Five Simple Things (July 2)


We're getting better from our accident, but I had a full blown panic attack on Tuesday and have been having nightmares. I was given a dream diary a few months ago and have started writing in it this week to keep track of when these nightmares happen and what's triggering them. My doctor tells me that at times the brain has an overload of information and it processes it in the subconscious when we sleep. A nightmare is just out brain's way of trying to figure it all out. My neck is still sore and my head, but not as bad as it was. I was able to brush my hair this week and it's still sore, but I just skipped over those areas. My bruises are fading and I no longer have to cover them up. I rode with Jeff to the store, too and was on edge the whole time. I don't know when I'll be able to drive again without feeling anxious. Time is what everyone keeps telling me and that's all I have right now. We didn't do a podcast episode this week because Skylar and I both just didn't feel like doing it. Our minds are overwhelmed at the moment. Skylar and I talked a lot this week and he told me a few things he's been feeling since the accident. I let him talk and get out anything he needs to, something my parents didn't do for me after a traumatic event, so I want to be sure he is able to have an open and judgement free space he can feel his feelings. Both of us are getting better and this week we really saw some positive changes with our physical, mental, and emotional recovery. On another aspect, we hit 119.7 here in the Willamette Valley on Monday and with Jeff's cooperative weather spotting with the NWS he may have had the highest recorded temperature in the state of Oregon. Two men with the NWS came to verify his recordings and as of right now it's the highest temperature. Jeff is pretty excited about that, because he literally made history. He is still waiting on confirmation, but either way, it's pretty exciting. Here are five things this week.

1. This Rug.

We purchased an outdoor rug for our deck. We weren't sure if we wanted to repaint it this summer, but for now, this outdoor rug is perfect. It's quick-drying and it's easy to clean. It's made from recycled plastic bottles, so it makes us feel good we are repurposing something that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

2. This "Puppuccino".

We had a a few extremely hot days this week and we spent a lot of time outside and in the water to cool off. We even kept our pets cooled off during those days, too. One way was to allow Hardy to get a Starbuck's "puppuccino" on the days we went there for our own drinks. Ultimately, it's low fat whipped cream, but to Hardy it was the best!

3. These Temperatures. 

Ridiculous temperatures this week and one day was over 119 degrees. Jeff still tracks the weather changes for the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon, and some men with the NWS came out to check the gauge and make sure it registered the correct degrees and it did. With that said, it was the highest and hottest temperature recorded in state history. Jeff was pretty thrilled with that information and to know that, even in 100 years, people will look back on his recordings. I posted something about it on Twitter to the NWS in Portland and it caught their attention. Without me doing that it may have been lost in the shuffle with all the other high temperatures coming in this week.

4. This Box.

The summer box from Fab Fit Fun was a pretty good mix of items this season. The items I liked best were the salsa and guacamole bowls, Living Proof dry shampoo, citrus press, and the highlighter pencil. My favorite item was the PMD Smart Facial Cleansing Device. It's amazing! You can snag one here.

5. These Foods.

With the quite warm days this week the lack of cooking was a solid decision. I'm not much of a cook, or baker, but not turning on the oven was a plus. Our poor air conditioner has been working overtime, that's for sure.

Did you catch the moon between Jupiter and Saturn this week (28), or Venus last night (1)?

Positive affirmations this week:

Social media. A lot of people lose a lot of time sucked into social media. Some are so far down a rabbit hole I'm not sure they even realize how bad it's consuming more than just their time. The best thing I've found to do is to gear my social media to what I want to see. This week I took the time to unfollow, unsubscribe, and unfriend a lot of accounts and people that I no longer want to see on my timelines, or main page. I started with Instagram and then Twitter. After those, I deleted accounts and unsubscribed from email lists, as well. It's a lot better to look at things that encourage positivity, and encouragement, than negativity, resentment, and judgement. My Instagram is a lot better to look at now, as you can see from the video above. I love the accounts I follow now and see on my timeline and when I log in. I left Facebook for the very reason I mentioned above. Negativity is not something I welcome into my life anymore. I have cut people out of my life that continue to bring negativity in. Some of those people were family, too. We have to do what's right for out own mental health and if certain people can't understand that, shut them out. It's better to take some time away from them than to argue trying to explain why. If you are at these crossroads, good luck to you. You can do it!

Have a nice weekend.

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