Sitting is the new sugar.

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I am almost finished..almost finished painting our living room and dining room. I never realized getting this job done would require such mental fortitude thanks to miles and miles (and miles) of trim…ugh.

Since Christmas I have painted 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, the kitchen, TV room and now the  living room and dining room. It feels great to see so much fresh color.

You know what else feels great..my rear end!!

As some of you know, I have struggled with sciatica for years.  Over the last year or so,  it has become a 24/7 issue that never goes away..like a constant tooth or headache. It can even wake me up at night and lead to hours of tossing and turning.

But guess what? I have had NO PAIN in weeks..none..it’s incredible. The only thing that has been different in my life has been this painting job and the fact that I have pretty much not had the opportunity to sit down either because I’m too busy or because the furniture was all piled in the center of the room and there was no place to sit anyway. They say that sitting too long is as bad as eating too much sugar-and you know what?  I’m starting to believe it.

Could the climbing up and down the ladder also have helped?- maybe

What about the stretching with the brush?-maybe

I guess I’ll find out now that this painting job is almost done. One thing’s for sure, I’m not going to be sitting around waiting to find out.

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Alternate Realities..

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This morning I read about an inaugural parade that will be taking place to compete with Mr. Trump’s parade. There is an expanding list of “celebrities” who will be joining in on the fun, (no doubt with plenty of press coverage.)

..how pathetic.

Full disclosure, I have never watched any inaugural parade either in person or on TV, and I won’t be this year either; I’ve got way too much painting to do.

Full disclosure again, readers of this blog know my ambivalent feelings about Trump.

But come on now..let’s all grow up here.  This stunt (among many) isn’t only stupid, but it’s feeding this very corrosive idea that those who didn’t vote for this man can create a parallel reality for our country; think I’m joking?

President Obama has stated that he wants to stay in Washington in order to ensure that his legislation and legacy are protected and to organize the Democratic opposition. Usually former presidents stand at the door of Air Force One, wave farewell and fly off into the sunset.. but I guess the alternate reality crowd needs a leader, and Barack has accepted this shadow-president position.  I’m not even sure he will have the proper credentials to enter the private spaces of certain federal buildings anymore, but you can be sure he will have plenty of guest passes  provided to him by legislators who similarly won’t accept reality.

This is some crazy stuff.

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The secret is in the wrapping..

Would I love Hershey Kisses as much as I do if each little piece wasn’t wrapped in silver foil?

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I actually don’t think so.. I mean let’s face it, it’s not exactly high grade, Swiss chocolate.

The art of covering the mediocre in shiny ‘gift wrap’ is clearly a life skill worth mastering.

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The colors of life.

I just finished repainting my daughter’s bedroom. It was so strange to see how different the color I was applying looked in areas where the original, old color was still visible. The violet made this neutral, warm tone almost look yellow…in fact I kept checking the can to make sure I had opened up the right one. It didn’t stop looking gross-browny- yellow to me until I had all the walls completely and totally covered in new paint. (Yes, this is the same color in both pictures below)

This really made me think about life & context..how our past can “color” how we view today. I know people who have every right to be pissed off and miserable for the rest of their days they have experienced such sadness, disappointment and hurt ..and yet they are able to live in the moment and plan for the future without having the past discolor their new hopes and dreams. How do they do that?

No doubt there are different philosophies on how to handle painful memories, and I am no expert in this area, but I come from the camp that encourages people to find a fresh color and start brand new. In my own life I have had to give up on some real hurts, and I KNOW I am much better for it. Let’s be honest, some transgressions will never be resolved or fixed or even apologized for, so the only option is to let go. Now this doesn’t mean that a “scratch” now and then won’t reveal what’s underneath. A painful past never really goes away..but it also doesn’t have to dominate our  present living “space.”

And make no mistake..as I found out when I was painting..all it takes is one little corner of old color to visually throw the new one off…so when you make the decision to forgive and forget and forge ahead..don’t make the mistake of hanging on to even one little grudge or one little area of loathing.  Apply a heavy coat of fresh grace and gratitude from corner to corner and watch how complete coverage can transform the color of your life.

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