My daily challenge for Monday, May 16, was to pick a theme song for the day. While I didn’t get the challenge or pick the song until about 3 p.m. this afternoon, and I only picked the song because it was in my car’s CD player and it is Track One, I’m pretty sure it fits in more ways than I even imagined. From The Magnetic Fields album 69 Love Songs, “A Chicken with its Head Cut Off” is the first song I ever heard from this band and the guy’s seriously deep voice and strangely appropriate analogies hooked me from the very first 10 seconds.
As it applies to today, or rather Monday (as it is 1 a.m. the 17th at this exact time), never occurred to me until I realized what today signified for me: day one of three weeks student free, day one of 30 Day Shred Level 3, day one of no particular agenda…
It’s the latter that most appropriately correlates with today’s theme. I don’t know what to do with myself when I have nothing to do. Bill had to convince me to sit down and watch baseball yesterday, and I think I only managed 15 minutes. This was the first Monday I had in several months in which I didn’t have to prepare a lesson and teach 3 classes and be gone from my house for 12 hours; however, I did leave my house, turned grades in, signed up for a summer piano class, shopped for groceries, sliced my thumb as I grated sweet potatoes, cried my mascara all over my face as I sliced onions, chopped up peppers, made sweet potato pancakes & a salad and finally relaxed to Dancing with the Stars while I folded laundry and went through mail.
I am a chicken with its head cut off.
And I decided cooking my own food is stressful, but I think we need stress in order to appreciate the results. It’s a lot like exercising. We stress our bodies for the pay-offs; whether it is to finish a long run, lose weight, tone muscles, etc., our bodies must be stressed first and the results come later. The same goes for food. Sure, it wasn’t the most pleasant preparation time I’ve had, but I’m new to this cooking thing. I’ll have more mishaps, but I’m learning, enjoying the process, and getting better each time.
Same goes for my Jillian experience. Day 21 today. Personal opinion: I think Level 2 is the hardest. While I did not complete each exercise of Level 3 perfectly today, I feel confident it won’t take me as long as Level 2. I was still grunting and famished yesterday completing day 10 of level 2, but Day 1 of Level 3 just had me tired of being in the plank position. It is challenging and I can say I would have never said 3 was easier than 2 if I hadn’t accomplished 2, and I say “easier” pretty loosely, this is Jillian Micheal’s workout as we all know.
We don’t have to be stars exploding in the night
Or electric eels under the covers
We don’t have to be
Anything quite so unreal
Lets just be lovers
Well my heart’s runnin’ round like a chicken with it’s head cut off
All around the barn yard falling in and out of love
Poor thing’s blind as a bat
Gettin’ up, fallin’ down, gettin’ up
Who’d fall in love with a chicken with its head cut off?
I can’t get used to this free time too much. I do have to be a teacher again soon. Until then, I’m blind as a bat…