I’d like to start this post by sharing my outrage and sadness for the victims, friends and families of the Orlando shooting. My action: I will be educating myself and voting in this next election. If you are in the U.S., please do the same.
On a happier note, this was an odd but very pleasant week. My work schedule the past couple of weeks has given me Monday and Tuesday off, but because of new staff coming in and changes in demand, my boss scheduled me off for “this week” for Saturday and Sunday. Our weeks here at the YMCA are Saturday through Friday, so I still technically worked five days last week. By my the Week in Review Monday through Sunday week, however, it ended up being two weekends in one week: two days off, three days on, two days off.
Not complaining. I got to enjoy a lot of things, and deal with a few necessary things as well. And I ate a lot of ice cream. Hooray, Lactaid medication!Monday: Most of Monday was spent in Ft. Collins. I saw my sweetheart and made a delicious batch of chickpea blueberry muffins from My Little Tablespoon! They were delicious, healthy, and low-FODMAP. Just finished my last one as I write now.That night, I drove back to the YMCA and experimented with my Lactaid pills alongside a little caramel crunch organic ice cream.I’ve been trying to test the effectiveness of Lactaid pills for my IBS (specifically when I eat high-lactose dairy foods, obviously), and as long as I have to test dairy foods, what better way than with ice cream?! I can’t say I felt fantastic afterward…but then, I don’t think I felt any worse than normal, either. In other words, I think I will draw the tentative conclusion that moderate amounts of lactose alongside a Lactaid pill will work okay for me.
Tuesday: Woke up in the morning and was greeted by three large elk right outside my window. These things are like the squirrels of YMCA of the Rockies–except considerably bigger, more dangerous, and more beautiful. I intended to stay at the Y for the day, but I ended up having to go back to Ft. Collins (again!) to get some insurance stuff sorted out. Insurance. That stuff can be a headache.
It does seem a waste to drive back and forth between Ft. Collins and the Y camp so much, but on the other hand, when I go back to Ft. Collins, I get to see the late spring, early summer flowers in bloom, including two of my favorite favorites: iris and roses.
Wednesday: Work. I was trained to help in the General Store, I ran some assorted errands on the golf cart, and I helped a gentleman figure out how to use his thermostat.
Wednesday night, I took advantage of yet another opportunity to test those Lactaid pills–the staff ice cream social! I enjoyed a combination of strawberry and vanilla ice cream topped with sprinkles, hot fudge, and slivered almonds.My friend Katie went with a beautiful mint chocolate chip waffle cone topped with sprinkles, hot fudge, and whipped cream.Thursday: Drove the van for a housekeeping crew and cleaned our biggest cabin, Barclay. That place has 16 bedrooms. 16 bedrooms!
Also posted an episode in my Going Hungry series about the cause-effect relationship between my IBS and my eating disorder.Ate more ice cream in the evening. 🍦
Friday: Worked all day in the General Store, working the register, folding t-shirts, and in the evening, helped one of the store employees organize the stock room. I swear that place went from so crowded with cardboard boxes you could hardly even walk to the back of the store to clear aisles and organized shelves with everything labeled. That felt good.
Friday night, drove back to Ft. Collins. Again. Yep. There was a big festival over the weekend called Taste of Fort Collins, and I wanted to get down early so I’d have plenty of time to enjoy that, plus get my laundry done.
Plus I wanted to see my sweetheart one more time, since next weekend, he’s going up to Canada to present his paper at a big conference.
Look what he got me!Saturday: The Taste of Fort Collins food festival! A little pricey–but definitely worth it. More details to come on Wednesday. Sunday: Went on a hike in the afternoon, although I was slightly frustrated that my mind felt all over the place. When I hike or otherwise am alone with my thoughts, I often feel distracted, anxious, and even a bit frantic rather than relaxed, even if there’s nothing in particular to be anxious about. Still, I tried to focus on the sound of the birds, the views of the mountains, and all of the unique flowers that grow around here. Thinking tonight I might try out that bubble bath!
What’s your favorite flower?
Have you ever tried to do something relaxing and instead felt distracted and anxious?