What Do Y’all See?

Yay! I went for another walk today, here’s a pic. In the clouds, I can see Snoopy with his arms raised. What do y’all see? Today I am feeling almost back to normal, not quite there yet. I’ve never had a stomach virus this awful before. I’m so thankful to be feeling better!

We went grocery shopping tonight and they had the Christmas decorations up and all of the holiday goodies everywhere. It was so wonderful to be out of the apartment in a different environment. It was still irritating when people didn’t follow the arrows and weren’t social distancing, but it wasn’t crowded so that was a relief and they had more cashiers than usual, so it went faster.

I finished listening to two books and did some writing for the NaNoWriMo challenge. I also got some reading done on two other books as well. I’ve been admiring the tree with its silver rainbow winged butterflies and rainbow tinsel. I’m back to drawing, practicing guitar, and doing all of my PT exercise sets. Now I want to get back to dancing and making videos too. Maybe tomorrow? I was less fatigued after my walk today so that’s encouraging. I’m feeling more optimistic like I can commit to getting more things done over the rest of this year. Forty-five more days.

I saw a job opening on Indeed for being Santa’s helper at the mall where they take photos with Santa. I was surprised. Is that a good idea during a pandemic? Kids sitting on Santa’s lap? And what about masks? You wouldn’t be able to see their faces? The social distancing of 6 feet, maybe the kids stand way in front with Santa in the background? I was astonished. Maybe they’ll have a Santa cutout figure or something? I wouldn’t risk it. I guess people have different priorities or don’t believe the pandemic is real.

The bag licky-licky cashier was not there at the grocery store tonight, thank goodness. If she was the only cashier we were going to self-checkout, lol. I do hope she’s okay though. I was so worried for her when I saw her pull her mask down and lick her fingertips to separate the bags. That’s a surefire way to expose yourself to some nasty cooties.

At the rate we’re going in this country with the spread of COVID, I don’t see how we’re going to avoid shutting down again. It appears like it’s already too late. I hope people take it seriously, believe that it’s real, follow the precautions, and stay at home. No socializing in person for the holidays, it’s not safe.

I’m so thankful the kids are able to work from home. If not, I’d be so worried about them getting sick. I’m so grateful they’ve stayed healthy so far. I’m thankful Drue has been well too. We’re so fortunate.

I’m reading a book called Feeling Good by David Burns. I’m at a section on cognitive distortions and it’s really helpful. His book is about how to change your cognition so that you will feel good. It helps with depression and anxiety. It helps you shift your perspectives and see things in a more positive, truthful light. So far it seems like it’s teaching cognitive behavioral therapy that you can do yourself by reading the book and practicing the techniques described.

Here’s a link about cognitive distortions.

https://positivepsychology.com/cognitive-distortions/

Here’s a link to David Burns’ website.

https://feelinggood.com/tag/cognitive-distortions/

I did this intuitively on my own, plus read, listened to many helpful books, and eventually, after a lot of practice, I shifted my habitual thoughts to more healthy, empowering, and loving ones. My whole way of seeing the world changed for the better. I wish I’d had more specific information to help me like this book Feeling Good. I am anxious to finish reading it.

That’s all for tonight. Just 6 more weeks of daily blogging, yay! What a year it’s been. I am gonna celebrate so hard come New Year’s 🙂

Michelle Miyagi
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