September 23, 2015

I woke up a half hour before my alarm, surrounded by cats. While I was a bit concerned that my one cat would puke in the bedroom, the thought of losing her made me relent and allow her to sleep with me. She spent the night perched on my hip and my other cat slept on the pillow next to my head. When I got up, I saw that there was again no puke or cat pee on the floor. I had meant to cook some food this morning so I could have something to take to work. Unfortunately, as I cut in to the red bell pepper, it was rotten on the inside. That’s what I get when I shop for my vegetables at the grocery store instead of the local farm market I usually buy my produce at. I washed all of my dishes instead. I feel like slowly, but surely, my apartment is looking nice again. While I would rather have it happen all at once, doing it bit by bit is better than not at all. Even doing it a little at a time, it should still end up looking great by the time Rich comes to visit!

I saw Juan this morning. He said he left work early yesterday, as he will have to do most of this week. We chatted for a bit. I was proud of using some of the new words I had learned like “ayer” (yesterday) and “mediodia” (half-day or noon). He was telling me that where he was from people made a lot less money, maybe $10-$20 per day. But if they owned land, many people decided not to work and sold their vegetables for money. Apparently the property tax average is about $10. I told him people make more here so we have to pay more. However, I left out that we still pay a bigger proportion in taxes.

I got to work. My day started out really well. It went downhill when my computer stopped working and I had a new student who not only didn’t speak English, but spent much of his time yelling. Then I had a meeting with a parent because I punished her son for calling out in class repeatedly. He did not speak Spanish, so my knowledge of it was no help. Judging by his coloring and facial structure, I would guess he speaks Hindi. I resolved to ask Chandra for a few key words that would be understood by him.

I nodded off on the train home again. I hoped that I’d be able to be awake enough to cook food for myself. I wasn’t. I fell asleep on the couch watching tv.


Nature: I spent 40 minutes in nature today.

Finances: I spent $25 on fast food and $5.75 on parking.

Relationships: I chatted with coworkers and Juan.

Sleep: I slept 6 hours or so.

Exercise: I did no exercise 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 tired. My temperament was good.


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