First of all, I feel great. I've lost about fifteen pounds since I switched to a clean, mostly plant-based diet. My asthma and allergy symptoms are pretty much gone. I still have a tiny bit of heartburn, but I imagine that will subside eventually.
Now that I've gotten back to regular yoga classes, I feel stronger. I also took an amazing foot and ankle health workshop last weekend that really tripped some light switches in my brain and made me realize that I can retrain myself out of the postures that have been causing me pain.
I've been cooking at home more and my husband is surprisingly amenable to trying vegetarian meals. In fact, he's picked out some recipes from various blogs and requested to try them, so that's fun because I don't have to plan every meal myself.
I absolutely made the right choice by cutting way back on volunteer work. It was making me crabby, which is the opposite effect that do-gooding is supposed to have on oneself and the world. I'm still helping out the animal rescue group as needed and I'm on the board of Soroptimist again next year, but I don't have any steady, weekly commitments.
The band is going well and we're continuing to learn fun songs. We have gigs on July 4th and 5th and another on the 13th. I have a feeling we'll be stepping up that schedule even more once we get comfortable with our show.
I'm still not spending quite as much time at home as I'd like, so my housekeeping standards remain a little looser than I'd prefer, but I'm hoping that the upcoming holiday weekend might give me a chance to catch up.
I'd also like to get in more long stretches of reading time that weekend. Right now I'm re-reading all of the Oz books, which I bought for 99¢. I'd forgotten how violent the first book is—the wicked witch keeps sicking various minions on our heroes, who proceed to slaughter them wholesale. As the book series progresses, all of the characters get less crabby and quarrelsome and eventually L. Frank Baum decided that no one could die in Oz, so that took care of the casual killing. If you haven't read them, I highly recommend it. I am highlighting passages I particularly enjoyed and I may do a post later.
The pets are all doing relatively well. My husband is convinced that Xena has lost some weight, but I'm a little skeptical about that. Everyone else seems happy and healthy and relatively well behaved.
So that's my report at the halfway point of the year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps getting better and better—and that the universe doesn't decide to snuff me out in the service of delicious irony right after I publish this. That wouldn't be nice at all.