We have turned a corner and it’s all downhill from here.  Okay, some of it is still literally uphill, but the road is fairly smooth, either way.  Today’s trudge was remarkable, for one specific and exact reason.  I was NOT in excruciating pain!  (Read that one more time: I was NOT in excruciating pain!)  The answer wasn’t about shoes, or even stretches (but I promise, Han, I’ll keep doing them). 

              It was the warm up!  It was the minutes I needed to get my damn muscles from house-comfy to road-ready.  I’ve been going out too fast and chaotic this whole damn time.

             Hey, I’m all new to this shit.  And seriously, just thrilled that we’re past this point and have worked out most of the bugs.  I’ll let you know how it’s going, but from this day forward, the pain level should not be something we need to discuss any longer.  (Thankgawd.)

             Earlier today I had an amusing text conversation/argument/discussion with my son.  I was slightly frustrated at its conclusion so we just moved on with our day.  I went into the card altar room and flipped over our daily draw.  And then I Laughed Out Loud.  When I told him what it was, in a later message, he laughed too.

“Llama  ~

Let courage lead you to seek support and overcome a fear of intimacy.

Sweet-tempered, soft, and friendly, Llama’s gentle and beautiful wide-eyed face belies her ability to withstand unforgiving conditions.  Llama counsels that defensiveness keeps others far away while drawing near loneliness and disrespect.  Let go of angst and foreboding, perhaps by consulting another who may untangle the psychology of your mind.  As no path is impassable to Llama, with courage you may take a hard but rewarding road to rediscover that sweetness in your soul and be as one with others.”

             How much are we loving this new deck?  LOTS!  Not only are the definitions simply well done, but the animals are nicely varied.  This one is from the same category as our Wild Boar from the other day, Land Creatures.  Just because we haven’t really gotten to know these cards very well yet, let’s see what she has to say about this group.

“Land Creatures:

Cheetah, Lion, Cobra, Kangaroo, Hare, Wolf, Rhino, Mountain Goat, Llama, Wild Boar, Wild Horse, Scarab Beetle, Bear, Deer, Bison, Moose, Baboon, and Tortoise.

A great number of our messengers live on the earth’s varied terrain, and have adapted in very specific ways to the other animals, birds, flowers, rocks, insects, and climate they are confronted with.

Cheetah has taken the form of a sight hound to sprint at 70 miles (over 110 kilometers) per hour, Tortoise makes her carapace her fortress, Baboon’s sexual desires are broadcast through vivid-colored fleshy swellings of purple and red.  None is better than another, for all are perfect in their world.  The lesson these animal messengers teach is that there are myriad ways to live and infinite paths to choose, all with their own validity.

We are not all geniuses – we cannot all be film stars, city millionaires, or even Buddhist monks – but we all can choose paths and lifestyles to suit our own intrinsic nature.  Some thrive on the thrills of cutting a deal, others find deep satisfaction in devoting themselves to their families.  Still others crave to travel the world.  No way is right, no way wrong, and finally only we can choose.  What is important is that like our animal messengers we are not swayed by the judgments of others nor by slick advertising, which seeks to make us hold the empty belief that objects that we never knew we needed will make us happy.  Scarab Beetle dines on the waste of others, an anathema to a world which discards old to buy new.  But Scarab is a flawless, living jewel.”

            Yes, we absolutely made an informed and inspired decision when we selected this deck as our newest addition.  Thank you, Universe, for showing us these messages.  Thank you Friend of JulieLand for bringing them to our doorstep.  Thank you Judy for the original recommendation.

             Old news report/by special request: shall we see another version of that same picture of my son (who was some kind of Peruvian royalty or perhaps just a llama herder in another life) as his newest old incarnation?  Sure.  But really, we are now done with this.  Glowing or not, let’s move along. 

              Everyone happy?  Good.  Back to me.  So I mentioned a new hair band thingie yesterday, and I know you guys are curious about it.  It’s one of these dealies, and I am really pleased with my purchase.  (The prices are extremely reasonable.) 

              They do a promotional give-away where you can win one for free by attaching a badge or something to your blog.  I’ll investigate further and keep you posted.  If it’s a worthwhile venture we may play along.

             My new sporty hairstyle, with sporty head band and lumpy sporty braids.  Can you see how lovely the weather is?  Also, you may notice that I am standing in almost exactly the same spot J.D. was when I photographed him.  I don’t seem to be as radiant though.

LateNight Update: please go read this piece written by my daughter, the 20-something curmudgeon and Princess of Sarcasm (she can’t be Queen yet, I haven’t died).  I promise, it will make you laugh, so don’t be drinking anything until you’ve finished it.  And when you do finish it, might I suggest tea?

35 thoughts on “Up and Out, comfortably.

  1. Stayed up to say hi before bed. Love the pic of you in your headband thingy & braids. JD is handsome again glowing. Glad you’re feeling no pain.
    I do like this card. I hear defensiveness everyday. I worked on myself long & hard to get rid of it some years ago. My youngest daughter still has it in spades and the oldest one a little. It really dims your world. Good card.

    1. Thanks again, for helping us “find” these cards! And so glad you stayed up to say hi!

      Not quite NO pain yet, but really, really, really low on the discomfort-o-meter. Like it was an eight to nine for that whole mile previously (scale of one to ten). Today it was like a one. 😀

  2. I really like this deck, especially this part from the guidebook:
    No way is right, no way wrong, and finally only we can choose. What is important is that like our animal messengers we are not swayed by the judgments of others nor by slick advertising, which seeks to make us hold the empty belief that objects that we never knew we needed will make us happy.
    It’s something that I have to work very hard on, and I appreciate the reminder.

    You & JD look lovely. (I hope he doesn’t mind that I used that adjective.) And the picture may not show your glow, but I can certainly see it. 🙂

    And I’m so glad you’ve eliminated the pain! 🙂

  3. So glad you worked what was causing the pain! Here’s to pain free tromping. Loved the new hair style and the new hairband – pretty and useful.
    The llama is a really great card, lots to identify with and lots to aspire to. I have definitely been hanging on to some angst and foreboding and am really hoping I can lay it all down.
    I can’t say I ‘love’ raking up leaves – but I do feel very virtuous when it’s done. My only gripe is I can never quite get all the pile into the bag (OCD strikes again !) I confess it’s then I wish for a suck them all up thing – not a blower just a sucker. 😉

    1. There are fabulous products, very eco-friendly, which are like leave scooping blanket things. I’m sure there are some around on your side of the pond, but I know a family company constructs them here in town. (Maybe Daniel or his pal Delia can apply some of their google-fu and find it/them for us.)

  4. Glad you figured out the issue. Warm up. Gagh. Shoulda figured that one out. Gerat new deck, and how funny that the llama turned up when you were so intereacted witih JD.

  5. LOVE the braids and the hair thingie! Even from the back, you look wonderful, you dear thing. And JD looks fab, of course. I’m glad you worked out the warm up and that your walk is so much better.

    It’s a good card. Funny, the llama thing for you and JD. I don’t deal with defensiveness as much as I used to. Maybe I’m just too damned old to care!

    Hanna’s article was spot on! Raking — when I had a house and wasn’t working a gazillion hours too much to do my own yard work — was pleasant. I enjoyed getting my workout by working in my own lovely yard! And I AM drinking tea!

  6. You look totally cute with the braids and hair thingy. If I were inclined that way I would definitely whistle at you. 🙂 Warm-up. Duh. I knew that, why didn’t I think of it?? And save you all that pain? ::head desk::

  7. You know, every time I see a picture of you, I wonder where you get off thinking you need to lose weight. The braids and hairband are cute, though.

    As far as the “leaf-scooping blanket thingies,” for once you have me stumped. I have no idea what the hell you’re talking about. I did find some companies in the UK that have nice deals on leaf vacuums, though.

    1. Keep in mind that I am FIVE FEET TALL. And no more. None.
      Makes a difference, in a sad and squishy way. 😕

      Dan (your BFF) and his daughter went searching today, they thought they had it, but no. (Sorry Em, not right.) I will have to just go into the store where I know they are sold and take pictures there.

      1. Oy. This is not a BMI evaluation. I’m talking about your continually well-defined chin and lack of what we in my family (not so) affectionately refer to as “Memere arms.” You lack proper bulges and extraneous arm-jiggle, which, as everyone knows, is doubled in photos.

        1. Lol, I have all of that, I swear. Dan is just really good at aiming my camera in ways that make me appear less lumpy and puffy.
          According to the BMI thing? I’m WELL in to the obese category, by many points. (Can you hear The Fokker calling us both out, for even HAVING this conversation? She is the beloved voice of womanhood reason. 🙂 )

          1. No need for a Fokker calling-out. I think the BMI is bullsh*t. I’m a large woman, always have been, even when I was thin. Grown men are jealous of my broad shoulders. If I were as skinny as they’d like me to be, I’d be decaying. Fokk the BMI and the asshat who came up with it in the first place. (Did I do that right? I think I’m missing an earhole somewhere.)

            Regarding Dan’s picture taking abilities, I could argue further, but I won’t. You’ve got your stubborn up. (Plus, I may or may not be comparing you to myself, which may or may not be appropriate to any situation whatsoever.)

          2. We’d both be decaying! (Which, by the way, is an excellent turn of phrase. No worries, you got the earhole in there just fine.) My goal weight should be around 100 pounds. The last time I was near there it was post Number One baby, I was 24, and Dan had to take me to the ER because we thought my heart was stopping. Thin? Oh yes. Healthy? Not even close.

            I’ve always had linebacker shoulders too. Wanna know what that means, symbolically? We can “shoulder” the burdens we need to, don’t pawn our responsibilities off onto others. 😉

            (Also, you are never inappropriate, as far as I’m concerned.)

  8. I love your hairstyle and wrap. And, as always, admire your dedication to living a healthy life. I would be interested to find out about the eco=friendly leaf blanket thingy. Do you think Google can search for “thingy?”

    FGBV’s to Kate. Last week I was very cranky. And perhaps the week before that…okay, at least two days out of every week I’m very cranky! I admit it!

  9. I am so glad to be back where I can comment … I have missed being able to add my 2 cents!

    Glad the pain is fleeing before the awesome power of your stretches!!

  10. FGBV’s to Kate.

    Nothing wrong with raking leaves … how ’bout the home owners with three feet of yard that use one of the things to blow off the side walk. *rolls eyes*

    Glad the pain is subsiding.

    1. My own pet peeve is the thoughtless know-nothings with tons of space and yet they pack their yard debris in PLASTIC bags to throw away. ALL OF THAT IS COMPOSTABLE IN THEIR YARD! Grass clippings, trimmings, leaves, needles, twigs, all of it can be spread around planting beds, borders, the base of trees, tons of other spots! 😦
      (Around here they also shove it all into the road, in huge heaping piles larger than my car, for the city to pick up.)

  11. Oh Julie, you do make my day with your wit and photographs and Han’s articles. Busy day for me. Take care and yeah to no pain. Good. Love the photos. Now, back to you.

  12. So glad the pain is easing. Love the head band thingy. Very colorful. And the braids. Awesome. I used to love wearing a French braid and was very practiced at doing it too. Now that I’m older I always go for the shortest cut possible. It’s all about wash and wear. : )

    1. I did like having my hair short, it’s SO easy to deal with. My problem though is the up-keep. Always going in for more trims, it would be on a bi-weekly basis. Simpler for me to ignore it, also: free.

  13. LOVED the guide book comments. I may copy that one out. Loved the hair band and braids and second Delia. Why do you think you’re fat? I don’t get it. Our leaf blower is electric (gift from my mother because we don’t go out and rake every single day until they are all gone) and not quite as loud, but since it rains alot here in Oct-Nov, we rarely get to use it. (wet leaves don’t ‘blow’ or ‘suck’). As for the importance of WARMING UP (eyes to ceiling), shall I send you a link?

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