot - Same thermos, different book!
Will Skelton Greenway, Knoxville, TN
I have let some excellent eating habits achieved over the past 1 1/2 years slip. Not to the point of disaster, but definitely to the point of GET A GRIP! Sadly, I'm learning that "treats" don't really have a place in my eating plan if they involve sugar or white flour. Do they make me ill or bloated? Not that I can tell. They just simply make me want MORE! I have learned that there are many things which I can easily substitute for those kinds of temptations which are still satisfying "treats" for me. No need to give in or undo all I've worked so hard to achieve. Not a hard lesson to learn. I just wish I didn't have to keep learning it over and over and over again.
Anybody got any exciting weekend plans?