Next month I am going to a writers course for a week - will travel by train with two or three changes and bringing my ridiculous big hoop may be a bit awkward... so I was browsing looking for a travel hoop and noticed two disadvantages 1. The expense, not only do they cost some money but it is also about the fare to Sweden. I found a company in England who sells travel hoops which probably would be cheaper than the shipping fare from USA but then came disadvantage number 2: The size. The largest travel hoop was 40¨and I am still struggling to master the 43¨and my "Normal" comfortable is 48¨...Can I master the 43¨ well and start on 40¨before I go on that course? Am I willing to invest the money without knowing?
But then I looked at all the leftovers that is laying around my house. I have used two kinds of tubes for my hoops, a wider for the "normals" and a thinner for my mini-hoops.
And I have never found any good connectors, they are not in the stores and I did not know what size to order when I bought tape from Fancy Tapes... so I have made my own solution which is to use the thinner tube inside the larger. There s resistance, I have to struggle to get it in place but it works, and thanks to the resistance it does not move once in lace. For the minis I bought some electrical tube that is a little bit too straight and stiff but it works...
Anyway the leftovers could be connected and although I am missing about 2 dm to make it big enough I can use it with some of the thinner tube visible - so this is what my travel hoop looks like so far:
and when I pick it apart for traveling it looks like:
It seems to be working without any tape to hold it together. I don´t think I will want to use it on an everyday basis, but when I travel by bus or train it will make it so much easier to bring a hoop... I will now create a nice bag for it too.
About decisions – I am thinking about giving up meat, it seems that I can´t have meat (well, in fact, pork) without getting compulsive no matter how hard I try. Thinking about giving it up makes me as upset as I have been before I gave up smoking (22 years ago) and drinking alcohol (seven years ago) I have decided to give up sugar, that does not upset me at all... so maybe there is something really weird with me and pork.
Discussed this with an OA-friend who has been in recovery more than ten years. She started with four years of recovery, then relapsed for a whole year before she could get back on track and now has kept her abstinence for ten years... and she can´t have sugar or white flour but do eat meat but have to be careful with the fat....she says that I might try it one day at the time. Another friend suggested deciding not to cook any meat, only eat it when offered at dinners or lunches... but I suspect that pork is sort of jinxed for me, if I eat it I will want more even if it´s a lean piece away from home...
I will do it one day at the time - today I will not have any meat... I did already as I have ham on my morning sandwich. I do think the ham is better - less fat - than cheese, so for tomorrow I will have to find some other solution. Mackerel is okay and smoked salmon (yes, it is fat but not triggering)...
I did try this before but could not stick with it. I will make it top priority for today.