Monday, March 7, 2011

Here I am in 2011

I miss my Blog...decided to get back to it. With my plans for this coming summer, I expect to "blog a lot". I am flying to Dublin on June 26th to stay until August 1st and then on to London and home On August 15th. This is a big "Bucket List" trip. Since my heart event last summer, I've decided not to postpone anything.

I'm doing well. I changed cardiologists and am now with the Mayo Clinic in Scotsdale. Check up in January showed actual improvement with my heart condition. Result of exercise and new eating habits. Very motivating. I've also lost 30 pounds since my stents were put in. It is a slow process but hopefully will have a lasting result.

I've finished my Cardio Rehab and am continuing to work out on my own. Goal is to do cardio and weight training 3 days a week. So far I've been inconsistent but it is getting better. I want to be in shape to do lots of walking this summer.

I've enjoyed rediscovering Leonard Cohen. His "Live in London" DVR is amazing. I love his poetry and sense of humor. A couple of favorite excerps...."My friends are gone, my hair is gray. I ache in the places where I used to play....." "There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in..."

My poetry is far from Leonard's gift but writing it has brought me peace, joy and from time to time, understanding over the years. Maybe I'll share some when I feel brave.