September 18, 2015

I awoke with almost as much pain as I went to bed. I did not feel like getting up. I waited almost 40 minutes to actually get up. I had to feed the cats in the same manner again this morning. Even though I just scooped the cat litter the day before, one of the cats had peed on the floor of the bathroom. I decided that there was no point in scooping the litter again today. It was all I could do to shower, dress, and leave in time.

I saw Juan who greeted me with a smile as always. As soon as I saw him, it occurred to me that perhaps he had sent the man I was talking to yesterday. Maybe he wanted to know for sure if I really didn’t have interest or maybe he was trying to set me up. I don’t know and I’m not going to ask. When we reached the connecting station, he was awake enough to talk. He invited me to his house to meet his wife! He told her about me and told her that he made a new friend (me). I didn’t have the Spanish words to say that I would like to meet her, but couldn’t today, which I think was when he was inviting me. It made me happy to know that I could be his friend and not have to worry about anything like that! I like having him as a friend. He talks about concepts more than things, which is the kind of conversation that I like. As we parted at our station because we walked in opposite directions, he wished me a good weekend and a happy birthday. I didn’t understand why, but it was apparent that I wasn’t going to be seeing him on the way home. I was planning on taking the early train after work anyway. I do wonder why, but something about hanging out with him makes me happy in the morning and look forward to a good day at work. Learning Spanish fills my head with good thoughts, mostly entertaining myself with how I would say certain things. There are times when I’m walking somewhere and I realized that I was mouthing the words!

My day was good, but it was so draining. I’m not even sure why it was draining, other than a full week with no days where I got a full night’s sleep. By the time it was over, I had absolutely no focus left to do any work after work. I packed everything that I thought I would need for my work over the weekend and walked to the station. I was very tired and tried to remain awake enough. I was afraid of sleeping through my train stop!

I got home and was surprised with a package for my birthday! My sister had sent me a present. I had asked for one dance pad for my favorite dance game (the old one had worn out) and she had bought me two. I immediately felt pangs of loneliness because I knew that nobody would be coming over to join me. I decided to do something to avoid the pangs of loneliness so I took myself out to the movies. I saw A Walk In The Woods. I had greatly enjoyed the book, being a hiker who would one day love to hike the Appalachian Trail. The movie was funny, but I was surprised that they left out some of my favorite parts like when Katz throws half of their supplies off of a cliff. It was a good movie nonetheless. When I got home, I wondered if two old guys like them could hike a significant portion of the AT (Appalachian Trail), maybe I could too. I checked my mail and discovered a card with money from my dad and step-mom and another smaller package from my other sister. It was a compass. It was like it was meant to be! Maybe it was a sign I should attempt the AT one day. I worked on my book until I fell asleep at my computer around 9:30pm.

All in all, it was a good birthday. I had students sing to me and the work kept me from brooding. I was also looking forward to tomorrow when some of my friends were having a small gathering to celebrate my birthday. It was really kind of them since Rebecca knew just how lonely I was at times.

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Nature: I spent 30 minutes walking in nature today.

Finances: I spent $5.75 on parking, $25 on the movie, and $3.50 on fast food.

Relationships: I chatted with some co-workers and Juan.

Sleep: I slept 6 hours or so.

Exercise: I walked for 30 minutes today.

Diet: I did not follow my diet today.

De-clutter/Clean: I did neither today.

Hygiene: I was showered today, but did not brush my teeth.

Mood and temperament: My mood was good, but I was very tired. My temperament was good.

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