The Forbidden Forest

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2The forbidden forest beckons

Enter if you dare

Cross the witches trail

Be ready for a scare

The forbidden forest darkens

As doom seeps into the air

You begin to feel the pull

As if it drags you there

The forbidden forest wails

An eerie kind of cry

Put on your bravest face

There is no time to be shy

The forbidden forest whispers

A haunting lullaby

Keep your wits about you

Or else you might just die

The forbidden forest surrounds

As if to swallow you whole

The night gives you no guidance

The skies as black as coal

The forbidden forest echoes

As you take your final stroll

Be wise in what you say

Or a demon may steal your soul…

Day 47 – 100 Days of Happiness

I am not a big sports fan.  If I had to pick a sport to watch it would have to be either college football or basketball.  I do however try to at least watch some of the World Series.  This year with two underdog teams it is hard not to be happy about the teams hard-fought battle to make it to the series. I have never really watched much baseball on TV and have been to fewer live games… however I do believe the live version is much more fun.

Tonight was game 5 in the series.  It was make or break time for the Cubs and it was a really close game.  I would much rather watch a game that is evenly matched than a lopsided win (like game 4 seemed to be). Being from the Midwest I choose the Cubs to be the team I am rooting for and tonight’s game was pretty incredible.  A lot of good playing from each team really, but the Cubs pulled off the win.

I can’t tell you what stats any of the players have, who hit well, who scored, or even who pitched… but I can tell you it was exciting to watch the crowd and see the sheer enthusiasm as the Cubs took the game into the win column.  A travel day tomorrow and then another needed win for the Cubs.  It would make it a nail-biting series taking it all the way to the wire and the final game of 7 to decide the victor.  Honestly the way both teams have played I see no losers at all in this series.  But I still say, “Go Cubbies!”

Day 46 – 100 Days of Happiness

I survived… didn’t think I would a couple of times, but I held it together enough I had no major problems today at the wedding.  Against my cravings I stayed away from coffee this morning to try to keep my nerves a little more calm.  I took the back roads out-of-town… 55 mph instead of 70 mph and far less traffic.  The best thing though is the chance to relax some of the stress away… I took a lorazapam to calm my anxiety.  It worked in about 20 to 30 minutes and had me feeling mellow but not too tired.  I still was nervous, but so much better than I was before my meds.

Then the best part of the day… the kids.  There were three youngsters under 4 at the wedding.  I am a sucker for a babies smile – it can melt away all stress I happen to have.  Especially the flower girl who was 1 or 2 at most.  She looked like a little princess.  She had a little stuffed doll she was carrying and she would stop and hug it.  A boy maybe 5 or 6 who tried a wedding mint for the first time and did not like it – the face he made was priceless.  Seeing innocent moments like that made the day beyond easy to happy at times.

Day 45 – 100 Days of Happiness

I have a wedding to attend tomorrow… I have never met the bride and I barely know the groom.  My boyfriend is going to be best man though.  I have been having a lot of anxiety about it already.  I will be “alone” while my boyfriend is busy most of the day and don’t think I will know anyone there.  It is about an hour out-of-town so there is already stress from the drive to get there.  I am still going to do this though… I hope.

Another problem I had, was what to wear.  With all the medication I am on now I have gained weight since the last fancy event I went to and my nice blouses and sweaters are too small.  I at least still have a pair of dress slacks I can wear.  So this is where we get into a little happiness today.

I went shopping for a new top.  Most of the summer clothes are gone and fall and winter clothes have taken over.  I have “thermostat” issues with my Fibro and would hate to overheat at the church, but I finally found a lightweight sweater… and in my size too!  I was so happy.  It was not expensive (as all extra funds for the month had to go to the wedding gift and a baby’s first birthday).  It is a nice bright burgundy color and I can wear it with my grey slacks and be fine.

So there is a little happiness going into the day tomorrow.  Let’s just hope my anxiety stays at home when I leave.  (((HUGS)))

Day 44 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today is all about comfort.  It was another beautiful fall day.  And what is best on a cool night?  Some good warm comfort food.  I did a big batch of homemade chicken noodle soup today… fresh carrots, celery and onion, lots of chicken, the big thick home style egg noodles, and lots of rich flavor.  It has to simmer several hours before the noodles are added… let the flavors mingle together.  Then another hour to make sure the noodle are nice and tender… so yummy.  The warm liquid you can feel all the way down to your stomach.  Comfort food in the fall is great!

100 Days of Happiness

I had a long day after a short night so please forgive me for posting two days in one post…

Day 42 –

After a fun night with my daughter and boyfriend, I realized why I don’t have more late nights/early mornings like that anymore.  I just can’t handle the lack of sleep like I used to.  So the happy moment was when I had a chance to relax and catch a nap.  As a child we hate nap time, but as adults we learn to really love those moments … or at least I do.  Maybe it is just the fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia?  Regardless waking from a nap refreshed just feels good, like a nice big hug.

Day 43 –

Today I took advantage of the quiet time while my boyfriend was at work and did something I love to do – read.  I have to admit this is a different form of reading.  It is an audio book for The Fireman by Joe Hill.  I grew up reading Stephen King and when I read Heart Shaped Box by his son Joe I was hooked on his writing style.  He can really rope you into a story and keep you turning the pages.  I happen to find this audio book by accident when I was at my local library looking for a movie on DVD to check out.  The case of CDs happened to catch my eye and I had to “read” it.  I find I can go through the “junk mail” I get from all the businesses in my inbox while I listen.  I used to “read” a lot of books on CD when I was working out-of-town and had a 20 minute drive to work. Reading opens up so many different worlds!  Now I need to go and listen to a bit more… only 2 of the 18 CDs left to listen to.

Day 41 – 100 Days of Happiness

Tonight was another hard-fought battle.  My daughter, boyfriend and I all played a couple of card games, laughed and had a very nice evening.  I did not have luck on my side tonight, and my daughter came out the winner of both games.  We played a game called Loonacy, which is similar to the card game War only with matching pictures instead of numbers.  Then we traveled down the highway of Mille Bornes.  We trash talked each other and laughed a lot.  Now at half past 3 in the morning it is way past time to settle down and try to get some sleep… but it was well worth the time together!