I woke up late, for me at 8:15 and immediately felt two things: rested and leaner. I’d been exploring my food intake and how bloated I was feeling and with the help of my dear fiance, realized I wasn’t eating enough protein. So I shifted that yesterday, focusing on a more protein diet and spent the night
peeing releasing fluid then fell in to a deep deep sleep. Just for fun I decided to measure my waist as I’d done so last week because I’m getting married and having a dress made and was horrified at what I saw.
I was totally psyched to see a THREE inch loss on my waist. How crazy is that? I’m sticking with protein now for the most part. Wow.
I went outside in to the beautiful grey drizzly day and decided to do a little photo treasure hunt on my garden patio. In all that greyness, the bright life really stood out shining and posing for my camera. I even found a little heart puddle in front of my door which is what started the whole thing.
I then sat down to write. I did a chapter this morning on the theme of my stepmother Marj and something that happened with her, something really blow-your-mind disastrous, after my Grandma’s funeral. If I hadn’t lived it, I don’t know I’d believe it, it’s that strange. Here’s a snippet:
I decided to deal with Marj directly, woman to woman, about the ring before I headed back to Arizona the next day. I decided to leave my Dad out of it and just approach her as an adult with rationality.
I went in to her bedroom and sat down and said “I need to talk to you about something that isn’t going to be easy for either of us”. I contemplated just grabbing that ring off her hand or from her dresser and running away with it. Part of me in hindsight wishes I’d done just that. I did look for it as I sat in the recliner in the bedroom but couldn’t see it.
“Yes” she said while busying herself with putting things away in drawers.
“We both know that that ring was supposed to go to Cindy. And since she’s not alive to inherit it, I think we also both know that that ring should go to me. It was my mother’s engagement ring. It holds no sentimental value to you and you don’t even plan on keeping it as a ring. It holds extreme sentimental value to me as you know and I think I should have it. Everyone knows you had a lifetime of conflict with my Grandma and she would be rolling over in her grave thinking you ended up with that ring. We both know this. I think you should do the right thing and not accept it and tell Dad that that ring should go to me as it should”. To me, this was the easiest approach but Marj never made anything easy for any of us kids.
True to form, she, the innocent bystander in any kinds of dealings where she’d orchestrated the entire thing passive aggressively behind the scenes replied “Well you’ll have to ask ya fahthah about that. He really wanted me to have it and yes I will make it in to a necklace so I can wear it. It’s important to him that I have it”.
Yes you have to read the book to find out what happened with my mother’s engagement ring that she intended to dismantle and make in to a necklace for herself. Trust me, it’s a story worth reading.
I made my smoothie then fell hard in to the Jodi Arias trial on twitter. My favorite witness Dr. Janeen Demarte was on the stand and I needed to see what was going on/participate. It was very satisfying to watch her kick Jodi Arias ass all over the courtroom while taking her unconscionable defense team with her. There will be more of her tomorrow and I intend to tune in. It was time for the tide to turn there and turn it has.
I crashed hard for at least two hours after watching the trial. Woke up at 4:30, took a shower and knew what I needed to write about next. I jumped back on my bed and another chapter flew out, also about Marj but more about me and the anxiety problems I recovered from. Here is a snippet from that chapter:
I drove myself home finally arriving at 3am, beaten and destroyed by this demon called Anxiety that had plagued me for so long. I left a message with someone at the Florida party house for my father saying I’d had a bad reaction to some kind of medication on the plane and had to fly back home. It was such a flimsy false explanation but I just couldn’t say the words: that the panic had won once again. It was more than I could face.
I fell asleep for a few hours and phoned my therapist early the next morning. I could barely speak I was so consumed with sobs. She insisted I come to her home office that afternoon. I was truly in a moment of this is the last straw and she could hear it.
I spent that hour curled and unintelligible through my deep tears and she literally put me to bed in her guest room for a few hours. She said she was afraid for me to drive home. You see when a truly strong person like me crumbles like that, it will get anyone’s attention. I had no more defenses. I just knew I couldn’t live like that anymore.
I made one decision that weekend alone steeped in my grief and disappointment as my family partied in Florida. That was to stop trying to get on planes. I grounded myself indefinitely. I decided to stop putting myself through that torture and to stay put or drive if I wanted to go somewhere.
It wasn’t easy to relive that but it’s an important part of my personal story. And in case you hadn’t noticed, I get on planes whenever I want now. 🙂
I went and reviewed and realized I have 20 chapters now. Maybe not complete but I have 20 chapters. In just 15 days of writing. 20 chapters. And I’ve also been doing tons of reading and research wading through very difficult material. I’m feeling proud of myself tonite.
On that note….sweet dreams all….thanks for following along, as always 🙂