Thursday, March 1, 2018

February in Review

My Focuses for the Month
    Continuing to walk or run as many days as possible.
    Sleeping at least seven hours each night.
    Identifying coping strategies for my upcoming "busy season" at work.

What I Read
    In Print —
    On My Kindle —
    Via Audio —
Finishing nine books in February puts me just about on track for my goal of 104 books in the year.

What I Watched
Where I Traveled

Los Angeles for a three-day weekend (where I basked in the sunshine and enjoyed the sand between my toes)!

What I Saw
    A preview of the Los Angeles production of the new musical Allegiance.
    Four BYU Women's Basketball games at the Marriott Center.

Some Other Places I Went
    The Salt Lake Temple.
    The Draper Temple.
    The Los Angeles Temple.
I have a goal to worship in twelve different temples during 2018. That makes three!

What I Read and/or Studied in the Bible
    The Books of Ecclesiastes and Job.

What I Celebrated
    My husband Dan's birthday. (Twice! With a third celebration planned for March 2.)

Biggest Expenditure of the Month
    Hotel charges in Los Angeles.

What I'm Most Looking Forward to in March
    March Madness.
    Spring Equinox.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

January in Review

My Focuses for the Month
    Walking or running as many days as possible. (Walking or running every day is probably an impossible goal, but I did manage to run/walk a total of 35 miles this month.)
    Eating out of the pantry and freezer.

What I Read
    In Print —
    On My Kindle —
    Strong, Brave, Loved by Holley Gerth. (Perfect read for me at the beginning of this year when my One Little Word is Strong!)
    Via Audio —
    New Boy by Tracy Chevalier. (Compelling re-telling of Othello as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.)
    Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. (Like with Brown Girl Dreaming, I found myself inspired to write some of the stories of my life.)
Finishing six books in January puts me a little behind schedule for my goal of 104 books in the year.

What I Watched
    One movie via NetFlix — Cinderella (2015).
    One movie on DVD — Wonder Women (2017).

What I Saw
    The Broadway touring production of Something Rotten.
    BYU Vocal Point in concert.
    Hillcrest High School's production of The Farnsworth Invention.
    Aida at Hale Centre Theatre.
    Bright Star at Pioneer Theatre Company.
    Four BYU Women's Basketball games at the Marriott Center.

Some Other Places I Went
    The office of my eye doctor (twice) (for some glaucoma testing and to order a pair of eyeglasses).
    The office of my dentist.
    My hairdresser (where I finally got the short cut I've been thinking about for months).
    The Draper Temple (three times).

What I Read and/or Studied in the Bible
What I Celebrated
    My daughter Erin's 22nd birthday.

Biggest Expenditure of the Month
    The portion of my son Jonathan's tuition and fees not covered by his scholarship.

What I'm Most Looking Forward to in February
    The beginning of Lent (on February 14).
    A weekend trip to Los Angeles with my husband.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

One Little Word 2018

My One Little Word for 2018 is STRONG. I'm eager to explore what this word means to me and to see where it takes me this year!

#StrongerEveryDay #BeStrongandOfAGoodCourage #ICanDoHardThings

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Credit LDS Media Library

Jesus saith unto him,
wilt thou be made whole?
(John 5:6)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Physical Wholeness (Part Two)

Beginning on July 1, I started participating in a Family Healthy Living project with my husband and daughter.

The project focuses on four areas on physical wholeness:
Eating Right
Drinking Right

Except for October, which I ended taking off from the project, I have been encouraged by my efforts in these areas.

Sleep is an on-going issue in my life. I do not do well when I don't get enough sleep, but I'm constantly feeling sleep-deprived. Part of this is a result of the fact that I'm a night person but need to be at work at a fairly early hour. Trying to get myself into bed early is hard, but I've making progress toward getting close to seven hours of sleep each night.

I ran a 5K on Independence Day and was pleased by my efforts, so I wanted to make another goal that would stretch me over the remainder of the summer. Talking it over with my husband, we decided that we'd climb Sunset Peak on Labor Day. It's not a particularly long hike, but it's quite steep, so I prepared by doing incline miles on the treadmill at the gym. The hike ended up being quite a challenge — but I did it! Now I have a time goal for an upcoming Turkey Trot 5K, and I'm looking forward to some hiking in Utah's National Parks next May.

Eating right has meant mostly eliminating candy (most notably from the candy bowl at work) and eating more fruits and vegetables. I'll keep working on this!

I'm not a big fan of drinking copious amounts of water, but I've been getting additional water every day and limiting the amount of Diet Coke I drink. I'm definitely not looking to eliminate my Diet Coke, but I do feel better with improved hydration.

Beginning tomorrow I'm focusing again on Family Healthy Living!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Physical Wholeness (Part One)

Early this year I had an appointment with my primary medical care provider at which we discussed surgical solutions to two on-going physical difficulties. Leaving that discussion with concrete plans to address these problems, I had an overwhelming sense of healing — even though nothing had yet been done.

I ended up having the first surgery in early March, despite my pressing workload at the office. The surgery itself could not have proceeded any better, with me leaving work a few hours early one day and returning to work less than twenty-four hours later with nearly no pain. The results, while not perfect, have made a profound positive difference in my life over the past eight months. I'm definitely more "whole" because of the procedure!

I am scheduled for the second of the surgeries on Thursday, November 16. I am hopeful that this procedure will also bring greater "wholeness" to my life. I'm planning to take at least two days off work, with up to three more tentatively reserved as sick days. Since those days will be followed by the Thanksgiving holiday, I have up to ten days available for healing before returning to work. According to the surgeon, complete recovery will take until around the New Year, but I'm looking forward to being more physically whole in 2018!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Credit LDS Media Library

I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it
more abundantly (John 10:10).