May 29, 2015

Spring Cleaning

I have spent a good part of the last month "holed up".

May started with a bang - a spate of teaching (5 classes / 4 days), a long evening of teacher training video review, and then whoosh, off to North Carolina for a family reunion / graduation (my niece graduated from UNC-Wilmington). Ever since, I've been off my game.

I've had a hard time pinning it down - some light-headedness / vertigo / fatigue that might be food related, might be something I picked up on the plane, might be anything. Since it came along the same time as our first wave of hot / humid summery weather, it kept me out of the studio and off my mat except for some home practice. That morphed into a sore throat a few days ago, and has since evolved into a full blown sinus event (sneezing, headache, post-nasal drip) which I am increasingly thinking might be allergies. I always seem to get a spring time "cold" but it's never been this debilitating; apparently one of the side effects of global warming is an increase in the duration and severity of pollen season (due to higher CO2), making things more miserable for allergy sufferers and perhaps pushing some of us into full blown attacks.

As annoying as this phase of things it, at least it feels like stuff is moving out.

So the past month has been a pretty reclusive time - I've not felt up to socializing, have hardly hit the studio at all. I've done a few social things - a Red Sox game last weekend, dinner with friends, some band rehearsal - but in general I'm hunkered down.

That has not been a bad thing, though; I've been going on a cleaning spree; kitchen, bathrooms, living room, bedroom, yoga room, basement / office area. Some of the harbingers of "this is not a drill" spring cleaning include:
  • Purge the fridge
  • Cleaning out the hidden basement areas: office, tool area, the storage closet, laundry area
  • Completing my season clothing transition well before memorial day
  • Recycling multiple bags of clothing; giving away some tech (a small TV and an antenna) that have been sitting for years unused. 
  • Working on living room carpet stains (Elo is pretty good about pee and poop, but he does puke now and then, and also never misses an opportunity to grab food off the counter and drag it into the living room for a little party) - and I'm not all that careful about dragging stuff in on my shoes.  
I could, technically, have friends over to visit. Not that this is likely, but it COULD happen.

Heading into a teacher training weekend; which ought to be challenging (giving the present state of my body, allergies, and sinuses) but I'm a very reluctant drug taker - I've only recently started to dose with alka-seltzer cold meds, and night-time cough/cold syrup (I awoke dazed but apparently well-rested this morning), and I'm going to venture out to CVS for some of the new fangled allergy meds that I've never taken before.

At least it's silent weekend at teacher training, so I'll be able to rest my voice (not demanded for the staff, but I like to honor the silence as much as possible). And hopefully, with the weekend behind me, and pollen abating, I'll get my sorry butt back into the world. 

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