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Week in Review: Two Weekends and Lots of Ice Cream

Hi all.

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!DSCN1339Monday: 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.DSCN1355That night, I drove back to the YMCA and experimented with my Lactaid pills alongside a little caramel crunch organic ice cream.DSCN1354I’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.

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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.DSCN1362 DSCN1363I 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.DSCN1377 (2) DSCN1325

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.DSCN1367My friend Katie went with a beautiful mint chocolate chip waffle cone topped with sprinkles, hot fudge, and whipped cream.DSCN1370Thursday: 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.DSCN1365Ate 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!DSCN1372Saturday: The Taste of Fort Collins food festival! A little pricey–but definitely worth it. More details to come on Wednesday.DSCN1381 DSCN1379 (2)DSCN1383Sunday: 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.DSCN1402 DSCN1408 DSCN1410 DSCN1421 DSCN1415Thinking 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?

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9 comments

  1. Cora says:

    So glad you were able to make and enjoy the muffins! They are some of my faves that’s for sure.
    Your week sounds pretty fabulous, between all the trips to Ft. Collins and all the ice cream. That twisted soft serve? I need to find myself some of that. You can’t find soft serve anywhere these days!
    I definitely know what you mean about your mind not letting you take a vacation when you actually plan on doing something where that’s your every intention. It’s so annoying when you feel distracted and anxious and you just want to enjoy what’s around you. Though maybe these are the times when you can just let yourself think all these things and get them out of your head, because they haven’t really had a chance to otherwise with being around people or being busy. It sucks in the moment perhaps, but I hope afterwards when you returned to civilization maybe you felt better? I just tell myself, “wow look at all these thoughts….” and try to just let them have their party until they are tired out.

    Ps your sweetheart has awesome taste.

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks, Cora! I think there’s some truth to that. Sometimes it’s okay to let the thoughts spin. Other times, though, I’m not sure they’re productive.
      The soft serve is actually Dole Whip, the stuff that’s made out of blended pineapple. Dang, it’s good!
      Otherwise, Sonic still has pretty good soft serve πŸ˜‰

  2. All those pictures of the landscape make me want to pack my bags and visit you there. I hear you on trying to do things relaxing to other people only to find they get me anxious and my thoughts spinning. Yoga is one of those. Walks are actually when I come up with/write most of my posts and mails. Moving my legs gets fresh ideas into my mind.
    That softserve cone reminds me of many hourse shows in my childhood.
    Also, I’m only now seeing we’re twinning on the post titles yet you used the one I did today a week ago already :).
    There would be so much more to comment on in your post but I’ll keep myself from writing a novel here.
    Happy Monday!

    1. Joyce says:

      Hey hey–we are twinning. That’s funny. I totally hear you with having a lot of your writing ideas while you’re out walking–same here!

  3. Sixteen bedrooms. Holy Toledo that’s a ton, and you had to clean that one. I bet it took all day.

    I’m so glad the Lactaid pills are working for you, especially since ice cream is perfect eating for the summertime, the springtime, the fall or heck, even the winter. πŸ™‚

    The food festival sounds like a lot of fun, and you know I love all the flowers in this post.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Fortunately we had three crews working on Barclay, so it “only” took about 3 hours.

  4. Ellie says:

    My favorite flower is a lilac. They smell so nice! I hate it when I am eating and then someone says something or it’s really busy at work so I don’t feel relaxed. It’s like all I can think about is how I have to go back to chaos. I’m getting better at being mindful and “meditative eating”. I breathe deeply and smile. It helps sometimes.

    1. Joyce says:

      I love lilacs–another one of my favorites!

  5. Diane Wahto says:

    Everything looks so beautiful where you are, especially the ice cream. πŸ™‚ I’m especially impressed by the elk pictures. What magnificent creatures.

    I’m going to Wichita Music Theater with my friend Jane this afternoon. It’s a silly play made of Cole Porter songs. It won’t have much of a plot, but it will have a lot of singing and dancing, so it will be fun.

    I just edited the final manuscript of the 365 Poets anthology. I’ll get a copy for you when it comes out if you want one.

    Keep enjoying your life.

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