I got a new tattoo on my vacation. It's on my thigh, just above the knee. Awesome job by JR Mitchell at Custom Creations Tattoo in New Port Richey, FL.
One of the cool parts of our vacation was getting to catch up with some family I hadn't seen in probably 25 years or so. They used to live in Moriarty, which was just on the other side of the mountains from Albuquerque. My cousin Grega, in the purple shirt, ended up moving all over the country for work. She loved it, but eventually settled in Florida.
From the left:
Grega's boyfriend Mike
Grega's daughter Jenee
Jenee's recenly-adopted son Blayden
Jenee's husband JR, who did my tattoo
Grega's son Jason
We had a lot of fun catching up with them. The last time I saw Jenee, she was probably 2, but looked pretty much the same. Just in miniature. :)
I had a very hard time sleeping during our vacation, especially on the pull-out couch in Fort Lauderdale. I was really looking forward to getting home to my own bed, but figured out once I was here that just being back in my bed wasn't enough; I also couldn't breathe through my nose as well as I'm used to.
I'm glad susandennis mentioned BreatheRight strips over on her lj, because I've known about them for years, but hadn't thought about them lately. They definitely help! I only got up once last night to head to the bathroom, and it wasn't until 2am. I'm usually up three or more times. And I enjoyed a few cocktails yesterday, which normally doesn't help matters.
I think the issue is that vacation meant little to no exercise. I swam in the ocean for an hour on the first day, but was pretty lazy after that. I can't go to the pool for a couple more weeks because of the new tattoo, so hopefully getting back into yoga and maybe some walks if my back will allow it will help. The strips are nice, but I don't want to have to buy them forever.
Garrett suspects I might be developing allergies. I will be quite sad if that's the case.
Oh yeah, back pain. It's been really bad since we got back. I left off on the Yoga for Your Back video in the 30 Days of Yoga series, and I think I'll repeat it today.