|Tea time in Hong Kong..|
Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!
Seeing that I am somewhere in between, I thought I might as well cover it all! I am in a rainy Hong Kong at the moment, taking it easy, taking some down time and truth be told...feeling a bit restless.
I did a really silly thing two weeks ago. I hopped up onto something to take a picture, turned around and "TWISTO"...I ended up with an avulsion fracture to my ankle and a haphazard looking finger... I shall spare you the details...but...it wasn't pretty and the whole experience made me want to go in a corner of a room and bang my head against the wall. I tried to blame it on a full moon...but alas... not a sliver in sight that night. I had to blame myself.
One 15 hour flight from Boston to Hong Kong, a few days of rest and here I am, on the 43rd floor, in our apartment, writing the alphabet on the floor with my injured foot and doing some strange grab and push routine with a towel and my toes. Doctors orders.
I can walk OK...and better if I wear my very unattractive foot strap...but I still can't motor around by foot the way I normally would in Hong Kong which has me undone at times.
So I am accepting my fate, listening to my body and taking it easy in Hong Kong and will do the same in Australia later in the week and in Xi'an next week. A woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do! Right?
I have plenty to keep me busy.
I am catching up on two great online courses I started in March. One is a photo editor course; Lightroom 31 Days with Kim Klassen and the other; 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Course with Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger. Both are informative and well worth the time and effort. If you are interested in starting a blog, fine tuning one or are interested in working with Lightroom, I highly recommend both classes.
Hong Kong Travel Notes
I started a page for our Hong Kong move two years ago (can you believe it has been that long!) and am in the process of transitioning it to my favorite places to Eat, Shop, Relax and Explore in Hong Kong. I have had many requests and it makes sense to put them all on one page. Perfect timing.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenge of preparing myself for an MRI that I was extremely anxious about. I tried once and lasted 30 seconds and went back to try again. The advice sent my way from readers was absolutely fantastic and so very much appreciated! It worked!
If you are claustrophobic and or tend to get anxious before MRI tests I first suggest that you see if there is an Open MRI Scanner in your area. This was a game changer for me.
Other helpful MRI exam tips
1. I stayed up late the night before as suggested by the MRI technician. This was to help make make me drowsy. The technician said it often helps with people who are especially anxious.
2. I booked an appointment for first thing in the morning, again, another suggestion by the technician.
3. I took my doctor's advice and took a mild sedative to calm my nerves an hour before the test. I would definitely do that one again!
4. I used Dr. Hauschka's Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil for extra measure. If you love the scent of lavender, this product is a must!
5. A wonderful friend taught me the square deep breathing technique also known as "box breathing" and it worked like a charm. It's been a little miracle worker when I wake in the middle of the night too. Another one I highly recommend!
6. I decided what I wanted to think about before I went in for the exam....a book retreat in Paris and postcards were my thoughts of choice. ;)
Before I knew it, I was done! Hooray for me!
Ok...you may be thinking that this woman is a wreck. MRI's, fractured ankle...what is going on or rather, what next?? Let's not go there...and with that thought, I am deep breathing and visualizing a box and 1..2..3..4.
I am not done!
Resting soulfully with Brene Brown and Oprah
I downloaded two books onto Audible as part of my efforts to take it easy in Hong Kong. The first
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Oprah Winfrey's new book The Path Made Clear. I feel like I am late to the game on Brene. I know of her, have heard a few podcasts but haven't delved into her work. She has come so highly recommended by so many, I reckon I should start somewhere. I find her book engaging and thought provoking and the perfect segue into my "taking it easy" strategy. Oprah is Oprah and I can always relate to what she has to say. It's been a while since I have stepped into Oprah's world...and this book feels like the right way to do it.
When all else fails...LAUGHTER!
While Mrs. H is resting up in Hong Kong, Mr. H is travelling. I won't even get started on that one...but to just needle him a bit, I send photos of Mrs. H having a case of the sillies. I may be laughing by myself but to be honest...laughter is the only way to manage through the craziness that is me these days!
I just love this little fellow below.
Makes my heart pitter patter....
much like I know it will do
when I see Cooper,
our grandson, this weekend.
He just started walking.
Best wishes to one and all for a wonderful week,
I will be thinking of you!
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