i missed a young man’s dance recital yesterday because i picked up a suburban wedding party to work. my body hurts a little as i am just finishing my 3rd week back to cardio classes at the gym (4 x week). a friend from san francsico is in town and making breakfast today – quiche i think- how very gay- although he isn’t- but he lives in sf. i am making watermelon cucumber tomato salad for the 2nd time this week. i hope it comes out as well as the 1st one.
there are changes coming to my workplace via healthcare reform. i have learned of a few and i can now see that i will have to shepherd change with the folks i work with even more often. i planted some new yarrow along the right of way-it’s paprika colored. i am hoping it will provide some color and green in an otherwise lacklustre real estate.
i am filled with hope and gratitude today. it’s a good feeling. i wish the same for you.
my i have just come thru a bit of a dizzying week. certainly the pivotal phrase is come thru- and there’s a glass full of grateful waiting for me to offer the sun goddess this weekend.
i had lunch with a gaggle of gay guys and i dropped my theory about addiction in gay men and the infestation of shame based trauma in our modern culture. we grow up feeling wrong, and dirty, and unlovable and struggle as adults shaking off those self-loathing ghosts. numbing out positions itself as our “man friday” in oh so many cases. sadly though, as in my case, we place ourselves in positions (both physical and emotional) to become vulnerable to physical and emotional maladies- including personality disorders and hiv/hcv which often leads to more intense numbing… and on and on. as i soul mined for a deeper truth with these men in their myriad states of rebuild, sharing poached salmon with cucumber and dill and penne salad with veggies and pesto, i hoped that an appetite was being created too.
turns out that my acquaintance i had approached about collaboration has been less than honest about his relationship with bedbugs (my new nickname for meth). there was an arrest, a phone conversation with his mother followed by 2 voice messages same day upon release. neutrality may slowly becoming more second nature, but it has not yet become my super hero costume- although i have had a hankering for wearing a cape lately. i am still affected by the people in my life. thankfully though, i am far more unflinching and take things less personally. on the flipside, i hope i am becoming a more solid confidante.
there is an inference in the aa story that life can do for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. when i actually do take a moment to “zoom out”, it is clear that this is a complete reflection of my truth. i have moments of contentment based solely on lack of want- which is not a lifetime experience. maybe i felt it before self-medication, but it was certainly overshadowed by the consistent and turbulent flooding of dopamine in my head.
will be headed to idaho springs tomorrow for a family thing. a cousin and her family are in town from nebraska. am taking slow roasted cherry tomatoes w/cambozola and fresh basil to spread on italian bread. and i am gonna try to make fresh strawberry lemonade slushees w/mint. i am keenly aware that the cooking and serving aspect of this getaway are the real motivator. without them, i would stay home.
went to see the new “star trek” last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it (in 3d). it is uncanny how charming it is to watch alien creatures struggle with their human characteristics. and such a metaphor. and what fun to watch captain kirk with the same adulation (ahem) i had for the 1st screen version of the same character. and i have come to have a renewed admiration for the color chartreuse-especially contrasted with cornflower blue and berry red.
and it is very near to the turn of yet another season. i have started cardio classes again- after a 9 month hiatus-in the hopes of dropping the kangaroo pouch. plus the adrenaline and endorphins have an affect.