Monday, January 30, 2006

A good day

Today was a very good day.

It was Weight Watchers weigh in day and I've lost another 1.6 pounds (taking my grand total to 4.5 pounds in four weeks). It's a drop in tub of lard really, but for me it's a big achievement because I've worked hard to do it. Really hard. That first week and a half I was so hungry I'd have happily eaten shoe leather and batteries if someone had handed them to me wrapped in lettuce.

But the hunger has subsided, and in its place I've found willpower I didn't realize I had.

I put on a shirt I haven't worn in a month and it felt a tiny bit looser than it did last time I had it on. The hungry torment of the last four weeks was all worth that moment of pure joy and pride this morning.

And speaking of pride, the Leafs finally won a game tonight. Halleluia!!

I'm not actually a huge hockey fan, but somehow I've been sucked into the excitement of the games. Maybe it's just because it's fun to spend those two hours watching TV with My Beloved (and asking him a million and one stupid questions like "what's icing" for the 900th time) or maybe it's a latent sports appreciation finally making its way to the surface of my all-girl exterior (much to my Father's glee). But whatever the case, I'm actually enjoying hockey.

Although admittedly I enjoy it much more when the Leafs win every now and then.

While watching the hockey game (and later, The Bachelor - yes, I admit it) I finished up a little crocheted hat. It was supposed to be a 3-month size but it didn't come out quite right. It's more like a toddler hat, really. I guess using the right size hook actually does matter. Who knew?

Anyway, even though it's not quite perfect and I improvised the design on the front, I'm happy with it. It feels good to create something - to have something to show for myself at the end of the day besides another pile of clean laundry and vacuumed carpets. Okay, vacuumed downstairs carpets.

But what I think made the day really good was reading all the comments from my pride and prayer post yesterday. Once again, I'm awed by the kindness of people (strangers, in some cases) and the capacity for goodness that exists in this sometimes sad and scary world.

I can feel your prayers today, and I want you to know that each and every one of you are in mine.

Yes. This was a good day indeed.

P.S. Here's the little hat I made. I shouldn't be as proud of it as I am because there are many, many imperfections in it, but nothing in life is perfect, right? And so why should a little hat be any different.


Denise said...

Cute hat...and congrats on the WW success. Yeah! I think I'm still at the eating batteries wrapped in lettuce stage...sigh.

Scrappy_Lady said...

The hat is adorable!!! You should be very proud. I learned to crochet as a youngster, but haven't done anything in more than a decade. heehee... yes the hook size does matter. :)

Bronwyn said...

What a cute hat! You should be very proud to be able to create like that. I'm trying to learn how to knit right now and I can't wait until I can look at a finished product and be able to say, "I made that!". And well done on the 4.5 pounds! Isn't it nice to know that all of that rabbit food has a purpose? :)

Karen said...

Ok, I LOVE that hat. That is the cutest thing ever. Way to go!

Congrats on the weight loss!

Catherine said...

woo hoo! Congratulations on the weight loss! Keep up the good work (and please don't eat your shoes...blech). :o)

The hat looks great! Any charity would be proud to accept that. You should be very proud. And anytime you want to talk crochet, you just let me know. Don't know if you know this, but I've been doing charity crocheting since I lost Alex. It's one of the few things that has felt "good" during the past eight months or so.

I'm sorry I didn't respond on your prayer post. God and I still aren't speaking, so I'm going to have to watch from the sidelines on this effort. I'm hoping we come to a truce soon...but I'm not sure when that will be.

Hugs to you.

Sherry said...

Congrats on the weight loss!!!

And, you crochet, too? Why am I not surprised? ;-) An adorable hat - especially the springy colors! And, yes, regarding crochet hooks, size does matter.

kate said...

That is an exceedingly adorable hat! I love the daisy on the front too! And congrats on the WW success too. Oh, also -- didn't have a chance to respond before but you *are* in my prayers....

Aidan's Mom said...

Love the hat and happy to hear you had a good day.
Hugs to you and way to go on the weight loss!! that rocks!
Hang in there.....

Abby said...

Great job on the hat! So what if it's a little bigger than you planned? It's still very, very cute!

I'm glad you had a good day, a good weigh-in and that your team is winning. Shouldn't it be the Leaves, though, not the Leafs? You crazy Canadians!

Oh and I'm glad to see you coming out of the closet about your trash TV watching! :)

Abby said...

I almost forgot... I didn't get a chance to respond to your earlier post, but you're always, always in my prayers.