A bunch of stuff and No Zero, Too

Thursdays are volunteer days; I went back to the food bank. My team was a machine! We bagged enough cereal to feed 480 people. I love volunteering at the food bank. When I glance at the clock, all I’m concerned about is how much more I can help accomplish with the time that’s left. Volunteering isn’t on my no zero list for the year, but it’s something that I’ve come to value. As I enjoy the rewards of spending my time with purpose, it becomes more of a habit.

I planned on taking a nap once I got home to have the energy to ride Max later in the afternoon, but the universe had other plans for me. My Facebook marketplace sewing machine ad had a buyer message, which turned into me driving down the street to make the sale. I’m loving the Facebook marketplace. I’ve been finding new homes for so much stuff. The energy in my house is becoming more open and serene. My sewing machine went to a sweet lady who had been sewing blankets for her grandbabies with her grandmother’s sewing machine when the old machine finally died. It’s a great feeling to know that my sewing machine isn’t stuck on my closet’s top shelf anymore; it’s now bringing a family joy. My old dressage saddle is also free of the closet and being used at a pony rescue.

While I was driving up and down the street, the blood donation bus kept catching my eye. I have always wanted to donate blood but have been ineligible because of my anxiety medication. I’ve been off the meds for almost a year now. I stopped at the blood bus and learned that 1) You should make an appointment before stopping at the blood bus, and 2) You should eat a “good” meal before stopping at the blood bus. I went home and ate a “good” meal and came back. For all their talk of “you should make an appointment!” they did a stellar job working me into the schedule. The most painful part was a finger prick. The actual needle they stuck into my arm, while HUGE AND TERRIFYING, didn’t hurt at all. I don’t know how that worked out. I’m still mystified. 10/10 would recommend, and I will be back!

Though full of altruism, my day hadn’t yet met any of the no-zero requirements. I fit in a guitar practice while I was watching TV with my hubby. I found this excellent Moonlight Sonata tab.

The whole nbnguitar.com website looks fantastic. My classical guitar is still at Guitar Center. I’m looking forward to getting it back.

I couldn’t ride Maximas because the tech at the blood bus told me to avoid anything that got my heart rate up for the rest of the day, but I’ll be back at the stable tomorrow. I’m planning on slowing us down a lot over the next week. We’ve been rushing to make progress, and now I feel like we are at a point where we can revisit that progress and flesh it out. I want to play around with transitions and bending to get us both more relaxed and in tune with each other. It’s worth a shot, at least.