gratitude monday 8/4

Late summer is here. I’m loving the weather. Cool mornings. Sunny afternoons. Cool (cold!) nights. Cool enough to wear a jacket around the house and snuggle up in a throw on the couch.

Sigh. On the couch. That would be me. The caffeine-withdrawal lethargy seems to be lasting longer than the headache. And for that part I’m so grateful! The headache was so mild yesterday—by comparison, by comparison—that I went dancing! Wow. After a month away from partner dancing I had the best 45 minutes in a long time dancing at Lindy in the Park (LitP). Dance ecstasy. Joy. Glad I went.

I am caffeine-free! Today makes one week. Unbelievable. Never thought I could do it. Now I watch my skin carefully (obsessively?) to watch the improvement as I un–dry out. (I wonder what the opposite of drying out would be…Got it! Juicify!)

I am watching my skin to see it re-juicify.

Now there’s a declaration.

I am a grateful gal.

I did three things yesterday; went to three events. Each one better than the last. Annie’s birthday party at Temescal Park. Sunny. Cool. Redwoods. Annie and one other friend were the only ones there for most of my brief stay. It was a lovely visit.

Then LitP. As happily mentioned above.

ipuheke.pngAnd the Aloha Festival. It was wonderful to set my feet on the lawn of the parade grounds at the Presidio again. After last week’s ho’ike it feels like sacred space to me.

And I bought myself a drum. An ipu heke, a gourd drum that’s played for hula kahiko—ancient hula.

And I’m forgiving myself for buying it after I found out — five minutes after I bought it for $100 — that we’ll be making our own this year. Forgive myself for once again jumping the gun.

I have a drum and I will learn to play it starting now. Or immediately that this lethargy fades.

Until then, I’m glad and grateful that I have a couch and a tv!

I am blessed. I am caffeine free and I like it! All is well.

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  1. O.K. that answers my question. You are a free woman. Just think what is going to fill this open space. The space where the power of caffeine once lived. Congratulations on living out your choice. I’ll be interested in hearing about the difference it makes. My letting caffeine go has been the hugest gift.

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