"I always felt that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing." (Katherine Mansfield)
I've been having a rough week, with some problems that I don't want to get into here. I'm so lucky to have friends who really get how to help someone who's in pain. That's one of the "perks," I guess, of having suffered yourself. My friend Kristin, who knows all the gory details of this particular situation, called me on Saturday and said, "I'm treating you to a pedicure." It was just what I needed to relax, take my mind of it for awhile, and feel pampered. Don't you just love it when someone knows just what you need? (We went to Havana Nights, a nice little spa just a few blocks from my house. They even have a mojito pedicure. Sounds refreshing!)
After a six month hiatus from working out, I started swimming laps in our neighborhood Chicago Park District pool. It's great: only $20 for the whole summer, and they have at least 2 hours of adult lap swim a day. I love the meditative rhythm of swimming, plus it's great exercise for the whole body. I'm up to 12 laps a day.
Movies to knit by: I've been doing some knitting. Nothing to show yet, but I did knit through two very interesting movies. First, Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, which was very slow at first, and strange, but excellent in the end. I watched the 3-hour version (not the uncut 5-hour one.) There's a great discussion about it on Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Even with subtitles, I was able to knit through most of it. Then, I watched a funny little Australian movie called Love Serenade. Made me laugh. I'm grateful for On Demand. It helps distract me from my problems. That and pedicures.