#WeekendCoffeeShare (February 18, 2023)

Hi everyone. I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare today. It’s 5:35PM as I start writing this post. I probably won’t finish it until past seven, when I’ll have my last cup of coffee for the day. Care to join me? We also have pure green tea (so the kind without flavoring). We also probably have lemon-flavored green tea, but I don’t care for that. I did discover a new kind of green tea, Indian chai green, which I do love. It is loose-leaf tea, which I rarely have, but I think this one is quite good. I can brew you a cup of this too. Let’s have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, first I’d ask about your weather, as I usually do. Ours has been mixed. Early in the week, we got some sunshine, but later, it’s been rainy. The daytime temperature usually rose to about 12°C.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my mother-in-law, my assigned staff and my support coordinator were supposed to have a talk on Tuesday. I wasn’t invited and the goal of the meeting remained unclear to my mother-in-law until the last moment. Then, it was canceled because my support coordinator was off sick. My mother-in-law took the opportunity to make it clear that, if it’s up to me and her, the possibility of me moving out of this care home should be a serious topic of discussion at a rescheduled meeting. She also pointed out that she’d like the behavior specialist present. This meeting, all going well, has now been set for March 2. I’m not sure whether I’ll be allowed to attend too. I think I should, honestly.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that, instead of coming to the meeting, my mother-in-law paid me an extended visit. We drove to Apeldoorn, like we seem to do regularly, and had lunch. Then we went into several shops to buy some little presents for one of my mother-in-law’s coworkers at her volunteer job, who will be going into hospital soon. It was there that I discovered the Indian chai green tea. We also went into a supermarket so that I could buy rolled oats, raw nuts and some other things. I fully intended to make overnight oats with those rolled oats. I did try, but either used too much milk or did something else wrong, because there was a lot of milk that hadn’t been absorbed by the rolled oats.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I did end up crafting a Valentine’s Day present for my husband after all. It’s a polymer clay heart with an arrow in Premo cadmium red with a Fimo Effect metallic gold edge and the arrow is done in Premo white. I textured the back using a ball of tinfoil, which turned out rather ugly – uglier than it would’ve been with visible air bubbles, which texturing aims to prevent. Oh well, that means I learned something.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I weighed myself on Thursday, as I do each week, and I lost another 0.6kg. I have only 2kg to lose to be at a healthy BMI. I am still slightly worried that some physical health condition is causing me to lose weight, because to be honest I’m not minding my diet much at all and I’m not exercising excessively either. However, I did notice that my Apple Watch estimates my cardio fitness level has increased. It’s still “low”, as it’s always been, but is slowly creeping towards “below-average”.

If we were having coffee, lastly I’d share that I didn’t walk as much as I’d have liked over the past week. I signed up for a challenge with other Apple Watch users in an app called Challenges. The challenge ran from Monday through Friday. I started out doing quite well on Monday, starting with a walk to visit the institution’s petting zoo, which is about a 45-minute walk total. My feet hurt terribly after it. During the rest of the week, I didn’t do so well. I ended up 48th out of 88, which I’m okay with all things considered. I’d have liked to be in the top half.

By the way, while at the petting zoo, I took a picture of the goats. I didn’t get to actually pet them.

How have you been?

11 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (February 18, 2023)

    1. Thanks for the compliment on my gift to my husband. My staff did at one point recommend I do not attend the meeting for fear that I’d get information overload, but I’m pretty sure I do want to indeed.

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  1. It’s quite disturbing to me that they are planning a meeting with your mother-in-law but not you, and making excuses not to even invite you to a meeting in which your living situation is discussed. You are an adult, enough to make previous major decisions about your life (e.g. to get married). There’s no justification for barring you from this meeting. If they think it might upset you, it should be for you to decide.

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    1. I agree 100%. Then again, they’ve also decided that I can’t view my own care records because reading them might upset me. Then initially no-one could view them and this remains the case due to some stupid technical issue, because I, being a medically emancipated adult, need to officially authorize my mother-in-law to view them but I’m not authorized myself. The reason I wanted my mother-in-law authorized was so at least someone outside of the care home could see what in the world the staff are writing up about me. It’s all terribly frustrating and all this didn’t use to be a huge problem back at my old care home (where the decision that I couldn’t view my records was made), because there I trusted the staff and could ask them to read me what they’d written and they would without changing/simplifying/whatever things.


  2. At my job, we have challenge this month called “I Heart Walking” where you choose your level to do 30, 45, or 60 minutes of physical activity. I chose 60 minutes and it’s been a challenge. Right when I think I can wind down, I check my watch to find out I need to do 20 more minutes of activity so I’d play an exercise video on Youtube. It’s definitely made me more aware of my physical activity since I am not as active as before since having a kid and working an office job.

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