1. It's January. I was in Mexico two weeks ago, in warm sun, and although there wasn't a lot to do, I was in warm sun. Today I'm in the Pacific Northwest. It has been raining off and on for a week. It's dark when I wake up. I know the days are getting longer but I can't see any improvement yet. January is always like this for me. I would gladly trade places this week with people experiencing cold and snow. Maybe I should have stayed longer in boring Mexico.
2. I've gone off the blood pressure medication that had coughing as a side effect. I was coughing. Now I'm not coughing. That is good. However, my blood pressure has gone up. I was hopeful that it would remain in a healthy range since I intend to exercise more. For the last week, I have been. But it's high enough that today I have to pick up a new prescription. I understand it won't make me cough, but it might make my ankles swell. I have thick ankles anyway so that probably won't matter, unless the swelling is really bad. Also, it may make me lightheaded. I have new side effects to look forward to. Maybe I should have stayed thinner and more fit.
3. I've been told I need to move around more rather than sitting at my computer for hours each day. So I invested in a TaskMate. It's a motorized stand for my monitor and keyboard that raises and lowers, so I can work either standing or sitting. It works fine, but if I have my Kinesis keyboard at the right elevation, the monitor is about three inches higher than ideal and I get a stiff neck and a headache. If the monitor is right, the keyboard is so low that my shoulders get pulled while I'm typing. Either way, this new gadget is not right yet. My husband Art will experiment with padding, and we are keeping the packaging in case the device needs to be returned. So now last week's back issue has been resolved but I have a stiff neck, a headache and sore shoulders. Maybe I should have avoided getting involved with email, Facebook, blogging, writing, and taking online ESL classes.
4. We're becoming surrounded by clutter. I need to spend some time each day getting rid of what we don't need that lives on our dining room table, the sidebar, and my desk. It will only be my stuff that goes, though. Art is usually unable to part with anything. Maybe I should have been a monk.
Those are my excuses, and I'm sticking to them.