Good news! I got on the scales this morning and discovered I have lost 3 pounds in the last week. This motivates me. However, I know I will not continue to lose at that rate for long. Inevitably the early pounds come off more easily than the latter. But, God, if I could average 2 pounds a week instead of 1, I would be able to get the excess weight off in half the time, with a good portion of it gone by the time I leave for Thailand in May. This makes me feel more optimistic.
Similarly fortuitous is the fact that the travel section of today’s New York Times features an article about Phuket. S. and I consider this a good omen. We spent almost a week there in March of 2007–six days of lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun, and swimming in the warm, blue waters of the Andaman Sea. One day we visited sites that were rebuilt after the Tsunami of 2004, and another we rented a scooter and explored the island. By far, however, I preferred walking the shore in search of shells and coral and rocks–most of which I brought home to the states. At any rate, Phuket is an especially magical place for us–one I’ve often thought of when fantasizing about a return to Thailand. So its feature in this morning’s New York Times suggests to us on some level that we are on the right page in our plans regarding Thailand. It makes me feel affirmed–embraced by the universe.
In the midst of dreaming about Bangkok and about what life there might be like, I must get to work on school stuff this afternoon, preparing my first major essay assignment of the semester and entering student names in my grade book–not terribly tedious tasks but ones that must be done. In the meantime, S. is cooking Indian food in the kitchen. I realize am hungry–gotta run get lunch.